Wheels For Sale!

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I’m paring down a bit. I love all of these wheels but I never use them for various reasons. They are all extremely beautiful and in great shape. There may be more later but I’m starting with these three. First up is this lovely little 19 inch Rick Reeves Saxony. It is oak. It has 5 bobbins and 3 whorls. […]

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Preparation – the Second

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So the wool got washed and a few days ago I was sure i had all of my fibers but I needed to assemble the fibers for each class to make sure. This is my starting pile: That hip high pile is all of the washed fleece. I ad my list of what wool i needed for which class and […]

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Preparation

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Earlier this year I knew I would have a bunch of classes to teach with not a lot of time in between. In addition, because I had sold the shop, I no longer had unlimited access to all of the fleeces I would ever want. Both of these things meant that I would need to get a little more organized […]

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Yes, I Am Bragging a Little

I have looked at Amazon rankings for books in the past. They’ve never been for a book that I wrote because, well, I only have one book and it just came out. So now I’ve been checking the Amazon Ranking for The Spinner’s Book of Fleece…because I’m a curious girl. I looked on Friday and I had a proud moment! […]

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All the Babies

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I’m getting ready for my classes which will come quickly, one after the other, beginning next week in Los Angeles. One of the classes i am teach a couple of times this fall is about spinning and finishing downy fibers such as Cashmere, Yak, and Qiviut. I realized that although I’ve talked about this many times before, i never saved […]

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Meg Swansen’s Knitting Camp

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I have had the opportunity over the years to meet some really fabulous people. Many of them have become my friends. Three of them started to gang up on me a little last year. All of them are awesome knitters and they are the kinds of knitters who design stuff! Greg Cotton doesn’t design stuff for anyone but himself as […]

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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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