The end of the project

As you may have guessed by now, Spin-U will not happen in 2013. Spin-U will not happen at all. We will not be trying again. You have my deepest apologies that it has taken me this long to admit, to myself, to you, that I couldn’t make this project go. The whys and wherefores don’t really matter, and I won’t discuss them. Just know that I am sorry for the trouble I’ve caused by waiting so long to put this out there. The Knitonespintoo.com site will stay up. I may decide to use it as my personal blog, putting up tips and tricks as I can. I’ll at least hold the...

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Our first advertisement!!!

The very first advertisement for Spin-U is out: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEss13/KSFEATss13KS.php Yes, that’s an ad in Knitty. Specifically in the KnittySpin section.

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Vogue Knitting Live Day 2

Vogue Knitting Live continued on Sunday. As I knitted my way to theĀ Marriott, I thought I was prepared. Really. When I pack for a class, I put everything but the kitchen sink into my backpack. I took Brenda Dayne’s Mrs. Beeton class. If you haven’t seen them, Mrs. Beetons are lacy wrist warmers with a beaded cast-on edge, and added beaded adornment. Brenda Dayne is famous for her podcast, Cast-on. The supply list for the class listed the following: Smooth light colored wool, DK or light worsted preferred. Pencils, Graph paper. Stitch dictionary not required, but would be an...

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My Hands Hurt…

This past weekend I was lucky enough to attend Vogue Knitting Live. I took two classes, and spent a LOT of time wandering around the market, visiting friends and seeing what’s new in the fibery world. VKL, as it’s known, ran Friday through Sunday. On Friday night I stopped by after work to hug Sarah and Sam of Cephalopod Yarns, and Kate and Elizabeth at Dragonfly Fibers. My heart was happy I got to see “my people”. While the market was open, it wasn’t terribly crowded. I’d done this before though, and I knew it was going to be insane. On Saturday I...

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Been a long time gone…

You know how it is, when you go away for a while, intending to have a short break, then you’re gone way longer than you intended, then your embarrassed that you’ve been gone so long, and afraid to come back? Yeah, that’s how this long absence happened. When Spin-U was shut down last year, I was really upset about it. I felt like I had let down the people who had signed up, but there just weren’t enough sign ups to warrant running the show, for the vendors to come out, to pay for the food. Everybody was going to lose money, and nobody was going to be happy. My decision...

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This is the way we wash our wool…

I wanted to detail how I washed this wool a little more, and since I took photos and video of the process now’s the time. I plucked out locks of wool, prime wool from the center back of the fleece and tucked them into tulle packets. Each of the locks was arranged in the same direction, with the brown tips facing up. I folded the tulle down over the top, then up from the bottom in a little envelope. I didn’t bother to seal the ends. I was out of safety pins, and knew that since I was only washing a few packets that it really didn’t matter. I filled the roasting pan with water...

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