Is spinning right ever wrong? Most millspun and handspun yarns I encounter are spun right (Z) and plied left (S). While this is the most common, there are some interesting reasons to reverse directions. Two-end knitting, also called twined knitting or tvåändsstickning, typically calls for Z-plied yarns and makes a great project for the knitter […]

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Predrafting sparks intense controversy. Some spinners swear by predrafting spinning fiber, or gently pulling fibers a short distance forward out of a combed top or roving prior to spinning. Spinners such as Maggie Casey use the technique as needed; others scoff and scold at the very thought. Whether you normally predraft or not, some fibers […]

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I’ve returned from a wonderful weekend at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival. During a quick pass through the market, I caught up with Emily Wohlscheid, the talented artist behind Bricolage Studios. I’ve been stalking her web shop looking at textured spinning batts and Plant Packs. To my good fortune, I picked out a batt […]

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I love teaching gradient spinning classes. It’s fun to strategize not only about the many ways we can create our own gradients (yarns that change slowly from one end of the skein to the other), but also how to best use the many gradient fibers and blends on the market. When I order workshop supplies […]

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Bobbin Winder How-To: Tools and Tips

Last week I made my case for taking the time (and investing in a bobbin winder) for rewinding from a spinning wheel bobbin onto storage bobbins. This method helps me store an entire project’s worth of singles before plying. What’s more, I prefer plying from lightweight plastic or cardboard bobbins. Here are three ways I […]

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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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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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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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