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Knitty Christmas

December 22, 2018

In the midst of the maelstrom of seasonal madness, I would like to share some wonderful news with you all. has just published an original design of mine in its Winter 2018 edition. In fact, to my great surprise and joy, it made the Knitty Spin cover.

The design is called Spinal Twist, a double layer textured colour-work cowl to keep the winter at bay. It takes its inspiration from the spinal twist poses in yoga which work the vertebrae and facilitate the flow of energy through the spinal column.

The pattern provides information to spin for the cowl using fleece or to knit from millspun chunky yarn. I knit my sample from Corriedale fleece from Cloverleaf Corriedale Stud, Bulangarook, Victoria. I dyed the fleece using Earth Palette cold dyes, then drum carded the dyed fleece into batts which I then spun into a chunky two ply.

My wonderful model is my spinning compatriot Isabella. We met online and then in real life during the Spinning Certificate. She was such a good sport to model for me especially on the freezing day when we photographed by Lake Wendouree, Ballarat. It was such a gloomy day, not the crisp, blue sky day we had been waiting weeks for. But deadlines care nothing for weather and we just had to embrace the gloom.

You can find all the details over at All their patterns are absolutely free.

I will be taking a break over January and will return in February with more Tuff Socks adventuring, handspinning projects, natural dyeing and home sewing.

Please be safe, be slow and may all the pleasures of the season be yours.

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  1. What a lovely pattern. I particularly like your explanation and purpose of the spinal twist and how you connected it to your cowl. Where I live we have cold wet winters and I know I would wear your cowl. Sadly, due to an unforeseen reaction to a prescription, I have been unable to work with fiber. I hope to return to it soon, though. I’ve saved your cowl pattern to knit as a first project to get my fingers and hands warmed up for more fiber work.

  2. Congratulations on having a pattern published what a great Christmas for you hope you enjoy Christmas with your family and friends and keep getting better
    Look forward to you resuming your blog in the new year. My Christmas present is retirement on Christmas eve. So much crafting to do from now on. Likethe photo of you ln the pattern

  3. HUGE congratulations on the pattern. I love it! Sadly it never gets cold enough here for a chunky yarn but as a gift for someone in colder climes it’s perfect. Wishing you and yours everything you want this festive season.

  4. Congratulations Rebecca…the cowl is beautiful. I will put it on my to-knit-list for the new year.
    I enjoy your blog.
    Have a joyful Christmas and a ever-healthier, happy new year.

  5. Happy Holidays my dear. A lovely post on your blog.
    Enjoy your family and friends and we shall be here when you return.

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