Spinning lessons – Momentum

  “Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, and I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it […]

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Fibonacci Scarf – Kate White

I keep having to remind myself that I’m a beginner. Working for Schacht, a company that produces spinning wheels and looms, I spend a fair amount of time thinking about the crafts. Shortly after starting here, I learned to spin and weave, but between the planning, replanning, obsessing, and fantasizing, I spend a relatively small […]

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Apple & Honey Challah Cover

I was so inspired by Judy’s Crabapple Scarves that I finally took the leap into color. (I see Stephanie has been spinning with color, too – there must be something in the air!). I had been wanting to experiment with natural dyes for some time, and Judy’s scarves made me realize that color can be […]

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Spinning Lessons – Presence

As a knitter, I always planned my projects with the finished product in mind, choosing my pattern and recipient, and then the yarn, with great intention. As a spinner, on the other hand, I’ve been acquiring fibers with no knowledge of their destiny, or even how to spin them. I bought my first roving about […]

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Spinning Lessons – Inflection

  Several years ago, I signed up for the Fiber Project at Feederbrook Farm. Then a knitter, I requested my wool share as roving, with the idea that I would one day learn to spin. I moved that fleece across the country with me, and when I interviewed at Schacht I said, “well, I don’t […]

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