fiber arts/spinning yarn

Hackles – Another Funny Named Fiber Processing tool

Hackles – Another Funny Named Fiber Processing tool

In late January I ordered another cool fiber processing tool but it arrived around the time my baby cat passed away, so it took me…

Is Wool Yarn Ethical? A reason why I started spinning

Is Wool Yarn Ethical? A reason why I started spinning

There is a disturbing video making its rounds on Social Media, of workers brutally beating sheep as they are being sheared of their fleece for…

Washing Merino Fleece: Before & After

Washing Merino Fleece: Before & After

  I have talked at length about the fact that most of my yarn is made from the ground up. The only thing I do…

Spinning Accessories: Ashford Niddy Noddy Jumbo

Spinning Accessories: Ashford Niddy Noddy Jumbo

I love that spinning accessories are relatively inexpensive – and are often times handcrafted. You can easily purchase a drop spindle and get started spinning…

Current Yarn Stash – handspinning overflow

Current Yarn Stash – handspinning overflow

This is the culmination of 4 years of hand spinning. All the experiments with both dyeing and spinning: locks, roving, all of it. All the…

Free Alpaca Fleece – Pt. 1

Free Alpaca Fleece – Pt. 1

Last month (and on my birthday no less) I picked up over a dozen bags of alpaca fleece – and I didn’t pay a cent…

Picking vs. Throwing: Continental Knitting in my Jammies

Picking vs. Throwing: Continental Knitting in my Jammies

Since teaching myself to knit I have been a thrower – formally known as English style knitting. This is the way that made the most…

Deconstructed: Unravelling Thrift Store Finds for Yarn

Deconstructed: Unravelling Thrift Store Finds for Yarn

I have read a few articles with great fascination about buying wool sweaters from thrift stores with the sole purpose of unravelling them to reuse…

Experimental Crazy Handmade Yarn Creation

Experimental Crazy Handmade Yarn Creation

I made this yarn out of…frustration? Boredom? I was really dissatisfied with the original yarn. So I decided to go for broke, and see what…

Upcycled Handspun Yarn – Vegan Friendly – and The Scarf it Made

Upcycled Handspun Yarn – Vegan Friendly – and The Scarf it Made

I made this yarn this past winter & it occurred to me that this upcycled handspun yarn is vegan friendly. Most of the yarns I…

2015 New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival

2015 New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival

We had yet another wonderful Mother’s Day weekend attending the 2015 New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival. The show has become a yearly family tradition…

Finding Inspiration: What to Make With Handspun Yarn

Finding Inspiration: What to Make With Handspun Yarn

If you are like me, you like to comb the internet for inspiration. I consider myself a spinner, but not so much a knitter or…

Tabletop Fleece Picker

Tabletop Fleece Picker

I have been combing and carding a lot of fleece this month. I’m actually squirreling away my pulled top. It’s the “premium” stuff so I…

Introducing: My New Mach III Spinning Wheel by SpinOlution

Introducing: My New Mach III Spinning Wheel by SpinOlution

The best gift ever. DH got me a Mach III Spinning Wheel – by got me, I mean, he said “go ahead and order that…

Adventures in Yarn Dyeing: Low Water Immersion Technique

Adventures in Yarn Dyeing: Low Water Immersion Technique

Here’s a closer look at the dyeing process from the post Handspun Bouclé: A Closer Look. This is only one technique I use for dyeing animal…

Handspun Bouclé: A Closer Look

Handspun Bouclé: A Closer Look

Back in November I blogged about spinning bouclé yarn for the first time. I loved the technique so much it lead me to experiment with other…

Spinning Bouclé Textured Yarn

Spinning Bouclé Textured Yarn

I’ve dabbled in the past spinning bouclé, but I never liked the results and I felt it was too time consuming. I realized after reading…

Rhinebeck Bounty 2014

Rhinebeck Bounty 2014

You are looking at this year’s take from the NYS Sheep & Wool Festival (aka simply as “Rhinebeck” – as in the town it takes place,…

Adventures in (Faux) Tailspinning

Adventures in (Faux) Tailspinning

I’ve been experimenting with variations of tailspinning locks of fleece (in this instance mohair locks). This would actually be classified as a faux tailspun as…

Combing Fiber with St. Blaise Carding Combs

Combing Fiber with St. Blaise Carding Combs

I’ve been combing fiber like mad while we’ve been here in Nova Scotia. After watching Robin Russo’s DVD Combing Fiber I was convinced to give it…

Maine Fiber Frolic 2014

Maine Fiber Frolic 2014

Last week the fam & I had the privilege of attending the 2014 Maine Fiber Frolic. It’s been on our list of shows to check…

2014 New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festival: New Goodies

2014 New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festival: New Goodies

Last weekend, my family & I attended the New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festival in Deerfield, New Hampshire. This is our 4th year in a…

More Handspun Confetti Yarn: New Colors

More Handspun Confetti Yarn: New Colors

More handspun confetti yarn has been added to the website. I like to call this light & lofty yarn “confetti” because before I spin the…

New Alpaca Handspun Yarn Listed

New Alpaca Handspun Yarn Listed

I have several skeins of natural brown alpaca handspun yarn listed on the website. My first completed batch of alpaca yarn spun from raw. Unlike…

The Dye Binder: Recording Fleece Dyeing

The Dye Binder: Recording Fleece Dyeing

Last month when talking about the dyeing experiments I was conducting in the studio on raw fleece, I meant to post a photo of my…