Tech

  • Review : Fleegle Spins Supported

    fleegle.jpgFirst off, I really like the format of this ebook! It comes on a flash drive in its own little storage tin. This is a great way to keep it stored securely and also will help to keep it from getting lost in the fray of electronic gadgets and USB drives and other paraphernalia we all seem to cart around with us these days.

  • Product Review : The Color Grid by Gail Callahan

    So, I'm planning to weave up some plain-weave two-colour scarves for an artisan show I'm involved in at the end of November. Combining two separate colours together in my mind from what I have around the studio in cottons and/or cotton-linen (one colour for the warp, one for the weft, keeping it simple) led me to reviewing the Color Grid, by Gail Callahan. [...]

  • Berry Patch Socks: Spin the Yarn

    ecause this very deep, rich colorway was dyed on SW wool, it retained sections of white throughout, so I decided that I wanted to spin a 3-ply yarn to minimize high-contrast barberpoling and help the sections that were much lighter than the dyed sections blend the colors together more evenly. [...]

  • Spinster's Corner

    Part 2 of Lisa Jacobs' extensive exploration of colourway creation through combining specific colours to blend into artistic yarns.

  • Spinster's Corner - In Monet's Garden

    Colorful variegated rovings abound these days. Some are hand-painted by fiber artists. Others are produced in a variety of colorways by large yarn and fiber companies. Whatever the source, the modern spinner has access to a colorful array of fiber choices. Sometimes it is fun just to spin the roving and ply it on itself to see what happens. On the other hand, you may have a vision for the finished yarn or even for the finished project made from the yarn. In that case, a little bit of plann…

  • Indie Spotlight : The Woolen Rabbit

    Kim Kaslow of The Woolen Rabbit. [...]

  • Cintamani Socks : spin the yarn

    The thing I try to determine, before I spin anything I would like to spin, is what the fibre would do best as, spun up, and what the make up of the fibre (in this case, Finn wool) would be suitable for. [...]

  • Books : Color and Texture In Weaving

    There are a TON of things I like about this book. [...]

  • Tools • The Yarn Caddy

    The Yarn Caddy holds your yarn on a spindle while you are knitting so it doesn't roll all over the place. It's very useful with a center-pull yarn ball. It also doubles as a distaff for spinning. [...]

  • Spinster's Corner • 7 : Spinning a Beaded Art Yarn

    For the Spinster's Corner this time, I decided to tackle one of the art yarn techniques illustrated in Symeon North's book Get Spun, which I have also reviewed for this edition. I picked one of the add-on techniques, and decided to create a beaded yarn. [...]

  • Windchaser Shawl : spin the yarn

    This yarn has been sitting in my stash for quite a while, now, waiting for the right project. I am thrilled to finally have it knit up looking pretty. You may or may not recognize it from our header graphic here on Ennea Collective. [...]

  • Refractive Socks : spin the yarn

    I love progression dyed fiber. There's something magical about splitting a combed top in half and combining it back together to get something almost, but not quite, what you had before in terms of color. [...]

  • Spin 6 : Finding Your Spinning Noodle

    Pasta is a serious business, it appears. The contents and sizes of particular types are governed by law on a global level, something many of us probably do not know. So what on earth does this have to do with spinning? [...]

  • Issue 6 Spin-along #1 - Hollow Oak Socks: Spin the Yarn

    I fell in love with a gorgeous braid of mixed BFL wool from one of the updates at the Two If By Hand Etsy shop. The colorway "We Took To the Woods" is a fantastic blend of deep bright blue, splashes of yellow-orange, deep greens and browns. [...]

  • Review • 5 : HansenCrafts miniSpinner

    Ravelry can have a bad influence on me. There was no reason for me to think about buying another wheel because my Rose was wonderful, but I started to hear about a new electric spinner, the HansenCrafts miniSpinner, and my interest was piqued. [...]

  • Weaving 5 • “Earth” Shawl with Sara Lamb

    Several years ago, a friend and I agreed to exchange handspun shawls: hers for me would be knit, mine for her would be woven. [...]

  • Spinster's Corner • 5 : Spinning Bast Fibers

    Flax and Hemp: these two bast fibers have been with us since the beginning of civilization. They shimmer like silver and gold. The history of the plants and fiber is both interesting and filled with folklore and romance. [...]

  • Lupine Cardigan: Spin The Yarn

    I love a lightweight cardigan for the summertime. With that in mind, I purchased two matching braids of a merino/bamboo blend (50/50) from Funky Carolina in a pretty summery colorway, "Waterlilies". [...]

  • Sweet Afton Vest : spin the yarn

    Today, we're here to discuss how to create a heathered yarn using a drum-carder or hand carders to blend different fibres and colours together. [...]

  • The Posies Shawl : spin the yarn

    A pre-issue Spin-Along! Pre-order the roving from Pigeonroof Studios. Have your yarn ready to knit a beautiful shawl from our July Issue.

  • Book Review • The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook

    Authors: Deborah Robson & Carol Ekarius Storey Publishing, 2001 [...]

  • Shepherd's Realm • 4 - Nancy Zeller of Long Ridge Farm

    I first learned about CVM/Romeldale sheep from an article written by Laurie Ball-Gisch for The Shepherd magazine in January 2002. I was raising a small flock of sheep but looking to commit to one breed with both preservation and fine wool in mind. And so began my instant fondness and affection for the rarest, most endangered breed of sheep in North America today.

  • Ballycastle Tam : spin the yarn

    When I decided to design a traditional Fair Isle tam, I knew I wanted to use shetland wool. The unique "sticky" nature of this fiber makes it perfect to use for colorwork. I also knew that I wanted to match a yarn similar to Jamieson's "jumper weight" Spindrift shetland yarn, as I've used that for colorwork before.

  • Spinster's Corner • 4

    If you are spinner, you know that it's great fun choosing a fiber to spin, and simply sitting down at your wheel and letting yourself enjoy the process of creating yarn. There's nothing wrong with that at all, but what if you want to reverse the process, and have a commercial yarn in mind that you'd like to duplicate for a specific project or project type?

  • Winter Foilage : spin the yarn

    What do you do with those little sampler packs of small amounts of many colours? Here's an idea. [...]

  • Spinster's Corner • 3 : Batts

    Working with batts can be a great addition to your spinning technique arsenal. They are a very versatile preparation, and allow you to spin yarns ranging from very fine laceweight all the way up to bulky, funky art-yarns. [...]

  • Cloche to Me: Spin the yarn

    When I started spinning, thick and thin was what I was trying to avoid. One weekend I was in my favorite fiber store, and got glued to some art yarn that the shop owner had spun. It was, simply, gorgeous.

  • Ten Ways to Improve Your Fiber Art Photography Now

    Only other fiber artists truly understand the hard work, time and love that goes into each stitch. Kristi Schueler offers photography tips to show of your fibre art and captivate your audience. [...]

  • Weaving 3 • A Different Twist - Fire with Sara Lamb

    In June of 2009, I started spinning frequently on spindles. At first, I spun wool, intended for knitting or knotted pile, but soon I tried silk, and I began to accumulate skeins I thought would be perfect for knitting a silk shawl. [...]

  • Fibre • 3 : Felted Angora Mittens

    In this tech column, Chris Morgan of Woolybuns Rabbitry shows how to make a warm, very soft, and very fuzzy pair of angora mittens from carded fibers.

  • Shepherd's Realm: Corriedale at Serenity Farms

    Corriedale wool, Corriedale yarn, Corriedale sheep….what do you think of when you hear Corriedale? [...]

  • Books • 3 : Miriam Felton's Twist and Knit

    Now headed into its second printing due to popularity, knitwear designer Miriam Felton gives us a glimpse into her creative process behind designing a book focused on handspun yarns. [...]

  • Thicket Gloves : spin the yarn

    Well-prepared batts are one of my favorite preparations to spin. For the Thicket Gloves in this issue, I selected two 2-ounce batts from the Artemis, Artemis Etsy store as I wanted a semisolid/lightly heathered yarn for this project. [...]

  • Whirligig Hat • spin the yarn

    I normally find myself spinning sportweight or lighter yarns, and I wanted to challenge myself to spin a worsted to Aran weight yarn that would be warm and windproof for late-winter wear. [...]

  • Caledonia : Spin the yarn

    When I set out to design this pattern, I wanted to use 2 colors, one in a handpainted/multicolor and the other in a semi-solid colorway. [...]

  • Shepherd's Realm : Angora

    Flower_Babies_1.jpgFiber farming’s smallest critters are angora rabbits, sweet little fuzzballs who can produce bags full of fleece every few months, fertilize the lawn and garden in an earth-friendly manner, and charm their way into many hearts with their surprisingly friendly antics. [...]

  • Spinster's Corner • 2 - Chained Plying

    Chained plying is a great way to make a 3-ply yarn out of singles and preserve all the pretty hand-dyed colors in a handpainted roving. Learn how. [...]

  • Kelp Garden Cowl • Spin the yarn

    The original fiber was a hand-carded batt from Funky Carolina, from her Luxury Batt club, featuring dyed blue-faced leicester wool, superfine white merino wool and silk with a very small amount of sparkle. [...]

  • Sidewinder Cowl: Spin the yarn

    The Sidewinder Cowl uses bulky yarn, perfect for beginning spinners. Christine also outlines how to ply from both ends of a centre-pull ball, using up every last bit of your precious fibre. [...]

  • Spinning Leaves Shawl: Spin the yarn

    The Spinning Leaves Shawl is knit in a transitional lace yarn, so one colour moves to the next, without having to join a new colour for each colour shift. Here's how to spin your own transitional lace yarn. [...]

  • Cuppa Joe Mitts: Spin the yarn

    Spin the yarn to make Anne's Cuppa Joe Mitts pattern: a two-ply semi-worsted merino/nylon yarn, perfect for situations requiring a little bit of durability, but still soft and warm. [...]

  • Weaving Yardage Calculator - Metric

    A calculator to help you with metreage calculations for weft and warp when you're setting up your next weaving project. This version is for Metric (centimetres/metres) calculations. [...]

  • Weaving Yardage Calculator - Imperial

    A calculator to help you with yardage calculations for weft and warp when you're setting up your next weaving project. This version is for Imperial/US (inches/yards) calculations. [...]

  • Shepherd's Realm : Alpaca

    SnowshoeFarm_ad-1.jpgOn our farm in northern Vermont, we raise breeding quality huacaya alpacas. In addition to breeding, showing and selling alpacas, we offer shearing services and have a yarn shop at the farm. [...]

  • Spinster's Corner : Pin-drafted Roving

    A lot of spinners like to either pre-draft roving or split it into strips for easier handling during the spinning process. Pin-drafted roving takes care of that step for you! [...]