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Thursday, July 14, 2011

You can spin like me

I love making instructional videos and have many posted on You Tube.  I thought, hey why not charge a small pittance for some of my videos.  Hey, a girls gotta eat ya know.  I have come up with a few unique spinning styles that you spinners might like to learn how to do.  They are yarns that incorporate a few yarn spinning techniques and if you can already spin they will be easy peasy.   I will even show you how to ply on pearls!   And the best part they are only 5 bucks.  Here's where to buy my instructional videos

Ugh, it's been 100 degrees here in Salt Lake, UT the past couple of days and it's just too hot to think about yarn.  So, let's think about chocolate!!  I made these fun little chocolate cups and wanted to share how I made them with my fans. 

I used to run chocolate fountains in a past life and even wrote a book on how to run a chocolate fountain business! Here is where you can find my book "Sweet Taste of Success".

Monday, July 11, 2011

Turning poop into gold

I received this Blueface Leicester fleece about a month ago.  I finally threw it on the skirting table and man was I surprised.  It was the  dirties, greasiest, stinkiest fleece I ever had.  This was going to be a scouring challenge.  I soaked part of the fleece in a huge bucket of cold water overnight.  The next day I washed it in super hot water with Dawn dishwashing liquid.  It was so dirty I had to wash it twice.  I rinsed it two times and in the final rinse I added a little Unicorn Rinse.  Right after the final rinse I chucked it in a pot of dye.  Man did it ever turn out lovely, shiny and silky soft.

Scouring, or washing, raw wool is all about chemical reactions.  Once you understand the way soap reacts with grease and water temperature you are golden.  I did a quick video on how to wash wool if anyone is interested in seeing my side of the golden fleece.