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Spinspiration: Bomb Pop

The Fiber: Falkland, handdyed by me

The Tea: Stash Tea, Fusion Red, White and Blueberry Tea

The Mug: Hand Thrown Ceramic Mug from Paw Print Pottery UK

The Yarn: Bomb Pop, available in my shop.

Spinspiration: Hummingbird.

The Fiber: Blue Faced Leicester in Hummingbird via Hello Yarn.

The Infuser: Hummingbird Tea Infuser via Amazon.

The Mug: Mint Green Bird Cage via GilliattCeramics.

The Yarn: Hummingbird via The Corner of Knit & Tea.

Lost at Sea

I am beyond excited today to announce the release of my first pattern design, Lost at Sea.

Photo credit: Ana Reinert

Lost at Sea is a 2-color shawl designed to be knit with handspun yarn.  The shawl is knit on the bias with alternating sections of squishy garter stitch designed to show off variegated handspun yarns and a lace section designed to show off solid color handspun skeins.  If you want to stretch a single precious skein of handspun, simply pair it with a complementary colored commercial yarn.

Louet North America graciously offer to provide fiber support for this pattern.  I spun some Louet Northern Lights Wool top in Ocean Waves and Louet Merino in Quoddy Bay Grey to knit the sample.  A special thank you to Ana Reinert of the Well Appointed Desk for taking such wonderful photos.

Photo credit: Ana Reinert

Lost at Sea is available as a free Ravelry download.

Louet North America also graciously provided me with enough fiber to spin some up as a kit to give away to one lucky winner.  You can enter the contest to win this kit on Ravelry, in The Corner of Knit & Tea group.

 

If you would like to spin and knit a shawl for yourself, Louet North America has put together kits with the fibers I used and a hard copy of the pattern.  It’s super discounted and available here!

I have also produced a short podcast about Lost at Sea.

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A special thank you to Stitchcraft Marketing and the folks at Louet who sent me fiber (retail: $63.00) for free. I received no other compensation for this pattern. All opinions and photos are my own, except where indicated.

Crafty: Spinning a Shawl

Recently I finished a knit where I spun the fiber and then knit up the resulting yarn into a shawl. Even though I don’t generally process or dye fiber, I feel like when I spin my own yarn and then knit it I am involved in the process of creating a garment beginning to end.  Many cups of tea accompanied this process.

 

The Fibers: Spunky Eclectic, Dark Merino, Asteroid & Southern Cross Fibre, BFL/Silk, Seraglio

The Pattern: Quaker Yarn Stretcher by Susan Ashcroft

Creative Hand

I’m taking a brief break from the usual Wednesday post to promote a local craft show where I’ll be selling my wares (handspun yarn and handspun, handknit mitten ornaments).

 

The Creative Hand Show & Sale is sponsored by the Kansas City Fiber and Weavers Guilds.

It features the work of 60+ artisans and showcases fiber arts, weaving, jewelry, pottery, soap, home decor and more.

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Friday, November 21

4 pm to 9 pm

Fashion Show at 7 pm

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Saturday, November 22

10 am to 5 pm

Fiber technique

demonstrations all day

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Old Shawnee Town

11600 Johnson Dr.

Shawnee, KS 66203

 

I hope to see you there!

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 3

Welcome back for my third episode and welcome to new viewers. I was on vacation last week and missed you all.

If you’re looking for me on social media all my contact details are here.  Please leave me a comment to say hello!

Wearing:

Sipping:

Knitting:

Spinning:

Holiday

A day off from work means a little bit of this:

The Mug: My favorite Kansas joke, available here.

The Tea: The Republic of Tea, Hibiscus Key Lime

The Knitting: Heart of the Mesa Mittens by Grace Schnebly, knit out of my handspun from fiber dyed by Southern Cross Fibre

The Entertainment: Olympics!