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June 03, 2007



There is a very similar messenger bag pattern at knitty.com. The same but different colors.


Your spinning is sublime, as is that teal color.

Shut up, I'm spinning? Heh. "Shut up, I'm counting" was what my mother said to me as a child, and which I adopted when I became a mother myself. However, Ma said, "Be quiet", as she found "shut up" to be crass. I had no qualms about saying it to my kids. Because I'm crass.


Sorry to submit another comment but I forgot to tell you. Get a copy of "Spinning for Softness and Speed" by Paula Simmons. Then you will be able to spin miles and miles of yarn with no pain at all. Available through Amazon.


I, too, am an apartment dweller. I'm in the process of dealing with my first fleece, so I'm not sure how much help this will be...I'm washing this fleece by lock in the sink (yes, it's taking a ridiculously long time, but even the bathtub is not an option). The only advantage seems to be that I can gently open up the tips as I wash them (and let the VM fall out). When I'm done, I lay the locks out to dry on a plastic trash bag. I have to have a dehumidifier running all year (apparently the laundry room vents all its moisture into our apartment, and we wind up with nasty mold if it's not running all the time), so I put the locks in the room with the dehumidifier and they dry in less than 24 hours. I'm sure there are better ways of dealing with it, though...
As usual, your spinning is gorgeous and inspiring!


RETREAT!!! YES!!!! I've been to an informal fibrefest before, and they are FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Costs stay down, because there aren't any formal classes - just people sharing knowledge and experience - I learned (and have now become addicted to) Kool Aid dyeing, and I was shown how to do an "afterthought heel" for a sock at the one I went to....

PLEASE add me to your list of people to be informed if it is a "go"... :)


This is, hands down, my favorite color in the whole world! I had to resist putting periods between each word for emphasis- I'm amazed! So beautiful.


For drying washed fleece - I made a simple portable unit using three 8 foot lengths of 1/2" plumbing pipe and 4 elbows for the frame. Cut one length in half - then put all together to make a 4 x 8 frame. I used cheap platic screening, with a pocket-rod edge, made from old blue jeans, sewn down the two long sides. Nothing is glued together - so it all pops apart and rolls up for easy storage. To use, assemble and straddle it between to tables or whatever that are slightly less than 8 feet apart. For 'speed drying' I put a table fan on the floor angled up to the bottom of the dryer.

I used plastic plumbing pipe and it does sag a bit - I woud use copper if I made another one, for better rigidity.

Sarah Jordan

Your writing is lighthearted and fun. It is obvious that you speak of something you love. I admire your knitting for the ground up style. I hope to be doing the same thing one day.
One simple children’s “learn how to knit kit” has turned into a passion for me. People like you and others in the group, provide me with inspiration and a peek into what can be done with a simple pair of sharpened sticks. The results are amazing and totally exciting.
I am interested in the knit retreat and would like more info when you make it available.
One question about crock-pot dying: Is it stinky? I am imagining wet dog smell.

Mary the Digital Knitter

I got a great elevated mesh dog bed from Hearth & Home. The dog hated it and refused to lie on it, so I use it as a drying rack for sweaters, etc. It can be disassembled easily and stores in a corner of the hall closet. You can also buy sweater drying gizmos that will hang from a shower curtain rod. Some of those are multi-layered.

In any case, however you dry fleece or anything else, it will dry much more quickly if you use a fan to blow air over or around it. This is particularly helpful if the air can get at both sides, but it works for things lying on surfaces, too. No heat, just air.

I love that teal color. It's times like this when I consider taking up dyeing and spinning, instead of just knitting. I've gone so far as to buy a stainless steel pasta pot for a dye pot, as well as a little undyed yarn, but haven't gotten beyond reading net tutorials. I like the idea of using food color, though.


oh yes, please add me to your list for fiberfest north (i like the fiber summit, too)


I'm very hesitant to tackle a raw fleece, so I will be curious to see if and when you do, how it goes.

Color and spinning on that yarn is amazing... beautiful, really. I always like how the color becomes more saturated as the fiber is spun.


Fiber Clan? Fiber Quest? Fiber Assylum? I love the teal singles and I think the subtle shades will serve you well when you go to knit with it!


Fiber Fest OS for Owen Sound? Fiber Fest Canada? Fiber Fest Not Toronto? Just get the damn thing set up already! Catlady and I are ready to mischief.

Get an adjustment for the spinning pain. Or, sit up straight, shoulders back, etc. Or the short version HUSBTTW--head up, shoulders back, tits to the wind. Er, this is an adult blog, right? Please say it's an adult blog. :)


And as another thought - look at the (free) Monk's Satchel on the Interweave Knits website:



those teal singles are divine.
be still my heart.


Came across the heraldic stag bag whilst perusing knitscene web projects (it's the latest one) last week, and thought then it would make a cute spindles/fibre/knitting/
gubbins bag.

As for the pain-lessons on technique are good (especially for long draw) But you need to build up slowly to spinning for long periods of time (and i should know- i have twanged my back *yet again* after a weekend of spinning)

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