While I’ve been knitting for a very long time (I have yarn older than some of my coworkers), spinning yarn is something I’ve orbited without ever really touching down. Recently, a very kind and patient colleague invited me and another friend into her living room one Saturday, to show us how to spin. Two things […]
Clams, particularly Pinna nobilis, secrete filaments that can be spun into sea silk, which shines like gold in the sunlight. It was the finest fabric known to Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, but today, it is said that there is only one person who can still harvest and spin it.
I love and collect handcards the way that many of my friends collect spindles. New cards, antique cards, flat or curved, they are all unique and do different jobs well. However, if you have not fallen in love with the pursuit of the perfect rolag, you are not alone. I just spent a weekend with […]
Susan and Kate get a bad rap. The useful carousel/rotating kitchen tray was named “Lazy Susan” for the generic servant it was supposed to replace. So it is with the lazy kate, a device so helpful that every spinner should have at least one. Who was Kate, and where do we get off calling her […]
Living on the land and earning a livelihood through farming is rewarding yet incredibly demanding. So why do people still choose to farm? Filmmaker Magali Pettier explores this question in her documentary Addicted to Sheep. The film profiles a family working as tenant farmers in Upper Teesdale, in the High Pennines of northern England. Pettier, […]
Connie King, of the Great Lakes Fiber Show, answered my burning questions about Ohio’s premiere fiber festival. With over 20 years of history, this fiber show has grown from a single building show to a fairground event. Read our conversation below and then grab your tickets to this great event. Gus: Tell me about the […]
It’s the highlight of many a fiber lover’s year: the fiber festival. Call it a wool market, sheep show, or whatever you like, a regional gathering of fiber producers and fiber artists is uniquely exciting, and it’s best to go with a plan. Here’s how to shop at sheep and wool festivals when you want […]
Moment of Zen: Take a few quiet moments to spin. Photo by Joe Coca. Learn more about spinning with spindles!
Fiber enthusiasts look forward to sheep and wool festivals every year! Some even travel across the country to attend the larger festivals. Fiber festivals have more to offer than just the vendors market. Had enough shopping? There is plenty to see and do! From the animal and handspun judging to exploring the surrounding area, here’s […]
May 17 is officially—very officially*—National Pack Rat Day. The National Day Calendar website reports that this “holiday” is meant to serve as an opportunity for us to examine our hoarding habits, and maybe try to do something about them. And to that, we yarnies say: OMG I forgot I about this yarn! Awesome! What should […]