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Progress: BFL/Bombyx

Isn’t it gorgeous? The colors are in the order of the gradient.

The yarn is all destined for one project, so for the second skein (currently on the wheel) I’ve mixed a bit of the dark end of the first skein with the light end of the second so that it will provide a continuous, gentle color transition as the knitter makes their project.

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Finished: Falkland Gradients

The gradients shown in this post have been finished.  They may not look like much in the skeins, but the colors are exactly as shown in that post, in that order.

“Arcadia”, sport weight, 228 yards, 4 ounces:

“Ocean”, sport weight, 226 yards, 4 ounces: SOLD

If you want them before they go in the shop, message me and we can work something out.  Etsy listings take a lot of time to set up properly, so I’m willing to give a discount for yarns that haven’t been posted there yet.

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Tools of the Trade

Updated June 15th, 2018

I thought I’d do a post about the tools I use to make things for both myself and the shop.  (Product photos are from the manufacturers, as I can’t take a good picture of some of these.)

My spinning wheel is an original Ashford Joy single treadle, made sometime before 2002.  It’s a travel wheel that folds up and weighs about 11 pounds, if I remember correctly.

Instead of the original flyer, I use a Woolee Winder.  Its bobbins are much larger than the Joy’s, and it takes up the yarn without me having to stop to change hooks.  It looks similar to this:

For weaving, I have several looms. Some see more use than others.

For cloth, the Schacht Cricket 15″:

For inkle and card-woven bands, two looms from Windhaven Fiber and Tools: the Ukulele (which is tiny at 10″ long)…

and the Harpsichord, which is enormous and can do an 18 foot band.


All three see a lot more use than my poor, neglected XL tapestry loom from Funum Studio.

I do, however, use my smaller tapestry looms quite a bit.  I have the Tiny and Intermediate looms by Hokett, which both look like this (but in different sizes and woods):


Most of my knitting is done with a Chiaogoo Twist interchangeable set.

That covers all the big stuff.  I have a swift and ball winder, a skeinwinder, and a billion knitting notions…