I have been washing, carding and spinning for over a month. In February, I brought home that amazing Cormo from Wintercount. In March, I bought another grey CVM from my favorite shepherdess. In April, I bought a Tunis, Suffolk and a little bit of Dorset and half of a CVM/Lincoln X. Not to mention the… Continue reading A sweater and then some.
I have really been highly motivated to get my IDS finished since I have been home from Wintercount. It’s been pretty awesome. I really needed to get my brain organized on where I am and where I need to go. Let me summarize what I have figured out from working with year old field cured/retted… Continue reading One Stalk at a time.
I have been wondering lately, without buying an actual yardage counter, how to figure out how much yarn. When I first started spinning this was very much an issue. How do you know what you can make if you don’t know what you have? The standard is to wind your handspun onto a niddynoddy of… Continue reading How do you know how much yarn you have?
As I packed for Wintercount, the forecast was for 85 degrees and sunny. My girls were freaking out because they both had outgrown all of their tanks from last year and we had last minute rummaging through boxes for tanks and shorts and warm weather clothes. My girls both HATE being hot. Me? I figured… Continue reading Wintercount 2018
Lately, I have been a little preoccupied with dye. I am also really preoccupied with shibori designs. Specifically designs you can acquire from stitching the fabric. I particularly have found inspiration from this blog and this blog. Something about the idea that you can stitch literally anything into fabric, gather it and create a design….… Continue reading Shibori again.
Let’s talk a bit about beginners mind. How do you approach a skill that you have never tried before? Something that you have zero experience at? I personally try to keep an open mind and find humor in my failed attempts. More and more though, I keep running into people who expect to be perfect the… Continue reading Expectations.
If you have been reading this blog over the past 6 years you have occasionally heard me speak about projects for the Olds College Master Spinner Program. (MSP) I am currently finishing my 6th year by completing an in depth study on Dogbane, aka Indian Hemp. I won’t lie and tell you that the program… Continue reading What the MSP has given to me, confidence.