Sat, 31 January 2009
It's a good day for snuggling up with some warm fiber and spinning. In today's podcast I talk about an unusual fiber cashgora. And later, while spinning this fiber, I have my yarnspinner tale about balance.
All music in the podcast today has the theme of snow, and I would like to give a big thank you to the following musicians for sharing their songs with us on the Podsafe Music Network.
Snow by The Standalone
Snowman by the Egerton Boys
Snow by Comfortable
Snow Angel by Laura Hughes
Sun, 25 January 2009
Slick and shiny top, or interesting and challenging hankies, whatever form of silk fiber you have can be spun and dyed into wonderful yarn. Today's podcast talk's all about my experiences with spinning and dyeing silk.
I refer to a number of links online during the podcast, so here they are, all conveniently gathered for you in one post.
Sources of fiber and dyes:
Cheryl Kolander with peace silks (Aurora silk)
Silk Things for the instant silk 'teacup' dyes
Paradise Fibers for country classic dyes (or google country classic dyes)
Preparing a silk hanky to spin demonstrated by me
An interesting video of cocoons being reeled
A page of the well known WormSpit silk blog, showing how silk hankies are made
Last but not at all the least, the music in today's podcast. All music is from the Podsafe music network. Songs in order of appearance are:
Silk Route by Satya
Coffee by Liveloop
Changka by Don't be a Stranger