What happened next . . .

Perhaps you haven't gotten to episode 40, and you don't know yet how the SpinDoctor story ends. It ends with the next chapter in my wonderful, wool-addled life: a fiber company called Sheepspot.

Sheepspot specializes in breed-specific fibers that are earth-friendly and, wherever possible, sourced and processed in North America. 

If you'd like to know more about Sheespot, visit me at www.sheepspot.com, or sign up for the newsletter using the form below.

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Show notes for Episode 040: One Ending, Two Beginnings


This will be the last episode of SpinDoctor.  I wanted to tell you about that, and about where I’ve been and about what’s next for me.  I won’t restate here what I say in the episode, but I did want to provide a few links:

Deb Robson’s Dreaming of Shetland project

Sign up for the SpinDoctor Newsletter here

For news on Sheepspot, and my adventures making and dyeing breed-specific yarns, please do follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or Google+, or follow the SpinDoctor pages on Facebook or Google+.

My best to you all.

Show Notes for Episode 039: Inveigle

Opening Chatter

The Donation Incentive for April will be from Spunky Eclectic: eight ounces of Shetland wool in the "Friends Forever" colorway.


You can find my review of Spunky Eclectic's fiber here.  Jillian interviews Amy King here.

The Great Sock Yarn Experiment, based on Sarah Anderson's The Spinner's Book of Yarn Designs, is going on now in the SpinDoctor Ravelry group.

My new blog, Knitting Utopias, is here: www.knittingutopias.com.

Out for a Spin

Jillian's Knittyspin column, in which she writes about these swatches:


The Spunky Eclectic Pomegranate Martini fiber Jillian is obsessed with:


What Sasha's spinning now:



Hansen mini-spinner with All. The. Flyers.


Some pics from Madrona and beyond

The day Mt. Ranier came out to play:


Eeek, Steeks! class action shot:


Mary Scott Huff wearing her amazing Thistle Stole:


Yummy orange trees chez Knitmore:


Deb Robson's Dreaming of Shetland project


Fiber Review: Pigeonroof Studios

The fiber:


On the bobbin:


The yarn:


The Lacy Baktus in progress on the way to Madrona:


Yes, I'm watching Bomb Girls on my iPad. And so should you.

Interview with Lynne Vogel

Lynne Vogel's website

Lynne Vogel on Etsy

Some of Lynne's colorways are available from Three Waters Farm's Etsy shop.

The Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook

The Twisted Sisters Knit Sweaters

Show Notes for Episode 038: Knitterly Love


Pet Organics At Ease Natural Herbal Calming Spray for cats

Finished Objects and Works in Progress


Hugh's Christmas Hat

Mark's Christmas Hat

Mistake Rib Cowl

Non-Itchy Scarf for Matthew

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Piper's Journey

More Socks for Matthew

Baby Blanket for Thingy

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Lots of Jacob

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Spunky Eclectic Targhee in Tie Dye

Pigeonroof Studios Merino/Silk in Inveigle


Field Trip


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State of the Stash

Fiber Company Tundra

Spud and Chloe Sweater

Blue Sky Alpacas Metalico

Mash Note

Blue Sky Alpacas

There's information on the Metalico pattern collection here.  You can see some of the Royal Petite patterns here. You can see a picture of one of the Spud and Chloe pattern cards here.


Sasha on Ravelry, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+; the podcast on Facebook and Google+; the Ravelry group



Show Notes for Episode 037 (Unplugged): Podsafe

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What I'm spinning now: 80/20 Merino Silk from Pigeonroof Studios in "Inveigle"

Opening Chatter


Maryland Sheep and Wool

State of the Stash

The Middlefield sweater (not the "Middletown Sweater") from New England Knits

Stonehedge Fiber Mill's Shepherd's Worsted


Rosie's Yarn Celler


Mary Scot Huff's website and her Thistle stole

The Annabel Cardigan

The sweet lamb's fleece came from Dee Heinrich at Peeper Hollow Farm

Spunky Eclectic


Soft Paws

In closing



SpinDoctor's Facebook page

SpinDoctor's Google+ page

Sasha on Twitter, Instagram & Ravelry

The closing song is Jonathan Coulton's "Podsafe Christmas Song."  You can find Jonathan's website here.

Show Notes for Episode 035: The Spinning Devil says "woolen"

Opening Chatter

The lovely donation incentive from Black Bunny Fibers that's going to Melissa:


Dragon's Tail

The new donation incentive is 8 ounces of fiber from Yarn Hollow

A link to my fiber destash

The Spinning Loft classes page, for information on classes with Sarah Anderson and Deb Robson.

The Kitchener-Waterloo Knitter's Fair


Out for a Spin

Jillian's blog post on plying twist

Jillian's fabulous "Dirt" singles:

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The Corgi Hill Farm Merino/Camel/Cashmere yarn:

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The sample I spun from my CVM fleeces:

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Fiber Review: Woolgatherings

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The website

The Etsy shop

The Ravelry group

Wheel Review: The Hansen Mini-Spinner

MS cherry 600


Züca Bags

Equipment Review: The Will Taylor Clever Kate

Will Taylor doesn't have a web site.  I got my Clever Kate at Carolina Homespun.


Show Notes for Episode 034: A Sheep Named Darwin

Opening Chatter  The Black Sheep Gathering

Out for a Spin

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Santa Cruz fleece no. 1

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Santa Cruz fleece no. 2

The hot water bottle patterns from cocoknits and Leigh Radford.

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the Spunky Eclectic fiber that Jillian made into this:

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and this:

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This fiber from Southern Cross . . .

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. . . became these singles.

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Braids from Woolgatherings:

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Meanwhile, Sasha's been spinning this Texel from The Spinning Loft, which she dyed herself, for socks.  The actual color is way more green than this.



DVD Review

How to Card Wool: Four Spinners, Four Techniques

Maggie Casey, Start Spinning (DVD).  Reviewed here.

Rita Buchanan, How I Spin (DVD).  Reviewed here.

Indie Dyer Interview

Spunky Eclectic (fiber review here).

The Organized Spinner

Tyvek wristbands, like the ones here

Information on "Andean" plying

Show Notes for Episode 031: Family-Friendly Exploding Heads


The effervescent Mary Scott Huff

"Ebbtide," from Elizabeth Doherty's Blue Bee Studio

Toots LeBlanc's merino/angora yarn:


The Pocket Wheel

The Haul

Woolgatherings ("bright, but not clownish"):




You can find the Woolgatherings' Etsy shop here.

The Artful Ewe:

Artful ewe batts



Goth Socks, from Rainy Days and Wooly Dogs:

Goth socks

(Jillian's above, Sasha's below)



Jenkins Turkish Spindles

Loft, from Brooklyn Tweed




Lucy Neatby's DVDs

Abstract Fiber

Information on the Abstract Fiber club

Sasha's three-ply sock yarn haul:




Crosspatch Creations:


Tactile Fiber Arts:


Huckleberry Knits




Show Notes for Episode 030: Why don't you just spin it?

Opening Chatter


The donation incentive for February is 8 oz of "Big Girl Pink" fiber from Abstract Fiber.  One bump is an 75/25 blend of BFL and silk.  The other is a 50/50 blend of Merino and tencel.  To be entered into a drawing to win this fiber, just donate $5 or more to the podcast by the end of February.  There's a donate button in the left-hand column of the page that will take you right to PayPal.  You can find more goodies from Abstract Fiber here; my review of Abstract Fiber is here.

I'll be at the Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat in Tacoma from February 15-20.  The podcaster meet-and-greet will be on Saturday at 5:00 pm in the Rotunda.  Come see us!

Out for a Spin

Jillian joins me for the first time.  Find her at Knittyspin and Tuesdays at The Knitty blog.

Jillian's been spinning some batts from Bricolage Studios.  You can find them on Etsy or at The Spinning Loft.



She's also been working with fiber from Yarn Hollow:

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And her Spunky Eclectic club fiber is speaking to her:

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Book Review

Jacey Boggs, Spin Art: Mastering the Craft of Spinning Textured Yarn

Equipment Review

Schacht bulky plyer flyer for the Sidekick

Fiber & Processing Review

You can email Elizabeth Hubbard at hubbardranch at centurytel dot net; her Etsy shop can be found here.

Morro Fleece Works, Morro Bay, CA