Yarnspinners Tales's Podcast

Sep 12 2020 45 mins 1.3k

Join me as each time I either prep fiber for spinning, or sit at my spinning wheel. There is also music and stories while we spin our fiber into yarn.

YST Episode 41 Understand Grist
Nov 29 2009 52 mins  
Got grist? If not, this podcast will help you understand just what this spinning term means, how it is figured and why it's an important part of spinning a specific yarn. This episode continues the discussion of spinning a certain type of yarn, regardless of the fiber you choose. This time we are not going to just copy a commercial yarn, but start from nothing but the idea of spinning yarn for socks. A very important link on the web was mentioned in the podcast and it can be found here. It is the work of Llyn Payne, and is a listing the the characteristics such as YPP and WPI of commercial yarns using the standard numeric system available on ball bands. From this information we can find the target range of these figures to use in our calculations for creating similiar yarns. I would like to take a moment to explain a calculation that I mention in the podcast that did not get enough explanation. The discussion was covering how to determine the amount of fiber needed to spin a project (in our example we were saying socks) The formula uses grist, weight length and the number 16 (oz to lbs conversion). It looks like this: G=(M/W)L where G=grist M=16 for US weight or 1000 for metric W=weight and L=length Normally this calculation is used to figure grist (because we have the weight and length already) If we want to find out how much fiber to buy to make a certain yards of yarn at a certain grist we can do some algebraic magic and solve for W. I did this in the podcast without really explaining how I got the amount. Here's the actual calculation: If I want to spin 450 yards of 2 ply sock yarn and look up in the above chart to see that sock yarn has a range of 1675 to 2100 YPP (which is the grist and I will take an arbitrary middle of the range figure 1800) it would be solved like this: 1800=16/W(450) 16/W=1800/450 16/W=4 Multiply both sides by W 16=4W 4=W This means W (your weight of fiber needed) is 4 oz I very conveniently choose a number that worked out evenly, it will not always do that, and the spinner should always round up to be sure to have enough. A big thank you to my daughter who was in college more recently than myself and so could remember how to solve algebra equations. Music today is from Mevio a podsafe music network. The interlude music was by Kumpania Algazarra and is called Skabicine. The closing song is Hardly Enough by WAZ As always a big thank you to Clare Dowling for the spinning song.

YST Episode 36 Spinning on a Charkha
Aug 21 2009 85 mins  
It's like a spinning studio, in a book size box. That's how the charkha spinning wheel is described in the podcast. Along with many fun stories involving spinning on this unique spinning tool, we also try to give you specifics on just how to spin on one yourself. Every now and then it seems that the pictures really will speak louder than the words, so to help you understand just what we are talking about we have posted a video on Youtube. Here's a direct link for it. You have to pick which to do first, listen to the podcast, or watch the video...just don't do them both at the same time! I have lots of links about charkhas. You can find lots more through Google I am sure. If you want to join the discussion, come on over to Ravelry and join the Yarnspinnerstales group there. We'd love to hear from you. Thank you to Elaine Benfatto for her DVD Charkha Spinning: Tips and Techniques, which I review in the podcast. Thank you to Jonathon Bosworth, for making not only the charkha we talk about, but many other lovely spinning tools. Thank you to Gokul Salvadi for all the music in today's podcast. The interlude was Plucked Sitar and the closing song was Traibal Dance. His music can be found at Music Alley, formerly the Podsafe music network. Here's lots more links http://www.markshep.com/nonviolence/Charkha.html http://www.journeywheel.com/content/section/6/107/ http://www.charkhafiberbook.com/ http://ssbjecharka.blogspot.com/2009/03/spin-sing-and-power-e-charkha-way.html http://www.mielkesfarm.com/charkha_vid.htm http://www.charkha.biz/Charkha/tools.htm advertises tuned indian charkha http://www.woolery.com/pages/charkhafr.html has video I reviewed http://www.paradisefibers.net/CHARKHA-SPINNING-TIPS-DVD-p/999131.htm also has video http://halcyonyarn.com/spinning.php has video http://www.yarnbarn-ks.com/CHARKHA-SPINNING-TIPS-DVD/productinfo/VS-DX417/ has video http://www.dyegarden.com/2009/05/cigar-box-charkha-building-and-dye.html building a cigar box charkha http://www.woolworks.com/Shop/Videos/Spinning has video http://fiberdrunk.blogs.se/2007/09/16/charkha_plying_solution~2990381/ cool upright kate

YST Episode 31 Bamboo and Tencel
May 16 2009 63 mins  
Bamboo and Tencel, those shiny, slippery, shiny, ecofriendly, shiny, nonwool, shiny fibers (did I tell you that they are shiny?) are the topic of today's podcast. Another spinner joins me today to talk about why these and other non wool fibers are all she spins. If you have wanted to try these fibers (did I tell you that they are shiny?) this is the podcast to help get you started. We refer to lots of things on the internet, so here's a listing of what I hope is all the links: The youtube video of spinning tencel can be found here. Digitaldurga has a non wool fiber group on Ravelry called Garden Spinning. Join her there if you want to discuss anything about today's podcast, or anything relating to these fibers. Cotton was not included in today's podcast even though it is a cellulose fiber because there are three podcasts that cover cotton. You can find those podcasts under the names: Cotton Dye Day (episode 12), Dyeing Cotton Naturally (episode 13), and Spinning Cotton (episode 15). The Bamboo, Tencel and Targhee/bamboo blend fibers discussed today were provided as sample by Natural Obsessions. The non wool July sample box mentioned is from www.phatfiber.com. Phatfiber provides a monthly box of samples of fibers and yarns from vendors. Each box is based on a theme and for July 2009, the theme is non wool. A very non inclusive listing of links that I found for sources for this fibers: www.woolery.comwww.twistoffateyarns.comwww.paradisefibers.netwww.yarnandfiber.comwww.woolworks.comwww.grittyknits.comwww.mandacrafts.etsy.comwww.thepaintedsheep.etsy.comwww.fiberoptic.etsy.comwww.windrose.etsy.comwww.dyeingforcolour.etsy.com Music on today's podcast was provided through the Podsafe music network. Get ready for the funk! The opening song was by Polarity and is called Jammin Inya Jammies. The interlude music was by Electric Submarine and is called Goats Seldom Shave. The podcast closes with a wonderful version of Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone by Busterman.

YST Episode 17 Tips and Techniques
Aug 17 2008 61 mins  
Ribbons and not medals are what you win when you let your yarn be judged. In keeping with the spirit of the Summer Olympics in one segment of this podcast I talk about how to find competitions to enter your spinning and how to prepare the skeins to be judged. Three other segments also share some of the hints and tips I have after several weeks of experimenting with different techniques. One segment talks about what to do when you end up with singles on one bobbin and you want to ply that yarn. The method is called Andean plying and is easier to do than to explain! A third segment talks about picking a fleece. Now this is not talking about the actual selection of a fleece, but the process that allows the locks of washed fiber to be opened so that vegetable matter or short nubs of fiber can be removed. It makes a big difference in the yarn you spin when you take the time to do this step, as I relearned this week. And finally, the biggest challenge of all to many experienced spinners: spinning a bulky yarn is discussed. It's a yarn you either love or hate, but either way, it's good to know how to spin it. Be sure to check out my blog to see some photos of the topics discussed in the podcasts. Since this podcast is an eclectic mixture of topics, I have an mixture of music too. As usual, all music is from the podsafe music network and below are links to the specific musicians. First a special thank you to Claire Dowling for the spinning intro music. Interlude music called Summer Meadow is by Jim Richmond. Saffire and the Uppity Blues Women sing for us Don't You Tell Me. The music behind the thank yous is Butterfly Seranade and is by Tripple6Fusion. And to close the show, a lovely blues vocal that just sings of summer, Watermelon Time by Marcia Ball. Thanks for listening!

YST Episode 15 Spinning Cotton
Jul 18 2008 61 mins  
Episode 15 is all about preparing and spinning cotton. Joining me in the podcast are some of my spinning friends with some very good explanations of just how they do this. And also something new to the show this time: videos! First as promised a very special spinning movie. Currently it is on YouTube, to save me some MB storage space here. The Spinning Movie is set to music from Kelvin Bear, who I found on the Podsafe Music Network. This artist does not seem to have a website, so here's a link to his music. Now for some instructional videos. These are for folks with DSL access. Carding cotton and making punis Support spindle spinning cotton Setting up a charkha and spinning Here are the same videos, at reduced bandwidths for dialup: Carding cotton and making punis Support spindle spinning cotton Setting up a charkha and spinning cotton This is all a grand experiment for me, and you may find that because I had to use Windows Movie Maker for editing, that they will only play in Windows Media Player. If you do not have that media playing software, you should at least be able to view the Spinning Movie on Youtube, and well as the Cotton Carding and Support spindle spinning cotton. Enjoy! All music for this podcast is from the Podcast Music Network. Brian McRae song July Moon provided the interlude music. Ben Willmott ends the podcasts with the song Fireworks. This was a fun podcast to make, and I hope you have as much fun listening to it. Happy Spinning!

YST Episode 14 June Spin In
Jun 20 2008 64 mins  
Spinning on my front porch, means cool morning air, birdsong and the occasional cow mooing in the background. But the topic of the yarnspinnerstale this month is very cool, as I tell all about my recent cruise to Alaska with Seasocks 08. Before that though, I discuss two sheep breeds from my rare breed sampler: Cormo and Montadale. The photo is from some of the cormo spun from combed top pulled through a diz. Music for this podcast is from the Podsafe Music Network. New music artists include: Janet Spahr with Rosemary Damh the Bard with Lady of the Silver Wheel And special thanks to Wren Ross for letting me use Baa Baa Black sheep with the sheep fleece reviews, and to Clare Dowling for the opening Spinning song. A few links I said I would include are: Amy Singer her webpage is here. Amy taught a shawl Plug and Play class on the cruise. Crissy Gardner, and Heather Ordover each taught in the Heels, Heels, Heels classes. And Brenda Dayne, talking all about her experiences podcasting, was the highlight of the trip, for this podcaster. Finally, I issue an Olympic challenge. I did this for the winter Olympics, and the blog entry is in the archives from my blog. But I am in the mood to do something different this time, and talk about that in the podcast. I hope you will join me in August as I watch the Olympics and take on your own Olympic spinning challenge. You have a bit of time, but don't dally, the challenge starts 08/08/08. Happy summer solstice!

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