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Hand Spinner Newsletter for April 2011

Hand Spinner Newsletter for April 2011

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Published by Shiela Dixon
Round-up of spinning news, reviews, blogs and some siliness
Round-up of spinning news, reviews, blogs and some siliness

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Out like a lamb
Newsletter from handspinner.co.uk for April 2011
March is said to come in like a lion and go out like a lamb.Whether that's true or not, the wintry weather seems to be wellbehind us (although not for Marion who's taken her wheel toAntarctica) there's colour inspiration in the form of flowers,blossom and leaves,there are lambs gamboling around and wehave the pictures to prove it.Dependingon when you're reading this (or indeed when I sendit out)you may be about to goor just back from Wonderwool.This and more events are listed below. If you can't make those, I hope that you'll find inspirationhere instead in the form of this month's distillation of spinning news, reviews, blogs and siliness.
Contents
News from around the web
What to do with batts, 'dyed in the worm' silk?
From the blogosphere
Extreme spinning, Back to back challenge, Dyeing with birch, washing locks,
News from handspinner.co.uk
This month's prize competition, new products and latest magazines
Events
Some 2011 dates for your diary!
Courses and tuition
Where to go for a day, weekend or a week learning or improving your skills
Dear Auntie Shiela
An elderly spinner gets herself in a scrape
 
News from around the web
Spinster's Corner : Batts
What do you do with that rolled-up rectangle of fluffy goodness that you buyonline? This article atThe Ennea Collectiveexplores the options. It's worthexploring The Ennea Collective too - the online mag contains some greatarticles.Read the article
Silkworms spin coloured silk
In Singapore, scientists have produced coloured silk straight from the worm bylacing their mulberry leaves with flourescent dye.The simple process could be a green alternative to conventional dyeing whichuses vast amounts of water and dyes.A full range of reproducable and consistent colours could be on the marketwithin a few years.Read the article
Spring/Summer KnittySpin
There's a feathery theme to the latest KnittySpin. The Lilah shawl was inspiredby a fallen angel. The lace shawl is shown made three quite differentcolourways including the black and white handspun version shown here. I lovethe graduated effect as the white changes to black.KnittySpin index
 
From the blogosphere
Blogpick:Extreme spinning
Yes, that's a photo of someone using a Little Gem, that's the Antarctic andthose are curious penguins looking on. This is one of the most amazing blogsI've seen. Our blogger, the very well-wrapped-up Marion, is on a trek toAntarctica with her portable spinning wheel.Explore the website for lots of fascinating and extrelely cold adventures.A selection of spinnig posts from the blog
Blogpick: Back to Back Wool Challenge - Toronto Spiders
The Back to Back competition challenges a team of eight to start with a fleecestill 'on the hoof' and finish a sweater. That's shearing, spinning, plying andknitting without stopping until it's ready to wear.Back in February, the Toronto Spiders completed the challenge and improvedon their previous best time.Legend has it that this event inspired Richard Ashford to design the tensioned fast-bobbin-changeCompetition lazy Kate.Read the post
Blogpick: Natural dyeing with birch
Leena has achieved some beautiful yellows with leaves from birch trees. Thegreen leaves dye yarn yellow, and the bark makes pinks.Note that you can scroll down past the icelandic for an English translation.Read the postMore about natural dyeing
Blogpick: Progression of a shawl
I made acollection of my favourite posts from Knitting and Crochet Blog Week.This is my favourite and one of very few spinning-related posts that I found.For the fifth day of KCBW, Christine of Needle in my Veinposted this beautifulcollection of photos showing the progression of a gorgeous shawl from fibre tofinished.Read the post
Blogpick: Handspun Cushion Completed
It's always good to see a finished project. This cabled cushion started as fleeceand we've seen Sue carding and spinning the yarn. She will show it at a Guildexhibition in May.Read the post
Shearers turned away from the UK?
Sheep shearing has recently been included in a list of unskilled jobs to belimited from the UK. In this blog post, Shearer's Girl sets out a rational andconvincing case against this move. It seems that a transition arrangementmeans that shearers from outside the UK will be able to work this year.Read the postThe post kicked off a discussion on Ravelrywith some interest in a UK shearing course.
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