I’m casting off! The longboat is packed with provisions, the crew are aboard, the shore is receding… OK enough nonsense, here’s my first yarn! The task for this wool is to go fine. Fine not meaning skinniest yarn, but yarn from the wool with the skinniest individual fibres. What better than to use the finest … More 1/51 Yarns: Fine Wool
Have you heard of this book? If you spin yarn, I’d bet an ounce of cashmere that you’ve heard of it. It was published last year by the woman who is right now at the exact centre of the whirling evolution of the yarn-spinning subculture: Jacey Boggs-Faulkner, editor of PLY Magazine. It’s the first book … More 51 Yarns, Here We Come!
On the day that I wrapped Jared’s nearly finished nasaq: I cast on a heid for myself. Kate Davies has taken to calling a hat a “Heid”, which is in fact Scots for head. This is from her early patterns which had graphic representations of things on them: “dollheid” has paper dolls; “neepheid” has turnips; … More A Bonnet for my Heid
It has been my tradition to make Jared a hat for Christmas most years since we’ve been married. Sometimes the knit thing is not a hat, but it’s still a “hat”. I’d decided against Christmas knitting this year, but hats were still on my mind. I had promised a couple years ago now to make … More Nasaq Niaqumut
My Draper Vest, which I am making out of Leicester Longwool yarn from Underhill Farm, had been humming along nicely. I was through back and fronts, and had a good start on one of the long collar pieces, when I noticed something. I ignored it for a while, but soldiering on couldn’t hide it: my … More Just a Little Swatch: 1×1 Rib in Longwool
It’s New Year’s Eve, and I’m blowing my nose. I have the rare gift of a bit of time to work while it’s still light out. The sky is hovering between pastels and that dark periwinkle I’ve come to love. A new year is coming. One of my Wool n’ Spinning compadres, Becca, inspired me … More Step into 2019
I have a treat for you today! A few weeks ago I started a new sweater for myself, at my daughter’s instigation, using some yarn I’ve had stowed away for a long time. It came from a farmers’ market, where I bought it straight from the farmers themselves. On a whim, I looked them up, … More A Chat with Underhill Farm