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11  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday - July 23, 2010 on: July 24, 2010 08:01:38 AM
Oh wow!
.:dollface:.- Nice going! that second yarn, the 118yard one, singles or 2 ply?

ShoelessJane- The weaving looks beautiful. That pattern really works well with the yarns.

No stuff from me for now. Just got my first wheel (second hand ashford traditional <3) so i'm still working out what's what with it. I'll try and get pics of the yarns I've done posted over the next couple of days though.
12  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday - July 9, 2010 on: July 10, 2010 06:18:17 PM
Shootenanny- it's still the weekend, i reckon that counts  Wink Your brightwood looks lovely! It's really interesting to hear the yardage decreases as you went along and to see how it knits up is awesome.

As for the quasi-boucle, it just took a bit of juggling. I made the various bits first: 1 thin Z (clockwise) yarn, with plenty of twist and 1 thick yarn S (counterclockwise) with a small amount of twist. Then i plied them together in the direction the thin one was spun (Z or clockwise). This added a bit more spin to the thin single and took some out of the thick.

In plying the thin yarn was held under higher tension than the thick- I stood with a bobbin in each hand when plying and had the thin yarn vertical- the spindle hanging from it. The thick yarn was held more out on an angle and was a lot looser so it could wrap around the thin yarn easily. To help it along every so often i parked the spindle either between my knees or feet and pushed the thicker yarn down to help it coil/bump.  Kinda hard to explain  Lips sealed if i do it again i'll rope someone into taking a pic. Hope this helps Slingmomma!
13  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday - July 9, 2010 on: July 09, 2010 08:27:38 PM
Ack! Friday already??

Lovely colourways, and your singles look so soft! I'm really curious to see how you spin up that last colourway- it looks really thin! Are you planning to ply it or leave it as a single?

Well, i did end up attempting boucle on my dropspindle. It didn't really work. I got most the way but i know where i went wrong...i think Huh.  Couldn't get the binder to ply nicely either  Cry so it's just been left as a bumpy misc. I'll be setting the twist and such like over the next week.



1 oz merino, unknown yardage, approx 8 wpi. Detail shot gives the most accurate colours.
14  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday! July 2, 2010 on: July 02, 2010 08:49:41 PM
Ah, my weekly dose of yarn pr0n.  Cheesy

aman.called.pan- Loving both of those! The 3ply reminds me of the post-apocalyptic and industrial setting games like Fallout 3 for some reason. 
.:dollface:.- I'm really looking forward to seeing this one plied up  Tongue
shootenanny- wow. just wow. I am still very much in envy of your spinning skills.
Zombie_queen- The name 'Getting Warmer' really does suit those singles! Also, congrats on the indoctrination, *ahem* i mean introduction of your son to spinning.

Alas, I have nothing to post this week but i should have the attempt-at-boucle-ish done by next Fiber Friday. x_x I'm using one drop spindle at the moment and winding the singles over to 'bobbins' (aka spare pencils) is driving me insane(er).
15  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday-June 25,2010 on: June 26, 2010 12:38:03 AM
And behold! the dye batch of Fail.

It's been plied with a really quite nice variegated brown single which has (sort of) saved it.... i think....
I'm still unsure about it but at least it won't go to waste, which is the main thing really. Been a pain getting through the dye batch of fail though i'll say that much  Angry
16  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday-June 25,2010 on: June 25, 2010 08:15:05 PM
Oooo!  Where to start, where to start.....

Cheyenneswthrt07- Lurve the colour of english garden a really rich blue it seems. Also goodluck sorting out those singles!

Belladune- That's amazing for a 5yr old far far far better than my first attempts  Lips sealed

lady_sepulchre- Both Bombay and Tahitian Sunset are beautiful, I'm looking forawrd to hearing how Bombay knits up if the sunset one produced zebra stripes  Tongue. your man knits? that's just awesome.

Shootenanny- I feel like making off with this for my stash Tongue It looks so even, is that just practice?

Alas, I do have (a) yarn to post, but the light is shoddy and i have an exam in...less than an hour  Embarrassed... so i'll post it a bit later.
17  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: fiber friday June 11, 2010 on: June 12, 2010 12:01:03 AM
 Belladune -Shadow Priest v2.0 really turned out well with the gold thread.

 Shocked All the yarns are really really gorgeous this week, if i could i'd take them home with me.

Nothing finished this week to show but here's an in progress pic. The coin used as a size reference is an Australian 5c which is about 2cm in diameter:


It's going to take me a while to get through all the fibre for it (and i'm not too happy with the colour it came out Lips sealed)
18  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday June 4, 2010 on: June 04, 2010 07:09:52 PM
Jrain i agree with silversunalpacas' icecream comparison, but it makes me think more of honeycomb than vanilla. or maybe custard....or creme caramels....delicious anyway!

Silversunalpacas i love the subtle shades you've got in there, it really makes the silky texture jump out at a person. Did you dye it?
I'm also glad to hear about the staple length and that the silk is easier to work with than bamboo, am hopefully going to be raiding the interwebs for some soon(ish).


Second round of hand-dyed roving, this is the most colour accurate photo i could get  Undecided The shades are a smidgen richer in r/l but that's about the only difference. Makes me think of lichen, but perhaps that's just fallout from my botany lectures. Huh
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Lemming ahoy! on: May 28, 2010 11:27:17 PM
Played with fabric paint a little while back and created a lemming shirt! Alas i haven't been able to rescue the little builder from the bf for long enough to get a decent photo. Fortunately a second lemming appeared,a  floater this time, and stuck around long enough to be photographed.
Here he is:



And a gremlin shirt soon followed. This little guy is based on David Booths' goblin minion over at Dungeon Mastering. The shiny bits are because he's still a bit wet in the photo, he dried to a more matt black and the chalk marks behind have since disappeared.
20  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday May 28, 2010 on: May 28, 2010 11:10:41 PM
Ok, i admit this is not all from this weeks spinning  Lips sealed Studies caught up with me and the photos never escaped the camera in time for the FF.  So this is going to be a rather....padded? post.

Behold! The untitled monstrosity which emerged from my bag of scubby-bits. Was a great excuse to muck around and try out different things. Mother dearest has claimed this (and the rest of this lot) as hers. I have no idea what she'll be doing with it yet...



Next up is the result of the unplied rainbow singled from a while back.

and with a thicker/softer/poofier cream


This is the testing lot of blue. I ended up doing about 200g of this. The actual colour is a bit deeper and darker and the majority has gone into a hat for the bf.


aaand the first attempt at fibre-dying. It decided to try and felt a bit during the process which made life a bit more interesting. Both mum and i are happy with the colours though- even if they were a bit of an accident.


Loving the colour of Highlighter jrain! Very cheerful  Cheesy
Cantaloupe is just gorgeous oddacity, the colours make me think so much of autumn. Is the Navajo plying tricky to do?
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