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Friday
Sep232016

New Pattern "Time Crunch Hat"

We just released our very first hat pattern, the "Time Crunch Hat" on Ravelry. It is free until October 1, 2016 when it will then be sold for $1.50.

 This easy beanie style hat knits up in a flash using DK weight yarn. 

The use of simple geometric Fair Isle shapes allows the knitting to be interesting, without being too complicated. The floats from the colorwork form an extra layer that will keep your head toasty warm, even on the coldest of days.

 

Materials List: 
Yarn Geek Fibers Maven DK 80% domestic Targhee wool, 20% silk yarn, two colors. 
Two full 230 yard skeins will make at least two hats. (MC) Lise Meitner and( CC1) Virgina Apgar are used in the picture.)

US Size 6 circular needles or double points or size needed to obtain gauge.

Tapestry Needle, Stitch marker (optional)

Size: S(M,L), 19 (21, 23)” circumference, shown in size M, 21”

Gauge: 22 sts/32 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch

Saturday
Jan232016

Name That Sheep Contest

 

Yarn Geek Fibers is running a contest through Feb. 12, 2016 to name our new sheep mascot.

Head on over to the Yarn Geek Fibers Ravery Group to find the rules and enter the contest.

Two winners will be announced on Feb. 14, 2016. One will be chosen by random number generator and one by providing the winning name.

Thursday
Oct292015

Its Midnight, Do You Know Where Your Knits Are?

When I was a teenage girl, the late night news show in St. Louis, Missouri would open with the phrase, "Its 10 o'clock. Do you know where your kids are?" What did my mother do on the nights I pressed curfew to the very last second? She waited up for me and played with yarn.  She sat quietly and made afghans. I used to think she was upset at my coming in late, but now I'm starting to see things a bit differently. Perhaps she was more upset my presence reminded her it was time to put down the project and go to bed.

Mother and I are both notorious Night Owls. We are both highly creative, and sedentary and pear shaped. On a recent visit home we working on our yarn projects after dinner. I insisted it was high time to turn in until I just about passed out from fatigue at 2am. Would she have gone on talking until the sun came up? I'll never know, but my suspicions say, "Most probably". How in the world does she do it? No, really, I'm asking because I want to learn how to craft on little to no sleep. I ripped out half of what I knit that night, but doubt my mother had to do any ripping. What gives? Did I give her the endurance way back when I was in high school?

Admittedly, I find my brain needs to be calmed by yarn slipping through my fingers at times. Well, most of the time. Even if the day has not been especially taxing, knitting helps my brain process through and file away the day's happenings.  Mom most likely had quite a few things to think about while she crocheted too. Would she have time to hang the laundry out before going to work in the morning? Did she remember to put milk on the shopping list? What was she going to say when I got home? What did her mother do when she kept her up waiting when she was young? What if she painted all the rooms in the house green? (She eventually did.) I could really crush some brownies right now. No, wait, that's my own thought. I seriously doubt my mother ever "crushed" anything.

Right now it is after midnight and I haven't even picked up my knitting needles today, erhm, yesterday I mean. Instead, I'm going to go to bed and hope the day doesn't creep over into my dreams. It would be awful to spend those hours cleaning houses and grocery shopping in my dreams, especially because my brain likes to mess with me. Undoubtedly I'll end up in some mortifying situation that feels real and yet not at the same time. Perhaps it would be safer to knit a bit, organize my thoughts and pretend to be my mother. The cat can amble in late and I will be forced to put my project down and go to bed. The little stinker better get here soon because I don't think I have the same endurance my mother does. It's really going to be a bummer ripping out all those stitches later.

Monday
May122014

Tutorial Tuesday - Fractal Spinning with Benjamin Krudwig

Fractal Nighthawk Neckerchief by Benjamin Krudwig Picture used with permission of Benjamin Krudwig

Would you like to learn to spin a yarn that would crochet up in gentle color changes like this? Today on the Schacht Spindle Blog, you can. The process is a simple one, but it yields fantastic results.

A few weeks ago Schacht Community Manager, Benjamin Krudwig contacted me about wanting to try Fractal Spinning out. I sent him some hand dyed Polwarth wool in the Verdigris colorway to play with because the colorway is somewhat simple, but the contrast between colors is great. The post on the Schacht Spindle blog is the result of his experiment.

We "met" a few years ago on an ETSY forum for crochet. He has moved on up since then and is even more active in the fiber community. He has recently added weaving and spinning to his repertoire, as well as pattern writing.  He is releasing the pattern for the crochet Nighthawk Neckerchief shown above soon, so keep an eye out for it.

 

My Fractal Spun Wingspan

This way of spinning is called the Fractal Spinning method. The name sounds technical and overly mathy, but don't worry if complicated equations are not your thing. There is no higher learning needed. In fact, when I do it, I only count during the few seconds of prep, and rarely count past 8. Benjamin breaks it down step-by-step and explains the particulars along with pictures, which are quite helpful.

If you enjoyed his tutorial, please check out Benjamin's YouTube tutorials as well. Don't forget to leave a comment for him.

Thursday
Apr032014

Chicago YarnCon Excitement

 This weekend signals Mr. Yarn Geek's and my first trip to Chicago this year. We are going to vend at YarnCon, the premier fiber event in Chicago, where we will happily bask in our element. (If not the sunshine) We plan to rub elbows with our fellow vendors, such as Jen of Daizie Knits and Megan of Skeined Alive to name a few. We look forward to reconnecting with some amazing people we hung out with last year at our booth. Don't be shy. Come back and see us again and show us what you've been working on this year.

If you have not yet signed up for classes, please check out the titillating offerings still available. Why not try Crocodile Stitch, Entrelac or Two Color Cables? Love knitting socks but have rubenesque feet? The Bigfoot Knits class is just the thing you've been dreaming of.

This weekend is just overflowing with exciting happenings such as the release of "Chicago Knits Magazine". Their website gives the flavor of the new publication on the front page:

"Welcome to the first issue of Chicago Knits Magazine, the only magazine dedicated solely to the Chicago yarn craft scene. We will be focusing on knitting, crochet, and yarn spinning. In each issue, we'll have interviews with local shop owners, the latest craft book reviews, yarn and gadget reviews, the patterns for the latest fashion trends, and vintage patterns from the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. Plus the best places to knit in our awesome city!"

Vintage patterns! We are all over that like wool on sheep and intend to bring home several copies of the first edition with us. Subscriptions are being taken online, but the opportunity to meet them in person is only happening at YarnCon, just one more reason of many to get thee to Chicago. 

We had such a lovely time last year, you are sure to do the same. The world of fiber arts is warm and fuzzy, so come wrap yourself up in it.