Shop Talk


Hello, All.  Happy April – Happy Spring!  After a very long hiatus, I am re-booting.  Some time ago, I began, but never finished, a post on re-booting.  I’d found the story below on-line.  (Sad to say, I no longer have the source).  I still love the story, which speaks to […]

Change is Afoot. Maybe.

This past summer, one of my goals had been to process my current inventory of cashmere sweaters. Slowly, I’ve been unraveling, re-plying and scouring them, working in color groups. . I would pick out three same-color sweaters of good quality, and work from there.  Slow going, for sure. It felt like […]

Spinning in New Orleans

Might not be the best idea I’ve ever had. I’m here during a “cold spell”, according to my mother, getting down to the 70’s at night. Did you know that fiber sticks to your hands, arms, legs, face, when it’s in the 80’s and it’s humid? Well, it sticks. But […]

Sometimes, a break is good.

Lesson from hopelessly tangled yarn: Accept the break. I’m going to heed the voices competing for my time: Re-organizing, color-play, drum-carding, combing, even knitting and, of course,  gardengardengarden.  It’s that time of year, and the voices are very demanding!  Back soon.

It’s always a blank slate, isn’t it?

At the end of the last season, I started thinking about how much more flexibility I’d have in mixing and applying dyes if I wasn’t over-dying already saturated fibers.  Easy fix for millspun yarn – simply select a base, skein the cones up, and dye. Yeah, right.  After much research, […]

Hansencrafts e-spinner Shout-out

List of equipment I am thankful for: My e-spinner(s) – I have two of them – from Hansencrafts.  One, with a WoolieWinder, is dedicated to plying, the other, with the lace flyer, I use for – well, everything from thread-weight singles to supercoils.  A special shout-out to Kevin and Beth. […]

Hurricane Ridge Cowl

It’s finally finished! And I have to say that I am totally floored by the response to the Hurricane Ridge cowl pattern.  I had a ton of help with this one – Kathy with editing, Lynn and Sue with test knitting, Suzanne with steadying me. And of course, the lovely […]

Diagonal Lace – Finished

Another finished project from my travels, this is a poncho-version of Churchmouse’s Diagonal Lace Pattern, knit with a sample skein of the Sotto Voce Collection.  The drape (and sheen) of the yarn is perfect for this pattern.  I used a three-needle bind-off to seam the piece.  It was perfect airplane […]