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Handspun to Handknit: Verdigris Socks.

In September, I picked up this amazing 4 ounce polwarth top from Kate at woolgatherings at Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival. I loved everything about it, and I knew it needed to be spun and quickly, so less than two weeks later I had this yarn: 450 yards of fingering weight three-ply, I kept staring read more


The Eventual Sweater; A Long Haul Process

Just before my birthday I got an itch to spin and knit myself a sweater. I looked at patterns, picked several I like and then started researching fiber sources. I wanted it to be fairly soft, but also to have some sheen and to wear well so I turned to one of my favorite fibers read more

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Spring is for Spinning Part 2

It’s been awhile since part one but I wanted to share the trio of 3ply handspun yarns that I finished on my last spinning kick. I wanted to get these up because I’ll be spinning a lot in July since Tour de Fleece starts in just a few days. I’ve been participating in Tour de read more

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Spring is for Spinning, Part 1

Spring has sprung, bringing with it the ever changing rain-sun-rain-sun-hail-rain again cycle that is one of the things I love most about living in the Willamette Valley. My crafty desires have been following the path of the weather, changing on a whim. I have nine knitting projects in progress right now and as they all read more


Pueblo, in stages.

Lest folks think I’m not being crafty, here’s some yarn that I spun, in all its stages. Left, the finished, washed two-ply yarn. Right-top, corridale pencil roving from Crown Mountain Farms in the now-discontinued Pueblo colorway. Right-middle, two bobbins worth of singles. Right-bottom, another shot of the finished two-ply. I skeined this up and haven’t read more