Coco, Carinish, and Charley

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There are people who have money and people who are rich.
— Coco Chanel

(Watch for Carinish, my new sock pattern, available from Three Irish Girls this fall!)

Knit*Six Going Back to Blogger…

Hi, Friends,

My experience at WordPress taught me a few things…

  1. It’s nice to have a blog on which you can put PDF files of patterns.
  2. WordPress isn’t as quick and easy to use as Blogger (for me, that is…)
  3. Sometimes, the best choice is not to choose!

What does that mean, you ask?

  • I am going to keep my Knit*Six blog at WordPress, where I will post patterns with PDF files for your knitting enjoyment.
  • I am going to continue/go back to using Blogger for my “daily/weekly/monthly” blog updates so that I can post photos more easily, for your viewing enjoyment.
  • Finally, it means that–if you enjoy my sporadic posts–you’ll need to change your RSS feeds/bookmarks back to my “old” Blogger Knit*Six blog.

Thanks for hanging in there with me while I gave WordPress a trial run. I hope you’ll continue checking in with me at my new-old Knit*Six blog to see what’s going on in my little knitting/crocheting/spinning corner of the world!

Hugs to all of you :-)

Hannah

What’s new?

Wow. With all that’s been going on lately, January fairly flew by. Now it’s nearly Valentine’s Day. Five years ago on Feb. 14, my darling husband proposed to me. Hard to believe it was that long ago!

I’ve posted a few “new house” photos since we moved, so I’m sure you’re all rather sick of looking at the same landscape. But when I saw the sun making the distant hills rosy this morning, with twilight still in the foreground, I had to snap a few. Check it out here: Sunrise

Finally, lest you think I’ve been letting my knitting slide, here are a couple of photos. First, the “Frozen Feet” socks, made out of 100 percent alpaca. These suckers are going to be W.A.R.M.

Frozen Feet Socks

Next, a quick pair of “Fetching” gloves:

Fetching

I designed a neck warmer to go with them, but haven’t taken photos of it yet. I’ll try to be good about writing it up, because it turned out to be quite cute!

Hey, did you notice the fab Fiesta Ware sugar and creamer set in the Fetching photo? LOVE the color!!! And the price…I found the set for $15 at an antique store in Cape May, NJ last fall. Fun ;-)

Well, back to work. Duty calls, and all that. Until later, happy knitting!

PS. I HATE how WordPress works with photos! But Blogger doesn’t let me post PDF files of my patterns for you…So. What’s a girl to do? Guess I have some research to do on blog options. If anyone has suggestions, I’m open to hearing them!

Spinning Step by Step: A drop spindle tutorial

Do you dream of learning to spin your own yarn? Of knitting socks or a shawl from lovely fibers you’ve designed and created yourself? Well, do I have a gift for you: An illustrated drop spindle tutorial!

Here’s a little taste of what’s to come… Enjoy!

Spinning Step by Step: How to use a drop spindle

Calming. Centering. Relaxing. These are just a few of the words spinners use to describe how they feel as fiber passes through their fingers, miraculously turning into yarn through the alchemy of hand spinning. Soon, you’ll enjoy the same creative sensations…AND you’ll be knitting with yarn you made yourself!

Getting Ready
Always remember: there’s a reason it’s called a “drop spindle.” That’s right: You will drop your spindle while you’re learning, and even afterward. So make sure you have a nice cup of tea (or glass of wine!) by your side, and try to be patient with yourself. Spinning is an ancient art form—you can learn the basics in a short time, yet spend years mastering the craft and creating new types of yarn.

What else do you need?

  • Your drop spindle
  • Some fiber (wool is usually easiest to learn with)
  • A comfortable, supportive chair (not a cushy one…a wooden kitchen chair will work nicely)

Click here for the full PDF version of the Drop Spindle Tutorial

NOTE: The gorgeous spindle in the tutorial was made by Jonathan Bosworth.