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Fortnightly Fiber Arts News, January 28th, 2021
Handspun Yarn
Handspun Yarn and Roving. Photo by Brittney Hobein Photography.

Webs, Northampton shop that’s ‘America’s Yarn Store’, sold after 47 years

Red Leaf Vines Knitted Lace Scarf Chart

Margaret Stove, New Zealand’s Lacemaker to Royalty

Welcome Winter Cowl. This knitting pattern is for a cozy alternative to a scarf, in a form sometimes also known as a "dickie."

Wendy Garrity posted an "Instructional video series covering first steps of weaving kushutara (supplementary weft brocading from Bhutan in the Himalaya) on a backstrap loom."

Log Cabin Spectrum Knitted Blanket Pattern from Purl Soho.

National Geographic published an article on Scottish Tweed. (I was able to read the article for free by subscribing to their email list).

Querverweis Knitted Sock Directions by Sybil R

Natural Dyes from Pine and Spruce Branches

Scuba Ray Stranded Knit Mittens.

Weavers - have you heard of the Drift Test?

Sunshine - a free throw-pillow-size knitted sun pattern! From Sincerely Louise.

Felted Rucksack Tutorial Video. Audio is in German, but in settings you can select to auto-translate the captions into English. Not a perfect translation, but passable. I like how she used a resist to create the closure.

Chubby Garter-Stitch Hearts.

Handwoven Pouch Start to Finish - Rigid Heddle Loom - with handwoven strap and closure!

Cable Cast On Tutorial

Dyeing Wool with Rustgill Mushrooms

Free Pattern: Faux Cables Knitted Socks.

Handspan Bias-Knit Gloves Pattern at

Nunofelting tips: How to stretch commercial or homemade roving to felt a fast cobweb scarf. (video)

Platypus Crochet Pattern - free download!

"Frozen Yarn! Ice Dyeing Yarn with a Difference: I try freezing the yarn in a block of ice." By From the Cauldron.

Fake I cord bind off (FICBO) - Quick and easy, sturdy and handsome
From my desk...

When I sit down to write this portion of the newsletter, I usually scan through recent photos on my phone for inspiration. This week, my recent photos are mostly of food (I've been teaching the kids to cook), quotes from books the children or I have been reading, or silly photos of or with the children. Not much in the way of textile arts recently.

But the days have been full, and very good. We are plugging away at school work, and making progress on the multiplication table. I'm thankful that we still get to have skating lessons each week to get out and moving. Our library has curbside pick up  available, a real blessing to us (though the 75-book limit on placing holds keeps bringing me up short - my son told me yesterday that he thinks that limit was created *because* of me, ha-ha!). The ability to cook yummy meals with my children has been satisfying, though also exhausting at times (still getting used to everything taking 3-4 times longer when they do it).

I've reached the point of winter in Wisconsin where I just want sunshine and warm weather again. Trying not to focus on the negatives, though, but on the positives.

Feeling blessed and thankful,
Andrea Mielke Schroer

P.S. Bernie's mittens captured the attention of the fiber arts world - inspiring much knitting and crocheting! Here's a look at a few: mitten patterns (here, here, here, and here in crochet), hatssweaters, socks, and crocheted or knitted dolls. There is even a mitten knitting pattern with an image of Bernie wearing *his* mittens!

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