Author Archives: Beth

Handcarding – Speeding up

I showed some Tunis on Facebook ¬†and Instagram a week or so ago that I had hand carded. I began with slightly over 2 pounds of scoured fleece and it took a little under 4 hours and I had just a tad under 2 pounds of hand carded rolags. I had plenty of comments about how that was super fast […]

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Endings, New Beginnings and Even More Questions (as usual)

  Here is the summing up of the whole Blue Faced Leicester Dress process. I began spinning this yarn in January of 2016. The intention was another skirt with 2 ply warp and weft but things changed and morphed over the whole time. Mostly because there is a lot of time to think while you spin. Also because some new […]

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Personal Classes

If you follow my Instagram and/or Facebook pages you probably know that the Blue Faced Leicester fabric is finished and ready for sewing. The new dress will happen next week so I’ll hold off on doing a recap of the whole project until the dress is finished and I can show you. In the mean time I wanted to go […]

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Skirt Project – Blue Faced Leicester Sampling

It seems like it’s been ages since I have done a blog post and I suppose it has. I’ve been super busy and trying to figure some things out with this current skirt. So, let me bring you up to speed if you haven’t been following along. This skirt will be Blue Faced Leicester spun from top that I bought […]

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Weaving Decisions

Last time I posted I was looking for your advice and opinions and I sort of knew what would happen before I posted but I was in denial. What happened was that I got a whole bunch of opinions about how to proceed but nobody mentioned that they knew what would happen because they had done all of the experiments […]

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Weaving Question

I have a question and so I’m going to ask all of you. Any and all help is welcome and appreciated. I’m getting close to finishing the spinning of the weft for the next skirt which will be from this Blue Faced Leicester top dyed in the Calypso colorway by Amy King of Spunky Eclectic. This particular skirt will have […]

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The Messy Bobbin

Last Thursday I wrote a post on the Ply Magazine blog about oiling your wheel. I talked about how oiling can fix a multitude of problems and it is my go-to solution – the first thing I try. Well, let me tell you about a different problem I just tackled. Before Christmas I was spinning and spinning. If you remember, […]

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Washing Wool by the Lock

I did a little experiment this week. Normally for classes I wrap some of the Cormo or other fine wool in tulle and scour them all wrapped up so that the lock structure is preserved. But I have in the past, for a project or samples, just scoured the locks on a bar of Fels Naptha laundry detergent. It’s fast […]

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Thinking About Speed

For the last year or so I’ve been thinking about spinning and speed. Until recently I couldn’t find an electric spinner that would consistently give me the speeds I wanted and so I was hunting wheels with traditional treadle drives. All of this hunting has had me thinking about what exactly makes a spinning wheel to be considered fast and […]

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I Used to Hire Teachers

I had planned a different post for today but there has been a public discussion happening since last Friday. The private discussion has been going on a bit longer…years, I think. The discussion is about getting paid fairly in the fiber arts. It began with the instructors but has spread to those who grow the wool and process the fibers […]

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MIA

Did you ever have a time when everything seems to be crashing down around your ears and you feel like things would be much better if you could just stay home with your spinning wheel and your wool and Netflix? Have you ever had so many things to worry about that just waking up in the morning feels overwhelming? I’m […]

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Wool Scouring – Simple and Mostly Quick

I was looking over past posts about wool scouring and it seems that the posts are kind of scattered and they are not easy to find so I decided it might be a good idea to update things and put all of what I do in one place. This first post will be what I do for almost all of […]

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Something Funny

So for the last 4 days I’ve been thinking about what I need to do to get ready for my next deadlines and projects and classes. It’s actually not that much and I could have had it done in 2 days if I just focused and got to work. But I didn’t. For the last 4 weeks I’ve been doing […]

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A Feathered Hat

I’ve had some inquiries concerning my recent whereabouts. I’m in Pennsylvania at my parent’s house. I’ve been here for about 3 weeks. I’m actually going to drive home on Friday. That’s good. I miss my kids and my darling. I came to PA to help out for as loing as I could. My youngest sister will be taking my place […]

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A Skirt on the Rigid Heddle Loom.

This was a long term project. The yarn is from Imperial Ranch Columbia Roving. Spun on my Schacht Reeves 30″ Saxony. There is an eight part blog series on the Schacht blog about the whole thing along with a project that Jillian Moreno did. I thought I might put all of the links right here so it’s easier to follow. […]

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Getting Ready to Travel

In September of 2011 I went on a search for a large suitcase that would be large enough to hold my Schacht Sidekick. I also wanted to be able to put a lot of fiber in it and I wanted it to be sturdy so that I could check the bag on airplanes and not worry too much about my […]

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Grammy

At Christmas I miss my Grandmother a lot. She was bossy and opinionated. But she loved us and she could make anything. Just from seeing a picture of it. As far as I know, she always worked in a dress factory. I do know she worked in a dress factory while I was growing up until she retired. Her last […]

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It is the Week Before Christmas

You would think I am feeling calm. I’m done all the shopping. The gifts are wrapped and under the tree. I even have the white elephant gifts for that game my mom always has at the family party. Yes, I’m ready for Christmas. What I’m not ready for is to leave my work behind. So I’m scrambling to have everything […]

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The Barber Pole – Why I love it.

I’ve been thinking lately about things that spinners hate and try to avoid. Barber poling is one of those things. It’s sort of like the whole pooling thing with many knitters. Spinners will try to avoid the barber pole at all costs. For those of you who don’t know, barber poling is what happens when you are plying and two […]

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Casting On

I have had an issue for the last couple of months and it all came clear a couple of weeks ago when I was going to my first University of Michigan Hockey game of the season. I like to knit at the games. I don’t like to knit things that are too complicated or too big. Before the game I […]

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