Exploring the world of fiber, one draft at a time

My posting can be as frequent or infrequent as my spinning, so be as patient as that fiber, sitting in my stash.

Monday, June 17, 2019

YST Episode 159 June 2019

It's that time of year, and the tents are up and the vendors hopeful as the cycle of yearly fiber fairs continue.  I mention in the podcast my 'blue sky' dream of hitting them nationwide some year.  A van full of fiber to sell, and be replaced by purchases, sounds just right!

The photo for this podcast shows the Pegosa alpaca fiber I am currently spinning by the lock on my Roberta.

There are lots of links for the podcast, for everyone that I mentioned, be sure to check out the webpages.

The Woolery, which you can find at fiber fairs and their storefront.

Dyed in the Wool.  I owe Sandy Ferguson an apology for not mentioning in the podcast, her as an owner of this business too!

The Alien Encounter sock pattern can be found on Ravelry, here.

The Stoltman Family farm only has a FaceBook page, here.

Ohio Valley Natural Fibers, is the fiber processing mill I talk about.

Yarn Geek Fibers has this page of dyed yarn and fibers for sale.

Punkin Patch is Equinox Farm home of the crazy sheep lady.  There's a good blog on that website, where you can get you fill of photos and good writing. This is the farm from whom I purchased Bullwinkle's fleece.

This blog had one post that showed Bullwinkle, he's the white sheep.

This farm is also part of the breed conservancy program, Shave 'em to Save 'em, for rare breed sheep. 


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Friday, May 17, 2019

There is no podcast or photos for this post.  I promised a listing of the YST episodes that review books.  I will try and update this as I review more.

Episode 11 05/09/08  Your handspinning    Elsa Davenport
                                    Creative Weaving Spinning and Plant Dyeing   Beryl Anderson
                                    The Encyclopedia of Handspinning  Mable Ross

Episode 33  06/22/09  Spinning Designer Yarns Diane Varney
                                    The Intentional Spinner  Judith Mackenzie Mccuin

Episode 47  05/31/1     The Craft of Natural Dyeing  Jenny Dean
                                     Colours from Nature A Dyers Handbook  Jenny Dean
                                     Dyes from Native American Plant A Practical Guide
                                             by Lynn Richards and Ronald J Tyrl
Episode 99  09/09/13  Sweaters by Hand Designs for Spinners and Knitters
                                            by Helene Rush and Rachael Emmons
Episode 141  02/02/17 Yarn i tecture  Jillian Moreno

Episode 158 05/15/19  Creative Spinning  Alison Daykin and Jane Deane

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

YST Episode 158 May 2019

I realize that is an unusual subtitle for a postcast.  I recently had a total knee replacement surgery, and for the first 15 minutes or so of this podcast, I do talk about how the healing process delayed my spinning and fiber work for several weeks.
But once the spinning wheels got going again, I had two WIP to talk about, the Pegosa alpaca project was continued and I finished spinning two fibers I had used for a project back in Sept. a babydoll Southdown and a Polworth.
As promised I did one book review at the end of this podcast.  It is Creative Spinning, a creative combination of two authors, Alison Daykin and Jane Deane.
The Polworth fiber I spun is from MohairandMore.  
The episode of this podcast where I review the breed Babydoll Southdown is here, episode 37.
Please see a separate non podcast page on the blog for a listing of episodes of this podcast that contain book reviews.  That way I can list the episode number, and the book title, and keep it updated.
Photo shown with this episode is of the southdown/polworth skeins I finished and talked about in the podcast.

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Here's some photos of the fibers I talk about in the podcast.  First up, babydoll southdown.  As you can see it is like roving/top had to tell the actual process with the short fibers.  Also you can see the very short neps that existed throughout the fiber.  Part was used to do the breed review and the rest was used for the combination skeins.

This is the Mohair and More polworth top.  I love the colors in this fiber.  I am also very aware that the colors flow lengthwise along the fiber, like the many colors were laid side by side and then the top was created.  So often the processing puts chunks of color along the length of the top, a completely different look to a colorway.

This is a better look at what I am talking about with the colors.  See how the blue, pink, white all travel along the length of the top.  Next to the opened top, is a Roberta bobbin with the spun single.

These are the skeins I would like to use together for a project.  On the left top is all babydoll southdown skein. Under it is a very small combo of both fiber.  The top long skein is 100% 2 ply polworth.  Then there is a smaller skein of the two fibers plied together, which looks bluer, and below that the largest skein of the two plied together.  The bottom skein is more of the southdown only.

These are the sample skeins for the alpaca, The Pegosa Project.  On the left is hand held combed top spun and 2 ply.  In the middle is the top from the large Indigo Hound 5 tine combs.  The largest skein on the right is from the four batts I drumcarded of the alpaca.

Details of all of these can be found on my project pages in Raveley, just search for me as Yarnspinnerstales to find my pages.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Test post

I was told blogger didn't exist anymore, but maybe that was just on IOS

Monday, March 18, 2019

YST Episode 157 The Pegosa Project

It's official!  I have joined the ranks of retirees.  Now it is time to 'spend' my stash, or as I have decided to call it, my retirement 'fund'.

We start this with a very large blanket of alpaca fiber from an alpaca named Pegosa.  The first pound is washed, but not completely processed as I am using it to test various processing methods.  This podcast talks about combing with handheld combs, and the yarn that I spun from that top.

Needless to say there will be plenty more to podcast about Pegosa's fiber in the next few months.  However I have talked about alpaca in past podcasts too.  If you are interested, here is a list of episodes with links:

Episode 35  Washing alpaca

Episode 101  Machine washing alpaca

Episode 102  Spinning alpaca

Episode 108  Dyeing alpaca

Episode 123 Alpaca in the dyepots

One other spinning project completed since the last podcast was fiber from Homestead Hobbyist, a lovely polworth/silk blend.


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Monday, January 07, 2019

YST Episode 156 Drafting

Happy New Year!  It is always full of thoughts and plans for the spinning projects ahead.  In today's podcast I talk about maintaining watch on the drafting zone to make your yarn more intentional. Watching the drafting zone will help you break out of making the same WPI yarn all the time to making art yarns that feature thick and thin singles.  All of this is the topic of this podcast.

I have done previous podcasts on drafting if you care to find those and listen to them.  Just click on the links to go to them.  Episode 26 (woolen and worsted spinning) episode 40 (spinning intentional yarn) and episode 67 (woolen spinning).

Links to things I also mention in the podcast are:

Book of Days, something I came across while looking up distaff day.


The source of the punis I spun, made from wool and silk.

The videos I viewed while researching spinning thick and thin can be found on Youtube by searching the topic.


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Tuesday, October 09, 2018

YST Episode 155 Stitches Midwest

Links to vendors mentioned in the podcast:

Stitches events in general Atlanta Ga event May 30-June 2 2019 Stitches United is on that page too.

Youghiogheny Yarns Keri Fosbrink dyer

Fiberlady bamboo fiber

Buffalo Wool Co Buffalo wool yarn and fiber

Franklin Habit

Shirsty Cat Designs Merino silk fiber

2 Guys Yarn Company

Soak Flatter spray

Lost City knits Denise Bell 
Applecross Highland shawl Ravelry pattern

Knitted Knockers



Vintage Lace book by Gladys Amedro

The video blogger I mentioned is Quayln Stark and he blogs on youtube.  The stitches midwest podcast can be found here

I talk about a fiber processor  but failed to mention the name. The farm business is called Alpaca Pines and their website can be found here.

There was a what I called a wood ball winder that I was unable to find online to show you. I have found out since that this item has another use, which is to hold the ball of yarn wound on to it as you knit. So the concept for it I think is to wind the yarn on it from a skein and then let it sit near you as you knit, it will rotate release the yarn. No balls of yarn rolling away from you.

I was not able to find any 1500 yard one dye lot skeins of yarn online, like I saw in the market. I think this concept is a custom dye project, so if interested contact your favorite dyer, see if they can purchase the yarn in the large skein and dye it for you.





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