Spinning Tuesdays

All of My Tags

I cannot spin anymore without tags. Not just one or two either, I have a whole range of tags for different things. See? Lots of tags. Some of them I use interchangeably, but most of them I use very specifically. Here’s how I use them, moving left to right: The biggest tag I use for sampling. I wrap singles and hang my ply back sample on the tag so I can check that I’m on track when I’m spinning. I will add the wheel, wheel set up, fiber, dyer, colorway,  wpi , ypp and all of my yarn information before I’m done. I’ll also hang a plied samples (before and after finishing ) on it. ...

Sample Looms: A Little Obsessed

  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 ...

A New Class Question and PLYAWAY 2017 Classes Posted

How 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 ...

Here, There and Everywhere

    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.         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 ...

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 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 ...

Knitting at 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.     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.       There is a a yarn shop! Spindlewarps sadly is a display shop not a ...

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 ...

Llamas Block Tour de France Route

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

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

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 ...

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.   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 ...