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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Newbie in need of help! on: January 20, 2009 01:33:15 PM
Honestly, the yarn you linked to is practically roving. It's probably knit on huge needles. If you want yarn that big, split your roving down the middle and full it.
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday - January 9th, 2009 on: January 09, 2009 04:11:13 PM
Pretty, pretty ignorantamoeba! I like the names you've chosen for your yarns; Abram's one of my favorite names. As for your yarn, Cecily is my favorite. I love the yellows and grays together.

Belladune, I love the BFL roving in the blue/purple/yellow combination. That is going to be gorgeous when it's spun up.

yberry, your merino/tencel blend is beautiful! Did you dye that yourself? It looks like silver and gold.

Cya, how much yardage do you have there? When a yarn is too itchy for my liking, I usually make fingerless mitts that can go over gloves. I love the colors, by the way. It's going to look awesome when it's knitted.

SensiblyTacky, I love, love, love Summer Salad! It looks so smooshy and the colors are great. I'd love a hat made out of that yarn; it would be so cheery!

nikolelily, pretty neckwarmer. That's a great shade of pink. Your yarn is so nice and even.

I finished spinning some Samoyed fur that an acquaintance gave to me. I initially has wished she had given me more (I know she has it, but didn't want to overwhelm me with her dog's hair), but I'm glad she only gave me a bit. I do not like spinning dog fur. At least, I didn't like spinning that dog's fur. But, the final product came out nice and here are some pictures. It's 65 yards of fingering:





Looking forward to seeing other Fiber Friday offerings!
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: kitty + roving = $%$^#$ on: May 26, 2008 10:13:07 PM
It's actually a bad idea to allow cats to suck on or eat wool or yarn, though it's totally common behavior. It's really not good for their digestive tracts. When my cat was a kitten, she had a major wool sucking problem. She's grown out of it, it seems, but I still keep all of my wool out of her reach, in secured pillow cases.
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help me with my Fiber Vocabulary! on: April 07, 2008 10:56:24 AM
"What Are Roving, Top and Sliver?" by Abby Franquemont (PDF)

5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: fulled singles? on: April 07, 2008 12:03:48 AM
Fulling comes from washing the single after it's been spun--fulling is a process of wetting and shrinking fiber. Fulled singles are singles that have been spun, washed in soap and hot water and beat around a little. Then you can slightly unspin them in the opposite way to make them fluffier.
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where to buy Roving? on: March 29, 2008 09:17:19 PM
Oh man, I will tell you where NOT to purchase raw wool...

Aubelin's Spindidley, fka Aubelbeth's Little Store on eBay.

The wool I received was utter garbage. I spin from raw wool all of the time, and sheep farmers know the difference between spinning wool and trash. This was trash. It was some Rambouillet, which does tend to pick up more VM than most wool, but I have never seen something like this in my life. It was more like a bag of wood chips with a handful of wool mixed in... and some carpet beetles added for good measure. Gag.

It would have been OK if the seller wasn't such a pain to communicate with, before and after the transaction. It's been a nightmare. I can't wait for eBay to get rid of the feedback for buyers, because I just got hit with two nasty, negative feedbacks in retaliation for the neutral feedback on the wool. Two thumbs down, and stay away, unless you like risking your stash to carpet beetle infestations!
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Storing Wool Long Term on: March 03, 2008 07:13:34 PM
I need to store about a dozen pounds of raw wool long term. I don't have much time to devote to spinning anymore, but I plan on eventually using it over the next several years. Clearly, I need to keep it moth free--I was going to store it in pillow cases with some kind of moth deterrent, like lavender or cedar. Will this work? I have heard people saying that I should store it in plastic, but I thought wool needed to breathe.
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: favorite fibers? on: February 21, 2008 01:23:04 PM
I'm a major fan of crossbreed wool--I am currently working on some Corriedale X Romney that's really nice--but in general, my top three fibers (all wools):

Targhee - Amazingly soft, feels like marshmallows even when tightly Navajo plied.
Border Leicester - Beautiful; I love the shiny curls.
Shetland - It's soft but very sturdy and the natural colors are gorgeous.
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Increase in Moss Stitch? on: January 27, 2008 05:40:57 PM
I was wondering if anyone can give me a tip on increasing in moss stitch (*sc, dc in same ch, skip 1 ch*), or increasing in any stitch pattern other than straight dc/sc.

I tried to do (*sc, dc, sc, dc in same chain, skip 1 ch*), but I wasn't pleased with the results. I might be able to fiddle with that if it's the only way, but I was wondering if there were any other way to increase.

Thanks!
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 1-25-2008 on: January 25, 2008 03:12:01 PM
I love the colors this week! So bright and pretty. Everyone's yarns are so nice.

I spun this one; it's wool and bamboo slubs. It's called "Pine Valley":

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2383/2210153600_292c63ae8d.jpg?v=0
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