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The Crafty Misfits and Tour De Fleece 2019

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It's official! CHY is having a wildcard team on Ravelry for Tour De Fleece 2019!!

True story: I don't hang out on Ravelry too often, so I thought this would be a fun experiment. We will be posting and chatting in our handspun yarn love group on Facebook, but the official rules say we have to have a thread on Ravelry, so we're going to do our best to do most of the chat there.

Here's what you need to know now:

The "race" is July 6th-28th

You can spin along with the Crafty Misfits (our team name) with either wheel or drop spindle, this will be a laid back fun group for learning. 

Step 1. Sign up or go to your Ravelry page and join our group there. https://www.ravelry.com/…/hand-spun-yarn-love-with-crafty-h… ( it looks kind of crappy and neglected now but we're working on it ha ha)

step 2. Go to the official discussion in our group for this event https://www.ravelry.com/…/hand-spun-yarn-love…/3928630/1-25… and post something like an introduction and what you're spinning on or looking forward to, wheel, drop spindle etc.

We have team goals, but you’re free to set your own goals for the event and let us know what they are! We’re looking forward to seeing what everyone accomplishes during the race!

We are coming out with some fun fiber bundles for the race so we can all have matching supplies to play with, but it's not at all required. You can use whatever you want. 

If you have any questions about the fiber bundles and what they contain, feel free to email your questions to Erin@craftyhousewifeyarns.com


In other (but related) news, Spinolution is giving away a Pollywog spinning wheel to a lucky participant of the Tour De Fleece! Please stay tuned for more information.

www.spinolution.com/tour-de-fleece is the link where you sign up for the drawing. You can be on any team but of course if you want to hang out on ours you’ll also get a chance to win fun prizes from CHY!

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You Don’t have to do the group challenges but I want this to be fun and where we can all learn and teach our tricks to each other because that’s kind of what we’re all about. I will be making videos for each of the special techniques each week so feel free to join in.

Fear not if you are new to spinning or just drop spindle, this is a very drop spindle friendly group and we will have special prizes for yardage on drop spindle and best yarn from a new drop spindle spinner ( 1 year or under)

Tell your friends and spread the word!

Here’s some info

Here are the prize categories ( Thanks Brianna)

1) set and meet goal 
2) complete weekly challenges
3) most yardage weight with a wheel 
4) most yardage weight with a spindle 
5) most magical Misfit award. wink 
6) best collection of yarns or most improvement from a new drop spinner 1 year or less

Also here is the link to enter the spinolution giveaway 
https://www.spinolution.com/tour-de-fleece

Our # for here insta, fb etc for fun is

#craftymisfitsTDF


Faux Cashmere review , Spinolution King Bee wheel and rainy day rambling

What better to do on a rainy nap time then to spin up some Faux Cashmere!

Spinolution King Bee

Spinolution King Bee

So I'm working on a custom colorway for a local shop ( shout out to Atomic Fibers in Oak Ridge TN). Half of the order is going to be on Merino with silver sparkles and the other half is going to be on Faux Cashmere which I was very excited that the shop owner was as excited about as I am.  I'm normally a huge fiber snob and not a huge fan of anything that's not a natural fiber but I must admit faux cashmere has brought me over to the dark side.  It spins up like a dream and is pretty brainless,  it's fluffy and light but has a decently long staple length so it's easy to achieve a thinner yarn.  I find it a bit harder to per-draft than merino or other wools so I normally end up breaking off small blobs of it and spinning thin from that which seems to work well.  Yarn spun from faux cashmere has a nice subtle sheen and is fabulously soft and light weight. It also takes dyes well and the results are normally bright and cheerful.   The best part is unlike real cashmere you wont have to take out a loan to get a decent amount to spin or knit with.  In this video you will see some faux cashmere spinning action on my Spinolution King Bee ( Love)  as well as a bit of rambling about the adventures of me and the little people and why I compulsively  spin for relaxation.  As normal feel free to hit me up with any questions or comments.  

Stay tuned for info on some late summer limited edition yarns that will be faux cashmere of course.  Joining the coupon email list is by far the best way to know when that happens and save money while you're at it.  

                                                    

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Fabulous historical spinning videos

I know I haven't had time to write much.  But I have literally either had a baby climbing on me ( like right at this minute) or have been spinning lots of yarn.  I am proud to announce that Crafty Housewife yarns is now featured in two yarn shops in TN.  Loopville in Knoxville and Atomic Fibers in Oak Ridge.  While trapped under a baby I did stumble across a cool video seris on youtube.  They appear to be the work of Lois Swales, who has a blog www.missingspindle.blogspot.com .  It does look like it hasn't been updated in a while but she has a treasure trove of great info for any one interested in Spinning or Fiber Arts.  I also admire her scene of humor.  With out further a dew.

Me trapped under the little people

Me trapped under the little people