Living and crafting on the unceded traditional territories of the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem (kʷikʷəƛ̓əm), Kwantlen, Qayqayt and Tsawwassen First Nations

June 11, 2015

Episode 100

Episode 100 Show Notes -

Week In Review -

I've been obsessively listening to the Curious Handmade Podcast with Helen Stewart, designer extraordinaire!  I also signed up for her newsletter and was surprised with a coupon for her patterns.  I didn't need much more encouragement than a 30% off coupon for 2 or more patterns, and I bought the Odessa Shawl, Fireflies Rising Shawlette, Candlelit Shawl, and the Sunburst Shawl.

I've been thinking a lot about hand pulled roving...

I know many of you are spinners and do some level of fiber prep, but I thought I'd include a link to some info on the different fiber preps.  There's even more info here from Abby Franquemont, one of my favourite spinning authorities. 

WIPs -

Lots of new cast ons and works in progress this week!

My crafty spot.
sitting in the window

FOs -

Quynn by Woolly Wormhead. Using a handspun sample I spun up last summer. Fiber is Sweet Georgia BFL in the Stella colourway. My sample is a worsted spun 2 ply and measured 13 - 14 wraps per inch (WPI), which is DK weight territory and weighed 32 grams.

I used a 4mm (US6) needle and cast on for the 16" size, which gave me a finished size somewhere between the smallest and second smallest sizes. I also worked the plain round during the decrease section only until round 20, then decreased every round, in order to make the hat a little less pointy on the top.

Spinning -

Still working my way through the Sweet Georgia 85% Polwarth / 15% Silk in the Grouse colourway. I've spun up 31 grams of a total of 223 grams so far. Spinning this worsted and aiming for a fingering/light fingering 3 ply finished yarn.

I bought some raw fleece from Ranching Tradition in Montana.

I snagged this beautiful gray Border Leicester (75%) / Romney (25%) fleece (all 8lbs of it!) -

and also Petunia's lovely Rambouillet/Targhee/Suffolk Cross fleece -

Here's a pic of a bit more of this massive 9lb fleece! -

Both fleeces are on their way to Morro Fleece Works to be processed into pin drafted roving.

I also picked up my braid of SW BFL from Sweet Georgia in the Stella colourway -

Look what I got today! 😍😍😍😍
one of my all time favourite colourways!

I'm going to make myself a pair of socks with this eventually. Thinking it'll be part of my Tour de Fleece goal!

Soundtrack -

"Pamgaea" Kevin MacLeod (
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