Once I Wanted to Name My Baby Lace.

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Lousmith was not in favor of that so she is named Maggie (actually Margaret) after me and my grandmother. But that’s another story. Anyway, I’ve always loved lace. Really, all my life. I never thought I could make it though. Then I learned to  knit and not very long after that I took a 3 day lace knitting class with […]

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Listing

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I’ve been traveling a lot already this year. None of it was work related though. I saw that baby twice. I went to Pennsylvania and saw my parents while Lou and Ryan attended the Frozen Four in Philadelphia. I just got back from a really nice trip to Mackinac Island (pronounced mackinaw).  We are six months in and I have […]

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All American Sheep – American as Mom and Apple Pie

There’s a class I’m teaching at Rhinebeck this fall. I taught this class for the first time when I went to England a couple of years ago. It’s an awesome class, if I do say so myself. Here is the official class description: American Breeds Study  As spinners we often think of Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand as the […]

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Is it Lace or is it Just Fine?

I have a class that I get excited to teach all of the time. Of course all of my classes have some content about how the fiber being spun will affect the final yarn being spun. But this class is one where there is giant transformation of the spinner in a very short time. I used to call it Spinning […]

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Color!

Remember when I wrote that post just a little while ago about how I love to spin white? Well, I don’t want to scare any of you away so I thought I would tell you a little about a class I will be teaching this fall about color. It’s called hand Carding the Color Wheel. Here is the official description: […]

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Song of Spring

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In the middle of February, right after I finished knitting Hiro I needed a new project. I spun up two 4 ounce batts that I bought at Rhinebeck from Josette McWilliams who is the genius behind Enchanted Knoll. The batts were called Freshwater Pearls. At first glance all is grey but when you look closer there are all the colors […]

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Where I’ll Be

I’ve got the end of the year figured out. Who’s coming to see me? August 22-24 - Greater Los Angeles Spinning Guild Friday – to be determined Saturday – The Importance of Sampling and one more to be determined Sunday – Breeds Study – 12 breeds in 6 hours! September 5-7 - Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Friday AM – Adding Speed to […]

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White

When I was in Pennsylvania last time my mom and I and my sister-in-law, Marlene, stopped in a yarn shop. It was in the Kitchen Kettle Village if you are interested. There are lots of nice little shops there. The yarn store was called Lancaster Yarn Shop. They had some local wool to spin as well as local yarns to […]

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Thatcher

So I’ve been in Utah for almost 2 weeks now. The first week was spent hanging around with Maggie and Brittney. We went to malls, saw at least 3 movies, bought books and ate a lot of things we shouldn’t have. Then, last Sunday, a baby came! He’s adorable and healthy and is doing all things pretty well already. He’s […]

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Drive Bands – Part 2

So last week I talked about what materials I like for a drive band. What has worked for me and what hasn’t. I am focusing on cotton drive bands rather than stretchy drive bands because that’s where most of the questions come in. So today I thought I would concentrate on how often to change your drive band and how […]

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Your Drive Band

A couple of days ago I posted a photo of an old drive band on the floor and just mentioned that I was changing the drive band on my spinning wheel. I was surprised at how many people were interested in that drive band. There were plenty of questions. So I thought that I might as well do a post […]

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Baby Sweaters

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I have a second grandchild due to be born in less than a month. I know. I don’t look a day over 35 but to tell the truth, today is my 49th birthday so I am certainly old enough to have grandchildren. I sigh sometimes when I think about it. Especially since the ones at home are only 13 (next […]

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Cotton, Flax, Hemp

Not my usual topic, I know. They are fibers I have thought about but I confess to only spinning one of them for any length of time. Well, I got a new book. It’s a book I knew was in the works for some time but I had no idea it would be such an extensive look at these fibers. […]

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It’s All About Color

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  It’s funny. My friends are always teasing me about how I love to spin white yarn. It’s true, I do, but I didn’t realize how true until I sat down to write this post and realized how few photos I have with colored yarn in them. In my defense I have spent the last few years focusing on raw […]

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Waffle Weave Away

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Just before Thanksgiving I started winding warp for kitchen towels. I wanted to make some for my mom and for my sister-in-law and for my aunt. Well, I wanted to make towels for them and I wanted to try waffle weave so it was a win-win for all of us. I found the instructions for them in the Handwoven Design […]

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The Review and the Plan

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I think, at this time of the year, almost everyone does a little look back at the year that was and begins to think about what’s to come. Some people make resolutions, some set new goals, and some just hope. I have, in years past, made resolutions. I have never been very successful. Usually resolutions require a change right now. […]

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Irish Crochet

I’ve been interested in crochet for a while now. When I was a young child I learned to crochet from my grandmother, when I was an older child, maybe around 12ish I was making crocheted rag rugs from leftover fabric I would rip into strips. The fabric came from my mom’s sewing room. She was a dressmaker. In my teenage […]

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Home Schooling

When Brittney was in 6th grade (middle school) things started to go down hill. it’s a hard age for many kids and Brittney was dealing with things in ways I didn’t like and, in addition to behavior issues, her grades were suffering. Early in the school year I decided to take her out of school and try homeschool. I felt […]

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Rhinebeck 2013

I know I’ve said this before lots of times. I am a terrible blogger. I generally live in the moment and so when I am away from home and seeing new things or teaching, I forget about the photography. when I get home I always wish I had remembered to take out the camera or the phone more often so […]

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Preparing for Rhinebeck – or any teaching at all

For the last 3 weeks… maybe 4…maybe more…I have been getting ready to teach at Rhinebeck. I’m teaching six class periods and one of the classes repeats so I have 5 classes to get ready. Many of the classes I teach use raw wool for at least part of the time so my preparations for any teaching always begins with […]

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