Spinners are a spontaneous bunch. When I pack my bags, jump on a plane, and head across the country to teach spinning workshops, I never know exactly where I might end up: tramping through sheep pastures or enjoying knitting and cocktails at a restaurant. Fiber road warrior is an interesting lifestyle! More than a dozen […]

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As a traveling spinning instructor, I spend much of my life thinking about packing spinner’s cargo. Packing for planes, trains, and automobiles can be different than packing for ferries, backpacks, and bicycles. Spinning gear can take up a lot of space, so I’m always looking for ways to lighten my load. Here are a few […]

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How do you create the shading and shifting gradients that make Fair Isle knitting so irresistible? You can start with fibers that are all exactly the color you need, or you can blend them yourself! Shetlander Elizabeth Johnston has become well-known for her handspun, handknitted colorwork fabrics. She wrote a fantastic article for Spin Off […]

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Summer spinning and knitting projects mean new cozies for fall! After I saw the new issue of knit.wear, the Moonflower Dolman immediately rocketed to the top of my queue. There are many ways to begin a new knitting with handspun project and work through the process of designing yarn, estimating fiber needed, choosing pattern and […]

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I’ve just resurfaced from Eugene Textile Center’s Fiber in the Forest retreat. This annual retreat welcomes fiber artists to delve deeper into their craft for three full days. A multi-day fiber retreat is a pleasure, providing more time to connect with new fiber friends, go for a walk, and perhaps return with pockets full of […]

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Charkha spinning has become my favorite act of mindfulness. I shared a bit about my newfound charkha obsession and how it got me spinning outdoors more often. Spinning at the wheel has always been invigorating, freeing my creativity and bringing some of my best ideas to the surface. Charkha spinning is like a deep breath, […]

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Our Roving Reporter, Kate Larson, is out roving this week. While she’s gathering more news of the spinning world, we thought you might enjoy catching up on a recent spinning technique series. It’s no secret that handspinners love to savor every last morsel of fiber. Here’s Kate’s solution for what to do with the leftover […]

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Carded wool cloud is famously forgiving to spin—woolen, worsted, and any drafting technique in between are all options to try. Last week, I shared some of the ways I enjoy preparing carded cloud for spinning. Now, let’s see what happens when we put those techniques into practice. Here are three yarn recipes: Textured 2-Ply Best […]

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Roving Reporter: Carded Clouds Fiber Prep

Carded cloud—with colors swirling and fading into one another—is not a fiber prep I often see in my fiber travels. Well-prepared cloud, with clean fibers open and ready to welcome twist, can be hard to come by. While teaching in South Dakota last year, I purchased some fabulous cloud from Kelly Knispel of Dakota Carding; […]

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