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Choosing a drop spindle

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Welcome to the second instalment of my series on spindles and how to choose them.  This post will concentrate on drop (or suspended) spindles, because this is my main area of expertise/experience. I started spinning with drop spindles about 7 years ago, after my husband gifted me two absolute beauties – a KCL Woods top […]

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Which spindle?

A turkish, tibetan and various top whorl spindlesRead more

I get asked a lot of questions about drop spindles at shows, and in emails. Because they come in lots of different shapes and sizes, sometimes choosing which one to start with can be intimidating. Do you choose a drop spindle or a supported spindle?  Top whorl or bottom whorl? Turkish or Akha?  The more […]

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A sense of achievement

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Things have been very much up and down the last few weeks. A month ago I was taxing my brain to the max by doing quick crosswords whenever stress presented itself. Then, suddenly, the ability to use my brain at all deserted me and I’ve spent the last week inhaling Georgette Heyer Regency romances like […]

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Out of the Woods

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Well, after having rabbited on about the ‘new normal’, I got lost in the woods. I’ve spent the last week grappling with confusion and malaise.  I’m sure I’m not alone – a lot of people I’ve spoken to are really struggling to get things done, to lift themselves out of a funk brought on by […]

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The New Normal

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This week has been a real rollercoaster. I’m sure it’s been the same for the majority of people. I veer from worry to panic to calm and I can’t seem to get a firm grip on how I feel from one day to the next.  We’ve settled into a bit of a routine here with […]

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Yarn shows go online!

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It’s yarn show season in the UK, or it should be. Given the circumstances, many yarn shows are taking the sad but necessary decision to cancel this year’s events. Social distancing has been shown to make a huge difference to the spread of COVID-19, and we need to try and reduce the pressure on an […]

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Trying to find silver linings

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Well, these are odd times, aren’t they? I used to write a regular blog, years ago, when I lived in Namibia as a VSO volunteer.  I had some mental health problems that writing regularly helped me to deal with. Now I have a blog that I haven’t written in nearly enough and times are stressful, […]

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Meet the Yarn Shop Owner – Frome Yarn Collective

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  Frome Yarn Collective is my happy place.  It’s just the loveliest shop, and it’s run by Nicky Jerrome, who is one of the most fun people I know. Her enthusiasm for yarn and knitting is infectious, and I always learn something new. She seems to like my yarn too, which is always a bonus! […]

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Fibre wrangling – a story of transformation

three braids of hand dyed fibre in purple, gold, bronze and green, sitting on a grey backgroundRead more

Cat and I are both fascinated by the transformative process of creating fabric from fibre. The transformation begins when the fibre is dyed, and continues through spinning to the creation of a fabric, whether knitted, crocheted, woven or felted.  Colours that stand out boldly in a fibre blend to create a completely different feel in […]

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Meet the Yarn Shop Owner – Sealy MacWheely

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Welcome to the second feature where I celebrate my lovely stockists. This time it’s the turn of Katie from Sealy MacWheely, whose exuberant approach to colour and texture I’ve admired for years.  I’m delighted she’s chosen to stock my hand-dyed yarns in her shop in Kirkintilloch, near Glasgow. What made you want to open a […]

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