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Handspinners and All Things Fiber Related

This group is for anyone interested in handspinning or any fiber related craft or for those raising fiber bearing animals.  This site will include postings for local fiber events and anything of use to the fiber community.  

Members: 9
Latest Activity: May 18, 2014

Packing up to go to Northwest Regional Handspinner's Association (NwRSA) Conference.

Tomorrow is the beginning of the NwRSA yearly Conference.  It is being held in Salem, OR this year, at Willamette University.  The venue is open to the public on Friday and Saturday.  You can google  Northwest Regional Handspinner's Association for more details.  

I am taking two classes one on Bohus knitting and the other on spinning your fiber stash.  There will be a fashion show and gallery so we can see all the beautiful things that people have made over the last year.  I am entering a handspun, woven scarf in both events, so wish me luck.  

It can certainly be said that spinners (at least wheel spinners) do not travel light.

What are you working on?

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Superwash Merino 3 Replies

I recently came into 2 Kilos of 19.5 micron superwash merino top.  I am a novice spinner to begin with and had a heck of a time getting started with this fiber.  I honestly kept with it because I…Continue

Started by Joe Klinkhoff. Last reply by Sue Gee Mar 17, 2014.

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Comment by Mary Vivit on October 13, 2013 at 4:21pm

Thanks much, Sue!

Comment by Sue Gee on January 30, 2014 at 1:16pm

Hi Joe, 

Welcome to the Handspinners group.  I noticed that you are a gardener and fermenter, are you also a handspinner?  If not, can I assume you are interested in learning to spin?  Are you involved in other fiber arts?  


Comment by Joe Klinkhoff on January 30, 2014 at 2:00pm

I am indeed a hand spinner.  Learned on a drop, moved on to a Babe wheel from the woolery and recently got a Schacht Ladybug.  I do not own animals but have been spinning some merino top and most recently Superwash merino top which has proven difficult to spin for me.. I use a cross between short and long draws based on the fiber and how it cooperates..MY first skein of yarn off the sidekick:

Comment by Sue Gee on January 30, 2014 at 2:28pm

Wow, nice picture.  Did you dye the fiber as well?  

Do you belong to a spinning guild or attend any of the great spinning festivals on the east side of the country?  We are lucky over here in the Pacific NW as there are so many fiber related groups and events.  Actually I will be going to a Spin In at the coast this week-end with the Northwest Regional Handspinners Guild.  

My niece just brought over her Schacht Mighty Wolf loom for my use.  She doesn't have room for it so I am storing it on a semi-permenant basis.  Schacht has a great reputation.  

I do most of my spinning on a vintage Ashford Traveler.  But I do have a couple of antique wheels as well.  

Would love to see more pictures.  

Comment by Joe Klinkhoff on January 30, 2014 at 4:02pm

I belong to a group called Pints and Purls.  We are a loosely organized group of fiber artists who meet once a week at the local brewpub to eat, drink and pursue our current obsessive craft.  We have knitters, crocheters and spinners OH MY...  I also regularly attend he Maryland Wool and Sheep festival every ear. Rhinebeck is few and far between, its a long ride for a day...

I did dye the fiber it was 8oz of marino top that came with the wheel.  A local artist organizes big buys with suppliers so I recently got 4.4 lbs of superwash merino (19.5 micron) and its way finer than the marino i just finished.  i dyed the marino using Wilton food dye, color is copper, hand applied and steamed in the microwave!  I'll get some more links up after getting my pics up on flikr.  My ravelry handle is JDKCUBED..  Below is the first bunch of the superwash dyed, same method as above but with Dharma Acid Dyes..this is what I am trying to spin now!  I have had to change to the faster whorl as this fiber need some real twist..

Comment by Sue Gee on January 30, 2014 at 5:37pm

Lovely fiber, love the colors.  Love the Pints and Purls, sounds like my kind of group.  I belong to two guilds, Aurora Colony Handspinners and Nw Regional Handspinners.  The Aurora guild puts on and Antique Spinning Wheel Showcase each year and I spin at that.  I am also on the board of the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival (OFFF), but I will be backing off of that after 2014.  Too much business and not enough spinning.  

I will work on getting some pictures posted once I get back from my trip to the coast.  Just finished weaving a piece for a guild challenge working with primary colors.  

Happy spinning.

Comment by Lizz on February 17, 2014 at 9:03am
Hi fiber friends!
I have been teaching knitting for about 3 years and was recently hired by a chain craft store as an instructor. I am required to be certified as an instructor. Has anyone done such a corse?
Comment by Sue Gee on February 17, 2014 at 3:06pm

Hi Lizz,  

I have not done the course, but it would be a great thing to list on your resume.  Being on the education committee for Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, I review resumes for loads of teachers.  Seeing a certification on the resume is a plus.  Let us know how you like the course and whether it might be something other knitters might be interested in taking.  Sue

Comment by Lizz on February 17, 2014 at 6:15pm
Thanks Sue that is encouraging . It is threw the Craft Yarn Council . I fell like I am taking a very long test of all my basic knitting and teaching skills! I'll keep you posted:)
Comment by Lizz on May 18, 2014 at 5:36pm
I passed my course and am now a Certified knitting instructor! Not sure where it's going to get me but my ego sure enjoys the paper and pin they gave me saying so !


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