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Alpaca Days

My friends at Alta Vida Alpacas have gotten the first mill run of yarn made from their animals back. Woohoo!! It is Christmas in May! Cari Corley (of AVA) gave me samples to be knit up to help establish some critical characteristics of the yarn: mostly she is concerned with how the knitted fabric will wear, its gauge and the hand of the knitted fabric. 566 more words

Knitting

Tunisian mitts

These mitts grew out of my experiment with Tunisian purl stitch. I made two rectangles and sewed them into mitts, leaving thumb holes.

Comparing the two, there was a definite improvement in tension and evenness in the second one. 105 more words

Crochet

HOW many stitches?

To be honest, I couldn’t tell you how many stitches have been in my most recent projects – but there have been A LOT.  I’ve gone through a spate of knitting jumpers in 4ply/fingering weight yarn.   330 more words

FO: fingerless mitts

The Less-Than-Colorful, Not-so-Stripey Fingerless Mitts are done. These are so quick and easy to make, especially when you don’t change colours every round. Also, with one colour, you only have four ends to weave in per mitt. 86 more words

Crochet

Cool Spiced Cocoa

I meant to partake in the Three Waters Farm Laura Aylor SAL + KAL by way of a sweater. As April ended up being busier than expected and suddenly turned into May, however, I realized that was probably not going to happen. 379 more words

Articles

New fingerless mitts started

Well, isn’t it a lovely Tuesday. Sunny and warm again, but not too warm. We had a nice rain shower last night which I won’t complain about, as even though my laundry got wet, my garden really needed the moisture. 201 more words

Crochet

Fingerless Mittens and Bedsocks

Even though we are having a very mild autumn, I’ve been trawling the patterns on line to make some fingerless mitts and bedsocks for the family. 53 more words