Yarnspinners Tales's Podcast
Exploring the world of fiber, one draft at a time.

Beta 10/09/07 

Episode 1 Using Combs / Shetland 10/28/07 

Episode 2 Spin In 11/13/07 

Episode 3 Raising Angora Rabbits 12/01/07 

Episode 4 Christmas Music 2 episodes 12/16/07 

Episode 5 Spinning Angora 01/18/08 

Episode 6 Spin In Border Leicester and BFL 02/02/08 

Episode 7 Skirting a Shetland Fleece 02/16/08 

Episode 8 Spin In Cheviot and Corriedale 03/02/08 

Episode 9 Washing a Fleece 04/02/08 

Episode 10 Spin In Finn and Perendale 04/22/08 

Episode 11 Book Reviews: Your Handspinning/ Creative Spinning, Weaving & Plant Dyeing/ The Encyclopedia of Handspinning 05/09/08 

Episode 12 Cotton Dyeing Part I Chemical Dyes 05/30/08 

Episode 13 Cotton Dyeing Part II Natural Dyes 06/01/08 

Episode 14 Spin In Cormo and Montadale 06/20/08 

Episode 15 Cotton Spinning/Preparation Techniques 07/08/08 

Episode 16 Spin In Romney and Targhee 07/31/08 

Episode 17 Andean Plying, Picking a Fleece, Spinning Bulky Yarn 08/17/08 

Episode 18 Spin In CVM and Maine Island Sheep 09/01/08 

Episode 19 Wheels: How they work 09/16/08 

Episode 20 Spin In Navajo Churro and Jacob 09/30/08 

Episode 21 Felting a Fleece 10/27/08 

Episode 22 Spin In Alpaca 10/31/08 

Episode 23 Drop Spindles 12/20/08 

Episode 24 Spinning and Dyeing Silk 01/25/09 

Episode 25 Spin In Cashgora 01/31/09 

Episode 26 Spinning Woolen vs Worsted 02/15/09 

Episode 27 Spin In Tunis and Karakul 03/14/09 

Epidose 28 Dyeing Wool / Discolored Fleeces 03/30/09 

Episode 29 Spin In Wheels at the Woolery / Spaelsau and Icelandic 04/23/09 

Episode 30 Plying 04/30/09 

Episode 31 Bamboo and Tencel 05/16/09 

Episode 32 Silk, Soy and Milk 06/01/09 

Episode 33 Spin In Dog Hair / Spinning Designer Yarns and The Intentional Spinner 06/22/09 

Episode 34 Carding and blending fibers 07/07/09 

Episode 35 Spin In Helping Angora Bunnies Beat the Heat / Washing Alpaca Fiber 07/31/09 

Episode 36 Spinning with a charkha 08/21/09 

Episode 37 Spin In breed reviewed: Southdown, Polworth Setting up my wheel before spinning 09/13/09 

Episode 38 Selecting a wool fleece part 1 10/10/09 

Episode 39 Selecting non wool fiber to spin, storing fiber, original ghost story 10/24/09 

Episode 40 Spinning for a specific type of yarn 11/21/09 

Episode 41 Discussing grist 11/29/09 

Episode 42 Changing the size of your yarn by adjusting tension 12/18/09 

Episode 43 Spinner’s block, unlocking the creative juices 01/20/10 

Episode 44 Fiber Fairs 04/05/10 

Episode 45 Spin In Breeds Coopworth and Polypay review 04/18/10 

Episode 46 Spinning Tools 05/08/10 

Episode 47 Book Reviews Jenny Dean’s Natural Dyeing Books also American Native Plants 05/31/10 

Episode 48 Planning a Dye Day 06/22/10 

Episode 49 Carbonized bamboo, Tour de fleece projects History of the wheels I own 07/12/10 

Episode 50 Dye Day 1 Dyeing with saran wrap 08/14/10 

Episode 51 Dye Day 2 Dyeing specific colors, the tertiary colors 08/28/10 

Episode 52 Dye Day 3 Natural Dyeing with walnut leaves 09/28/10 

Episode 53 Front Porch spin in Creativity 10/23/13 

Episode 54 Color Theory with Digitaldurga 11/10/10 

Episode 55 Color Theory part 2 11/10/10 

Episode 56 Blending the Tertiary colors 01/10/11 

Episode 57 Blending Hackle 01/29/11 

Episode 58 Different types of fiber combs 02/14/11 

Episode 59 Washing and combing five different sheep breeds (lock washing in roaster pan) 02/28/11 

Episode 60 Spinners’ single study, and Forsyth products review 04/07/11 

Episode 61 A New Wheel Majacraft Aura 05/07/11 

Episode 62 Rare breed review, Black Welsh Mountain and Clun Forest 05/17/11 

Episode 63 Lock and Fold Spinning 06/02/11 

Episode 64 Interview with Oogie McGuire Black Welsh Mountain Sheep breeder 07/22/11 

Episode 65 A Podcast for knitters who want to become spinners 08/21/11 

Episode 66 Learning curve for the Aura and beaded yarn 08/21/11 

Episode 67 Spinning Woolen 10/05/11 

Special Episode - Happy Fourth Year, YST! 10/15/11 

Promo podcast for Spinners Journal, a how to use it podcast 11/05/11 

Episode 68 Interviews with two scholar spinners 11/16/11 

Episode 69 Four reviews (Leicester longwool, Lincoln wool, a spinning DVD and my trip to Stitches East) 01/07/12 

Episode 70 Drum Carding Projects 02/21/12 

Episode 71 Digital Sheep 03/31/12 

Episode 72 Support Spindles 04/28/12 

Episode 73 Chatting with the Fiber folks 05/26/12 

Episode 74 Let the Games Begin (Tour de Fleece 2012) 07/02/12 

Episode 75 The Wheel Keeps Spinning (TdF 2) 07/05/12 

Episode 76 Listen to your Inner Spinner (TdF 3) 07/08/12 

Episode 77 Is it Rest Day yet (TdF 4) 07/11/12 

Episode 78 Two types of plying (TdF 5) 07/15/12 

Episode 79 How the Fiber Talks to Me (TdF6) 07/18/12 

Episode 80 Finished Yarn and Fractal Spinning (TdF7) 08/02/12 

Episode 81 The Finish Line (TdF8) 08/07/12 

Episode 82 Ravellenic review part 1 Breed review California Red and combing CVM two ways 08/16/12 

Episode 83 Ravellenic review part 2 Breed review Ryeland and Salish 09/17/12 

Episode 84 Positive Spin: YST on Stash naming 10/05/12 

Episode 85 Five Year Anniversary podcast 10/31/12 

Episode 86 Katahdan review and porch spin in 12/10/12 

Episode 87 A Frest Start Wrap up of 2012 spinning 12/31/12 

Episode 88 A Good Exchange Review of a past angora exchange 01/27/13 

Episode 89 Thin thinner thinnest: Review of a froghair spinning exchange 02/04/13 

Episode 90 Plying with commercial yarns 03/16/13 

Episode 91 YST The more I teach the more I learn 04/26/13 

Episode 92 Sometimes you make a yarn sometimes you don’t: Chain plying 05/31/12 

Episode 93 Preparing for TdF 2013 06/25/13 

Episode 94 TdF13 Days one and two 07/02/13 

Episode 95 TdF13 days three through five 07/06/13 

Episode 96 TdF13 days six through nine 07/09/13 

Episode 97 TdF13 Babies and bobbins:traveling and spinning 07/19/13 

Episode 98 TdF13 Final report 07/30/13 

Episode 99 Book review Hand Designs for Spinners and Knitters 09/09/13 

Episode 100 Finishing Yarn 10/20/13 

Episode 101 Machine Washing Alpaca 01/11/14 

Episode 102 Spinning Alpaca 01/30/14 

Episode 103 Norfolk Horn fiber review 02/11/14 

Episode 104 White faced Woodland fiber review 02/14/14 

Episode 105 Portland fiber review 02/18/14 

Episode 106 A day off and Spinning Misc Ravellenic spins 02/22/14 

Episode 107 Final British rare breeds review manx Loaghton and Hill Radnor 


Episode 108 Dyeing Alpaca 04/24/14 

Episode 109 Greencastle Fiber event review 06/02/14 

Episode 110 Ky Sheep and Wool festival review 06/25/14 

Episode 111 Preparing for TdF14 07/09/14 

Episode 112 TdF14 Team Painted Tiger 07/16/14 

Episode 113 TdF14 Team Majacraft 07/21/14 

Episode 114 TdF14 Team Farm Fiber Marketplace 07/26/14 

Episode 115 TdF14  Team Support Spindlers 07/31/14 

Episode 116 TdF14 Final recap 08/10/14

Category:general -- posted at: 7:27 PM

If you are interested in joining the YST Ravelry group, you can find it by getting on Ravelry, and going to the groups search box.  Search under Yarnspinnerstales spin in and it should give you the link you need to find us.

Music today is from MusicAlley.  The opening song is Things Will be Better Next Year by Wil Maring.  The closing song is One More Year by Brett Mikels

Direct download: YST_Episode_116_TdF14_Final_Recap.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:49 PM

This is a 10 minute podcast that I will release on the first of every month.  It has all the information about how to find specific episodes, where to contact me and how to get your very own spinner's journal.

I listen to many podcasts and get tired of hearing the podcaster's information over and over before we get to the podcast.  I have decided that to avoid that in my podcast, I would put all this information here and release it once a month.  If you need the information, just listen in.  If you don't, you can just wait for the next podcast.

Happy spinning!

Direct download: YST_facts_podcast_Aug14.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:45 PM

TeF14 is over but the updates continue. This last one is for Team Support Spindlers. 

Fibers used are from the following sources:

Moonwood Farms  Dyed milk

Wonders Mohair  dyed adult mohair

WeloveThor  dyed merino

Spindles used are from these sources


Royale Hair

Today's music is Mountains End by Phillip Woo.  It can be found on MusicAlley



Direct download: YST_Episode_115_TdF14_update_5_Team_support_spindlers.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:18 PM

The Tour de Fleece continues, and I review another of the Ravelry Teams that I have spun with during the Tour de France.

Music is from MusicAlley.  The beginning interlude is from djoc and is called Blink and you will miss them.  The end song is Twinkle Black Sheep by Johnny Only 

You can find me on Ravelry as Yarnspinnerstales, and the group for this podcast is called Yarnspinnerstales spin in group.  See you there!

Direct download: YST_Episode_114_TdF14_update_4_Team_Farm_Fiber.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:12 PM

A short podcast today about the fiber I am spinning on the Majacraft Aura for the Tour de Fleece in Ravelry.

Music is from Musicalley and the song Celtic Mystery is by Tigertail.

My Blog is here.

The Spinners Journal is a great way to keep track of your TdF spinning and other projects.  Check it out!

Direct download: YST_Episode_113_TdF2014_update_3_team_Majacraft.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:04 PM

Today's podcast is an update of my Tour de Fleece spinning for the team Painted Tiger.  The website for this dyer of fiber and yarn is here.

The fiber I am spinning is a Portuguese wool top explained by Ashland Bay blog.

Therefore, tigers are the theme of the music, found on MusicAlley.  The interlude music is by Sinfonoa Electronique and is Tiger on the Loose II. The end music is by Briareus and is called Tigers.

My blog can be found here.

Direct download: YST_Episode_112_TdF14_update_2_Painted_Tiger_Team.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:21 PM

Music is from Music Alley and includes:

Snowball fight by Tv's Kyle

Preparations for takeoff by Matthew Hall

Direct download: YST_Episode_111_Preparing_for_TdF2014.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:38 PM

This is a 10 minute podcast that I will release on the first of every month.  It has all the information about how to find specific episodes, where to contact me and how to get your very own Spinners' Journal.

I listen to many podcasts and get tired of hearing the podcaster's information over and over before we get to the podcast. I have decided that to avoid that in this podcast, I would put all this informnation here and release it once a month. If you need the information,just listen in. If you don't,you can just wait for the next podcast.

Happy spinning!

Direct download: YST_facts_podcast_july_2014.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:09 AM

I went to the Lexington Ky Sheep and Fiber festival in May, and this podcast is a review of that great trip.  Here is a link to the vendor list.

A few specific links for vendors I mention in the podcast:

The Ross Farm Fibers    Dyed in the Wool 

A Yarn Well Spun    Rock and String Creations

I mentioned the video for Dirty Jobs, where Mike goes to Ohio Valley woolen mill.

The Ravelry pattern is the Ten Stitch Blanket by Frankie Brown.  The link may or may not take you to it, Ravelry requires you to be signed in to see it.

Finally music for today's podcast is from Music Alley and is by Rachel Barton Pine. It is a violin medley of Scots tunes.

Direct download: YST_Episode_110_sheep_and_wool_fest_review.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:56 PM