"Shooting Yarn is located at The Rusty Spur Ranch in Rathdrum, ID, where we have a small heard of Angora Goats guarded by our llama, Suzie Q, who try and ignore the quacking, clucking, barking and meowing of the other residents.
I began to knit many years ago because my husband told me I needed to find something different to do than reading in the truck, because I would get annoyed when he interrupted me to talk. He soon found out that interrupting a knitter is just as bad as interrupting a reader…. I had attempted to learn to crochet from my mom, but it was a total bomb. So I thought I’d try knitting, and after a lot of cussing and dropped stitches, I did it! Knitting led to handspinning, because boy was that handspun pretty and I have this thing about doing it myself…. Which of course led to dyeing, because I love color. Then a drumcarder to make batts. And then I had to pay for all this! I gave my job the boot in spring of 2012 and fiber is now my full-time passion! I hope you love fiber as much as I do, and happy spinning!"Kelley's Treasureis an exclusive colorway Susan created just for Alpaca Direct! It's available in three fiber options: Merino Roving Merino Tencel Roving Panda Sock All of the Shooting Yarns colorways are beautiful and versatile. Find some color inspiration and support an Indie yarn dyer. You can view these yarns and many other hand dye yarns on our website at www.AlpacaDirect.com.
Sometimes you just need an easy project to work on, and Kelley's new free pattern, the Simple Ribbed Hat, is the perfect cast-on for times like these.
We debuted this pattern on a recent Technique Tuesday on Facebook Live, and Kelley used it to demonstrated how to fix a few common mistakes knitters make all the time (even a pro-level knitter like Kelley!).
You'll learn how to fix dropped stitches, turn purls into knits, and fix incorrectly oriented stitches.
Have you heard of Izzy Dolls? They're darling little toys that are included in aid packages, and are sometimes a child's first toy. Designer Esther Braithwaite has developed many patterns for Izzy Dolls, sometimes called Comfort Dolls, and they're available free in her Ravelry store.
Kelley fell in love with them and decided to feature Izzy Dolls on her weekly Facebook Live broadcast, Technique Tuesday.