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21  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: DIY Hackle on: June 13, 2009 11:11:49 AM
when you complete your first pass *right to left* of dizzing, without breaking the fiber off, you can back *left to right* and get as much more fiber as you can. the general rule is to stop dizzing when the junk fiber starts coming off, but since you started with roving, you shouldn't have any junk but you MAY notice the fibers getting shorter, depending on the quality/producer of the roving *except if there are any felted bits from dyeing, it would be great for getting those pieces out, and those make for great art yarn* you can also card all those left overs with hand cards, if you have them, also local guilds sometimes let you borrow or "rent out" drum/hand carders!

boy, that was long winded! hope ANY of that helped!!!
22  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: am i crazy? adventures in alternate fiber on: May 22, 2009 09:35:28 AM
i just read the intentional spinner by judith mackenzie mccuin (it was AMAAAZING!!!). the first chapters are all about fiber, fiber history and a little spinning history. she mentions some very interesting things fibers that have been in the long history of humans; such as deer *there is actually a deer in india NOW that is protected bc it's fiber is so highly sought after* and most interesting to ME, HUMMINGBIRD DOWN!!!

so i'm ABSOLUTELY sure you could spin that deer fluff. depending on staple length, the TECHNICAL guidelines are 2 1/2 inches or shorter fibers, should be spun woolen and worsted for anything longer than that, but of course you should do what YOU think would make the best yarn.

i can't tell what kind of yarn would come from the deer fluff from the picture, but it sure would be interesting and such a fun experience and story in your spinning journey!!
23  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Q: problems with dehairing llama on combs on: May 14, 2009 12:06:40 PM
well, 10 washes because after every cycle, there was still a rim of dirt left around the washer. so i kept repeating until the dirt ring was gone! and there was a lot of vm, but i picked the big stuff *and the britch fiber that was left after skirting, i was given only blankets*.

i have tried to pick the guard hairs out by hand, but it takes forever!!! so i thought i would try combing. plus, i'm trying to find a more efficient way of doing it since i have so many blankets left.

combs should work for dehairing, though, right?? i'm really dissapointed to admit that i just don't think washing and prepairing fleece is for me.
24  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Q: problems with dehairing llama on combs on: May 13, 2009 05:14:11 PM
so, i have around 8 shorn llama fleeces waiting to be processed. i have already washed one, which took FOREVER, only about 10 washes!!! so i go to start combing it to remove guard hairs, only the guard hairs weren't really coming out?

i have two row majacraft combs. being a beginning comber i'm really not sure what the issue may be? is the guard hair too close of a diameter for the combs to remove? i put some of the combed fiber to my neck and it didn't feel particularly prickly.

can anyone help?
25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Penguin Monk Embroidery! on: March 21, 2009 04:34:50 PM
LOVE IT!! very amazing for your first embroidery project!!! i especially love the tree- looks like cherry blossoms. and ialso have a great love for trees in general, though!
26  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / what do you do with yarn scraps?? on: February 27, 2009 05:39:26 PM
what do you like to do with your handspun yarn scraps?? you know, those last few yards left on the bobbin after you ply? i've been trying to think of clever uses or applications for it!!

27  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Wet-felted baby-dress with a pair of "socks" on: January 08, 2009 07:58:51 AM
i love the little boot-ies!!! so cute like for an elf baby!! lol
28  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Specimens -Art pieces Image Heavy on: January 07, 2009 05:00:10 PM
i want this. like.... W-A-N-T it..... hanging in my living room. that is really an amazing piece, and i agree with janedoe, it's the most inspiring piece i've seen in a while.

honestly, congratulations on your mad skills
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: what would you do??? on: December 29, 2008 01:13:26 PM
hello, thank you to all the readers and those who also replied! i would like to clarify my original post *frustrated rant* a little to say that the reason i'm upset is that the yarn contains the itchy, more coarse hairs *that i thought only llamas had, and that was why everyone says alpaca is "better" than llama*. obviously i was wrong.

my focus is that those guard hairs shouldn't even BE IN THE YARN. and this yarn was produced by a company that takes raw fleeces from farmers and processes them into yarns. they also cover the DEHAIRING process for breeds of fiber animals which have two coats, the coarse hairs and the soft, downy hairs. so my opinion is that they would have known those hairs needed to be removed.

after reading the replies i think i will contact the mill in a sort of "feedback" way, letting them know what my experience with the yarn was. i bought other fiber from them and was satissfied with everything except this yarn.

and now i obviously know *and will NEVER FORGET* that alpaca can have guard hair, and to be cautious when purchasing yarn. i also wasn't aware HOW MANY people have difficulties with it!

thanks for the feedback!
30  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: What's your dream wheel? on: December 24, 2008 06:02:13 PM
my first wheel was an ashford traveller. i loved it and spun on it for a while, constantly lusting for other wheels!! then, i decided to take the plunge and buy a majacraft little gem II. WOW!!! what a difference, i never considered treadling my traveller to be difficult....  until i tried my little gem. what a difference! majacraft bobbins have a higher capacity and the two "flanges" at the end are equal in length, making the bobbins easier to fill to ABSOLUTE capacity!! it comes pre-finished so you don't have to worry about that, or worse, have to WAIT to spin on it until you can finish it and let it dry!! the orifice on the standard plastic bobbin will fit almost any type of yarn *find a pic on the net, it's a hard-to-explain triangle shape* and it's as easy to use as the wild flyer i bought to go with it!!

like most people, though, it's hard to make such a big decision for something so expensive and personal and if you're anything like me, you'll still lust after other types of wheels!!

and, i'm ashamed to say that i've only spun once or twice on my ashford traveller since i purchased my maja wheel. it feels terrible to admit that to other people!!
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