"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.
There's nothing like a pair of handknit socks. You can use gorgeous sock yarn, choose your stitch pattern, and take them with you wherever you go. One thing I've learned over the years is how to customize socks to fit my feet, and I like a rounded toe. It's important for me because my feet are fairly straight across the toes, and a pointy toe just ends up flopping around empty.
Kelley likes a rounded toe, too, and she's developed a recipe for making them for her toe-up socks. She creates her rounded toe by spreading out the increases, separating them with a growing number of knit rounds in-between.
It's summertime, and the knitting is breezy. Here are 5 great patterns to cast on (and wear!) during the summer months.
Never stop knitting, regardless of the heat!
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