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Goldfish Love
Fiber junkie. Spinner. Teaching artist.
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This variation on corespinning isn't something I see very often, but the potential for creating both mild and wild yarns is tremendous. 1. Transform your stash Thin, incomplete coverage of a core allows you to transform your stash and change the character of existing yarns. This yarn started as a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Goldfish Love Fibers
Corespinning is probably my my most utilized art yarn technique. I love it for it's versatility and variety, that it works on any spinning wheel and even a spindle if you're willing. It's also the first class in an upcoming series of classes I'm teaching at the Weaver's Guild of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Goldfish Love Fibers
Hello to all the charming new people I met at Craft'za this weekend! Since this website is only infrequently updated (Facebook is much more active if you're into that sort of thing...), you can find Goldfish Love yarns and kits and sometimes me at Anoka Fiber Works. What have I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at Goldfish Love Fibers
Remember back in, oh, August? When I totally promised I would have pictures of the fiber arts (AND SEED ART <3!!) from the State Fair? Yeeeeeeeeah. 6 months later I finally got all those pictures off my phone*. There's this beautiful rug - I wanna make batts inspired by this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2013 at Goldfish Love Fibers
Photographing fiber arts on the sly at the fair and finding some Superman Ice Cream! Always amazing things to see, lots more poorly composed pictures of awesome stuff to come. Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2012 at Goldfish Love Fibers
Because I actually made something. Two really, but I gave up the knit version before I even took pictures. Rookie mistake. Simple crochet, with one skein of sock yarn held double and two skeins of art yarn for the lengthwise scarf. I love it, and just need to find somewhere... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2012 at Goldfish Love Fibers
If you're in the group of spinners who haven't been playing along, we're 15 days into the Tour de France, fêted among spinners by commiting to spin (and often watch the race) every day the cyclists ride under the moniker "Tour de Fleece". I've been taking advantage of the project... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2012 at Goldfish Love Fibers
Lots and lots of spinning underway for the Tour! Just a bit of yarn porn - some finished skeins and the gorgeous cormo from Strawberry Moon that is coming up next. Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2012 at Goldfish Love Fibers
Last year I spun up a cormo-alpaca blend in three natural shades of grey and brown, and plied them together. These knit up to a nice tweed effect in the final fabric. So with the modified chain ply on BFL, and this 3-ply faux tweed on the brain, I set... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2012 at Goldfish Love Fibers
I saw someone describing this variation on chain plying on Ravelry and had to see how it worked. From two singles, chain one strand and carry the other along like a regular two ply. Alternate which strand is forming the chain. The color blending that results just stunned me on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2012 at Goldfish Love Fibers
Three ounces or more in, and there's still lots of room for more. Local dark silver coarse mohair, Iowa teeswater locks, and silky silver Wensleydale. The singles have a personality, but I can't really tell what they want next. Thread ply? Chain ply? Pair them up with contrasting locks? Shock... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2012 at Goldfish Love Fibers
The super giant, unreasonably big flyer for my wheel is here and I can't stop playing. The whole scrap bin is getting roughly carded together for big core spun yarn. Love (1) for this thing. I think some hairy Icelandic tailspun is in my sights next... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2012 at Goldfish Love Fibers
If you haven't been yarn hunting in Anoka, there's a sweet yarn shop just off Main Street - The Shepherdess (aka Shepherd's Choice). And if you can make it past the gorgeous collection of yarns downstairs, they've added a co-op space for fiber artists upstairs. Wheels, looms, local alpaca and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2012 at Goldfish Love Fibers
The house definitely smells like pickled sheep, what with all the hiding from my day job and sitting home dying kettle after kettle of yarn. I seem to be completely obsessed with orange/chartreuse combinations. Nothing really exciting to say about it, other than really having fun pouring colors over everything... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2012 at Goldfish Love Fibers
Maybe it's the recent fever. Or maybe a big fresh pile of squishy dyed yarn I needed to test out. But I can, in fact, still knit it seems. A big, chunky, quick and easy cowl that I knocked out in just a day. Now I just need to figure... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2012 at Goldfish Love Fibers
I've lost track of the times I've been asked "so, I mean, what do you do with it?" In some ways it's the obvious question - I'm making yarn, and yarn is largely defined by its purpose as a craft supply, a means to artisan knitting or crochet or weaving... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2012 at Goldfish Love Fibers
Some favorites I'm missing since they left my stash. Big white longwool locks shot through with Christmas tinsel and red and black threads. I love the bulk and drama out of that basic combination. Scary Clownpants colorway on the right. My sweet Helga mohair fleece got all dyed up and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2012 at Goldfish Love Fibers
All this time not posting, but new things are afoot nonetheless. Wool and silk are draped all over the place. Festive holiday garlands to welcome the new year. Back to washing and rinsing and spinning for me. Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2012 at Goldfish Love Fibers
Buttoned Up, originally uploaded by Goldfish Love Fibers. I've been busily dying all week, but still had enough time to get some more yarn spun up and plied. This sweet little thing is a tweedy longwool base, loaded with buttons pulled out at random and strung on bright red cotton.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2011 at Goldfish Love Fibers
Handspun and Three Irish Girls Sweater, originally uploaded by Goldfish Love Fibers. Yes, there is a sweater. An actual, finished, I-even-wove-in-the-ends-you-can-see-mostly sweater. Probably just in time, since there was a serious threat of harm if said sweater were not completed in a pretty way. The pattern is Francis, Revisited by... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2011 at Goldfish Love Fibers
Not Too Girly, originally uploaded by Goldfish Love Fibers. Awww, Gus. Poor guy's fiber got dyed up hot pink and sparkly. Gus is a suri alpaca, whose fiber is spun up loose and lofty and drapey. It halos, it will pill a bit, it will stretch if knit loosely, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2011 at Goldfish Love Fibers
Tweedy1, originally uploaded by Goldfish Love Fibers. The last few days have not yielded much photogenic spinning, but a pile of yarns did go out for a photoshoot today. This tweedy number is a basic thick and thin yarn, plied with thread. The fiber though, that is decadent. A basic... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2011 at Goldfish Love Fibers
Tablescape, originally uploaded by Goldfish Love Fibers. The perfect place-setting! DKA project bags, chocolate candy, and a surprise sample of 3IG mini skeins all waiting... Darn Knit Anyway is my favorite not-very-local yarn store. I mean, I am in South Minneapolis, so pretty much anything that I cannot reach on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2011 at Goldfish Love Fibers
Blue Whale, originally uploaded by Goldfish Love Fibers. Blue Whale: mixed wools and a touch of bright orange bamboo, plied with thread. Just for the sake of fun and pretty handspun. The last week has seen some dutiful photo-taking of yarns that have been hanging around made and unloved.* About... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2011 at Goldfish Love Fibers
Shearling Bobbin Progress, originally uploaded by Goldfish Love Fibers. Locks, locks, and even more locks. BFL lamb curlicues and big glossy chunks of mohair. This is really why I adore buying whole fleeces. Every last one of them is a little different. Little spring-curls from the Blue Faced Leicester lambs... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2011 at Goldfish Love Fibers