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

Show Notes for Episode 029 (Unplugged):

These show notes are courtesy of the fabulous Bettina.  Her Ravelry name is anitteb.  Please shower her with thanks and vitual hugs!--S. Field Trip

Habu Textiles

Purl Soho

Last Minute Knitted Gifts and More Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson

Knitty City

State of the Stash

Sheep Heid by Kate Davies

Faded Splendor Tam by Janine Bajus

Johanneshof Romneys

On the Needles/Wheels/Looms

Scarf in Spunky Eclectic

Pagona Shawl by Stephen West in a Crown Mountain Fibers handspun.

Pashmina Cowl from Last Minute Knitted Gifts in Malabrigo Yarns Silky Merino.

Mork by Julia Farwell-Clay in Cascade Yarns Venezia Worsted.

Fiber Fiasco

Saga of the Faded Splendor Tam.

Mash Note

To Clara Parkes, editor of Knitter's Review and author of the Knitter's Book of Yarn, The Knitter's Book of Wool, and The Knitter's Book of Socks

Helpful Hint

GoodReader for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Available in the iTunes store.

Show Notes for Episode 027: Up the Orifice

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Opening Chatter

The donation incentive for the months of November and December is two bumps (8 oz.) of an 80/20 blend of Merino and silk in the colorway "Ravenswood" from Into the Whirled.  To be entered into a drawing to win this fiber, just donate $5 or more to the podcast by the end of December.  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 Into the Whirled here; my review of Into the Whirled is here.

I'll be at the Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat in Tacoma from February 15-20.

Big Girl Knits and More Big Girl Knits


The Knitty blog

Out for a Spin

Julia Farwell-Clay's article on custom wheel makers in Spin-Off.

Beth's blog on the dream wheel weekend

Julia's blog entry (in her blog, Moth Heaven) on the dream wheel weekend


Andrew and Susan Forsyth's website


Amanda Hannaford's combing videos

I couldn't get the embedding to work, so here are the links:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Amanda's website and Etsy store


Maggie Casey, Spinning Big and Lofty Yarns

Show Notes for Episode 026: Color My World

Out for a Spin


The special chemo-cap yarn


Three Waters Farm "Spring Baby"

Black Bunny Fibers Hibiscus

Black Bunny Fibers "Hibiscus"

Frabjous Moulin Rouge BFL

Frabjous Fibers "Moulin Rouge"


Ashland Bay "Holly Berry"


Abstract Fiber "Big Girl Pink"

DVD Review/Interview with Deb Menz

Deb's website

Deb Menz, Color in Spinning

Deb Menz, ColorWorks

Deb Menz, Color Works for Spinners

Deb Menz, Color and Yarn Design for Spinners

Fiber Review: Dicentra Designs


Dicentra Designs' Etsy store

The Organized Spinner: Setting up a Dyeing Studio

Deb Menz, Color in Spinning

Gail Callahan, Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece

Barbara Parry, Teach Yourself Visually Hand Dyeing

Lynne Vogel, The Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook

Pro Chemical and Dye

Dharma Trading Company

Show Notes for Episode 025: "Is 'everything' an acceptable answer?"

Festival Review: The Black Sheep Gathering

The Black Sheep Gathering

The Anatomy of Knitting podcast

The Knitcents podcast

The Knitmore Girls podcast

The Knit Wits podcast

The Outlier podcast

The Yarnings podcast

The Bar-Maids


Fiber Review: Into the Whirled

Into the Whirled

DVD Review: A Spinner's Toolbox

Judith MacKenzie, A Spinner's Toolbox

Abby Franquemont: Drafting: The Long and Short of It

LPO: Review of Smoky Mountain Spinnery by craftygirl83

The Just One More Row podcast

Unwind Yarn Company

Smoky Mountain Spinnery

Show Notes for Episode 022: #MDSW

Opening Chatter

This month's podcast donation incentive is a beautiful top-whorl spindle from Wildcraft:

Wildcraft Prize Spindle

If you donate $5 or more to the podcast before the month of May, you'll be entered in the drawing.  Or, support the podcast by shopping in the SpinDoctor Amazon or Printfection stores.


SpinDoctor Tees, now available in black with a super-cool white logo!

Prizes for the Wool Breeds Challenge contest have been donated by Storey Publishing, Spirit Trail Fiberworks, and Spinatude.

The Massachusetts Sheep and Wool Fair

The Black Sheep Gathering

Out for a Spin


The Wall o' Wool in my studio

Festival Review

Jennie the Potter's Etsy store

Jennie the Potter's blog


Breed-specific yarns from Solitude Wool

Solitude Wool

Tess' Designer Yarns

Fiber Review


Email Shepherd's Hey Farm, Comus, MD: LLangstaff at earthlink dot net


Show Notes for Episode 021: "wool, dye, mind, hands, color"

Opening Chatter

This month's donation incentive from Wildcraft (and my review of my Wildcraft spindle):

Wildcraft Prize Spindle

The SpinDoctor Amazon store

The SpinDoctor Printfection store, for SpinDoctor swag

Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, May 7 & 8

The Maryland Sheep and Wool thread in the Ravelry group

Three Waters Farm (and my review)

The Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair, May 28 & 29

The Massachusetts Sheep and Wool thread in the Ravelry group

The Black Sheep Gathering, June 24-26

The Black Sheep Gathering thread in the Ravelry group

Details on the Spinning Loft retreat and Miriam Felton's classes

Out for a Spin

The Insubordiknit podcast

This American Life, "Squirrel Cop"

The To Eyre shawl

Jared Flood's yarn, Shelter

Blue Mountain Handcrafts comb and hackle set (and my review)

Fiber Review

Fat Cat Knits website and Etsy store

Fat Cat Knits Ravelry group

Equipment Review

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Jenkins Turkish Delight, Ebony with Maple shaft

Jenkins Woodworking

Wanda's video on the half-hitch

Wanda's video on making a leader for a Turkish spindle

Wanda's video on winding on with a Turkish spindle


My Applewood Lark

The video of Ed Jenkins making the knitting needle, and two other videos of Ed making a crochet hook, and a spindle shaft.

Book Review

Anne Field, Spinning Wool: Beyond the Basics

Jane and Nola Fournier, In Sheep's Clothing (and my review)

Deb Robson and Carol Ekarius, The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook

Clara Parkes, The Knitter's Book of Wool (and my review)

Judith MacKenzie, Popular Wheel Mechanics (and my review)

Abby Franquemont, Drafting: The Long and Short of It (and my review)

Judith MacKenzie, A Spinner's Toolbox

Show Notes for Episode 020: Cat is My Co-Pilot

Opening Chatter

Donate $5 or more to the podcast before May 30 to be entered in a drawing to win this beautiful spindle from Wildcraft.

Wildcraft Prize Spindle

Just click on the "Donate" button in the left-hand column and it will take you right to PayPal.

Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, May 7-8

The Black Sheep Gathering, June 24-26

The Spinning Loft retreat with Beth Smith and Anne Hanson of Knitspot, May 11-14

The Organized Spinner

Pictures coming soon!

Wool Scour Smackdown

Unicorn Power Scour

Kookaburra Wool Wash

DVD Review

Deborah Robson, Handspinning Rare Wools

Deborah Robson and Carol Ekarius, The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook

Show Notes for Episode 019: Madrona!

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Judith MacKenzie, in class

First off, dear spinsibs, it's the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat, not Festival.  Duh.  And you can find the website here.

Jacey Bogg's website and DVD

Sally Melville's website

Judith MacKenzie's DVD, The Spinner's Toolbox

Abstract Fiber

Carolina Homespun

Cascade Spindles

The Artful Ewe

And, last but not least, the wonderful Woodland Woolworks, from whom I rented my ladybug for classes

Show Notes for Episode 018: Gifts for Beloved Spinners

Show Notes for Episode 017: New Segment Queen

Opening Chatter

Donate $5 or more to the podcast in the month of January and you'll be entered to win the podcast donation incentive for the month of January, a bump of stunning fiber from Bee Mice Elf. It is 80% Merino and 20% silk; the colorway is called "Land of Snow."


You can see a picture of the bump here.


Check out my review of the Bee Mice Elf fiber club here.

Out for a Spin

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, Things I Learned from Knitting . . . Whether I Wanted to or Not


Manx Loughtan yarn


Manx Loughtan swatch


Cotswold yarn


Cotswold swatch


Hand-combed Shetland top


Shetland yarn


Shetland swatch


Leicester Longwool on the combs


Leicester Longwool hand-combed top


Leicester Longwool yarn

Equipment Review

The Bosworth's website


My cedar Maxi



Fiber Review

Black Bunny Fibers

Carol Sulcoski's books: Knitting Socks with Handpainted YarnKnit So Fine


Black Bunny

Magazine Review


The Organized Spinner

Unicorn Power Scour

Cleaner's Supply


Above are the "medium size" comforter bags from Cleaner's Supply, the larger size I use.

They will hold about 5 lbs of unprocessed fleece.


Medium size bags on the bottom, "extra small" bags on the top


My sweater drying rack.  It's like a hammock for your wet fleece.

A groovy three-tier sweater drying rack from Amazon, great if you're short on space

Beth Smith's Knitty article on washing locks