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Wendy Knits Lace and Knit-a-While WIN!

What a way to rejuvenate!

This appeared in the mail:

And this wonderful surprise treat was in it!!!

After being in a creative slump of sorts for a year following my friend, Jo Ann’s passing, this has been a fantastic jolt back into my creative world!

Ida, at Knit-a-While, ran a wonderful Give-Away of Wendy Knits Lace. And guess who won!!!


The amazon link has some sneak peek pages and I clicked off  a few photos here for you to drool over for your perusal.

This book has beautiful, beautiful, beautiful lace scarfs, cowls, stoles, shawls, mitts, gloves, SOCKS, caps, and a beautiful lace cardigan,  cami, and sweater. Instructions are very detailed and charts are given for the lace pattern.

It’s a beautiful book, filled with beautiful things. 🙂

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  to Ida at Knit-a-While for such a generous gift/give away! I’m so happy!

Please go to visit Ida at Knit-a-While, she has a fantastic blog of knitting hints, projects, books and patterns.

And give Wendy Knits Lace a go to! You’ll LOVE this book!

Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun! –
alicia in Hawaii


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Tutorial ~ Nostepinnes: How to Wind a Center Pull Yarn Ball and Yarn Parking

The Nostepinne

I like all kinds of creative avenues!  Yarn fun, like, Spinning, Dyeing Wool, Knitting, and Crochet are part my adventures. Woodworking also is in there, and my woodworking creations lend many hands to tools.

I thought that people might like to see how I use my tools with yarn.

A Nostepinne is useful for winding a center pull ball, especially when the yarn/thread is thin or the total amount of yarn is not enough to make a ‘jumbo’ ball. However, even an abundance of yarn can be hand wound, if necessary, and with a Nostepinne, the job is much easier than using no ‘core’ or center to keep the middle section open for the ‘pull center’ to freely flow from the yarn ball.

Here I am using my ‘mini Nostie’ to wind a mini handpainted yarn skein for a mini sock.

Hold the Nostie, working end out.

Hold the end with thumb, this will be the center pull start so do NOT lose this strand. It is important to keep hold on this end. I have lots of slack beyond my thumb, to ensure that this end does not get lost.

Wrap around the end of the Nostie for an inch or two. This is a mini Nostie making a mini ball, so I wound it just about an inch.

To start the crosswise winding, wrap the yarn up to the top right of the straight wraps, bring the yarn around the Nostie and back to the lower left of the straight wrap. This makes a diagonal line across the straight wrap.

Continue to wrap the diagonals, while turning the Nostepinne around so the the next diagonal sits on the top of the previous diagonal.

Continue those diagonal wraps as the Nostepinne turns to let the next wrap rest above the previous one.

Voila! The ball is done. All the yarn is wrapped. There is the ‘center pull ball’. However, the ‘pullable’ side is facing the handle, and I want it to face off the ‘end’ of the Nostepinne. So, I slip it off the end and turn the ball around, then slide it back onto the point of the Nostepinne.

Here it is, turned around so that the ‘pullable’ side is facing the end of the Nostie, ready for that side to get on the needles or hook.

Here is the center pull ball, parked, ready to use!


I also use my Nostepinnes to “park” my yarn.  😉

I’m knitting a pair of Kilt Hose for my son. I’ve got 2 socks on 2 circulars, the ball of wool is a natural color, and I’m working it from both ends of the ball. The ball is parked on the Nostie the center pull yarn is attached to one sock, the other yarn that unwinds from the exterior of the ball, is attached to the other sock. When it is time to ‘flip’ the needles, I simply ‘flip’ the Nostie…the yarn never tangles.

Here, I have set up 2 balls of yarn, each on its own Nostie. I am currently working a swatch on the one shown here. To work 2 socks from 2 different balls of yarn, park each ball on their own Nostie. The center pull is attached to the knitting work.

Here, I have a commercial yarn ‘parked’ on a Nostie. (Yes, I sometimes have commercial yarn to work with)
I was swatching with the needles, so I had them detached already from the work, but you can see that the pull center is coming off the working end of the Nostie, going to the needles and the project.

With all of these, when I need to clean up or put any of this away, I simply lift the Nosties and the project and place them all in a project bag. The yarn never tangles or collapses in on itself. The projects are kept neat and simple.
My hubby and I have so much fun making the Nostepinnes. We have our one of a kind handturned Nostepinnes in my ArtFire store.

Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun! –

alicia in Hawaii

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Updates: Nostepinnes, Darning Eggs and Knitting/Crochet accessories

Nostepinnes and Darning eggs…

Pecan "Spool Scepter" $25

Pecan DE "Shaving Brush" $23

I’ve linked here from my original “other blog”; the blog that I like to “remember” as part of our past in New Orleans, :

Since we have followers from there that have scooted over to here, I am updating our link to items we have created using our experience and loss in New Orleans with Hurricane Katrina.

When we moved, we were lucky enough to crate our wood specimens and bring them with us. We are still creating items from that stash…and have added many creations with items found here in our new-old home, Hawaii.

We had learned to spin and knit and turn wood while evacuated for a year with the Coast Guard during and after Hurricane Katrina. When we returned to the area, we found a way to selvage some of history and incorporate it into our new found love of wool and spinning. That entire story is on my ‘other blog’, at this link: … 😉

And now, without further ado,

Here you will find our photo sets with items still available:

Newest Additions

Knitting Stitch Markers

There are nostepinnes for spinning, knitting, crochet…helpful with “yarn parking” (see my ‘other blog’ for info.) and there are knitting stitch markers. These are items that we created while being displaced and returned to a barren area of the New Orleans area. We still pick up these creations and supplies and regularly add to them. Each time we create something to add to this collection, we travel back through our experiences that changed our lives profoundly.

If you are interested in any items shown, email me at


or leave a comment here with your email address and I will answer your inquiry.



alicia in Hawaii

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Other Realm Blogs

Just thought I’d point out that I added a link section to my ‘other realm’ blogs. (see the right hand side of this blog column)

I started blogging on Blogger. I’ve written about our Hurricane Katrina displacement and disaster and how it catapulted us into the world of wool and spinning. From there I taught myself to knit…and the thread arts blossomed into crochet, miniature crochet, knitting, miniature knitting, pattern designing, woodworking for accessories…and on and on and on…(I created tags here to give hints as to what is on the other blogs as well)

I’m focusing mostly on embroidery here, but I felt that I had to link the old realm with the new to complete the journey into the present. 😉

Feel free to explore.

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