For those who haven’t seen yet, I will be adding TIME STAMPS in YouTube so that you can skip around when watching after the show has been released. I hope this is  helpful!

Thank you for being here today, especially those who were able to make it to the Live Stream. I appreciate your time spent here in this place with me. I hope you feel most welcome because you are welcome here. 

Enjoy the show!

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ONGOING Yarn Substitution Content – May – August 2020

Q&A Sessions for our YARN SUB content! A new tier is active on Patreon for those wishing to participate in Q&A sessions for the YARN SUB content! 

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For a softcover copy of How I Spin: A Sock Study, check here

Unbraided: The Art & Science of Spinning Colour – EBOOKS available here & book orders can be made here

Community Participation


For April and May, James and I have been carding up a storm and we would like to send out a batt made from Friesian wool to someone in our community! It is a spongy, downy wool in dark brown and spins like a dream – more on it in the show today! What do you love about the Down breeds?

Book Club

#booksbooksbooks channel on Slack

As a community, we are delving into a Jane Austen Book Club. We will be reading Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen. Reading can begin anytime and @bethy40 (Becca) in our community will be coordinating Zoom Book Clubs for us to meet within to discuss chunks of the book at a time. 

Made with Love – ALONG

Community-wide call to everyone in the community to participate in our Crafty Jaks Along to honour some of the people in our community! Cast on date: April 1st, 2020 with cast off deadline July 31st, 2020

Prizes! There will be fun prizes! Read the post linked above for details!

This is a time to do what we do best and get creative. This is the time to make and lift up others – please read Rebecca’s blog post to learn more about this Makealong and event if you would like to learn more about the creation of this amazing event.

Excited to be casting on with Katrina’s B-fabu-licious yarn in an OOAK that she had in stock (that I love) and making Anker’s Cardigan by PetiteKnits, a PURELY selfish knit at this time!

Megan (@lykkemeg, post no. 197) shared her finished Lava Love colourway hat:

Finished! This is my lava love in bfl/silk from crafty jaks and the cadha hat by kellyg! This was such a fun project!! I have drooled over lava love for sometime now, so it was high time i spun it. I love how the colorway alternates warm and cool. The silk gives it a shine which really makes the patter in the hat stand out. i stripped the fiber down and did a traditional 2 ply. The cadha hat pattern is well written and really fun! If you are looking for a first fair isle project, this is a good one! I still have half my lava love yarn, and i was thinking about knitting a second cadha backwards with the lava love in the background and the white flowers, then giving them to my sister and her daughter, so we’ll see!

Handspun Thread in Ravelry

Christine (@Christine65, post no. 904) shares:

Two more spindle-spun 100g skeins that I’ve finished in the last few weeks. I think the combination of having to watch the spindle and the repetition of the process makes it a soothing activity when there’s so much uncertainty and chaos going on in the world at the moment.

First up is some Cheviot, home-dyed in blue, green and yellow. Singles spun on my IST top-whorl spindle and yarn plyed on my big Purpleheart spindle. 3ply, 92g, 268m (Grist of 2918m/kg or 1448YPP)

This next skein of Falkland Merino I’m very pleased with. During the first week of schools being closed, DD2 and I cleared out a couple of cupboards in the kitchen and found an out-of-date (by several years) pack of Easter Egg dyes, so I let her loose with the soaked fibre and a paintbrush and she dabbed all of the colours over it until all they were used up). The singles were spindle-spun and I plyed the skein on my wheel.

It’s slightly more yellow than it looks in the photo. 3ply, 363m, (Grist of 3945m/kg, or 1958YPP)

Thanks so much for sharing Everyone!

Make NINE Progress

Making some changes to my projects that I would like to make this year, based on some purchases from ‘Fibres West’ last weekend & thinking about what I would like to make, wear & add to my wardrobe.

Many recent changes have resulted in some major purging of my closet so I have been thinking about what I’d like to add & make!

Thoughts have lead me to some simple, cropped sweaters & some really lovely lace, open-front cardigans that can double as ‘jackets’ in the Spring and Fall

Make Nine Ravelry page Part I and II – changing & fluid project page as things progress, my thoughts solidify & I think about what to commit to going forward

Finished Objects – Knitting with Handspun

Gentle Morning by Trin-Annelie

Knit from local-to-me Cheviot handspun from Birkeland Bros, from stash

Finished weight of sweater:

Statistics of yarn: 13244YPP, traditional 3-ply, 45 degree angle, DK/11WPI

Crafty Jaks colourway Silver Mist

Modifications included shortening the yoke, lengthening the body

Row gauge different from the pattern — took that into account, more on that in the show!

Works in Progress – Knitting

Vellichor by Andrea Mowry

Crafty Jaks Tough & Tender in ‘Ocean’ and handspun Targhee/Bamboo/Silk in ‘Pesuta’

Started on 3.25mm/US 3 needles

Relaxed knitting, taking my time, no deadlines

Works in Progress – Spinning

Three Waters Farm & Unlabelled 100% Falkland – Combo Spin

Ashford eSpinner – mindless spin – finished 1st bobbin!

Aiming for 18WPI for a finished 11WPI DK yarn

Don’t want tons of yardage – would like to make a good-sized shawl

Stash busting – #groomyourstash with Sasha of Sheepspot

Westcoast Colour Orgasm, 50/50 Camel/Silk

Lendrum Very Fast Flyer – ratios possible are 26:1, 30:1, 36:1, 44:1

Short forward, playing with from the fold, just enjoying getting to know the Lendrum flyer

Thank you so much for joining me today! 

Until then, Happy Spinning!

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