Spins into November – a tale of 2 wheelspun Shetland yarns

In my last post I wrote about spinning a 2nd Shetland wool top from another dyer.  The spinning tools were the same & the process varied only very little.  As I saw during spinning, yes, the yarns proved to be so, so different. Now that they are finished, I wanted to come back & compare […]

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March handweaving – Two scarves from a Zephyr warp

This is the great use of our March break that I hinted at in past posts – all finished, and one scarf is in happy use.  It is based on a pre-wound pair of warp chains of Fantastic Knitting Zephyr (merino/silk, 5,040 YPP) 6 yards long. Therein lies a story. In the last weeks of […]

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December weaving and more

It has been a very busy month.  With the 1st level of weaving classes ending, I signed-up for the winter session and tried to get as much loom time as possible.  My oh-so-fun twill sampler needed attention. It has 6 twill structures in the 2 blues.  Even as someone who would skip sampling whenever she […]

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Happy Thanksgiving

A quick post before we get ready for a family celebration on the other side of the GTA.  These are a few of my favorite work and home things that I am grateful for, today. With much elbow grease and time, I used linen warp yarn to sew velcro strips across the top of my […]

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An Irieknit Design

My commissioned lace stole is overdue for her reveal!  What began as a serious inquiry last Boxing Day on broad specs grew into an original stole design with beautiful Helen’s Lace yarn and light beading. Although knitting for hire was a bundle of new challenges, I knew early on that my label as it were […]

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Spin Seekers – workshops with Deb Robson

Here is how a border agent tries to work out the situation of 2 spinners and a driver-spouse going to “spinning workshops at a shop” in Michigan.  He leans forward, and asks:  And what do you plan on doing while they are in class, Sir? The correct answer was a wry, “I wish I knew. […]

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Logwood Heart, an experiment

I am speaking about Haematoxylum campechianum.  Logwood is a natural dye that is typically sold as dried chips of the heartwood.  It was introduced for cultivation in Caribbean colonies, and continued to be exported even through the sugar hey-day.   Who do you think you are?  Logwood Heart? It’s from my favourite poem, Omeros by […]

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Stringtopia the Second!

Stringtopia 2012 was a blast!  It was April 27, 28, 29 at Ohio’s oldest hotel, The Golden Lamb in Lebanon, Ohio.  The best view I have yet to see from a hotel parking lot…  It was a wonderful weekend.  I took off my blogger hat shortly after arrival but not before I took pics of […]

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Woodstock Love

The 3rd Annual Woodstock Fleece Festival was this past Saturday in Woodstock, Ontario.  It was bigger, and a lot of fun!  Last year there were no raw fleeces but Willow Farm brought last week’s clip! Josslyn Richardson helped me to pick Phoebe’s fleece out from the rest.  This was after she explained about the mark-up […]

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In a few words

Gotta move quickly but have been itching to post all week… And so, the pictures! My very first cat ever (evidence of mad husband-wheedling skills right there).  We’ve kept his Humane Society name – Melvin.  It suits him to a T.  Speaking of Ts… 2 months in, Toby is still very, very upset with us.  […]

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