Episode 405 - Natural Fibers

Jan 19, 2010

Natural fibers are important to the environment and the overall knitting market, from producers to consumers. In episode 405 of Knitting Daily TV, we explore why they’re a fashionable and responsible choice for knitters and crocheters.

Preview episode 405:

Back to Basics:
Eunny shows viewers how to “read” yarns – not from label, but by examining the individual threads. Download more of Eunny's tips and tricks to better knitting.


Designer Spotlight:
Shay joins Linda Pratt from Westminster Fibers on location to discuss the movement toward organic and naturally dyed yarns that are produced in environmentally and socially responsible ways. The free pattern seen in this epiosde is for the Shawl Collar Cardigan, designed by Mari Lynn Patrick from Nashua Handknits in their Natural Focus Ecologie Wool, a 100 percent naturally dyed wool.


Crochet Corner:
In this epsiode's Crochet Corner, Kristin teaches you how to read a chart and measure your stitch gauge. Download the Dots and Dashes Throw pattern from Coats and Clark.



Linda Cortright, spokesperson for International Year of Natural Fibers and editor of Wild Fibers magazine, gives us a closer look at making your own yarn from natural animal fibers, including a lesson on carding fibers. Visit the Spinning and Weaving Association (SWA) website for more information.

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agladewe wrote
on Jan 21, 2010 7:02 PM

I've been a knitter for around 45 years. In recent years I've come to appreciate natural fibers more. As some of them tend to be expensive, I decided to learn to spin. Actually I live quite near Mannings Weaving School here in PA. I've attended their demonstration days for observation purposes, but again their classes can be expensive for me and so is new equipment. So last year my husband gave me an antique spinning wheel for Valentine's day-- a beauty from the 1800s. Then I taught myself to spin using the Ashford book on spinning. Now I'm able to spin  a fine thread pretty well, although I don't consider myself  the spinner I'd like to be. Since sheep and animals have such varied types of fleeces, this process intrigues me. And then there's cotton and silk. Wow! I love them all. And better yet I enjoy the dyeing process. This yarn thing is quite addictive from fiber source to the finished article!

sandia1950 wrote
on Jun 28, 2010 5:36 PM

Where can I find the pattern to the turtleneck cable poncho that Shay Pendray was wearing in show 405?

Sewcats wrote
on Jul 20, 2010 9:52 PM

Where can I find the pattern to the turtleneck cable poncho that Shay Pendray was wearing in show 405?

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