Wednesday, 23 July 2014

You Tube: Ashford - Good Posture For Spinning on a Wheel

Uploaded on 18 Jul 2011 - It is important to be comfortable and have good posture when spinning.
This advice goes for all wheel types and manufacturers. It is also important to remember basic posture rules when using a spindle too. The key areas of focus when planning each spinning situation are;
  1. Do I have a good chair? The chair should be just the right height for you to comfortably reach the treadles of your wheel without over stretching, or sitting in a hunched position. The chair should also be comfortable and in a stable position. Use a cushion on hardwood chairs and do not use a chair where the seat swivels, or has moving feet.
  2. Am I in a good position/posture? Do I have the right space to spin? You should be able to reach the wheel easily to change bobbins and fix tensions. You should also have in reach all of your tools and wool you will need without having to over-stretch during spinning time. Posture is also very important; your back should be straight and untwisted, with your feet comfortably flat on the floor before each spin (this will mean your chair is the right height for you). Your arms should have the space to easily and naturally move about during spinning... tension in the shoulders and arms will lead to cramps.
  3. How long am I spinning for? Never try to spin for more than 30 minutes at a time without a break... get up and stretch your muscles before you sit again to spin. At the first sign of cramping in your hands, arms and legs you should stop for the day and take a day off as rest in between your next visits. Your body will show the effects over time of wear if you do not treat each spin with care. So if spinning is something you love, take care to avoid Arthritis, Carpel Tunnel and even consider joint supplements (always seek your doctor's advice) if you think they may be beneficial.
Have a wonderful day... Sara x
Website: www.SarasTextureCrafts.com - Ashford Agent and fibre artist/supplier.

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

WIP: Colour Block Nomad Cowl

Global-nomad-cowl by Helen Stewart

I fell in love with this cowl when I saw it on ravelry and added it to my queue of patterns to try... but what to knit it in? Well fortunately this quandary didn't last long as I had just finished skeining and balling a new test sample...



I'm not showing you too much at this stage, instead I want to keep you guessing how this test skein might knit up and consider the possibilities for the shop!

Have a wonderful day... Sara x

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Monday, 21 July 2014

Top Indie Picks: Spinning and Stitching on Etsy.



Like many knitters I always need a little stash of stitch markers in a handy tin for my project bag. This helps make my knitting portable and easy... just how I like it.

Recently I have been using my project bags to help me carry around knitting while I'm at shows, so I needed an extra little tin to carry around those important sundries... welcome in Alex, who has recently opened her new Etsy shop, called Spinning and Stitching. Alex makes projects bags, stitch marker sets with tins and hand spins beautiful yarns.

I had to buy something!

You can find Alex at


I think the readers will agree you deserve a Top Indie Pick badge...



Have a wonderful day... Sara x

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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Show Production... Nearly, nearly, nearly...


As you read this I will be on my final show day at Killerton Spun, finishing the second of the three shows I have this month. I realised late on that while I'd been posting the odd picture on Instagram, I hadn't managed to find time to blog about production... so here it is a collage of production pictures for you.

You can see I have been dyeing wool and yarn like crazy and have dyed up approximately 20kg of each, which is certainly enough for the shows but also the website (although I don't mind doing it all again if I can sell it at the shows!) I have also been carding more batts and creative a few new colourways and products... so keep an eye out for those on the website through out August.

I am keeping a diary for the podcast, so more show news is on the way... until then... I shall plough on... nearly there!

Have a wonderful day... Sara x

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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Dreaming in Fibre Podcast Episode 39 –In the Middle of Three Shows



This is a monthly podcast by Sara's Texture Crafts.

Thank you to new and existing viewers, I hope you enjoy the show!

In this episode I discuss what’s been happening this month and what’s happening next month on the website. Here is a list of points I needed to link to;

Month in Review – details on video.

Fibre Club #5 and Yarn Club #1, Pack 2 revealed – see the website for the next club listings and sign up for alerts.




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Patterns –





WIPS & Finished pieces - Detailed on my ravelry page… SarasTextureCraft
  • Finished – Rosemoor Socks

·         Finished  - Colour Block Cowl in a new sample yarn. Original pattern Global Nomad Cowl by Helen Stewart

  • WIP – Rosemoor Mitts

Due to Cast on –
  • A top down sweater in King Cole Bamboo Cotton.
  • More sampling.

Stash –

Don’t forget the Summer Craft over on the Ravery group!

Thank you for spending your time with me today… Until Next time, keep Dreaming in Fibre!
Sara x

CREDITS
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