Category Archives: Fibers

Fiber Lethargy No More

Since I last posted in February of this year, I have received e-mails from other bloggers asking why I had gone silent.  The answer to that question is simple:  The 45th president of the U.S.  After the November 2016 election, … Continue reading

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Hope Springs Eternal

As I blogged earlier, I had hoped that 8-year old Granddaughter F and I would be weaving side by side during her visit with us this summer.  Well, as Alexander Pope said, “hope springs eternal in the human breast,” so … Continue reading

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Surprise Rug Yarn: Cowhair

Last week I wrote about my day of washing and drying of Borgs rug yarn.  What I didn’t share was that among the other colored (i.e., non-green) skeins were several with labels reading “Wholly produced in Sweden by Klippan’s Yllefabrik … Continue reading

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A Find: Swedish Rug Yarn

We’ll be moving into our new house in a few months, so I really shouldn’t be adding to my stash.  That’s especially true considering I recently added punch needle rug making to my fiber arts repertoire thinking it would be … Continue reading

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Fun @ BSG

Last night I received a text from my friend Summer in California asking whether I planned on attending the annual Black Sheep Gathering (BSG), held in Eugene, Oregon.  (It started this morning, Friday, June 24, and runs through Sunday, June … Continue reading

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Tweed Lopi

I have long loved Lopi yarns.  Lopi yarn is a single ply yarn spun from the dual-coated fleece of the Icelandic sheep (a descendant of the Norwegian Spælsau, which, by the way, provided the yarn used to weave the Viking ship … Continue reading

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Wool Musings

The woman to whom I turn (electronically) as a mentor in my quest to mastering the art of artisan bread making also happens to be a fiber enthusiast – weaving, spinning and knitting.  So I know that when she sends … Continue reading

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What Are Those Numbers?

Have you ever found a cone of interesting yarn, looked inside the cone, read “8/2 cotton,” 10/3 linen or “10/3 wool” and wondered what those numbers mean?  It’s the yarn or thread count.  The yarn count or thread count is … Continue reading

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Die drei Männlein im Walde/The Three Little Men in the Woods

A professor of German language and literature at a well-known U.S. university recently contacted me with some fiber-related questions. Preparing reading selections for a class, the professor read through stories by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.  Her specific questions arose from … Continue reading

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Smarter Socks

When Thor and I left San Francisco, we settled in an area where the winter climes were much colder.  We needed wool socks! From time to time in the SF Bay Area I wore wool socks, but not often.  Thus, … Continue reading

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