Spinning Along

posted in: Handspun Yarn | 1
Handspun

I made a bunch of art batts and am spinning them into a worsted/chunky weight singles yarn.  The fibers in the batts are hand dyed merino, bamboo, alpaca, Wensleydale locks, firestar, mulberry silk, and Angelina.  I have been spinning them on my Schacht Matchless with my bulky flyer.

I finally have the bulky flyer figured out.  I have only had my Matchless for a couple of months.  I ordered the bulky flyer with the wheel.  I did not even have the wheel figured out before putting the bulky flyer on it.  I love the Matchless.  It is an awesome wheel.  I can spin anything on it with ease.  I did have to a bit of fiddling around with it at first.  It is quite a bit different from my other wheels.

I plan on using the hand spun to make another scarf on my Flip rigid heddle loom.  The cold weather is here.  I am outside most of the time, so scarves (and hats!) are on the top of my list of items to make.

Knit it Now

posted in: Machine Knit, Uncategorized | 0
Knit it Now
Great Website for MK!

There is a new machine knitting website called Knit it Now.  I recently attended a webinar for Design a Knit (DAK) knitting software.  I was so impressed with the Webinar.  I plan on signing up for all their webinars.  Some of them cover topics I already know, but I know I can always learn from someone else.

The website is very easy to navigate and it up do date technology wise.  I am really happy that someone has taken the time to make a site like Knit it Now.  It is run by the owner of BT Yarns, Sue Jalowiec and her partner Matt.  I have bought yarn from Sue before and she has always been a pleasure to work with.  The person behind the website design, Matt, has done a wonderful job making the site very user friendly while integrating the latest website technology.

Knit is Now has really nice dynamic patterns for sale.  The dynamic patterns can be resized to work with any type machine and yarn.  They also have a learning library you can subscribe too.  The learning library has tons and tons of tutorials on machine knitting.  To top it all off, Knit it Now offers live webinars which cover an array of topics.  You can connect to the instructor in the “live” classroom.

I could go on….but I really think you will want to check the site out for yourself.  www.knititnow.com

Just Keep Threading…

posted in: Weaving | 0
Threading is DONE!

After many distractions, I finally got my heddles threaded.  I hope to have the reed sleyed and the warped tied on by this weekend.

I have already been lining up my next project.  I am planning a long warp for towels which will be given away as gifts for Christmas.

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