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My Yarn Candy Store

Why I love owning Cotton Clouds!

Every year I get to take off for a long weekend and attend TNNA (The National Needlework Association) to see the very latest yarns, patterns, books and trends in the industry.

Here are my favorites! Sign up for our e-newsletters for latest updates on when we add these very new and super-luscious products!

Fun with friends & classy hotels!

Irene at TNNA 2016, San Diego, CA   Grand Horton Hotel     Irene & Lois Weaver

 

 

Luscious new yarns!

New Cotton Supreme          100% Organic Cotton       Cotton Supreme Splash

 

Interesting New Designs!

Spirals                         Multi-Stripes                        Classic

Must-Have New Swatch Maker!

Available in 8, 10 & 12 epi to swatch before beginning a project. Great for RH weavers too!

Gorgeous New Patterns!

Stunning designs in cotton, silk, wool, cashmere merino and of course cotton!

My Spinzilla Passion!

The Spinning & Weaving Group was there!

Sprout & Seedling!

Lots and Lots of New Colors added to our line of 100% Organic Sprout & Seedling!

As you can see owning your own mail order yarn business for over 36 years does have it’s perks.  We will be sharing many of these new products through our e-newsletter so be sure to sign up HERE!

Irene Schmoller, Founder & Owner

 

01/20/2016 at 7:29 pm Leave a comment

Getting ready to spin! by guest blogger, Connie Peterson

Are you ready for Spinzilla?

Spinzilla is a global event where teams and individuals compete in a friendly challenge to see who can spin the most yarn in a week!  To learn more about how the event works, visit SPINZILLA Our Cotton Clouds team is full, but there are still some openings on other teams you can join.  

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Twenty-Five Team Members

Team Cotton Clouds’ Cotton Tails is ready to meet the challenge of spinning for an entire week!  I am Connie (The Great) Peterson, Team Cotton Clouds’ Cotton Tails team captain .

Connie Peterson at her wheel

As team captain, it is my responsibility to cheer all team members on, to set an example of spinning as much as I can for the entire week (husband farmed out, laundry will be done, animals informed  and dinners pre-made in the freezer) and to finally calculate all member’s yardage.

Join us on Ravelry

avatarWhether you are part of the Cotton Clouds Cotton Tails Spinzilla team or not, you can join us on Ravelry to read posts by team members, get some cotton spinning tips by team member spinning experts, Joan Ruane and Jill Holbrook and just LOL at some of our antics.  We’d love to have you cheer us on!

Lots of fiber choices to spin!

FibersWhile you can spin whatever fiber you choose, Cotton Clouds’ owner, Irene Schmoller has asked me to spin some cotton during Spinzilla.  She says that the more you spin cotton, the more familiar you get with spinning it, the better cotton spinner you will be.

Now, I am admittedly a wool snob. I have been spinning for 41+ years. I learned on wool and no matter what I spin, I always go back to wool. As I tell my students, and anyone watching me demonstrate, you can spin almost anything; I’m sure you know this, so I’m preaching to the choir.

However, if you have forgotten, you can spin:

I can insert pics of these animals for you.

  • camel,
  • yak,
  • buffalo,
  • musk ox (did you know that “qiviet” is the most expensive fiber and yarn in the world?),
  • goat,
  • rabbit,
  • dog, and cat (very difficult to spin cat, though).

And these are just a few of the animals that can have a yarn made from their coats.

For plants, you can spin:

  • flax,
  • thistle,
  • bamboo
  • COTTON of course!

I have a friend who has spun the cotton from a Cottonwood tree – but only as an addition to the wool that she is already spinning. My granddaughters, one time, brought half a grocery bag full of the Cottonwood fiber and were very disappointed that it was nearly impossible for me to spin.

If it’s cotton: All About Cotton Spinning kit

All About Cotton Spinning Kit

All About Cotton Spinning Kit

But to get to cotton. I have spun it before and had problems with it. But Irene sent me the All About Cotton Kit  with a lovely supported spindle and some beautiful fiber.

Handspinning Cotton: Everything you need to know!

Handspinning Cotton

Handspinning Cotton

The Bible of spinning cotton has just been updated and reprinted. It’s Handspinning Cotton by Harry & Olive Linder.  which is invaluable in learnig all the little tricks and tips in successfully spinning cotton. It’s clear, concise and small enough to fit in your spinning bag.

Take it everywhere: The Tahkli!

Sue Cutter spinning on Tahkli with cat helping

I have found that spinning on the Tahkli spindle that comes with the All About Cotton Spinning Kit is a lot easier but rather slow. But hey, if you are away from your wheel (we all have those times when we need to do other human chores) take your tahkli spindle with you.  It spins and spins and keeps on spinning!

Spinning cotton on your wheel is fast!

wheel spinning cottonSpinning cotton on my wheel is faster.  It will take some practice to get adept enough to spin a sufficient amount for Spinzilla, but I am practicing and I hope to persevere.

Watch a pro spin cotton sliver!

Here is a quick video of Vickie Starbuck spinning Sea Island Cotton Sliver on her wheel.  See, with practice it can be this easy and this fast!

 

What are you going to spin for SPINZILLA?

Remember, it’s not so much the amount we spin (well, not SO much) but the effort that we put in and the success of skills that we obtain. That is the main part of Spinzilla ….to increase our skills and to devote a major amount of time to something that we all love.

Happy Spinning!

Connie (The Great) Peterson, Cotton Tails Team Captain.

09/23/2015 at 6:05 pm Leave a comment

Halloween Fun with Cotton Clouds

Let’s Have Some Halloween Fun!

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Are you ready to fill your Fall with fun? Cotton Clouds prefers the sweet and silly to spooky and scary, so check out our round-up of ideas to cover your crafty needs this month!

Cotton Up to Halloween Costumes!

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Right now Pinterest is full of wonderful Halloween Costume ideas. Of course we pinned several to our Halloween Fun board! What better costume for any cotton fan? We get such a giggle each time we look at the adorable “Cotton Boll Kid” as we have come to refer to her, and how wonderful are the cotton ball wigs?

Festive Cotton Decorations!

Time to get festive! Sure pumpkins and candy corns may dominate the color palette, but don’t be afraid to branch out and make use of the other seasonal colors! Why not include cotton bolls in your tablescape? They provide a lovely neutral – aren’t they pretty in these images?

Fall decorations

Spin Up a Scary Yardage!

We’re so proud of Team Cotton Clouds Cottontails as they spin as much as they can during Spinzilla! These fibers and deals are treats for your spinning experience – no tricks!

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Quick & Easy Knit or Crochet Projects!

knitcollageOur go-to yarn choice for each of these quick knit or crochet projects would be Tahki Cotton Classic! Shown above are:

 

Free Shipping: Special Treat in our Newsletter!

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Click HERE to subscribe to our e-newsletter with sales, specials, what’s new, hints & tips, free patterns & more!

Happy Halloween!

Here’s to a Safe & Happy Halloween with lots of treats! Feel free to let us know how your spinning & weaving is going – share a link to your project or post a picture to our Facebook page!

Irene & Jodi

10/10/2014 at 4:14 pm Leave a comment

What Ya’ Spinnin’?

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Greetings, Cotton Clouds Cottontails!

Are you ready for Spinzilla? Well, I think I am!

Our fearless leader, Irene, asked me to write on her blog as she has had a problem with her shoulder. Seems like she was too adventurous in Dominica this summer and fell down a cliff while hiking. Goes to show you (as my husband, Norm, always says)…. exercise will damage you every time!

 

Back to spinning, however (which, it looks like, she will not be doing) Irene has asked me to attempt to spin cotton this year.

cotton

Now, I am admittedly a wool snob. I have been spinning for 41+ years. I learned on wool and no matter what I spin, I always go back to wool. As I tell my students, and anyone watching me demonstrate, you can spin almost anything; I’m sure you know this, so I’m preaching to the choir.

Most spinners will be spinning these guys:

sheep wool


Connie the Great!

Connie Peterson, Team Captain with Roxy

However, if you have forgotten, you can spin:

camel

camel
yak

Yak
buffalo,musk ox (did you know that “qiviet” is the most expensive fiber and yarn in the world?)

goat

goat
rabbit

rabbit and spindle
dog, and cat (very difficult to spin cat, though)

Old_English_Sheep_Dog_2

cat
And these are just a few of the animals that can have a yarn made from their coats.

For plants, you can spin:

flax, thistle

thistle

bamboo

bamboo
and of course, COTTON in all its glory!!!

cotton field

Cotton Clouds has a wide variety of cotton spinning fibers 

I have a friend who has spun the cotton from a Cottonwood tree – but only as an addition to the wool that she is already spinning. My granddaughters, one time, brought half a grocery bag full of the Cottonwood fiber and were very disappointed that it was nearly impossible for me to spin.

But to get to cotton. I have spun it before and had problems with it. But Irene sent me the All About Cotton Kit  with a lovely supported spindle and some beautiful fiber.

The Bible of spinning cotton has just been updated and reprinted. It’s Handspinning Cotton by Harry & Olive Linder.  which is invaluable in learning all the little tricks and tips in successfully spinning cotton. It’s clear, concise and small enough to fit in your spinning bag.

Handspinning Cotton

Handspinng Cottton

I have found that spinning on the Tahkli spindle that comes with the All About Cotton Spinning Kit is a lot easier but rather slow.

tahkli Spinning cotton on my wheel is faster but not quite as easy. It will take some practice to get adept enough to spin a sufficient amount for Spinzilla, but I am practicing and I hope to persevere.

What are you going to spin for SPINZILLA? Remember, it’s not so much the amount we spin (well, not SO much) but the effort that we put in and the success of skills that we obtain. That is the main part of Spinzilla .. to increase our skills and to devote a major amount of time to something that we all love.

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If you want to enter Spinzilla’s MONSTER MILE CONTEST and want to spin cotton, take advantage of Cotton Cloud’s Monster Mile Fiber Pack at a greatly reduced price.  It’s a great way to spin their most popular EASY-TO-SPIN PIMA SLIVER cotton!

Not a team member?  There is still time to join (by September 22, 2014)  Join Team Cotton Clouds Cottontails NOW by CLICKING HERE!

Happy Spinning!

Connie Peterson,  Team Cotton Clouds Cottontail Captain

09/17/2014 at 2:51 pm Leave a comment

Gearing up for SPINZILLA 2014!

Update: SPINZILLA 2013!

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Although we weren’t on the top of the list, Cotton Clouds Team did spin 29,022.58 yards for a total of 16.49 miles helping to get us from NYC to Chicago!

 

While any fiber could be spun, we obviously were talking a lot about cotton. Those that did loved it! Even first-time cotton spinners.

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Ariaya spun this beautiful skein of yarn

So here’s your opportunity for SPINZILLA 2014 to get your hands on some cotton and spin and spin and spin away during the week of October 6-12, 2014!

When the final team rosters were in, we had 23 team members, and we’re covering the states of Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, and Pennsylvania. Quite a spread!

Prizes, Prizes, Prizes!

Cotton Clouds, as well as SPINZILLA gave away lots of prizes!  There will be lots more this year! Good reason to be on our team!

Here are just some of our many prizes we’ll be giving away this year!

Our own suzenew won the Cotton Clouds SPINZILLA t-shirt!

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Suzenew won our SPINZILLA t-shirt

A brand new copy of Hand Spinning Cotton by Harry & Olive Linder. This book is currently VERY expensive and hard to find because it’s out of print, but Cotton Clouds has re-printing it so a new generation can appreciate this fabulous resource! This prize will be awarded to the team member who spins the most yarn.

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 $25 Cotton Clouds gift certificate. This will be given to one random team member! Spinzilla will also be giving away Gift Certificates!

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Hand Dyed Cotton Sliver

Hand Dyed Cotton Sliver

Hand Dyed Cotton Sliver

 Join our Team!

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It’s so easy to join the Cotton Clouds CottonTales SPINZILLA Team!  Sign up now!  Registration is August 4-September 22, 2014 ! The $10 registration fee will go to support the TNNA Mentor Program that will bring spinning into the schools to grow a new generation of spinners.

We’ll be having lots of fun, be giving away lots of prizes, special sales through our e-newsletter and posting on our Cotton Clouds CottonTales Ravelry thread.  So come on and join us! We’re the #1 cyberspace SPINZILLA team! #teamcottonclouds.

 

FAQ About SPINZILLA!

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Need to know more about SPINZILLA? What is it?  How to join? When to spin?  What to spin?  How to measure yardage and lots more?  Just CLICK HERE to have them all answered!

Comming next:

A gallery of our 2013 handspun winners!  Well, everyone on our team was a winner!

Even suspinz02's cat got in the action!

Even suspinz02’s cat got in the action!

Happy Spinning everyday, but most of all let’s all combine forces October 6-12, 2014 and bust some butt during SPINZILLA!

08/04/2014 at 12:05 pm Leave a comment


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