I think my christmas gift theme this year is going to be hats in new to me yarns. we’ll see how far I make it since this is only my second one and Tom already claimed it as his. I can’t blame him, I was tempted to keep it for myself once I finished and tried it on.
this time the yarn is a new base from mountain meadow wool named powell*. it is a 4 ply worsted weight blend of rambouillet and alpaca. one of the things I love about this company, besides it being woman owned, is that each label tells you where the fiber comes from. in this case the merino is from the camino’s kid ranch in Johnson County, Wyoming. (the mill itself is in Buffalo, Wyoming) I first heard about mountain meadow wool from sarah’s fibertrek podcast and more recently from ashley’s woolful podcast. I even noticed their name in the madelinetosh website under the american ranch wool category (btw I’m so tempted to order some of that cosmic silver) and it looks like they are working with a few more companies. I encourage you to listen to both podcasts where you’ll hear about how the company began and how they are creating and managing a sustainable mill. Continue Reading
this has really become the summer of stripes for me, be them on shawls or sweaters, which means I have a million ends to weave in. I’ve been asked how to weave in ends as you go when you knit continentally, I guess most videos show you how to do it holding yarn on each hand? I find it more efficient to hold both yarns in my left hand and I think my tension is better this way. this is also how I hold my yarn when I knit colorwork. it takes a while to get the hang of it, but once you do your knitting goes so much faster.
instead of explaining it with a bunch of pictures I thought I’d share a quick video. I say “quick” but it took me so many tries to get the focus in the right spot. I also had to do a bit of a voiceover, so I apologize now for my high pitched voice! I’m congested so it’s even higher than usual!
I hope I answered the question and you find this helpful. and if there are any other questions you’d like to ask let me know in the comments here.
I just wanted to jump in here today to talk about a new to me yarn. a few months ago, I was lucky enough to win two skeins of yarn from Becky of morning bright yarn from a knit along on ravelry. I never win anything, so I was shocked when I saw my name as one of the winners. I honestly only joined the kal so I could knit the portage sweater with some friends. Continue Reading
I was sick in bed most of last week and, me being me, I still wanted to get some knitting in when I could. the thought of seaming shoulders and setting in sleeves made me feel even sicker, sorry docklight, but cozying up with a new shawl sounded like just the thing. having just received a skein of madelinetosh tosh merino light in the most gorgeous shade of turquoise I have ever seen was kismet. I even knew what pattern had to get on my needles immediately, the alluna shawl by anthony casalena.