Wed, 30 March 2016
This month's podcast has a review of Craftsy and also talks about my finished knitted with hand spun project and plans for the next project.
If you are looking to buy the Spinners Journal I made, it can be found here.
The fiber Three Feet of Sheep is from Frabjous Fibers. Google and buy it from your favorite vendor.
The shawl I plan to knit for Tour de Fleece this year is the Oslo Shawl.
The pattern for the fingerless mitts I knit is Te Ara. You may have to sign into Ravelry to see this link.
Wed, 17 February 2016
My first completed project for this year of knitting with my hand spun yarn was a garter stitch hat made from a cabled yarn from a Jacob fleece. This was a true start to finish project, I bought the fleece raw, processed it, spun it and then knit the hat,
The inspiration for the hat came from the book HomeSpun HandKnit by Linda Ligon. The pattern was the garter stitch cap.
The second knitting project started in Jan 2016 was the Painted Sky Cowl provided free by KnittingFever. I am using a worsted spun 2 ply yarn I also made from the Jacob.
My blog can be found here.
Contact me with any comments (don't just talk to the podcast I can't hear you!) here or on Ravelry as Yarnspinnerstales.
Direct download: YST20Episode201322020Hand20spun20hand20knit20hat.mp3
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Thu, 7 January 2016
In this podcast there is news about what I have done with spinning, carding and my spinning wheels over the last six weeks.
I also talk about another big sorting of my hand spun.
And finally the first project for the year of knitting with hand spun has been chosen.
A thank you to Jon Caspi for his music that I use in the opening theme song.
The Unraveling podcast can be found here.
Find my group on Ravelry by searching under groups for Yarnspinnerstales Spin In. Join us there for the discussions about spinning with hand spun and other topics.
The Spinners Journal that I published can be found here.
My blog is here.
Thanks for listening!
Sat, 2 January 2016
I have 8 years worth of podcasts, and it can be hard to find just the one you need. This list will help you. First look at the content to find what topic you want to hear. Then look at the date. On the left hand side of the website, there are archives by year and then the months under the year. Find the year and month of the podcast you want and click there. Then find the episode number and you should have the podcast on the specific topic you want. Enjoy!
Episode number Topic Date
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Thu, 26 November 2015
A chatty podcast to close up the spinning year. I review a fiber fair, talk about drum carding and what's on my spinning wheels. Then after a bit of daydreaming, I have a plan for some of next year's projects.
There are no links to mention for this podcast.
I want to say thank you to all my listeners for being there over these last eight years of podcasting. I am truly thankful for every one! Looking forward to many more years of spinning together.
Happy Holidays to one and all, see you on Roc Day.
Thu, 22 October 2015
The Spinzilla report is actually the second part of the podcast. In the first part, I continue the review of using the Ashford quill spindle, using mohair, angora, hemp, bamboo and cotton.
A few links for things mentioned in the podcast:
Needle Junkies podcast has a link on their website
Spinzilla total yards this years was 5,246,497. See more details here.
Get your free pattern and yarn recommendations and help knit for Knitted Knockers at this website.
Fibers spun on the quill were from the following:
Sun, 13 September 2015
It seems I really have made many skeins of yarns over the last three years. Since I had the habit of not washing yarns until I was ready to use them, I discovered I had many skeins that really should be washed. In this podcast I talk about the sorting, and washing of these skeins, enjoying the memories of their making.
Mon, 3 August 2015
Besides going over the spinning during the final days of the Tour de Fleece, I discuss several topics in detail.
First is my experience with spinning on a quill set up on my Ashford Traditional. A photo of the quill can be seen here. I also recommend searching Youtube for good videos if you plan to try this too. Here is one that shows a quick method for wrapping the single onto the cop.
Second I talk about spinning Suri alpaca, both on a drop spindle and a spinning wheel.
Last is a discussion of plying and one of my observations and ah ha moments.
Thu, 23 July 2015
I continue talking about my TdF spinning projects in the first part of this podcast. In the second part, I go over some tips and troubleshooting for an old Ashford Tradition spinning wheel.
The snippet of music today is Wild Mountain Thyme by Big Sea.
The fiber I started spinning on my Ashford wheel is from Chamomile Connection. Check out the website, she still has merino/seasilk listed. And Sheep Street fibers has a fun website to check out too. That is where I got the dyed Shetland fiber I am spinning.
I used this website for information about the seacell fiber.
Wed, 15 July 2015
It's that time again, Tour de Fleece errr France.
First update discusses what I have been doing during the first ten days of the tour. Although the main focus is alpaca, there is one raw fleece processing part too.
The spindle I am using to spin alpaca top came from Linda Dyak, formerly Grafton Fibers, now DyakCrafts.
The three feet of sheep fiber came from Frabjous Fibers.
The wool shampoo I used to wash the fleece came from Namaste Farm's product, found here.