Thursday, January 18, 2018

Year end, year beginning.

It was an eventful 2017 and so far an eventful 2018. 
After my fall natural dyeing blitz I wove a scarf which as become my favorite piece of clothing 

I knit Mitts, of handspun naturally dyed wool, but need to knit more as these were both given away.

Had a fantastic trip to Germany where I got to see my great Aunt who taught me to knit socks.

And ended the year with a Flax spinning marathon (I love spinning flax!) 

2018 is not off to the GREATEST start as I wanted to weave with my linen singles, but did not size them enough.
Ending with a sad instance of Scissors on warp.

 I will try to rescue this warp, but in the meantime have been enjoying Luxury, spinning Abstract Fiber Yak/Silk in Alfalfa and another green on my matchless.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


I spin for team Spin Off this year and totalled 3660 yards by spinzilla calculations!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Color from nature!

This summer and fall I have been exploring natural dyes (as opposed to 'real dyes' as a dear friend calls commercial dyes) and i have been having the time of my life! All sort  of yarn and wool dyed with walnuts, natural indigo powder, japanese indigo from my garden, lichen, goldenrod, and buckthorn. I am so excited to use all of this and my first priority is spinning up some of the fleece for Spinzilla.
Indigo powder and lichen :

Local dyes from my garden and surroundings:

Friday, July 28, 2017

Thursday, January 19, 2017

New year

I keeping meaning to blog more often.
I was determined to get the Jacob twill off the loom in 2016 and I succeeded with one day to spare. This weekend I finished the fabric in the washing machine, and now I mean to make it into a Hapi or Hanten. My studio is chilly in the winter and it would be the perfect garment to keep me warm without overheating. The first photo is prefinishing and the second is post finishing. I love this fabric!

I am spinning up some more wool this month to get a warp on the loom. I dyed half of a batch of Corrie x something with greener shades in greens and blues, and left the rest grey. I aim to make a nice comfortable wrap or if I have enough, a pullover hoodie type thing. For February I have plans for spinning cotton and flax. I have declared it the month of cellulose fibers. If anyone wants to join me, I love hearing what you are doing!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Romney Love

Earlier this year, my dear friend Lynn got me a Romney fleece at Rhinebeck. I long to go there some year, but this was the next best thing. I have never worked with Romney fleece before, surprisingly,  and I wanted to explore one. Lynn has excellent taste and I was super excited to get the fleece in the mail. I washed it turning it from this
To this
It is absolutely gorgeous and I love it! I carded two rolags and spun them, but was not excited about the yarn, so I went for combing. I timed it and in half an hour I can get ten nests combed up. I have not weighed it yet. I am super excited for this yarn, but it will take a deal of time to do the combing. The combed top is so pretty, it makes it worth it. 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Meet Doris

I have long wanted a great wheel, and when one recently came up available on Craigslist I jumped at the chance. A gorgeous modern made oak wheel made in Minnesota, which is now mine. Meet Doris.

I have been enjoying getting to know her and a learning how to spin on a great wheel, which I find great fun. Even more fun, I have finally put a substantial piece of yardage on Bertha...a nine yard length of twill from a Jacob x Dorset fleece I spun up intending to weave. It is weaving up nicely and I will make myself a jacket or coat or possibly a warm robe for MN winters.