Spinning Resolutions: new fibers, New skills, New Year!


Happy New Year! The changing of the calendar always smacks of dualities. It's a time to look at where we have been and where we are going, what has been completed and what remains undone. For handspinners, these reminiscences and future plans often revolve around fibers and skills. What was your most successful fiber endeavor of 2014? I asked two of my spinning friends to tell us a bit about one of last year's fun fiber adventures and what they hope to spin, learn, or make in 2015.


Nelly used some of her handspun to knit fingerless mitts. Photo courtesy of Nelly DeVault.

Nelly DeVault – Alexandria, Indiana

Almost exactly one year ago, Nelly began taking spinning classes. She and her Majacraft Suzie were fast friends. She was quickly turning each of her fiber explorations into knitted samples and scheming about larger projects. For her first handspun and handknitted project, she used Abstract Fiber Bluefaced Leicester top to spin a two-ply, DK-weight yarn to knit a pair of cabled fingerless mitts. By the end of the year, she was already washing and preparing her own fleeces to spin on her Swedish great-grandmother's spinning wheel. I can't wait to see what you do next, Nelly!




A glorious rainbow of handspun silks. Photo courtesy of John Mullarkey.



John Mullarkey – St. Louis, Missouri

After a very busy year of teaching and traveling, John Mullarkey is enjoying the New Year at home in St. Louis. Wherever he goes, John leaves new tablet weavers in his wake. His own fascination with the possibilities, both simple and complex, of tablet woven bands is contagious. The Malarky Crafts Facebook page produced much awe and envy last month when John posted a picture of a rainbow of handspun silk skeins that he had been working on recently. He says that one of his goals for 2015 is to weave bands using those luscious silk skeins to exhibit at the Midwest Weavers Conference in Minneapolis. If you can't make it to one of John's workshops, check out his Interweave DVDs.


Tell us about your fiber year and spinning resolutions for 2015! Drop Kate a line at katelarsontextiles@gmail.com.  


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