"I love the blue and green. You may be surprised at how much the brown lightens up when you spin it. Especially if there is white fiber on the inside. My dyeing experience is minimal. But I have taken a couple of classes and…"
"Thanks for sharing. I have not actually spun any super wash, so that is good information. Dyeing regular merino can be difficult because it does felt easily. Sounds like superwash might be the ticket for dyeing merino.…"
With regard to yogurt making, I don't flavor mine, but I mostly eat it over granola with fruit. I also use it in salad dressings and in smoothies. It is good as is, but a little fruit and honey won't hurt.
Yes, spinning is how yarn is made. It is considered a craft but it certainly can be an art.
Your gardening issues will certainly be different than what I face in the Pacific NW. You have the heat and humidity and so many…"
Well the dishcloth looms are actually for weaving rather than spinning, but a fiber art as well.
Difficult to say how long it would take to spin enough yarn for a scarf as there are so my variables. I never keep track of my…"
"Great pictures, thanks for sharing. Do you get your patterns off of Ravelry? They a great source of knitting and crochet patterns (but you probably know that). Ravelry is a great community. I hang out in the Antique Spinning…"
I have not done the course, but it would be a great thing to list on your resume. Being on the education committee for Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, I review resumes for loads of teachers. Seeing a certification on the…"
"Hi fiber friends!
I have been teaching knitting for about 3 years and was recently hired by a chain craft store as an instructor. I am required to be certified as an instructor. Has anyone done such a corse?
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"Lovely fiber, love the colors. Love the Pints and Purls, sounds like my kind of group. I belong to two guilds, Aurora Colony Handspinners and Nw Regional Handspinners. The Aurora guild puts on and Antique Spinning Wheel Showcase…"
"I belong to a group called Pints and Purls. We are a loosely organized group of fiber artists who meet once a week at the local brewpub to eat, drink and pursue our current obsessive craft. We have knitters, crocheters and spinners OH…"
"Wow, nice picture. Did you dye the fiber as well?
Do you belong to a spinning guild or attend any of the great spinning festivals on the east side of the country? We are lucky over here in the Pacific NW as there are so many fiber…"
"I am indeed a hand spinner. Learned on a drop, moved on to a Babe wheel from the woolery and recently got a Schacht Ladybug. I do not own animals but have been spinning some merino top and most recently Superwash merino top which has…"
Welcome to the Handspinners group. I noticed that you are a gardener and fermenter, are you also a handspinner? If not, can I assume you are interested in learning to spin? Are you involved in other fiber arts?…"
Live in the Pacific NW outside of the Portland Metro area. Moved out of town 20 years ago and finally retired last year. I have been gardening for over 30 years and keep expanding the garden/orchard every year. Became a Master Preserver-Family Food Educator this year and have enjoyed sharing what I have learned with the public. I am also a handspinner and knitter (not such a great knitter, but I knit most of my own socks). No farm animals as this time, but hope to have chickens in the future. I am also a volunteer for the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival that take place in Canby, OR each fall.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
Took left over brown rice and a cut up chicken breast, stirred it up with zucchini, onion, a tomato and some garlic. Added some left over salsa. It was pretty good for leftovers.
The Chalice and the Blade
Currently listening to:
Anything by Bruce Molsky
My latest DIY project:
Knitting apples and pears for Christmas ornaments (gifts for my nieces and nephews)
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Don't worry about the accidental delete: stuff happens! Sounds like you're a very busy lady, too. Right now I should be more focused on the veggie garden. We've had the usual weird Utah weather: freezing one week, 80 degrees and dry the next. Have fun!
Thanks for the welcome Sue! I am a knitter, crocheter, and am thoroughly interested in learning the art of handspinning. Any recommendations for folks I can connect with to get some hands on instruction?
I had a similar thought about your last name! My is pronounced G, like the letter. My family cannot agree on the origins of the name -- but my grandfather comes from a large family out of the Oklahoma area. You?
Just a little, I finished a cowl recently, its great for the cold weather we are experiencing here at the moment. I would love to learn how to knit thick socks for my wellingtons. Maybe another class for me to attend. ;)
Hi there everyone. I attended a 5 day spinning course in the uk. Never touched a spinning wheel before that time. At the end of the course I was able to long draw spin fibre into yarn, albeit a bit bumpy (adds to the charm ;-D), hand card fleece and make a rolag. I learned how to ply yarn, and lots more. Not an expert, (YET), but the spinnning bug has caught me.
Hi, Sue! All sounds great and I think we're on the same page, but just to clarify: Text and photos related to this knitting project is the only thing you should worry about sending to me, since we're going to post it through the formal channels as an "official" 101 (crediting you, of course!). Anything and everything else you ever feel like posting, please have at it! No need to filter through me!
And mashed potatoes sounds like a pretty delicious use for canned potatoes. Actually, if you feel like posting photos of the potatoes and/or beans, I bet folks (me included) would be curious to see them. We'll talk soon!
Hi, Sue! Something on the apple, pear, and pumpkin patterns would be so, so, so awesome—and next week is perfect. Best wishes on your canning in the meantime. Is this your first time trying potatoes? I've never done those myself and will be curious to hear how it goes. I just pulled a mess of poblano peppers out of my garden and am thinking I should figure out how to dry some of them properly.
Regarding the knitting: Maybe you could write a short introduction on how you came across the patterns, why you like them and what you plan on using them for (gifts? Christmas ornaments? etc?), and maybe send me a couple of photos of them in the works and/or finished? Does that seem possible? From there, I would probably do a *very* light edit, just to make sure it fits our 101 style, and then I would send it back to you for your OK before posting. Let me know if that plan works for you. Thank you so much! So glad you're here! Jennifer
Hi, Sue. Welcome to HOMEGROWN! My name is Jennifer, and I'm the flock tender here (site updater and tweaker, feeder and waterer of content). I’m so glad you found us! It sounds like you’re living a wonderfully HOMEGROWN life—and it sounds like, with your experience, you must have plenty to share with the rest of us! I hope you’ll be game for posting about some of your projects—gardening, spinning, knitting, or otherwise—in our member blog, The Stew. Actually, on that note, a question: We have a series called HOMEGROWN 101s that are basically step-by-step how-tos on various topics. Would you be willing to share the pattern for your knitted apple and pear ornaments—and maybe write up a short guest post? Maybe? Please? It sounds like something that’s right up HOMEGROWN types’ alley. Let me know what you think. In the meantime, elsewhere on HOMEGROWN, you can always find the latest additions to the site at the top of the homepage, and if you’ve ever got questions, please don't hesitate to leave a comment on my profile page or shoot me a message. I hope you feel right at home!