Some benefits to mini combs

  This week, I received a set of single pitch Louet mini combs. I had been holding off on buying a set, thinking that the wee little combs probably weren’t terribly useful. They’re too small, too fragile. What could I do with them? Then I started spinning off of my single pitch combs. They were too big, too heavy. It was hard for me to hold the comb for any long length of time, so I gave in. I was wrong. Really, I was so, so wrong. The Louet Mini-Combs are small, light, and perfect for shorter fibers and spinning off the comb. I was able to comb the let wool of the...

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Washing wool, lock by lock

My Mojo Sock is in time out, so I started a new sock out of Opal Wildflowers. It’s not very interesting to look at yet, as it’s just a plain sock. Instead of showing you a picture of a plain sock foot, I’m going to tell you about my exciting mail. This week I received a box from The Spinning Loft. The Loft is known for their selection of raw fleeces. The variety that Allison stocks is impressive, even including a new shipment of British breeds, imported from their homelands. When the box arrived, I dug under the bags of fiber to come up with the two books that I had...

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Well this is nifty

The last time I was in my LYS (The Village Knitter in Babylon), I picked up a really useful tool: a Needle Keeper for circular needles! Mine is silver, but they come in a variety of colors It works wonders at keeping my sharp Chiaogoo size 1s from poking holes in my project bag (or through my purse). I only wish I had one of these when I was dragging my Pi shawl around. I wouldn’t have ended up with a zillion dropped stitches! In other news, Shannon Okey, Mad Scientist at Cooperative Press and all around good person, is trying to buy back the rights to her book ‘Spin to...

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Vogue Knitting Live Day 2

Vogue Knitting Live continued on Sunday. As I knitted my way to the¬†Marriott, I thought I was prepared. Really. When I pack for a class, I put everything but the kitchen sink into my backpack. I took Brenda Dayne’s Mrs. Beeton class. If you haven’t seen them, Mrs. Beetons are lacy wrist warmers with a beaded cast-on edge, and added beaded adornment. Brenda Dayne is famous for her podcast, Cast-on. The supply list for the class listed the following: Smooth light colored wool, DK or light worsted preferred. Pencils, Graph paper. Stitch dictionary not required, but would be an...

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Needle Review: Chiaogoo Red Lace needles

Today is a rest day for Le Tour de Fleece. Instead of spinning, i’m reviewing products. Let me get this out of the way first: Knitting needles are subjective. By that I don’t mean that the existence of knitting needles depends on your perspective. Rather, I mean that knitting needles, cables, tips, materials, are a matter of personal taste. I like the sharpest, pointiest, metal tips I can find. My ideal needles are Signature Needle Arts 6″ Stillettos, but since I can’t afford too many of those I buy other needles to soothe my soul. A few weeks ago I received a lovely...

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Delicious new yarn!

My friends Sarah and Sam own Cephalopod Yarns. This week, they released their new line of lace weight yarns, called “Nautilace”. A yummy blend of¬†40% baby camel down / 60% silk, Nautilace is soft and shiny with just the right amount of squish to make it fantastic for shawls, and equally appropriate for next to the skin wear. Cephalopod also dyes Bugga (70% superwash Merino wool, 20% cashmere Sport Weight yarn), Skinny Bugga (80% superwash Merino wool /10% cashmere Fingering Weight yarn), and Traveller (100% superwash Merino wool DK Weight yarn), as well as three separate fiber...

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