Author Archives: luthvarian

Quick Garden Update for July

Hi, friends! I’ve been asked by a few folks for an update on the fiber garden. The above video shows what it is looking like. If you haven’t followed the new Youtube channel yet, please head on over and subscribe. We just switched from a personal Youtube to a brand account, so if you were

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Yarn Garden

While I will admit, I’ve taken mine in the direction of fancy, a fiber garden doesn’t require a lot of space. And it doesn’t have to adhere to a grid layout. In fact, my standard advice applies here. Experiment. I live in zone 6 and in my garden I’ve got cotton, flax, madder, onion, turmeric,

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Digital Resources

For many of us in the United States, we’ve been swamped with digital connection during the last two weeks. Those who are working from home have had endless Zoom meetings and webinars. All of the fiber folks I know have stepped up to offer online teaching, digital yarn shows, and video meetups. So many museums,

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Nuggets of Joy

In high school, my computer coding instructor once asked me, “How do you eat an elephant?” The answer is, of course, one bite at a time. Whether the project is small or sweater-quantity, it is always easier to tackle if it is broken into smaller elements. I like to think about it like little nuggets

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Joey Pouches – Final Update

Hi team! Our box is on its way to Sarah in Australia. Just a recap, even though the craft guild is no longer taking craft donations, Sarah is aware of our shipment and gave the go ahead to send our shipment. We also sent some items to Operation Wildlife near Lawrence Kansas, here in the

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For Science!

I’m working with the Wildflower Acres farm in Fillmore, Missouri. Joanna owns a small flock of Corriedale sheep bred specifically as a handspinner’s flock. She keeps her eye on genetics and micron count and continues to breed for finer, more lustrous colored fleeces. Much of the research surrounding micron count only focuses on Merino sheep.

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Another Finished Project

I just finished another crochet project, the Hotel of Bees Shawl by Christina Hadderingh. This shawl has a lot of beautiful details, but I’ll warn you, it is a bit of a tricky pattern because of the decreases on each row. Still, it makes a deliciously complex finished object. Instead of following the color changes,

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What the Flax?

At this exact moment, you might be asking yourself… is that a pasta maker? Why, yes, my astute student, that is indeed a pasta maker. But, Meagan, what are you doing with a pasta maker? Last year, I planted flax in my square foot garden. I ended up with a nice, 8 sq ft crop.

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Troubleshooting Scouring

Many of us have taken the leap. We’ve dug deeper than dyed roving. We’ve tackled fleece in its own element. We’ve faced a raw fleece and lived to tell about it. Scouring raw fleece can be rewarding. Many of the unique breeds available to us are only available as fleece. Fleece with unique qualities often

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