I’ve had a madder matter brewing, and it is beautiful. The Welsh Llanwenog fleece I shared in my last post is now making its way through madder dyepots as I experiment with seemingly endless natural dyeing options. I love to explore and sample, so I might not get anything else done this summer! Here is […]

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Llanwenog Wool and the Madder Matter

Shall I introduce you to my new best friend, Llanwenog? Fleeces are like friends: some we know well and can’t live without, while others are more like casual acquaintances. I’ve been hanging out with a Llanwenog fleece and we’ve hit it off! Let me tell you a bit about this Welsh breed. First of all, […]

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Ode to Pin-drafted Roving

Most spinners have easy access to roving and combed top preparations, but did you know that there is a step in between? Pin-drafted roving is one of my favorite preparations because it’s a balance between the bouncy, lively feel of roving and the smooth consistency of combed top. During my spring fiber travels around the […]

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Beaded Chain-Plied Yarn… Give It a Try!

Do you love beads but go pale at the idea of pre-stringing? Me, too, so I love my way of adding beads in chain-plied yarn. I just finished teaching a Color and Creativity for Spinners workshop at the Midwest Weavers Conference, where we spent one afternoon happily beading and chain-plying beautiful yarns. I thought you […]

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Kate’s Toolbox: Knitting with Handspun Yarns

I’ve just returned from my annual late-May trek to Wooster, Ohio, for the Great Lakes Fiber Show. This year I taught a class that doesn’t appear on my roster very often: Knitting with Handspun Yarns. I stopped by Maple Row Stock and Wool to pick up some handspun yarn to taste-test during class. Deb was […]

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California cotton breeder Sally Fox is most widely known for organic cottons that grow in a luscious range of tans, greens, and warm browns. Sally also keeps a growing flock of natural color Merinos roaming her Capay Valley fields—such fleecy goodness! Like many members of the spinning community, I’ve followed Sally Fox’s work over the […]

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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, […]

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