Category Archives: spinning

Episode 42: Competition and Creativity

Episode 42 finds me at the crossroads of competition (Sheep to Shawl) and creativity (how do I get it all done?!?) I can also reveal one of the secret test knits I’ve been working on for LB Handknits–including her book … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Sheep and Wool!

I’m dropping in to say: the prep and pressure is on! Our guild, the Champaign-Urbana Spinners and Weavers will be competing in the inaugural Sheep to Shawl Competition *this weekend* up in Wisconsin!! We have a team of 8, screen … Continue reading

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Episode 32: What’s with the Weird FO?!

Episode 32  is packed with maker madness! My new book is out!!! And there is a Targhee spin to discuss! Plus, two, yes, two sweaters!  In the mail: Shakleton Yarn from Fiber Trek, a Knit Together Project square; and some … Continue reading

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“Nettles for Textiles” w/ Allan Brown

Brilliant video about the process of making fiber from nettles. The methods are simple and really, just take time. This film tracks the process from plant to finished fiber. Enjoy! <p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/225183045″>NETTLES FOR TEXTILES</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user68688214″>Allan Brown</a> on <a … Continue reading

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To Learn: 2018 Edition

In the spirit of lists-past and with an eye towards growing and changing and learning more, I present my 2018 To Learn list in all its promising glory: Design a sweater–yep, I said it out loud! Meet more of you … Continue reading

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Episode 28: Knits and Tinks!

Episode 28 features another SPECIAL GUEST! Tink the puppy! I have a finished spin for you and modification notes on Spencer’s Denali sweater; some announcements about collaborations and giveaways with LBHandKnits; and a start to our Re-Make Sweater Project! Plus, … Continue reading

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Episode 27: Creative Comeback . . .

. . . with a special guest!!! Spencer is here to talk HATS! So happy to be feeling creative again and out of deep survival mode. Episode 27 is waiting for you! I discuss FOs: the Manning Park Hat and … Continue reading

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