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

I tackle yet more of my never ending stash of alpaca fiber and talk about using the wool shampoo to wash suri, and the wash and dye product for a white huacaya alpaca.  These are products available from Namaste Farms and can be purchased here.

Music for the show is by Project Grand Slam and is called Spring Dance.  Sadly the source for podsafe music. Musicalley, seems to have gone away.  It just does not do anything when I go to the site, nor can I find any information about it.  I will not link the group today, and certainly thank them publically for putting that music on the site for use.  I will continue to investigate into this, but feel the time has come that it is no longer available as a place for listeners to support the musicians that had allowed their music to be listened to in podcasts. It has been wonderful to add music to the podcast over these past years, for I love music as much as spinning.  All things change though, and new is always shiny and good.  

Direct download: YST20Episode2012320Dyeing20Alpaca.mp3
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This podcast has a review of the DVD titled From Wool to Waulking, with Norman Kennedy.  Fulll of knowledge of the old ways of handling, spinning or weaving wool, this DVD is also good for new spinners just learning the craft.

The second part of the podcast is a chatty update of my life and spinning projects.

Music is from Musicalley.  The haunting interlude music is by Keldarin and is called Gaelic Shores.  The closing song is by John Torres and is titled Here in History.

If anyone is interesting in the video of the stitch I am using to crochet a blanket that I mention in the podcast, it can be found here.

Direct download: YST20episode2012220Remembering20the20Old20Ways.mp3
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There are two new products out for those of us that process raw fiber, DRB wool shampoo and the Wash and Dye.  I had the opportunity to try both and loved them so much I contacted Natalie Redding of Namaste Farms, the source of these products for an interview.  In this podcast, I talk to Natalie, via Skype. In the second part of the podcast I talk about my experiences using both products.

Here's a direct link to the wool shampoo website, where you can buy the products.

Other links for this podcast include: Namaste Farms and Fibery Goodness. 

Music in the podcast is from MusicAlley.

The opening interlude music is Nano Flowers by The DJ's.

Deep Space Ocean provides Live Free.

I chose the closing song, Techno Canon by DanMan because it is a great blending of the new meets the old. There is so much of that now in spinning, the new fiber community members bringing improvements to our craft.

Direct download: YST20Episode2012120Wool20Shampoo20review.mp3
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Rock day or Saint Distaff Day, Jan 7 is the spinner's New Year.  I talk about that and my year's plans in this podcast.

Music is from Musicalley and has a new year theme.

Opening song is Happy New Year by Colie Brice

Closing song is It's a New Year's Day with Denise Moser.

Here is a nice website with information about Rock Day.

St Distaff Day, or the Morrow after Twelfth Day is a poem by Robert Herrick. It has been recorded on LibriVox here. I also read the poem in the podcast.

The Spinner's Journal is available on lulu.com and here is a direct link.

 

Direct download: YST_episode_120.mp3
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My daughter joins me, via Skype, to tell about her lucky find in fleeces and what she did with them.  Then the story morphs into her experience dyeing silk with henna.

Music is from Musicalley and revolves around the theme 'lucky'.  

AJ & The Frozen Tundra Band tells us It's Your Lucky Day Now.

Great Big Sea sings Lucky Me

Stavia closes the podcast with Lucky Day

Direct download: YST_Episode_119_Fortuitous_Fleeces.mp3
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First in the podcast, some thoughts on the wide variety of niche markets we have in this fiber world.  Then I tell about my three Spinzilla projects and how I figured my yardage for submission to their total amounts.

There is more music in today's podcast, and it  is from Musicalley

First interlude is from Space Agency and is called Godzilla.

Middle break music is from the FuMP, always a fun romp, and is also called Godzilla (yes just pretend it is really Spinzilla).  Since this group has lots and lots of songs, find this specific one by searching Godzilla on Musicalley.

The closing song is by Tracy Jane Comer and is Drive for Miles.  I think of it as Spin for Miles since that is one of the measurements used by Spinzilla.  Lovely song, whether you are driving or spinning.

Direct download: YST_Episode_118_Spinzilla.mp3
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This is a 10 minute podcast that I will release on the first of every month (more or less). 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 this 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_Nov_2014.mp3
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A Wool Gathering fiber event is at Young's Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs Ohio every year on the third weekend in Sept.  I had the fun of attending this year, and give a review of my trip.

Lots of links for things I mention in the podcast:

A Wool Gathering website

TNNA website

Spinzilla website

Spinzilla FAQ

Spinzilla rules for measuring yarn

Woven Thoughts blog

Fiber Optic Yarns

Noah's Landing Yarns

National Custom Spinworks

Ed the Wheel Healer can be contacted at erowe132 @ aol. com

Today's podcast music is from musicalley and is by Jon Caspi and the First Guns.  My thanks to them for letting me use this song as the intro to the podcast.

Direct download: YST_Episode_117_A_wool_Gathering_review.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:39 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 information here and release it once a month. If you need the information, just listen in. If you don't, you can wait for the next podcast.

Happy spinning!

Direct download: YST_facts_podcast_oct_2014.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:05 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 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_sept_2014.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:10 PM