Indies Unite! Collaboration: I told you the 99th release would be something special. Puddles and I are thrilled to join with some very talented indie designers in our first eBook collection.
Fiber Focus: The Good, The Bad, & The Eco… Bamboo
With the shine and shimmer of silk, but with a different touch, Bamboo is the new kid in fiber. First developed as a yarn (mixed with wool) patented in 1881 (1), bamboo stayed quiet in the fiber industry until it was “rediscovered” at Beijing University in the early 2000s (2). Since then, bamboo yarns began to pop up in indie dyers and commercial ventures alike. A recent trend towards the name Bamboo Viscose (or Viscose from Bamboo) reveals much about this fiber. Let’s dig deeper into bamboo to discover the good, the bad, and the eco!
Join Puddles and I for this video demonstration of how to incorporate the drop stitches and yox3 into your Air Bender shawl’s I-cord bind off. Still working on your Air Bender MKAL… don’t worry, we don’t show the entire shawl
Preamble: in a slightly atypical post style, today’s blog contains both the backstory to Cultivation as well as some video how-to tricks and tips for crafting your own Cultivation!
Most decrease create left leaning or right leaning stitches, but the central double decrease creates a no-leaning decrease. Check out this video how-to on the Central Double Decrease…
What are the chances two people living States apart in the US would meet in the upstairs knitting attic of a (non-closed) yarn shop along historical Mainstreet in Unionville, Ontario, Canada? That’s just how I met Janette, wife of The Whispering Woodturner! When it came to finding a prize for Air Bender MKAL, she popped to mind as Whispering was one of the potential name ideas ?. Let’s get to know our generous prize donor a little better. Please welcome Janette and hubby, Steve, to our event!
Foreword: Are silk worms animals? If you answer “yes,” best skip this blog and avoid silk yarn.
A Tale of Two Princesses
Legend holds that a princess was enjoying a cup of tea in the garden when a silk cocoon dropped into her cup. The warm tea loosened the cocoon “glue” and as she pulled it out, she was first to see the lustrous and strong fiber that comprised it.
Welcome to our annual MKAL! This year’s MKAL is the third in our “The Unique Sheep” global elements series. From sun to water to wind, Solar Flare Circular Shawl to Oceanic to now Air Bender, explore the heights and depths of God’s great creation through your stitches.
Happy Independence Days – as I celebrated Canada Day on July 1st and Puddles celebrates Independence Day today, I thought it would be fun to take a break from our regular broadcasting to have a fun “indies unite” book review.
Fiber Focus, this year we’re breaking from tradition by looking in depth at different eco fibers. First up Organic Cotton yarn! In a nutshell, organic cotton is cotton yarn grown and produced without pesticides and chemical fertilizers. But that’s just the beginning…