I have pulled together the breeds for the July- December 2019 study in approx. 25 gram bundles and packaged them together for spinners that don’t have them in their stash and want a low-cost way to participate.
The list of breeds we are studying through December 2020 can be found here!
We do have lots of snow (over 12 inches from what I can see) that has piled up and it’s still snowing. I’m very thankful it’s a Saturday, so many folks and children are home from work and school. So, any orders placed will be shipped as soon as the roads are safe to drive to the bulk mailing post office (about 8 miles away). I’m sure you understand.
So, we should just all hunker down for the weekend and spin, spin, spin….
We had a windstorm just after midnight and it knocked the power out through out the area.
A pretty tall tree came down and took out the woodshed, just missing the studio.
Luckily, I have neighbors to help me cut some of the tree away and a neighbor that has a generator to his well so I can get water to flush the toilets. The mister is working out of town. He misses all the fun storms we have had over the years.
Any orders placed will be delayed going out as no power equals no internet. Fingers crossed the county gets it sorted soon.
Maybe I should spend the day spinning by the fire…
A bit of wool controversy is happening, with a few big name brands and a well known group doing what they can to tell the world not to wear wool.
What would a sheep say?
I think they would say “Save a sheep – Wear wool.” Since sheep can’t really tell us how they feel, we have to be their voice.
Wool has so many great natural properties to offer the world, has been around since… well forever seems like a good amount of time.
We know wool is a natural, renewable resource.
We also know:
Wool is self-cleaning, naturally antibacterial and odor resistant.
Wool can absorb a lot of weight without feeling wet.
Wool is biodegradable.
Wool is naturally fire resistant and fire retardant.
Wool improves indoor air quality to help remove allergens and pollutants, deterring the growth of dust mites.
Wool is 100% natural and forms part of a natural carbon cycle.
Wool is a great insulator for homes.
Wool keeps you warm in the winter and it cools in the summer.
Can you say that about man-made fibers?
There is much to be said about the health factors of shearing sheep and the by-product of their fleece, for us spinners, it is heaven on earth.
The sheep is sheared and let free to roam around the pasture. The spinner obtains the fleece to spin the wool into yarn. The weaver or knitter works the wool yarn into an article of clothing or home goods. The sheep grows more wool and the process starts again.
There is so much more to it than this small post I am writing. Many of us on Instagram feel that @claraparkes said it well here.
I’ve ordered buttons, see the photos within this post, and should be available mid-January in the #spin15aday shop!
Spin Off has been around, well, it seems like forever. I had printed copies of issues years and years ago. Those printed copies have moved on to other spinners as I’ve taken the minimalist approach to magazines by mostly going digital.
Thanks to @yarnengineer for the heads up about the article in the Winter 2019 issue of Spin Off, Podcast! Creating a Fiber Community by Emily Straw. Of course, I had to go out and get a copy to read, especially when #spin15aday gets a mention.
It just keeps getting better, our little #spin15aday community, mostly on Instagram and now with the group on Ravelry run by some wonderful co-moderators that take care of keeping the threads alive and well.
#spin15aday has slowly, but steadily spread joy over the past three years and I hope it will continue to do so as we head in to its fourth year in 2019.
It has been a community effort, even when I nudge all of you spinners, it has taken us as a village to make it happen. Thank YOU for making it what it is and will be.
We hope you will join us for a year-long spin and fiber stash diving! Each month (corresponding with the month number) has a theme to spin to. See what you have on hand to spin or find a fiber vendor, local or on-line, that has just what you are needing. Most of all, have fun and #spin5aday!!!
As I struggle with my early 1900’s circular sock machine, I am reminded that it’s not that important if I’m not successful with it, only that I tried. Our time here is too short to sweat the small stuff and just enjoy the simple things in life. What reminded me? This sweet holiday commercial put out by Hobby Lobby!
Check out all the handknits the young girl is wearing. This longer version of the commercial is better via YouTube than the 30 seconds played over the television.