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1  Re: Fiber Friday Sept 11, 2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by misfitknits on: September 11, 2009 03:02:02 PM
oy, not that many yarns this week! well, good thing i've come by to post this week, as it's literally been ages! although, i only have meager offerings!



not a great quality pic, but it's the best i could get of this yarn. this is a dk weight yarn. spun from roving dyed by lynne vogel for her pattern (ripple) in the spring 2009 edition of knitty.the colors are very springy, but to me they very much look like the dry grass/fields of texas in summer; everything is dry as a bone from the 100 degree plus temperatures (everyday) and then the pops of light blue and pink in the tiny field flowers that spring up! this yarn literally looks like my backyard right now!





and here is the yarn overwhelming my poor ball winder! i wish you could better see it, but that ball is HUUUGE!!!




this is teased cotswold locks grown by the sheepies and dyed by the people at homestead wool and gift farm with one ply of natural merino. this is a really cool yarn. i also have a second, smaller skein of this, as all those voluminous cotswold curls wouldn't fit on one bobbin after i plied it!
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2  Re: Fiber of the Month Swap June Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by misfitknits on: June 26, 2008 09:01:42 PM
yay! i got my package yesterday from macreede!!! what a beautiful roving, this is probably my ALL-TIME favorite color-scheme, beachy blues and sands! i love it!



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3  Re: scouring OLD GREASY FLEECE advice!!! in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by misfitknits on: June 02, 2008 10:14:22 PM
ok, for those of you who may still be wandering what the heck i'm doing with that fleece, i have an update! i finally did the boiling water trick! and not only that, but before i added the fleece, i opened it waaay up, like i would if were going to card it, bc it was so bad it looked like huge clumps of solidified wool, and it was no easy or fun task either!! so i let soak, being careful not to leave it too long, spun it, and set it out to dry. i had high hopes upon putting it out to dry, bc it actually looked like wool *no more big hunks, and actually some locks, and little individual hairs* and i came away with only a little grease on my hands. but when i went back to check it, i was so let down to see that although it looks better, it's still not spinnable. i'm so frustrated with this fleece!!!! i wish i had a compost pile or garden, that fleece would've been mulch a looong time ago!

on the issue of soap, i have been looking into getting some orvus paste *i also need some for silk degumming* and i do have a farm supply store like two blocks away from my house! hooray for small town texas! but i have no money, and i'm honestly still thinking about getting that "ultimate fleece cleaner" stuff. i guess nobody else has heard of it? i mentioned it a few posts back. but it's only available at carolina homespun *literally the ONLY other place i've found it online other than the actual website* and if it was so magickal, i'm assuming everyone on this board would have some in their cabinets!

so what do you think? is it worth another try washing that damned fleece? how many washes can the stuff go through!?!?!?! or would you throw it out, all hope lost?

oh yeah, and i finally took some pics for yall to have something else to look at! Smiley



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4  Re: Long Draw Spinning in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by misfitknits on: June 01, 2008 07:41:52 PM
weird? what the hell is weird? everyone is weird!! and it totally makes sense, i like doing it more than short draw, now that i finally figured it out!! it's much less work, and i just enjoy it more. i haven't taken pics of the yarn yet, but i'll get to work on it! Wink


ok, here's the pics, granted, i haven't taken any of the yardage or wpi info as they haven't been washed yet






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5  Re: Preparing batts? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by misfitknits on: May 09, 2008 08:20:43 PM
omg, omg, i did it! it definately didn't happen EXACTLY they way the tutorial laid it out. i never had to push the diz up to drum carder, i just pulled and pulled, and it kept coming off consistently, it was when i tried to use the diz that it actually thinned out too much, hence the smaller ball of roving! but it happened nonetheless, and with more practice i'm sure i'll get it down! Wink

thank you soo much for this post, this is like life changing me!!!



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6  Re: Fiber Friday 5/09/08 in Spinning: Completed Projects by misfitknits on: May 09, 2008 08:17:05 PM
ok, so it's 10 pm here in texas, but there was no way i was going to miss out on another week of fiber friday! i have something super exciting to share *well, for me at least!* not only is this my first time posting for fiber friday, but this was my first time pulling roving from my drum carder!!! i'm so excited, i'm not a fan of spinning straight from batts, so this is essential to me!!! and, not to mention, i only picked this technique up today on the the spinning discussion board




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7  Re: Show me your fiber stash! in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by misfitknits on: May 08, 2008 01:45:59 PM
OMG, you guys are so lucky!!! i wish i had enough room in our duplex for a nice stash spot like y'all have!! mine is scattered everywhere throughout, in those BIG plastic storage bins. i've got two big bins in the living room..... bags of wool and fleece is the dining room *which we don't eat it Tongue*.....some pillow cases of raw llama an extra large vacuum pack storage bag in the hall closet.... oh yeah, and a trunk full of raw llama fleece *like 8 or 9*. i think i'm in over my head! my husband said he's surprised our landlord hasn't tried to charge us for a pet deposit yet!!

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8  Re: Fiber of the Month Swap (May) (Sign up May 1-11, Send May 22) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by misfitknits on: May 06, 2008 11:50:18 PM
what is it with the targhee right now? i just bought 20 oz of raw targhee and have started combing it..... SO beautiful! the little balls of top are like fresh snow! so amazing and light! i wish i could send some to my swap partner, but i only bought enough for a specific project! :

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