Wensleydale Wednesday, and TKK featured for spinners

While in progress this Wensleydale commercial top has been very mobile.  The ‘Hello Sunshine’ colourway by Spunky Eclectic blurring on my Jenkins Turkish Delight spindle got many conversations going as it went from near to as far as New York city this summer. The singles were all drafted from the fold of the long Wensleydale […]

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Olivia’s Babydoll Southdown fleece, and her flock’s good news

Warm (i.e. wooly) congratulations to the flock that I wrote about in my last post!  Laurie’s Little Lambs farm won blue ribbons in 2 categories of the 2015 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair fleece wool competition.  Both are in the competition’s Down-type category (26-33 microns).  It was their first year exhibiting, and I am very happy […]

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Six years and counting

We have just blown past the 6-year mark since I first registered this blog!  The ever-creative “First post:)” was on March 3, 2009. Happy 6th blogiversary! The traditional year 6 gift is candy.  To celebrate, we decided to clear the decks of random ads.  It’s one of the changes that I have talked about behind […]

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From their heart: The Ramer spinning wheel collection

Last Thursday, after a big detour of the Mapquest misdirection kind, I arrived in one piece at the Ramers’ home for my appointment.  It was a fantastic visit starting with the warm greeting from Rev. Barbara Anne at her front door to me, the previously lost spinner. The well-lit room contained the most spinning wheels that I have ever seen much […]

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Plumage, a juried exhibition

In a month already full with home renovation work & gardening, I have been bowled over by the positive response that my two pieces received in the Burlington Handweavers & Spinners Guild 2014 exhibit at the (then-called) Burlington Art Centre. The Juror, Sheila Perry, selected 20 pieces from 16 fibre artists for the Exhibit.  Each artist’s interpretation […]

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Spinning in public: a waiting room story

My hands have given me a bad scare this winter.  The flashpoint came after weaving on my class towels one day back in mid-December.  My left wrist just ached that night, and I was not close to being done the weaving. Rest, bracing and conscious thought (prayer, inclusive) helped but the pain was nagging each […]

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An ounce of (Moosie) win, and shawl surgery

It’s been weeks, and I still can’t believe this statement is true:  I have a Moosie!  The whorl is 1.75″ of handcrafted moose antler on a tulipwood shaft.  All together with a balancing pin she weighs 28g or one ounce. Jonathan & Sheila Bosworth offered a group of 10 with 5 different special shaft woods. […]

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Not Child’s Play, it’s a Flax Wheel!

A few weeks ago, I stumbled across a Kijiji ad:  Antique Child’s Spinning Wheel.  Just 2 pics but it looked doable in terms of price, and location. After lots of searching, I decided that it is a flax saxony spinning wheel, probably brought here by an Eastern European family.  The Antique Spinning Wheels Ravelry group also […]

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Super Secret’s Reveal!

Wherein I pause from wall-to-wall Tour de Fleecing to share a special gift. The most adorable Murray the world has ever seen was born last Friday, July 15th in Oxford, England.  The happy parents are my artist-Cuz and her DH.  Apart from initial fatigue in her 1st trimester, Cuz was radiant throughout.  I am so, […]

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Some wins, and a fail(ish)

July has been crazy.  Life got reshuffled once I said yes to the job (see: about page for that minor detail), and DH sprained that right ankle of his – twice.  It’s taken me a good 2 weeks to adjust to sitting behind a desk all day but as Kurt Vonnegut lets you know in […]

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