Rounded and Pointed Kollage Square Crochet Hooks

New Kollage Square Crochet Hooks + Fave Links

We are super-excited to announce the launch of the new Kollage Square Crochet Hooks!
Medium Rounded Crochet Hook Kollage Square Louet
Kollage Square Crochet Hooks have an ergonomic, square handle that makes for comfortable crocheting!
The inline hook is available in either a Pointed or a Rounded Tip, so you can pick what suits your crocheting style and project, best!
Rounded and Pointed Kollage Square Crochet Hooks
The Pointed Tip is great for tight stitches (either because you crochet tightly, or are doing a hard-to-get-into stitch pattern). Having a pointed hook allows you to slip into tight stitches more easily, reducing wrist and hand pain.
The Rounded Tip is fabulous for splitty yarns, as the rounded tip easily slides between the loops of the stitch, and not the plies of your yarn!
Kollage Square Crochet Hook
Both feature a square, ergonomic handle with a thumb rest which allow for comfortable crocheting. Less hand and wrist pain mean more crocheting!

Which one will you choose? Or maybe you need both, depending on the project! Check out the selection of Pointed Tip and Rounded Tip Hooks!
 

Fave Links

Here are a few links that I hope you’ll enjoy!

How to Measure your Spun Yarn

Are you spinning for Spinzilla? Or just spinning for fun?
No matter your spinning goals, there may come a time when you want to find out how much yardage you’ve spun! I’m including a few resources to help you out!

Yarn

Step 1: Skein it Up

Step one of measuring your yarn is usually taking it off of the bobbin and putting it into a skein. A handy tool for doing this is a niddy-noddy. If you’ve never used one before, here’s a little video: https://youtu.be/VqGgqOzVNGg

Step 2: Start Measuring

There are many different ways to measure how much yarn you’ve spun. Here are a few tutorials that I think you’ll find useful… you’ll have to tell me which one is your favorite!

Wow… that’s a lot of options! But just as you discovered your favorite bobbin and plying technique, I’m sure you’ll discover your favorite measuring technique as well!

Let’s get spinning!

Upcoming Events!

Fall is an exciting time in the fiber world! Here is an (incomplete) list of some fiber festivals happening in the US & Canada. If a vendor has confirmed with us that they’ll be carrying Louet product, we’ve listed them!

For the most complete list of fiber events we know of, check out the Knitter’s Review List of Events!

What to Look For When Shopping for Interchangeable Knitting Needles

In the knitting world, there are a couple of things all beginners will realize quickly:

  • The quality of your needles matter,
  • Your needles seem to multiply overnight.

Regardless of your skill level, investing in a set of high-quality interchangeable knitting needles from Louet North America will help reduce this knitting basket clutter. Continue reading

how to select a weaving shuttle

How to choose a Weaving Shuttle

Weavers love their yarn… but I think it’s safe to say that (perhaps more than other fiber artists), we’re absolutely in love with our equipment!
So many choices… and so many variations that seriously impact the ease with which you weave.
Today, I’m going to talk about a few different decision points you’ll run across when choosing a shuttle and why you might prefer one style over another! And of course… I’m not even covering them all!
The best way to decide which shuttle is right for you is to hop into a store and try it out in person, if you can. That’s why we love our local yarn & weaving shops: they allow you to see an item in person and really see if it’s right for you. So, if you’re lucky enough to live near a shop you love, pay them a visit when shopping!

Factors to consider when selecting a shuttle

Boat shuttles allow the yarn to wind off easily and come in a number of variations (which we’ll get to in a moment!). These are easiest to use if the loom has a race that guides the shuttle.
End-delivery shuttles tension the yarn (which comes out at the ‘end’ of the shuttle), which allows for more even selvedges.
Boat shuttles can have either a closed or an open bottom. A closed bottom shuttle allows the shuttle to glide more easily over the warp threads. Open bottom shuttles are lighter, and some weavers like the ability to control the yarn by holding the bobbin from underneath.

Does the shuttle have a guard that allows the yarn to unwind smoothly from the bobbin? That’s one feature of the Flying Dutchman, which also sports a bowed metal wire that keeps the shuttle from sticking in warp threads.

How heavy is the shuttle? While the open vs. closed bottom is one variation that impacts weight, so can overall size and type of wood used. Depending on the size of your loom, a heavier shuttle may give you some ‘oomph’ when throwing.
How much yarn does the shuttle hold? Holding more yarn means that you need to refill the bobbin less frequently, but holding a lot of yarn usually means a less narrow shuttle, which can get easily caught on the shed.
And of course… budget and finish and appearance are very important factors!
I LOVE spending time browsing handmade shuttles on Etsy or vintage shuttles in antique stores (but don’t forget function… many antique shuttles are crafted for industrial looms and may be too heavy/large for your loom).

You may also be surprised to find that your local yarn shop carries a selection of shuttles from artisans (and not just the ‘big names’). Bluster Bay Woodworkers is one maker available in select shops.

The Woolery has a fabulous video tutorial on weaving shuttles you may like to watch.
There’s no best shuttle! Only the shuttle that’s best for you and your loom! I encourage you to give multiple shuttles a try to see which features you like best!

Fave Links

Upcoming Events!

Retailer Spotlight: Nezinscot Farm in Turner, ME

Meet our Featured Retailers!

If you’re anything like me, one of your favorite hobbies is visiting new yarn shops. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love knitting, weaving, crocheting and spinning… but there’s nothing like browsing and shopping in a store that has curated delicious fiber supplies and equipment in a way that leaves you feeling invigorated and inspired!

That’s why we’ve started a new series of featured retailers to share with you! We’ll be highlighting shops that are unique and awe-inspiring… and definitely worth a visit!

Go ahead and bookmark these gems, and if you want to plan the ultimate yarn-y road trip, check out this blog post about how to find a yarn store when you travel. It’s not hard to come up with an entire itinerary!

Nezinscot Farm

Location: Turner, Maine

Website: https://www.nezinscotfarm.com/

Nezinscot Farm began 30 years ago the first Organic Dairy in the state of Maine. The Farm is located in the picturesque town of Turner, Maine surrounded by 250 acres of Organic Farmland.

Over the years, with a passion for good food and a deep sense of love for sustaining and enhancing the beautiful land surrounding them, Nezinscot Farm has expanded to include a Gourmet Food Shop, Cafe & Bakery, Fromagerie, Charcuterie, and… yes, a Fiber Studio! 

Nezinscot Farm Yarn

The grounds contain acres of veggie gardens, rolling fields, the Nezinscot river and farm animals.

The Nezinscot Farm yarn & roving comes from their own flock of Cormo and Shetland sheep, llama, alpaca, and goats. The wool is blended and spun at New England spinneries into 2 and 4 ounce skeins.

Nezinscot Farm

Look at those little sheep faces!

In addition to their own yarn and roving, the shop stocks a full range of yarn & roving from top brands across the U.S. (including Louet NA’s lovely yarns!), knitting, spinning and weaving accessories as well as hand crafted items from local artists.

Nezinscot Farm

Is this place some kind of dream? Kinda seems like it! But wait, there’s more!

Nezinscot farm store

A cafe with meals, fresh-baked goods and tea… yum!

Nezinscot Farm provides the quintessential New England experience, and with Fall coming up, there isn’t a better time of the year to visit!

 

Address: 284 Turner Center Road Turner Maine 04282

Website: www.nezinscotfarm.com  & www.etsy.com/nezinscotfibers

Facebook: Nezinscot Farm Fiber Studio

Instagram: NezinscotFibers

 

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