February 20, 2017

Episode 144 - Hello Spinning Equipment!

I spill the beans and admit I have bought 2 new spinning wheels in the last few months (both arrived last week)!

My Designs - http://www.ravelry.com/designers/chrissy-graham
My Website - http://www.snappystitches.com
Ravelry Group - http://www.ravelry.com/groups/snappy-stitches-podcast

Mountain Meadow Wool Legacy Yarn Club Arrived!! The February shipment included two skeins of Mountain Meadow Tweeds in Pumice (one over-dyed with Russet) - both are FANTASTIC!!

Find out all about Mountain Meadow Wool and their Legacy Yarn Club here (http://www.mountainmeadowwool.com/legacy-yarn-club/)

Or find Mountain Meadow Wool on social media -
https://www.instagram.com/mountainmeadowwool/
https://www.facebook.com/MountainMeadowWool
https://twitter.com/MtnMeadowWool
http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/mountain-meadow-wool/3524482/

Iðunn Cardigan by Ragga Eiríksdóttir using Lettlopi - http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEw12/PATTidunn.php

Yellow Tail Shawl by Taiga Hilliard - http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/yellow-tail
Caterpillar Green Yarns - https://www.caterpillargreenyarns.com/

Schacht Spindle Company (Sidekick and Matchless) - http://schachtspindle.com/

Flock Fibre Studio - https://www.etsy.com/shop/flockfibrestudio
Kinfolk Yarn + Fibre - https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/KinfolkYarnandFibre

Fibres West 2017 (March 17-18) - http://www.fibreswest.com/

Spunky Eclectic February 2016 Club Fiber (Aspens colorway) - http://www.spunkyeclectic.com/product_p/scpcf-2016-2.htm

February 12, 2017

Episode 143 - All That and a Finished Sweater

My Designs - http://www.ravelry.com/designers/chrissy-graham
My Website - http://www.snappystitches.com
Ravelry Group - http://www.ravelry.com/groups/snappy-stitches-podcast

Stopover Pullover by Mary Jane Mucklestone - http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/stopover
My Stopover - http://www.ravelry.com/projects/chrissythegreat/stopover
Iðunn Cardigan by Ragga Eiríksdóttir - http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEw12/PATTidunn.php

Yellow Tail Shawl by Taiga Hilliard - http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/yellow-tail
Caterpillar Green Yarns - https://www.caterpillargreenyarns.com/

Metallic Sharpies - http://www.sharpie.com/en-US/metallic-fine-point-permanent-marker-sp-00020--1

Brookdale Shawl - http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/brookdale-shawl

Building Blocks of Spinning - Interweave Spinning Video - https://goo.gl/IQobe3

Spinner's Book of Yarn Designs - Interweave Spinning Book - https://goo.gl/P0LLHl

Learn more about hand spinning! Foundations of Spinning (Craftsy Class With Amy King) - https://goo.gl/REN8tz

February 11, 2017

Episode 142

My Designs - http://www.ravelry.com/designers/chrissy-graham

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/manicpurl/

My Website - http://www.snappystitches.com

Ravelry Group - http://www.ravelry.com/groups/snappy-stitches-podcast

Steepster - http://steepster.com/

Find Me On Steepster - http://steepster.com/chrissythegreat

David's Tea Pumpkin Chai - http://steepster.com/teas/davidstea/15698-pumpkin-chai

Mug Rug from Modern Cozy - http://www.moderncozy.com/

Northbound Knitting Fiber Club - http://www.northboundknitting.com/fiber-club/

Wing & A Prayer Farm (Shetland Yarn) - http://www.wingandaprayerfarm.com/

Phoenix Farm Fiber (Gulf Coast Native Roving + Lincoln Locks) - http://phoenixfarmfiber.com/

Yellow Tail Shawl by Taiga Hilliard - http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/yellow-tail

Caterpillar Green - https://www.caterpillargreenyarns.com/

Stopover by Mary Jane Mucklestone - http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/stopover

My Stopover Ravelry Project Page - http://www.ravelry.com/projects/chrissythegreat/stopover

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January 28, 2017

Cleaning + Tour of Lendrum DT Spinning Wheel

Interested in learning how to spin? Check out Amy King's Craftsy class, Foundations of Spinning.

I walk you through how I clean my Lendrum DT (double treadle) spinning wheel using Method's Wood For Good Polish, a cheap cloth from IKEA (the Tekla Tea Towel), as well as where I apply oil (and where I don't).

Whether you oil your Lendrum at all comes down to personal preference.  The sealed bearing in the middle of the wheel does not need to be oiled, and technically the spots that have either plastic-on-plastic or plastic-on-metal rubbing together do not need oiling, but I find I have a smoother and much quieter spin when I oil in a few spots. YMMV.

I use a light sewing machine oil in a few places. I strongly caution against using something like WD40 on your spinning wheel (it leaves a sticky gunky residue).  Super Lube is awesome.

The Super Lube grease is fantastic for bobbin ends too (that's what I use on my Hansen Mini Spinner bobbins), as is white lithium grease (I used this on my wheels before I bought the Super Lube grease).




I try to clean my wheel at least 4 times per year (once per season), but often I end up cleaning it only 2 or 3 times per year.  I spot clean and remove bits of fiber and lint fairly regularly, but the full once-over usually happens either just before Tour de Fleece or Spinzilla at the very least.

In 2016, I spun on spindles for Tour de Fleece, and mostly on my Hansen Mini Spinner for Spinzilla, so my wheel only (luckily) had a cleaning during the week of Spinzilla when I took it to the Sweet Georgia Studio for one of the Spinzilla Spin-Ins.

Although I do quite a bit of spinning, my wheel doesn't see a ton of use, since I switch between equipment often.  Still, I know that's no excuse for not shining it up regularly.

I have heard amazing things about Wood Beams, but I haven't tried it out personally since it costs almost the same amount again for shipping to Canada. Some day I'll take the plunge though.

This week's regular episode will be up in the next day or so.  I'll share my finished Spunky Eclectic + Into The Whirled Combo Spin then!

January 22, 2017

Episode 140 | Time To Knit Another Sock

Welcome to Episode 140! The episode has been uploaded to YouTube only. As of February 12, 2017 it's up on iTunes as well. Due to time constraints, I cannot guarantee episodes will be uploaded to iTunes/aggregators in a timely manner (or in some cases at all). If possible, please subscribe to My YouTube Channel.

Please feel free to watch on this site or on my YouTube Channel!


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My Designs

My Website

Swiss Darning

Cookie A, Repairing Socks

Yellow Tail Shawl by Taiga Hilliard

Stopover Pullover by Mary Jane Mucklestone

Nest Fiber Studio

Into The Whirled

Spunky Eclectic

Abstract Fiber Supersocke+

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