Spinning for Inkle Weaving

Have you ever tried spinning for weaving? I was inspired to give it a go after seeing an abundance of beautiful, handwoven bands during my travels in Estonia and Norway. Patterned bands, often woven in vibrant colors, have long been a part of traditional folk dress in many regions of Northern Europe. Many of the […]

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Spin + Knit and the Shetland Isles

Several summers ago, I boarded a small plane in Edinburgh, Scotland, bound for the Shetland Isles. I will never forget the sudden joy of seeing Shetland’s patchwork of stone and vibrant green as the plane suddenly emerged from the low clouds. I found Shetland as I had hoped: an intoxicating mix of peat-laden breezes, sunny […]

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Finishing Up: The Aftermath of Spinzilla!

The yarn I spun and plied during the weeklong frenzy that was Spinzilla is now in limbo! It joins a number of other skeins of handspun yarn that are waiting for a dip in hot, soapy water. I have one basic method for how to wash wool yarns: 1. Draw a generous bowlful of very […]

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