Monday, January 29, 2007


First Issue now available! I am totally excited.

Well, I've been hard at work putting together this nifty little Zine.

It includes:
Step by Step Directions for the "Spaghetti Dyeing" Technique.
A Beautiful new Scarflet Pattern"Making a Silk Purse from a Sow's Ear"--a handspun silk embroidery idea
"Portrait of a Spinner"...and more

.Totally Twisted is a new Zine...this is the Premier Issue. It will be coming out 4 times a year. Interested in receiving this first issue or subscribing? email me at

Cost: Single Issue: $7.00 ($3.00 S/H)
Year Subscription: $20.00 ($10.00 S/H)

If you are willing to recieve the Zine electronically you can omit the shipping charge.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

two new skeins

I'm calling this "northern lights"...a wild mix of colors in midnight black. It is laceweight.

I'm not sure what to call this one...tiny bits of light blue mixed with midnight/black. I love it but i'm running out of names. I need help.

Also...I'm looking for spinners or other fiber artists who might be interested in having stuff published in a small zine. There won't be much pay :-( But I'll comp you a copy of the issue. I'm looking for bios and reasonable projects with handspun.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

what i did today

a couple weeks ago i was blending batts and came up with something that i thought looked just like storm clouds rolling i spun it up. it turned out so well. I love it. I think i'll call it *stormy skies*.

this is pre-plied. I liked it but i decided to ply it.

So...what do you think? *Stormy Skies*

100 grams--300+ yards...supersoft wool/silk blend!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Sara's great yarn

So...I'm pretty siked to get lots of pictures of yan that people have created using some of my dyeing methods. It is exciting to know that ideas that i have come up with are helping other people create fabulous yarn too. Or simply that my directions helped someone else be creative!

so...sara's fabulous yarn from my "jar dyeing instructions"

Friday, January 12, 2007

Jessie's awesome yarn

Jessie dyed this awesome yarn using food coloring. She got my dye sheets a couple of weeks ago and this is her beautiful yarn!

If you've used any of my tutorials to dye stuff send me pictures. I'd love to post them here.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

And here I was thinkin no one read this thang!
THE RULES: Each player of this game starts with the ‘6 weird things about you.’ People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 6 weird things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave a comment that says ‘you are tagged’ in their comments and tell them to read your blog.”

1. My eyes are two different colors. SERIOUSLY. Actually ONE of my eyes is two different colors. It is half green and half brown. The other one is green.

2. I've moved 30+ times in my adult life.

3. I play about 15 musical instruments...and none of them all that well (except maybe harp).

4. I write my own music.

5. My husband is 8 younger than i am. I know this isn't precisely weird but i ran out of weird after #1.

6. oOOO I lived in Alaska. Unalakleet Alaska to be exactly...

So I guess we'll see if anyone actually reads my blog now! 6 blogger that I'm tagging!,,,,, and

Unfortunately mostly this made me look through my bookmarks of blogs. I found a lot of the bloggers quitting :-( I'll miss reading them.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007 what?

Gads...I've done it again and I just don't know what to do? I dyed a new skein of yarn and I love it. LOVE it. That actually puts me at my limit of 5 skeins of my own to keep. ACK. I've never had this many skeins that I was keeping before. I'm not sure i can. But i'm not sure i can get rid of the new skein either. :-(

So--what should i do? Keep it? Give it to someone special? Other options?

If I were to make something out of this I've no idea what I should make. HMMMMM...

Sunday, January 07, 2007

my favorite handspun

These are my four current *favorite* skeins. I have given myself permission to save 1 more. My personal policy is that i can save up to 5 skeins of yarn (full-size skeins) just because. I don't have any real plans about what to make with these but i love them too much to sell them. that's all.

This is my newest favorite. It is a wool/silk blend that i spun, plied and then dyed.

This is an older skein that I also love. It is one of my first few spun from a *blended batt*.

This is a skein made from an accidental *blended batt*. I had a variety of purples, reds and blues and I blended them up to use up tiny bits of roving. I LOVE how saturated the color is.

This skein is my current oldest favorite. I love the color blend. I don't generally love these colors so much but in this skein i just can't resist.

These tiny skeins are also ones I can't seem to get rid of. I'm not sure what I'll do with them. But they are such fun I just can't sell them, and I'm not really sure what anyone else would do with them anyway. Most of them are *sample* skeins. When I create *blended batts* I usually find an even number (like 5.0 ounces or 150 grams or something) and keep the rest for myself to spin. That's where most of these little skeins come from. I still have a few more batts to spin that will give me similar size skeins. I'd like to find a shawl or similar pattern to make out these.

Thursday, January 04, 2007


I can't believe how gorgeous this skein of yarn turned out! I have been playing with a new dyeing method...look for a tutorial soon. This is what you can produce.

This is a wool/silk blend that i spun up and plied and then dyed it. I LOVE how it turned out. At first, as i was dyeing it, I wondered, but now seeing it dry--I am amazed. The sheen is amazing. The colors are gorgeous. MMMMM...Don't know what i'm making, but i'm keeping this yarn.

I also dyed some beautiful sock yarn using the same dyeing method. I LOVE it.

I think I've figured out what to call my spinning zine. I'm thinking I'll call it "Totally Twisted" It will include spinning, dyeing and crafting with handspun. I'm pretty excited. What do you think?

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

wool/mohair sample skein

I got some new fiber. I'm pretty excited. It's a gorgeous mohair/wool blend. I spun up a little sample of it. Since I'm not working I've been having trouble sleeping. So I stayed up late spinning this. It's a very small skein...really just a sample to see what i can make. It's about 32 yards/two ply.

I have a friend who wants me to spin up something for her to do lace knitting with. I need to show her this and see what she thinks. I think it's a little big still. I should go finer in the initial spinning so that plying leaves it a little finer. But otherwise I love this skein. The fiber takes dye extremely well (although i had to rinse A LOT after i spun it because it rubbed off on my fingers while i was spinning it up. Blue tends to be the worst for this I think. When Amanda did her science fair project about we found that blue takes the longest to adhere. It is the biggest molecule. Of course, this was just blue food coloring but it is an interesting point.

This little ornament is (of course) Brenden's for 2006. I'm really pretty proud of it. I designed the little mitten myself. I don't think I've ever seen a pattern that places the design on the diagonal and utilizes that as part of the design. I'm sure someone's done it but I've never seen it. As usual I'm late--I haven't done Amanda and Stephen's yet. That's next. Along with my second sock which is moving right along. Rather slowly. I have the first 6 rows of the ribbing done.

But I did take a break and create this little mini-stocking. I didn't have a pattern so i guessed at how to do it having made 3 whole socks before. OK. I'm a fairly optomistic. Or something. I tend to jump into things thinking--I can handle that. I often succeed. Everythings fine until i do something like decide to learn to play harp in 6 months. I think it turned out pretty well. All except the cables which i had no clue how to do and just guessed. NOT perfect. I did something different with the toe and actually like it. I just joined the two live stitches into one (knitting through the first two stitches on each needle together). then i knitted an additional row and cast off. It probably wouldn't be comfortable in an actual sock but it worked well here.

Monday, January 01, 2007

one down


I love LOVE this sock. It is the first sock that I've made that felt nice. The pattern that I started with was rather radically altered cuz well...I can't help myself. The yarn is from knitpicks--100% Peruvian wool. It feels a tiny bit scratchy in the ball, but is wonderfully soft when it is knitted up. I dyed it using an interesting if time intensive dyeing method that I altered from one I read about. I love the variegation and the gradiation this method gives. I have a similar ball to make the other sock out of!

I should say that the post below is basically about someone telling me that asking someone to look at my blog is the same thing as an AD. I occassionally make references to my businesses...cuz it's about my life. Apparently in order for me to not consider it an AD I can't make any references (no matter how small--this includes saying--this is in my store or something) are ads. I disagree but want to be able to post about my blog without it being considered an ad so i'm changing it a little. altho, honestly given that i give away information constantly without trying to personally gain from my experiments I'm a little resentful that I any reference to anything that could possibly make me money is considered an ad. Anyway. I won't be posting links to my blog on the Spindler's list because of it. :-( I'm very sad.