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some yarn and tales about puppy dog tails

Updated: 2012-01-10T18:24:49-08:00


Dyeing with Rhubarb Root


Winter Wild Crafted dyeing usually means playing with dried materials gathered in warmer months. I recently pulled out some chopped and dried rhubarb root. Rhubarb root can be dug and divided in early spring. Click here for information on dividing...

Knitting With Silk Hankies


There seems to be a lot of interest in silk hankies lately. I have been asked many people at recent events how to knit or spin from them, so I thought a blog post might be helpful. What is a...

New Yarns


I have a couple of new (or newish) yarns that I haven't told you about yet. Blue faced Leicester Fingering. A tightly twisted 3-ply yarn that blooms beautifully when washed and wears very well. It is ideal for socks though...

Wild Crafted


Picture heavy post ahead. Recently, I got a copy of India Flint's book Eco Colour. It is a wonderful and very inspirational book about surface design using things from nature. Being from Australia, she uses a lot of Eucalyptus. We...

Tactile Yarns at Knit Purl


I am so thrilled to announce that Knit Purl in Portland, Oregon is now carrying my yarns. And, yes that is my yarn one the front page as a staff pick. Thank you for noticing! It has been in the...



Five years ago today we brought our Sammie home from the Humane Society. He was scared, hyper, silly, and a bit stand-offish. Not at all surprising for an adult rescue dog. He had such a sad face when we first...

Just a Peek


I have been busy doing stuff. Namely dyeing for Sock Summit. Are you going? I am getting very excited! Tactile will be in booth 413 near the Sock Museum. Come say hi! There has also been some knitting. An ambiguous...

I Can Haz Canopy


As you may know I am a natural dyer, my business is Tactile (I've been told I don't mention that often enough). I dye outside which works very well most of the time. The climate here is very temporate year...

Special Requests


I love knitting. It has always been my sanctuary, someplace I can slip away to one stitch at a time. For this reason I try to stay away from obligatory knitting (read: no holiday knitting). Nothing harshes my knitting mellow...

Happy Accidents


Sometimes the dye pot plays tricks on me. Most of the time, these tricks turn out to be happy accidents. A chance blending of colors or colors behaving in ways I didn't predict. Recently I was finishing up a long...