Favorite Needle Brands

  • HiyaHiya Sharp
  • Chiaogoo
  • Knitters Pride Cubics

What size needles do you use for knitting socks?
I prefer knitting my socks with US 1.5 (2.5mm) 32" circulars, and the magic loop method. 

How many stitches do you cast on for socks?
Everyone's mileage may vary, but I generally cast on 64 stitches if knitting socks for myself, or an average woman's foot — 72 stitches for a man or large foot. 

How do you store your knitting needles?


Wheel Spinning

  • Any tutorial by Judith MacKenzie is GOLD. Check out her book The Intentional Spinner. She also has several video tutorials on, which you can purchase and download directly.
  • Craftsy's "Drafting From Worsted to Woolen" with Jaycee Boggs Faulkner is excellent! Learn different drafting styles and techniques from one of the best spinning instructors out there.
  • Craftsy's "Spinning Dyed Fibers" with Felicia Lo. Another great Craftsy class that shows many different ways to spin hand dyed fiber.

Drop Spindling

  • If you're new to drop spindling, Craftsy's "Spindling: From Fluff to Stuff" with Drucilla Pettibone is a great place to start. 
  • Abby Franquemont is an excellent teacher when it comes to learning how to drop spindle. Her book, Respect the Spindle should be a staple in every fiber lover's library.  

How do you "ply-on-the-fly"?

I demonstrate how to ply-on-the-fly in Episode 128 . 



Learn-to-Sew Links


Great resources for learning to hand-dye yarn: