Drop Spinning: Advice From a Non-Expert

There's quite a lot of technical language that you encounter when delving into the world of spinning instructions, and you'll find yourself in an especially confusing place if you're specifically looking for advice related to drop spindle spinning. What the f#$! is a drafting triangle and where do I put it? Do short draw and long... Continue Reading →

Spin Cycle

Ladies, I won't mince words here. There's a certain time of the month where I want to do only two things (okay, well, only two fiber related things; sleeping and whining do not count)... ...destroy sweaters and spin yarn. That's right, PMS means I can't be having with this whole "designing patterns" and "dealing with... Continue Reading →

Stone Cold Charming

Does anyone else here have a Magpie-like tendency to grab shiny objects and stow them away? Tiny animal charms, small bells from wedding decorations, bits of broken jewelry (sometimes my own, sometimes from things I have found on the ground), smooth rocks... all stacked in old tea caddies and desk organizer trays in my drawers,... Continue Reading →

Increases and Decreases in Tunisian Simple Stitch

Ahh, Tunisian. It's like the bastard child of knitting and crochet. Like knochet... critting ... I guess we'll stick with Tunisian. Tunisian Simple Stitch combines all the solidity of crochet with the flat smooth feel of knitted fabric while creating a dual texture: woven-looking on one side and nubby (somewhat garter-stitch-esque) on the other. If you have... Continue Reading →

Picture Dump Disguised as Content

Again with the documenting old stuff. This time it's crocheted T-shirt rugs, in three different flavors... MERRY PRANKSTER CATHEDRAL CANDY SHOP I made all of these small-ish circular-ish accent rugs by crocheting around strips of upcycled cotton t-shirt. The method of using worsted weight yarn to crochet around the t-shirt is a lot more effective, time... Continue Reading →

The Sweet and the Sass

  Yep, used to be a boring, unwanted, lonely, sad white sweater. Don't get me wrong, it's not that sweaters aren't good enough. Some of my best friends are sweaters. But I could see this sweater was suffering, yearning for a transformation, wanting desperately to better itself. So I pulled out the lovely yarn (a... Continue Reading →

Playing With Color

Yesterday was the nicest day so far this year, and I woke up with a mission. Okay, I woke up, drank two cups of coffee, and THEN I had a mission: dying the recycled sweater yarn I've been sitting on for months. It's not the same yarn as from my Recycling Sweater Yarn Tutorial, but... Continue Reading →

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