Happy Solstice! Happy Winter!


Some folks don’t like Winter too much. I adore it. Fall and winter are my favorite seasons, and not just because it’s knitting weather! I love how the landscape changes and I enjoy our trips to Lake Tahoe to revel in the snow.

To kick off the new year, I’m hosting my first Knit aLong! (KAL) The project is called the Helen Cowl. I designed it as a holiday gift for my Mother in law and so it bears her name. The project is fun, with multiple techniques including: 2 different slip stitch patterns, one working with two colors, and a Latvian braid.


The Helen Cowl

Seen here on the blocking mat, it includes one and two color slip stitch techniques in addition to Latvian braids. Choose from a number of color combos in the shop with my new line of yarn, or just purchase the pattern and use your own stash yarn.

To go along with the first KAL here at the MErry spinster, I’ve also launched my own line of Botanically hand dyed yarns. It’s called The Minister’s Cat Yarns and Fibers and I think you’ll be delighted with the results.

If you’d like to join the KAL, which begins Monday, February 4th, you can order just the pattern and use your own yarn. Or you can order the kAL kit and get the pattern AND two different colored skeins of yarn from the new line to work the project.

Head over to the shop to pick your color options!


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