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61  Re: Fiber Friday April 1st, 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by nikschaf on: April 01, 2011 01:15:59 PM
Inez, that mohair is gorgeous.  Love the color.  Any idea what you'll do with it?

My yarn this week is similar stuff -- the Sheep Shed white mill ends with lots of mohair in it.  It's a 2-ply I call "rose garden."  (I was singing "I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden" in my head the whole time I was spinning it.)  I have pics of the entire process on this one.

Dye applied and ready to go into the oven:


Dyed roving:


Finished yarn, long view:


Finished yarn, up close:
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62  Mittens from wool I dyed and spun myself in Crochet: Completed Projects by nikschaf on: March 24, 2011 10:36:00 AM
Here are the mittens.  It's from www.redheart.com pattern #WR2166 "Crochet Mittens for All", a super easy single crochet in-the-round pattern:


My son and I dyed the wool with Kool-Aid before I spun it.  I called the yarn "Tequila Sunrise."  I made the mittens from the 2-ply yarn on the right.  The yarn on the left is a single-ply which I haven't used yet.
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63  Re: Spun to finished photos in Spinning: Completed Projects by nikschaf on: March 24, 2011 10:26:31 AM
Here's the yarn, "Tequila Sunrise" 215 yards 2-ply.  Dyed with Kool-Aid & food coloring.


And the mittens, pattern is www.redheart.com "Crochet Mittens for All" #WR2166.


This was my first time crocheting mittens, and this was a super easy single crochet in-the-round pattern.  I've got yarn left over, plus the single in the same color.  Not sure what I'll do with it.  I love the long cuffs -- I do hate cold wrists!
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64  Re: Fiber Friday 18 March 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by nikschaf on: March 18, 2011 09:23:09 AM
Ooh, I love seeing that bamboo/merino blend spun two different ways.  I really like the thick and thin plied with sewing thread.  And that blue and white is awesome.  Did you actually get the blue from Sheep Shed, or did you dye it blue?

My yarns are kind of laughable this week, because I was trying out new techniques, so I was more than challenged.  I'm not super happy with the results, but it was good to try something new.  Even though the yarns aren't the best, I figured I'd post them, sort of a way to document my progress as a spinner.

Here's the first, a horribly overspun attempt at cocoons.  The white is Sheep Shed rovings which included some mohair, and the brown is some of the alpaca from a fleece I'm combing.  The long staple length made it tricky, but I was very pleased to actually get a few cocoons in there!


This next one is merino with reddish-brown corriedale cocoons.  The merino was so crazy slippery it made me mad and I stopped spinning it after barely starting into it, though the the cocoons were much nicer to do with the corriedale than the alpaca. 


This last one is my first attempt at corespinning.  The lighter color is bamboo, and the honey color is soy silk.  I'd never used either fiber before.  I think I would have had a very hard time spinning them on their own due to the slipperiness, but corespinning worked OK.


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65  Re: Fiber Friday - 25th Feb in Spinning: Completed Projects by nikschaf on: February 25, 2011 09:14:37 AM
Oh, so many lovely yarns already!  What a happy surprise to see so much yarn out there already!  Thank you, Stellou, for getting such an awesome Fiber Friday started.

Here's my offering for this week, my first attempt at spinning angora, and I loved it!  It's a 374 yard single.  It's called "Henrietta Bunnycat" because it's the same color and texture as Henrietta Pussycat from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, but it came from bunnies, of course.



In fact, here is a pic of the bunnies themselves, taken at the Shepherd's Harvest festival where I bought the fiber:

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66  Fiber Friday -- 18 Feb 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by nikschaf on: February 18, 2011 10:33:24 AM
Not sure if I missed something, but I don't see a Fiber Friday for today. (?)  Well, I guess I'll start us out!

This is the first yarn I've spun in 4 months!  I guess I got caught up in other crafts and let the spinning slide.  This is 95 yards of black/white sheep shed mill ends spun bulky and plied with purple sewing thread.  My husband named this yarn "speckled hen."  I had fun with the texture on this one -- I kind of got some coils going in this one.  Pics aren't super great but I was so excited to post a finished yarn after such a long absence that I don't mind!





I hope there will be lots more yarn this week!!
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67  First Attempt at Crocheted Socks! in Crochet: Completed Projects by nikschaf on: February 11, 2011 02:04:42 PM
I've been crocheting for several years, but usually shy away from making any apparel item for an adult that needs to actually fit a body part.  Scarves, OK, sweaters, no way.  Baby sweaters are just about the only clothing items I've made.  I decided to attempt some wool socks for myself.  It was hard to find a pattern for crocheted socks that didn't use uncomfortable worsted weight yarn but I finally found a free pattern here:  http://www.crazycoley.com/2009/01/basic-crochet-sock.html  I think it's a great pattern, and I'm sure it'll go faster with a second pair.  The yarn is Lion Brand Sock-Ease in "Red Hots."  I've worn and washed the socks -- here they are after their first wash:

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68  I spun the yarn then crocheted the scarf - "Flirty Ruffle Scarf" in Crochet: Completed Projects by nikschaf on: January 28, 2011 08:38:31 PM
From this blue merino wool I spun and plied with brown thread:



To a scarf made from the free "Flirty Ruffle Scarf" pattern on Lion Brand Yarn's website.  My son is my model:


The scarf is so lightweight and soft.  I gave it to a very good friend for her birthday, and I'm pleased with how it turned out.  I crocheted using two strands held together.
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69  Re: Spun to finished photos in Spinning: Completed Projects by nikschaf on: January 28, 2011 01:43:26 PM
From this blue merino plied with brown thread:



To a scarf made from the free "Flirty Ruffle Scarf" pattern on Lion Brand Yarn's website.  My son is my model:


The scarf is so lightweight and soft.  I gave it to a very good friend for her birthday, and I'm pleased with how it turned out.

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70  Re: HFO's! (handspun finished objects) in Spinning: Completed Projects by nikschaf on: December 08, 2010 12:57:08 PM
Yay!!  Thanks so much for starting this, Nesse!!!

I have an oldie I can share for now, and more I'll have to track down later.

This is from one of my first yarns ever, BFL single, spun on a hand spindle and dyed with black cherry kool-aid, then knitted crocheted into a convertible cowl with a drawstring so I can wear it loose or tight.  There are flowers w/buttons at the end of the drawstrings:





Edited: crocheted not knitted.  I can't knit to save my life.
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