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Come find me on ravelry: I'm gizmometer. I have a bunch of patterns available there!
Rowan MacBean on Mar 20, 2014
I'm a fan of hats, and this might be the best one I've ever had. It's certainly the best wool one I've ever had. Nice and soft and warm, not itchy at all. An awesome seller and speedy shipping didn't hurt, either. :D
Anonymous on Apr 9, 2013
Very pleased. Excellent service!
Anonymous on Aug 6, 2012
Gorgeous creation- see the custom shawl that was made in the same colors but a little larger and with silk and angora. HEAVEN.
Texture, Colour, Form
I've dabbled in a lot of art forms over the years: painting, glassblowing, pottery, sculpture, mixed-media, candle-making, beading, CG & A/V, sketches and charcoal, dance... but textiles have been a constant.
My grandmother taught me to knit when I was nine or ten years old. The knowledge lay dormant for a while, but has since returned with a vengeance! Since that time, I've added dyeing, spinning, weaving, and pattern design (and some limited crochet techniques) to my textile skill set. All the experience I've had in various art forms has given me a strong sense of texture, colour, and form. The tactile element of textile work is itself immensely satisfying - and all the more precisely so with handspun yarns. Combine that with colour, especially now that I do some of my own dyeing, and then with the infinite amount of motifs and spatial immediately, readily available in textile work and you have a handcrafter's heaven. I also greatly enjoy the complex mathematical/geometric forms of intricate lacework, and now design my own lace patterns.
I've worked at all stages of textile creation: helped with shearing and animal tasks, skirted and washed fleeces, combed and carded, dyed, spun, designed, knit, woven, sewn. Mostly I prefer to leave the animals to the farmers - but buy directly from them when I can - and the washing and carding to the very experienced mills and other experts, but I am at least familiar with the whole path. I like to know what route my fiber has taken on that journey, so I try to buy from local sources and indie dyers when I can.
You'll find a little bit of everything here at Gizmometry, but you're guaranteed to find indulgent textures, richly coordinated colours, and deliberate forms. Welcome!
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Owner, Maker, Designer
I'm a dedicated handcrafter who has experimented with a vast array of media, and finally found a true "home" with textiles. In my other lives, I'm a dancer/choreographer, arts educator, social justice advocate, and anthropologist.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
I frequently use recycled shipping materials. This helps the planet and keeps costs down.
Refunds and Exchanges
If somehow an item has been mis-listed (for example, described with incorrect fiber content), refund plus return shipping coverage is guaranteed.
Additional policies and FAQs
The penny is there to give you a sense of scale. A US penny is 2cm across - this gives you a visual sense of the yarn's gauge/WPI, so you can tell at a glance if it's chunky or fine. Especially handy for those in-between yarns!
On handspun yarns:
- I spin on a Kromski Fantasia wheel. I've been spinning for many years now and am scrupulous in my production of quality yarns. You won't find yarns here that break on you or that degrade during blocking. They are strong and meant to be used.
- All my yarns, even art yarns, are washed with hot water to set the twist, without felting (unless noted), then rinsed in cool water with an organic, unscented conditioner. Many are thwacked for bloom, but not all; this is an artistic decision. Skeins are dried unweighted, so you shouldn't have any unpleasant surprises when blocking your finished piece.
- Occasionally, due to the skein size versus bobbin capacity, yarns must contain joins. Typically my joins are spun together and if necessary slightly felted, as close to invisible as possible. I know knots are a pain! So I avoid them; most situations can be handled without knotting. Very occasionally, you might find one.
- I try to provide you with as much information on the yarn as I can: texture, weight, thickness, colour, fiber content, etc, supplemented with photos (I include a penny for scale in my photo sets). I frequently do not suggest a needle (or hook) size, since knitters' gauges vary and the desired fabric density will also vary by project.
- If a yarn is repeatable, I will note it in the text. If a yarn is not noted as repeatable, it probably isn't, but you can ask.
- The yarn pictured is always the yarn you will receive.
On hand knits:
- I only knit-for-sale from my own patterns or by improvisation. I respect others' copyrights.
- Any knit item in the shop therefore is my own pattern, which I can typically reproduce in the same or another yarn.
- Items knit with commercial yarns will always have those yarns (and their fiber types, etc) listed. Some items are hybrid handspun/millspun, and will not be passed off as pure handspun. I try to give percentages when I can.
- Handspun handknit garments/items have been carefully constructed for beauty *and* durability; see the info on handspun yarns above. They're meant to be worn and used. They frequently require some special care, though, such as handwashing. If cared for, well, carefully, these pieces can last lifetimes; lace shawls, christening gowns, etc can literally last generations. I strive for heirloom quality in all my items.
- Care instructions are noted on a case-by-case basis, but hand washing is always a good strategy.
- The item pictured is always (unless the listing is for a custom piece) the item you will receive, and it will not have been worn except briefly for modeling.
On services & custom work:
- Lead time is typically noted on listings, but you are welcome to convo me to make sure, or if you have a particular time crunch.
- I don't begin work until after we're both satisfied we understand the details. This can make the process longer, but ultimately, also more successful.
- You can also convo me if there isn't a spinning or knitting service listing currently available in the shop, or if you have a special, different idea. My availability is not guaranteed but I love doing custom work, so let's talk!