Ketchup & Pickles | April 2022

Dear Spinning Circle,

Welcome to the wonderful, rainy month of April! I almost forgot to post this in all honesty but The Wool Circle helps me remember since we spend a very short period of time reviewing what’s been released on the final stream of the month. I hope you enjoy this month’s content releases! We also have a poll going for HOW TO SPIN the next braid from my stash-down I’ve got going at the moment. You can participate here!

Hello Yarn Falkland – HOW TO SPIN this braid?! Answer the poll – linked above!

Read on for all the things going on in the community so that you can catch-up with everything, learning and experimenting, and sprinkle in lots of play along the way!

What is Ketchup & Pickles, anyway? It came from my son, James, actually! He told me it is a chance to ‘catch-up’ and play (pickles).


At the beginning and end of all of our show notes, we often have links to information within the community. This can all be accessed through the Index (old – see below), the Slack channel and Ravelry (for those who use that site).

We have some new Indexes in progress: The Wool Circle, Wool n’ Spinning Radio, Spinning Purls & How I Spin – I hope these are helpful!

In an effort to simplify, I thought I would post monthly the housekeeping links to keep the show notes a bit simpler and shorter!

Let me know if there is anything I am missing in these posts – I am happy to add to them!

Teaching Content for the Month

InSpinning Purls, we continued with our dive into flax spinning. This month’s content is all about preparing the flax, using a distaff and wet spinning, and using the tea towel method. It’s a lot! The vlog post is here and the PDF download for those who subscribe to the Co-Exec Producer is here.

We were joined by Brittany Vogt this month on Wool n’ Spinning Radio! Brittany shares how she got into spinning and discusses building her business, living in Whitehorse, YK, and more! Take a listen here and that will take you to the video, if you prefer!

On The Wool Circle this month, we began working through all the amazing fibres that I have to spin for the Luxury Workshop upcoming this summer on the School of SweetGeorgia. We first looked at Mulberry and Tussah. To start off March, we looked at Angora Rabbit, then we explored Alpaca, LLama & Blending those with wool. Most recently, we’ve looked at:

The next stream is Monday, May 2nd @ 10am Pacific // 1pm Eastern – next up: Yak!! See you then!

I took a leap and launched a new vlog series that will get created as I am able – welfordWEAVES. It’s a chance to get some (not all) of the weaving off the podcast. If you haven’t seen the first few episodes, you can check them out here. They Premier on YouTube at 12noon Pacific // 3pm Eastern on TUESDAYS (opposite to the Live stream weeks). The most recent welfordWEAVES episode focused on overshot – you can find that here.


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

Resources for Wool & Fibre purchasing – open to EVERYONE to edit & add to this list here

Grist calculator created by community member Kellie here (Thank you!)


For a softcover copy of How I Spin: A Sock Study, check here & e-book link here

Unbraided: The Art & Science of Spinning Colour – ebooks here


If there is anything missing that you’d like to see in our Housekeeping post, please let me know!

Zero to Hero Ravelry Thread here

Spindle Spun Stitches Ravelry Thread here

Luxury Fibres Along Ravelry Thread here

Natural Shades Along Ravelry Thread here // My Project Page on Ravelry here

Breed & Colour Studies // RADNOR // Ravelry Thread here // My Project Page on Ravelry here

Sock Colour Study SAL Ravelry thread here

Please note in the Slack channel: If you’re looking for the different channels, mouse over or click on mobile apps the (+) sign to search for other channels to join! In the top left corner of the channel, you can (*) ones you want to keep an eye on at the top of your feed!


If you have any questions about any of the content or how to access it, please don’t hesitate to ask below or send me a direct message! Enjoy & Happy Spinning!



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