The Scotch Tension System – Is it Scottish?

I have had a question about the scotch tension system on my spinning wheels for a while now. Because it is often mentioned in the same context as Irish tension, I always wondered if scotch tension had something to do with Scotland like Scotch whisky…

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Distaff Day: Fun and Fire?

Distaff day falls on January 7th each year. It is the day after 12th night, also known as Epiphany. Traditionally, it was the day when the festivities of Christmas were over and women went back to their distaves and resumed the regular daily duties of spinning. I have some questions about the folklore of this holiday, but I still think it is worth celebrating. Here’s what I do for Distaff day each year…

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Restoring a Vintage Ashford Traditional Spinning Wheel

I purchased a neglected vintage Ashford Traditional spinning wheel so that I could bring her back to her former glory.…

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Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Yarn Spinners Under $20

I love stocking stuffers! Those fun goodies to dig out of a stocking on Christmas morning always bring out the kid in me. I rounded up a list of stocking stuffers for yarn spinners under $20 that yarn spinners can (ahem) share with Santa!

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Best Spinning Fibers For Beginners

I’m often asked what I think the best spinning fibers for beginners are. Drawing from my own experience as a beginner, to some new discoveries along the way, these are great fibers for beginners and why I love them.

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The Best Spinning Wheel for Spinning Art Yarn

Let’s talk about important features that a spinning wheel should have if your goal is to spin bulky, textured art yarn. This is a list of my favorite wheels designed to spin the fluffiest of textured yarns.

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How I Avoid Running Out of Yarn by Using Math

When I got close to the end of the Arboreal sweater project that I knit entirely out of handspun yarn, I knew It would be a close call. Would I run out of yarn? I didn’t want to play yarn chicken with my handspun and I had already spun the entire bump of roving, so there was no way to get more yarn for this project. This is what I did to make sure I could finish my project without running out or having too much yarn leftover.

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The 5 Books that Taught Me How to Spin Yarn

There are so many excellent spinning books out there, it was hard for me to choose my favorites. But, as I started to narrow it down, I realized that my favorite beginner books were the books that taught me how to spin yarn! While several of these books are no longer in print, they are available in Kindle format, and of course you can always find them second hand if you are on the look out. So here they are, my top 5 books that taught me how to spin yarn.

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The Queen’s Gambit Scarf Knitting Pattern

The idea of this scarf pattern is to knit it while you watch a bingeable show. While you watch the show, any time something predictable happens, you change stitches. This is the scarf I made while watching The Queen’s Gambit (which was amazing!).

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