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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / INSUBORDIKNIT WORKSHOP BOOKED: SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS!!! on: June 16, 2009 04:12:00 PM
calling all spinners in central texas (san antonio, austin, kerrville, fredericksburg, boerne, bandera, etc)!!! do you fawn *and drool* over those amazing "art" yarns, all the while wondering how on earth can YOU make them? do you ever wish you could take your spinning to new heights? have you ever considered taking an art yarn workshop but can't find one in this area???

here's your chance!! i need to gauge interest in a handspinning art yarn workshop in the area with jacey boggs from insubordiknit, check out her blog/website for her AMAZING WORK!!!*

for those interested, this would be a two day workshop detailing handspinning techniques such as: thick and thin yarn, twists/loops, knots/stacks, coils, racing stripe, auto wrap, foreign objects, supercoils, cocoons, halos, beehives, corespinning and more with an emphasis on making those yarns BALANCED and STABLE!!! art yarn that is balanced?? yes it's true! that alone is worth the price of admission!!!

we would need around 10 people willing to learn, the exact area is still open for discussion. if there are many people wishing to take the class, we will probably pick a central location so it's easy for everybody to get to! so let me know if you're interested so we can start planning soon!

for more information about the workshop, including pricing and reviews, go to the insubordinate website!!

also, feel free to pm me if you have any questions!!

2  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?
3  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!!

4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / what would you do??? on: December 24, 2008 04:54:27 PM
hello readers! i need help with a situation: in the beginning of november, i bought two hanks of a beautiful chocolatey alpaca/bamboo yarn from a carding mill. it looks like velvet and FELT just as good when i bought it- i couldn't resist it. i was trying to find just the right pattern for it, and once into the knitting for quite a ways, i put the fabric around my neck and find- to my horror- that it itches like fiber glass!!!! i'm really peeved bc the lady who sold it to my *who was really nice, btw* was going on and on about how nice the yarn was!!! i thought alpacas didn't even HAVE guard hairs!!! grrr!! and they're a carding mill, so they would KNOW about that and choose to spin it that way.

so the dillema is: would you contact them about it? for me, being a spinner, i NEVER buy yarn, especially not such a nice *and pricey* yarn and that's why this is so dissapointing to me. i'm not expecting a refund or exchange, but still.

thanks in advance for reading!!
(cross-posted in knitting, but since spinning has a lot to do with yarn, and most spinners knit, and therefore buy yarn, i posted here also)
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / what would you do??? on: December 24, 2008 04:39:13 PM
hello readers! i need help with a situation: in the beginning of november, i bought two hanks of a beautiful chocolatey alpaca/bamboo yarn from a carding mill. it looks like velvet and FELT just as good when i bought it- i couldn't resist it. i was trying to find just the right pattern for it, and once into the knitting for quite a ways, i put the fabric around my neck and find- to my horror- that it itches like straw!!!! i'm really peeved bc the lady who sold it to my *who was really nice, btw* was going on and on about how nice the yarn was!!! i thought alpacas didn't even HAVE guard hairs!!! grrr!! and they're a carding mill, so they would KNOW about that and choose to spin it that way.

so the dillema is: would you contact them about it? for me, being a spinner, i NEVER buy yarn, especially not such a nice *and pricey* yarn and that's why this is so dissapointing to me. i'm not expecting a refund or exchange, but still.

thanks in advance for reading!!
(cross-posted in spinning)
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / swift VS skeinwinder: what's the difference? on: November 14, 2008 05:27:02 PM
so i've been knitting and spinning for two years, but only with minimal equipment *ie, whatever i could afford, as i know a lot of people do*. when i bought a ball winder, the LYS OWNER didn't tell me i'd need a skeinwinder or swift, so my poor husband's had the job ever since.

after winding 1250 yards of lace weight bamboo *which tangeld more than once* we've mutually decided to get a skeinwinder (or swift). so i'm wondering: what's the difference??? they seem to both do the exact same job....
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / corespinning opinion sampling: all you addicts, please read!! on: August 28, 2008 10:48:31 PM
now i know how many of you have taken to corespinning since the tutorial and video that was posted here. i haven't done any corespinning in a while, but am very intrigued by the hype and wondering what exactly everyone else is doing.

it seems that the most popular choice for cores is crochet cotton. that being said, no one has mentioned what weight they are using!?!? i think that was my problem with the technique, all i had around at the time was the dish cloth weight crochet cotton, and as some may know, it comes in a handful of sizes. i have contemplated using the weight that is used to crochet doilies and other lacy accessories. i have also found a "tatting thread" by DMC that i thought about using *it borders on thread*. i don't know how MANY diff weights are out there, but the number indicating weight can be found somewhere on the plastic covering. it will be a big, bold 20, 30, 10, etc...

now, this is the question that keeps me up at night.... do you spin your corespun in the direction that ADDS or TAKES AWAY TWIST from the core?!?!?! if you add twist while spinning, you end up with overtwisted yarn, and i actually don't know what happens when you take the twist AWAY while spinning, because i've never tried it!! *i was only a beginning spinner when i tried corespun yarns....handspun revolution lured me in!!!!*

well, this inquiring mind wants to know!! please if you love spinning corespun yarns, and have taken the time to read this, reply!! i really want as many oppinions as possible! ~thanks 
8  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / CALL TO ALL CUSHING'S USERS!!! HAVE ???'S on: May 31, 2008 08:08:58 PM
ok, i haven't found many posts here about cushing's brand acid dyes, so i'm assuming maybe there aren't that many here that use them, bc i did find questions about them posted with no answers, but i'm giving it a shot anyways!

since these dyes have S&%T for instructions, i need advice on making stock solutions, i don't want to try to wing it, and screw it up, i'm VERY new at dyeing and have never made stocks *besides kool-aid, hehe!* so i need ratios of water to vinegar to dye powder. the only thing i've found was 32 ounces water to i packet of the dye, but nothing about the vinegar and as i will mostly be dyeing cold pour method *hand painting, spot dyeing*, i need all my stocks made up before hand.

i really hope there is someone out there who can help me!!! thanks in advice for reading and replying!!!
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / ??'s blocking knitted handspun? on: May 23, 2008 11:16:49 PM
ok, this is half spinning, half knitting, i know, but i think spinners have the most experience in this arena.

i never knit my handspun, i usually just sell it, but now i'm wanting to knit things for my daughter, and now that i've knit a swatch, i'm wondering if i should block it? do you usually block handspun? if so, how much or little? i don't even block most of what i knit with commercial yarn, unless it's lace, so this is uncharted teritory for me!

any and all opinions/thoughts/advice will be helpful!

10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / need ideas on FIRST QUILT PROJECT!!!! PLEASE READ on: May 10, 2008 09:31:59 AM
ok, i've never posted in this forum before, and the thing is, i've also never made a traditional quilt! the only thing i've done was a crazy quilt, but i was shopping in a the quaintest little fabric store with lots of reproduction fabrics, and they had a a quilt kit that was a bunch of little fabric squares, and you're supposed to just sew the squares together....but i kind of want to jazz it up a bit! so i'm welcoming ALL IDEAS! anything you have, just throw it out there! i was thinking half square triangles, maybe pinwheels? but keep in mind, i'm a hand sewer, so nothing too difficult, because i don't get along with a sewing machine! and i also was thinking about incorporating embroidery or applique. and how do you quilt something with such small squares? i've heard quilting in the ditch by hand is super hard to get through all those layers....

thanks a head of time for any advice! Smiley

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