Category Archives: Spinning

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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The Little Ones, Part 2: Chinchillas

Have you knit with chinchilla?  I have not, but it’s something I will have to try.  Creature Comforts has some knit kits ready to go. Chinchillas are rodents native to the Andes, and their pelts long clothed the Chincha people of … Continue reading

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Why I Love the Knitting Community

Why I Love the Knitting Community. This is written by the young lady who is now the very happy possessor of half of my stash.  It looks like she’s been busy sorting!  I am so happy that my stash has … Continue reading

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Quotations for Lovers of Literature & Fiber Arts

For those of us who long ago lost the battle against fiber craft obsession 🙂 , some phrases and words will always speak to us more loudly than they will to others.  It could range from watching the old movie and … Continue reading

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Phrases and Acronyms Appropos for Fiber Craft Lovers

Today my friend Summer and I visited two yarn stores in Elk Grove, California:  Anna’s Yarn Shoppe and Knitique. Both stores had friendly owners who, if needed, were ready to answer questions, make suggestions, or help.  Both stores carried excellent yarns, … Continue reading

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Art, Craft or Hobby?

For the last two days I’ve been working on a project for my daughter for Mother’s Day. (Here’s a picture of it in an early stage and yes I know you’re wondering if I’m simply making a stack of potholders … Continue reading

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Textile Production & Finland’s Kalevala

Many years ago, a single parent, employed full-time and in my last semester at UC Berkeley, I carefully searched the catalogue for a course that seemed interesting yet would not assign a lot of reading. I noticed a course in … Continue reading

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Slow Clothes/Slow Fibers

The “slow food” movement interests me. Indeed, Thor and I endeavor to buy local and seasonal produce. I have started canning again – something that was part of my regular chores growing up. All of this has a price, though. … Continue reading

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Stash Containment

I’m not sure “stash” is the best descriptor of the accumulated fiber wealth of fiber devotees (aka FDs).  I just looked up the definition:  As a verb, it means to “store (something) safely and secretly in a specified place.”  As … Continue reading

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Ex-Husbands and Wheels

I have one of the first Matchless wheels Schacht made, and here’s the story of how I got my beautiful wheel. I wanted desperately to get out of my marriage to Beelzebob (see post “Ex-Husband and Sweaters”), and was willing … Continue reading

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