Getting Ready to Travel

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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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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

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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.

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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

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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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October Travels

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Every year October seems to be crazy busy for me. Usually it’s because of Rhinebeck. This year wasn;t much different but I wasn’t teaching at Rhinebeck. I went as a festival goer and did a book signing on both afternoons. This year’s trip was longer than ever. I was away from home for two full weeks. Some of it was […]

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Corriedale Skirt


It’s funny how it takes me so long to start a project. It’s also funny how once I begin I can’t seem to think of anything else. The good thing about this project (or the bad thing) is that Spinzilla came right near the beginning. It was good because then i had an excuse to focus and do almost nothing […]

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You Can Be a Little Rough

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Yesterday i drove from my house to my parents’ house near Valley Forge Pennsylvania. It’s about an 11 hour drive including potty breaks. Today we are going to drive up to Poughkeepsie. We’ll spend the next two days touring Roosevelt houses and seeing the sights and then Saturday and Sunday we will be in Rhinebeck for the new York State […]

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The Great Skirt Project – Pt3

So now the fabric is made and all is well. It’s time to make the skirt. AAAAHHHHH!!!!! I couldn’t find a simple six gor skirt pattern anywhere! Believe me, I searched. Most had some triangular pieces added about halfway down the thigh and others had a bit of a flare at the bottom and since I was very limited in […]

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The Great Skirt Project – Pt2

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So we left off with the spinning of the yarn. Today I want to talk a bit about the weaving of the fabric. Let me first talk a little more in detail about how my weaving plans evolved. I have been weaving for many years but more off than on. When i started spinning I was determined that I would […]

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The Great Skirt Project

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If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know something’s up so I thought I’d do a little blog series so you can all follow along with me in more detail if you want. I started weaving at least 10 years ago. I thought I should learn because I was selling looms in my shop and I thought I […]

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Yesterday 2 people I admire did blog posts about similar things that made me think about what I was doing right at the moment that I read them. First I read a post by Melanie Falick that was about risk that I came across on Facebook because Clara Parkes  pointed it out. Then, soon after I read a post by my […]

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Toy? Not a Toy.


I’m a fan of good tools. If you come to any of my classes I will show you the benefits of using hand cards made for wool rather than using brushes made for dogs. I will let you try my combs so you can see how they work better than combs made using hair picks. And I will expound on […]

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When I was young…until I was around 12 or 13 I think…My dad worked at a company called Control Data/Computer Peripherals in quality control. That was back when computers were room size and you didn’t just carry the thing around in your pocket or a messenger bag. There were four kids in my family. I am the oldest. We never […]

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Handcarding – My Method

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So I posted about how I go about choosing handcards a few weeks ago. In that post I talked a lot about the way I hold the cards and how that affects my handle choices. I got some questions about how exactly I do hold my cards. I have a video that just came out about spinning fine yarns. It’s […]

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Michigan Fiber Festival Surprise

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So, Jillian was going to the Michigan Fiber Festival in Allegan, Michigan. She was taking a Thursday class from Esther Rogers. I had no plans to be there because I hadn’t signed up for any classes and I didn’t think there was anything I needed. But then there was the phone call. It went something like, What are you doing […]

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Remember that awesome podcast called The SpinDoctor? Sasha Torres did that podcast for several years with reviews and talk and fiber festival visits. It was always one of my favorites. You can still find episodes on itunes and at the website. there are 40 episodes. Sasha’s voice is almost hypnotic so be prepared to listen to all the episodes […]

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Another New Start


Get ready for a very very very picture heavy post. Two years ago I began using the Bullet Journal method of keeping track of my stuff. All of my writing assignments, spinning stuff, teaching appointments, personal stuff and all the other junk went in there. I liked it and it was working and it was keeping me mostly on track. […]

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Hand Cards!

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When I teach I take a lot of tools with me. I know that everyone doesn’t own every tool so I take at least three sets of hand tools for each purpose. I like to take a minimum of three sets for two reasons. First is the one I just said: all the people don’t own all of the tools and […]

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Designer Crochet


I haven’t done a lot of book reviews here…maybe I should do more…but that’s thinking for another day. Let me give you a little background first. Several years ago I met this guy when I was teaching at the DFW Fiber Fest (which was awesome, by the way). anyway, his name was Shannon and he was in the class room […]

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