Category Archives: experiment

CrAzY singles!

First, thank you all so much for your well wishes–I’m happy to report that I am on the mend! No more fever, at the very least. And I feel like less of a pariah online, as there is NO chance … Continue reading

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YouTube Channel Launch & A Giveaway!

Hello everyone! I’m so excited to announce that knittingthestash now has its own YouTube channel! Spencer was kind enough to move all of my Melissa Spins and Melissa Knits videos over to their new location. (Thank you!) The channel will … Continue reading

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Spinzilla: A First-Timer’s Perspective

I loved it. It was grueling. I tried a lot of new things. My spinning is forever changed. I may not have produced the most yardage (ha!), but I took the week as an opportunity to test myself, to learn … Continue reading

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Spinzilla: Wednesday’s Report

I have finished about 3 oz. I am currently in the midst of a 4oz 3-ply. This has been a crazy few days! What I have learned so far is that Spinzilla pushes spinners to pull things out of the deep stash, … Continue reading

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3-Ply 2-Ways

Mr Amazon and I are working on another “Melissa Spins” video for you. This time, the topic is 3-ply. I’ve made a few 3-ply yarns in the last couple of years; mostly from fleece or from lap waste–which meant that … Continue reading

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Video Tutorial: Polypay, Dyed and Spun

As you might remember, I dyed up some Polypay pencil roving at our C-U Spinners and Weavers Guild Dye Day. It’s about 2 oz of awesome, so not enough for a full skein . . . but I have not … Continue reading

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Going Natural

There are always debates about superwash wool–is it good, bad, ugly, lovely, useful? We know it takes dye well and it can be an excellent choice for garments or blankets or socks that need a lot of washing. But, some … Continue reading

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Dye Day!

My guild (the CU Spinners and Weavers Guild) hosts an annual Dye Day each spring–in addition to the Natural Dye Day in the fall. I should say, more specifically, that the excellent, awesome, and amazing Beth hosts Dye Day . … Continue reading

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Destashing . . .

Summer time  . . . and the de-stashing it easy! Most has been claimed, there are only a few stragglers; I shipped out 2 lbs of fiber just yesterday! Whoa. It’s feeling great to be making some room in he bins … Continue reading

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Found, a Loom . . .

A couple of weeks ago, I received a text from a friend. My phone, which is NOT hi-tech or smart or intelligent in any way took its time unfurling a photo of  . . . a loom! [Photo credit to … Continue reading

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