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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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Apr 23, 2009

Road Trip!  In the yarnspinners tale today I talk all about a trip to visit the wonderful spinning and weaving store The Woolery.

Speaking of traveling, one of today's sheep breeds is all the way from Norway.  Spaelsau is an old Norweigen breed with a double coated fleece and I have the opportunity to work with some of the fiber.  Close in nature to that breed and more readily obtainable, I also talk about the Icelandic breed in today's review of sheep breed fleeces.

If you want to visit the Woolery's website, you can find it here.

Pictures of the yarns I spun, and of the friction wheel I saw at the Woolery can be found on my blog.

All music today was provided by Marc Gunn and found on the podsafe music network.  As a podcast listener, I also enjoy Marc's podcast, The Irish and Celtic Music podcast.  You can find that on ITunes.

Thanks for listening!


over fifteen years ago

Thanks for this great episode! I tried to comb/spin some Spaelsau about 10 years ago with Viking Combs, didn\\\'t know what I was doing, but managed to spin something out of it. I like the breed, the history, and the fiber, but didn\\\'t know what to do with the somewhat wiry finished yarn. It turned out to be great for needlepoint. You can put it through a canvas over & over, and it never gets worn like a soft yarn would. I still didnt\\\' know what to do with the short staple fiber, though, as I am not into felting. You have given me some ideas to try this breed again.