My Yarn Projects

Farm to Fashion Complete Projects

Starting at raw fleece, the projects include:

  • Fleece scouring (washing to remove debris and lanolin from sheep wool)
  • Combing or carding the fleece
  • Spinning into yarn
  • Washing and dyeing
  • Knitting
  • Blocking
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Hoof to Hanger: How Alpaca Fleece Becomes Clothing

The steps include: alpaca sheering; skirting or removal of debris; scouring (washing) fleece; dyeing…

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Sari Silk Pillow Fashioned on a Rigid Heddle Loom: Part II

Sari silk pillow woven with mercerized cotton yarn and embellished with cotton lace. It can be decor…

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Sari Silk Pillow Fashioned on a Rigid Heddle Loom: Part I

Cotton lace embellished sari silk pillow features handwoven pillowcase using silk fabric and a merce…

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White-and-Blue Romney Wool Rugged Mittens

A step-by-step transformation of the fleece into a pair of mittens: spinning, plying, making skeins,…

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Handspun and Hand-knitted Hickory-dyed Lace Tunic

How I made my Wool Lace Tunic from Start to Finish Making things from scratch is so rewarding! So, w…

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Knitting Needle Size Conversion Chart

A chart of knitting needle sizes in millimeters and their corresponding codes used in the US, UK, an…

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Master List of Knitting Abbreviations

A sortable and searchable table of abbreviations and acronyms used by hand and machine knitters. A U…

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Glossary of Spinning Terms

Term Description Batt A wide, rolled-up bundle of carded fleece that unrolls into a blanket. Bench A…

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Crochet Abbreviations, Definitions, and Explanations

A master list of the most common crochet abbreviations with descriptions and explanations: reference…

Blue Cat Tutorials for a Flatbed Knitting Machine

Cast On

Cast on types and instructions
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Crochet Cast On

Crochet cast on is a simple way to create a neat and even border using crochet hook or a latch tool …

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E-Wrap Cast On with an Anchor

E-wrap cast on with an anchor helps avoid flaws of the regular e-wrap cast on. This method saves tim…

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E-Wrap Cast On

In machine knitting, e-wrap (aka e-loop) is a type of cast-on in which the yarn is wrapped around ea…

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Open Cast On

Open cast-on, aka provisional or invisible cast-on, is the type of cast-on that produces unfastened …

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Alpaca Festival in Sierra Vista

Alpaca festival at the local Alpaca ranch celebrates natural lpaca, Angora goat and rabbit fibers, f…

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Vicuna Wool – the Golden Fleece

Vicuna is an ancestor of alpaca and the smallest undomesticated camelid living in the Central Andes …

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Perendale Sheep

History of Perendale Sheep The Perendale breed was one of the numerous achievements of Sir Geoffrey …

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Romney Sheep

Origin and a little history of Romney sheep breed. Characteristics of the animal and its wool from t…

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Kerry Hill Sheep

Originated in Powys county of Wales, Kerry Hill sheep are excellent farm animals producing medium-to…

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