Mawata Wonders

A little Q&A about the Mawata mittens- just quickly since I’m so behind on all the work I have to do that I’m trying to figure out if there’s time to bathe or eat  today.

1. Marina (and lots of others) wondered what colourway I used. 

It was mawata dyed in the "I heart ewe" colourway from Blue Moon Fiber Arts.

2. Almost everybody asked: How many hankies did it take?

Hankies don’t come in a standard size.  How many layers there could be varies a lot.  It’s easier to buy them the way we buy other fibre, which is by weight.   It’s sort of like yarn.  You can’t say "one ball of worsted" because how big a ball is varies from maker to maker. Instead we say 100 grams or 200 metres, and hankies are just the same.  To make those mittens I used 30g, but my hands are little and I have practice.  If you’re experimenting or have bigger hands than me, you might want 40 to give yourself a little room for either your hands or errors.

3.   Iris asked "Stephanie – can you elaborate on "attenuated"? You imply not spun, but I’m not clear on what you did."

I literally pulled them.  I pull off  one layer at a time, and pull that layer until it’s the thickness I like, then knit. No spinning. You can spin silk hankies- but I didn’t for this project.

4. JoAnn said "I believe you about the warmth factor, but I wonder about what happens when they get wet?"

The same thing as with wool.  Silk, like wool, is also warm when wet. Here on a page advising what to wear to the Antarctic, silk and wool are both suggested.

5. Mandy inquired "Does the mawata snag a lot, either during the knitting or the wearing? My fingers are sometimes rough."

They snag a lot during the knitting, though this is greatly reduced when wearing them, but it’s definitely still there.  It bugs some people, just the way that other people think wool is itchy, or that acrylic is squeaky.  It’s a preference. There’s really only one way to find out if you’re the sort of person it would bug.

6. Flanneljammies (great screen name) asked "Can they be any sort of silk hankies? Or are these ones special?"

They’re special in that they’re not handkerchiefs made out of silk, like these ones, but rather a silk fibre preparation instead of an article of clothing.  They’re just called handkerchiefs because they’re shaped like them.  It’s one of the reasons I usually use the word "mawata" instead.  Less confusing than trying to figure out how someone is ravelling a woven silk hankie (which is totally what I thought the first time I heard of it.)

7.  What pattern was that mitten pattern?

It’s the one I keep in my head, altering the size as needed- just sort of on instinct.  Maybe I’ll write it down for you someday, but in the meantime, there’s lots of other great ones out there that are similar.  The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns has a great one that’s very similar that can be done in any gauge, which is a pretty spectacular perk, especially if you’re pulling yarn out of thin air and mawata.

Happy Weekend Everyone. 

128 thoughts on “Mawata Wonders

  1. Thank you so much for this information. You have inspired me to try my hand at this in the near future.

  2. That was the perfect follow up to something that many of us yarnharlot fans are becoming interested in- thanks!

  3. If you are choosing between bathing or eating, go for eating.
    Happy weekend and good luck getting your work done!

  4. Thanks so much for this! You totally inspired me, to the point I’ve placed an order with Blue Moon to give these a try. As always, you add such dimension to my own knitting experience!

  5. First, I love your mittens
    Second, please write the pattern some day and
    Third, have a great weekend and please keep my sister in your thoughts (It’s a long and very stressing story, lets just say she needs all the positive thoughts and prayers she can get.)
    Thanks for the q and a and especially for showing us the lovely mittens!

  6. I loved the mittens. Completely understand why you’re keeping them for yourself! Happy weekend to you too!!

  7. I loved reading all of this until “these ones.” If you were my child you could expect a poke for repeating that.
    You do have me going off to find the silk my son brought back from Japan.

  8. Ha! I just spoke with a lovely person at BMFA who told me they are dyeing mawatas like mad. She was laughing but it might have been hysteria.

  9. Thanks for the update, Stephanie! Beautiful mittens! Hope you’re staying warm enough up there in “blizzard” territory.

  10. Thank you for posting this! I was enchanted with the white ones you made some time back and was hoping you’d post the specs for us making our own ever since. After reading the comments so far, it looks like I’ll be dying my own…

  11. I should have just waited for your post today – I spent much of the morning researching mawata and how to do what you did. I also have a mitten pattern in my head, so at least I already had that. Now I need the mawata. I. have. to. do. this…

  12. I purchased that colourway from blue moon – it didn’t look anything like the picture on the website or anything like the picture in your blog – I’m really picky about red – and the red was so not the colour I thought it was going to be that I had to give it to a good home!
    take home message – if you are particular about a certain colour, don’t buy that colour family online!

  13. So inspired to have silk mittens that I pulled out some 100% silk worsted wt. yarn and my mittens are 1/2 done. I am knitting them on size 2 needles from the tip back and having great fun. I do think they will be very warm but light weight. Silk doesn’t stretch like wool so am having to be careful on the sizing because the stretch only comes form the knit stitch and not the yarn content.
    Steph, Your blogs sure do lead to Knitting ADD!

  14. I… I do not need mawata in my stash. I do not need mawata in my stash… I do not NEED mawata in my stash… but I kind of want some now D: Nooo~!

  15. Thank you thank you! I bet there will be a lot of us making some fun mittens. I already ordered my 40 grams of mawata. Stephanie, thank you for personally responding to my question. I never expected that, knowing how busy you are. I was just kind of hoping you would post a blog entry- like today, that would answer my question. I really enjoy your blog. Really really really. I can’t start my day without checking to see what you are doing. (I have two books, too- they are so fun) Thanks for all you do for us, your knitting “friends”.

  16. The mittens are fantastic. With the recent chill (about -2 C / -7 with wind chill) we’ve been experiencing, silk mittens would be a perfect anodyne. Have a great weekend!

  17. Thank you…every time I “click in” I learn something new and even though I am not an expert knitter,I love the info..this silk hankie thing is so interesting…never knew…and BEAUTIFUL..what pretty colors!!Enjoy your blog immensely.

  18. Just one more quick question about knitting with the attenuated silk – is it a major pain if you have to ‘rip back’? I have spun from silk hankies and am not sure how this would behave if one made a few stitch errors.

  19. I ordered me some hankies!!! Can’t wait to get them and try this “new” technique (well for me anyway!)

  20. love it must try it. thanks so much. and, yes, flanneljammies is an awesome screen name 😉

  21. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I didn’t want to add to the numerous comments asking for details…figured I would just wing it. Your mittens look perfect in every way. I hope to simply approach that realm of perfection when my Mawata from BMFA arrives. (I’m sure they are quite busy with new orders this afternoon and beyond.) Anyway, have a great weekend.

  22. I suspect Blue Moon is going to have a run on their silk! Perhaps they should be warned. Thanks for taking the time to post today!

  23. Add me to the list of people clicking over and impulse-buying at BMFA. And I’m particularly excited because I have had NO knitting mojo since last April-ish and that makes me sad. Seeing these, though, totally sparked something and I could just not resist. I cannot wait to try this!

  24. I want True Blood Mawata from Blue Moon! My husband reads the Post and I read the Yarn Harlot Herald every day. Thanks!

  25. Those mittens were the most beautiful and interesting thing I had seen in a while. Gorgeous, and I can’t wait to try it.

  26. This is super useful information. Between this and the information that I think is on Knitty (I did a google search, but I don’t remember where the links were to), I am almost as good to go as if I was able to attend your class.
    I think I will get the materials next paycheck *sigh*, and then give it a whirl *yeah*. The only thing I might lose is a relatively small amount of money and some time. What I might gain would be awesome!

  27. thanks! these will be perfect for my allergic-to-wool mother who lives in freezing colorado. now to decide on a color…

  28. Thank you for taking the time to compile that list of Q&A’s that I were forming in my head….I guess I wasn’t alone. A must try technique soon!

  29. my sister is moving from Florida to Germany next summer, and will certainly want a body wrap of this stuff! But I will start her off with mittens and see how it goes. Thanks so much for the helpful info!

  30. If you can’t find silk hankies, maybe you can get silk bells.
    They’re basically the same thing, except that instead of being stretched flat, they’re stretched into more of a hat shape and they’re usually bigger/weigh more each. But you really only need the total weight that you buy, so you might have to buy fewer bells than hankies.

  31. Wow, the Yarn Harlot reads the comments! I’m not trying to be smart, but I always wondered if you read the millions of comments you get! I love reading your blogs, books, etc! Good luck with the next one!

  32. You are such a nice person to answer everyone’s questions, when you have so little time of your own. You are a gold mine for anyone or thing you talk about. Everyone wants to try it if you say it’s great. Again Thank you for being the wonderful person you are…..

  33. Excellent tips! Many thanks for taking the time to share them. Once upon a time, I bought a pack of silk like this at Stitches West (when it was a knitting show in the neighborhood and I had no idea it was a big deal), but never did anything with it – except to pat it occasionally. I think I might have to dig around and see if I can find it…

  34. I know you are super busy but I was wondering what gauge you used for your mittens. Did you attenuate it to a DK or heavier or lighter weight? I have a “silk Handkerchief” that I have been saving for a few years just waiting for the right project. Hope you will have a good weekend. Thanks for any info if you see this.

  35. Thank you Stephanie. I googled it, I youtubed it….. thank goodness you threw me a bone and wrote more about “attenuating the silk”, how much you would need etc.
    I just purchased more yarn for hats for the kids, but now I have to order some hankies for me.

  36. Stephanie, you are brilliant. Thanks for the info — and the smiles, as always. Now go pour a glass of wine or beer and run a bath for yourself.

  37. Thanks Steph! Appreciate all the great info. I was one of the folks that asked “how many mawatas do I need”, then after I posted, realized, duh – she said her mittens are 30 grams. Can’t wait to do this!

  38. Thanks for this! I admit to being bewildered the first time you mentioned silk hankies. I adore the texture of your gloves – it looks like the variegated handspun of my dreams, and I’d love to make socks from hankies like that. I suppose the sort of one ply unspun-ness doesn’t really wear well on feet though? 🙁

  39. Thank you so very much for the information. I’m so excited. I stopped at my LYS and told them that we must create silk hankies like the ones at Blue Moon. This is just way cool. Did I say I was really excited about all of this? My LYS owner thinks I’ve officially gone round the bend.
    Have a great weekend finishing things up. I’ll be starting new things. I know I’ll be ordering from Blue Moon.

  40. Thanks, that’s really cool. Maybe i’ll look for a couple of those mawatas at Stitches West.
    I was going to say you’d have made a great teacher and then remembered you were a lactation consultant. Can’t really be a dude at teaching with that important an assignment – duh.
    Have a lovely weekend as well. Thank you.

  41. Thanks for explaining about the ‘attenuating’, I didn’t think you had spun the silk but when I looked up techniques on line, it talked mostly about spinning. My spinning isn’t quite up to speed anymore, but I’m intrigued and pretty sure I can ‘attenuate’ to get a suitable thickness to make mittens.

  42. After a not so great day I was very happy to read your entry today. All I could think was, “Woo hoo!! I got an honourable mention on the Yarn Harlot’s blog!!”
    Now off to order some mawata… 😀

  43. Thank you for following up so quickly and answering so many of our questions! I’m trying to resist temptation right now (so many other things I’ve committed to knitting) but my office-mate and I just might dive in anyway…

  44. Thanks for the Q&A. You answered lots of the questions I was wondering about (and have determined that my sock club discount is probably going to go towards some mawata 🙂
    I was wondering how your mittens stand up to wind though – can the shield it or would you need a wind breaking layer over top if your hand were going to be exposed for a length of time (i.e. long enough to walk the dog)?

  45. Someone asked about joining ends. I’m not sure what Stephanie does, but I was taught to overlay two fluffy ends by 4-5 inches, then carefully stretch them to the same thickness and the joined part is more or less twice as long as it started. If needed, roll it a bit in your fingers to smooth it.
    The fibers are “grabby” enough to stick together. It’s not strong if you tug on it, but it’s good enough to knit.

  46. I love love love this blog. I’ve been following it for several years. I can’t believe it’s been over 6 years! This blog is supportive and connective. Thank you thank you thank you.

  47. Thanks for the information, as well as the inspiration! I was ready to order some hankies after reading your post yesterday, but since we’re having freaky cold weather here and some of my pipes froze, I decided to hold off and see whether all of my money was going to end up going to my plumber. As of an hour ago, the pipes were thawed and don’t appear to have been damaged, so I think I might just have to do some shopping!

  48. Thank you for the explanation about mawata. I’m not a knitter, (I’m a stitcher) but someone who loves to read a well written blog, and I didn’t understand what and how the silk hankie thing worked.
    Here’s a quote that I found that you might enjoy:
    “The only place where housework comes before needlework is in the dictionary.” ~Mary Kurtz

  49. thank you for sharing all of this. i loved them instantly. simple and adorable. they seem like something you would keep forever and always go to when you were getting ready to walk out the door.

  50. I signed up for both your sessions on Mawata at Madrona only hours after registration opened, and discovered I’m on the waiting list for both, probably no chance of getting one of them. The mittens look great, and I hope I’ll be able to make some myself someday.

  51. I adore your blog but every so often I have the same question. Why do you always link to amazon when you’re talking about a book? I support my local independantly-owned yarn store for the same reasons that I support my local independent bookshop – I get better service, my community feels more diverse, and my money is going to someone I know and like, rather than to a huge faceless multinational. Surely linking to a local bookshop would give people the same information, and if they then want to take that information to amazon it’s their choice?

  52. Thanks for the Q and A!
    I’m still puzzled as to how you connect one unspun mawata single to the next as you knit. I can visualize drafting or pulling the fiber until it’s the thickness you want, but how do you transition to the next? Thank you for sharing your inspiration!

  53. Thanks for the mention. It’s kind of a thrill seeing my name in an award-winning blog like yours.
    I guess I’ll be making myself some silk mittens.

  54. Wow – thanks for taking the time to answer so many questions! Now I have to start looking for just the perfect mawata (or enough white that I can dye) to try this myself! xoxo

  55. I would really love it if you could either photograph or put up a little youtube video of pulling apart the hankie. Something is not clicking in my wee little brain. Love the mittens!

  56. to Rachel at 10:40 pm I wondered that myself in the past. However linking to Amazon makes sense, because while The Yarn Harlot is in Canada, many readers are not. Linking to a local bookstore in Toronto isn’t a big help to someone reading this in, say, The Netherlands. Looks like you’re in New Zealand, so a link to Amazon at least gives you some info and a little preview about the book, then you can contact your own local bookseller. A couple of times I’ve printed the page from Amazon to take to my local bookstore; it gives the info they need to order something they don’t have in stock, and I know there will be no confusion about which book I’m really after. I’d bet Stephanie supports local stores for many of the same reasons you do and she gets the same good feeling you do too.

  57. Thanks for posting the details. Some friends and I all decided to pick up some silk hankies at Stitches West after seeing the last post so I appreciate the info. I hope you got to eat and bathe!

  58. I’m curious to know if one could knit socks with silk hankies. Would it work? Since it’s silk, I assume they would hold up well, wouldn’t they? You’d probably need maybe 50-60 grams for not-too-tall socks, right? Just wondering……

  59. Thanks for taking the time to give some answers to our burning questions.
    I never dreamed I would knit with silk hankies, but now that I’ve seen these mittens… I hope Blue Moon is well-stocked!

  60. I am completely gobsmacked! Talk about a coincidence! I received a swap parcel from a Ravelry friend this morning and amongst the goodies she gave me was a silk hanky from Blue Moon, in the colourway My Blue Heaven. I see what you mean about snagging! I need to do something about the state of my hands before I do anything with it. (That’s me off washing up duties for a while, haha!!) I have 10g, so not enough for mittens. Any suggestions of what I could do with it please?

  61. And might I add–if you ever have the opportunity to take the class that Stephanie teaches on this subject, jump! I took it at Vogue knitting, and besides getting all the goodness that I expected, Stephanie’s talk on silk and how it comes about to be was exceptional!
    …and I got to see/feel/try on the finished mitt of the pair. Awesomeness! She sort of hovered over it as it went around, and you could feel the love as it passed through the class…mine, that’s mine. you may touch and feel, pass it on… 😉

  62. I’m soooo tempted to order some Blue Moon Mawata for myself. Your mittens are breathtakingly beautiful. But one question I had was do they have that stinky smell that silk sometimes has?

  63. Gotta tell you…I want your mittens. Seriously, want. I think I will copy your post and bring to my knitting group and provide a mid-winter, mid-storm(we are being hammered in Maine)challenge. One week, girls, one week and I will be wearing my mittens…I have hankies on hand, not dyed but by this afternoon. P>S> by the way, skim coat hands with vaseline and then use a lite coat of cornstarch and all that “drag” from dry skin, hang nails and “winter hands” goes away, at least while you knit for a bit.
    ONE QUESTION you did not answer, what size needles..worsted weight would mean a 5 or 6?
    If I lived closer I would try to take your mittens as well.

  64. Any fiber with silk at this time of year (particularly where there’s snow) is wonderful at this time of year. The mittens, so colorful, would be wonderful to have.

  65. I hate to ask this – but if you weren’t inclined to try the mawata, would Luscious Silk come close to the gorgeousness that these mittens have??!

  66. I’m as pleased as punch that I figured out I Heart Ewe all by myself after your first post. 🙂 I also ordered some hankies (2) in Jabberwocky as it seemed it would knit up in a very lovely mitten as well.
    I, too, would love to know the needle size you used.
    Thanks for sharing all this information, Stephanie. You are a peach.

  67. Thanks, Stephanie. After I read your blog the other day I went researching and found the whole process fascinating. Thanks for clearing up a lot of questions I had.

  68. Nice follow up, Stephanie! I’m sure every reader you have hit the Blue Moon website yesterday for a look at silk hankies!
    I’ve had it in my mind ever since your blog about knitting from them on a plane and your seatmate never asking about what you were doing!
    I’m going to try this as soon as I find the $$.
    Thank you for blogging, being so funny and being yourself. You really add a lot to the knitting community in so many ways. Really. Thanks!

  69. But I kept asking “so where do you get them?” I live in Toronto but I don’t think you got them here (I remember them being in an airport after you did some silk trip thing and you were weirding out the locals knitting them) Oh….. I just read one comment up….never mind:)

  70. Thank you for making me feel not-so-stupid! I also thought that you would spin from silk hankies! The first time I saw that being done, I thought she had processed the hankie somehow to come apart. A learning experience for me and NOW that I know I’m not the only one, I don’t feel so dumb!

  71. I’m sure I don’t day “thanks” often enough, but you are a really special person to still care about your readers so much. Thank You!

  72. Thanks! Yesterday as I was out in the drifts with the kiddos, I was dreaming of your mittens, you temptress. Now I have yet another project I can start to kill the winter blues. Your blog is a wonderful feeder of my fiber addiction.

  73. Thanks for taking the time to answer all of those questions! I hope the BMFA folks send you some free silk hankies for all of the business you just sent them. You’re the Oprah equivalent of knitters… 🙂 I would like to try this one day. Have a great weekend!

  74. Thanks for the info on the Mawata!
    In another post you’ve shown spectacular pictures of un-dyed Mawata projects, where do you purchase the un-dyed Mawata?

  75. WEll, this info came just in time. I lost one of my leather gloves on the way to work yesterday. Guess its time to order some silk for mittens…Blue Moon here I come!!

  76. “….it’s a pattern I keep in my head…”
    I’m really impressed by this – cripe, I can’t remember what I ate for breakfast this morning!

  77. I LOVE this idea. I wish I’d have thought of doing this. I have silk hankies and after handling them and spinning them, I decided I would never spin hankies again….but this is a great idea. I also have some great kid mohair that I have in thin strips I might use in the way you did with the hankies.
    Did you weave in the ends like yarn or did you join in some other way?

  78. What size needle did you use? I keep going
    Down in size, think maybe I need to go down
    Even smaller. I would really appreciate this info

  79. I always learn fascinating new things from you. You’ve expanded my knitting horizons greatly, and make it so much more interesting. Thanks.

  80. Thank you for the information on the silk hankies. A friend went to China a few years back and kindly found and brought back 2 pounds of silk hankies (very large size)!! I now know what I can do with a very small amount of them. I knew I could spin them, but it would be fun to have a small project to dye and knit and the mittens are perfect.

  81. AWESOME like everything else you publish here–can’t wait to try knitting hankies.
    just finished a blanket (literally) for my son inspired by you–may even be brave and send you a picture. It’s really blanket-sized!! 🙂

  82. Thanks for all the explanation. After I asked my silly question, I re-read your post and watched the videos you had linked to. Fascinating process.

  83. For those with rough hands, I once took a class that used raw silk, we were instructed to rub our hands with a lemon….yes, a real lemon…took care of all the roughness, might work in this instance also. Good luck!

  84. I tried doing this once – I carefully yanked all the hankies to the weight I wanted to knit with, loosely coiled them in the same figure 8 I use for predrafting my roving, and set them all gently in a baggie.
    I went to knit with them. And darn if they didn’t mash themselves into one big, pretty knot of insanity. There was no salvaging.
    So how, how, how did you do it? One at a time, as you knit? An open basket? Pixie dust wafted generously?
    (I ask because I have more hankies at home, waiting.)

  85. Thanks, Stephanie, for answering my question! I’ve looked at some of the stuff available on YouTube, but I can see how this would be a great thing to do at the silk retreats.

  86. You are fantastic. What lovely mittens!
    I am getting over my startitis, into my finishitupitis, and now replenishing my stashitis!
    I hope this never stops! Thanks for the question and answer blog. It was very helpful!

  87. You are awesome! What lovely mittens! I’m working my way through my startitis, trying to get caught up with the finishitupitis, and now am adding more yarn (hankies and all) to my stashitis!
    Love, love, love it all! :^D

  88. Thank you for the Mawata lessons 🙂 I’ve been wondering about them since you mentioned them in a post from an airport. A lady was watching you knit from the hankie but didn’t ask you about them. (Wasn’t me, I’m one of those brash Americans that would just waltz right up and embarrass the snot of out of both by pestering you). If you ever do run into me out in the wild, apologies in advance for my lack of reserve 🙂 Happy Knitting!

  89. ::sigh:: I was *not* planning on knitting mittens – I don’t even wear them! I was NOT planning on buying more silk – I have a TON of it. But not hankies. Needed more anyway. I went to Etsy to see if anyone had any hand-dyed mawatas. Only one was listed (eh?!?). They were OUT because of THIS POST (they said so – lol). So…they’re dyeing more. I pre-ordered and … got the *last one* they were planning on producing “for awhile”. I believe they, too, are “dyeing like mad” and probably laughing hysterically like the poor girls at BMFA.
    Steph, you are a terrible influence on my pocketbook and stash/fiber room! Thank you 🙂

  90. Your last two posts reminded me of one of the best lines in one of my all-time favorite movies: (paraphrased Owen Wilson to Jackie Chan) “You said water make silk strong, not ‘piss shirt break bar'” as they break out of jail using his ‘wet’ silk shirt. You might like Shanghi Noon because it promotes silk as a superior fiber. Or because it is hysterically funny. Or both.

  91. I loved yours so much, I made my own! I’m almost finished with the second one. I drafted mine a little more than yours because I wanted under mittens and I used the undyed, again because they’re undermittens and I like the look of the thin delicate whiteness. Thanks for the idea!

  92. Thanks for the followup! I was also wondering if I can do the same thing with Blue Moons silk roving, rather than the hankies.

  93. How do you deal with ends? Does one just over-lap, create some type of join, or just weave a lot of ends?

  94. hey! somebody stole my “wowzers”!
    Zoikes! You know what’s really cool? Is that I have dpn’s in the same colors as you! I feel so, you know, ‘connected’ somehow. You’re contagious by the way. I have contracted startupitis. yeah. like 6 hats, 3 socks, a sweater and two pairs of mitts. sigh. I ordered a yarn bell though. I LOVE dpns!!! (crazy laugh here)

  95. Just sayin’…The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns is awesome and is something most knitters should have. I am currently making my 4th or 5th (or 7th or 8th) pair of the plain gloves. Not fancy, but extremely useful!

  96. Loved the idea of the ‘not spinning’ the yarn but using it once somewhat drafted to the thickness/thinness you wanted. I have already ordered my ‘stash’ of hankies to try this out!

  97. How many colors did you use to knit the mawata mittens?
    thanks, look forward to your reply,

  98. I think you need a hat that kind of slouches to the side, a bonnet style with a decorative brim (to help get rid of the penis head look, or maybe you need to go with a sort of anti-hat.
    I think the best way to go about it though, is to go to a store that carries many different types of hats, and then find a knitted one similar to that.
    (There’s a poet-style hat I like but can’t find; if I locate it, I will let you know.)
    Some of these I’m posting here may not be your particular style, but you may be like me, you don’t know how certain things will look on you until you actually try them on.
    I couldn’t really get a good look at this one:

  99. My knitpack of silk hankies just arrived from WoolieBullie on etsy, first swatch complete. Yummy, thanks so much for the inspiration!

  100. loved the needle stash story. I keep my straights in antique crocks and the DPN’s in stackable wooden boxes that always seems to have two in one box and the partnering two in another box. Buying new needles is like opening a new book, who knows what it will produce?
    Love the blog

  101. From the Blue Moon Fiber Arts “Roving” page: “PLEASE NOTE: Due to overwhelming demand, we have temporarily taken down mawatas/silk hankies in order to fulfill current orders. If you have placed an order, we will be sending it out. Don’t go too far away, we’re just catching our breath. Check back soon because everyone should knit from a hankie!”
    You broke Blue Moon!

  102. I adore your writing, Stephanie, and I read your blog as often as possible. You are one naturally funny person, and helpfully informative as well.
    Love your silk hankie mittens too! (except,when I looked into details of how they get the silk, I was aghast that they said: “you just throw the bug away…”
    That stuff BELONGS to ‘the bug’, and I see all beings, small or large, as having the right to life….SHEESH. Some people have no respect, eh? (I’m Canadian too, so I can say ‘eh’…but not sure how to spell it. Perhaps it’s “ay”, the way it sounds.

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