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Yarnspinners Tales's Podcast

Welcome!  This is a periodic podcast all about my experiences making yarn through the process of spinning.  All areas of the process are discussed, and there will be something here for any spinner, novice or experienced.  There is a Ravelry group for podcast listeners, called Yarnspinnerstales Spin In. Please join us there.

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Feb 15, 2009

Woolen spun or worsted spun, as spinners we hear the terms all the time.  But do you really know the difference?  If someone put fiber in your hand and asked you to spin it into a worsted yarn, could you?  Listen in on this podcast as I explain the difference, and actual techniques.

Edit to add list of books:

I realized I mention several books in the podcast as sources of my information and that I should probably give the names of the books here for your reference.

Merino  Handspinning Dyeing and Working with Merino and Superfine Wools  by Margaret Stove.

The Alden Amos Big book of Handspinning

The Whole Craft of Spinning  by Carol Kroll

And of course there is music, bouncy enough to make you toes tap.  All music is from the Podsafe Music network, and I want to send a specific thank you to the following musicians for sharing there songs on that site.

Opening music is by Cubaxd  and is called A Folk Song without a Name.

Kurveball gives us lovely musical advice to let go and Leave It Behind.

And to close, for all of you that suffer as I do right now, with a winter cold, Eddy Delbridge sings a soothing going to sleep song, called The Prone Zone.


over fifteen years ago

your podcast is fabulous! It is so instructive, I save them and listen again so I absorb every concept! Keep up the fantastic job you are doing!!

fifteen and a half years ago

What was the name of the book that talks about spinning merino. I have enjoyed all of your podcast. Thanks for making them gives me fiber fix when I am at work.

Judy Salmans
fifteen and a half years ago

I loved your last podcast. I have only been spinning about 9 months and can\\\'t wait to try everything you suggested. thanks

fifteen and a half years ago

Thank you, I suspected it might be Margaret Stove\\\'s Book.

luna Ortiz
fifteen and a half years ago

Just finished listening and got so many questions answered and inspired some new ones. One little confusiion for me was when you mentioned the pinch method vs just placing the fingers of the drafting hand on the fiber. I wasn\\\'t sure which method made the yarn fluffier. I think I tend to pinch and therefore my yarns come out sort of \\\'hard\\\' not bouncy. I wasn\\\'t really conscious of doing that before. And really not sure that IS what I\\\'m doing. I\\\'m trying to get a fluffier yarn so I will experiment.

In any case, thank you... you got me thinking and experimenting again!


fifteen and a half years ago

Experimenting is always a good thing, especially if you are watching and learning about what is happening while you spin.

I may not have been real clear in the podcast, about the pinch vs no pinch. As you suggested, pinching and pulling on the fiber will straighten it and cause it to spin smoother (less fluffy). A true woolen can feel bulkier if you can spin it without pinching and straightening the fibers. Just how you do that is pretty spinner specific. Usually it is a quick draw out without actually using a pinch to pull the fiber.

Fluffy is also affected by the amount of twist. If you really want fluffier, try less twist.

Eddy Delbridge
fifteen and a half years ago

I wanted to drop you a line and tell you thanks for including \\\"Prone Zone\\\" in your podcast.

Eddy Delbridge