109 episodes

The Sheepspot Podcast offers quick, actionable tips that you can use right away to make better yarn, use that yarn in ways that delight you, or otherwise enrich your practice as a fiber artist by deepening your knowledge of spinning techniques or materials.

The Sheepspot Podcast Sasha Torres

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 47 Ratings

The Sheepspot Podcast offers quick, actionable tips that you can use right away to make better yarn, use that yarn in ways that delight you, or otherwise enrich your practice as a fiber artist by deepening your knowledge of spinning techniques or materials.

    Episode 104: How Much Ply Twist? The Plyback of the Ply and the Question of Balance

    Episode 104: How Much Ply Twist? The Plyback of the Ply and the Question of Balance

    In this episode, Sasha talks about how to figure out how much ply twist to use in your yarn and whether spinners should obsess over whether or not their yarns are balanced.
    You can find the transcript for this episode HERE.
    You can comment on and discuss this episode here in The Flock, Sheepspot’s free online community for inquisitive spinners.

    • 15 min
    Episode 103: To rest or not to rest (your singles)

    Episode 103: To rest or not to rest (your singles)

    In this episode, Sasha talks about why and when to let your singles rest before you ply them. 
    Mentioned in this episode: 

    Sheepspot Podcast Episode 12: Be Kind, Rewind


    Jillian Moreno, "Why Plying with a Center Pull Ball Doesn't Work For Me"

    You can find the transcript for this episode HERE.
    You can comment on and discuss this episode here in The Flock, Sheepspot’s free online community for inquisitive spinners.

    • 14 min
    Episode 102: Spinning and Mental Health

    Episode 102: Spinning and Mental Health

    In this episode, Sasha talks about what science has to say about the mental health benefits of activities like knitting and spinning.
    Mentioned in this episode: 

    The Journal of Positive Psychology: Everyday Creative Activity as a Path to Flourishing


    Kelly Lambert:  Lifting Depression


    Betsan Corkhill:  Knit for Health and Wellness: How to Knit a Flexible Mind and More


    Lisa Mitchell’s Article: Spin Off Summer 2023

    You can find the transcript for this episode HERE.
    You can comment on and discuss this episode here in The Flock, Sheepspot’s free online community for inquisitive spinners.

    • 22 min
    Episode 101: Combination Drafting vs. Combination Spinning

    Episode 101: Combination Drafting vs. Combination Spinning

    Confused about the difference between "combination drafting" and "combination spinning"? You're not alone! In this episode, Sasha defines and explains each technique, and talks about how she's using both techniques for a current project.

    • 24 min
    Episode 100: The Woolen Drafts

    Episode 100: The Woolen Drafts

    In this episode, Sasha talks about the long and short of woolen drafts.

    • 18 min
    Episode 99: Drafting with Your Feet?

    Episode 99: Drafting with Your Feet?

     In this episode, Sasha talks about the crucial role your feet play in creating consistent yarns.

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

Stafford Dean ,

My absolute favorite fiber arts podcast

Sasha is incredibly knowledgeable, and coveys that knowledge in such a genuine way. It's very easy to listen to this podcast while spinning or doing anything else, and the episodes are brief, so they're easily consumable.

OhioGalJoanie ,

Best spinning podcast out there

Sasha is great at explaining techniques and describing fibers, tools, etc. You cannot listen to her podcast and not learn something new.

Dncshaha ,

Exactly what I was looking for!

I was looking for an informative but friendly spinning podcasts and this was the one I’ve been searching for!!!!

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