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A spinner who weaves
It has been too long since I last posted. A lot of spinning has happened, but additionally I have been weaving on my Rigid Heddle loom.  Most excitingly for my I have been working to get the Newcomb Studio loom I bought when I was 13, into good fettle. This...
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Spinning My wheels
I have been working on a fiber project I cannot yet talk about, and in the spare time I have been spinning local CVM, which I will be using for weaving. It is fine spinning, and so I feel like I spin and spin and the bobbin never fills. I know, intellectual...
I have been working on a fiber project I cannot yet talk about, and in the spare time I have been spinning local CVM, which I will be using for weaving. It is fine spinning, and so I feel like I spin and spin and the bobbin n...
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Busy!
Today I have been working with local materials, locally grown flax, after the dust got to me, I switched to spinning local CVM for weaving yarn. After a bit of that, I did some work on seekrit project spinning and learned a few things, which is the whole po...
Today I have been working with local materials, locally grown flax, after the dust got to me, I switched to spinning local CVM for weaving yarn. After a bit of that, I did some work on seekrit project spinning and learned a f...
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Looking Ahead
My community of online friends is discussing goals and plans for 2016 and I am looking ahead myself. I always make personal goals and fiber goals, and tend to skip the personal goals and only work on the fiber goals. I do have several fiber goals for the ye...
My community of online friends is discussing goals and plans for 2016 and I am looking ahead myself. I always make personal goals and fiber goals, and tend to skip the personal goals and only work on the fiber goals. I do hav...
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Weaving
Lately I have been carding and spinning a fine two ply from a CVM fleece local shepherd. I felt the itch to get my loom out and so warped it with the CVM yarn and with two ten dent heddles. This is my first time using two heddles, and I am still a novice we...
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A busy summer
I am fighting with my iPad and blogger to try and get them to play nicely and let me add photos, but in the meantime I want to post something about my busy summer. It has been a fibertastic summer, beginning with shepherd's harvest in the spring where I pur...
I am fighting with my iPad and blogger to try and get them to play nicely and let me add photos, but in the meantime I want to post something about my busy summer. It has been a fibertastic summer, beginning with shepherd's h...
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Through the black hole and on to the plying
Today I am plying. This yarn will probably be woven into checks with some brown CVM I have. I am hoping for a shirt of some sort, but we'll see what my sewing is up to. 
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Thinking about what I am going to do this year
I am resting my wrists, and since I am not doing fibery things, I am thinking about them. I have been fascinated with local products for years, and have worked towards eating locally for years. This year I want to focus on using local fibers a great deal, a...
I am resting my wrists, and since I am not doing fibery things, I am thinking about them. I have been fascinated with local products for years, and have worked towards eating locally for years. This year I want to focus on us...
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Beginning as I mean to go on
If what you do at the beginning of the new year is an omen for the rest of the year, than I am well on the way to spinning down my stash of fleece. Two years ago, I believe, I bought a Cheviot fleece from a dear friend who was looking to de-stash some exces...
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Busy time of year
It is always a busy time of year for me, as it draws to a close, but I have been able to get some fibering in... Weaving: Spinning: And knitting:
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Photo test, natural dye results
I think I have it working!
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In defense of the 'meat sheep' fleece.
I often encounter a prejudice against the fleece of sheep raised primarily for meat. This amazes me as my favorite breeds, Tunis, Cheviot, Dorset, Suffolk, and Texel are all dismissed as meat sheep with fleece not worth spinning or good only for rugs. There...
I often encounter a prejudice against the fleece of sheep raised primarily for meat. This amazes me as my favorite breeds, Tunis, Cheviot, Dorset, Suffolk, and Texel are all dismissed as meat sheep with fleece not worth spinn...
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