MOPACA

Last weekend was the annual MOPACA show at Hale Arena. It’s always a highlight of my year, because it always falls around my birthday. Alpaca goodies make great birthday gifts! Of course you get to see alpacas! They’re so adorable: There’s always a great selection of vendors, too. Here’s what I walked away with this […]

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Let Me Finish Vol. 2

Last week, I showed you my finished projects from the Fiber Treasures retreat, and now I have two more! These are the yarns I spun on that Sunday: And here’s what I made! Two cowls! The pink one is my lock spun yarn, loosely using the Escarpment Cowl pattern. I essentially knit a triangle shawl […]

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Let Me Finish

I have always been the idea girl and never the finish-to-completion-before-starting-anew girl. I get really excited about starting a project, but then I usually find something new or get bored and I move on to the next thing. If I never had deadlines, I’m not sure I’d ever finish anything. Which is why I’m happy […]

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…and Funky Yarns

And on the second day of the Fiber Treasures retreat, we spun funky art yarns. First up was add-ins, which I had done before, but it’s always fun to try it with new things. And boy, were there things! Teri and Christine treated us to a whole bar of fibers, beads, pompoms, feathers, flowers, sparkles, […]

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Fauxlags, Fractals…

I can’t think of a better way to spend a frigid weekend than tucked away learning new spinning techniques. The Fiber Treasures retreat this year was call “Fauxlags, Fractals, and Funky Yarns,” and we covered a lot of ground on all! Fauxlags are a fun way to prepare a combed top that gives you a […]

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Ready for My Close-up

You guys, I’m going to be in Ply Magazine! I got to demonstrate how to wind a cop on a Turkish spindle: perfect ball and God’s eye methods. It was a super fun shoot, at Yarn Social (have you been there yet? It’s an amazing shop). In addition to posing for photos, I just spun, […]

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And the Cotton is Planted

You might recall my cotton growing escapades from last year, I was really excited about it! Well, this terrible winter came in and destroyed all of my cotton plants before they finished producing. I only got about half an ounce. So the trick would be to get them in the ground earlier so they’re producing […]

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Winter Woolfest

One of my favorite fiber festivals of the year is the Winter Woolfest in Wamego, Kansas. Usually in early January, it’s a perfect way to spend that Christmas cash burning a hole in your pocket. Hosted at the historic Columbian Theatre, there’s two floors full of vendors and free classes! It’s well worth the two-hour […]

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Shave ’em to Save ’em

I love a good challenge, even more so when it’s for a good cause. Shave ’em to Save ’em is a Livestock Conservancy initiative that’s working to make heritage breeds of sheep more viable to shepherds. There are 22 breeds of sheep on the conservancy’s priority list, four of which are listed as critical (which […]

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Gin the Cotton

We returned from Branson to quite a lovely sight: Dad was able to harvest some of my cotton while we were away! These are just the first four bolls, there’s (hopefully) a lot more on the way. I thought it would be best to gin it (or remove the seeds) as we harvested it, for […]

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