Spinning: Crafting your own supplies!

Knitting hats, jumpers, mittens, and socks are what most knitters take on as projects.  What about lace knitting?  Shetland lace knitting to be exact.

I signed up for a Shetland Lace knitting class taught by Gudrun Johnston at Tolt Yarn and Wool, Carnation, WA, that happens tomorrow.  The lovely ladies at Tolt Yarn and Wool mentioned the class to me when I had stopped in last month on my way to visit the kids up at college.  I thanked them for the information, made my purchase and went on my way.

A few days later, after pondering the class, I rang them up to see if there were any spots left. Indeed there was and I signed up for the class.

Last weekend I decided since I did not buy any lace or fingering weight yarn per the class supply list, that I would spin my own yarn.  I did and I think it will do just fine.


A very full bobbin of plied wool.  I spun the singles on my Jensen while watching many episodes of Dr. Who.   I spent a few hours over two nights plying the singles on my Hansen eSpinner.

IMG_3187 665 yards 2-ply merino, fingering weight.

Let’s hope that I learn some good lace knitting tips and tricks tomorrow.

History Makers: Tames Alan

Today was Lace Day for the Lacemakers of Puget Sound.  It was held at the Kent Commons – Green River room, Kent, Washington.  It was a lovely presentation.

Tames Alan is a performer and historical consultant living in Washington.  She has about 25 presentations available and today she presented From the Streets of Shakespeare to the Court of Elizabeth.

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Here she talks of the daily life of a lower middle class woman.  Between costumes, she took a few minutes to answer any questions.  Of course, I had to ask about the fabric of the clothing they wore during this period.  Wool or wool/linen.  I want to know more because I cannot imagine everyone had a weaving loom within their cottage to clothe their family.  Tames said as a lower middle class woman, you would have two shifts.  One you wore for the first six days of the week and on Sunday, when you attended church services, you wore your second one that was to be clean or you would be fined.  Very little clothing, very poor conditions.  Fleas, vermin, bed bugs, eck!  You bathed twice in your life then, once when born and the other time when you were married, but that was more of a sprinkling.  They wore caps to keep their head warm since their hair fell out due to not bathing.  They were afraid that they would die from bathing since they would have to do so in the river and it was contaminated with waste.  I would have taken my chances by collecting rainwater and boiling it in my one kettle.

Then she changed into the following attire in front of us, always wearing the white shift.

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You would wear 14 skirts with your clothing weighing in around 80 pounds.  She told us of the conditions of the time and it made me thankful that I live when I do.

It was a wonderful performance.  Please check out her website, Living History Lectures to learn more.

Knitting: Shwook Hat

DSCN0932Off the needles: Shwook Hat.  On Friday night, I made a cup of coffee to ensure that I was ready to spend the evening knitting on this hat until it was completed. I finished well before the stroke of midnight, no less.

A wonderful pattern by Hazel Tindall for Shetland Wool Week 2014.

To get your copy of the free pattern, go here.

Happy Knitting.


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