Meet Catherine:


Catherine is still a new knitter, but she’s an avid crocheter and needle felter. In addition to fiber craft, she is an illustrator focusing on comics and religiously-inspired paintings. She describes herself as a gamer — she enjoys video games, Dungeons and Dragons, and Magic: The Gathering. She is a lover of fantasy and history. Both Mim and Catherine are dedicated members of the Society for Creative Anachronism, an international organization which researches and recreates the arts and skills of the Middle Ages and Renaissance periods, of which Catherine has been a member since birth!

Catherine has been working at Over the Rainbow Yarn since April of 2015.

Catherine’s Latest Blog Posts:

Felting the Galway Worsted

After a two-swatch experiment, I’m very excited to announce my findings in regards to hand felting our new Galway Worsted! 

As you can see, I only knit a small swatch. I knit them on US #3 dpns despite the recommended US #8. I prefer to have a tighter fabric for my felted objects so the stuffing doesn’t show afterwards. The verdict?









Compared side-by-side, you can see that it shrank a fair amount, but I love it! It only took about 3 alternations between hot and cold water with a generous amount of liquid soap to get it as felted as it is in the photo. It wasn’t too rough in my hands while I did it, and there doesn’t appear to be too much of the stitch definition left. I’m sure if I went at it a little longer, it could be gone completely. I’m definitely be excited to see how it fairs  in future  non-swatch felting projects down the road! 

New Feltable Yarn!

Some of you may remember my yarn quest– that is, making test swatches for how well our yarns felt (or don’t felt) by hand. I’m sure they would felt better in the washing machine, but because I knit a lot of dolls I prefer to sculpt the yarn and wool stuffing as I felt. Now that we’ve acquired Galway Worsted, I have yet another yarn to test! I’ll be knitting this swatch on US 3 (it’s recommending US 8s) and am hoping for good results. I’ll be sure to let you all know in my next post how it goes!

Applying Knitting-Knowledge Outside of Knitting

I’ve never been a huge fan of the saying “draw what you know“. It seems limiting, doesn’t it? Looking back at it now, though, I can see some merit to these words. Since I started working here, I can see that I’ve added new subjects to my illustration work that I never would have considered before regarding the knowledge I’ve gained about knitting, crocheting, yarn, etc. Probably the most obvious example would be for the coloring pages that get put in the newsletter (which you can find on our website as a free download for a short time! ).

A less obvious way that I’ve noticed is that it’s seeped not only into my drawing, but also into my writing. All the knowledge, conversations, behaviors, etc. I’ve partaken in seem to have found their way into how I create characters. They add layers that make them seem more concrete than before, more alive, more relatable. This is astounding to me, and I’m beyond pleased with the growth that such a vastly different art has been able to provide in my work! 

The amount of times I need to have a reference photo for what knitting looks like is also astounding. Drawing needles in action is difficult, man. 

On Needle Holders

I’m sure I’m not the only person who has  needles and hooks that enjoy a good ( inconvenient) run about the house. I put them in a case, but alas they get all jumbled up if I don’t keep them separated with rubber bands, and even then sometimes they still do!

So while browsing the giant abyss of beautiful photos that is Pinterest, I came across something marvelous! And felted! You know I love felt, so I just had to share this with you, lovelies:

Fairy Castles © Tiny Owl Knits

Adorable, felted fairy castles! Now, how does this relate to storing needles you ask? Well, if one just removes the roof…

Fairy Castles © Tiny Owl Knits

Tada! The body of the castle unrolls into the perfect place to store all those pesky wandering needles and hooks! The best part? It’s a pattern you can get on Ravelry!!

Thank you, Tiny Owl Knits, you’ve absolutely made my day!

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