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

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.

Direct download: YST20Episode2012820The20Big20Washup.mp3
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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.

Direct download: YST20Episode2012720TdF1520final20update.mp3
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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.

Direct download: YST20Episode2012620TdF1520update202.mp3
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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.

Direct download: YST20Episode2012520TdF1520Update1.mp3
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There's a few odds and ends of old business at the beginning of this podcast, and then I talk about my trip to the Kentucky sheep and fiber festival in May.  

The fiber I have been spinning is CVM batts from Wild Hare Fibers.

I could not find the April fool's joke emailed by the Woolery. Instead, take a look at their blog, it's really interesting.

The new designed drum carder by Majacraft can be seen here.

I must correct something in the podcast, the black merino fiber I got from Ohio Valley is dyed.  It is listed here and all there other colors too.

You can find the Fiber Pusher podcast on her website.

And the Transient Wool Merchants podcast is on this website.

A fiber processing mill is in North Carolina, called Echoview.

And there is a grand opening of the store July 1 2015 for a fiber processing mill in Cynthiana Ky, called Heartfelt Fleece and Fiber.

Direct download: YST20Episode2012420June202015.mp3
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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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