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Twisted Knitters

All over Blogland knitters are hearing the call of the spindle and the wheel.  It's futile to resist if you've heard the call and felt the pull of the wool.  Do you want to use that new found desire and latent talent to have some fun, learn something new and stretch your horizons?   Are you ready to get Twisted? 

Yummyrovingandspindlesreadytospinsocks When I first started to spin, Marcia asked if I had the Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook.  It had been sitting on my self for several years as I had purchased it (socks in the title of a book is a good way to get me to buy anything) and then let it sit.  I didn't spin, didn't really want to dye, either.  But, when I looked at the book after my venture into spinning, I was psyched! This was exactly what I wanted to do on my spinning journey.   My very next thought was that it would be so much fun to have many spinners, new and accomplished, take this journey with me.  Are you ready?  We're going to dye, spin and knit for the next 6 months.

Blogless Karen is a dyer, spinner, and knitter extraordinaire. She will be our guide along the treacherous path of dyeing and spinning. (It's very likely you already know how to knit.)

Here are a few of the ground roolz:

  • You don't need to dye your own roving. There are many resources for purchasing roving or try your LYS.
  • You must spin your own yarn by wheel or spindle. Extra points are given to hand spindling. (The points are from the yarn goddess who will smile on your efforts.)
  • You can knit your beautiful handspun into anything you like. Hats, socks, scarves, bags or go for the big deal…a sweater!
  • You must have a good time, encourage each other, and not give up. October and November will be for dyeing, December and January for spinning, and February and March for knitting.
  • You don't need to keep to a schedule, however. Dye, spin and knit when you like!

Sign ups start now, today.  Email TwistandKnit@gmail.com to sign up.  The Twisted Knitters blog will be ready next week and invitations to post will be sent by Oct. 2nd.  That way everyone can share progress and encourage each other.

Join us and let's play!!


Ok, I joined. You made it too easy not to!

Oh, I am SO in on this.

I will watch from the sidelines are cheer you all on! I have not been "bit" by the spinning bug yet, but I will definitely admire the handiwork! :)

I bought the book because it says Socks in it too... however, I think I loaned it to someone, and I don't know who it was!

Have a happy weekend, M~

Sounds like fun!

I want play!

This is a great chance for me to pick up my wheel that is just collecting dust. I am in :)

Yup Yup Yup. Good times!

I have plenty of roving and two spindles. I plan to start my learning and practice next month!

This is going to be good! Thanks for organizing!

I'm in! I need some more spinning companions.

I'm in!

Whooo, yikes. You think I can spin? The siren song is strong, though ... give me a week to find a local spinner to help me along, kinesthetic learner that I am...

I signed up. This will be so much fun.

If it's alright to switch things around a bit (I like to spin first, dye later), it sounds like one I can actually finish!! I'm in!

Definitly in. I can't wait until you guys get the bloggy up.


Here I come! :-)

Irrisistible! I'm so in and thinking already what to spin, what FO should come out of this. Wheeee!

I'm in ;o)

Wow, what weird timing. I just started spindle spinning 2 weeks ago, and now I discovered your blog ;)

No spinning here yet. I have a greater desire to learn on a wheel than on a drop spindle. I guess that's what is holding me back...no wheel.

Oh man. And here I was all set not to join anything and then you go put up something like this. Sigh. What's a knitter and spinner to do? You know I'm going to have to join and this will provide me some motivation to actually dye some of my fleece.

Oh, I want to join so badly! I've really gotten the itch to try spinning, but dangit, with lupus plus an SI joint out of whack, I can't work more than a couple of hours a day, so I'm not making much money.Add on top of that doctor's bills, a vet bill, etc.,and you get the idea. I'm so poor, I can't afford the roving or a spindle. I'm so poor, I'm 37 years old and live with my parents! *sigh* =(

Did you see the blue sweater at the State Fair that won Best of Show? (I think that was the award) It was hand spun, dyed, and knit. It was beautiful. I wish I could remember the name of who did it, she did a great job. I admire all of you with all your talent, you go girls!

i signed up! i've been waiting for this - hope my spindle spinning progresses, that my dyeing horizons widen, and that i can knit some handspun socks....

What a wonderful idea. I love the Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook. It was one of the first spinning books I read cover to cover. I've been meaning to review it for a while because I think it's brilliant. I'm not sure if I can join due to time constraints - not sure if I'll get around to dyeing stuff in the next two months - but I will enjoy your progress.

I can't believe you guys have snow already!

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