You’ve scouted the area, reviewed the vendor list, entered a skein in the handspun competition, looked over the schedule of events, and made plans to meet up with your fiber crew. The anticipation is building—it’s time to pack your bags! Here are the must-have items to bring with you to sheep and wool festivals—don’t leave […]
The Flag Wool and Fiber Festival, in Flagstaff, Arizona, is this states’ premier fiber festival. This year, you can take selfies with alpacas in silly costumes! If that isn’t enough, Flag Wool and Fiber has an amazing line-up of vendors, classes, and demonstrations focusing on educating and inspiring both traditional and modern crafts. Andrea Greene, […]
Moment of Zen: Spinning it my way! Photo by Joe Coca. Spin yarn your way with Spin Off!
When you’re eager to switch out your winter and summer wardrobes—and who isn’t?—it can be all too tempting to pack away your handknitted sweaters quickly, without giving them any special TLC. It’s too much work to wash them all by hand, one at a time. If they’re going to lie in boxes all summer, why […]
If fiber is your thing, a yearly pilgrimage to the local fiber festival is a must! Attending the festival with limited funds or space? There is still plenty to see and do. Sheep and wool festivals offer numerous opportunities to soak up inspiration and learn something new. Here’s how to have a grand ole time […]
Karin Skacel is the CEO of the Skacel Collection, Inc. and owner of the Makers’ Mercantile yarn shop and bakery in Kent, Washington. Here, Karin tells us more about the history of the yarn shop and what makes it a great community resource (all photos courtesy of Karin Skacel). It was my dream to have a “community […]
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 […]