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Recently finished spinning my first handspun of 2016 - a beautiful single made from a Spun Right Round blended roving. I began with the idea to let the fiber to all the work so I could clear my head, and it worked. I was much more relaxed when it was done and ready to tackle the rest of the year. Plus, I got beautiful yarn at the end. What's not to love? 
I made a lot of grand plans and overarching intentions for 2016. All of them were inspiring at first, but every one of them became overwhelming at January marched on. I couldn’t decide where to start, which step to take first, or even what project to work on. I needed to clear my head. Spinning has helped me focus in the past so I thought I’d try it again. The wheel came out of the closet and got a good dusting and a bit of oil. Next, I...
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Just because a gift is practical, it doesn't mean that it can't be luxurious at the same time. I made a pair of slippers and a set of washcloths as gifts, and both were a big hit. 
The Non-Felted Slippers pattern has been in my queue for years, and I finally got the chance to make them. Turns out that slippers are fun to knit. Quick to make too when you use super bulky yarn. I made one other pair but they were essentially socks with soles sewn to the bottom - so these are technically the first pair of slippers I’ve ever made. One of the great things about knitting a pattern that’s been made 2,953+ times is tha...
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I'll have to try them. I'm fairly new to knitting but it sure looks like something is love to wear. 
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Now that I'm back home and can get to my camera's memory card, I can finally show off all the gift knitting I did for Christmas. I knit 12 projects and spun one skein of yarn. The first gifts were a Crescent Over Lothlorien Shawl and a Dewberry Cowl. 
I decided to go all out with my gift knitting for Christmas 2015. The list started out small - less than 5 pieces - before growing and growing and growing just a little bit more. When all was said and done, I had knit a shawl, a cowl, a hat, 4 washcloths, a pair of slippers, 2 pairs of wrist cuffs, a bear & bunny duo, and one golden bear. Plus, there was that skein of handspun. This was a pretty ambitious list considering that I skipped...
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So beautiful!
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A rolled up piece of paper makes it so much easier to to ply yarn from a center pull ball. No tangles! I'm definitely going to be using this tip whenever I need to ply from a center pull ball in the future.
I always forget how long it takes to ply a skein of fingering weight yarn until I’m halfway through. Silly me thought I could ply a skein over the course of 2 days. Took a bit longer than that. When I was almost finished, there was still a good chunk of yardage on the second bobbin. There’s no sense in letting cashmere singles wallow on the bobbin especially when I need to mail the finished skeins by the end of the week. Plying the le...
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The Mosaic Sisters are here! To celebrate the pattern is free until Sunday, December 6 11:59 PM PST. No coupon or Ravelry account required. Happy knitting!
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The Mosaic Sisters are here! To celebrate the pattern is free until Sunday, December 6 11:59 PM PST. Afterwards, it'll go to it's regular price of $5. No coupon or Ravelry account required. Happy knitting! 
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The real secret behind Mosaic Knitting? It's made of 2 row stripes and you just happen to be slipping stitches as you go. The technique only uses one strand of yarn at a time and the results are amazing.

Mosaic Knitting 101 is the second tutorial celebrating the upcoming release of my Mosaic Sister pattern this week. If you've never tried mosaic knitting before or don't know where to begin, start here.

This week I'm posting a series of tutorials to celebrate the release of my new pattern The Mosaic Sisters, a set of colorful mosaic knit kitchen towels, washcloths, and coasters! Sign up for the newsletter to get the pattern as soon as it's available! Check out the first tutorial on the long cast on. Up next is how to wrap the yarn of the side of a piece for a tidy edge. Mosaic knitting is a technique that creates beautiful and int...
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I made my first attempt spinning cashmere in November and December as a gift for a friend of mine. The spinning wasn't as hard as I'd assumed it would be, and the finished skeins turned out absolutely beautifully. I shared all of my notes from the process since the spinning went so well.

That said, I'm still very much a cashmere newbie. Any tips for future cashmere spinning? Or good sources for more of the fiber?
Brave readers, it’s time for the next installment of adventures in spinning cashmere. In the first entry, I wrote about my attempt at drafting the singles and overcoming the idea that spinning cashmere would be as hard as everyone made it sound. At the time, I was working on the second single with the idea that the true test of whether or not I could spin cashmere would be in the plying. If the singles fell apart every couple of feet, ...
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Yes I'm my daughter is learning to spin wool she loves doing it
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Today's daily dose of cuteness! These two (and a bear ornament) were part of last years gift knitting frenzy . I would have been really tempted to keep them if I didn't have a green pair already. 
Beatrice and Bernard are an inseparable pair that make for quick knit gifts! Cute too. :) | Two Bears And A Bunny - withwool.com What do you make for a cute 1-year-old kiddo? A cute bunny and bear, of course. Once I decided to make Beatrice and Bernard, they almost seemed to knit themselves. I’ve made the pair before and used a few mods to make them even faster to put together: stuffing them as a go, knitting the arms from the pa...
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2015 was a great year for With Wool and my #yearofmaking goals!
I’m usually not sentimental about the start of a new year, and the beginning of 2016 is no different. But I do like look back over the past year to see what I've accomplished, what to do in the new year, and what to be grateful for. With Wool I’ve kept a fairly consistent schedule writing, photographing, and designing for With Wool, but I wasn’t very dedicated. I frequently waited until the last minute or just hoped that an idea...
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I’m spinning my first skein of 100% cashmere, and it's not as difficult as all my reading made it out to be. I'm working on the second single which is going well. Don't let the fear of messing up hold you back.
2 ounces of cashmere ended up in my fiber stash innocently enough. A friend of mine asked me if I would spin it for her and, of course, I agreed. She’s an awesome friend who deserves handspun, and I wanted to spin cashmere. It’s a win-win in my book. When the cashmere arrived it was as soft and lovely and amazing as I expected it would be. Then the doubt set in. Sure, I knew how to spin yarn, but most of my experience was with long-stap...
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 Definitely try spinning one day. There will be a bit of learning curve in the beginning, but eventually your hands will know what to do. Plus, it's fun.
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Spend your time knitting, not weaving in ends!

Here's the final tutorial celebrating the Mosaic Sisters pattern! Today's tutorial is about how to carry yarns up the side of your work when you're knitting stripes. Doesn't matter if the stripes are narrow, wide, or take up less than a row.
This week I'm posting a series of tutorials to celebrate the release of my new pattern The Mosaic Sisters, a set of colorful mosaic knit kitchen towels, washcloths, and coasters! Sign up for the newsletter to get the pattern as soon as it's available! Check out the others tutorials for the Mosaic Sisters pattern: The Long Tail Cast On and Mosaic Knitting 101. In Mosaic Knitting 101, I showed that mosaic knitting is just stripes...
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