Naalbinding class at May Tavern

Naalbound hat with two different stitches (side view)

Naalbound hat with two different stitches (side view)

For those of you who are in Calgary, I’ll be teaching my naalbinding class at the SCA May Tavern on May 25, 2016.
You do NOT need to be a member of the SCA to attend tavern, and if it’s your first tavern, it’s free! (If it’s not, it’s only $3 to attend).

Information about the class:

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Unfinished projects display at Samhain 2016

Samhain 2015 naalbinding display

Samhain 2015 naalbinding display

November 7, 2015 was Samhain for Montengarde (the Barony I live in for the SCA) and for it (as the A&S champion for Montengarde) I hosted an unfinished projects display. I didn’t get a lot of turn out, but that didn’t stop me from nudging people to put their projects on the table and share them.

I’m posting this super-late because I forgot to take the photo off my phone… but here’s my naalbinding (with handspun wool) display from that event.

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Another Nålbound hat

Naalbound hat with two different stitches (side view)

Naalbound hat with two different stitches (side view)

A while back I made this new hat using Nålbinding. (Naalbinding) which I wanted to try out a different technique. I used the same yarn as my third naalbound hatLamb’s Pride Bulky, a 85% wool, 15% mohair blend, but this time in a charcoal grey instead of brown heather.

For this hat, I did a panel at the front with sort of a ribbed technique (which actually is basically a reversed Oslo stitch) which shrinks up the front of the hat, while the back is longer – so the ‘hem’ of the hat is a bit nicely shaped for the face. The rest of the hat is Olso stitch.

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Avacal Arts & Science Championship

Finished pair of nålbinding mittens

Finished pair of nålbound mittens

I’m super-excited to share some really happy news – the recent posts I shared were all leading up to a really big announcement:

I won Avacal (my SCA Kingdom)’s Arts & Science Championship!

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Nålbinding with hand-spun wool (second pair of mittens)

What approx 72 meters of hand-spun wool makes... I need to spin more wool! (one mitten and the start to a second)

What approx 72 meters of hand-spun wool makes… I need to spin more wool! (one mitten and the start to a second)

This is another post that I started a while ago, but never quite was ready to post…

You might remember a few posts back I showed off my very FIRST attempt at hand-spinning using a drop-spindle.

Well, although the spun wool LOOKS quite pretty, I didn’t want to just let it sit on the dowel and be pretty – I wanted to use it. Of course, since I was on a nålbinding kick… that was where it was going to be used, rather than picking up my long-abandoned knitting needles…

I hemmed and hawed for a while too – did I want to make a hat, mittens, or try something totally different? I still wanted to try another method of doing the thumb on mittens, after making a pair using commercially-spun wool, so I opted for that instead – which ended up being a really good (and really bad!) idea.

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