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Simply Basics: Wind a Center Pull Ball

finishedballandnosteEver 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 more

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Bedazzle your Spinning!

Add beads to your spinning! | SimplyNotable.comSpinning 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 more

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Be Fearless

Spinning Yarn Fearlessly |  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 more

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Will Spin for Coffee!

Spinning Yarn for Coffee Cozy | 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 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 more

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Solar Dyed Fiber all Spun Up

dyedyarn2Because 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 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 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 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 more

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Shake it up with Mmmmilk

milkfiberinterracotta  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 more

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