Fri, 23 October 2009
This podcast continues the discussion of how to buy fibers for spinning and then store them. I first talk about what to look for when purchasing the non wool fibers, like alpaca, mohair and angora. The second part goes into how to store your fibers until you are ready to wash the fleece or spin them.
I have more photos of a recent fleece that I was prepping for storage on my blog.
I could not ignore the holiday though, and since it is Halloween, my yarnspinner tale is an original ghost story I tell just for this podcast. It is called The Haunting of Sara Jane.
A big thank you to Clare Dowling for her Spinning song used in the podcast intro. All music is from the podsafe music network now known as music alley. Musicians in today's podcast include:
New Band demos with Halloween
the delicate art of noise pollution with Spooky Funk
If you are a spinner or knitter and would like to support this podcast please check out my Artfire studio. I have fibers for spinners, and handspun yarn for knitters available for sale at that site.
Fri, 9 October 2009
Buying a fleece straight from the sheep is the true starting point for many spinners. In this podcast I talk about thinking through the process before you actually go shopping, and then what to look for when you are finally ready to buy.
I would like to include references to two books that I mention in this podcast:
Turning Wool into a Cottage Industry by Paula Simmons
In Sheep's Clothing by Nola and Jane Fournier
As promised: a listing of sheep breed based on the softest possible micron count (the number listed after the name of the sheep):
Sheep breeds softest to roughest listing
Reference In Sheep's Clothing by Nola and Jane Fournier