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Inspiration
I have been thinking about those who inspire me, recently. We are lucky to have access to many many fantastic artists, artisans, crafters, (whatever the preferred term is) on the internet. I get so much of my inspiration, and my drive to learn more, by watc...
I have been thinking about those who inspire me, recently. We are lucky to have access to many many fantastic artists, artisans, crafters, (whatever the preferred term is) on the internet. I get so much of my inspiration, and...
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Knitting Away the Winter Grays
This time of year it seems like it is always dark, the sky is always cloudy and gray and I long for the bright colors of summer. As an antidote to the subdued and washed out color palette I pulled out my balls of leftover yarn and one off skeins of yarn, a ...
This time of year it seems like it is always dark, the sky is always cloudy and gray and I long for the bright colors of summer. As an antidote to the subdued and washed out color palette I pulled out my balls of leftover yar...
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Adventures in Cellulose Part II
I have washed and dried the weaving and tonight I hemmed the spa cloths, thus learning that I need to include ENOUGH plainweave to make a hem and still make them square, if I want a square finished product. Oh well. Lessons learned, and another reason doing...
I have washed and dried the weaving and tonight I hemmed the spa cloths, thus learning that I need to include ENOUGH plainweave to make a hem and still make them square, if I want a square finished product. Oh well. Lessons l...
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Progress and Promise
The holidays are coming up and I am in the middle of making gifts. On my Flip I have merino in various colors which have been aging in the stash for at least 7 years. It was spun originally from top chosen by my mother for a fair isle vest or sweater, but i...
The holidays are coming up and I am in the middle of making gifts. On my Flip I have merino in various colors which have been aging in the stash for at least 7 years. It was spun originally from top chosen by my mother for a ...
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Dreaming at the Wheel and Yarn Lots
I spend a lot of time at the spinning wheel. More than an hour most days. Apart from a little time at the start of each new project to re-set my hands and techniques, spinning often is a nearly mindless activity for me. It gives me a lot of time to think an...
I spend a lot of time at the spinning wheel. More than an hour most days. Apart from a little time at the start of each new project to re-set my hands and techniques, spinning often is a nearly mindless activity for me. It gi...
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Spinning while sick
I have gotten a great deal of spinning done recently, due to illness. A gorgeous columbia cross which I blogged about  here , and a beautiful braid of I believe cheviot (I think) dyed by  Gnomespun  which I got in a destash from  Lynn . I spun it into a fir...
I have gotten a great deal of spinning done recently, due to illness. A gorgeous columbia cross which I blogged about here, and a beautiful braid of I believe cheviot (I think) dyed by Gnomespun which I got in a destash from ...
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Get well soon!  Lovely spinning through the illness.
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Happy New Year
I will keep blogging here, but I am also going to be blogging at  A Year of Spinning Locally , where I shall chronicle my attempts to focus on local fiber, local dyers, local mills and processors, and local craftspeople. My first post is up, so I encourage ...
I will keep blogging here, but I am also going to be blogging at A Year of Spinning Locally, where I shall chronicle my attempts to focus on local fiber, local dyers, local mills and processors, and local craftspeople. My fir...
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Weaving Cotton
I have been in the midst of Holiday gift making craziness, though that is winding down, thankfully. I sewed my first garment from handspun, handwoven wool - The Japanese inspired panel vest. I will not post a photo as the recipient may see it. Yesterday, ho...
I have been in the midst of Holiday gift making craziness, though that is winding down, thankfully. I sewed my first garment from handspun, handwoven wool - The Japanese inspired panel vest. I will not post a photo as the rec...
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Adventures in Cellulose - Part 1
I am a newish weaver. It is really only the past year that I have been weaving with any regularity, since I received my Flip as an awesome holiday gift last year. This year I have been working on spinning cellulose fibers, cotton and flax. I was inspired by...
I am a newish weaver. It is really only the past year that I have been weaving with any regularity, since I received my Flip as an awesome holiday gift last year. This year I have been working on spinning cellulose fibers, co...
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That's quite exciting! I look forward to the post-finishing results.
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Cotton Skein
I have finished the first skeins of the green cotton, 4 ounces of sliver turned into over 1300 yards of two ply yarn. Here is the first, Big skein, that is 1100 yards long. there is a second skein which is just over 200 yards which I could not cram onto the...
I have finished the first skeins of the green cotton, 4 ounces of sliver turned into over 1300 yards of two ply yarn. Here is the first, Big skein, that is 1100 yards long. there is a second skein which is just over 200 yards...
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Cotton and Long Term Projects
The past week or so I have been spinning Sally Fox's green cotton on my matchless. I love my charkha, but the spinning wheel fits my life better and I appreciate the large skeins I can get from it. The cotton will eventually be a shirt or kurta, I hope. I h...
The past week or so I have been spinning Sally Fox's green cotton on my matchless. I love my charkha, but the spinning wheel fits my life better and I appreciate the large skeins I can get from it. The cotton will eventually ...
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