Friday, February 23, 2018

Conservation Breed Wool

According to the Woolery, "Part of the fun of working with wool is that there are so many unique varieties of sheep. Wool from different breeds work better for different projects and having a choice is fun. In order to make sure we have choices in our wool fibers for the future, we need to work on conserving rare sheep breeds. Choosing to work with Conservation Breed Wool helps support the farmers and organizations who are working hard to preserve these breeds."

Learn more about the rare and native breeds in the Woolery's post,  Conservation Breed Wool.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Pin Loom Manuals

Vintage Pin Loom instruction manuals (PDF) with patterns as well as information can be downloaded free on eLoomaNation's website

Monday, February 19, 2018

Unique Fiber - Bear

Fiber can be harvested from lots of animals, including bear.

Interweave recently reposted an article about Maxine Tyler: Official Bear Knitter.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Holding a Crochet Hook

According to Interweave author, Julia M. Chambers, "The way we hold our hooks—and the reason we find one hook and handhold more comfortable or effective than another—is determined in part by the shape of our hands, the length of our fingers, and muscle memory development. Our lifestyle affects how we use our hands. Someone who swings a hammer every day will hold and use a crochet hook differently from someone who types all day. By being aware of our strengths and weaknesses, we may even be able to prevent repetitive-motion injuries.

I have short fingers and wide hands with a lot of muscle development from playing piano. When I was a child, I did a lot of hand and finger exercises so I could play an octave, because my fingers were so short. My hand-muscle development likely makes the way I hold and use a hook different from someone else who also has short fingers but does not have the muscle development I do from piano. I prefer long crochet hooks and an underhand hold."

Julia covers six ways to hold a crochet hook in her article, Holding a Crochet Hook and with her tips, you should find a method that works the best for your hands.