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Colour Mixing it Up

It is the long summer holidays here. And amidst the camping, BBQing, swimming and wilting in the heat, there is Summer School. The Summer School of which I speak is held every year at the Handweavers and Spinners Guild of Victoria. For a very modest sum, Guild experts hold workshops on weaving, dyeing and spinning. I […]

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Fibre Journey: Alpaca

This is Rosie. Well, a bag of Rosie’s fibre. Rosie is an alpaca who with her brother and mother live with my parents in country Victoria. Alpacas originate in the Peruvian Andes and were beloved of the Ancient Incas. According to The Fleece and Fibre Source Book, the quality of alpaca fibre declined after the […]

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Sampling for Calm

I have been sampling, an unexplored territory for me. Normally, I spin by the seat of my pants, which basically means that I have never really considered the relationship between my spinning wheel, the fibre and what yarn I intend to make.  Spinning has felt a bit chaotic and my results rather random.  It was […]

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Magic Loop

I recommended the Magic Loop method to someone the other day as a solution to decreasing for a sleeve but having no double pointed needles.  Although I had recommended it, I had actually never done it but always meant to try it. And then, a couple of days later, I really needed to use it and tried […]

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