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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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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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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My Handspun Arboreal Sweater is Finished!

I am so thrilled! My handspun Arboreal sweater is finished! This was a great pattern from Jennifer Steingass. I want to tell you about a few of the things I did to make this pattern work with my handspun yarn…

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DIY Blending Board

I have wanted a blending board for years, but the price tag of a new blending board has never been in my budget. I wanted to experiment and make my own DIY blending board, and guess what? I did it for less than $70!

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I found a Vintage Ashford Traditional and it is a Project!

I came across what looked like a great deal! I found a vintage Ashford Traditional, but it needs a lot of work! This is the story of my new project wheel and the other goodies I acquired with it including a set of hand cards and 4 drop spindles.

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I read 51 Yarns to Spin Before You Cast Off

I first heard about the 51 Yarns book in an online spin a long. Being an adventurous spinner myself, I…

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