Monthly Archives: October 2012

Dyeing Yarn

I like to dye my finished yarn because I have more control over where the color goes and often I don’t know what I’m going to make when I’m spinning the yarn. But you can dye at any point in … Continue reading

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Finishing Yarn

Okay, now you’ve spun yarn. Congratulations! But you aren’t done yet. First, you have to decide if you want to ply or not. Then you have to set the twist. Plying is a good option, since it counters the twist … Continue reading

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Spinning Yarn

When my first, and so far only, spinning wheel, the Babe Pinkie, came in the mail, I was so excited. But it was HARD! And no one told me. I read Start Spinning by¬† Maggie Casey and that was amazingly … Continue reading

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Prepping Fleece

Of the ways to prepare fleece once it’s been washed, I’m going to focus on hand carding. This is a lot of work and takes a lot of physical effort. If you can afford a drum carder, that is a … Continue reading

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Washing Fleece

My mom came home from work with a bag of wool sheared off a meat sheep. It was disgusting, I was not planning on learning to spin yarn for about 15 years, and I had no idea where to start. … Continue reading

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From Sheep to Project

School has been pretty busy and I’m limited in the changes I can make for the planet when I live in the dorms (I do my best: I use my homemade products, utilize the dual flush toilets, minimize food waste, … Continue reading

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Composting, Part 3

Now that you’re thinking about composting and which method is best for you, let’s talk about what exactly you are composting and what to do with it. It is important to get a balance of carbon-rich “browns” and nitrogen-rich “greens.” … Continue reading

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Composting, Part 2

  When it comes to choosing your own composting method, you must ask four questions: How much space do I have? What types of waste do I want to compost? How much of that waste do I produce? How much … Continue reading

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