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

There is a saying in our family for many years: 'Life is too much with us now'.  As it implies, I have to step aside from podcasting for a few months, while I deal with family life.

During that time, I am researching dyeing with lichens, and I hope to get some dye baths started.  That will be the topic of the podcast, when I return.  

Thanks for your patience and Happy Spinning!

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Happy 2017!

It's a new year and that always makes me think about my spinning goals.  Along the way, I discovered some specifics about three ply yarn, and plying in general.

I close the podcast with a review of the book, Yarn i tec ture by Jillian Moreno.

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This podcast closes the 2016 year, with details on my Spinzilla 2016 spinning.  Since one of the fibers I spun during that was dyed with natural dyes and the mordants tin and alum, I did a bit of research on those mordants.  I end this podcast with that discussion.  These are links to some of the things mentioned in the podcast.

The original dye day for the columbia roving was Episode 52.

The Jacob roving I spun was from the Ross Family Farm in Pa.

One good blog post I referenced in the natural dye mordant discussion was written by Alpenglow yarns.

A second post I read and referenced is by Cheryl Kolander of Aurora Silk.

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In the first part of this podcast I explain just what is this thing called ravellenics.  Then I go into the details of what I did for the event.

First is spinning, and after that, the next knit with hand spun yarn project, the Oslo Shawl.  

In the second part of the podcast, I talked about the seven items I took to my state's fair for the spinning category.

A few links for sources of the fiber I used to spin the yarns:

The Painted Tiger

Yarn Hollow fibers

Kundart Spindles  The spindle shown on this website is exactly like the one I got!

Photos of what I entered in the state fair can be seen here.




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Final podcast about what I did during Tour de Fleece this year.  I talk about some yarn spun, including two breed studies, Romeldale and Racka.  I also dyed two different shetland fleeces, and an unknown breed ewe lamb fleece.

The Romeldale fiber was purchased at DyedintheWool,

The wash and dye product I used while dyeing is available at woolshampoo.

The shop I purchased the drum carder cloth from is no longer in business.  However, there are other sources available on Etsy.  Just got to that website and search from drum carder cloth.

To see photos of all of my TdF16 projects, sign into Ravelry first and then click this link.


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This is the 2nd TdF16 podcasts, there will be one more.

I talk about washing alpaca fiber, dyeing shetland and lamb's wool fiber, and as my challenge day project, spinning banana fiber.

All of the links below are information I found on the internet about banana fiber.

Home processing (something so unavailable to most of us!) is shown in a youtube video by Rix Jennings.

Commercial processing (and very poor audio, sorry) is shown here.

A non verbal commercial processing video. It is long, but if you only have time for one video, I recommend it be this one.

A video of felted banana cloth being made.

I only found one blog that talked about banana fiber, it is Fiber of my Being. There's part 1 and part 2.

Here's on crochet project I found for the yarn (lots of pop ups and ads, sorry).

Finally, Darn Good Yarn, shows banana yarn available on their website.

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Let the spinning begin. I have the Tour de France on my DVR and fiber ready, it could only be the tour de fleece!

I do much more than spinning, as usual.  I have alpaca blanket washing, fiber dyeing, a challenge fiber and challenge processing planned all during these three weeks.

This is the first of three podcasts relating to this year's Tdf.

All information on the sheep breeds that I review are from the book Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook by Deborah Robson and Carol Ekarius.

The Devon fiber was purchased at Laughing Lamb Fibers.

The 3D printed flat pack bobbins for spinning wheels are available at Akerworks.

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It's tour time again, no not the spinning rock band, but the Tour de France.  And that means Tour de Fleece is rolling too.  In this podcast I give a synopsis of what I hope to accomplish during the next three weeks.

I also was in a wonderful fiber swap, and I talk all about the box I sent, and the box I got.

A few links for things I mention in this podcast:

My blog is here.

I will try a link to my Ravelry group, please be logged into Ravelry before clicking the link, then it should work.  It is yarnspinnerstales spin in, if you want to search groups.  It's a very good way to access a listing of past episodes, and I tell you how to find that in the podcast.

The Clouds of Luxury fibers came from Sericin on the Etsy store.  You may have to special request the item.

I will be recording podcasts during the TdF but will not be releasing them until after the tour.  This will give me time to do more of the spinning I want to do during the tour. See you in August!

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In the first part of the podcast I fill you in on what Has happened in the last two months. I have spun some yarn, found some fiber that needs processing, and made some wonderful purchases (see links below)

I also talk about my plans to enter items in the State Fair, and some preliminary plans for the Tour de Fleece.

The last part of the podcast is about my recent knit with hand spun project the Kensington Steeked Pot by Gemma Pickford-Waugh.  It is shown in the photo for this podcast.

The different fiber breed tops came from Laughing Lamb Fibers.

The blended rolags are from Fellview Fibres and can be found in their Etsy store.

If you are looking for the spinners journal, it can be found here.

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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.

The creator of the circular cable needle is Leslie Wind and her website is here.

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