Spinning Tuesdays

Spinning Tuesdays: My Madrona Haul and What I’m Going to Do with It

I didn’t damage my wallet too badly at the Madrona marketplace and I tried to be mindful about what I bought. My delight was finding vendors that I’d never known about and seeing vendors in person that I’ve only shopped on line.   My first stop was The Artful Ewe. Before you look, know that they don’t sell their batts on line. I bought three gorgeous batts   This batt has baby alpaca, silk, cashmere, merino and BFL. After I bought it, I carried this batt around telling people to touch it. I’m thinking a fine-ish worsted spun to make something that touches my skin, a cowl or ...

Spinning Tuesdays: Quick Madrona Recap

I just got back from the  Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat. I went with Sasha of the SpinDoctor podcast. It was just what I needed. When you are lucky enough to work in a field that you love there are still some times when it becomes more work than love. Madrona reminded me how much I love knitting and spinning. Here’s a quick little tour through my classes. I’ll show my shopping haul next week.     My first class was Photographing Your Fiber with Franklin I was so engrossed in this class that I forgot to take a picture of Franklin teaching. Franklin gives his all when he teaches, then entire class ...

Spinning Tuesdays: Packing for Madrona or a Sidekick in a Suitcase

Tomorrow I leave for Madrona, the high holy fiber arts retreat/playtime. I’ve saved money for two years to be able to go and I am quite excited, like the days before your birthday when you are 6, excited. I’ll be there late Wednesday and I leave mid-day Sunday. So far I have packed 5 knitting projects and 2 spinning projects. I thin I’m a little light.   Here are the classes I’m taking: Photographing your Fiber with Franklin EPS System with Amy Detjen Handcarding with Carol Rhoades Recycled Yarn with Judith McKenzie I have left Friday completely open, no classes – nothing, just ...

Spinning Tuesdays: Adventures In Spinning Worsted

One of my spinning goals for this year is to make friends with worsted style spinning. The only way for me to do that is to spin a lot of worsted yarn this year, to make myself spin that way, like waking up with an alarm.   I spun 4 ounces of Spunky Eclectic, South African Fine in the Peace on Earth colorway. Both bobbins have 2 ounces of fiber on them. Why is one so much fuller? Did I cheat and spin the fluffy fiber woolen? No, I did not cheat, really, I have the hand cramp to prove it. Both bobbins were spun worsted, no twist between my hands and smoothing, smoothing, smoothing. I do like the smoothing part of ...

Spinning Tuesdays: This Is What Spinning Startitis Looks Like

I’ve been thinking about my spinning goals for the year, but I have a case of a particular crafting illness. I have a bad case of Spinning Startitis. For the past week or so I’ve started a bunch of things. Here are a few of the bobbins that I’ve been working on.   A bobbin spun from Shetland roving  from Yarn Hollow, spun woolen. This will become a tight three-ply and eventually mittens.   A bobbin spun from Cheviot and Shetland rovings from Yarn Hollow, spun woolen with a double marl to see how the colors work together. This will become a 2-ply, then eventually a shawl.   A bobbin ...

Spinning Tuesdays: Kate’s Spinning Goals

I have a confession to make: I haven’t been practicing.   After an initial, energizing success at spindle-spinning, I got distracted.  I picked up the spindle only a couple of times in the fall, and when all we got together in Waterloo a couple of weeks ago, I proudly got my spindle out, rakishly drafted a bit off the braid of BFL Jillian gave me, and started to spin. And it was an unmitigated disaster.  I dropped the spindle. I had lumps the size of grapes. I couldn’t draft. I kept breaking the roving. I couldn’t control the twist. It was a mess.   The worst part was that, naturally, I ...

Spinning Tuesdays: Getting Started on Spinning Goals

I’m getting right on my 2012 spinning goals by choosing fiber – that’s the best part isn’t it? I’ve chosen this to start making friends with worsted spinning. A club fiber from Spunky Eclectic, South African Fine in the colorway Peace on Earth. I’m going for a 2 ply, DK or a little fatter.   For sweater knitting I have this Southern Cross Fibre Falkland, colorway Dirt. I’m going to spin a woolen 2-ply, with probably a little extra ply twist. I’ve even started sample spinning It’s looking a little too contrasty for me, but I’m going to spin more, a ...

Spinning Tuesdays: I’m Teaching Spinning In Ontario This Weekend!

The folks at Shall We Knit in Waterloo, Ontario are having a Knitty weekend this weekend. Kate talked about the whole weekend yesterday on the blog. Some folks wanted more info on the spinning classes I’m teaching, so here it is. If you’d like to sign up the page is here. It’s going to be fun!   Wrap Me Up: Corespun 4 Different Ways Ready to try core spinning or to try a different method of core spinning? Using different fibers and cores you’ll learn four different methods of core spinning. In this class you’ll learn how each method of core spinning and each type of core effects your final ...

Spinning Tuesdays: It’s That Time of Year

What are your spinning plans for the year? New techniques, spinning travels, big projects? Last year I spent a lot of time making textured and fat yarns, I learned a lot about spinning different breeds, and dabbled in color spinning.   Here’s what I’m thinking about for this year:  Spinning with intention. I want to spin with specifics in mind. I want to pick up fiber and decide what it wants to be and spin it that way. I need to push myself out of my go-to spinning comfort zone. Not all of the time, but 80% of the time. Not big and scarey, but one or two specific traits or skills practiced with ...

Spinning Tuesdays: Beautiful Batt Spinning

I hope everyone got lovely fiber gifts for whatever Winter holiday you celebrate, and  spent a day or two relaxing in pajamas. I gifted myself a Bricolage batt Emily does the most beautiful mixed batts, lots of interesting texture and great colors. She makes gorgeous jewelry too. I might have bought myself a Poppy necklace. I core spun this batt, letting it be as textured as it wanted to be. After spinning fat and core spun yarns for most of this year, I’m thinking about what to focus on for 2012. Have you decided on any spinning resolutions for 2012?