Dear Spinning Circle,

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 – view the trailer here & INTRO video here

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For a softcover copy of How I Spin: A Sock Study, check here & e-book link for patrons (>$5/month) here

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

Breed & Colour Studies

For ordering link for EVERYONE (live to public at 10am PDT) here. This link will GO LIVE at 9am PDT. **NOTE: the link WILL NOT WORK prior**

For password for PATRONS at 9am PDT here. **PLEASE NOTE: The discount will NOT be applied after 9:59am PDT. No execeptions**

Katrina and I are on-track to have links up for you to access ordering. Please mark July 15th on your calendar for when the study fibre will be going live. Listen for July’s episode of Wool n’ Spinning Radio, which will be released on July 1st for details! 

Marjorie asked:

 Thanks for the challenge.   Another time when you two talk about Breed and Colour Study, Katrina, please talk more about working with this  fibre.  The Fleece & Fiber Source Book (page 236) notes that the staple is short.  Is that the case with the fibre sourced for this study?  Did that cause any preparation issues or special concerns?  Was this fibre sourced in North America, Europe or ?.  Any significantly additional preparation steps taken to card this fibre? 

Answer to Marjorie’s question:

The fibre sourced for this study was from the UK and it is about 2 inches long. Most commercially prepared fibre is the same to work. It is prepared in a long roving, which we weigh off into manageable sized bumps. When we dye for carding, we lay out these bumps and tie them in three places, so that they are easier to manage in the pots. The carder we use handles all fibres, so again, I don’t do anything different when preparing for carding.

The fibre we will be studying is Charollais, inspired by Greta’s photo (copyright, Greta @thewarmestrow, 2020):

 Options: Batt or prepared kit for you to explore on your own!

Community Participation

June Episode Thread: kathie0604 (post no. 6) – send me your mailing address & I’ll send you a Friesian batt!

For July, tell us about your most challenging yarn you’ve ever spun! Episode thread here.

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. 

We are currently reading How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. We are discussing dates to meet and come together for this monthly book club. 

Tour de Fleece

@paintedneedle (post no. 165) shares 3 days of spinning progress!

@rebbiejaye (Rebecca, post no. 168) shared her finished Muga and starting her peduncle Tasar silk spins for July’s 51 Yarns Silk & Luxxury spins!

@kim4boyce (Kim, post no. 178) shares her batts and rolags she’s been spinning on her quill!

Thanks so much for sharing Everyone!

Works in Progress – Spinning – TOUR de FLEECE!!

Friesian FleeceShore Cardigan by Carrie Bostick Hoge

  • James is helping me to card it all — very downy and spongy
  • Lovely dark brown with heathering from the lighter tips
  • Pulled off 2nd skein – 15% again in the washing, total 420 yards towards total spin (1100 yards goal for sweater)
  • Spun to a DK (11 WPI) and very light to the hand – sample is just a few grams
  • Knit sample on 5.00mm, 4.5mm, 4,00mm needles

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

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! #mwlalong 

Finished Objects – Knitting

Anker’s Cardigan by PetiteKnits

  • Crafty Jaks B-Fabu-Liscious in OOAK 50
  • Knitting on 3.00mm/US 2.5

Odyssey Shawl by Joji Locatelli

  • Gotland/Romney fleece, hand-combed, traditional 3-ply
  • Natural dyed – Que Bracho & Cocineal in gradient (had no idea what I was doing – copied recipe from Modern Natural Dyer to create gradient hand-dyed yarn) 
  • Discussed yarn dying in Episode 150 here
  • Open fabric, 6.00mm needles, modified for less stitches

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

Thank you so much for joining me today! 

Until then, Happy Spinning!

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