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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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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


  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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A Long Time Coming

Spinning Yarn on a Turkish Spindle

  Good Gravy! After finishing my latest spin, my first on the turkish spindle, I looked back to see when I’d begun and saw that I’ve been nursing this spin along for nearly 6 months! I am powerfully happy to have it off my spindle! And yes – I learned a valuable lesson I can share with you regarding a turkish spindle. The fiber was merino …read more

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The Skinny on Silk Hankies

Spinning Silk Hankies into Yarn

Okay Spinners, if you haven’t played with silk hankies yet, I have to recommend the adventure! Facing a stack of sheer , filmy silk hankies  is such a fun and rewarding spinning diversion. Once you’ve created the sleek shininess that is silk yarn, you’ll have a whole new definition of luxury. The singles shine so impressively, that it’s …read more

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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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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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