Issue 1 Index : Simple Pleasures

spinning leaves shawl knitting patternThere’s a crisp sense of fall in the air, here in the Northern Hemisphere. There’s no better time to break out the needles and create for some small projects. Our first issue, “Simple Pleasures” is themed around small, easily portable projects you can work on while watching high school football, or maybe curled up in a comfortable chair in front of the fireplace with a nice warm cuppa. These Simple Pleasures are great to start replenishing your holiday gift-giving box, or maybe just to keep and enjoy for yourself.

Issue 1

  • Issue 1 Index : Simple Pleasures

    spinning leaves shawl knitting patternThere's a crisp sense of fall in the air, here in the Northern Hemisphere. There's no better time to break out the needles and create for some small projects.

  • Babouches Slippers PDF

    Babouches Knitting PatternLavish little foot coverings for lolling about in soft but warm luxury! These are knit seamlessly, in the round, using about 2oz of sock/fingering-weight yarn. [...]

  • Babouches : Spin the yarn

    When I knit the initial design sample for these slippers, I used typical sock merino which is usually 2-ply, spun worsted style, with quite a bit of poofy twist for lots of spring while knitting and w…

  • Another Phone Cozy

    Another Phone Cozy knitting patternYes, I know. Another cell-phone cozy. There are all sorts of these around. But aren't they handy little things to have? How about one which uses up your leftover bits of hand-spun in practically n…

  • The 27th Annual Wool Festival • Taos, NM

    The scenic mountain town of Taos, NM, is the site of northern New Mexico's best-known annual sheep and wool festival. Nestled in the southern Rocky Mountain chain and known for it's great skiing and f…

  • Sidewinder Cowl

    Sidewinder Cowl Knitting PatternThis pattern creates a sturdy, warm cowl that can also be plopped on your head for an earwarmer/almost hat! [...]

  • Mohs Mitts PDF

    Mohs Mitts Knitting PatternA textured diamond pattern graces the top of these mitts, named for Friedrich Mohs, inventor of the Mohs Mineral Scale, which of course, lists diamonds as the hardest mineral around. Diamonds are eve…

  • Cuppa Joe Mitts

    These easy-going unisex mitts are great for cool fall mornings when you want a little extra warmth for your hands. They are knit in the round and are a quick knit project, perfect for making several p…

  • Spinning Leaves Shawl PDF

    Spinning Leaves Shawl knitting patternKnit in hand-spun laceweight singles to emphasize transitions from one colour to another, this semi-circular shawl embodies everything about the brilliant colours of Fall's leaves. [...]

  • Sidewinder Cowl: Spin the yarn

    The Sidewinder Cowl uses bulky yarn, perfect for beginning spinners. Christine also outlines how to ply from both ends of a centre-pull ball, using up every last bit of your precious fibre. [...]

  • Spinning Leaves Shawl: Spin the yarn

    The Spinning Leaves Shawl is knit in a transitional lace yarn, so one colour moves to the next, without having to join a new colour for each colour shift. Here's how to spin your own transitional lac…

  • Cuppa Joe Mitts: Spin the yarn

    Spin the yarn to make Anne's Cuppa Joe Mitts pattern: a two-ply semi-worsted merino/nylon yarn, perfect for situations requiring a little bit of durability, but still soft and warm. [...]

  • Weaving Yardage Calculator - Metric

    A calculator to help you with metreage calculations for weft and warp when you're setting up your next weaving project. This version is for Metric (centimetres/metres) calculations. [...]

  • Weaving Yardage Calculator - Imperial

    A calculator to help you with yardage calculations for weft and warp when you're setting up your next weaving project. This version is for Imperial/US (inches/yards) calculations. [...]

  • Shepherd's Realm : Alpaca

    On our farm in northern Vermont, we raise breeding quality huacaya alpacas. In addition to breeding, showing and selling alpacas, we offer shearing services and have a yarn shop at the farm. [...]

  • Indie Corner : Kimber of FiberOptic Yarns

    This issue, Anne profiles indie dyer Kimber Baldwin of FiberOptic Yarns. [...]

  • Spinster's Corner : Pin-drafted Roving

    A lot of spinners like to either pre-draft roving or split it into strips for easier handling during the spinning process. Pin-drafted roving takes care of that step for you! [...]

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