My Love of Wool

 I love wool!  Yes I know that may sound crazy but I do. My sister calls me a yarn snob and we laugh. It’s because once I had knit with natural fibres, it’s hard to go back to acrylic.  P.s.  I do think acrylic has its place and I do choose it for projects.  So after opening our Etsy shop this week (yeah!) I have been thinking about if people will love the wool sweaters I made as much as I do. I’ve heard the whispers when I’ve mentioned I knit baby sweaters with wool.  I know it’s not for some people because ease of care is at the top of their list, but I believe you can have both!
So I thought I would do a little post of my favourite features of wool!

1. Soft – yes, wool is soft.  Merino wool fibres are extremely fine, which makes them able to bend more than traditional coarser wool fibres.  So this makes the wool feel soft and luxurious against your skin.  Also I love the way it feel when I’m knitting.

2.  Elastic – the natural elasticity helps your clothes stretch with you, but also to return to their original shape.

3. Warm AND Cool – is this possible?  Why yes! (Are you starting to see why I love wool?) It reacts to changes in your body temperature. So you stay warm in cold weather and cool when it’s hot.

4. Breathable – Merino wool can absorb large quantities of moisture vapour then move it away to evaporate into the air.

5. Machine Washable – yes, I said it. Superwash wool means you can machine wash and tumble dry!

There’s more!  Wool is Static resistant, Stain resistant, Anti-wrinkle, Odour resistant, Fire resistant and Uv resistant!

After doing a bit of reading for this post it showed me how intricate the fibre is,
as this illustration shows:

So there it is!  Why I LOVE wool❤️
What’s your favourite material to knit with?

Knittynuhn🐑

 

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Road trip

For Family Day long weekend we decided to take a road trip to Ottawa and visit some old friends. Of course I took the opportunity to knit a baby sweater  in the car for the 5 hour drive. image

My first thought was oooh new yarn stores to visit!  So I looked up online and found there were 3 stores in the area.  My friend has just taken up crocheting so I knew she would love to go shopping for yarn as well.  I had run out of the yarn I was using for the sweater, and I was starting to sweat thinking that I wouldn’t have anything to knit all weekend!

We ventured to a local yarn shop called Wabi-Sabi.

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The boys quickly found a seat to play on their phones to pass the time.

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The shop had some cute details that I loved.  Like this mailbox used to house notions,

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and tool box to hold knitting needles and crochet hooks.IMG_2547

I bought a skien from Punta Yarns Fuego.  I was able to use the swift in the store to hand wind my yarn so that I could start knitting that night at my friends place.IMG_2549

I decided to make a simple seed stitch cowl, I worked on it that night after dinner and finished the next morning.  It turned out to be one of my favourite scarves.IMG_2597

I think shopping for yarn when in another town is so great, now when I wear this cowl I will think of my friends and the great weekend we had.  I think it might be a new travel tradition!

 

Do you visit yarn shops when you are out of town?

 

-Knittynuhn

Going Old School- my Grandma’s sewing machine

Although I’ve often wanted a new sewing machine, I’ve always had a soft spot for old things (and great deals) and that spilled over into my sewing machines too. A hand-me-down treasure or a garage sale find of a solid old machine was good enough ($25.oo for a machine AND an amazing sewing table? Sold!)- and I’d use the machine and get the last bit of life out of it before moving on to my next treasure. A sample of my past babies:

 

This past year, however, I ended up with two new treasures. First of all, I finally bought myself a brand new machine. A Singer Quantum Stylist 9980. I love it. The thread cutter alone gives me a huge thrill, not to mention all the amazing stitches and the button holes. (Oh the button holes) It’s also powerful enough to sew right through you’re forefinger… but that’s another story….

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My Baby – Singer Quantum Stylist 9980

Not long after that, in the fall of last year my elderly grandparents moved in with my parents. While helping them move, my Grandma gave me her sewing machine. It was the one she purchased just after they got married. The machine dates back to 1948. It came in its original case with a bunch of accessories and even the original instruction manual. I remember sewing Barbie clothes on it as a little kid. My Grandma said it still worked really well, but I was just thrilled to have it and would have kept it in any condition. (I may have a bit of a problem with that…)

So for the last 6 months it sat on a shelf while I sewed away with my new machine – until last week when I had a little thread cutter incident. I’m not sure exactly what happened, but there was a thread jam, and some rubbing noises, and when I took it apart to check, the little blade in the thread cutter popped out. The lady at the sewing machine store said she had never even heard of that happening (great) but that they would put a rush on it for me. And it’s covered by warranty so it’s cool.

In the meantime though, I’ve been getting a little antsy. The repair could take up to 2 weeks and I’m part way through several projects. Yep, that’s how I roll. So a few days in, I hauled out one of my oldies to do some simple seams. It was terrible. I don’t know how I used to work on it – see, now I’m spoiled. So I put that one aside to send to charity. Then, for fun, I decided to get my Grandma’s machine out. To my huge surprise, it sewed wonderfully. And it even has a ruffler foot, a hem attachment and some funky looking button hole dies. It was fun to spend an afternoon sewing on my Grandma’s old machine. Even when my baby is back, I’m going to keep her old machine out where I can use it now and then.

And with my last old beast of a machine going off to charity, I’m down to 5 sewing machines – wait, that’s good for me! My new machine, my grandma’s machine, my serger and two pretty cool old decorative machines.

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They don’t make ’em like they used to. 🙂

Jackie

(the oldest Nuhn girl)

 

Fiber Inspiration

I ventured to my LYS last Saturday looking for some inspiration for something exciting we Nuhn girls are working on, but more to come on that later!

Usually when I shop for yarn I have one project in mind, this time I had multiple projects in mind and was letting the yarn be my inspiration. 

I first caught a glimpse of Rowan Creative Focus in Magenta and Teal. I put it down at least 4 times but I loved the colours so much I couldn’t leave it behind.

 

Then I came across Berroco Blackstone Tweed in Clover Honey. I’m a sucker for tweed!  

 

I’m a very tactile shopper so when I felt this skien I knew I had to have it. It’s Cascade Highland Duo,  70% undyed baby alpaca 30% undyed merino. I can’t wait to knit something with it. 

My LYS has a room they call the closet and one week a month she opens the door and has all the sale yarn in there. But once the week is over you can’t access it until the next month. So I was lucky that day it was open. I found some Dove by Tahki Yarns which is also so soft, and on sale for half price. Are you feeling the theme of this post that “I couldn’t resist it!” I cast on a Flax sweater and it’s like a soft cloud in my hands. 

   

And last but not least Harmony was on sale for half price, I grabbed up 4 skiens and will be waiting patiently for the closet to open next month to buy some more. 

    

I was very happy with my finds, they even gave me a nice Estelle reusable shopping bag!  

How do you pick out your yarns?

Knittynuhn
 

Finding Inspiration

 

The Nuhn girls are finding their inspiration for spring sewing and knitting.

Jackie is finding her inspiration from vintage embroidered frocks and lace blouses…

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A pale pink gingham and silk flowers have caught Mandy’s eye….

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Tabitha’s taking in the wall of yarns at her favorite local yarn store. With great choice comes great responsibility.

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Where is your handmade inspiration coming from this season?

 

The Nuhn girls