How to

Tips and tricks on topics from selecting a spindle to working out yarn weight and choosing yarns or fibres for a project.

Selecting Yarn for a Project

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There are so many types of yarn, varying in thickness, fibre content, structure and style, and each one behaves differently. So how can you make sure you’re selecting a suitable yarn for your project?  As a beginner knitter I made a few things with yarns not ideally suited to the garment in question: the sweater […]

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Fibre for Beginners

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What fibre is best for beginners to learn with? I get asked this question a lot, and the answer is a bit more complex than it might seem. As well as the many different breeds available to spinners these days, there are lots of different types of preparation as well – fleece, tops, batts, roving, […]

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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 knowing how to choose a spindle to start with can be intimidating. Do you choose a drop spindle or a supported spindle?  Top whorl or bottom whorl? Turkish or […]

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Turkish Spindle Tips

Crikey! I’m on fire this week. I’ve been meaning to make a video for people who’d like a simple guide to getting started on a drop spindle, and specifically on a Turkish spindle. I’ve met loads of you at shows who have said you’d like something like this, but I’ve been afraid to step out […]

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