Monthly Archives: May 2012

(Insert yarn name here)


As you probably know, one of my favorite parts of spinning is coming up with an appropriate (or not so appropriate) name for my newly created yarn. Yet sometimes, I am just not inspired. This is one of those times. … Continue reading

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An ode to Moms


This post is dedicated to the person who always has your back… The one who stands guard over you when you are little, and sometimes when you are bigger too… She may ignore you occasionally (but you probably deserve it)… … Continue reading

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Through thick and thin


I’ve been having yarn weight mood swings this week. Last night I spun around 100 more yards of “Black Lace” yarn. Look at it next to the “Rocker Gurl” bulky yarn. Hard to believe I spun them both on the … Continue reading

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Cat rebellion part 2


I guess Jare’s misadventures didn’t end with him chasing them all into the barn after all. He called to tell me the story before the day was over, but Tiki had one more surprise for him that evening. When he went into … Continue reading

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Shearing day preparations


Shearing day is next Tuesday! It’s one of the most important days of the year for our ranch, and we prepare accordingly. Though this year may be a bit more hectic than usual since Mom and Dad won’t be getting back … Continue reading

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Rocker Gurl Yarn


I’ve been thinking about the design of this yarn for so long that I actually thought I HAD spun it already. I don’t really love pink, as a rule, but I picked up this rich and colorful silk roving over a … Continue reading

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The great cat rebellion of 2012


Oh lo, how we shall remember these days. Days when those perfectly trained cats did strike out on their own, did shuck off the shackles of loving repression, and hiss in the face of tyranny. In short: they ran away from … Continue reading

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Random fiber word of the day: pilling


When short fibers work themselves out of yarn or fabric and are subject to abrasion, they form little balls of fiber called pills. No doubt you’ve noticed them forming on your favorite hat or sweater over time. Washing clothing inside … Continue reading

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A recommendation: Wild Fibers Magazine


Do you know where the fiber in your yarn came from? Do you know what animal makes cashmere? Mohair? Where do those animals live and what are their lives like? What about the farmers and ranchers who care for them? … Continue reading

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An alpaca vignette


On Saturday morning, I borrowed Mom’s barn clothes and went to turn out the boys and clean their area. As I shut their stall door behind me, Trip came running in at break neck speed, and skidded to a stop in … Continue reading

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