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Posts Tagged "merino"

Just in case…

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Just in case…

… you are thinking that I’ve been sleeping: 680m of a 3ply merino, worst weight, ready for my project – and I still have 3 half full bobbins to ply, in case these meters aren’t enough. I’m still thinking it’s boring spinning a plain yarn myself, when it’s possible to buy it anywhere, but I am also proud I was capable of doing with consistency. Next step: swatching and...

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Study in scarlet: so many choices…

Posted by on Mar 2, 2013 in Blog | 2 comments

Study in scarlet: so many choices…

The activity of spinning fiber is basically 90% making decisions: * what is the right fiber for the project? Should I blend it or not? * which weight? * should I spin worsted or woolen? Make it compact? Fluffy? * how much spin? * how many cables should I ply? And so on. Only after you know what you want, you can finally start treadling. Apart of choosing the fiber, that I had already decided (merino, red), these were the questions I worked on this week, trying to decide how I want my yarn. As I...

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The Study in Scarlet

Posted by on Feb 23, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

The Study in Scarlet

Once upon a time, when I was a kid, my uncle, who studied Philosophy, told me about one (of many) problem of the industrialization process: in a factory, employees only make parts of something and not the whole thing as before when there were artisans – for example, one make a little piece of metal but he doesn’t know exactly how it be used to make a car door. Because of this, they suffer what Karl Marx called “alienation from the work process”. They lose control of...

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To Pat, with <3

Posted by on Sep 11, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

To Pat, with

Last week, a got a special request: to spin a turquoise yarn for a friend, Patricia Ballarin, who lives in Los Angeles. I usually don’t like custom itens. It’s like the request cut my creativity and I get blocked. However, as I said, this was a special request fro a special person. I met Pat about 8 years ago, in the first year I moved to São Paulo, during the very first knit meeting I attended. Few months later, we became coordinators of the group Tricoteiras de Sampa, which is...

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Only merino wool

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in Blog | 4 comments

Only merino wool

100% merino wool. Handspun by myself. Worsted. Soft, Beautiful colors.  

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