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Simply Basics: Wind a Center Pull Ball

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Ever wonder how people hand wind such neat looking center pull balls? I wanted to learn to make those perfect little parcels myself and tried doing it around my fingers, but just made a mess.  I recently learned how to wind a center pull ball on a nostepinne – a tool originated in Sweden that makes the process a snap. Nostepinne’s can be as …read more

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Bedazzle your Spinning!

Add beads to your spinning! | SimplyNotable.com

Spinning with beads is such jazzy, dazzling fun. All those pretty glass baubles catching the light and making your handspun extra special! I get that you can string beads onto thread or yarn and ply it with handspun to get the effect, but always wondered how you’d accomplish it with singles. I recently investigated and gave it a trial run. It was …read more

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Be Fearless

Spinning Yarn Fearlessly | SimplyNotable.com

  When it comes to spinning  – experimentation is the rule for me these days. I’ve been taking the time to explore different methods and to play with color. I’ve had some help and inspiration with a new spinning resource: PLY magazine by spinner extraordinaire – Jacey Boggs. This is a compendium of spinning know-how that has sent my little …read more

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Will Spin for Coffee!

Spinning Yarn for Coffee Cozy | SimplyNotable.com

Sometimes I find that spinning an entire braid of fiber becomes a chore and my bobbins fill up with unfinished singles that I’m tired of spinning. At times like these, it’s refreshing to break out my spindles and spin up a small project. A fast little color fix fits my mood this week and I took the opportunity to spin up some yarn for small projects …read more

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Road Cotton

Spin Cotton From the Roadside - so neat!

  Since I returned to my home in Arizona from Greece, I’ve really come to appreciate my home state. True, it’s too hot much of the year, and there’s only a small window of time in which I can enjoy wool hand knits, but the desert is beautiful. I find ways to indulge my passion for knitting and fiber – even in warm country. This is cotton farming …read more

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Solar Dyed Fiber all Spun Up

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Because it was so fun to spin up my own handdyed fiber, and because I also promised I would share, here’s the Sun Fiber I recently blogged about, dyed in the big Sun Tea jar, now transformed into a beautiful bouncy two ply yarn. From pretty braid: To squishy skein: Although the red dominates – the blending of the other colors …read more

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Wheeee! Navajo Plying on the Wheel

Navajo Plying Yarn on A Spinning Wheel

  I’ve shown before how much I enjoyed the result of Navajo plying on the drop spindle. On the wheel, it’s even more rewarding because in comparison, the process is completed in such a short time. I like the look of Navajo plied yarn – how the colors stay together. I must admit that on the wheel, it does take some coordination and practice! After …read more

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Sun Fiber

Solar Dying Roving and Fiber

  If you’ve ever made a big jar of sun tea, the concept of solar dyeing will make perfect sense to you. Simple ingredients: water, vinegar, fiber, your choice of dyes and a big tea jar along with a sunny summer day is pretty much all you need. I also used squeeze bottles to mix my dye in and a dedicated set of measuring spoons . If you aren’t …read more

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Handspun Oaklet

Handspun Yarn - Oaklet

After the process of dyeing, spinning and plying a selection of fiber, knitting with it is the absolute icing on the cake for me. This lovely lace shawl started life as a 4 oz length of natural BFL and silk roving that Carli dyed for me in her kitchen! I described my goals for the spin last year about this time in my Tour is On post, and showed …read more

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Shake it up with Mmmmilk

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  Fiber made from milk? Well, it’s actually made from milk protein, casein to be exact. Although it’s a protein fiber, same as the animal fibers wool and silk – it’s made in a similar manner as bamboo and tencel. The raw product is broken down in a chemical bath, then extruded into fiber. And a lovely fiber it is too – smooth and silky to …read more

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