Jul 24


I hope everyone has a great day!

Jul 21

Beginning today and through midnight on Friday, July 25th, we are going to be celebrating my 50th birthday, which is this week.  Just use the discount code BENITAIS50 and save 15% EVERYTHING in the shop.

So, Happy Birthday to Me!



Jul 18

In Wednesday night’s Spinning III class, my two advanced students continued to work on spinning enough of a consistent yarn for their upcoming projects. Brenda is planning to do each of her three plies with different fibers – one Cormo, one Corriedale, and one alpaca. Then, once they have been plied together, she wants to dye them (she’s thinking indigo right now) to see how each fiber takes the dye differently before knitting the yarn up. Since she has to spin up a total of about 1200 yards, she has a lot more spinning to do.

Pat, on the other hand, had spun up enough of her fiber to chain-ply so she could see if she were close to getting gauge. She did it! Now just to keep spinning the same weight and keep it consistent.

Brenda also brought two items with her. One was some spun poodle fur.


It is a bit scratchy, but she wants to make a place mat out of it, so the scratchiness won’t make a bit of difference in the finished item.

The second thing that Brenda brought was some alpaca that she had bought so I could show her how to wash it. She and Pat both watched and got involved in washing the lovely stuff and see what it became!


Isn’t that the fluffiest, prettiest fiber! It is super soft and ought to spin up like a dream.

Half-way through class, Pat announced that she’d like to learn long-draw one day. I asked if she had an empty bobbin with her and she did.


Pretty good for her first try at it, don’t you think?

Pretty soon these two will graduate and no longer need me. I will be sad when that day arrives.

Jul 17
Something New!
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Starting today and continuing for the foreseeable future, the 12AM YARNO number on Dyed in the Wool will be a Fiber of the Day with a discount code to get 10% off that fiber for that day only.

For example: Today’s Fiber of the Day is:

Cormo pin-drafted top - Item #D-RV-14-0001
Cormo pin-drafted top – Item #D-RV-14-0001
This absolutely beautiful top is a blend of three different Cormo fleeces, Rufus (the 2013 Indiana State Fair Grand Champion), Jacob and Katie. Seriously, when we bought these fleeces, we could not tell them apart, so we had them washed and processed together. This Cormo is so soft, you can make baby clothes from it and the baby would smile at its softness. It dyes easily, spins like a dream and would make anything from a filmy lace shawl to warm hats and scarves. Price is for 4 ounces.
Available Qty: 57
Price: $14.00

For 10% off this fiber today only – Coupon Code: 071714FOTD.  This means that for today only, the is $12.60 for 4 ounces.

So here is your chance to get some lovely spinning fiber on sale each day.

Jul 14

So, I started a page on Facebook for Dyed in the Wool, but I couldn’t see how to invite friends or any of that sort of thing.  Yesterday, I sat down with Scott and had him show me how to use it, and I found out I set up the wrong sort of thing.  Well, rats!

So, I set up a Benita Story Facebook site that links to Dyed in the Wool.  So, between the two of them, I hope to be able to get more done.  If you are on Facebook, please send me a friend request, then go to the Dyed in the Wool page and like it.  Things are about to gear up a little more on Dyed in the Wool and I don’t think you are going to miss what is going on.

I will warn you, though, both site are mostly for fiber related things – more of an extension of my blog – than anything family or personal related.  I want a place where I can connect more with potential students for classes, venues to teach at and people who own fiber animals and need an outlet for their wool.

I still don’t know how to use Facebook very well, but I am learning.

Other than that, I had a busy weekend.  I have started either spring cleaning late or fall cleaning early.  I am working in my kitchen and have started at the ceiling and am working my way down. I pulled down all of the decorative items from the tops of the cabinets, washed them, washed the tops of the cabinets, washed the walls and gotten rid of a bunch of cobwebs.  Then I completely took the stove apart and cleaned it inside and out (whew!).  The same with the stove exhaust fan (double whew!).  This is going to take me several weekends to get done with the kitchen and my dye area (dining area), but it is going to look so good.  I’ve already taken a bunch of stuff to Goodwill, and I will have a bunch more stuff to take when I get done.

This feel really good to do.  I swear deep cleaning is therapy in a way.  Cleaning out grime and cobwebs and getting rid of stuff just makes the place seem lighter.  Even the cats know to stay out of my way when I am in this mood. :)

Jul 12

Then here’s a chance to help them make an 11-minute video in color called “Off the the Vet.”  I think a Simon’s Cat plushie would be awesome!!

Jul 11
Helping fellow craftmen
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Gregory Patrick is an amazing man.  He’s not had the easiest life, but he is striving to make things work by knitting teddy bears and selling them.  Yes, you heard correctly, he makes his living knitting and selling teddy bears.


Isn’t that just the cutest bear?

I have bought two of them, and so has Sandy.  They are well made and make lovely gifts or just are nice to have around as a sweet beary friend.  He also makes bunnies and, I think, cats!

So, go to his site, read about him and what he is doing, and help support a fellow craftman by buying a bear from him or purchase the pattern so you can make your own.  I know he’ll appreciate it every which way he can.

Jul 11

Yes, I caved.  That’s all I can say.  I have been told many, MANY times that we need to be on Facebook, so I gave in and did it.  I still have no idea what I am doing, and there is a huge learning curve going on, but if you could be so kind and to friend us on Facebook, then I can figure out how to friend you back and you can keep up with all of the stuff we are doing there as well as on the Dyed in the Wool site, maybe more.  I’m not sure as I really have no idea what I am doing – yet.

How is that for vague and convoluted?

Here is where we are.  Thank you!


Jul 10
New Daily Comic
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Local comic artist, David Reddick, has started a new daily Comic called Intelligent Life.  As a true nerd, I think it is pretty close to life and love it.  See what you think.

David has written and drawn Legend of Bill – Bill the Barbarian for years, and that is another piece of genius that I enjoyed.

You’ve seen David’s work for years but didn’t know it.  He also draws the daily Garfield comic.  This is one busy man, folks!

Jul 9
Joyfully Spinning
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Lori, a student in my Spinning I class learned more about using her wheel last night and managed to get a skein plied and wet-set as well.  This is her very first finished yarn, slightly damp, but all hers.

Lori skein

She was very proud of it and had enough of the blue and white still to make another skein to go with this one.  Looking at it, we both believe she has enough to knit a hat from it.

I love helping a person create their first real yarn.  It is very satisfying to see their joy and to see their pride in their accomplishment.  And she has homework, too.  Work more on plying and to spin a multi-colored single to learn Navajo plying next month.  She’s going to do just fine.

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