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Wool n' Spinning

Wool n' Spinning with Rachel Smith, the place where fibre becomes yarn.

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Wool n' Spinning Episode 103 Live: Llama+Silk and lotsa sock yarn talk (opposing plies)

Thank you for tuning in this week! For those who made it to the Live Stream, thank you for your time. The links didn’t work at first but I re-loaded the Patreon post and then we were smooth sailing. Thank you for baring with me. Welcome to new and returning viewers – I appreciate you joining us here! This week, I award all the prizes for Tour de Fleece – Congratulations to the winners! Thank you to everyone who participated – it’s a really fun thing to do during July every year. Next, we cover a brief Spinning Growth chat and then, I chat about my Llama & Silk blend that I’d plied last time but hadn’t washed, finished and re-skeined yet. Lastly, we spend quite a bit of time talking about sock yarn, my current sock project and a new sock spin on the wheel with opposing plies, the theoretical advantages and thoughts for more sock yarn experiments. Enjoy the show!

1hr 3mins

2 Oct 2018

Rank #1

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Wool n' Spinning Episode 127: Project planning, multiple WIPs and more!

Thank you for being here today, especially those who were able to make it to the Live Stream. I appreciate your time spent here in this place with me. I hope you feel most welcome because you are welcome here. Today's show, I cover community questions, discuss breed and colour studies, works in progress, and finished objects including weaving projects.

1hr 12mins

24 Oct 2019

Rank #2

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Wool n' Spinning Episode 110: A little bit of this, a bit of that . . .

Thank you for tuning in this week! Welcome to new & returning viewers. Welcome to our Patreon community – thank you for your ongoing support of the show. You are the ones who keep me on the air month after month! This week, we have a lot of yarn chatter about the current Breed & Colour Study. We look at some of the projects from the community. Next, we chat about a Spinning Growth that was particularly interesting to me because it is another sweater. Lastly, we answer a question that came up in that thread but I’m treating as an Ask Anything instead! It’s a full show again — let’s get into it!

1hr 8mins

26 Jan 2019

Rank #3

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Wool n' Spinning Episode 122 Live: The End of Summer

In the show this month, we discuss a couple of projects that community members who participated in Breed & Colour Studies this time round have finished. One is a sewn dress, which is amazing! Thank you for continuing to share in the thread on Ravelry! Next, we chat about a couple of works in progress and some finished items. I have some housekeeping to update you on and then we finish with a new segment to the show, Weaving. I have some tea towels to share, as well as a new piece of equipment that came home on the weekend with us! Enjoy the show!

1hr 21mins

23 Aug 2019

Rank #4

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Episode 143 Live: Dyeing with Madder and Make Nine Progress 2020/Copious WIPS

Thank you for being here today. In Today's show, we have a discussion about Dyeing with Madder and Make Nine Progress 2020/Copious WIPS. Enjoy the show!

1hr 34mins

13 Mar 2020

Rank #5

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Wool n' Spinning Episode 114 Live: Unbraided, Fibres West and new Breed and Colour Study

Thank you for joining us this week! This week, I share my reflections on Fibres West, a large local fibre festival that Katrina and I were at last weekend. Thank you to those who came up and introduced themselves, said hi and chatted — I appreciated your time and kindness. I have a couple of projects in progress at the moment and some finished objects as well!

1hr 8mins

6 Apr 2019

Rank #6

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Wool n' Spinning Episode 131 Live: A Christmas Wreath, Distaff spinning and Knitting with another’s handspun

Thank you for being here today. Welcome and intro chatter (01:12); 300 Patron Milestone and unlocking weekly Live Streams (05:02); in today’s show (07:21); intro credits (09:29); Attentive Spinners and Word Prompt Episodes for Wool n’ Spinning Radio (11:03); How I Spin: A Sock Study eBook Special Offer (13:34); Newsletter information (19:14); Breed and Colour Studies upcoming vlogs teaser video (linked below) (19:36); Hello Bargello earrings (26:57); Hyssop shawl knit (30:36); working wrapped stitches with interchangeable needle (31:47); SweetGeorgia Yarns Gotland spin (38:44); distaff spinning video and reflections (42:20); gold crepe yarn and Christmas Wreath (47:14); handwoven bath sheets for Norah and my niece (52:34); conclusions (1:01:45).

1hr 3mins

20 Dec 2019

Rank #7

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Wool n' Spinning Episode 126: Knit City, Twist Direction and more

SOUND IS FIXED WITHIN A MINUTE!! KEEP WATCHING!! Thank you for being here today, especially those who were able to make it to the Live Stream. I appreciate your time spent here in this place with me. I hope you feel most welcome because you are welcome here. In today’s show, I re-cap a bit about this weekend’s Knit City. It was incredible and I feel so inspired about my Make Nine for 2020. There was so much to take in! I have our next Breed & Colour Study to announce and I will link to the video post of Wool n’ Spinning Radio for our patron community. I will post the colours and braids ASAP – I’m just waiting on Katrina to photograph everything! I’m excited to share a combination Breed & Colour Study reflection and Spinning Growth with you. And finally, I have some works in progress and finished objects to share! Enjoy the full, packed show this week.

1hr 6mins

10 Oct 2019

Rank #8

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Wool n' Spinning Episode 109 LIVE: Radiate, Singles Yarn in Weaving and Colour Mixing

Welcome to the show! Happy New Year! For many, we are well into the swing of January and the new season but I hope your holiday break was lovely, restful and full of making. Do you have any plans or goals for the new year? Anything you’d like to accomplish? I know there are a few in the community who are hoping to make this the year of their handspun sweaters – very exciting! In the show this week, I chat about our Breed and Colour Study of Masham and the colourway, ‘Starry Night’ that Katrina developed for us. I share a couple of finished objects, including a wrap in some handspun singles and my Radiate sweater by Joji Locatelli. It’s amazing what we can do when we have some quiet time! Lastly, we get into a large spinning growth about colour management. Enjoy the show!

1hr 13mins

26 Jan 2019

Rank #9

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Wool n' Spinning Episode 119: Charollais singles, Lava Love on Panda and more on socks

Thank you for joining us this episode. Welcome to new and returning viewers. Thank you to our Patreon support community – I hope you are enjoying our next 51 SAL challenge, which are ‘semi’ yarns. In this week’s show, we chat about a couple of community questions, including a follow up from a previous Spinning Growth submission. She’s started knitting her socks and they look great – it’s amazing how far we can push our yarns, even when we think they are ‘less than’. We answer a question about thwacking: When, why, do I have to? A great discussion to say the least. Thank you to Chat for your enthusiasm and conversations – you make the show so much richer for your contributions. Enjoy the show!

1hr 6mins

9 Jun 2019

Rank #10

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Wool n' Spinning Episode 116: #slowcloth Shetland spin and Gotland/Silk spinning growth

Thank you for joining me this week. This month, there will be 3 shows due to our missed show in March. I’m not sure what has been going on over here the past couple of weeks but I have a ton of finished items to share with you. While I haven’t had much in terms of knitting mojo (although I have finished my #grotine shawl), I’ve been spinning a ton! I have multiple finished yarns to share with you – but I’m going to hold back a few of them to share with you in later in the month or we’d be here all day! I share some new projects with you, as well as, a spin that took 2 years on my spindles. In particular, I’m really excited to share with you my Eden stole that I wove off the loom last week. Enjoy the show!

1hr 20mins

3 May 2019

Rank #11

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Wool n' Spinning Episode 129 Live: Mariechen and Falkland Spin

Thank you for an amazing show today! You all made it so special to be here and record with you. We had so much to talk about – namely, spinning consistent yarns and continually trying to improve, and sweater knitting. We always seem to fall down rabbit holes when it comes to sweaters! Thank you again! Thank you for being here today, especially those who were able to make it to the Live Stream. I appreciate your time spent here in this place with me. I hope you feel most welcome because you are welcome here. In today’s show, we chat about my finished Mariechen cardigan that I was able to cast off and block this past weekend. We also discuss a large finished spin: My Falkland yarn I’ve been working on since Knit City! Enjoy the show!

1hr 27mins

22 Nov 2019

Rank #12

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Episode 144 Live: The Shift, SiMPLE SOMETHiNG WIP and colour play

Thank you for being here today, especially those who were able to make it to the Live Stream. I appreciate your time spent here in this place with me. I hope you feel most welcome because you are welcome here. Enjoy the show!

1hr 6mins

27 Mar 2020

Rank #13

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Wool n' Spinning Episode 128 Live: Handspun cardigan and Epic Cloth challenge fabric

Thank you for being here today, especially those who were able to make it to the Live Stream. I appreciate your time spent here in this place with me. I hope you feel most welcome because you are welcome here. This week we discuss Breed and Colour Studies, Works in Progress, Weaving, and some housekeeping. Enjoy the show!

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4 Nov 2019

Rank #14

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Wool n' Spinning Episode 118: Charollais singles, Lava Love on Panda and more on socks

Thank you for joining us this week! Welcome to new and returning viewers. I appreciate your time spent watching the show. Please make sure you join the Ravelry group here. Thank you for your continued patronage, Patreon community. We will be celebrating our Patreon Anniversary of 3 years (!!) in June – please stay tuned for more. In this weeks show, we discuss the Breed & Colour Studies that the community has been working away on in the background. Thank you for all of your sharing. I share some progress on the sampling process of my Shetland – I have spun up a 3-ply yarn that I quite like. I share some finished yarns – three to be specific and I’ve even started knitting with one of them! Lastly, we look at some yarn that was shared in the Spinning Growth thread and chat about how colours muddy. Enjoy the show!

1hr 8mins

1 Jun 2019

Rank #15

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Wool n' Spinning Episode 134 Live: Hyssop Shawl FO

In today’s show, we chat quickly about Sera’s finished Breed & Colour Study items – beautiful! I have a finished shawl to share with you, along with some spins-in-progress that are part of a larger project. Enjoy the show!

57mins

17 Jan 2020

Rank #16

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Wool n' Spinning Episode 107 LIVE: A Smattering of Projects and Socks

Thank you to those who joined us this week on the live stream – your time means a lot to me and I appreciate spending this time with you all. To those who are returning or new viewers of the show, welcome! This week, we chatted about an extra fine Merino & Bamboo spin that was our feature for Spinning Growth. We discussed tension, managing flyaway fibres and over-plying for certain situations. Next, we chatted about socks at great length. I discussed the fabric that I’ve created recently from opposing 3-ply to smooth 4-ply fabric. We talk about the surface of the fabrics and the differences. Lastly, I share some swatching I’ve been doing and I discuss the finishing touches that I made to my Sparkle Cardigan by Joji Locatelli. I give a brief update on the book Katrina and I are working on – we are hoping to have it released in the Spring. I hope you enjoy the show this week!

1hr 14mins

15 Dec 2018

Rank #17

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Wool n' Spinning Episode 124 Live: Welcome Fall

On today’s show, I share with you big news! My course, Spin to Knit a Sweater, has been released on the School of SweetGeorgia! I’m pretty excited and the affiliate link is here. Thank you for your support! We chat about several works in progress that I have going at the moment. One has been slightly waylaid by a dye lot issue … I’ll keep you posted. I started a new sweater project and have another warp that I am getting ready for the Compact. Last, we discuss my finished weaving project that had just come off the loom last week but hadn’t been fulled or fringe-twisted – it’s finished now! I hope you enjoy the show!

1hr 9mins

8 Sep 2019

Rank #18

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Wool n' Spinning Episode 120: Chain-Plying, Spinning Thin and More

This week’s show is a slightly different format and I hope you enjoy it. We chat a bit at the beginning but get into two wheel demos instead of just showing yarn or projects. Some movement of cameras and whatnot but I hope you enjoyed the demos. Time stamps are below! Welcome to new and returning viewers. Thank you for spending some time with me today. Patrons of the show, I hope I see you on the weekend for our first Maker Morning! Enjoy!

1hr 11mins

21 Jun 2019

Rank #19

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Wool n' Spinning Episode 112 Live: Shawl Knitting, Woven Project Planning and Holes in Socks

Thank you for joining us today! Welcome to the show – thank you to our Patreon community for continuing to support the work I do here. If this is your first time tuning in, welcome and welcome back to those returning viewers! This week, we chat about my personal exploration of the Breed & Colour Studies, as well as, showcase some community members’ projects. Next, I share some works in progress and this month’s Crafty Jaks Fibre club. Last, we get into a discussion about some projects I am planning to weave in the near-future, including some projects using handspun. We will be saving the Spinning Growth for next time. Enjoy the show!

1hr 20mins

22 Feb 2019

Rank #20