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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Wool n’ Spinning Index here.

ONGOING Yarn Substitution Content – May – August 2020 – view the trailer here & INTRO video here

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

Breed & Colour Studies

Breed & Colour went live on July 15th! If you missed ordering and want to participate, there are still some options for you in Katrina’s shop here

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

For July, tell us about your most challenging yarn you’ve ever spun! Episode thread here. I’ll be sending out a Friesian batt to  Mairi! Post no. 18 – @iriam: The hardest thing to spin was milk fibre. I like the effect but don’t know that I’d spin it again. But the hardest spins I have are when I get bogged down in the details trying to manage all the things and spend more time looking at the fibre, my wheel, the 100 things I might do with the yarn and so on instead of just enjoying spinning. My hardest spins are generally in my head.

For August, tell us about your biggest accomplishment in spinning – not necessarily your favourite spin – but your biggest accomplishment. 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. 

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 – Random drawing will be next show in mid-August!

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. #mwlalong 

#zerotohero Make-Along – Spinning from fibre -> yarn -> item

Handspun Thread in Ravelry – Example of a Zero to Hero Make-Along Project

Florence (@cookgoalie, post no. 393) shares: Old stash from my MIL. Scoured, dyed, blended, spun, knitted, USED UP! This is the outcome of a misstep on Day 1 of TDF. We left home and I forgot my delta flyer. The Majacraft components are interchangeable, but spinning with the Wild flyer does feel different. However, many an error becomes a blessing and this was one of those. This fleece is very different to what I have been spinning of late (I suspect it is a pretty ordinary Romney) and I wanted much thicker yarn than my recent spins have produced. The difference in the spinning experience kept me present to my treadle speed (the wild flyer suits a slower cadence) and I kept to my target tpi as a result. After finishing, the yarn was just balanced but I was unhappy with the fabric. After trying several swatches of needle size and stitch pattern I put the yarn back through the wheel to remove some ply twist. What a different experience that produced! Immediately the fabric was exactly what I wanted. I am 100 % happy with this project.

Ask Anything

Christine (@Christine65, post no. 1839) asks: After Tour de Fleece, I decided to do a ‘snack’ spin of a 100g ‘bump’ of Oatmeal BFL/Tussah Silk (70/30) that I’d had in stash for about 7 years. I had no thoughts about what I was going to do with it and wasn’t sure I’d enjoy spinning it, but how wrong can you be!! I’m loving this. In fact, I’m loving it so much that I want to buy some more and spin up enough for a sweater (I’ve been thinking for a while of knitting a yoked sweater with a neutral body and dark green for the yoke patterning – possibly something like Stasis ). I can’t buy more from the original online shop (Scottish Fibres) as it closed a few years ago so I’m thinking that if I buy the same mix of fibre from another supplier (World of Wool – who might have supplied Scottish Fibres anyway) in a larger quantity and mix up the bobbins I’ve already spun with bobbins of the newly-purchased fibre (it’ll be a 3ply yarn), it should all blend and not be noticeable.

What do you think?

Thanks everyone for your participation!

Works in Progress – Spinning

Punta Top

  • Lendrum Saxony – 18:1, Scotch Tension
  • Filed away burr on flyer – spinning beautifully now!

 Kingdom Fleece & Fiberworks – CVM & Cormo pin-drafted roving! 

Works in Progress – Spinning & Knitting

Friesian FleeceShore Cardigan by Carrie Bostick Hoge

  • Yarn: Friesian fleece, woollen spun 2-ply, WPI 11-12 – Lovely dark brown with heathering from the lighter tips
  • Needles: 4.5mm/US 7 
  • Size 36.5” bust (S)

Little Shore Cardigan by Carrie Bostick Hoge

  • Cascade 220 Heathers – colourway 9456 Sapphire Blue
  • Size: 8yr / 29” bust (Norah – 25.5” bust)

Always in my Heart by Isabell Kraemer

  • Crafty Jaks Tough & Tender in ‘Ocean’ & Targhee/Bamboo/Silk in ‘Pesuta’ (fractal) handspun
  • 4.00mm/US 6 needles

Trip Planning

Pink Velvet by Andrea Mowry

  • Jamieson’s Spindrift coral & unlabelled dark teal (200 yards)
  • 3.5mm/US 4 needles – swatch pending

Sauvabelin Sweater by Jessica Gore

  • Custom Woollen Mills fingering (swatched to sport weight, rustic)
  • 3.75mm/US 5 needles = gauge

Poet by Sari Norland

  • Swans Island Natural Colors Collection in Goldenrod, fingering (100% Merino)
  • gauge swatch, 3.5mm/US 4 needles, got gauge!

Thank you so much for joining me today! 

Until then, Happy Spinning!

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