How to wind yarn

I like to wind my yarn twice. I use the swift at first, then pull from the center and wind a second time.

The result?

Relaxed fibers. Less kink. A pleasure to knit!

Can you see the difference from 0:14 to 0:20? The cake is nice and fluffy ūüôā

Current Obsession // NoShow Socks

La Maison Rililie-noshow socks

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Every so often, I come across a design that I fall head over heels for and want to knit IMMEDIATELY. This is the case for La Maison Rililie’s¬†No Show Socks.

I love these low-cut ankle socks! It’s a toe up, (bonus!) gusseted heel construction. I guess it’s time I learned a new heel right? For someone who has tiny feet (size 5’s people!), I average about 27g per sock. Even less if I use contrasting heels, toes and cuffs. That leaves me with approximately 46g of left over sock yarn to play with and I have lots. I see many no-show socks in my future!!!

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For more info, visit La Maison Rililie’s website¬†or Ravelry page.

 

 

 

 

 

Volver

“When you die, don’t you dare come back and visit me,” I said to my dad one day. He just stared back at me, grinning.

We share the love of horror movies, ghost stories, superstitions – you name it! I remember¬†once as a kid, we went into a haunted maze together. He was holding my hand as we tried to find our way out. He let go for a minute then grabbed my hand again. It seemed like we were walking in circles forever – we were so lost. I was talking to him but he wasn’t answering so I turned around and imagine the horror when what I saw was not my dad, but a terrifying masked man! Just a few steps behind him was my dad, grinning from ear to ear. No wonder he wasn’t saying anything. I was so mad!

That’s my dad! Always the joker.

I share this story because I can relate to today’s design inspiration:

Part 4 // Volver by Debby Reece 

I was contacted by Debby Reese, the other half of the Periscoping Sisters, just after Christmas. She asked if I had some time to test knit a scarf. It was perfect timing. The holiday rush was over, and I just finished all the gift knitting for the family.

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‘Volver’ is a verb of Spanish origin which means “to return”.

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Bumblebee

I have been following Verena Cohrs on Instagram for some time now. Known as TheWoolClub,¬†Verena creates modern and sophisticated designs time and time again. I’m in so much awe of her talent.

Part 3 // Bumblebee shawl by Verena Cohrs

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I was at the library with my son when I saw Verena put a call out to test knit this shawl. I really wanted to apply, but had limited internet access at the time. Worried the spots would fill up by the time I did, I sent her a message indicating interest, but wouldn’t be able to log on to Ravelry for a couple of hours.

I was humbled to be chosen amongst a handful of talented makers to test knit this shawl.

She partnered up with Julie of Sweet Sparrow Yarns for this design. Test knitters were given a discount if we used her yarn. Whaaaat! Yes, please!!! It was a no brainer. Her colorways are right up my alley.

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Oy Vey!

Yesterday, I shared my very first test knit and how I met the lovely Amy Meeks.

The series, a year of test knits, continues today with another one of her designs:

Part 2 // Oy Vey Wrap by Amy Meeks

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The phrase, “Oy Vey” is a Jewish form of expression indicating dismay or grief. ¬†In English, we might say “my goodness”. Amy¬†describes hearing her mom repeat it while raising her and her siblings adding,¬†“My parents were a little crazy to have three little girls, in three short years. “

As a parent, I can relate to the chaos that sometimes comes with children. Every day is a challenge, for sure. #keepinitreal

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We just have to look for the hidden magic, right?

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I used Madelinetosh Merino Light in Worn Denim and Knit Picks Stroll Hand Painted in Foli.

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