Monthly Archives: July 2015

Taking Stock: 2015 To-Learn Lists

I was looking back through the blog the other day and remembered I had posted my 2015 “To Learn List” . . . funny how life takes some unexpected turns. I’ve pasted the list below, and while there has certainly … Continue reading

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I have just finished Scott Herring’s terrific new book, The Hoarders: Material Deviance in Modern American Culture and I just have to talk about it here. Hoarding, you say? What does that have to do with fiber and knitting? Oh, … Continue reading

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The Second Wheel

No, not the third wheel . . . though my partner probably feels that way sometimes while I’m busy spinning. No, no, the second wheel. When I first purchased my Ladybug, I warned you (and myself–and my partner) that there … Continue reading

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Hog Island Part 4: Spinning 3 Bobbins Full

I am happy to report that the Hog Island spinning is going quite well. I have changed how I spin when using these batts: for one, I am using a smaller whirl (so a different ratio) and I am treadling … Continue reading

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Farm Focus: Sundrop Alpacas

This week, I had the pleasure of emailing with Steph Block of Sundrop Alpacas in Bement, IL. As you’ll learn below, Steph and co-owner, Lisa Phinney, started their alpaca farm as a way to help their kids have a terrific … Continue reading

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Batt Candy

For your visual amusement . . . Happy Friday, everyone!

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Fiber Focus: Spinning Box!

As you may have noticed, there has been a lot of excitement around Mary Egbert’s latest creation: Spinning Box. I have been hearing about it through various media sites since April 2015, and boy–what a BUZZ! Each box is themed … Continue reading

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