Wednesday Miscellany: The Melange Edition

Welcome to another installment of Wednesday Miscellany.

A number of things have come across the transom this week at Nake-id Knits, inspiring us with the vast array of choices we have as modern knitters. Let’s take a look, shall we?

1. Knit a hedgehog. Maybe you never thought this was necessary for you to have a complete knitting life. But trust us, it is. See?


From the clever people at Fiber Trends.

Those little buggers are just begging to be knit.

Spiny mammals not your thing? How ‘bout…

2. Flamingos? Yesterday on All Things Considered, we learned that Union Products, the company that invented the pink plastic flamingo and manufactured them for 50 years is closing. What better time to knit one of these?


Again, from Fiber Trends

3. Local girls: There’s a new shop in town. Owned by the talented weaver and spinner Harriet Rose (who patiently helped me divine the mysteries of my used Schacht spinning wheel), Rose Weaving Gallery and Studio sells looms, finished weavings and some spinning supplies. Look for upcoming classes. Located in Olde Town Arvada.

Need Road Trip? This weekend, check out Alpacas at TheRanch, the Larimer County Fairgrounds and Events Complex in Loveland. Fiber and free kisses from camelids--Nov. 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

4. Those with glass spindles, shouldn’t drop them: Knitting podcasters, Lime & Violet—the Car Guys of the Fiber World—recently announced the debut of the Lime & Violet Don’t Drop Glass Spindle. Created by glassmakers Michael and Sheila Ernst, who also sell an amazing array of flameworked knitting needles and crochet hooks, including Lime & Violet straights, circs and double points, the space-age looking spindle is handcrafted from borosilicate glass and apparently is tougher than it looks. Word to the wise, though: Spin over thick shag carpeting.

5. Knit a gnome: Every well-dressed holiday home needs a few of these: Hirsute, old men who look to be in need of baths. Gotta say, they look like they smell a bit, no? (For a less snarky report, read Pink Dandelion’s take on gnome knitting. In situ, the hairy dudes look quite charming.)


By British designer Alan Dart






Comments (4) -

November 1. 2006 01:37


When spinning with the L&V spindle, I would also recommend: Wear shoes.

You could crack a bone in your foot if it broke the fall of that thing.

Lissa |

November 1. 2006 01:50


Aren't Debbie Radtke's hedgehogs and flamingos great? I'm not much into cute. They transcend the bog of cute. Debbie's also done squirrels for FiberTrends.

Deborah Robson |

November 2. 2006 23:51


Love the gnomes!  They're my kind of people. Any patterns for them on this side of the ocean?

Kay |

June 29. 2007 13:59



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