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What do you do when you’re not spending money?

Three weeks ago, I joined The Compact, which is a commitment not to buy any new products for a year. Well, I can’t quite commit to a year. Seriously– it’s just not in me to do anything for a whole year. But for 100 days? Sure– and if I’m going to develop a good habit, […]


My yellow “Cheese Omelette” yarn took second in its class at the county fair. My white “Lamb Chop” yarn placed fourth. I got some good feedback from the judge, and am determined that next year I will do as well, if not better (better would be: more than 2+4, like 2+2 or 1st in any […]

Day Four

Day four continued as expected. No real change in spinning style yet. I did, however, read today (Day 5) about spinning coils, where you spin your single around a thread of some kind, in high-twist-per-inch coils. It was in the current issue of, which has hit my blog reading list pretty significantly this week. […]

Day 3: dyed silk

So, yesterday my eBay-won natural dyed silk arrived. It’s 3 ounces of natural dyed and undyed Tussah silk. One ounce of undyed Tussah, one ounce of cochineal dyed, and one ounce of madder dyed. It’s really gorgeous, especially when spun. The undyed is softer and more slippery than the dyed stuff. The dyed stuff practically […]

Day Two: Soy vs. Worms

So, I spun more soy silk today. A lesson in extreme frustration. Every time I stopped, the single would completely fall apart. I thought maybe the tension was off, or perhaps it was just difficult to find the “sweet spot” in it, but it happened no matter what I tried to do. Finally, I stopped, […]

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