History Makers: The Vintage Shetland Project

Over the next few months, my fascination with Shetland, fair isle knitting and history will be evident as I get closer to my trip in August.

Here is a Vimeo video of Susan Crawford’s The Vintage Shetland Project.  I have the book on my list and hope to obtain a copy while I’m in Shetland.

The Vintage Shetland Project from Susan Crawford Vintage on Vimeo.

Enjoy!

#spin15aday Newletter – May 27, 2018 edition

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The May 27, 2018 newsletter for #spin15aday was mailed out at midnight. There’s a quick shout-out about Tour de Fleece!

You can read the latest issue here!

History Makers: Yoko Saito and the running stitch!

If you have been following me on Instagram or my blog, you will know I love fiber in all forms.

Here is a fast, but amazing video of Yoko Saito sewing the fastest running stitch I’ve ever seen by hand.

Enjoy!

History Makers: Knockando Woolmill

When you run across a story of a wool mill, you just have to share.

Grab a cup of tea and a bit of knitting or spinning and take about five minutes to have a listen and look.

Enjoy!

#spin15aday Newsletter – Posting Strategy

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Revising my strategy for the newsletter.

Well, I knew this would happen.  I even read about it as I was coming up with the layout and what to include knowing that one will want to start out the gate at a weekly rate and then realize it’s a bit too much, too soon.

I did start out as once a month and then I said I would give once a week a try. Once a week is just not going to be manageable.

So, I know I need to reign it in a bit and just try for once or twice a month as time seems to be my opponent at this stage.  It’s difficult to outmaneuver time.

Sadly, I never find enough time to get onto Ravelry for the #spin15aday group either.  I do apologize for not being as attentive to the group discussions.  Having multiple moderators has been helpful.

My main focus has been and will always be Instagram.  It’s the platform that has been very good for many of us.  It has shifted a bit over the past few years with more ads and interesting characters who follow your account.  Thankful for the “block” option when it feels a bit creepy!

So, with or without a weekly newsletter, keep spinning 15 minutes a day!

Look for the next newsletter on April 29!

 

 

A Woman and Her Wool!

A video I posted on YouTube about seven years ago. It popped up in my feed last night and so I think it was meant to be shared.

Enjoy!

History Makers: Donegal Weavers

Grab some tea, knitting or spinning and take a few minutes to admire the hard work of the makers!

Enjoy!

Video: Raising Gotland Sheep

Thanks to @knitmummy2creates for passing the information over to me on this video.

The sound is very low, though there is close caption available.

Enjoy!

Lessons of a Forum-Kind

#spin15aday on Ravelry

“Sometimes time spent reinventing the wheel results in a revolutionary new rolling device. But sometimes it just amounts to time spent reinventing the wheel.”― Steve KrugDon’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability

I have to say, I have learned a lot about website building this week.  Creating a resource for information for #spin15aday has been eye-opening. By taking a simple step back, I can see where my strengths and my lack of efficiency lie.

Creating a place to house the farm directory is a strength.  Gathering the information by myself, an inefficiency.  To change that inefficiency, I have enlisted help to collect emails of fiber farms across the states so I can send out the google form requesting permission to post information and a photo of the farm listing.  I figure folks would want to know their farm is being listed and it’s just good old-fashioned courtesy.

I had also created a forum on the website.  It took quite a bit of time to pull it all together and as I really looked at it I felt I was trying to reinvent the wheel.  I pulled it from the site.

Where does that leave us? Ravelry!  We all know that Ravelry is the next best thing to sliced bread for fiber folk. It’s one-stop shopping for patterns, ideas, yarn information and much, much more.

I created a #spin15aday group to be able to have more in-depth conversations outside of Instagram. A place to have general chatter about our daily lives, breed studies, tips and tricks and really just about anything else we would like to do.

Instagram has been and will always be the number one platform for #spin15aday.  Ravelry will just be the cool whip on the pound cake for us to hang out together.

Until next time…

 

 

 

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(Fiber) Farm Directory

Finn Ram 02.24.18                                                                     The winds of change blew through on Saturday after spending a lovely, full day with Anne of Middle Brook Fiberworks.

We took a ferry ride over to Bainbridge Island so she could see Churchmouse Yarns & Teas in person as well as a stop in to visit Emily of Local Fiber Studio and her herd of Finn sheep.

We then drove on down the road to Port Gamble for a delicious lunch at Butcher Baker, where we shared the most delicious fried chicken sandwich and kale/beet salad.

Another stop to see Heidi at The Artful Ewe and a quick look around Port Gamble before we trundled down to the Kingston Ferry Terminal to catch the boat back over to Edmonds/Seattle.

I had the pleasure of also meeting Anne’s friend, Megan, of the Fiber Gallery Yarn shop.

This was about an eight hour day, of almost non-stop chatting.  Anne had many great ideas to share and I just was in awe of all the possibilities of things I can do to be a great #spin15aday shepherdess.

So I dove in, head first, with no real workflow to ensure that I can get to the end goal. Most times in business, without vision and planning, the project fails half-way through. I’m hoping I can avoid that pitfall.

The first thing to do, updating the website from blog to something more powerful and useful to fiber folk. A cleaner, professional look. I’m getting there!

Next, working on #spin15aday gear to help sustain #gift-aways and to bring the community together through small items that other’s recognize when at a fiber festival or a spin-in.  We spinners love anything that’s wool-bling.

Then there is the BIG project, the “(fiber) farm directory.” It’s almost scary if I really sit down and think about it, but I don’t. I just go about my research, looking for fiber farms around the world and grabbing their email addresses with hopes that they are still in business and that the email doesn’t bounce back.

I’m trying to stay as efficient as possible, using a Google form to send out to farms.  They fill out a short questionnaire for farm directory information as well as a photo.  We all love pretty pictures of sheep!

There was a great article in the Spin-Off Magazine, Spring 2012, about a fiber map.  I can see this being done for a guild in a specific area. I had wanted to do it for Washington State, but the timing just wasn’t right for me six years ago.

Now here I am, trying to collect information on fiber-related farms around the world and I have hopes that I can make it what it truly can be, a resource for spinners everywhere.

Until next time…

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Website Store Now Open

Part One: Best Advice

One of the #wemakeyarn photo prompts for January was best advice.
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As you can see in the above photo, I had decided to post about giving advice.

Never give up.

Well, I took my own advice to heart as I started working on my business website last night.  It was a lot of trial and error, restarting, changing, deleting, pulling from the trash, throwing back in the trash and reading all sorts of advice out on the world wide web.

I think I did enough testing to make sure things are working as properly as possible, so I am officially opening my website store.

Part Two: The Studio

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In part, the studio will not only house my love of wool, it will also house my sharing of my love of wool.  Working full time outside of the home supports my home, so having a small business in place, I can only hope it will help to support the sharing for my love of wool. The studio is part of a long range retirement plan as well.

Once the studio is completed (fingers crossed for this spring), the studio will be open on weekends for fiber folks to make an appointment to try out knitting machines, different types of spinning wheels, or just rent the equipment for an hour or two without having to commit to any big purchases.

I have no false dreams. I know that Mom & Pop businesses no longer can make it in the box/online store age that we live in.  Though, I do have hope. Hope that I can possibly encourage another person in the way of crafting with wool and keeping traditions alive.

Eventually, the website will house the upcoming events for the studio.

Just remember, “it’s bigger on the inside.”

 

 

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