Episodes
In this episode, Sasha explains how these yarns work, what fiber to use, and exactly how to make them, step by step.
Published 04/02/21
In this episode, Sasha talks about her five favorite resources for spinning textured or “art” yarns, and about why even the most traditional spinners can benefit from learning these techniques.
Published 03/26/21
In this episode, Sasha talks with Sheepspotters’ Society member Bridget Flynn about her spinning journey.
Published 03/20/21
In this episode, Sasha chats with Sheepspotters’ Society member Vicky McKay about her spinning journey.
Published 03/12/21
In this episode, Sasha chats with Sheepspotters’ Society member Nenette McNamara about her spinning journey.
Published 03/05/21
In this episode, Sasha chats with Sheepspotters’ Society member and biology graduate student Allyssa Kilanowski about her spinning journey.
Published 02/26/21
In this episode, Sasha talks with student and Sheepspotters’ Society member Sandy Silver about her spinning journey.
Published 02/19/21
In this episode, Sasha talks about five beginner-friendly wools that new spinners can use to build their spinning skills.
Published 02/12/21
The audio podcast is back! In this episode Sasha talks about three tips to help self-taught spinners find community, get their questions answered, and make more yarns they love. Plus: some catching up, a new freebie, and info about our free online community, The Flock. Mentioned in the episode: Sheepspot’s Journal of the Plague Year videos The Sheepspot Podcast, video version The Flock: Join us here! Spinning classes on Craftsy Spin-Off Magazine on Long Thread Media
Published 02/05/21
In this episode Sasha offers some resources for those of you wanting to make the most of this time to improve your spinning--as well as lots of love to those of you still working!
Published 04/10/20
Published 04/10/20
In this episode, Sasha talks about how your knitting style affects your ply twist when you’re knitting with your handspun yarns.
Published 03/27/20
In this episode, Sasha talks about a great way to use your handspun yarn stash and learn something new at the same time.
Published 03/20/20
In this episode, Sasha suggests a small shift in how you think about fiber that can really help your spinning.
Published 02/07/20
In this episode, Sasha tells the amazing story of North Ronaldsay sheep, a story encompassing everything from boom to bust (in the potash industry) and from war to wool. Mostly, though, it’s the story of some very resilient sheep and the similarly resilient people with whom they share a tiny island in the North Sea.
Published 01/24/20
In this episode, Sasha talks about breeds of sheep that produce wonderfully useful and complex fleeces: the multi-coated breeds.
Published 01/17/20
In this episode, Sasha reviews Kate Larson’s video on finishing handspun yarns, Finishing Up.
Published 01/10/20
In this episode, Sasha explains how to find the best twist for your yarn without a magnifying glass and a protractor (!) and how to maintain consistent twist as you spin.
Published 11/29/19
In this episode, Sasha talks about twist, the miraculous force that turns fluff into yarn, and explains the factors spinners should think about when determining how much twist a particular yarn should have.
Published 11/22/19
Winter has come to Ontario—a month early—prompting this episode's meditation on literal seasons, the seasons of a creative life, and a resolution. Plus, what I've been up to during the hiatus, and a fun thing coming in December!
Published 11/15/19
In this episode Sasha offers some tips on getting really comfortable with your spinning wheel.
Published 09/23/19
This week’s episode of The Sheepspot Podcast, on The Spinner’s Journey, will help bring you clarity on where you are in your spinner’s journey, and what you might want to work on next to improve your spinning and make more yarns you love.
Published 09/13/19
In this episode, Sasha talks about how we teach and learn spinning right now, the advantages and disadvantages of each method, and exactly how a continuing membership like The Sheepspotter’s Society (coming later this month!) can help you become a better spinner.
Published 09/06/19
In this episode, Sasha shares her best tips for staying happy and healthy while spinning as consistently as possible for a big project.
Published 08/30/19
In this episode, Sasha reviews Jillian Moreno’s 12 (Plus!) Ways to Spin a Batt, shares her favorite ways to spin a batt, and talks about how she’s spinning her Viajante batts.
Published 08/23/19