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What Are You Knitting Into Your Knitting?

This piece by Alice Wellinger really struck a chord with me. Part of knitting’s utility and charm is that it is such an excellent confidant. Knitting untangles thoughts and emotions while simultaneously uniting them into an excellent fabric — a perfect fabric, complete with physical and spiritual imperfections.

I don’t think we knitters think about this overly much, unless we are knitting a prayer shawl (where the stated purpose of both the act of knitting and the knitted product is to enfold the recipient with positive goodness) or unless we are knitting for babies (pure love made tangible.) Knitting for our other loved ones always seems a little more complicated, as there are always strands in those relationships to sooth, straighten and strengthen….

So, what are you knitting into your knitting?

Add comment June 24th, 2013

Why We Knit

Sasha Torres published a piece titled “Taxonomy of Knitters” in her blog, Knitting Utopias which got  me thinking a bit about the transformative power of knitting.

There are so many reasons why we knit; so many reasons why we start and then continue but it is the meditative aspect of knitting which I find most compelling:  it seems to me to be the vaulting canopy that covers us all. People come to knitting for different reasons — because they are makers,  or because they have to do something with their hands, or perhaps to make a gift, or to join their friends who like to knit — but I think that people STAY with knitting because knitting is so utterly transformative.

Beyond the obvious (miraculous!) thing of taking a string and giving it a shape and a form which then gives us warmth and beauty, knitting transforms pain, fear, anger, and impatience into something else. I don’t think I have ever seen a piece of finished knitting that divulged the emotional state in which it was knit (oh yes, I have seen abandoned knitting and the knitting that went fine for awhile and then this terrible thing happened, but there are still all those rows and stitches which follow one another so peacefully, so rhythmically and purposefully.) My theory is that knitting absorbs our emotions as it quietly changes them, elevating them into something purposeful, useful, and beautiful.  And as the knitting changes our emotions, it changes us, the knitter. The change is temporary of course: we have to return to our knitting!

The more people knit, the more they knit with peace and love and joy; the more often we pick up our knitting, the faster, each time, our knitting moves us from discomfort to comfort. Knitting saved my life and I know I am not alone.

So we continue to knit, and we knit ourselves from one category to another, but without the Meditation, most of us would not knit at all.

1 comment February 3rd, 2013

Brushed Mohair Shawl with Tassels

Brushed Mohair Shawl with Tassels

Approximate size: 54 inches wide, 38 inches long at longest point (measurements do not include tassel)

2 skeins of Three Waters Farm Brushed Mohair yarn, 250 skeins each.

Size 11 needle

CO 4 stitches.

Row 1: Knit 2, yarn over, knit to end of row.

Row 2: Knit 2, yarn over, knit to end of row.

Continue in this manner until you have knit one skein. Before beginning second skein, make 3 tassels and set aside. Attach new leader, and continue knitting as before, knitting until shawl is approximately 54 inches wide.

Bind off loosely. (It is helpful to bind off with a larger needle to keep it loose. We used a size 15 needle.)



Add comment May 2nd, 2012

Brushed Mohair Boucle Shawl/Scarf

Brushed Mohair Boucle Shawl/Scarf

Approximately 14 inches wide and 70 inches long

One skein Three Waters Farm Brushed Mohair Boucle, 250 yards
One skein Three Waters Farm Brushed Mohair, 250 yards

Size 11 needle

CO 34 stitches with the Brushed Mohair Boucle.
Knit 2 rows.
Switch to Brushed Mohair yarn.

*Knit 1 row, double wrapping each stitch
Knit 1 row, knitting into one wrap and letting the other wrap drop.

Switch back to Brushed Mohair Boucle yarn.
Knit 2 rows.*

Repeat from * to * until shawl/scarf is your desired length.

Knit two rows Boucle; bind off in Boucle


Add comment May 2nd, 2012

Superlong Scarf Wrap

Materials:  One Three Waters Farm Superfluity Kit
Size 15 circular needle (24 inch or longer)

Every row is a knit row.  (Garter stitch)

Loosely CO 100 stitches with the worsted weight yarn or the Thick n’ Thin yarn. Knit one row. At beginning of next row, cut the old yarn, leaving an 8 inch tail.  Tie new yarn (whichever color/type you prefer) to old yarn and snug the knot.  Knit one row.

Use yarns interchangeably until you reach your desired size, keeping in mind that, due to the difference in yardage between the yarns, you will need to use some yarns more sparingly than others.

Continue in this way, changing yarn every row until the scarf/wrap is the width you want. Bind off loosely. Behold!


Add comment May 1st, 2012

Brushed Mohair Shawl




SIZE 10 needles

Final size: Center panel without ruffles, 54 inches long, 21 inches wide. Ruffles are 4” wide.

kfb = increase by knitting in the front and the back of the stitch.


C/O 72 sts on size 10 needles.  Work in stockinette for 266 rows.  Put sts on holder.

With right side facing, pick up & knit 233 sts along one long side (7 sts for every 8 rows).

Row 1 and all odd rows: purl.

Row 2: k2, *kfb, k6, repeat from * to end.

Row 4: k2, *kfb, k7, repeat from * to end.

Row 6: k2, *kfb, k8, repeat from * to end.

Row 8: k2, *kfb, k9, repeat from * to end.

Row 10: k2, *kfb, k10, repeat from * to end.

Row 12: k2, *kfb, k11, repeat from * to end.

Row 14: k2, *kfb, k12, repeat from * to end.

Row 16: k2, *kfb, k13, repeat from * to end.

Row 18: k2, *kfb, k14, repeat from * to end.

Row 20: Bind off.

Repeat for other long side.

Return sts from holder to needle, and with right side facing knit 1 row.  Work Rows 1-20 as above.

On other short end, with right side facing, pick up & knit 72 sts.  Work Rows 1-20 as above.

Sew edges of ruffles together at corners.  Weave in ends.






Add comment May 2nd, 2011

First Breath of Spring

It has been unfolding in the slowest of slow motions, our Spring. We have had so much cold (for us) weather and so much rain, that the greens are greening almost imperceptibly.  I have gotten most intoxicated with all those in-between almost-there colors that I love so much. Browns, greys, soft peaches and pinks, and those most wonderful greens, the washed out ones, the barely greens, the green greys, the green browns, the puffs of green on washed out golds, all those intimations of green, Oh I Love Them, and I have had plenty of time to look!

These are all one-of-a-kinders, and so I have posted them on my Etsy site.

La Grande First Breath of Spring Series

La Grande First Breath of Spring Series

Brushed Mohair First Breath of Spring Series

Brushed Mohair First Breath of Spring Series

Superwash Merino Fingering First Breath of Spring Series

Superwash Merino Fingering First Breath of Spring Series

Add comment March 30th, 2009



We have added a new, versatile yarn to our line-up. Bamberino is 60% Merino and 40% Bamboo. Soft and shiny, these mammoth 620 yard skeins are dyed in tonal colorways with subtle contrasts which knit up into quiet and rich color variation.  Each skein is one-of-a-kind (and sometimes we have two!)

Below is a swatch that Lynne knit to demonstrate the subtle variation of the tone-on-tone colorways. (This is a gold on gold with a touch of green.) They are quiet, but the color is muted–not muzzled!


A light worsted weight yarn, Bamberino works perfectly for the commercial yarn version of Ripple, as well as for Lynne Vogel’s incredible Undulation Cuffs, Superfluity, Superruffly, Ripple Rose, Star Flower Cuffs, and Folding Triangle Scarf.

Add comment March 12th, 2009

The Knit-Point

Mary Stowe, of Yarn’s Etc has always had an inclusive vision of fiber arts. That is how, four years ago, Three Waters Farm ended up with a pied-a-terre in Carrboro inside Mary’s store, teaching spinning and selling our homegrown-handspun and other handpainted yarns and fibers. We were happy there, next to Balloons and Tunes and across the street from the Carrboro Farmers’ Market. But last summer, Opportunity came knocking and so this past August we moved to the other side of the tracks,* into Chapel Hill, into a larger store.

Now Chapel Hill is a fine place. We are enjoying ourselves very much in our new location. We are now within stitching distance of Whole Foods, A Southern Season, and Trader Joes and so just about everybody who eats chocolate and drinks coffee comes in and visits at least once a month.

In the spirit of the Etc. in “Yarn’s Etc.,” Mary invited Nancy McGuffin of Chapel Hill Needlepoint to join us. I admit that I have harbored a small prejudice against needlepoint, mostly concerning the fact that needlepointers have to look down, whereas knitters can spend a lot of time looking up. (This may seem irrelevant to you, but my other hobby is recreational spying and I don’t like to miss anything.)

Well. Since August I have gone from having a small prejudice about needlepoint to having a serious concern about needlepoint. It was during the Fall, while looking up from my knitting, that I first had a hunch that needlepoint might be CONTAGIOUS. Since that time, I have confirmed the theory that you are likely to catch needlepoint if you have sufficient exposure, no matter how much you wash your hands and don’t touch your face, First it happened to me (I have a weak immune system when it comes to fiber arts,) then Vicky, then Mary, then Rebecca, then Hannah and the list goes on, getting ever longer with every passing day. I know that you may think that this is preposterous, perhaps the figment of a fevered imagination, and you would be right, but look at the evidence.

*a local joke playing on the difference between the storied Town of Chapel Hill and it’s formally servile and downtrodden neighbor, the Town of Carrboro, told from the tongue-in-cheek (or maybe not) point of view of the residents of Carrboro






1 comment December 20th, 2008

Seeing Stars

Lynne has created another AMAZING color feast in a SPECTACULAR design with a combination of LV*LTD and Three Waters Farm colorways. The pattern is available from Lynne’s Etsy Shop and the fiber is available both at our website and our Etsy shop.

Don’t be put off by how gorgeous this is. (I mean, when I look Starry Nite, I start quaking in my knitting boots — “what, me, knit a fantabulous thing like THAT?!”) But from experience, I know that Lynne’s patterns are written to be used by Everyknitter — that means you, and me. With clear and concise instructions, Lynne puts the knitting of sumptuous designs within reach of all of us.


Add comment December 17th, 2008

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