Spinning up a Level

In this series, we are going to be exploring how you can begin to go from a beginner spinner to a spinner that can plan the exact kind of yarn they want to spin for a specific project, be it socks, a sweater, or a shawl.

Katrina Stewart · October 28, 2020

Welcome to Spinning up a Level with Katrina Stewart!

In this series, we are going to be exploring how you can begin to go from a beginner spinner to a spinner that can plan the exact kind of yarn they want to spin for a specific project, be it socks, a sweater, or a shawl. Throughout this series, we’ll be exploring various techniques of fibre choices, fibre preparation, drafting, plying, and finishing to achieve the hand-spun yarn of your dreams. This course also includes a comprehensive workbook and spinning exercises so you can try the demonstrated techniques for yourself and see which methods suit you and your spinning style.

We hope you’ll join us for Spinning up a Level!


All of the chat and progress will be shared over at the forum, with social media posts shared using the tags: #sosspinning and #schoolofsweetgeorgia

 

@dianatwiss, Katrina @craftyjaks, Kim @claddaghfibrearts, Rachel @welfordpurls, and Debbie @doodler01), thought we’d share with you an index of our own most used titles. We encourage you to read those that appeal to you so that you can start (or add to) your own at-the-ready reference library.⁠ ⁠ Read the full article written by Debbie at the School – link in bio »⁠">

Ask any writer, and they will tell you that books will never wholly go out of style. This could be why so many spinners and industry pros rely on their collections of hard copy, spinning-themed reference books. We keep these works where they are easily accessible and refer to them time and again because we can count on the accuracy we find within these pages.⁠

We, your School of SweetGeorgia handspinning instructors (Diana @dianatwiss, Katrina @craftyjaks, Kim @claddaghfibrearts, Rachel @welfordpurls, and Debbie @doodler01), thought we’d share with you an index of our own most used titles. We encourage you to read those that appeal to you so that you can start (or add to) your own at-the-ready reference library.⁠

Read the full article written by Debbie at the School – link in bio »⁠

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I am planning to participate in the upcoming #schoolofsweetgeorgia Spinning Study Group for "Working from Fleece."

I have three types of wool I will be working with (all locally sourced which is important to me):

1. Rideau Arcott
2. American Tunis
3. Gotland/BFL X from crocuscountryshepherdess

I am excited to test out my new hand combs and make some yarn samples

#fiber #fiberartist #spinning
#handspun #handspinning #wool #canadianwool #albertawool #sosspinning #fleece #albertafiber

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@dianatwiss How to Choose a Supported Spindle tutorial at the School, where she shares helpful information about different supported spindles and what to consider. This video is also a bit of a preview of our Spinning Summit coming in October, where for the first week of the month, we'll share further tips about spinning, spinning tools, techniques and more. Stay tuned!⁠ ⁠ Find the tutorial at the SOS site – link in bio »">

Spindles are as simple as you can get. The idea that you can make complex yarn, just using a stick! Now sometimes it may be a very fancy stick, but some of the sticks can be very rudimentary, very rough.⁠

Check out Diana's @dianatwiss How to Choose a Supported Spindle tutorial at the School, where she shares helpful information about different supported spindles and what to consider. This video is also a bit of a preview of our Spinning Summit coming in October, where for the first week of the month, we'll share further tips about spinning, spinning tools, techniques and more. Stay tuned!⁠

Find the tutorial at the SOS site – link in bio »

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Do you want to finesse your hand carding techniques to produce roving? Would you rather focus on improving your hand combing skills, or maybe you love your blending board and want to extend its capabilities? Join us in getting ready for our upcoming Spinning Study Group: Working from Fleece – starting October 6th at the School!⁠

Read through the Get Ready lesson to find all the information and links to the SOS content & equipment needed. Through the course of the six-week study, we'll be working through Kim McKenna's @claddaghfibrearts Working from Fleece and Nuances to Spinning Better Yarns courses. After you read through the get ready content, please share with us what are you looking forward to learning and what wool are you planning to use over in the SOS forums. Sharing and learning from each other in the forum groups helps to fuel our fibre arts journey – we hope to see you there!⁠

If you're not yet an SOS Member, don't miss our Back to School special! Use the code: BACKTOSCHOOL22 to lock in a discounted rate of 15% off our All-Access subscriptions!

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🧶 My July Knits 🧶⁣

I never posted my July knits because of our holiday, but I feel like they deserve a spot on the grid. So, I am posting them now!⁣

FOs⁣
#cottoncandy tee by kneedlesandlife

#handspunboomerangshawl by grittyknits made with #malabrigonube from malabrigoyarn

#willowsocks by kneedlesandlife in Up At Dawn by thelittlewolfknits

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If you love spinning and working with wool, join us for our Spinning Study Group: Working from Fleece! Together we'll work through lessons from Kim McKenna's @claddaghfibrearts beautiful new Working from Fleece course, as well as from Nuances to Spinning Better Yarns. You can choose to either start from raw fleece, working through the scouring process, or work from clean fleece, hand-dyed commercial top.⁠

Starting on October 6th, check out the Get Ready lesson before then (link in bio) to prepare your needed materials. You can also join in the forums group for all of the chat along the way and to ask any questions. We'll see you there!

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Do you kids request knits? ⁣

My daughter loves when I knit something for her. When I am knitting she always asks, "That for me?" and if I tell her no, she responds with, "You make one for me in pink?" 🤣💕🥰⁣

My son on the other hand was super picky about his clothes but is finally warming up to knits! I try to involve him in the process and let him pick out his colors or even ask him to help me dye his skeins. The other day he asked me for a scarf (like this one I made for his sister) and I immediately jumped on the opportunity! 💙⁣


Pattern: #handspunboomerangshawl by grittyknits
Fiber: Rose Petals on Merino Sock

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Note: We recommended you print your Spinning Exercise worksheets on card stock since you'll be hanging your handspun samples on it.

Module 1: Fibre Prep & Drafting

 

Module 2: Fibre & Finishing

 

Module 3: Twist & Ply

 

Module 4: Spin Control

 

Module 5: Colour in Spinning Fibre

 

Module 6: Project Planning

 

Spinning Tools & Fibre Resource List

These are the tools that Katrina used in her course:

Remember your 15% off discount as a SOS member available here: https://www.schoolofsweetgeorgia.com/sweetgeorgia-discount/

About Instructor

Katrina Stewart

Katrina, a professional photographer by trade, has had an obsession with fibre all her life. She learned to knit and crochet as a child, but her passion was truly ignited when she learned to spin in 2014. She loves the thought that every individual who looks at a braid of fibre or runs their fingers over a skein of yarn will create their own unique functional piece of art. Something to be enjoyed for years to come.

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