Alder

At the beginning of 2017 we started using a new to us material for laser cutting the Katrinkles tools, a domestic hardwood called Alder.  It is native to the Notheastern United States and is sustainable and renewable. It is custom milled to our specifications by a local mill in Rhode Island.  

 

What I love about this beautiful wood is the natural sparkle of its surface.  The caramel color is similar to that of the bamboo I've been using but it's grain competes less with etching, allowing the numbers on the face of each knitting needle gauge to be more prominent and easy to read.  Its beauty, durability and eco friendliness make it the ideal wood for laser cutting Katrinkles knitting needle gauges, gauge swatch rulers and wraps per inch tools. 

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Connecticut Sheep and Wool Festival

Once again it's Fiber Festival season, one of the most wonderful times of the year.  My dad and I will be headed on our annual spring tour of New England's many fiber related events, starting next weekend with the Connecticut Sheep and Wool Festival.  For a full list of my events with links to more information check my events page.  

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Looking forward to petting baby sheep, eating lamb burgers, perusing each vendor's stall and showing you all of the new things I've been making recently at Katrinkles.  When flipping through photos from last year I came across this great shearing photo:

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Here's a peek at my booth from last year.  If you'd like to order custom items to pick up at any of my spring festivals send me a message.  

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Welcome back, me!

I promised myself I wasn't going to have one of those blogs that constantly apologizes for not posting, but here I am.  It's been such a whirlwind winter but that is no excuse for skipping four months!  

Something exciting that I never posted about are these awesome gauges I did with Ravelry:

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Pretty great, right?  You can find them in the Ravelry Mini Market here: http://www.katrinkles.com/blog/.  

The photo is pretty self explanatory but some features of this tool are that it's made from bamboo, has convenient centimeter and Inch rulers and can measure both knitting needles and crochet hooks.  I was so honored and excited to be invited to work on this project and I love the way they turned out.  


Aloha!

Finally there is a Hawaii Knitting Needle Gauge in my shop!  This is especially exciting because it means I now carry a gauge for each of the 50 US states!  (plus Cape Cod and Puerto Rico - though Washington DC is still to come).  

Hawaii Knitting Needle gauge from the Katrinkles Etsy shop. 

Hawaii Knitting Needle gauge from the Katrinkles Etsy shop. 

Nothing against Hawaii, it just took me a long time to get around to making a knitting needle gauge for this state.  Until recently, no one had requested a gauge for Hawaii and I wondered how big the knitting population in the state even is.  But honestly, the main reason I stalled is that there just isn't a lot of land mass in the state, making it difficult to get all of the holes and knitting needle information to fit.  I apologize for this, Hawaiians, but I had to take some liberties with the scale of each island to get it to work.  What do you think?  

You can find this knitting needle gauge in my shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/242280410/hawaii-knitting-needle-gauge-state