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Spinning up Tussah Silk

Spinning Silk on a Drop Spindle

  I’m not sure why it took me so long to try spinning silk. I was intimidated by the idea, expected it to be slippery and difficult to handle. Nothing could be farther from the truth with tussah silk. The draft is smooth and with the long staple – 7″ or more – there’s no spindle hitting the floor! So beautifully lustrous, soft and strong – …read more

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My Perfect Hat

my perfect hat from purple stitch project beanie free pattern

I took out a skein of my handspun this week and wound it up into a ball. It was my first true three-ply - A merino dyed by Wonderland Dyeworks in several shades of blue that had been given to me last Christmas by my son and daughter in law. It had taken me about three weeks to create it. I’d filled my spindle, wound it off, then filled it twice again …read more

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Fancy Cop Winding


I promised last week that I’d show you the secret to winding all fancy-like on a turkish spindle. We used to make God’s Eyes in this pattern when I was a kid at camp. It was impressive even with coarse acryllic yarn wound around crossed popsicle sticks, and taking it to my big girl craftland with handspun wool around the beautiful wood arms of a turkish …read more

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Whirling Dervishes

Whirling Dervishes Spindles

Until I went to Istanbuhl last year for a nursing conference, I thought Whirling Dervish was a term used to describe my childhood behavior, as in “Please sit down, you’re jumping around like a whirling dervish!” Imagine my surprise when during my explorations in Istanbuhl, I saw signs advertising a performing group of Whirling Dervish! An online search turned …read more

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Better Late than Never…


I did it! I was at the back of the pack, but finally finished plying my Tour de Fleece fiber that Carli dyed in her kitchen into a pretty gradient yarn. Whew! Seemed like the plying on the spindle was slow going this time. And alas – I only ended up with 220 yards of a dk weight yarn. Far short of what I’d need for any kind of shawl. So that goal stands …read more

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The Tour is ON!


  Yay! It’s finally here - that crazy, worldwide spinning extravaganza known as Tour de Fleece. I don’t have any network television here in Greece, so sadly – I can’t follow the race, but I can spin my little heart out, Crafty Friends and I’m off to a roaring start with spinning project numero uno: a braid of BFL/silk roving that Carli dyed …read more

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Clearing the Decks

alpaca merino and bamboo singles on the spindle

Have you heard that the Tour de Fleece is right around the corner? The event is a world-wide spinalong that runs concurrently with the Tour de France. Get it? Biking = Spinning? Like that killer class at the gym on the stationary bikes? Ouch. The dates for those of you interested in spinning along are June 30 – July 22, 2012. You can join a …read more

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A Happily Ever After Spin

Happily Ever After Spinning Yarn

Ever since I read Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club, I’ve paid more attention to my intention and how it affects everything around me, from my relationships with others to my creative projects. I often think about this when creating an item for someone - I pay attention to the energy I put into the piece, not only with my hands, but also with my thoughts, …read more

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Learning & Photography Challenge 3KCBWDAY2

Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 3KCBWDAY2

During the last few months I’ve taken on a few crafty projects that are brand new to me. Dying, spinning yarn and photography have been a natural progression. They’re all intertwined, really. During her last vacation to the U.S., mom suggested that she and I dye a few 4 oz. lengths of superwash merino roving. I’ve dyed wool fabric in the past but …read more

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Spinning for Socks with the Twisted Sisters

Spinning Your Own Sock Yarn

  I’ve finished the fiber I showed you in A Superwash Merino Spin and I’ve achieved socks!The superwash merino was so effortless to draft, so it was one of the thinner singles I’ve managed. I navajo plied it, which essentially made for a 3 ply finished yarn and it came out a little thicker than I’d hoped. Not really a fingering – it was more …read more

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