Saturday before last (as well as last Saturday) was a bit dreary, but certainly not in the shop. The beginning knitters were proudly showing off their swatches! It is exciting to teach new knitters.

Happiness is learning how to knit! Notice the students picked yarn for their scarves.

Speaking of knitting, I made a short video on the Russian Join. It is a great way to splice yarn, especially cotton, for your summer knitting. It was fun to do and I hope it helps those of you that want to give this technique a try —>Movie on 2012-04-28 Russian Join

I missed the Spin-In on Saturday. I was not far away at Rum River Scout Camp teaching Dutch oven cooking. The rain let up long enough for my class. No soggy coals or cobbler! Back to spinning…I hear there has been lots of it lately at the shop. There are wheels, spindles, and fiber, and everyone knows how healthy a good dose of fiber is for a body! Shepherd’s Harvest ( is this coming weekend.

I dug into my stash recently and used some of my handspun cotton for Urchin, by Ysolda Teague (found in Knitty (, Fall 2007). It is a great little garter stitch pattern, it does not take much yardage, and it is a good way to use the Wrap and Turn technique (aka short rows).