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What Knitting Lace is Teaching Me

I decided last week to knit a lace shawl. Because, you know, quarantine! Here are the things I’m learning in the process: 1) I must not wait until the end of an entire repeat to count my stitches. Having to … Continue reading

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Another State Fair Winner

I entered just one skein of handspun yarn in this year’s SC State Fair back in October. Yes, it’s December now, so I’m a little late with this post. It was a fractal spin of 100% bombyx silk, dyed by … Continue reading

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Silk Hankies – Working Smarter, Not Harder

Back in 2015, when I was a new spinner, I tackled some beautiful silk hankies. They are nothing like “regular” fiber. The basic technique is to peel off one (very) thin hanky, poke a hole in the middle, and draft … Continue reading

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Starry, Starry Night – More Silk

While I was knitting away for the Yarnbomb Columbia project, I needed a spinning project that wasn’t too demanding. In other words, a fiber I was familiar with and could just enjoy. I decided that another skein of that luscious … Continue reading

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This Summer: Exotic Fibers

I have finished the Bunny yarn I talked about in my last post. As usual, with a new fiber, I learned some things. For example, this blend of fiber does not lend itself well to plying from a center pull … Continue reading

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The Silk Lap

No, not like a lap formed when you sit. Mulberry Silk Laps are produced while carding silk fibers to produce silk top for spinning into yarn. They have a similar staple length to top but with much more texture. They … Continue reading

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Adventures with Sari Silk

Yesterday I made a 3-ply sample skein of my sari silk, and swatched it. I really thought it was about a worsted weight, but I was wrong. It got about 7-8 WPI, which is Aran verging on chunky, and it … Continue reading

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Art Batts All Done, and on to Sari Silk

I set myself a goal to get through all my “special” fibers before this year’s SAFF in October. So I’ll know what I want more of, and what I don’t. So since my last spinning post, I’ve finished my last … Continue reading

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O.W.A.L. Sunday

No, that’s not a typo. Today I was Operating Without A List. Not normal for me on a Sunday, the day I spend getting ready for my week every week. I hope I haven’t forgotten anything. I got food cooked … Continue reading

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Decisions, Decisions

Today I finished spinning the first art batt and plied the last skein of the silk hankies. So I need to decide what to tackle next. My hand cards have arrived, so I could start practicing with those, and make … Continue reading

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