by Felicity Ford The term KNITSONIK describes my art practice in which I combine textiles (KNIT) with sounds (SONIK). The K at the end is deliberate because I was thinking about KODAK and XEROX...
by Stephannie Tallent When I was planning The Wild West: Stranded, I wanted to show variety in not just the designs but the yarns. I chose to work with two yarn companies, Elemental Affects...
by Rachel Brown Fjord Mitts – Spin the Yarn It’s that time of year when I start hunting around for any and all handknit accessories I can find. I live in a place that,...
The project base for this club is a set of matching gloves and a cowl, knit in a stranded fair isle pattern making them both squishy and extra-warm to block those winter winds.
Both fibres were spun to create a semi-worsted sport-weight yarn. […]
Knit from a range of natural-colored Shetland wools, this traditionally shaped tam features a corrugated ribbing, simple peerie bands for the body of the hat, and a star-patterned crown. […]
This bag will transport your spindle and fiber with Celtic flair! The bag can be made as large or as small as you need and is a perfect way to show off a natural, rustic yarn. […]
This stole features an easy lace pattern that looks like currachs, small curved-hull Irish fishing boats, bobbing through the waves. This project knits up quickly using DK-weight yarn, and can be knit using multiple colors, but would also look great in a solid color. […]
The theme of the April 2011 issue of Ennea revolves around Celtic connections – cabled projects and natural wools. Immediately my brain went to Ireland, with all their Celtic cables carved in stone and sheep wandering the lush, green hills. I know this is a stereotype, but it is such a pretty image.
When I decided to design a traditional Fair Isle tam, I knew I wanted to use shetland wool. The unique “sticky” nature of this fiber makes it perfect to use for colorwork. I also knew that I wanted to match a yarn similar to Jamieson’s “jumper weight” Spindrift shetland yarn, as I’ve used that for colorwork before.
If you are spinner, you know that it’s great fun choosing a fiber to spin, and simply sitting down at your wheel and letting yourself enjoy the process of creating yarn. There’s nothing wrong with that at all, but what if you want to reverse the process, and have a commercial yarn in mind that you’d like to duplicate for a specific project or project type?