Category Archives: Spinning

Supported spindle in Blue Mahoe (aka, new toy)

              I recently discovered the spindles of Ken and Marilyn Mocker, who run Silly Salmon Designs. I’d never heard of them, but a well placed ad on Etsy (advertising works, yes) caught my eye … Continue reading

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Snow >> ice storm

            It’s snowing in Montreal, which is greatly preferably to being in Toronto, where a massive ice storm has knocked out power and multiple forms of transit. It’s a good time to get some spinning … Continue reading

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Ontario Handspinning Seminar 2013

I’ve been in Ontario for five years. And for four of those years, I knew about the Ontario Handspinning Seminar (OHS), an annual conference of handspinning enthusiasts, but I was never able to go. Either I was working and couldn’t … Continue reading

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Aurora Yarn

At last, I finished spinning the aurora batt. This project came about through a series of events that involve hand-thrown pottery, the northern lights as seen from Ontario, a Boston convent, and one of my spinning classes in Toronto. It … Continue reading

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Spring spinning

In addition to the aurora batt of the last post, I’m working on a few other spinning projects. I’m trying to branch out this year into less comfortable territory, whether it’s the fibre itself or the technique. In other words, … Continue reading

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Spinning the aurora batt

I rarely take on commission spinning projects. Given the amount of work involved, it’s very difficult to charge a fair price (for me) that is also not astronomical for the customer. Once in a while, however, something comes along that … Continue reading

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Canadian Production Wheel

Also known as a CPW, this kind of wheel was made in Quebec in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with its main features being a large drive wheel, iron fittings, and a tilt tensioning system. These old wheels … Continue reading

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