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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...Read More

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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.Read More

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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.Read More