My partner and I raise and show Shetland Sheepdogs. They generate a LOT of shed hair, generally the soft, downy undercoat.
I saved the (cleaner) combout hair with the intent to spin and knit with the hair. The resources I found recommended carding in some wool to allow for a slightly looser twist upon spinning (wool has scales that interlock and allow the fibers to hold together under looser tention, apparently).
Well, I could never figure out the damn spinning wheel and gave up. If anyone knows where I can send a big bag of clean dog hair for spinning, please let me know.
Location, location, location...one of our knitting groups folded after a few month, the other is still going strong. I think there were several factors involved, but location was the biggest.
One was held in a well-lit cafe (there are extra lights that get turned on when the knitters are there) with two comfy couches and plenty of room to pull up additional chairs (different kinds of seating is a plus). The cafe has a good menu with lots of choices (food and beverages, sandwiches, salads, coffee, wine, beer, etc). Music, but not so loud that it makes conversation difficult.
Do you knit for the current season or for the season ahead?
This is a fun idea!
A note to anyone from the Oakland, CA area. The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA) is holding its National Conference there - April 20-23. Check out details of our event at www.TKGA.com. Hope you can come! We're expecting as many as 70 exhibitors (you can buy) and 40+ knitting classes and 3,000 visitors.
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The last stitch on my knitting is always extremely loose. How can I help rectify the situation? It's extremely annoying.
Here's a link (to a forum entry on knittinghelp.com) that talks about making gauge swatches for projects knit in-the-round.
The method described involves knitting a row, sliding the work to the other end of a circular needle, then knitting the next row from the same side (leaving a long loop of yarn across the back). Advantage: you end up with a measurable rectangle instead of a loop.
Has anyone tried this method? Are there other methods to recommend?
I got a kitty and want to spin kitty hair yarn. Her coat is super soft and about an inch in length, which I've read seems to be the minimum for spinning it without needing to blend it with wool.
I found a company that will spin the yarn for you, but that's no fun. Anyone ever spun pet hair?
Twisted, humorous commentary is also encouraged! :)