Spinning Lessons & Communal Crafting at Peaceful Paths

Our Last Meetup: photo by haldechick via flickr

When: August 31 at 1 p.m. Where: Peaceful Paths Google map: 2100 NW 53rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32653

Our first gathering at Peaceful Paths for spinning lessons and communal fiber crafting was a fabulous success! We gave three spinning lessons — but the best part was the turn out of spinners & crafters, about 15 of them, and their donations to Peaceful Paths of both needed items and cash. We had so much fun that we’ve decided to meet up the last Saturday of every month.

So bring in your spinning, knitting, . . . → Read More: Spinning Lessons & Communal Crafting at Peaceful Paths

Meetup Changeup

The last SATURDAY of the month will NOT be a spinning/crafting meetup at Peaceful Paths (Double Booked!). Please keep an eye on this space, and we will let you know when and where the next meetup will happen.

Spinning Tune Up!

Drop Spindle by Michael Wade via flickr

Need a spinning basics refresher? Come join Ginger for a review of all the things you forgot from those early spinning classes or never learned as you struggled through learning on your own. She will review the basics such as the relationships between twist, treadling and the drafting triangle (remember that?). Expand your drafting technique repertoire and gain more control over the size of the yarn you are spinning. Bring your spinning problems and Ginger will help you find the solutions!

Bring: Your wheel and any fiber you have questions about Take . . . → Read More: Spinning Tune Up!

Patagonia 2013

Argentina is lovely in the fall! The days were unseasonably warm at the beginning of the trip, but the nights were cool and comfortable for sleeping. Here in Florida we are in late spring but below the equator, April is early fall. The shepherds had already moved their herds of cashmere goats to the winter feeding grounds. The area was still green due to the warm weather, but it is still not a very productive landscape.

I was able to travel down to Patagonia on a grant from Eileen Fisher given to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) . . . → Read More: Patagonia 2013

Nerd Corner: Wool Carder Bees

I was scanning through scientific literature looking for something specific and became totally distracted when I saw an article about wool carder bees.  Naturally, being a spinner, I had to check it out!  European wool carder bees, Anthidium manicatum, are in the family Megachilidae which is home to leaf-cutter bees also known as mason bees. Although originally from Europe, they are well traveled and have been introduced to such varied places as the Canary Islands and several countries in South America.  They arrived on our shores sometime before 1963, where they were found in New York State.  Since then, they have spread across the U.S.  and were documented . . . → Read More: Nerd Corner: Wool Carder Bees

Spinning Lessons Resume

drop spindles for sale

Ewephoric Fibers will once again be teaching spinning lessons!

On June 22 at 1 p.m. we will meet at the Peaceful Paths conference room for lessons and communal spinning. It’s a large room, so we will teaching spinning only on one side of the room. Which means the other side of the room is free to folks who would just like to come sit and spin, knit, crochet, or follow their muse in whatever way they choose! Our plan is to do this on a monthly basis so don’t miss out on the very . . . → Read More: Spinning Lessons Resume

Nerd Corner: The Golden Orb Shawl

Ginger writes: A spider in my house is perfectly safe. This has nothing to do with a love of spiders, or an eco-friendly need to spare bug eating predators, or even a Buddha-like moral sense. No. I have such a phobia of spiders that I can’t stay in the same room or calmly comment about a spider’s presence so someone else can deal with the “emergency.” They are perfectly safe because I can’t get close enough to sweep one out the door — never mind kill one.

Spider Silk Textile Panel (Lamba Akotifahana), 2008. Madagascar. Seven panels joined: . . . → Read More: Nerd Corner: The Golden Orb Shawl

Ewephoric Spinning Academy

Wild Roving, Tamed

Wild Roving, Tamed

Join Ewephoric Fibers for an informative and fun-filled day of spinning. In the morning portion of the workshop, we will spin wild roving and batts. In the afternoon, we will work on plying to make the best possible yarns. While we are learning about wonderful fibers, we will also be helping a most worthy cause, Peaceful Paths. This non-profit group assists women moving out of abusive situations into a position of self-sufficiency and strength. Ten percent of every workshop fee will go to Peaceful Paths. Feel free to bring a non-perishable food donation for their food pantry. Details after the jump…

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“Green Cashmere” Field Work on the Patagonian Steppes

Many of you know that Ginger was headed to Argentina to interact with cashmere goat herders and the guanaco cooperative (www.payunmatru.com). After an overnight flight from Houston, TX to Buenos Aries, Argentina then an overnight bus ride to Junín de los Andes, the real adventure started! And yes, that is two days of travel to get to the beginning!

Ginger (far left) and the Grupo Costa del Rio Colorado Cooperative

Ginger writes: Susan Walker, who works with the Wildlife Conservation Society (facebook.com/WCS.Patagonian.and.Andean.Steppe), and her husband, Andres Navarro, are long time friends and sponsored my visit to Argentina. They . . . → Read More: “Green Cashmere” Field Work on the Patagonian Steppes

Road Trip: Destin-y Bound

We are very excited about going to the January Spin-In in Destin, Florida.  This small gathering is such a wonderfully relaxing venue that we sign up for it as soon as possible!  We will have lots of luxurious and luxury fibers, BFL, BFL with silk, Tussah and Bombyx silk roving, cashmere, guanaco and some special blends.

Hope to see you there!