Woodstock Fleece Festival – silver anniversary

We joined hands and spent a mid-October Saturday together at the 10th annual Woodstock Fleece Festival.  These right steps answered T’s big question: Why do you go to a spinning festival anyway? Reason Number 1, there are fibre animals, dear The 4-H Llama Club brought super tolerant llamas.  This sweetheart was almost eye-level with 6 […]

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The why of my knitting

Last Tuesday, the man sitting across from me in a coffee shop struck up a line of questioning.  I was a little in love with swatching my Clun Forest wool yarn from Sheepspot it being for baby nephew and all. He had asked if I knitted my sweater.  Nodding, I added that I made the […]

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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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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 irie snowflake, and January is happening

Oh, January, I see your cold and raise you a handspun, Paper Snowflake.  This wonderful knit pattern is by Naomi Parkhurst was ideal (ideal, I tell you!) for my many hours-worth of 3-ply cotton yarn that I made with coin takhli spindles. As the pics show, this was made a while ago in better weather.  It […]

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String Thing 2013 – my hat trick, continued

hat trick n. 1 the scoring of three goals, points etc. by one person during a game. 2 three successes ◊ Paperback Oxford Canadian Dictionary, 2004 It hit me that in this 3rd of 3 years of attending this Stringtopia event, I was most at ease. This simple band or jakima represents this for me.  The […]

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Celebrating String Thing 2013

Hello, morning of String Thing! This year Sandi and I overnighted with my family in their lovely Toledo home.  It broke my drive but was much more – a chance to visit & laugh with some of my favorite people.   Sandi graciously agreed to this plan.  She survived us talking at full speed! The Golden Lamb was just […]

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Proof of fit, and other updates

Every now and again, I get a blog photo shoot.  Just to keep you on your toes. The buttonholes may need reinforcing in time.  For now, I am good with checking up on them. What you couldn’t see when it was flat on the table in the last post. I was running too late to […]

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There are no words

There are no words for the crazy awesome generosity of Fibergal.  Let me just show you. It is all natural cotton that Fibergal has grown, and is gorgeous. Remember my gushing over spinning cotton from the boll this Tour de Fleece?  Fibergal offered to send me, and this is important to quote her directly: …a […]

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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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