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Spinning All The Spins

One of the most enjoyable things about spinning is that once you have made your decisions about the kind of yarn you want to spin, you just spin, and spin, and spin. My previous post on sampling explored the decision making process if you are curious about I approach this. Amidst the tumult of moving […]

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Sampling Shropshire Lamb

I haven’t dived into anything big since moving but I thought I would share the beginnings of the sampling methodology that I am developing for my spinning. It is a method derived from methods we learned during the Spinning Certificate at the Handweavers and Spinners Guild of Victoria, bits and pieces picked up from watching […]

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Speed Date a Master

The Craft Cubed festival in Melbourne is a celebration of artisans and craftwork organised by Craft Victoria. It runs throughout August. This year, Nicki Colls from Fibreshed Melbourne has created the most wonderful event for you to enjoy at the Handweavers and Spinners Guild of Victoria.   I am helping out and just for the […]

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Endurance Retrofit

I could not have known when I was finishing my Endurance yoke sweater that I wouldn’t get the chance to wear it much. Endurance was made as part of the Shackleton Knit Along organised by Fiber Trek last year. We were encouraged to pick a project that represented a mighty challenge to us, a feat […]

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Final Project: Part Three

This is Part Three of a short series about the handspun, knitted spencer  I made as the final project in completion of the Certificate of Spinning, run by Handweavers and Spinners Guild of Victoria. Part One explored the spinning process, Part Two documented the knitted article. In Part Three, I share my road testing of […]

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Fibre of Memory

I just watched a really great podcast called Fruit Knitting. Yes, I know I am late to the scene, so many folks have told me to watch Fruity Knitting but readers, I move s-l-o-w-l-y these days. Anyway, I finally caught up and watched a recent episode featuring an interview with Tom Dennis who farms Polwarth […]

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Final Project: Part Two

And here it is…my final project for the Spinning Certificate run by the Handweavers and Spinners Guild of Victoria. The pattern is a Pattern for a Sleeveless Spencer by Marian Leslie from the Shetland Wool Week Annual 2016. I used a fifty:fifty blend of alpaca and Polwarth fleeces, carded into rolags and spun into a two ply, […]

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Final Project: Part One

The Spinning Certificate I have been undertaking every month for the past 15 months is drawing to a close. The course is run by the Handweavers and Spinners Guild of Victoria and coordinated by the exceptionally experienced Carmel Hanna. As part of our assessment, we are required to produce a final project that demonstrates our […]

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Ahoy there!

Ahoy there dearest readers! It has been some time since we last met. I have been drifting upon the seas encountering Christmas, School Holidays and Back to School. I didn’t mean to be away so long but the CFS part of me was not quite up to anything beyond the basics. I found I had […]

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Granite Haven Story

In March this year, I had the very great privilege of visiting Granite Haven, a Gotland sheep and Llama farm in Central Victoria. Cheryl Crosbie shared her story of introducing Gotland sheep to Australia, improving the quality of their fleece over many years and her approach to promoting the health and wellbeing of her sheep […]

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