Adventures with Babydoll Southdown wool in our fibreshed

Just a couple of days after my last blog post, I headed out to the Woodstock Fleece Festival.  It was a day of bustling spinners’ mayhem, and this post is brought to you by a happy co-incidence. The spark for this adventure is a local credit to adolescents everywhere, E.  Her grade 8 school project […]

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The absorbing Colour of Water – a show opens

An all-guild show curated by the Art Gallery of Burlington is currently on in the Lee-Chin Gallery until May 24, 2015.  The theme is, “The Colour of Water,” and our guild has a juried section in the show. The piece that I have submitted is a handwoven scarf inspired by the confluence of the river […]

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Newly minted knits

This post is going to read like an Ode to the Colour Purple no matter how much or little I go into the details.  It is my happy place. A few months ago, I shared about this nice act of aeroplane knitting.  This is the late-breaking progress picture! My gauge with  2.25 mm Dyakcraft needles […]

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Living a little and crafting a lot – knits, spins and even weaving!

The past month took me home for a sad occasion with family.  It has meant working harder to get ready for the holidays ahead but I came back deeply grounded. On the flight south, I took out my new Ampersand sock-in-progress… only to find out that my seat-mate was also a knitter!  She had holiday […]

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Building the yarn flavour

This story happened on one of those rare summery fall days, September 5, 2013.  Life runs far more smoothly now that I, daughter of Jamaica, have learned to never take fair weather for granted in the northern hemisphere.  “Make hay while the sun shines” seriously resonates here. When September 5th spoke, I listened.  It said, […]

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One thing in common

Lately, I have let the spirit move me.  Getting past ambitious ideas that were keeping me back.  Also past old habits of deference with people in my life.  The silly notions fell away, and something important has started to happen.  For one thing, I started a sweater on July 2nd.  A short and largely disappointing […]

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The fun part

Our first-ever giveaway is ready for her drum roll!  Winners are: Chronicbooker3, Shelley! You win the woven project bag! Cristaldiva, Rayna!  Tosh Sock in Logwood is yours! Many thanks to each & every one of you who posted, and tweeted.  Your comments & wishes were lovely.  The support is from long-time readers, and means a […]

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In with the new – a floor loom!

The idea that I could weave came about quite simply but over a long dash of time.  Exposure to all of you weavers helped but it came down to an awareness that in changing my life has room for more. Spinning flax, hemp and cotton helped the scales fall from my never-going-to-weave eyes.  Each yarn […]

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New look, and happy yarns

  Welcome!  It’s been a long time in coming – I changed the blog’s theme.  Hope you enjoy the new look & also the better compatibility with your small-screen devices. I also updated the About page to better reflect what I do, and also give some co-ordinates.  Over the past 4+ years of writing this […]

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Helping hands

Last night, while plying lace yarn on my Watson Martha wheel, I thought about how solitary a practice spinning sometimes is for me. Of course, 4.6 oz of lace can do that for you. This is Yarn Hollow hand-dyed 80% merino/ 20% silk that is spun on Martha’s small whorl in Scotch tension.  The plying is now […]

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