Spinning Tuesdays

Sample Looms: A Little Obsessed

 

Swatch Maker Looms

Swatch Maker Looms

Have you seen these swatching looms? I can’t quit playing with mine. I don’t have time right now to warp and weave on my rigid heddle loom, but still want to play with weaving.

I have been carrying one of these in my bag for weeks, weaving a little here and there. It’s so satisfying and for me it’s the perfect thing for the winding down of summer, when all of a sudden there is no time left for all of the big projects I was going to do.

These three looms are different setts (sett is the spacing of warp threads, much like knitting gauge or wraps per inch in spinning. These are 12,10 and 8 ends per inch) and I woven on them with the same three colors of Brooklyn Tweed Loft.

I love being able to play with color without having to commit to a whole project. I can also work on getting my edges neat and even, something I always struggle with.

Yesterday it occurred to me to use my handspun yarn on these looms. I want to weave more with my handspun this year and am curious about twist and ply in weaving which is a perfect project for these looms. I don’t have to spin and warp for my rigid heddle loom to learn about handspun and weaving.

What are you obsessing over at the end of this summer?

 

 

The  folks at Purl and Loop sent me their Swatch Maker looms to review for Knitty.I reviewed the 3 in 1 loom in the current issue and will review the single Swatch Maker looms in the next issue.

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A New Class Question and PLYAWAY 2017 Classes Posted

natural + singles collageHow often do you like teachers to have new classes?

I’ve been teaching a lot the past couple of years and don’t know when to add new classes. For 2017 I tried to have at least one new class for each multi-day teaching gig. I’ve noticed some teachers don’t add new classes very often.

What about exclusive classes for big shows and events? Is that something that appeals?

I personally love designing new classes, but they take about four months to develop. So I need to be sane about how many I add. And let me know if there is something that you’d like to see me teach.

 

Do you like to plan ahead? Jacey has already listed the classes for PLYAWAY 2017. That woman is organized!

The dates are April 25th-April 29th. The location is the same as last year, the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City. There is a fountain pen store just off the lobby, plan your budget accordingly.

I’m teaching three classes and two of them are new and one of them includes sheep cheese tasting!

 

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Here, There and Everywhere

 

Yarnitecture

Yarnitecture

 

I’ve heard that my new book has landed in the publisher’s warehouse early. Let me know when you get your copy and what you think about it. I’m equal parts nervous and excited to hear what everyone thinks!

 

While most of the staff was at Convergence Amy Greeman and I snuck into the WEBS Podcast, Ready, Set, Knit and talked about my book. Did you hear us? You can listen anytime here.

 

 

Spin singles with me

Spin singles with me

 

 

Are you interested in spinning singles to knit? I have a new video out this week from Interweave called Spinning Singles. It’s under and hour and full of tips on how to spin a stable, consistent singles yarn. And  of course I talk about manipulating color in singles yarns, too. I can’t help it, really. It’s available as a download now, with the DVD coming soon.

 

 

 

Because I have to do what everyone else is doing, I’ve dusted off my spindles. My family is going camping for a few days next week, where cell phones don’t work (I’m so excited). I will be the one spinning on a spindle in a hammock. We picked our campsite based on the number of trees for hammock hanging. So think of me here, spinning.

Camping time!

Camping time!

What are you spinning as summer winds down?

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Spinning and Knitting PSA : Rhinebeck

There are 73 days until Rhinebeck!

Is that enough time to spin and knit a sweater? Even if I have other work to do, lots of work, including other spinning and knitting?

I’m considering this handspun classic – Amy King’s Less is More

Less is More - Is there time?

Less is More – Is there time?

I don’t have yarn spun to make it, I checked. If I make the short sleeved version, that’s about a pound and a half of fiber to spin. This is what I will be deeply mulling over the next few days and tossing my stash . I could make it out of singles or fatter yarn or with less ease to cut time. Or maybe I should make something smaller. But I feel like making something!  Are you spinning and knitting something for Rhinebeck this year?

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Knitting at Diagon Alley

Diagon Alley!

Diagon Alley!

A bonus of having a kiddo that does a traveling sport is sometimes you get to go to very cool places. My daughter competed in the AAU Springboard Diving Nations last week in Orlando, Florida. We are huge Harry Potter Fans, so in the few hours before our plane left we went to Diagon Alley at Harry Potter World in Universal Studios. I was giddy with the knitting.

 

Harry and Ron's Sweaters

Harry and Ron’s Sweaters

 

I saw the Harry and Ron sweaters for sale. These were acrylic, but they did a good job of looking like they were knit from Rowan’s Felted Tweed.

 

 

Yarn Shop!

Yarn Shop!

 

There is a a yarn shop! Spindlewarps sadly is a display shop not a shopping shop (just like the bookstore Flourish and Blotts), but can you imagine if it were open for shopping? I stood in front of the window filling it with inventory in my mind for a long time. Even if they just sold kits, it would be fantastic!

 

 

What I bought

What I bought

 

We had frozen Butterbeer, rode the Escape from Gringotts ride and shopped a little. I bought Molly Weasley’s wand and a Time Turner because  crafters always wish we had more time.

 

 

 

Our favorite thing was sitting a watching people. Everyone is so happy and excited to see everything and all of the other fans. It was a great way to recover from the stress of a big meet. I’ll leave you with a little video of Molly’s magical knitting needles, something I really wish I had!

 

 

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Spindles Are Everywhere!

Is it my imagination or are people spinning on spindles more right now?

I don’t know if it’s because of summer and they are portable, but I have seen more spindle spinning around in person and on social media.

I’ve heard rumors that there are fewer spinners now, that the spinning trend is leveling off and maybe dropping. The rumor is that spinners are turning to weaving and sewing and not spinning, not buying fiber or wheels.

I know spinners aren’t going anywhere and that this is part of the ongoing rhythm of fiber crafts in general. I also think that spinners are turning to spindles again. We are spinning on all spindles, but I have seen a crazy amount of spinning on Turkish spindles. I’ve also seen more spindle classes being offered at fiber shows and retreats.

Am I imagining things? Are you spindle spinning more?

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Llamas Block Tour de France Route

I can’t tell you how much I love this.

Llamas in the Tour de France  (Photo: Joel Adages/Facebook)

Llamas chillin on the Tour de France route (Photo: Joel Adages/Facebook)

Last week llamas blocked the route of the Tour de France in the Pyranees mountains. They did not interfere with the race however.

Other animals including sheep (!) have caused trouble during the Tour, here’s an article about the recent history of animals interfering with the Tour, including a flock of sheep causing a slow down on a climb. I know it’s dangerous to both the animals and the riders, but I can’t stop giggling.

 

 

 

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Why I’m Not Spinning for Tour de Fleece or Spinzilla This Year

Cjkoho Designs BFL, Maya colorway with natural added.

Cjkoho Designs BFL, Maya colorway with natural added.

I love both the Tour de Fleece and Spinzilla! I get as excited about getting ready for them as I do for buying school supplies in the fall. You know I love making plans. Even though I’ve never hit my lofty spinning goals, I love the process of dreaming big and tossing my stash for the right fiber.

But I decided not to spin for either big event this year. Why? I want to spin how I want and I want a break from deadlines. The past 18 months have been really busy for me spinning-wise. I loved every second of it, but now I want to just float. I’m still spinning every day, but I want to follow all the spinning things that interest me right now, waiting for my next spinning obsession to carry me away. I wonder what it will be?

I am excited to see what everyone else is spinning and how much they are spinning! Sometimes it’s even better to spin vicariously, all the beauty and inspiration, none of the deadlines.

Tell me what you are spinning for the Tour de Fleece!

 

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Sheepspot Fiber Club, Wool n’ Spinning, Little Looms and Zingerman’s

It’s been one of those weeks where I’ve been curious about everything, everything is shiny! Here are a few things that excited me this week.

My June Sheepspot shipment

My June Sheepspot shipment

 

The Sheepspot Fiber Club Today is the last day to sign up for the Sheepspot Fiber club. I’ve been in this club for a year and really enjoy getting every shipment. I don’t always spin my fiber, but I always spend time fondling the beautiful fluff and reading all of the breed and spinning information that Sasha sends with her club.  This year she has a number of options so you can customize the club. There are payment and quantity, options, but my favorite is choosing between colors every month. This is a great club for spinners who don’t want to prep their own fiber, but still want to try their hand at spinning some hard to find breeds.

 

Wool n’ Spinning Blog So I’m a little behind, I just discovered this spinning blog and it’s fantastic. Rachel is an obsessive spinner and knitter. She has a Vlog, that I haven’t watched yet and a Patreon campaign going now to help support her work. Somehow she does all of this and is raising two kids.

Are you weaving yet?

Are you weaving yet?

 

Little Looms  If you are interested in weaving a little this summer check out this special issue from Handwoven Magazine. It’s full of projects and instruction for weaving on rigid heddle looms, pin looms and weaving small tapestries. All perfect take along projects for the summer. And of course Knitty’s Liz Gipson makes an appearance. I found a copy at my local Barnes and Noble.

 

A class for iPhone and Android

A class for iPhone and Android

 

Mobile Photography – a Craftsy class Sometimes I feel like I don’t get out much. It never occurred to me that there would be classes on photography with your cell phone. I am in the midst of this one from Craftsy and I’m learning all kinds of ways to make my phone pictures better. I desperately needed this class since I’m generally too lazy to get out my big camera. The class covers both iPhone and Android.  (The link gets you a 20% discount and gets me a little affiliate tip.)

Zingerman’s Food Tours I just read about Zingerman’s Food Tours. I’m buying a lottery ticket.

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Thank You for Making Yarnitecture #1!

YarnitectureFinalCoverMy new spinning book Yarnitecture: A Knitter’s Guide to Spinning: Building Exactly the Yarn You Want that’s coming out in September from Storey Publishing is now up for preorder. Look what you wonderful spinners did yesterday!

number one collage

Number one!

 

 

Last night when I went to bed I was the number one book on both the Amazon Knitting and Fiber Arts lists. Thank you all for ordering my book and for giving me a once in a lifetime thrill!

 

 

 

 

 

You think?

Why yes, I am very interested

 

When I woke up this morning I found this email from Amazon.

 

 

Today calls for some celebratory spinning!

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