Tag Archives: yarn

New Stuff is Coming!

I’ve run hot and cold on this whole blogging thing.  But watch out, cuz I’m making plans.

I’m going to be gearing up in December to launch a whole new site in January.  I want to make this a fun and meaningful resource for folks with a passion, or at least a curiosity about the textile arts. 

As we gear up to Christmas though, I’m going to be featuring some items I think would make great gifts for the yarnies in your life.

My #1 Favorite gift for spinners!

Spinner's Control Card

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The New Shop is Open (Mostly!)

You know when a big project seems like it won’t be that big… and it turns out to be even bigger than you’d imagined possible?  Well, that is what it is like moving a fiber artisan store and studio into your home.

My family was tired of my being gone so much and we had a buyer for our commercial building… so why not move the business to the house.  After all, we live downtown and we have plenty of room… maybe I can offer more hours and expand my product line too. 

I picture my kids helping me wind skeins of yarn and card roving.  We all sit in a circle by the fire and spin on Sunday afternoon.  The dog lays peacefully at my feet and my dining room is always ready to receive guests and students.

THEN I WAKE UP!

First I have to make a space.  The side porch is perfect.  It is light and breezy and actually bigger than the space I had before.  It is also a major disaster area as it has served as our families catch all for the last 5 years. 

Then there is the parking.  My husband’s collection of junker cars has got to go!  (This is the good part!) Woo Hoo!!

Now we are in the middle of moving and organizing.  I took a few pictures after stage one and posted them on the website.  www.yarn2spin.com

At this moment I have had a relapse with a sudden onslaught of stuff brought from the old location.  It arrived faster than I could put it away.  But hopefully by Thursday, the next Knit -n- Spin, I’ll be ready for the public once again.

Find out when we meet at http://www.meetup.com/Greenville-Knit-n-Spin/  Class schedules too!

 

See the New Selection of Michigan Made Shepherd’s Wool yarn!!

shepwoolallcolors 

 

Over 100 Skeins of Yarn on Sale This Weekend Only!!

I don’t do a lot of sales since I offer hard to find quality products at already great prices.  But my Etsy Team ESST is having their Weekend Shopping Extravaganza and I felt inspired to have a sale.

So, for this weekend, August 1 & 2, 2009, I am putting ALL yarn on sale!  I will refund via paypal, 10% of your yarn purchase, Even on already reduced sale and destash yarns!!  That can add up to a huge Savings!

AND

I will refund all Shipping Fees WORLDWIDE on orders over $50!!

I’ve never offered this before and I don’t know if I will ever do it again… so stock up now!  I’m working on getting more yarn listed all weekend long!  I just hope I don’t lose my shirt on this great offer.

http://www.yarn2spin.etsy.com

MY BIGGEST SALE EVER!

Yart Sale BannerIt’s TEAM ESSTs 2nd Annual Yart Sale on Etsy and I’m joining in by offering some of my most popular yarns, fibers and gifts at low prices. June 10 – 14, 2009

Visit my Etsy shop and you will find an entire section labeled “Yart Sale“.    In addition to these great deals, I will refund all of your shipping charges* when you add any non-sale item to your order.  That’s like putting the entire shop on sale!!

The Yart Sale is sponsored by Etsy’s Supply Team known as Team ESST.  You can be assured of quality products and professional service whenever you shop from a Team ESST member.

Hundreds of Etsy Sellers are participating in this year’s Yart Sale.  Just search “Yart” to find all the deals.  If you have an Etsy shop, you can join in the fun too.  Just tag your items and promote in the official Team ESST Yart Sale Thread.  A new thread is opend every day of the event.

*Full refund of shipping charges for US addresses and half off shipping charges for International customers.

The Making of Yarn! Part II

Sorry it has been a few days….  Life does get busy… especially with all my bunnies hoping around.

Part II

After the sheep is shorn and the fleece is skirted, it is generally washed.  Some spinners to spin “in the grease”, but that is a specialty that we won’t get to for now. 

Washing a fleece correctly is important to remove the lanolin and vegetable matter and … uh hummm, other ‘stuff’ that may be stuck in the wool.   After all, wool is a natural product.  The trick is to clean the fiber without felting or damaging the wool. 

You want to try it on your own?  Here is one way… There are several.

Tub Washing

1.  Fill a large tub, basin or bucket with very hot water.  Add 1 cup of detergent.  I use dish detergent.

2. Submerge your fleece in the water.  Do NOT agitate!  Just let it soak for about 45 minutes.

3.  Lift the fleece out of the water and set aside.

4.  Repeat steps 1 and 2. 

5.  Sort the fibers that are clean enough to dry and those that need to go through steps 1 and 2 again.

6.  Before drying…  Fill  your tub one more time with Hot water and about 1 cup of white vinegar and let soak for 30 minutes.

7.  Now remove your fiber, gently squeezing out extra water and lay flat to dry.  I dry mine on the trampoline… but a towel or sheet works fine too.

You can do the above in your washing machine… but be careful not to let it it agitate.  I have found that the lanolin is really not very good for my machine… so now I use a tub.

It is fun to wash your own fleece, but if you want to get to the next step faster, you may want to send it out to be done.  Here are some links to some of the mills I know of.

www.woolmill.com

www.zwool.com

www.stonehedgefibermill.com

http://fibermill.yurtboutique.com/

Upcoming New Series – The Making of a Yarn!

A knitting friend of mine told me that she never thought about where her yarn comes from until she started coming to my shop and watching the spinners.  So let’s take some time to get back to basics and look at yarn from the beginning.

For the sake of simplicity, we will begin with the world’s most popular type of yarn… wool.  By the end of the series we will talk about other fibers and forms of making yarn too…. but first things first.

Baaaa!

Baaaa!

 

Yes, it starts with the sheep… or llama, or goat , or rabbit, or camel, or bison, or some type of wool producing creature.  (Veggie fibers are coming up later). 

There are many different breeds and kinds of sheep fibers that can be spun into yarn.  Two of the major considerations when determining the use of a wool fiber is the coarseness (measured in microns) and the staple length.   A very soft fiber has a micron of 22 or less.  We’ll look at staple length more later.

Sheep must be shorn to harvest the wool fiber.  It doesn’t hurt them, and if it wasn’t done they could have serious health problems.  That is why sheep have always been cared for by a shepherd.  Domestic breeds of sheep are not likely to survive long without the care of people.

I recently had the opportunity to visit Shady Side Farm on Shearing Day!  It was very interesting.  Read about the process of shearing the sheep on their blog.   http://shadysidefarm.blogspot.com/2009/03/shearing-day-photo-report.html

The next in this series will cover the washing and preparing of the shorn fibers. 

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