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Emily Wessel

Hello - I'm from Vancouver Island, Canada, but I live and work in Edinburgh, Scotland. I am co-founder and designer at Tin Can Knits - www.tincanknits.com

21 Comments

  1. Judith
    October 10, 2021 @ 7:20 am

    Can’t wait to have enough hand spun wool to knit myself something. Using a drop spindles & I love the magic of spinning!

  2. Kim
    August 29, 2021 @ 11:29 am

    Oh man😫are you saying I can’t purchase this colorway😭😭😭😭How can you advertise unicorn barf yarn❤️😂😂😂😂❤️ and not have a million skeins ready for little girls everywhere? I am 💔, crushed that I cannot knit something from this fabulously named yarn that is probably just as warm and soft as I imagine unicorn barf must be😬🤮😂😂😂😂 So will there be a tutorial on how to mix up my own magical, mystical, unicorn yarn? Thanks for all your great patterns! Making a living at knitting is a dream I can only wish for😍

  3. raison717
    August 7, 2020 @ 12:41 pm

    I love this blog. I’ve just finished knitting my first cardigan with my handspun and that was John Arbon. I adore it. I’m now knitting a fade sweater with handspun, that was fibre from Witchcraftylady. She’s an amazing indie dyer. My next project is the John arbon you’ve featured. Just trying to decide how to prep it. I’d love to know how you did. I love your amazing spinning

  4. Olivia
    July 27, 2020 @ 4:45 am

    That blu/green color is absolutely gorgeous.

  5. April
    July 9, 2020 @ 2:11 pm

    Taking care of a toddler definitely put spinning on the back burner for me, but I used #the100DayProject to work spinning back into my daily life. The project is almost over, less than 10 days left, but I’m so close to plying my third skein of yarn.

  6. Julie
    July 8, 2020 @ 1:35 pm

    Emily
    May I ask what e spinner you have?
    I am looking into purchasing one.
    Thanks julie

    • Emily Wessel
      July 12, 2020 @ 10:46 pm

      I have the Electric Eel Wheel 5, and it’s been great, but had a few minor downsides, and I’m currently excitedly waiting for my Electric Eel Wheel 6.0, a kickstarter I helped fund this summer! If you’re interested, get on the Electric Eel Wheel mailing list, as there may be extras available after the kickstarter backers have been shipped their wheels. https://www.dreamingrobots.com/

      • Ashley Hardy
        September 6, 2020 @ 9:16 pm

        Oh I’m jealous! I backed the kickstarter initially but had to pull out due to money issues 😔 I do have myself a nano until I can purchase the 6 though so I shouldn’t complain 😂

  7. Julie
    July 8, 2020 @ 1:32 pm

    Emily
    May iba ask what type of E-spinner do you have?
    Thanks julie

    • Emily Wessel
      July 12, 2020 @ 10:46 pm

      I have the Electric Eel Wheel 5, and it’s been great, but had a few minor downsides, and I’m currently excitedly waiting for my Electric Eel Wheel 6.0, a kickstarter I helped fund this summer! If you’re interested, get on the Electric Eel Wheel mailing list, as there may be extras available after the kickstarter backers have been shipped their wheels. https://www.dreamingrobots.com/

  8. Gunvor
    July 7, 2020 @ 10:57 pm

    Looks so beautiful. May I ask what kind of E-spinner you have/use? I am considering buying one. The one from Ashford looks really good, but expensive (more than a traditional spinning wheel).

    • Emily Wessel
      July 12, 2020 @ 10:46 pm

      I have the Electric Eel Wheel 5, and it’s been great, but had a few minor downsides, and I’m currently excitedly waiting for my Electric Eel Wheel 6.0, a kickstarter I helped fund this summer! If you’re interested, get on the Electric Eel Wheel mailing list, as there may be extras available after the kickstarter backers have been shipped their wheels. https://www.dreamingrobots.com/

  9. Dramatic Lyric
    July 6, 2020 @ 10:09 am

    Knitting with handspun is the best experience ever! I can’t wait to see your handspun sweater (that’s one of my eventual goals, too).

  10. kellysontheprairie
    July 4, 2020 @ 7:21 pm

    I just tried spinning with a drop spindle for the very first time the other day! I’m on an epic quest to get shetland sheep on my homestead, which led to blindly emailing a lady in my town with a NASSA registered flock, which resulted the shepherdess saying, “Well, I don’t have any lambs for sale this year, but I’d be happy to give you some fiber and a drop spindle to learn on!” We met masked up in the Target parking lot because of COVID and she gave me a quick lesson. So far, I am a much better knitter (thanks in part to your tutorials and free patterns!). One day, I also want to knit a sweater from handspun wool…from sheep I’ve raised myself! :)

  11. lisamnoble
    July 4, 2020 @ 11:29 am

    Oh, the knitting and the spinning and the dyeing! I have been spinning for 18 odd years, but the last two summers, I have actually taken classes (at the Haliburton School of the Arts). Last summer’s focus was colour and I learned sooooo much. With a massive heat wave underway, I think tomorrow will at least partly be about prepping some sun-dyeing jars and trays (for back of car baking) , and then much spinning!

    Those green and blue swatches are stunning!

  12. ReginaMary
    July 3, 2020 @ 12:33 pm

    Your yarn is beautiful.

  13. Andrea
    July 3, 2020 @ 9:49 am

    I,too, spin very occasionally. It is like I am afraid to love it too much because I already have several expensive hobbies! Two of my children have hand spun hats that are far more precious to me than they are to them. It delights my soul when they wear them because I made them from fluff!

  14. Mary
    July 3, 2020 @ 8:52 am

    A friend sent some cotton she’d picked by the side of the road and asked me to spin it. She’d terribly compacted it while trying to clean it so that meant I needed to buy cards. After fluffing all the cotton, I used the cards on some alpaca I bought fresh off the animals about seven or eight years ago. Now I may get the three bags of alpaca actually spun!

  15. Patty
    July 2, 2020 @ 9:57 am

    I love the results of your hand spinning.I have tried to spin multiple times but the hand feet combination of skills is lost on me. No matter who the teacher is, what wheel I use I fear that I drive the teacher to tears. the results of spinning has ALWAYS taken my breath away.

  16. AJ
    July 2, 2020 @ 9:06 am

    I bought a drop spindle but haven’t figured it out yet. Your post is definitely making me want to try again!

  17. Lkvy
    July 2, 2020 @ 9:01 am

    Uhh, I’ve never spun. I’m just blown away by how one can turn a ball of fluff into an intricately knit sweater!