Monthly Archives: April 2015

For the Feet!

My lovely friend Jean presented me with some alpaca socks last month. She knows I am a devotee of bulky wool socks (which I wear *over* my Smart Wool socks and in my down booties) in the dead of winter–Yep, … Continue reading

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DIY Niddy Noddy

Of late, I’ve been in the market for some spinning supplies. And the price tag on some of these items is quite high. Now, I’m not suggesting that a beautiful maple or walnut something-or-other is not worth the cash–quite the … Continue reading

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WolKol Review

If you are not familiar with Wolkol, I wouldn’t be too surprised. It’s one of the best kept secrets of the Netherlands, methinks. I found Wolkol and Janneke Plomp through a Raw Wool Facebook group and was immediately smitten by … Continue reading

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WIP Updates and a Favorite Texel Lock

Lest you think the Love Tangle Blanket has suffered while I have been busy washing wool . . . rest assured, it has been well loved and worked upon. And just to give some Blue Texel love, I present my … Continue reading

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Washing MORE Wool: Bin Method

This time, it’s the Blue Texel I received from the Netherlands. Same process, basically, but this time, I commandeered some of the old toy bins from my lovely 10 yr old–he volunteered them, very sweetly, and even emptied them out. … Continue reading

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First Homespun to Knit!

The fleece to sock project continues! The update? B finished spinning 5.4 oz of the fleece into some beautiful yarn (80% Colombia 20% nylon)!! I am so excited. She spun and spun during Greencastle booth-tending, and look at the result: … Continue reading

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Farm Focus: Fingerlakes Woolen Mill and Farm

Last week, we had the pleasure of visiting some family in New York and part of my plan was to sneak off to the Fingerlakes Woolen Mill for a visit. I heard about this wonderful Shangri-La from a Fiber Trek … Continue reading

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