Textured Knitting Stitches and Handspun


This is a great resource for those of us that learn the best when reading about what others have done wrong, lol.  This also helps beginning spinners to understand that even with their thick and thin spun yarn  (on accident) they can create a beautiful project.


Things We Love, Baby Blankets


This is a good, short, article that reminds the reader that weaving (or anything) for a baby has more considerations than for any other type of person.  I know when crocheting for babies there are certain patterns that I look at and all I can think of is the baby getting their little fingers and toes stuck in all of the holes!

Spinning for Inkle Weaving


This article begins an exploration of weaving using a technique called Inkle Weaving, this allows the weaver to create narrow to mid width bands of varying lengths.  The patterning can be quite simple or quite complex.  These bands are Warp Faced, which means that the threads used to create the length wise parts are what show, the weft or horizontal threads do not really show up except when you turn an edge.  Two of the main points made by this author are that the warp threads for this type of project should not have any halo, this would make them harder to shed or come apart so the weft can fit through, and that they should not have much bounce (bounce can distort the final project.)

A decent article with some good points to think about.

From Scary to Snuggly: The History of the Teddy Bear


The Teddy Bear began with Roosevelt refusing to kill a bear someone had hit over the head and tied up specifically so that Roosevelt could kill it.  (He declared it unsportsmanlike).

From there an industrious newspaperman created a cartoon of the incident; another woman created a bear based on the event that she named Teddy.

With Roosevelt’s permission the Teddy bear became very popular and before you know it a cultural phenomena is born.