how to spin yarn

Drop Spindle Tips I wish I had known...

Well here's a companion video for my popular video " knitting tips I wish I'd known"  

I'm self taught and pretty excellent at making mistakes and then figuring them out, I like to think that this gives me a super power to explain things to people who may be making the same weird mistakes.  

Also if you didn't know, CHY has a pretty popular Youtube channel go check us out and like and subscribe if you care too.  

If you'd like to get more advanced check out our online course.  

Distaffs, old and new

I have been spinning yarn happily not knowing what a distaff was for for a few years now and it wasn't until our local spinners guild had a great speaker, Kim Caulfeild who came and spoke on the subjuct that I understood what they were used for exactly.  I like many of you thought that the the distaff was a funny stick used to hold fiber and that is mentioned in the bible a few times.  Well it turns out it's much more useful that just being a funny stick.  According to Kim by wrapping the fiber supply around a distaff it keeps your arm in a more comfortable position while drop spindling for long periods of time.  After trying one I must say I agree.  I think when you are first learning to drop spin that having to hold two things is probably too complicated but if you really enjoy useing drop spindles that a distaff could be a fun addition to your collection.  Below are a few videos on topic and pictures of the nylon replicas I bought of some of Kim's fabulous ancient Roman collection.  After I made a youtube video showing these people started asking where they could buy a distaff and I was having a hard time finding some to send people too.  We are lucky enough that our friend Renee at Tailspin farms ( our angora rabbit yarn and fiber) also makes spinners tools and she's made some really fun wire and felted angora rabbit distaffs.  These modern distaffs are beautilful, fun and affordable so I will be officially be sending anyone looking to pick up one to try to her shop( check out her angora rabbit jewelry while you're there)

Feel free to comment with any qustions.  Happy Drop spinning.  

Gin and Spin Vlog ( video blog, on YouTube)

Guess what! If you're on youtube and you like watching spinning and fiber videos you're in luck! After much encouragement from my husband and all of ya'll I've started doing a weekly live broadcast of spinning and fiber fun on Thursdays at 7:15 on my youtube channel.  It's called Gin and Spin and the idea is that I will be sneaking off from my family to have an adult beverage and play with some fiber.  The benefit of these being live is that I can talk and answer questions  about what I'm doing with whoever is on at the time.  Dont worry if you can't make it live you can always catch the videos later on my youtube channel where they will be saved. Reguardless of when you watch them please feel free to leave comments saying hello or asking spinning and yarn questions.  These have been pretty silly so far, since they are live and later at night I normally look like I've been chasing two little girls around and like I could stand a drink ha ha.  Being a work from home mom I have gotten pretty excited about doing these and talking to all of my fiber friends at a regular time.  Here are some of the early episodes.  Feel free to check them out and if you like them give them the ole thumbs up or subscribe to my channel and you'll get alerts when I go live, I think there's a little "bell" button on the top right hand corner of the main page of my channel and if you click that you'll get notified when I go on live.  I do shoot for 7:15 every week, but you can always catch the replay.  Thanks again for all of the love and support

- Erin , CHY

 

 

Spinning with new Spinning fibers! BFL and Angora rabbit

One of the reasons it's fun to be me is sometimes people like to send me samples of they're fibers if they are in the fiber industry.  Recently I lucked out and received two wonderful care packages one from Barnyard Blue farms and one from Tailspin farms.  I am incredibly greatful to both of these small farms for thinking enough of me and my business to send some samples my way.  

I'd spun blue faced Leicester  ( BFL) before and already knew I loved it but hadn't gotten to play with it in a while.  With it's long fiber length and great texture it just screams to be made into very fine yarn.  I made myself a wonderful thin two ply and started making some "outlander" inspired fingerless gloves.  I got so inspired by this new fiber and the options it opens up I've planned a mini collection for this winter called rustic winter that will feature the muted colors of Andrew Wyeth paintings ( one of my favs) This mini collection will also have angora rabbit  blends from Tail spin yarn and a new pattern kit as well.  I'd never spun Angora rabbit by it's self and I must admit I'm hooked.  I just love the lovely drape and natural color.  

Here are the two review and spinning videos I made of both small businesses.  Please check them out and sign up for my coupon email list to get coupons and early shopping for the rustic winter collection.  
 

Review and Demo of the King Bee Spinolution Wheel

I figured it was about time that I got around to blogging about my spinolutions wheels seeing how I"m a dealer and all.  I'd been talking with people in the spinolution Facebook group ( a great resource )  and people seemed to be having questions about what exactly to do with all of the different gears and settings. I totally see how all of that could be intimidating especially if you were newer to the basic concept of spinning.  I mean it has two wheels, two bands, an unusual treadle system and it folds into a box for crying out loud.  Fear not my usual ability to not let not having a clue what I"m doing stop me from doing it has once again worked to mine ( and your) benefit.  So here are a couple of you tube videos I'd made to answer the main questions I was seeing.  i'll probably make some more and link them here later on.  I love this wheel becasuse it's powerful ,quick, durable and portable.  Also with it's 8 oz bobbins at least for me it's all I would need.  So here goes. Please let me know if I can answer any other questions for you.