Ombre Yarn Update – Pulsar Shawl

It is almost always intimidating to me to work with handspun. Whether it’s mine or spun by somebody else, I find myself paralyzed with anxiety. After the immediate fear of working with handspun yarn, the joy and pride I feel when I wear a completely hand-made item washes all of those fears away. This fear […]

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My Zoom Loom Gave To Me – Day 12

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my Zoom Loom gave to me. Twelve Candy Twists Eleven Christmas Elves Ten Evergreen Dreams Nine Precious Presents Eight Holiday Hollies Seven Sweet Things Six Tiny Gift Bags Five Dazzling Diamonds Four Chillin’ Snowmen Three Snow Birds Two Santa Socks One Star Tree Topper on the tree. This concludes the Zoom Loom Ornament Weave Along! Thank you for participating, and […]

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Schacht Holiday Gift Guide

Our first snow has fallen in Boulder and November is well on its way. Meaning: the holidays are just around the corner. We all know that finding the perfect gift for your fiber enthusiast can be a challenge. However, all of us in the Schacht office can offer suggestions–because we want all of these things too! Here is a simple […]

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How to Spin an Ombre Yarn

With Spinzilla a month behind us, I finally have found time to explain how I managed to blend two colors of bamboo fiber into a five-hue shift ombre yarn. Ombre and gradient have been a particularly popular trend over the last couple of years. I decided that I wanted to hand blend my own long-color change […]

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Happy Halloween!

We are wishing everyone a safe and happy Halloween, from all of us at Schacht to you! Christy made these adorable and delicious cupcakes! Little Red Riding Hood (Kate) is bringing her grandmother some yarn! Watch out for the bat!           

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How To: Use the Sidekick Bag

The new Sidekick bag was designed to fit your wheel perfectly and snugly inside. There is only one correct way to insert your Sidekick into the bag. Here is a guide on how to properly place your Sidekick into the bag. After folding up your Sidekick, lay your wheel on the floor with the treadle holding […]

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Last Minute Halloween Ideas

This happens to me every year, I get so busy in my day-to-day life that I totally miss the rapid approach of Halloween. I always think to myself “I have plenty of time to figure things out!” Then it’s the night before and I don’t have any decorations or costume ideas. Here are some spooky projects […]

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Spinzilla Final Tally!

Benjamin has spent the better part of a two days measuring the yarn, and fielding e-mails from our “off-site” spinners. We are finally ready to announce our final yardage for Spinzilla! 61,671 yards!!! All the yarn from our “Schacht-based” spinners! That is 35.04 miles, or more than enough yarn to reach from us to the […]

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Spinzilla – Why We Spin

Top row left to right: Maria, Kou, Gail, James, Benjamin, Barry, Deb F., Denise, Stephanie, Betty, Beege, Judy, Cindy. Bottom row left to right: Brianna, Paul, Donna, Kate, Pam, Jane, Constance Our “satelite” spinners on Team Schacht top to bottom: Deb B, Lara, Melissa, Nora Not Pictured: Caron Wilson There are many reasons why we […]

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Spinzilla 2014 Day 1

Spinzilla is officially here, and teams from around the world have hit the wheels treadling. Our team here at Schacht had our first lunch-time spin-in today, with many of us filling our diet with fiber (ha, ha). Our new spinners are hard at work, and it is amazing to see the transformation that has taken […]

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Spinzilla Training Camp – 3 Weeks Out

  We are 17 days out from Spinzilla, and we are gearing up to spin! Every Thursday our team meets at lunch to brush up and hone our spinning techniques. Some people are practicing long draw, others are trying different whorl and treadle-speed combinations. With a full team and high spirits, we hope to pull […]

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