The Slow Death of Vintage Skills

http://imperfectlyhappy.com/the-slow-death-of-vintage-skills/

This author begins by exploring why a particular scene in a show has remained on her mind for an entire day, the scene is a woman being told that her bobbin lace in antiquated.

“Skills like knitting, sewing, cooking from scratch, canning, gardening and, yes, making bobbin lace seems to belong to a bygone era”

From there this author begins to explore how education began, at the mother’s knee with the children involved in all aspects of everyday life to one extent or another.  Food preparation has fallen by the wayside, including canning, baking bread from scratch, etc.  Sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery, etc. this author laments not learning these skills when she was younger at her grandmother’s knee.  Gardening gets a mention also.

“BUT!  I see a revival!!!  Homeschoolers.  Backyard Farmers.  Crafters.  Survivalists.
Homesteaders.  These movements are growing and beginning to cross paths.  They are cool, hipsters, conservatives and hippies.  This “vintage revivalism” is gaining momentum.”

As people get more involved in understanding the health impact, and economic impact, of their choices in life they begin to go back to what was old.  I am really hoping that these skills are seen as valuable since Olean Public Library will be holding classes on them over the summer!

Abby Franquemont’s 3 Tips for Spinning Large Projects

http://www.interweave.com/article/spinning/3-tips-spinning-large-projects/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=spd-tsa-nl-170329-3-tips-spinning-large-projects&utm_content=932418_EDT_SPD170329&utm_medium=email

These are fairly common sense ideas, until you try to put them into practice.  1, have what you need at hand (she then elaborates that you don’t want to stop in the middle of everything to prep more fiber)  2, do a warm up spin, this sounds much like all of the advice to sample, sample, sample, etc.  If you are spinning for a project however, this is a good time to figure out how long it will take you to spin this fiber.  3, The last tip is to take frequent breaks.  This sounds counter productive until you consider how quickly you can become fatigued or bored doing the same thing over and over.  This would lead to inconsistency, which means that you have not only wasted your time but probably the fiber as well.

Very good tips to keep in mind when you are planning a project.

Yarnitecture by Jillian Moreno

Okay, when I say I read this, I do admit I did not read every word of every glossary and index found in the back. There were several really neat knitting patterns in this book. I enjoyed reading the tips, the graphics were wonderful, I have a much better grasp of how to spin fine after reading this book. I also have a much better understanding of what I am looking for in a knitting yarn and why yarn is spun in a particular manner. I think that if you are a dedicated knitter hoping to get into spinning this is certainly a book for you. If you are a spinner that wants to spin knitting yarn then read this book and watch the video ‘Spinning for Lace’ they both have great tips.
If you are a spinner that spins for fun and knitting is a very far back burner hobby, then this is not the book for you.
All in all an interesting read!

‘Back to the Future’ Inspires Solar Nanotech-Powered Clothing

https://today.ucf.edu/back-future-inspires-solar-nanotech-powered-clothing/

This is a really neat article that reminds me, we are truly living in an age of innovation.  Everything from Stainless Steel fiber for spinning yarn to copper filaments to weave with technology is becoming such a part of every day life.  I love that old things and new things are interacting and interlacing in such amazing ways to create brand new things.

This article talks about a copper filament that is being created that can be woven into fabric.  Even more exciting this filament captures solar energy and can store it like a battery.  The future might include charging your cell phone by walking down the street on a sunny day.  Perhaps even charging your car, or making money as you take a walk and release the stored energy back into the grid.

These are fascinating times!  Thanks to all of the researchers that work hard to create these amazing innovations!

Spinning for Inkle Weaving

http://www.interweave.com/article/spinning/spinning-inkle-weaving/

This article begins an exploration of weaving using a technique called Inkle Weaving, this allows the weaver to create narrow to mid width bands of varying lengths.  The patterning can be quite simple or quite complex.  These bands are Warp Faced, which means that the threads used to create the length wise parts are what show, the weft or horizontal threads do not really show up except when you turn an edge.  Two of the main points made by this author are that the warp threads for this type of project should not have any halo, this would make them harder to shed or come apart so the weft can fit through, and that they should not have much bounce (bounce can distort the final project.)

A decent article with some good points to think about.

How to Keep a Handspun Journal

http://www.withwool.com/blog/2014/4/3/keeping-a-handspun-journal

This is an article that I also pinned to my Pinterest Page on spinning.  The first point that struck a note with me is that with a wheel spinning large quantities for a bigger project suddenly seems like a possibility, whereas with a spindle it seems like an impossible goal.  With this in mind it becomes more important to maintain a consistent yarn from skein to skein.

Start with a date of fiber prep, Information about the fiber, who made it; what it is made of; rolags, batts, etc, Project name, what the skeins of yarn are like (tpi, epi, yardage, weight, etc).  How were they plied, how were they spun, why am I spinning this, etc.

By putting down page numbers you can use the first page as an index.

Create a spinning bucket list.  Set goals.  Label your hand-spun yarn.

This is a great reminder that even though spinning is a ton of fun, for the best results striving to ensure that your materials are useful is a wonderful goal.  I really enjoy spinning simply for the sake of spinning, but if I can use my end product toward something that can be enjoyed for years to come, so much the better.