Nuances to Spinning Better Yarns

To spin better yarns you need to pay attention, be present and mindful while you work with the fibre at hand. Join instructor Kim McKenna in Nuances to Spinning Better Yarns, teaching techniques to take your spinning to the next level and become a better spinner.
Kim McKenna · August 19, 2021

To spin better yarns you need to pay attention, be present and mindful while you work with the fibre at hand. Every single choice we make along the way, changes the character of our yarn and changes the character of our fabric. You want to know what you’re doing to it and how it affects the yarn, so you know what to expect when it comes to your knitting or weaving project.

Join instructor Kim McKenna in Nuances to Spinning Better Yarns, teaching techniques to take your spinning to the next level, and to become a better spinner. In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • treat commercially prepared fibre with a soaking treatment.
  • prepare carded rovings and rolags with a blending board.
  • how to ply through rings.
  • record keeping techniques.
  • how to package fibre for spinning.
  • joining techniques.
  • how to describe or assess your handspun, and more!

Every time you handle the fibre, you learn more about the fibre’s characteristics and how best to work with it. Although Kim’s grandmother’s saying referred to choices we make in life, it rings true for spinning as well: “Start how you want to finish.” So, let’s start!


Share your course progress with us – we’ll be chatting over in the SOS community forums, plus tag your Instagram posts with #sosspinning and #schoolofsweetgeorgia. 

Reminder to join us today for our final Zoom meetup as part of the Spinning Study Group: Working from Fleece with Kim McKenna @claddaghfibrearts! Starting today, November 10th at 11:00 AM PT (2:00 PM ET), bring along the fleece you've scoured, prepped, and spun over the past six weeks and share it with us as we wrap up this fabulous and fun group study. ⁠

Find the Zoom link at the SOS Events Calendar (link in IG bio). We'll see you soon!⁠



#sosspinning #sosspinningstudygroup #schoolofsweetgeorgia #fleeceprep #fibreprep #handspun #claddaghfibrearts

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As daily life can become busy, taking back a bit of every day for crafting is my happy place. Learning new skills by myself can feel challenging and being the only fiber-obsessed human in my household, lonely too. There is a reason make-alongs are so popular with so many crafters: even if we love our “me time,” sharing the process and the takeaways make it more meaningful as it didn’t stay only with us, but may have helped someone else too.⁠

At Greta Cornejo's @gretacornejomakes new article: Level Up Your Fibre Arts Skills with Study Groups, Greta shares more about how these study guides have helped her along her own journey of exploring the different SOS course content. Helping her to level up her own learning. Find the article at the SOS site (direct link in bio)!

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Julia

I love it when I know the sheep’s name 🥰

First baggie of fleece for my School of SweetGeorgia raw fleece study is done.

39% Gotland, Dorset & Charollais: 58yds, 37g, 707ypp, 13wpi, 9bpi, 10% elasticity.

#sosspinning #schoolofsweetgeorgia #rawfleece #washingfleece #handspinnersofinstagram #wool #makingyarn #slowmaking #spinnersofinstagram #handspunyarn #handmadeyarn #spinningwool #handspinnersofinstagram #naturalwool #woollove

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Beginning

Working from raw fleece study continues.

It isn’t just about washing dirty fleece. It’s examining the wool, determining the best way to scour it and processing the fleece in a way to make each lock of wool come to life and reach its fullest potential.

I expect to have some failures along the way but I also see some great successes.

This is just the beginning ❤️

#sosspinning #schoolofsweetgeorgia #rawfleece #washingfleece #handspinnersofinstagram #wool #makingyarn #slowmaking #spinnersofinstagram #handspunyarn #handmadeyarn #spinningwool #handspinnersofinstagram #naturalwool #woollove

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It's week three at our Spinning Study Group: Working from Fleece and we'll be focusing on the fibre prep process along with some spinning and sampling too! ⁠

There are tutorials to easily reference the different fibre prep techniques, plus download Kim McKenna's @claddaghfibrearts great Sampling Fibre to Yarn worksheet for compiling all the options you could have in your fibre prep. This can then help determine which way you want to fibre prep the rest of your scoured fibre. Also now available for viewing is last week's recording from our Zoom Progress Meetup with chapter notes to quickly find all of the helpful info shared there. ⁠Read more at the week three update at the study group page!

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Brännö fleece ready for a wash. As a longwool it is very lustrous but it is also suprisingly soft. Interestingly enough, I haven't seen this breed listed anywhere and it seems to have few sheep and fewer shepherds.
I'm curious to experience the spinning and process of turning it into cloth.

I've been sampling scouring methods and spun up a little sample this week.

If you had these beautiful locks in your hands, what would you make?

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#sosspinning study group: 28 g of cormo fleece singles spun to be plied like my middle 2-ply sample in the middle of my sample card. Using loads from both claddaghfibrearts courses schoolofsweetgeorgia

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From scouring, fibre prep and sampling in the #sosspinning study group schoolofsweetgeorgia

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About Instructor

Kim McKenna

My fibre journey is a delicate balance between science and art. Curiosity and research help me to understand the intrinsic nature of my materials and practice helps me to improve upon the mechanics of skill. There is a point, however, where I must turn my mind off and allow my hands and intuition to guide me.

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