Everybody Wins

Um…where did my summer go?

Do you ever get the feeling that all you did was blink and suddenly time whacked you on the head, gave you a shove, and you found yourself in another timezone? I feel like that right now. Between family stuff, looking for more work, getting a new job and just life in general…time just flew this summer. And there were some things that slipped through the cracks. I think I am going to have to host my own private Spin-a-Thon once I get my bearings again just to make up for the Tour. But, hey, a new job is a new job and you know what that means. Well, besides making room for adjustments. Yup! More spinning wheels, spindles and fluff! It's still a win in my book. 🙂

Another thing that fell through the cracks is a lovely, new, spinner's magazine called Ply.

Ply is the brainchild of the wondrously talented Jacey Boggs (aka Insubordiknit). You may recall she wrote SPIN ART? Awesome book and DVD if you ever get the chance to pick it up. Pssst…it's available as a download too. 🙂

I learned about the magazine months ago, but well after its Kickstarter debut. Apparently, it picked up steam amongst spinners extremely quickly. Imagine that, lol!

The magazine is different from other spinning magazines in that it focuses on those who are already familiar with spinning an less on the absolute beginner. It's not that beginners can't use it. It's just not a how-to spin your very first yarn kind of magazine, per se. It assumes you've already been there and done that. Ply is more likely to show you your next steps after that first skein and beyond.

Ply is also theme-focused. Every issue will pinpoint a theme from various perspectives and kind of throw it out there for spinners to chew on. This first issue was about…well, firsts. 🙂

And just about every first I could have thought of was packed in! The first yarn, the first sheep, the first spinning wheel, spinning for your first competition, buying your first fleece, etc., etc. There is a section called “Tip Jar” for first-timers advice. I loved the “Stealth Review” section where anonymous spinners of different levels gave their opinions on a well-known wheel! Because they all own the wheel and use it, even though they did not all agree, the advice was very sound.


The magazine is also going to go digital as well! Squee! You all already know it is going right up on my digital shelf!

Lest you should think there are no how-to's at all…

Once the magazine got me in the know on kid mohair, there was a tutorial follow up from the Boggs herself to show how to use it in corespinning…or should I say, how she uses it in corespinning. Ms. Boggs likes folks to know that there is more than one way to skin a cat in spinning. In fact, that idea itself is a major premise of the magazine: sharing the wealth of ideas out there on the craft so readers can find where they fit within that spectrum. Cool, huh?

They didn't forget the knitters either. See? Spinning and knitting go hand and hand…and rock so hard!!

I gave you that intro to say that I wound up getting two of these first issues in the mail. Yup. Two! I had written Ms. Boggs to let her know that my issue hadn't come yet after the first two mailings. She let me know she'd send it right out. Within days it got to my house and I was ecstatic! Imagine my surprise when a couple days later a yellow package that read Ply on the front came to my door. Huh? I wrote her again to tell her that I had gotten two and she was really cool about it. I asked her if she wouldn't mind if I shared the wealth…You know where I'm going with this, yes? 😉 If you are interested in reading this delightful magazine, leave a comment below. I will do a drawing by that random number picky thing in about two weeks and get it out to you.

Let's all read Ply and look at the pretty pictures together! Group hug? 🙂

Well, beyond that, I have been reading up on Common Core Standards in teaching…

and playing, as usual.

Here's what's dressing my Moosie these days.



I love the shepherds hooks. They're my favorite kind of hooks for a spindle.

I even got this baby a new water bottle! I think this one is slimmer for my current bag. It's a Rubbermaid too. So, it might be slightly more shock absorbent than the more rigid one. It has a much smaller mouth though. So, it will only fit a few of my spindles. It fits the Moosie fine though.

I finally washed, dried and caked and rolled up some skeins I had sitting around.

And since one of them was so bulky, and the kids are with their grands, I decided to go on and make that hat today. Since I had no model to measure, I used one of Ann Budd's Handy Book of Patterns apps on my iPad. It's so…handy! I love the colors in this hat and I think it will keep Girl Child's head nice and warm this winter.

Look how huge those stitches are! Chunky yarns are swwweet!

But, they do use up a lot of fiber for the yardage you get. I actually wound up using all of the final skein and BOTH samplers-the 2-ply and the chain ply for this hat.

Don't you love it when everybody wins? 🙂



  1. That red is gorgeous…and for some reason makes my mouth water and my brain starts thinking of berries…Hmmmmm….LOL!

  2. The spinning-in-a-water-bottle idea is brilliant! And I would love your copy of PLY 🙂

    • Thanks! Wish I could claim that, but I read about it in RESPECT THE SPINDLE by Abby Franquemont.

      I will be doing the random drawing in a couple weeks. Check back because it might be you!

  3. Wow, your splindling looks great. I started out on a spindle but after 2 weeks I grew frustrated and moved to a wheel. I have a Sidekick and although it is marketed as a traveling wheel, I have yet to fold it up and travel with it and I find that I’d really love to get back to splinding. My biggest problem is that I can’t get the drafting motion on the spindle like I can on the wheel. Any suggestions / books / or videos you might suggest? Many thanks & I love your blog!!

    • Hi and thanks! I really want a Sidekick someday for that ease of carrying around as well.

      I made some suggestions in this post if you’re interested in a few different kinds of media (vids, books, etc.) to learn from. Also, don’t forget Craftsy classes on spinning with drop spindles. They weren’t around at the time of that post, I don’t believe. But I have found all of the classes I have from them to be of excellent quality.

  4. The hat is awesome! Chunky hats are the absolute best to fight cold winter winds! I’m checking out PLY right now… even though I’m still a beginner spinner. 😉 Thanks for the recommendation!

    • Thanks!

      Lol! Ply is for anyone that spins, really. It’s just targeted toward those who have made that first skein already and probably have an opinion or two about the process, now that they have it. You’ll love it!

  5. Gorgeous hat, those colors are just awesome. Your use of the water bottle to hold the spindle/fiber is brilliant! I have heard a bit about the magazine, but your post was the first that went into any kind of depth, so thanks for that.

    • Thank you!

      That idea is from RESPECT THE SPINDLE by Abby Franquemont. I have been using them to travel with ever since. It really works to protect your spindle-and you can store stash for spinning on-the-go. I really like it.

      Well, I am entering your name into the drawing. If you win it, you might do a review of your own soon! 🙂

  6. I have been wanting to get my hands on that Ply magazine! I’m a newish spinner, and ever since this year’s TdF I’ve been obsessed with spinning!

    • You’re entered!

      Congrats on completing the Tour too! I loved it last year, though I mostly spun fluff I really just wanted to get done already. This year it got away from me. But I plan to get back on board once I get into a routine over this next year. The tour is awesome! So crazy to see what you’re really capable of completing in such a short amount of time!

  7. Now I don’t know what to swoon over first! The beautiful pictures? That gorgeous yarn? The wonderful hat?

    The magazine sounds amazingly intersting, we had a couple of British magazines when I worked at the book store at my hometown’s main station – but they were all too expensive for me (boo …). I’d love to get my hands on this one, but I think the postage is horribly high!

    I am so glad that everything works out for you know! You seem to be very, very happy. 😀

    Julia 😀

    • Thanks Julia! I have a few great things to be happy about right now. Of course, how would you know good without the bad, right? 🙂

      Well, I am going to enter your name for this drawing. If you win, when you get it, you can decide if that postage is worth it all in the end. 😉

  8. oh how awesome! I’ve been wanting PLY since I first saw it, but I can not find an option for just one issue. Ill be moving, twice, in the next two months to help my Mother now that my Father has passed away and can’t subscribe because I’m not even sure where ill be some September! lol. I did finally join the ranks of wheel ownership, and love it more than I expected. Thanks for sharing the wealth, and the news that it’s going digital!

    p.s. I’m now in love with the idea of a Moosie! gonna have to check that out. beautiful spinning!

  9. I’ve been asking around for advice on drop spindles. I bought some wool and want yo spin but don’t want to invest in a wheel. I’d love to enter the draw for the magazine. It sounds fantastic.

    In the meanwhile here is the link to the wool I bought.
    Any thoughts?

    • Hey, I checked out your blog and you wool looks fabulous! I love the color!

      As for drop spindles, you really don’t need anything fancy to spin-unless you feel like indulging. You could even find directions to make toy spindles online. There are very inexpensive spindles to buy on etsy too if you want to just get started FAST! I once got one for five dollars and it worked fine for me. Some don’t like buying cheaper kits from etsy because they feel better quality equipment is easier to learn with when you start. You have to go with what works out for you. If you try something cost effective, and it doesn’t work out, don’t give up and be glad you only wasted five bucks. If it works out even remotely well, you can always bring out the big bucks down the road. I think the key is to just keep working at understanding the process. You can make yarn with some fiber and your fingers. A basic spindle that is solidly put together should make it somewhat easier no matter the cost.

      • Thanks!
        I’ve actually put my husband on it – he’s a bit of a carpenter at heart and it would really be nice if I used something he created : )

  10. I haven’t heard of PLY before, but now I’m really excited to read it. I’d be happy to take your extra copy 😉

  11. I love the pink of the yarn you’ve been spinning, it’s subtle, yet bright.

    • It is pretty, huh? Lol! Pinks are just so friendly. This has a bit of a fluctuation in it too. It has a pink that I slightly rouge as well as a pink that leans toward the plum side. The artist did a good job.

  12. What on earth is that gorgeousness on your moosie? It’s filling me with envy. So.. Shiny..

    • Also, I would love the magazine, if I am lucky enough to win!

      • No problem. You’re entered! Well, everyone that leaves a comment is entered lol…It doesn’t have to be about the magazine. But it’s nice if one is truly interested!

    • ROFL! That’s merino tencel. I haven’t done my homework on tencel yet. But it SOUNDS highly synthetic, lol. It’s where the shine comes from though. I rarely wear anything like that though, come to think of it…not a clue what I’m going to make of that…

  13. I’ve been really interested in reading Ply. I’m a newer spindler & would love to get a copy!

  14. I will definitely have to check into subscribing to Ply. IT looks fantastic! Moosie looks like he is quite at home now. I love the colors of your hat. The chunky yarn is perfect for it.

  15. Spinning and knitting really do go hand in hand. I love the hat you knitted from your handspun. It’s been too long since I knitted anything from my handspun. I need to finish up a project or two and then cast on with some handspun. Good luck with the new job.

    • Thanks for the well wishes on the job and the compliment on the hat. She is calling it her “tea party hat.” Long story…includes a Barbie doll, a sun hat, some teddy bears, and a plushy cushion…

  16. I’ve been hearing great things about Ply but haven’t had the chance to check it out in person. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  17. thanks for the chance to win a copy of Ply. I looked at the bookstore to see if I could get one but I think it is subscription only.
    I am finally doing some spinning of my own. my daughter has loaned me a wheel and I am off to ply some yarn right now.

    • Wow! She is bold. You know, when you give to family, sometimes you never get it back, lol! I hope you are enjoying your spinning. Once you start, it is pretty difficult to stop.

  18. Thanks for sharing the wealth! I have been impatiently waiting for the digital copies or single copies to go on sale and I can’t wait to see it! So pick me! 😉
    Your hat is adorable – love the colors!

    • Lol! I love the shamelessness of that!! The mag is a piece if spinners heaven. I hope you get a copy soon, if you haven’t already. 🙂

      Thanks for the compliment on the hat. Of course, finding a jacket remotely close is going to be tough this year. I think we are just going to go for red…

  19. I actually read your blog for your spinning. 🙂 I’m horribly unconstant with my Ladybug but even after a few weeks of non-love she always shrugs it off and spins beautifully. Ply looks interesting and I’ve been going back and forth on a subscription so I’d love a chance to win.

    I agree about the summer. I think all women (mothers or not) should get an extra two weeks to do nothing but spin and drink frosty-cold drinks in old cut-offs and sunshine. Sigh…. I might be projecting with that one. 😛

    • Lol! That is so sad. I really do knit too. lol! PLY is great and I still tote it with me everywhere. I hope you are able to get a subscription. It’s worth it, for sure!

      ROFL! I wholeheartedly agree!

  20. As always, gorgeous spinning!!! I love the fiber you are currently spinning, reminds me a bit of cotton candy:) Isn’t Ply the best! I seriously love the first issue and can’t wait for more issues in the future.

    • Yes!! I loved the total vibe if it. I can’t wait to see the next one. It will be difficult to top this debut. But, the whole effort seems like a really quality production. Course, after flipping through SPIN ART, not sure I would really expect anything less awesome in her magazine, lol.

  21. Beautiful spinning!

    Now hopping over to “Ply” to check it out 🙂

  22. hi just thanking you for your advice to go for it I am getting ready to give it a go and have bought four alpaca fleeces (it was very cheap if you bought them all) they are not clean and not sure if good to start with I also bought some dyed roving? corridale ? hoping to spin something I can knit I have two hand carding things and still don’t know about changing the bobbin I will try to find a spinners group so hopefully can be shown. Have read about you new job so happy for you, thanks again for your advice.

    • Wow!! Way to jump in! Honestly, you have so much to start with, I can’t see you ending up without yarn, lol! Remember, there’s help just about everywhere, from a guild to the Internet vids. Once you have seen the basic motions, it’s basically fumbling yourself into spinning, lol. To me, nothing beats holing yourself in a room and just not coming out until you have yarn, lol.

  23. Craftie Allie says:

    That magazine looks lovely! Your spin and knit are glorious too 🙂

  24. Hi! First visit to your blog and I am so happy to see a drop spindle and lovely, lovely fiber! Please share the kind/source of your fiber and spindle. Both are pretty. I have been spinning lots of lace singles lately and have gotten it into my head that I can spin and ply enough to knit my husband a pair of socks for Christmas…wish me luck! 😉

    • Hi there! The fiber was a silk blend I got from MDSW. The drop spindle is called a Moosie. It’s made from fallen moose antlers by the Bosworths. Great spindle makers.

      Of course you can! That is the perfect spinning project, I think. One of the first books I ever read on knitting socks actually sparked my interest in spinning. THE TWISTED SISTERS SOCK WORKBOOK. You can’t tell me they didn’t know sneaking that spinning stuff in there wouldn’t start a revolution. Spinners are so sneaky. Thank goodness! 🙂

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