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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The Next Book

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So over the winter I was working on a new book. It’s going to be published by Storey again which is the publisher of the currently available book, The Spinner’s Book of Fleece. The title will be How to Spin. This next book will be a bit different than the last one. First of all, it’s part of the Storey […]

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I like to get my nails done. If you have been around me for any more than 5 minutes you know I like sparkly, painted, fun nails. I usually have acrylic nails. My own real nails that live under the layer of plastic have been bendy, easily broken and very thin through my whole life.  I also have some issues […]

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What’s Coming


On Tuesday my current book is due. I’m so close to being ready to turn it in. it might even go in a few days early. I’ll begin reading it over one last time tomorrow. I’ll add the places I want illustrations to be and hopefully all will be ready to press send on Friday. Yay! Then wool washing begins […]

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Spinning For Weaving


On the one hand, I don’t have ton of things on my calendar this year as far as teaching, so come and see me! I’ll be at the History Unwound retreat Next week and all of my classes still have space. I’ll also be at Fiber Week at Olds College in Canada in June. Those are the only two places […]

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Plying a Bit


I’ll begin this post by saying that if you are planning on going to Disney, wear a crown or a tiara. you won’t be sorry. Maggie and I did it last time and Dana and I did it this time and it is extremely fun! Don’t even think about it. If grown men can walk around with Mickey Mouse ears […]

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Right Handed? Left Handed?

Recently I’ve had several questions from different people about whether they are a right handed or left handed spinner. This questions usually preceeds a discussion about what side the flyer on their saxony wheel should be on. There is some disagreement among spinning teachers about what constitutes right handed or left handed spinning. Some say the forward hand is what […]

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Goals and Resolutions

For the last 3 years I have made a list of goals at the beginning of the year. 2015 is no different. Each year the list has gotten more and more specific. Because of my friend who is a genius at list making, I have learned that if I write it down, I usually accomplish it. In the middle of […]

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Christmas Came Early For Me


I can’t believe it’s been more than a month since my last post! I have two stories today and neither of them include any spinning but I have to share them. The first story starts out sad but ha a happy ending for me. Lou and I have friends in Pennsylvania, Mark and Deena. Mark’s mom is Aunt Pam. Well, […]

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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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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


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


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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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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