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Simply Basics: Winding a Center Pull Ball

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Ever wonder how people hand wind such neat looking center pull balls? I wanted to learn to make those perfect little parcels myself and tried doing it around my fingers, but just made a mess.  I recently learned how to wind a center pull ball on a nostepinne – a tool originated in Sweden that makes the process a snap. Nostepinne’s can be as …read more

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Be Fearless

Spinning Yarn Fearlessly | SimplyNotable.com

  When it comes to spinning  – experimentation is the rule for me these days. I’ve been taking the time to explore different methods and to play with color. I’ve had some help and inspiration with a new spinning resource: PLY magazine by spinner extraordinaire – Jacey Boggs. This is a compendium of spinning know-how that has sent my little …read more

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Magic Knitting

Knitting Using a Magic Ball | SimplyNotable.com

I received a beautiful magic ball when our Simply Notable Ravelry group had a magic ball swap last January. My partner had made up a wondrous magic ball of superwash sock weight leftovers in gorgeous hues. I searched patterns for awhile with a certain amount of indecision because I wanted to show off the interesting and colorful interplay of …read more

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Wind Up a Magic Ball!

How to Wind Up a Magic Ball | SimplyNotable.com

There’s been some buzz about magic balls on some of the pod casts I watch and listen to lately. Our Simply Notable Ravelry Group even got excited enough about this to create a “Ball of Wonder” Swap where members made up magic balls from their own stash and sent them to one another! I’ve always thought of magic balls as balls of yarn wound up with …read more

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Stitches West Finds

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Mom Sr and I had such a great time at Stitches West! We loved communing with our fellow knitters and crocheters, learning new tricks in our classes and most especially loved the opportunity to see new indie dyers up close and personal. We found some real winners at the show that we’ll be shopping with this year: Dizzy Blonde Studios’ gorgeous rack …read more

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Road Cotton

Spin Cotton From the Roadside - so neat!

  Since I returned to my home in Arizona from Greece, I’ve really come to appreciate my home state. True, it’s too hot much of the year, and there’s only a small window of time in which I can enjoy wool hand knits, but the desert is beautiful. I find ways to indulge my passion for knitting and fiber – even in warm country. This is cotton farming …read more

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Magic Corkshrooms

Another great free knitting pattern from Simply Notable - Magic Corkshrooms!

  Transform your leftover fingering and sport weight yarn bits into whimsical little Toadstools to decorate your world. Knit in the round on double pointed needles, they come to life quickly, just like those that spring up in the wild! ♥ Materials: Small Amounts of Fingering to Sport Weight Yarn Size 2.25 mm needles (double points or …read more

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The Almost Lost Washcloth Pattern

Almost Lost Washcloth Knitting Pattern - Gorgeous!

  On my last visit, my Mom in law gave me a most welcome gift: a generous stack of hand-knit washcloths! Not only were they plentiful, they were lofty and thirsty, in a perfect size, round and scalloped. When I asked which pattern she used, she said it was one a former neighbor had given her. She wasn’t sure she even still had it.  I offered …read more

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A Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl

Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl Knitting Pattern

The Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl is a popular free pattern that’s been waiting for my attention for a few years now. I love the feminine, homey stitch pattern that lends itself so well to stripes of coordinating colors and I’ve dreamed it into existence with so many different combinations! This large shawl came to be using a skein of handspun …read more

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A Long Time Coming

Spinning Yarn on a Turkish Spindle

  Good Gravy! After finishing my latest spin, my first on the turkish spindle, I looked back to see when I’d begun and saw that I’ve been nursing this spin along for nearly 6 months! I am powerfully happy to have it off my spindle! And yes – I learned a valuable lesson I can share with you regarding a turkish spindle. The fiber was merino …read more

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