January {Videopurls}. Episode 1 ~ The first one.

The first installment  of my monthly video posting! For show notes, see below. If I haven’t linked to something, please leave a comment and I will share the links.

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Reading //

Prepping to spin //

On the Wheel //

Finished //

Handspun Knitting //

Notes //

  • I mention several times about superwash-treated combed top and roving, as well as superwash in finished yarn and wool. I am starting to avoid superwash for a few reasons but the main reason is that it is actually leaving a rash on the palms of my hands after spinning. Knitting with it doesn’t seem to matter up to this point. There seems to be something on some of the superwash-treated fibre out there that I am allergic to since it doesn’t seem to be all superwash-treated fibre and I don’t seem to have a problem (yet?!) with commercially spun and dyed superwash wool. At this point, I am happy to educate me family on the washing practices of 100% wool pieces and foster in them a love of pure, untreated wool.

Happy Spinning & see you in February with an update on my spinning :) In the meantime, happy knitting!

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  1. Jacqueline says:

    I enjoyed your podcast, Rachel. My name is Jacqueline and I am a Canadian living in Tokyo, Japan. I am brand new to spinning and I am teaching myself how to use a drop spindle and a Turkish spindle. It has been very fun and I enjoy learning about the properties of wool as I spin.

    I would love to see you talk about how you prep your fibre for spinning. I am learning how important this step is in spinning and I would be interested to know more.

    Thanks and have a wonderful week.

    1. Hi Jacqueline! Thank you for watching! Yes, i can absolutely chat more about how I prep my fibre as i do different things for different spins. Thank you for the idea!! Happy spinning! Also, i really enjoy drop spindling for the portability — it’s so simple and satisfying :)

  2. Rachel, I am watching the first of your videos, thank you for what I anticipate to be many hours of interesting viewing! I learned to spin in the 80’s, and we used the term “coarse”, or”rug type fiber” at that time. How the terminology changes with the years! I haven’t spun in years, so look forward to learning some new methods from you as well. Hope you’re having a wonderful day…..from western KS, USA.

    1. rachel Author says:

      Wonderful! Thank you! Yes, it definitely changes over time haha

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