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Victorian Yarn Ramble

Lil and I had the opportunity to join part of the Victorian Yarn Ramble organised by the Indie Road  Travel Team of Gaille Smith and Chris Cregan. They made the trip simple and enjoyable. They have done their homework - chosen desitinations for the wool and food lovers. Lil and I recommend that you check out the tours they offer and seriously think about joining them on one of the tours.  Our day started in Melbourne - early, we had to meet at 7.30am. We found coffee and the streets looked deserted.  We journeyed to Inverleigh for breakfast and then on to the Western District where we stopped off at the Fletcher Jones Garden & Market, a great initiative set...

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51 Yarns

Up for a challenge? 51 Yarns is a fun, detailed list of spinning adventures every spinner should embark on. Packed for the long haul with vital information, tips, tricks, and trivia, it’s an essential travel companion for your fiber trek across a lush topography of breeds, techniques, materials, and approaches. Map your trail or just ride along — 51 Yarns is the journey; being a happy, well-rounded spinner is the destination! At 6 x 9 inches, it’s our smallest book size but big enough to contain 51 formidable feats but small enough to throw in your spinning basket. And we’ve printed it on paper hearty enough to withstand trips to spinning circles and guild meetings, transcontinental hikes, vine swings, late-night spelunks, or...

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What needles to use for circular knitting?

This is such a personal thing and there are a number of options that you can choose from. You may even choose to use different options for different projects - all depending on what you feel most comfortable with and what suits the project.  So, what are the options. 1: One single circular needle.  Sizing of the circular needle will range from 20cm - 150cm. All depends on the project you are working on.  I even use these for straight needle knitting.  2: Addicrazy Trio. Can be used instead of a 20-25cmm circular needle or a set of DPN's.  Needle sizing ranges from 2.00mm-5.00mm. Double-pointed needles with a twist - or flexibility rather! The latest way to knit socks. The double-pointed knitting needles have...

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Cashmere Care

GOLDEN RULES OF WASHING CASHMERE Luxurious investment garments are created for many years of wear and love. And ensuring these garments reach their long-wearing potential is key to the socially and environmentally responsible slow-fashion movement. So, how do we ensure we get the most out of our favourite high-quality wardrobe additions? The secret is proper care: namely washing, drying, and storing them correctly. The very thought of washing delicate cashmere garments, however, can raise spectres of laundry-room horror: tumble-drier disasters, hot water shrinkage, and shapeless clothesline disfigurements. The Mia Fratino team has put together this information to help you.  Firstly, and importantly, cashmere garments do not have to be dry cleaned! In fact, dry cleaning cashmere can damage the garment...

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malabrigo

As of 14 April we are now stocking malabrigo yarn and books. I have selected Rios, Silk Merino and Sock as the shop yarns and we have pattern support as well.  malabrigo is a family owned yarn company located in Uruguay who have developed a line of hand-dyed yarns of incredible softness and wonderful colour variations. malabrigo products are made out of the softest fibres available and inspired by nature, as well as landscapes, places, art and day-to-day life. This is what they try to represent when naming their 18 yarn varieties and the range of over 300 colours they come in. malabrigo produce yarn because they are passionate about it. They believe in the pleasure of knitting with good-quality,...

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