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How to: The “Fibre Sandwich” Game!

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It’s always lunchtime somewhere, right?!? 😉 So here’s Rosie from Ribbing Yarns with a fresh spin on the “same old” sandwich.

Simply add a few handfuls of yarny loose handspun ends… and voilà! The most fibrously fun-loving feast for the yarn diet of all!

Serve this on a platter at your next gathering with spinning friends 🙂 ♥ Jackie

Ribbing Yarns

Last weekend I joined some of the other lovely and skilled spinners from the “Danske Spindere” group on Ravelry- a local group here in Copenhagen- for a day of spinning, chatting, and co-creating “Fibre Sandwiches”. Thankfully this wasn’t a misunderstood offering for the potluck lunch (which was delicious), but an inspiring and creative game with spinning fibres. It was taught to the group at the last meetup by Bev Tilson (morecraft on Ravelry) who runs the “New Zealand Hermit Sheep” group. Incidentally, if you’re wondering what a New Zealand hermit sheep is, you can read the amazing backstory on the group’s Ravelry page.

The fibre sandwich is a great idea for using up small amounts of fibre. You need at least one spinning-mad friend to make it fun and interesting, though 🙂 Each spinner just needs to bring along a small amount of fibre (25-50g), ideally in a selection of…

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the KWH iPad Show #4 💜 snow spun in the sun!

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Hello & Welcome
to my 4th episode of the

KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is a mix of fresh snow,
snuggled with a splinter of drop spindling.

What a difference a day or two… or even an hour or two… can make! 

Around here, early to mid spring tends to be dominated by the 4-letter word “wind” 😛 And after 6 years, I’ve noticed that the snow barely melts before the winds pick up. This year, we caught a break when the snow melted early. Now finally, the wind appears to be calming down enough to take my spinning outside.

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Tuesday was a fairly breezy day for drop spindling outside. But gosh yarn it… the day was warm and I really wanted to spin newspaper yarn in the sunshine! As well, I’d mended the splintered stem of my wooden drop spindle. (Yup… first my iMac, then my drop spindle… What’s going to break next?!?) And the duct taped “fix” needed to be taken for a test spin! The duct tape worked like a charm, while a wild gust of wind whipped my spin-erfully experimental spool of video tape into a frenzied mess. And with that, my spun in the sun became more of an untangling mission :-/

So like any good blogger, I ran for my trusty iPad in hopes of capturing the wildness in motion. But oh well, at least I got a picture! (See first of 4 photos above).

Later that night, another 10-15 cms / 4-6″ snow storm roared across the region. By morning, we pushed back the flannel covers to discover we’d been blanketed in white… again! … sigh … This first-week-in-May snow thing is getting to be a habit. It’s enough to make you wanna cuddle-up and stay cozy inside. But then by late afternoon, it was all melted anyway. Now the shrubs/leaves are finally budding and our current forecast has me looking forward to more outdoor spinning 😀

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Have fun with the weather…  this too shall melt! ♥ Jackie


fibrous artistry ❤ Carol Milne’s knitted glass

"Bent" Kiln-Cast lead crystal knitted glass & needles by Carol Milne

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Carol Milne is an award winning Canadian sculptor living in Seattle, Washington. Her work is recognized internationally. I discovered her this week when Ashley Little featured her in an article for the Craftsy blog. Clearly, the fibrously non-traditional crystal glass artistry of Carol Milne confirms her as an exceptionally talented lover of yarn! Her unique process begins by “knitting” with wax. The wax is then covered with special molding material and placed into a 1530ºF kiln. The heat melts away the wax, filling the void with melted glass… So, ‘guess that makes the kiln her preferred blocking method?!? 😉 Read more about Carol Milne’s stylish creativity at her website. You can also “like” her facebook page and follow her on Pinterest.

What sort of non-traditional materials have you thought to craft with? My wildest fibrous dream so far has been knitting and spinning yarn made of newspapers and plastic grocery bags… Stay tuned for more about that, once I get the kinks worked out 🙂 ❤ Jackie

"Handmade" Kiln-Cast lead crystal knitted glass & needles by Carol Milne

 

 

 

 

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“I see my knitted work as a metaphor for social structure. 

Individual strands are weak and brittle on their own 
but deceptively strong when bound together.” 

— Carol Milne, from CREATIVE PROCESS "Knitting with Glass" 
 2011 summer issue Fiberarts® magazine, Interweave Press, LLC

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