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Colorful Handspun Yarn: Creativity born from constraints

Sometimes, a new design or product will capture your attention and imagination to the point of obsession. This is what happened with me and the Nightshift shawl by Andrea Mowry. The combination of colors and the visual texture she created are mesmerizing, and the effect didn’t wear off after...

Art Yarn Spinning – First Time with Multiple Techniques

In my latest spinning session I decided to try my hand at an art yarn skein. It’s not a style, that I’ve had any experience with, and I would say the end product is also well out of my usual comfort zone. But, inspired by a spinning class I...

Spinning Tools for Yarn

Happy Distaff Day! To celebrate, I’m sharing information about the spinning tools I use in my spinning practice. Spinning oil: Keeping your wheel oiled will make spinning smoother and more fun. Basket: I like a medium-sized basket with handles for keeping my un-spun fiber and tools handy while spinning....

How I learned to handspin: tools and techniques

My journey with learning to handspin yarn by hand started as many such tales do: I took a class and learned the basics of spindle spinning. It was a useful way to begin, but the potential speed and efficiency of using a spinning wheel was a big lure. Unfortunately,...

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