winding yarn

Okay, let me show you the good old fashioned skill of winding yarn by hand. If you’ve ever admired beautiful hank of yarn but didn’t know how to wind it without some kind of contraption – or if you’ve wondered how your yarn was organised into a skein in the first place, the second part of the “Cabled Handwarmers” set, in The Knitting Series, might please you. Have a look at how I wind yarn into a ball by hand. (It’s 2.22 minutes.)

Such a meditative process. Particularly if you find yourself falling in love with spinning your own! I prefer to pull yarn from the center of a skein, so that it needn’t roll around to unravel. Then I can knit or crochet freely, with the yarn in a handbag, which makes it easy to pick up my knitting at violin lessons, at the park, on the bus, at a café. I’ll also wind yarn like this when a store-bought ball gets knotted up, or is half gone and getting a bit messy. Yarn is happiest loose ’til you’re ready to use it, without tension to stretch it, I’ve been told, and is also easier to send through the post. (Like the appleturnovershop does, naturally.) You might like to watch the other movies in the “Cabled Handwarmers” set, over at the old schoolhouse (in the column to your left).

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quilting triangles

Quilting Triangles, like Quilting Squares is a guide to patchwork quilting, this time in the more challenging traditional “broken dishes” pattern. And, like Squares and all of the schoolhouse movies, the picture is matched by simple pattern. (If you have only a minute, watch the trailer!)

If you’ve already got your pattern from the appleturnovershop – wonderful! Let’s get started.

original quilting triangles project kit

quilting triangles project kit, the original

quilting triangles project kit in golden pindot

quilting triangles project kit in golden pindot

quilting triangles project kit in floral chartreuse

quilting triangles project kit in floral chartreuse