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

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.




Direct download: YST20Episode2013920Ravellenics201620and20State20Fair.mp3
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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.


Direct download: YST20Episode2013820TdF1620podcast203.mp3
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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.

Direct download: YST20Episode2013720TdF1620podcast202.mp3
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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.

Direct download: YST20Episode2013620TdF1620podcast1.mp3
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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!

Direct download: YST20Episode2013520Pre20TdF20and20Swap.mp3
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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.

Direct download: YST20Episode2013420June202016.mp3
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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.

Direct download: YST20Episode2013320March202016.mp3
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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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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!


Direct download: YST20Episode2013120New20Year20New20Projects.mp3
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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

  • 1            Using Combs/Shetland           10/28/07
  • 2            Spin In General Chatter          11/13/07
  • 3            Raising Angora Rabbits           12/01/07
  • 4            Christmas music only             12/16/07
  • 5            Spinning Angora                    01/18/08
  • 6            Border Leicester and BFL         02/02/08
  • 7            Skirting a Shetland Fleece       02/16/08
  • 8            Cheviot and Corriedale            03/02/08
  • 9            Washing a fleece                   04/02/08
  • 10           Finn and Perendale                04/22/08
  • 11           Book reviews                        05/09/08
  • 12           Cotton Dyeing part 1 Chemical 05/30/08
  • 13           Cotton dyeing part 2 Natural    06/01/08
  • 14           Cormo and Montadale              06/20/08
  • 15           Cotton prep and spinning         07/08/08
  • 16           Romney and Targhee               07/31/08
  • 17           Andean Ply, Fleece Picking        08/17/08
  •               Spinning Bulky yarn
  • 18           CVM and Maine Island Sheep     09/01/08
  • 19           Wheels and how they work        09/16/08
  • 20           Navajo Churro and Jacob           09/30/08
  • 21           Felting a fleece, faking pelts      10/27/08
  • 22           Alpaca                                   10/31/08         
  • 23           Drop Spindles                          12/20/08
  • 24           Spinning and Dyeing Silk            01/25/09
  • 25           Cashgora                                01/31/09
  • 26           Woolen vs Worsted spinning       02/15/09
  • 27           Tunis and Karakul                     03/14/09
  • 28           Dyeing wool Discolored fleece     03/30/09
  • 29           Spaelsau and Icelandic              04/23/09
  • 30           Pyling                                     04/30/09
  • 31           Bamboo and tencel                   05/16/09
  • 32           Silk, Soy and Milk fibers             06/01/09
  • 33           Dog hair, Spinning Designer Yarn 06/22/09
  •                  Review of Intentional Spinner
  • 34           Carding and Blending fibers         07/07/09
  • 35           Angora rabbits and the heat       07/31/09
  •                  Washing alpaca fiber
  • 36           Spinning with a Charkha             08/21/09
  • 37           Southdown,Polworth                  09/13/09
  •                  Setting up a wheel to spin
  • 38           Selecting a wool fleece              10/10/09
  • 39           Selecting non wool fiber,storing fiber
  •                   An original ghost story            10/24/09
  • 40           Spinning for a specific yarn          11/21/09
  • 41           Discussing grist                          11/29/09
  • 42           Changing yarn size by adjusting     12/18/09
  •                    tension
  • 43           Spinners block unlocking creative   01/20/10
  •                    juices
  • 44            Fiber Fairs                                 04/05/10
  • 45            Coopworth and Polypay               04/18/10
  • 46            Spinning tools                            05/08/10
  • 47            Natural Dyeing book reviews         05/31/10
  • 48            Planning a dye day                     06/22/10
  • 49            Carbonized bamboo   TdF             07/12/10
  •                   history of wheels I own
  • 50            Saran Wrap dyeing                      08/14/10
  • 51            Dyeing for specific colors              08/28/10
  •                   tertiary color study
  • 52            Natural dyeing with walnut leaves  09/28/10
  • 53            Front porch spinning  Creativity     10/23/10
  • 54            Color Theory with digitaldurga       11/10/10
  • 55            Color Theory part 2                     11/10/10
  • 56            Blending the Tertiary colors           01/10/11
  • 57            Blending Hackle                           01/29/11
  • 58            Types of Fiber combs                   02/14/11
  • 59            Washing and combing 5 breeds      02/28/11
  • 60            Spinners' single study                   04/07/11
  •                   Forsyth product review
  • 61            A new Wheel Majacraft Aura          05/07011
  • 62            Black Welsh Mountain, Clun Forest   05/17/11
  • 63            Lock and fold spinning                   06/02/11
  • 64            Oogie McGuire interview BWM breed  07/22/11
  • 65            A podcast for knitters who want to  08/20/11
  •                  become spinners
  • 66            Learning the Aura and beaded yarn  08/21/11
  • 67            Spinning Woolen                           10/05/11
  • Special Episode  Happy fourth Year YST           10/15/11
  • Promo podcast for The Spinners Journal            11/05/11
  • 68            Interviews with two scholar spinners 11/16/11
  • 69            Leicester longwool, lincoln longwool   01/07/12
  •                  spinning DVD review and Stitches East
  • 70           Drum Carding projects                      02/21/12         
  • 71           Digital Sheep                                  03/31/12
  • 72           Support Spindles                             04/28/12
  • 73           Chatting with Fiber folks                   05/26/12
  • 74           Let the Spinning Begin                      07/02/12
  •                   Tour de fleece 2012
  • 75           The Wheel Keeps Spinning TdF12       07/05/12
  • 76           Listen to your inner spinner TdF12      07/08/12
  • 77           Is it rest day yet?  TdF12                 07/11/12
  • 78           Two types of plying  TdF12               07/15/12
  • 79           How the fiber speaks to me  TdF12     07/18/12
  • 80           Fractal spinning and finished yarn       08/02/12
  • 81           The finish line  TdF12                       08/07/12
  • 82           California Red and combing CVM         08/16/12
  • 83           Ryeland and Salish                           09/17/12
  • 84           Positive Spin YST on Stash naming     10/05/12
  • 85           Five year anniversary podcast            10/31/12
  • 86           Katahdan review and porch spin in       12/10/12
  • 87           A Fresh Start  Review of 2012 spinning 12/31/12
  • 88           Exchanges, an angora spinning           01/27/13
  •                    exchange
  • 89           Thin, thinner, thinnest, a froghair        02/04/13
  •                    spinning exchange
  • 90           Plying with commercial yarns              03/16/13
  • 91           The more I teach, the more I learn      04/26/13
  • 92           Chain plying (navajo plying)                05/31/12
  • 93           Preparing for TdF 2013                      06/25/13
  • 94           TdF13  day 1 and 2                          07/02/13
  • 95           TdF13  days 3 thru 5                        07/06/13
  • 96           TdF13  days 6 thru 9                        07/09/13
  • 97           TdF13  traveling with baby                07/19/13
  • 98           TdF13 final report                            07/30/13
  • 99           Book Review Hand Designs for            09/09/13
  •                  Spinners and Knitters
  • 100         Finishing yarn                                  10/20/13
  • 101         Machine Washing alpaca                    01/11/14
  • 102         Spinning alpaca                                01/30/14
  • 103         Norfolk Horn                                    02/11/14
  • 104         White faced Woodland                      02/14/14
  • 105         Portland fiber                                  02/18/14
  • 106         Ravellenic spinning                           02/22/14
  • 107         Manx Loaghton and Hill Radnor           03/16/14
  • 108         Dyeing Alpaca                                 04/24/14
  • 109         Greencastle Fiber event                    06/02/14
  • 110         Ky Sheep and Wool Festival               06/25/14
  • 111         Preparing for TdF14                          07/09/14
  • 112         TdF14 Team Painted Tiger                 07/16/14
  • 113         TdF14 Team Majacraft                      07/21/14
  • 114         TdF14 Team Farm Fiber Marketplace    07/26/14
  • 115         TdF14 Team Support Spindlers            07/31/14
  • 116         TdF14 Final recap                             08/10/14
  • 117         A Wool Gathering Yellow Springs Ohio   10/04/14
  • 118         Spinailla 2014                                   11/07/14
  • 119         Fortutous fleeces                             11/27/14
  •                   Interview with Digitaldurga
  • 120        Roc Day 2015                                    01/07/15
  • 121        Wool Wash review  interview with         02/03/15
  •                   Natalie Redding
  • 122        Review of Norman Kennedy's DVD          03/26/15
  • 123        Alpaca in the dyepots                         05/16/15
  • 124        Spin In General Chatter                       06/30/15
  • 125        TdF15 part 1                                     07/15/15
  • 126        TdF15 part 2                                     07/23/15
  • 127        TdF15 final update                             08/03/15
  • 128        Washing handspun yarn                       09/13/15
  • 129        Spinzilla 2015  Ashford spinning quill       10/22/15
  • 130        This, that and daydreams   spin in chat  11/26/15
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