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Episode 5: The Fiber Strikes Back!

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In this episode we talk about our trip to North Carolina, Gab talks about Little Folk School at the John C Campbell Folk School, we talk about our progress on our gaggle of Crazyheart sweaters in Buoy DK, and talk about plans for the Tour de Fleece. Shops mentioned: The Woolery Friends and Fiberworks Earth Guild Patterns: Crazyheart Tour de Fleece: HipStrings Ravelry Group Tour de Fleece Group Products Mentioned: Buoy DK Superlube Hill District Signature Blend Blue Heron Merino Palette Blue Heron Signature Blend

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Episode 3: The Serious Episode

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Show Notes: Jill completed a Marled Magic Shawl by Stephen West. Jill is wearing a modified Viajante using laceweight held doubled and a ruffle instead of the mesh section. Nik spun up Unicorn Dance Party, Soulmate, and Pressed Flowers. Nik's Alpaca fleece that he's spinning is from Raspberry Hill farm in Jeanette, PA. Jill is working on a sweater body from the Heart on my Sleeve collection in Buoy DK in Bone. Books mentioned for working with Handspun: Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Budd Knitter's Book of Top Down Sweaters by Ann Budd  

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Nentes Plantarum SAL HipStrings Colorways Available!

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Okay, we've teased you a little, and now it's time to share the colorways I developed for this SpinAlong. https://hipstrings.myshopify.com/collections/nentes-plantarum-sal Each listing has photos of the same example braid photographed against a neutral gray and a white background.  I have a supply of the base fiber in stock and fiber will be dyed to order.  I will try my best to keep an estimated shipping window in each product listing.  If per chance I run out of the base, I will order more and fulfill orders as soon as possible - it takes about 3-4 weeks for us to get...

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Spindle Characterization

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Spindle Characterization

Since you may be asking, which spindle is right for me? Here's a brief description of the five sizes and how they may be typically used.Sirocco - smallest at 1.125" inches, very fast, but short spin time (typically 30 seconds) - great for thin cotton singles, silk (I've been spinning mawatas on mine and love it for quickly putting twist into predrafted fiber), cashmere, yak, camel down - anything you want superfine.Mistral - 1.25", more of an all-purpose spindle for fine singles, great for cotton, and other short staple fibers such as merino, cashmere, yak, camel and fibers that need...

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