Sunday, September 27, 2015

DenKnits 3.19 Yarn, fiber, same thing

Sorry, I'm slacking on show notes...  I'll update them all someday, just doesn't look like today.

Had to use a different system for recording and editing so things will look different.  Let me know if the quality is real bad.  Also, lighting wasn't the best as it's overcast today.  This will likely happen more as we go into winter.  Maybe this year I"ll finally buy a good light bulb :-)

Sunday, September 13, 2015

DenKnits 3.18

Video is available, I'll try to get back for show notes soon!

The website I used to figure out needle sizes for unknown yarns using a needle gauge:

My huge sweater!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

DenKnits 3.17 Enough Design Talk

Finished objects - FOs

  • Cowl design out of handspun corespun from Winding Wool Creek Fiber Mill
    • Already test knit, should be available soon!
  • Handspun cowl/poncho (concho?) from hand carded fibers spun gradiently
    • Didn't turn out how I planned so I don't intend on publishing
  • Baby Bandana Bib
    • Used Louisa Harding Jesse
  • Hat design out of Wool Sundae worsted weight yarn
Works in progress - WIPs
  • Practice corespinning with core I purchased at this year's MFF and fiber purchased at last year's MFF
  • Handcarded black merino from FiberJ with sari silk ribbon threads and corespun, then 2plied it
  • Handcarded other unknown fiber with sari silk ribbon threads but haven't spun the rolags yet
  • Drop spindling!  Happyfuzzyyarn on the TurtleMade turkish 3D spindle
  • Test Knitters Call!
    • Cowl out of DK, 475yds
    • Poncho out of DK, 800-1000yds?
    • Hat out of worsted, 220yds
    • Cowl out of worsted, 200yds?
    • Long cowl out of worsted, 185yds
New to me Videos

Saturday, August 8, 2015

DenKnits 3.15 Words... mmmm... fiber!

Spinning - TdF total 3,814yds/2.167miles total spun

  • Finished the Topeka Twister rolags as 2ply 190yds
  • Rainbows
    • Fiber J nply 110yds
    • Savvy Skeins nply 150yds
    • Spun Sugar 2ply 86 yds
    • Topeka Twister nply 136yds

Finished Objects - FOs
  • Shortie socks - Plymouth yarn Neon Now 45g
  • Maria Zilakou's Avrilia Shawl - Handspun Blue Barn Fiber ~400yds
  • Shawl Design for 3ply -> 2ply handspun - Spun Right Round
  • Cowl Design to go with Angel Wings Hat - Highland Handmades handspun worsted
  • Loopy cowl design - Kirby Wirby worsted
  • The Penny hat revisited and matching mitts created - Fiber Addiction worsted
Works in Progress - WIPs
  • Socks - Plymouth yarn Neon Now remaining 55g
  • Hat design - Wool Sundae worsted
  • Shawl practice out of worsted acrylic magic ball
  • During July promo I introduced "Rock Around" cowl design out of North Cabin Fiber Crafts fingering weight held double
  • And Angel Wings Hat out of Agrestal Yarns
Out & About
  • Holland Fiber Friends - meet at Michigan Fiber Fest on Saturday!
    • New Facebook group for news!
    • September meet up date TBD
  • Michigan Fiber Fest plans
    • New business cards and 'rack cards' from Vista print
  • 2 braids of falkland totaling over 8oz from Fiber J destash
  • Estonia yarns from 'aunt's trip 
  • FredArndtArtworks ornament (find on Etsy!)
Knittin' in the Mitten
  • I'm organizing the Try it out/try it on/designers trunk show
  • Check The High Fiber Diet board for the thread and contribute!
Michigan Fibre Studio opening Sept 12 in the Eastown neighborhood of Grand Rapids

DenKnits 3.14 Spinning more than knitting

Sorry, I did not post the video here as soon as it published to YouTube :-(

Quick show notes, no links...

No knitting FOs

Christmas in July / Birthday Month evens on DenKnits Facebook page and denknits_myfavthings Instagram account


  • Steel City - Dream in Color Starry
  • Socks - Neon Now Plymouth Yarns
Designing - How do you like errata?

  • Spin This Box (now on Big Cartel!)
    • Light up the Sky all but one done, 1782 yds so far
    • Savvy Skeins 3ply 180yds
    • Fiber J 2ply 134yds
    • Spun Sugar batt single 146yds
    • Phoenix Fiber Co single 178yds
    • Topeka Twister batt 2ply 112 yds
    • Topeka Twister rolags in progress on TurtleMade 3D printed spindle, will be 2ply
  • Spin This Box Rainbows up next

Sunday, July 5, 2015

DenKnits 3.13 Tour de F... Fleece!

Finished Objects - FOs

Works in Progress - WIPs
  • It's Tour de Fleece!  Somehow related to a bike race that I don't know anything about, I decided to join Team Phoenix Rising 2015 because she created a Facebook group and I like her fibers :-)  My goal is to spin all of my two Spin This Box fibers and I started with prepping some of the braids on Friday.  I'll mostly wheel spin but since I have some days I won't be able to use my wheel, I will also be using my TurtleMade spindle.
Christmas in July / Birthday Month
  • Like my Facebook page and / or follow my business Instagram account to see the daily highlights.  Patterns that are free will be highlighted as well as paid patterns that will be discounted.  I'll also have specials on finished knits for sale for non-knitters and maybe even some handspun or other items knitters would like!