WnS Ep. 179: Spinning Advent

Dear Spinning Circle,

Direct YouTube link here.

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. You are most welcome. I hope you feel most welcome because you are welcome here.

Patreon 2021’s Video has been released this morning for you to watch and catch up with what’s happening here at Wool n’ Spinning – Patreon post here.

Enjoy the show!

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Housekeeping

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How I Spin: Exploring Blends – Part I transcript here; vlog here

Upcoming How I Spin content to finish off the year in November & December exploring how the recent explorations of blends resulted for me, thoughts for the future & kicking off luxury fibres for the new year. For more information, please head to the Co-Executive Producer or higher on Patreon.

Book Club, Anti-Racism Group & More:

  • Book Club – for more information, check the #books channel on Slack (patrons only)
  • Anti-Racism Group meets monthly – for more information, check the #books channel on Slack
  • For a softcover copy of How I Spin: A Sock Study, check here & e-book link here
  • Unbraided: The Art & Science of Spinning Colour – e-books here & book orders here

On & Off the Needles & Bobbins

Works in Progress – Spinning

Norweigan wool from Amber

  • Combed vs carded samples, knit & woven
  • spinning off comb, continuous backwards with gentle smoothing

Kingdom Fleece & Fiberworks Advent Calendar

  • Columbia/Dorset fibre, multiple colours
  • Spinning each day, trying to keep up!
  • Advent Vlogs Playlist here

Works in Progress – Knitting

#07 Tunic Cardigan by Joan Forgione

  • Vogue Knitting 25 Year Anniversary Issue
  • Juniper Moon Farm Patagonia Organic Merino in Sand & Smoked
  • 4.00mm/US 7 for Mosaic knitting & 3.75mm/US 5 ribbing

Community Participation

For December, tell us about your holiday plans! 

Episode thread here or comment below here on YouTube!

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  • Natural Shades Along Ravelry thread here & use #sweaterspin channel on Slack
  • Tin Can Knits ALONG Ravelry thread here & use #sweaterspin channel on Slack
  • 51 Yarns SAL Group A here & Group B here

Wool n’ Spinning Radio this month featured a bonus episose this month with Rebecca (@rebbiejaye) in our community. Have a listen here.

Breed & Colour Study – Charollais

Kaylee shares in Slack: Finally finished my breed and color study. I started with two batts and ended up with 355 yds of two ply. Suspect it is mostly worsted-ish weight.  I enjoyed spinning it more than I expected. I think I’ll use the warm colors together and the cool colors together in separate projects. I tried to keep like colors together with a little blending where they changed. It’s not terribly consistent but suspect it will be fine once knit up.

Handspun Knitting

Megan (@lykkemeg) shares: Legwarmers to wear under my skirt when I walk to work this winter! Blue is blacker yarns gotland, the rest is my own handspun. grey is natural gotland i carded from a fleece. red is gotland roving i spindle spin this summer while hiking with my kids. brown is handspun shetland. white is handspun alpaca.

AND: This is my comfort cardigan! With all the uncertainty in the world, I found myself strongly gravitating to a project that was warm and cozy and soft and familiar. I would curl up at the end of each day with this sitting on my lap while knitting and just soak in the soulfullness of this wonderful pattern and these wonderful handspun fibers! The main color is shetland/yak/cvm prepped by me. The grey is north ronaldsey. The light brown is shetland. All were spun 2 ply woollen long draw. The buttons are deer antlers. The pattern is sjon. (and I’ll proudly add that this is my 3rd handspun cardigan of 2020! #covid made me do it!:)

Kat (@kokori) shares: And I finished the “experimental” merino/bamboo socks. I’m still not sold on this blend for socks, but I’m pleased how they came out, and if nothing else it gave me an opportunity to spin an opposing 3ply, which I think will from now on feature regularly in my sock spinning. One of the toes is knit from chain-plied leftovers, I didn’t pay attention when knitting the first sock and knit past my half-way point in the ball so had to improvise a bit.

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Until then, Happy Spinning!

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