Spinnerside: A spindle is broken & the yarn we make

This post has a happy ending, I promise. Bent out of shape One morning in mid-June, I left the house quickly. It was a good decision to leave the spindle bag & take knitting, a book instead. I would be sat in waiting rooms all day. Sadly the adored spindle in question, a Butternut wood […]

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In short, a post.

Well, hello new followers, and anyone with the patience for these large gaps! This spring an idea to garden has been taking flight. As of this last long weekend (Victoria Day in Canada/ Labour Day in Jamaica), I have spoken softly to seedlings, refreshed old beds, and made way for shrubs to add privacy. The […]

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Upping the Ante

This has been a long, hectic week.  Man, I’ve just been dying to blog! The Fibre Garden’s spin-in on Sunday was lots of fun.  I met this fellow Knitter of the Caribbean (Ravelry group, FWIW), and totally taught her to spin on my mini Bosworth spindle!  She was great too – made very decent first […]

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Handspun in the house

My first wheel-spun yarn: Four whole plies!!!  It varies from worsted to aran weight at 10 – 12 wraps per inch (WPI), and is a conventional S-twist, i.e. left-slanted. Plying on a wheel was awkward at first but I soon caught on.  I was drafting from 2 outer-pull balls that I put under small flowerpots, […]

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Reality bites – I’ll spin to that

Honest truth – I nearly made my baby gift deadline.  As my Mother loves to say, “Close but no cigar.”  Friends, this is how the saga unfolded…  By Friday night, I was almost finished knitting on a garter border.  It was a beast of a job but I’d have more than enough time on Saturday […]

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Spin, knit, spin

With my friend’s baby shower looming, I’ve had to tear myself away from the Wee Peggy wheel, and back into knitting mode.  It was a wrench.  Only accomplished by shunting the wheel & all of her paraphernalia into another room. Still hush-hush on this gift but I can let the working title slip, right?  Blankie […]

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