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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In the thick of it

Life this year has continued to come at us fast.  The past quarter alone has included loss, grief, so many appointments, learning & back in school teamwork.  There are new welcome supports & progress but it’s been a lot. One plus of fall is that I am taking my walks again after morning drop-off on […]

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The practical Tour de Fleece, a plan

We are fresh off a happy-go-lucky Canada Day weekend, and thoughts are finally coming together for the Brussels Grand Départ. The Tour de Fleece is a great container for new approaches to stash & tool.  This year Le Tour rides from this Saturday, July 6th – 28th, and celebrates its first century. In terms of […]

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