I first saw one of Betty Roberts’ wheels in 2007 in a Google Search. She uses exotic woods to make her double accelerator-wheel style spinning machines. What makes these wheels truly unique is that Betty painstakingly inlays each wheel with beautiful natural flora, insects, and even rattlesnake tails and porcupine quills she finds near her home… Continue reading When You Spot a Unicorn: Betty Roberts Spinning Wheel
It's been 11 years now since I bought my first spinning wheel. I can remember scouring the internet during this "Renaissance Spinning Era" digging up all the information I could find about wheels. I had just moved to northern Indiana from college and had finally landed a full-time job. My first wheel was an old… Continue reading Oh, This Old Thing?: Flax Wheel
September was a month with lots of knitting and spinning on-the-go. I literally took a project with me to school, BSF, restaurants, and everywhere else. I am so done with hiding away one of my dearest past times passions for the sake of appearing conventional. I have truly enjoyed the liberation and made some new… Continue reading Smiles and Sparkles with Knits and Spins
I did get a little housekeeping done. The Tour De Fleece skeins are finally washed. There was so much to wash that I just filled up my kiddie pool, added a little Dr. Bronners Castle Soap and gave them a swirl to set the twist. I bought some stuff. I bought a lot of… Continue reading Wait but There’s More
Every since I joined a few Ravelry spinning groups last month I've been under a bit of a trance with my spinning. No, stranger to color it was only natural that I would see Inglenook fibers and need to spin some. They have the most imaginative colorways. I decided to follow the technique of the Ravelry… Continue reading Spinning Under the Influence: Artsy Yarn
I've been meaning to sew for a while now, really. I haven't forgot. Lately my spinning mojo has been in control. There was this one pattern though that was able to snap me out of my spinning trance for a brief moment, the cappuccino dress by Oliver & Co. I caught on to the Portfolio… Continue reading I Still Sew: Cappuccino Dress
I had only heard of this event a few months ago perhaps in someone's podcast. I have a vague idea of what the event inspiration Tour De France is. The thought of setting some personal spinning goals and spending most of July treadling my wheels intrigued me. I decided to participate in two Ravelry forums: Sweets Off the Wheel… Continue reading Me Too: Joining the 2017 Tour De Fleece Spin-a-long
With school out I have had more time to craft and boy have I been busy. Firstly, my Emelie cardigan is finished. This was my first time knitting a garment with size 3 needles. It was pretty time consuming but made a fine fabric. The yarn I used came in 739 yards skeins. The entire… Continue reading Breaking in and Breaking out: My New Loom and West Coast Adventure.
I have been spinning a lot of yarn lately. A lot. Now a sane crafter would be telling herself "Good job, see you may buy a lot of craft supplies but at least you're producing", "Look at all of that yarn you've spun, one day soon your fiber and yarn stash will be reasonable. Nope not… Continue reading My Stash: Am I Busting or Building?
A few months ago I unearthed a few old UFOs (unfinished objects) that I had stuck into ziplock baggies and forgotten about. They were basically project failures that I didn't have the heart to unravel at the time. Among them are a couple of wannabe lace shawls, socks, convertible mittens, and alpaca gloves. The socks… Continue reading Spinning and Knitting, plus Scrappy Socks