Dear Spinning Circle,

Thank you for joining me this week. We had some sound issues after the opening credits there is some sound issues from the mic disconnecting – please follow the labels on the time bar to jump ahead so that we don’t lose the Live Chat playback. Also, the show ended abruptly – we lost WiFi – so we will finish chatting about the towels next week. 

Anti-Racism Links:

Me & White Supremacy by Layla F Saad

Check Your Priviledge: Live into the Work by Myisha T. Hill

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Resources for Teachers: Antiracism Teacher Resources 

Kids Podcasts mentioned:

Stories Podcast – this is the kids’ favourite episode: Dermot Drab is Hungry 

Story Pirates 

Peace Out Podcast 

Enjoy the show!

Live Chat Assistance here.

Simple WPI Toque pattern here. Information about Covenant House Vancouver here.

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! 

Group SPAKAL for the Yarn Sub sweaters that we discuss in the Live Stream – Ravelry thread is linked here.

Be sure to sign up for the Wool n’ Spinning Newsletter at

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?

Random number: 19 – @emlymom shares:

I used to have a couple of down-ish sheep, Cheviot. I loved to bury my face in their wool, so cushy. And for spinning, it is my favorite. I love the sproinginess, the loft. It is just a good all-around fiber for me. I spin carded long draw and just go on auto-pilot with a smile on my face

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!

Mairi (@iriaml, post no. 10) shares:

Using Crafty Jak’s Toasty and Tender, I knit an Apple Pie Toque – it was going to be for me but every round further I got it felt like the perfect gift for a friend, so it will go in the gift box and I’ll knit some more for her family and ta-da gifts for the year sorted :)

This toque pattern is actually quite easy to knit and the pattern is so effective – this is the second and will not be the last!

Breed & Colour Studies

More coming July 1st and dates will be released soon for our next round! We will be releasing the breed we will be studying and Katrina has been dyeing up a storm! 

Tessa (@tessaw, post no. 52) shares her recent finish from our last study on Organic Polwarth: The Habitation Throw

Thanks so much for sharing Everyone!

Make NINE Progress

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 today’s show!

Finished Objects – Spinning

CVM – pin-drafted roving from Disdero Ranch

  • Palate cleanser – small project to just finish something!
  • Majacraft 15.4:1
  • Long draw, semi-supported

Works in Progress – Weaving

Pinwheel Towels – Ravelry Project Page here

  • 2/2 twill, two colour, 18EPI
  • Simple patterning — need to get off the loom for kids’ teacher’s year-end gifts! Working on them like mad!

Thank you so much for joining me today! 

Until then, Happy Spinning!

Join the Conversation

  1. Rachel,

    I know that you mentioned Soulful Spinner, I will definitely check it out. I have a recommendation for a channel that I really liked (she really tried to video tape her technique in a way that you can see what she is doing easily) when I was learning how to spin on a supported spindle (and, which helped me learn long draw

    She also has just a bit about weaving, but she is mostly a spinner, and I like her style of using the tip of the spindle as the drafting point and this helped me understand how to long draw using the tip of the spindle and how the angle of contact on the tip of the spindle effects how much twist enters the fiber and how you can use this to adjust the angle of contact to act instead of your hand for drafting.


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