Lesson: Knitting Mohair

Working with mohair yarn can be a challenge. Because the yarn is so fuzzy and the fibers are clingy, the yarn will stick to itself as you knit, making it almost impossible to rip out. If you do have to rip, slowly unknit the piece stitch by stitch, using a sharp scissor to separate the furry halo if it gets stuck together. But be careful not to cut the core of the yarn! Read More

Black Purl Magazine: Finding My Roots

My grandmother taught me how to knit before I learned how to read. I’ve read voraciously for my whole life, but I didn’t keep knitting as I grew up. Every year, it seemed, I learned a new craft and left the others behind. Knitting came first, followed by crochet, embroidery, needlepoint, weaving, beading, decoupage, and candle making. Read More

SUMMER OF LACE: Trellis and Flowers Stole by Alice Scherp

My shawl is 7 feet long and 2 feet wide, but it only weighs about two and one half ounces. The colors are teal and natural qiviut. I spun the yarn, with a blend of eighty percent qiviut, ten percent silk, and ten percent merino wool. The resulting shawl is so fine that it will pass through a size 6 1/2 ring! Read More