Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival

    Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival is THIS WEEKEND! This is a fun-filled weekend of live animals, crafts and supplies, entertainment and more. The festival is held at Howard County Fairgrounds: 2210 Fairground Road West Friendship, MD 21794-9604         Since I come from MD, I consider this to be my home festival. I try to go for at least one day each year. This year, I have some fantastic friends who will be vending:     Kate and her crew will have her Colors of Happiness in two locations this year.Cloverhill yarns, just inside the front door of...

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Delicious new yarn!

My friends Sarah and Sam own Cephalopod Yarns. This week, they released their new line of lace weight yarns, called “Nautilace”. A yummy blend of 40% baby camel down / 60% silk, Nautilace is soft and shiny with just the right amount of squish to make it fantastic for shawls, and equally appropriate for next to the skin wear. Cephalopod also dyes Bugga (70% superwash Merino wool, 20% cashmere Sport Weight yarn), Skinny Bugga (80% superwash Merino wool /10% cashmere Fingering Weight yarn), and Traveller (100% superwash Merino wool DK Weight yarn), as well as three separate fiber...

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Remember that fiber?

Remember that fiber I was spinning for a class? It’s become this:   and this: Which will be a woolen spun cabled yarn. The point of the class is to take what you see in your head when you buy that pretty hand dyed fiber and turn it into reality. We’re going to discuss how fiber content affects your end result, spinning some Polwarth, some Merino/Silk, and some Silk/Merino/Seacell fibers. We’ll talk about how your spinning and plying structure can affect your end result too, lending extra bounce to a drapey yarn, or less bounce to a super bouncy yarn. We have a lot to...

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Preparing to teach

Playing with Color in Spinning! I’m prepping for a class that I’ll be teaching at Dragonfly Fibers Studio on Friday, May 4. “Playing with Color in Spinning” will cover spinning and plying structures, and how those structures can be used to show off that delicious hand painted fiber best. In preparation, I’ve been spinning different types of fiber in ten and 20 gram increments. This is a 4oz batch of fiber from Pico Accuardi dyeworks. It’s wool, dyed in some fairly long color runs. Using my scale, I’ve split it up into about 10 gram bits. 10 grams...

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Teacher Feature

The lovely Elizabeth Stover will be teaching “Fleece-U” at Dragonfly Fibers studio in Kensington MD on Monday May 7. I’m greatly enjoying watching her prep for that class. If you head on over to her blog you’ll see her preparing delicious fiber for her students to prep: That dirty fleece becomes this fleecy goodness: Multitalented Elizabeth will be joining Spin-U in July to teach her students about prepping and spinning art yarns. She spins them, and she uses them, and she can help you make them...

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