Spinning a Gradient Yarn — Ginny’s Process

Ginny describes her method for spinning a gradient or ombré yarn from variegated spinning fibre here. It’s an easy way to manage and maintain a smooth transition between colours and can be used for making either 3-ply (chain-plied) or 2-ply yarns. Felicia’s charming January 2014 Fibre Club colour, Night Owl on BFL+Silk, was too sweet…

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things….

Grace shares a few of her favourite spinning things. Do you have any “can’t live without” things that you use? I have a lot of fibre ‘toys’ at home, and I have a loooong wish-list as well. As a member of the Greater Vancouver Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild, I have been fortunate enough to be…

2013 Spinzilla By The Numbers

Over 1.3 Million Yards of Fiber is Spun During Spinzilla! 1,373,175.06 yards of yarn spun 94,939.73 yards spun by winning team 24,500+ the minimum amount spun by every team 16,852 yards spun by an individual on a team 13,106 yards spun by winning rogue spinner (spinning unaffiliated) 6,000 dollars raised for the Needlearts Mentoring Program…

Spinzilla: A Monster 1,373,175.06 Yards Spun!

Can you believe it?! In just one week, Spinzilla spinners all over collectively spun nearly 1.4 million yards! And congratulations to Team Fancy Tiger for their 2013 Spinzilla win! Over Spinzilla week, they collectively spun 94,939.73 yards for the win. And Team SweetGeorgia? We made the Top Ten list with 62,844 yards spun, placing 6th…

End of Spinzilla 2013

Spinning for the 2013 Spinzilla officially closed on Sunday night and we have been tallying up our yardages and submitting them to our effervescent and hard-working team captain, Grace Verhagen. Check out all the yarn that was spun for Team SweetGeorgia! It’s astonishing! And check out all the spinning-in-progress on our team Pinterest board. Spinning…

Spinzilla Series: Spinning Wheel Maintenance

Being on the Craftsy set with Liz Gipson last year taught me a couple things about spinning wheel maintenance. First off, that a finely tuned spinning wheel should be nearly silent… just a gentle, quiet purr in the background. No squeaking or scraping sounds allowed. And secondly, that white lithium grease is awesome. Here are…