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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ISO Gradient Yarn Patterns

In my April 18 post about the search for knitting and crochet projects worthy of your handspun gradient yarns, I promised to round up a few pattern suggestions. Sometimes it can be challenging to envision how a gradient yarn will look in a particular pattern, so a great way to get inspired is to start […]

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Using Handspun Gradient Yarns

Gradient yarns that slowly shift colors from one end of the skein to the other are a great spinner’s challenge. Spin-Off editor Anne Merrow posted a roundup of some of the most popular gradient yarn constructions. With so many great gradient-dyed fibers available today, who can resist trying them all? I’ve been working on a […]

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Three Steps Wind to a Better Yarn Ball

To knit with handspun, you usually have to wind a ball of yarn. Winding my handspun from a skein into a yarn ball is one of my favorite activities—seriously! I’m on a mission to help you love it, too. The best part of my method is that no special tools are needed to create a […]

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The Search for A Spinning Mentor

Where do you go to learn about spinning? We can read about spinning all day, but a spinning mentor can move your work forward like nothing else. Having someone explain a technique while showing you how they do it leads to “Ah-ha!” moments. The clouds part, the sun shines, and suddenly your mind and body […]

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The Weavers’ Guild of St. Louis welcomes many creative souls into its ranks. Knitters, spinners, weavers, embroiderers, and multimedia artists gather to share their passion for fiber. Traditional weavers guilds often expand their focus to include a wider range of fiber artists today (including handspinners), allowing all to learn from one another. What have you […]

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