Monthly Archives: May 2015

DIY Lazy Kate

The is a guest post by Spencer: Spinners, I’ve gathered, aren’t satisfied just spinning their batts of freshly carded wool into yarn. As soon as a nice spool of yarn is complete, they want to ply it. My own theory … Continue reading

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How To: Nature Washing Raw Fleece with Janneke Plomp

Many of us wash our fleeces with HOT soapy water . . . some of us wash using a cold water bath . . . and then there are some brave souls who save water, and wash in a single … Continue reading

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Farm Focus: Ranching Tradition Fiber

This week, I had a lovely Facebook chat with Kami Noyes, owner and operator of Ranching Tradition Fiber in Montana. She has been posting some terrific fleeces this season and the breadth of the breeds represented by her sales caught … Continue reading

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This Moment

a SouleMama tradition: one photo, no words, something to remember. Share yours here in the comments–via a link, if you like!

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Look Ma, No Ends! (and some WIP updates)

I learned to spit splice from Carol Feller; more specifically, from her Celtic Cables Craftsy class. I had heard of the technique before, but was a bit put off (not by the spit, mind you), but by the fact that … Continue reading

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Tips and Tricks: Washing, Drying, and Storing Wool

Sometimes it’s the small things that make everything easier–and sometimes cheaper! 1) Water heater temps: when I am in wool washing mode, it’s set between 140 and 160 degrees. This helps to melt the lanolin and makes for a nice … Continue reading

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Batt-er Up!

I have been kinda obsessed with the new drum carder (thanks, Spencer and Steve!!) and wanted to show off some of the batts–>rolags I have been able to make as trials for the machine. Since this is only my third … Continue reading

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DIY Drum Carder

UPDATE 4.2018: Given the interest in this drum carder, Spencer has posted a set of detailed plans in his Etsy store. This is a guest post written by Spencer: Spinners have some interesting gear. They come with their niddy noddies, … Continue reading

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Snow White! Corriedale Washed

What happens when you wash an already clean fleece? It gets even better. The two locks show a fairly good before and after in terms of the slight color change. Boy, this fleece is fluffing up nicely!

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Farm Focus: Magic Hill Farm

This week, I had the chance to visit with Meredith of Magic Hill Farms via the interwebs. Her Maryland-based flock of BFLs began as a mother-daughter venture. Connie, Meredith’s mom recently passed away; but the tradition continues with her husband … Continue reading

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