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Spinning for a Sweater, Part 3

My first sweater-spin project is coming along nicely. The bundle of Shetland wool above is gradually turning into the skeins of yummy yarn below: Up close, you can see the slight variation in color between the three plies that make … Continue reading

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Making Friends with My Drop Spindle

I first learned how to spin using a drop spindle – one of the most ancient of fiber tools. A local hand dyer (Kristine fromĀ A Verb For Keeping Warm) taught me the basics at a trunk show she and her … Continue reading

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Spinning for a Sweater, Part 2

For my Spinning For a Sweater Project, I chose English Shetland wool for my fiber. Why, when I could have chosen Merino or Blue Faced Leister, two of (possibly) the most widely spun (and knitted) wool fibers in the hand … Continue reading

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Spinning for a Sweater, Part 1

A little while ago I embarked on a major new project: spinning for a sweater (which means spinning a large amount of yarn for a sweater), designing the garment, writing the pattern, and knitting the sweater for myself to wear. … Continue reading

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My Video Mentor: longdrawjames

I must share a video with you – a youtube video that has changed my spinning life. Allow me to introduce… longdrawjames.   Ever since I started spinning I’ve attempted and failed to master the “long draw” technique – a … Continue reading

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Tour de Fleece Has Kept Me Busy

Sorry for the delay in new posts. I took a week off from work, went out of town on vacation for a couple days (more on that in another post), and most importantly have been VERY busy spinning for Tour … Continue reading

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Merino/Bamboo/Sea Cell Sock Yarn

My latest spinning adventure culminated in the successful skein pictured above: 355 yards of fingering weight sock yarn. The fiber was purchased at Stitches West 2012 from Creatively Dyed Yarns. It is 80% superwash merino, 10% bamboo and 10% seacell … Continue reading

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