Pod-versary GIVEAWAY!

My dear fiber folk . . . the podcast has been around for an entire year! That means 25 episodes by the end of October, 2017! Whoa! Thank you for showing up, watching, commenting, and making me feel right at home in your living rooms!

I want to celebrate by giving back to you all! THREE chances to win something special for your own stash: fiber from Paradise Fibers, a gradient yarn set from Katia, or some stitch markers made by a guild-mate of mine. All you have to do is head over to Episode 24 and leave a comment. Yup, it’s that simple. The question: what do you think about expertise in knitting and spinning? Do you specialize? Answer any way you like! The giveaway will be open until Oct 27th and I will pick THREE winners!

Here is some yarn cake (har har har!) Come celebrate my pod-versary with me

🙂 ❤ ~Melissa


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Episode 24: Expertise

Welcome fiber folk! Episode 24 is now live and I have a lot to share with you about the Knit Together Project, Spinzilla, an FO, and Spencer’s sweater–at long last there is a swatch! Come hang out with me for a while and we’ll have some fun. Oh, and yeah, that Podversary of mine is coming up . . . and that means GIVEAWAYS!!


Show Notes:

Linus Shawl by Annette Cordes

Dinali by Norah Gaughan

Snaeldan Yarn available from The Island Wool Company



Kate of the Hawthorn Cottage Craft Podcast

CU Spinners and Weavers Guild

Jacey Boggs Faulkner Drafting: From Woolen to Worsted

Spinning a Gradient Yarn

Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible

Rachel Smith Wool n Spinning Podcast

Learn to Spin

Spinning Wool: Beyond the Basics

Fruity Knitting Podcast (Episode 39 is the one I discuss)

Paradise Fibers




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Spinzilla 2017 Report

Hello fiber folk! Spinzilla is officially over and I have completed my tallies . . . proud to say that I managed to spin about 1000 Spinzilla yards more this year than last year! Yay! And, as always, this experience has brought me and my spinning wheel back together for some much needed hugs and cuddles. Specs on the yarn below.

More important than yardage, I’d say, are three things that I remembered this week:

  1. I handle adversity pretty well. Because, seriously, this was supposed to be the week I spun, spun, spun while the world went on revolving without me. Right. Yeah. Like that ever happens! My son had an impromptu soccer tournament ALL day Saturday in Indiana . . . and Sunday morning was consumed by a mouse trap science project. Oh, and that pesky thing called my day job . . . well, it involved examinations, petitions, teaching 6 classes, you know, the usual. Phew. Just reading this makes me tired and impatient!
  2. I love connecting with spinners and fiber folk here, on YouTube and through various Ravelry groups. You gals (and guys) are awesome and super motivational. I can’t count the number of nice notes I received this week! But I can tell you each one lifted my spirits and reminded me why I do what I do with (all of) my leisure time! Thank you!
  3. I enjoyed learning new things about my spinning wheel, including the bulky flyer, which I had never used before. It produced an immense bobbin of finished yarn that I had to split up just to skein it up!

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White = 2 ply Polypay and Finn (one ply each) spun at 9:1 on my Ladybug

Multi-color = chain plied Shetland from Hello Yarn that I prepped to be a gradient

You can find out about the Spinzilla formula for yardage here.

My actual yardage for each was 825 for the Finn/Polypay and 246 for the Shetland

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How To: Spinning a Gradient Yarn

Howdy fiber folk! It’s Spinzilla . . . so no podcast this weekend (I am devoting every minute I can spare to time with my Ladybug–and family, of course!) But, *for* Spinzilla, I spun a gradient yarn, so, I decided to bring you along for the ride: we’ll go through all the steps from dividing up the braid to chain plying the yarn! You can use this technique with almost any brain in your stash OR combine braids for an even more interesting gradient! Fun stuff! Happy spinning everyone! Enjoy your weekend ❤ 🙂



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FO: Royale (Georgetown Modified)

Mornin! I can’t believe I forgot to post about Georgetown! I figure many of you watch the podcast, I suppose, and I try not to be too redundant on social media. But, here are a few FO shots for you! All of the info about the modification is up on my Ravelry Project Page, so head that way if you want all the details 🙂


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Ready for Spinzilla!

I cleaned my wheel. I cleared my bobbins. I gathered and sorted my fiber. I am ready.

This year, I’ll be spinning a gradient (and chain plying it); I have 5oz of Finn and 2.5oz of Polypay (all white) to spin and 3-ply together. And, some CVM that I hand combed from one of Aniroonz beautiful fleece gifted to be by Jennifer Guyer. If I manage to finish all of that . . . well, there are plenty of other braids in the bucket . . . so don’t you worry about me! Here is a bit of the ends and odds that I pulled off my bobbins: some Knitting in France and Aloha Blu fibers that I adored spinning. Ahhh, a fresh start for Monday!Screen Shot 2017-10-01 at 6.57.43 PM.png

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FO: Shawl Linus


What’s that you say? I left my shawl in the bushes? No, no, no . . . it’s not my shawl!

It’s Spencer’s new scarf! I must say, this Into the Whirled colorway has been transformed by Annett Cordes’ simple and elegant Linus pattern. I love the result and it seemed only right that this one found its forever home around Spencer’s shoulders. The colors are perfect for him, and I hope it keeps him warm during all of this winter’s outdoor chores. (I am secretly hoping he doesn’t wear it while working *under* the prison bus . . . but we can keep that just between us bloggers, right?) Here are some FO shots of what is now known as the “Woodcutters” scarf in action! Technical details are below.


Technical Details:

  • Knit on size US 4 needles (2.5mm)
  • Yarn: Into the Whirled Bukavu Sock (100g / 460 yds)
  • Colorway: Mukhina
  • Leftovers? ZERO!
  • Overview: Simple, elegant, garter stitch, bias pattern that really highlights the lovely changes and color pooling in a single skein of variegated yarn . . . I really want to cast on about 10 more of these. It was a quick, calming knit perfect for traveling. Way better than socks (did I just say that???)


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