Noticing greens

Finally, a break! But for a single appointment in a few days we have the week off together. Last month was full of highs (someone is double digits!) and the lows of this new wave in the pandemic. Just about everything that is heightened can be summed up as: There I was sipping my coffee […]

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Weaving small

leverage in the gaps In a consultation, yesterday, I was asked, “How is your energy now?” We were over the hour, and the answer was in effect that I had already “opened up my schedule.” Which is to say, you reduce one thing a smidge to juggle in the other. This has been my plan […]

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Spinnerside: A spindle is broken & the yarn we make

This post has a happy ending, I promise. Bent out of shape One morning in mid-June, I left the house quickly. It was a good decision to leave the spindle bag & take knitting, a book instead. I would be sat in waiting rooms all day. Sadly the adored spindle in question, a Butternut wood […]

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babydoll southdown – wool prep to yarn

Earlier this week a TKK reader, Rita P., asked: Is there any more word on your Southdown adventures? I’m especially interested in whether the yarn turned into the lilac undertone that you had imagined. I’m anxious to try some of this yarn on my CSM (circular knitting machine). Olivia’s babydoll southdown fleece, and her flock’s […]

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Spinnerside: on cotton with spindles

This is the first post on a brand new topic, ‘Spinnerside Chat.’ This will be a longer look at parts of my spinning practice that are under construction. Cotton is a fibre that fascinates me. Spinning cotton in the forms that I have explored was always a challenge to begin with, and can be still […]

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New access, and sweater spin

A weight has been lifted from the blog! It took me long enough but writing last week was the push I needed to complete the task of finding a new theme for The Knit Knack. This post does not include any affiliate links. As of the time of writing, TKK is not monetized. If this […]

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Short & sweet

A year ago, yesterday, we brought this guy home. Spark was a little damp & a lot bouncy back then. It was an inspired decision helped by my Mom (thanks, Mom). The main pros for this Double Doodle dandy were correctly plotted. Ancillary pros (size of the Best Bud, whoa shedding) were slightly incorrect. We […]

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An indigo dyed handspun cardigan

Currently on my needles with enough yarn for a second long sleeve is the handspun Polwarth 2-ply wool from last summer’s indigo dye fructose vat. The knit’s pattern is the popular 2012 Vodka Lemonade by BabyCocktails, Thea Coleman.  Needle keeper shown is by @knitspinquilt. Substituting a handspun yarn Knitters have recently been discussing the financial […]

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Summer Shetland fleece, and afterword

At the end of last September, I washed a beautiful Shetland ewe fleece.  It is from Willow Farm, and was my first (run-don’t-walk) purchase at the 2018 Woodstock Fleece Festival. Willow Farm is a great spinner’s flock.  After the joys of working with Shepherdess Jocelyn’s Romney ram fleece 10 years ago, I also loved an […]

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Stacks in life pandemic

Huge stretch of a gap between posts, and this in the 10th anniversary, Dear Blog.  In winter as we started to see the benefit of folding new supports in with the old, I opened a first IG account.  This is how I first discovered the story of Ravelry having a new look. We had been […]

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