First Knitted Shawl

Since I’ve been weaving, I haven’t had a desire to knit anymore. Well, that changed in the last couple of weeks. I saw a shawl knitted from handspun yarn that a spinning friend of mine made recently. It was beautiful. She kindly shared the pattern she used and I began working, using some Merino fiber … More First Knitted Shawl

Spring Fiber Festivals

Not only is Spring the time for Shearing sheep in the northeast, but it’s also fiber festival season. This year, I attended 2. The first was purely as a spectator at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival in Friendship, Maryland (at the Howard County fairgrounds). It’s one of the largest fiber festivals in the country … More Spring Fiber Festivals

Family Traditions

As we head into the holiday season, I’ve been thinking about family traditions. In my short time spinning and weaving, I’ve enjoyed exploring patterns and techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation around the world. Most recently, the rug that I wove from handspun churro fleeces  tapped into the Native American traditions. … More Family Traditions

Exotics

Some people might think of beautiful flowers from far off lands, or animals that brighten zoos and aquariums. Me, I think of fiber and the yarns I can make with them. This week I finished spinning an exotic fiber called Qiviut. It’s the downy undercoat of a musk ox. This ancient animals (around at the … More Exotics

Flax Scutching (Huh?)

Every year for the last 109 years in Stahlstown, Pennsylvania, there is a Flax Scutching Festival. Nowadays, it’s held to commemorate the process of turning Flax into Linen for spinning. In the early 1700s, people would grow acres of flax plants because they needed to have the linen cloth made from it for their clothing, … More Flax Scutching (Huh?)