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1  Re: Fiber Friday, July 16, 2010 in Spinning: Completed Projects by shootenanny on: July 16, 2010 08:43:47 PM
No spinning to speak of this week - it's been unbearably hot, and sitting with a big pile of wool in your lap doesn't do much to help matters.

I did, however, finish knitting two items this week using handspun yarn!

The first is a hat. It's the hurricane hat from string in motion (pattern here: http://stringinmotion.blogspot.com/2008/04/hurricane-hat-copyright-sunshineknits.html)
Excuse the shiny face, as I mentioned, it's currently a billion and one degrees in my house. Also excuse the fact that my hat is crooked and not a whole lot of it is in the picture - I wasn't willing to wear the hat long enough (DID I MENTION IT'S A BILLION DEGREES?!) to take a better photo.

The second is a cover for my headphones. Cute as a button, and I don't have to deal with my headphone cord being tangled up on itself anymore!

Everyone's yarn looks lovely as usual Smiley
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2  Re: Fiber Friday - July 9, 2010 in Spinning: Completed Projects by shootenanny on: July 10, 2010 12:16:46 PM
Okay. So it's not quite Friday anymore, I admit. But this is the first post I'll be making that has photos instead of links, so I feel like that should make up for the tardiness!

The yarn I spun this week was an experiment. I started out with 1 ounce of merino wool, and spun it as thinly as possible. I ended up with 450 yards.  I then navajo plied that single, and ended up with 150 yards of 3-ply lace weight. I then navajo plied THAT yarn, and ended up with 50 yards of a worsted weight 6-ply. Surprisingly, it came off the bobbin evenly plied, despite all the manipulation!

Stats are:
1 ounce merino wool, 'Brightwood' (dyed by Hanks In The Hood)
50 yards, 6-ply(ish)
12 WPI

Here's a photo of it in a skein:

A photo of some of the individual loose strands:

And finally, a photo of a small swatch I knitted on US 8 needles. I adore the fabric this yarn creates. The picture absolutely doesn't do it justice. In fact, I love it so much that I'm seriously considering spinning the other 3 ounces the same way, despite the fact that a) spinning yarn the width of a hair is nerve-wracking and b) the method I used is a serious yardage-hog.
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3  Re: Fiber Friday! July 2, 2010 in Spinning: Completed Projects by shootenanny on: July 02, 2010 11:39:38 AM
Hot off the skein winder!

This is a mix of 3 oz. of hand dyed falkland wool from the lovely Heidi at Spinning The Web, and 1 oz. of undyed mill end wool that I tossed in at random intervals.

It came out to 320 yards navajo plied, and is a fingering weight yarn at 17 WPI.

I'm pleased with it. Hope you like it, too!

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4  Re: Fiber Friday-June 25,2010 in Spinning: Completed Projects by shootenanny on: June 25, 2010 01:42:05 PM
Everyone's yarn is lovely! And awwwwww, baby spinning melts my heart. Friday is my favorite day.

I've finally figured out how to upload photos to craftster, but now I can't figure out how to transfer them from the member galleries to the post - they certainly don't make this stuff easy, do they?

Oh well. Perhaps in a few more weeks there will be photos in this here box, but for now, links:

4 oz romney wool, 285 yards fingering weight 2-ply. Enjoy!
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5  Falkland Laceweight in Spinning: Completed Projects by shootenanny on: June 18, 2010 02:53:42 PM
Still relegated to posting links, sorry.

But here's some 2 ply falkland laceweight goodness.

600 yards
4 ounces
21 WPI

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6  new spinster on the block in Spinning: Completed Projects by shootenanny on: June 12, 2010 01:47:03 PM
I bought my first spinning wheel (an Ashford Kiwi) about two months ago. And oh, am I ever in love. I'm just getting to the point now where I'm pleased with my yarn, and although I'm a little late seeing as it's Saturday, I wanted to show and tell!

I can't seem to figure out the craftster photo uploading situation, so I'm just going to link to my flickr account.

This is a closeup of the yarn. It's 2 oz. of merino from Pigeonroof Studios, in the Dovecote colorway. It's 150 yards, navajo plied. It's approximately fingering weight.

This is the remaining two ounces of the Pigeonroof Studios merino, spun into a laceweight single. There's 235 yards in this skein.
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