My sweet husband surprised me with a Kindle this Christmas and even though he gave me a case for it–with a built-in reading light, brilliant in a couple of ways–I knew it needed a knitted sleeve to protect it. I carry the Kindle with me everywhere and it wonâ€™t take long â€˜till it starts to get banged up from being bounced around in my purse.
I wanted the fabric knit in a tight gauge so that the piece would keep itâ€™s shape even after lots of use, so I knit My Friend Londonâ€™s hand-dyed bulky yarn (GORGEOUS! Run to her etsy shop NOW http://www.etsy.com/shop/myfriendlondon/) on size 5 (3.75 mm) needles. The flap is knit in herringbone on size 10 (6 mm), and the I-cord strap is also knit on size 5 needles.
The flap is worked in a herringbone stitch, officially â€œDouble Stockinette, or Miniature Herringboneâ€ from Barbara Walkerâ€™s â€œA Second Treasury of Knitting.â€ Itâ€™s a super fun stitch to knit, makes a very thick fabric, and requires big needles.
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Rock quarry on the bike trail at Blue Mounds State Park in MN.
Posted in Foxy
Tagged cycling, travel
Let’s get together and make stuff with wool and yarn! Bring your favorite fiber craft to the Walker Art Center on Saturday, August 21 from 1pm â€“ 4pm and share in the fiber love. Invite your friends! Send questions and RSVPs to me @craftymichelle on twitter.com or via email at email@example.com.
This is an outdoor event, so please plan accordingly. Bring a lawn chair, sunscreen, an umbrellaâ€”whatever you think you’ll need that day. Also, please make sure to let me know you plan to come. If our group gets big (and I think it might) we’ll need to let the Walker know so we can accommodate everyone.
When: Sat, August 21, 1pm â€“ 4pm
Where: Walker Art Center, Open Field (map)
More information on Open Field at the Walker Art Center
See you there!
Remember these from February? All skeined up.
Merino/tencel by FatCatKnits, shetland from Spunky Eclectic, alpaca/silk from Gale’s Art, merino from Sue’s Luxury Fiber, and super wash merino from Happy Hands Yarn.
Shetland from Spunky Eclectic
Chain-plyed shetland destined to be the Daybreak shawl by Stephen West
Oh, G1. How I wish you could capture the lovely deep ocean blue of Elijah’s scarf. Garter stitch is lovely. Patons wool is lovely.
Might be a little hard to see but these are washed skeins of my hand-spun yarn drying on hangers in the basement.
Projects are planned for most of these lovelies and there will be better-lit photos to follow. Fibers represented: merino/tencel by FatCatKnits, shetland from Spunky Eclectic, alpaca/silk from Gale’s Art, merino from Sue’s Luxury Fiber, and super wash merino from Happy Hands Yarn.
There is some 2-ply, chain-ply, and singles that were fulled. So much goodness!
Posted in Spinning
Tagged fiber, Spinning, yarn
It’s been a while since I’ve posted! It’s mostly because I’ve been a lazy, lazy photo taker. I’ll work on that. In the mean time, here’s some news for you: Signature Needle Arts sock blockers! YAY! Just unveiled at Stitches East (I’m not there…just caught the tweet). Lookie!
Their knitting needles are heavenly. I can only imagine what it would be like to block socks on their sock blockers. 🙂 WEEE!
They are not for sale yet. Keep an eye on the SNA online shop. And for goodness sake, if you don’t have some of their needles, you really ought to try some. They are a very special treat.
And here are the silk hankies, spun, and plied with Art Yarns Silk Mohair that I picked up at Needlework Unlimited.Â Oh, this is such a lovely skein!
Art Yarns and hand spun silk ready to be plied
Posted in Crafty, Spinning
A new adventure in spindle spinning: hand dyed silk hankies! The hankies are from the Fiber Studio in Minneapolis, but purchased at the Shepherd’s Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival earlier this month. I’m planning on plying with Art Yarns Silk Mohair.Â There is an excellent article on how to spin hankies on knitty.com.Â Try it, and have fun!
Hand dyed silk hankies
Hankies on the spindle
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