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301  Fiber Friday 5 May 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: May 05, 2011 07:47:36 AM
I'm always afraid while I'm writing this post someone else will post a FF thread as well!
I was on a roll this week, or would that be more appropriately a "spin?"

Diamond Batt from Knit.etsy.com. Decided to go with singles. A little overspun, but I think they will work up nice.


Next up, more blue and white self striping from Sheep Shed. I need to buy more from there but how much is always so hard to figure for me.


Then I spun up some cocoons because I of an article in the new Spin-Off mag. I haven't photoed it yet because I need to set the twist and hang it with some weights first. Again, though, my singles are way overspun. I'm just so used to spinning for plying!

And finally, I got my 11 braids and batt this week including my black roving so I could finally play up that batt I have had on my spindle for almost 2 months:

And just for Nikschaf, a photo of it with the rest of the batt that I plied with the yellow thread. I think I might take out the thread, spin more black, and ply it to be like the one I did this week. Opinions?
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302  Re: Ongoing spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) in Craftalongs by jexxican on: April 30, 2011 08:46:58 AM
This thread is dying. Sad Don't die, I love you guys!

I was going to type all this in FF but I have realized since this thread started that those threads are more for just pictures and compliments than actually talking about the process. So here it is:
"The first thing I ever saw about spinning at all was a lady spinning in the grease and talking to some dude saying she was going to knit it into hats and then wash it so it would felt during the washing so you couldn't even tell it was knit, then she was going to donate them. I thought that sounded so cool! But this fleece doesn't felt that well. In fact, it seemed more loose and larger after I washed it somehow. Don't know why or how but it kind of put a damper on my plans for these fleeces! And did it spin very thick, for all I tried. I spun up 2 bobbins then plied it with itself, then made one hat and washed it to see how it would felt. That's the one on the right. Then the other hat, on the left, I "knit" (loom) using the yarn from both bobbins at once. It ended short because I didn't have enough on the first bobbin, but I think it will work as a kids hat. The bobbin in the middle is what the yarn looked like alone. I learned lots, including something about plying in the grease: it doesn't need to be set. I mean, just letting it loose, it won't try to unpin itself. I thought that was interesting."
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303  Re: Fiber Friday April 29th, 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: April 30, 2011 06:53:40 AM
Volumortuus: I am assuming the "camel" is the brown fiber in there? That looks great. I love brights paired with neutrals.

Amazing: you're yarn is amazing. I love thick and thin, and that looks very thick! How is the egg-dye working for you? I guess you already had the twist set, but when I set mine the blue bled a bit. Maybe I didn't rinse it enough?

Sarah: I keep wanting to call you Jen this morning. Very bad, don't know why. I didn't get visited by a Bunny or Rabbit this Easter, but that yarn is great. I've been surprised by my reaction to the feel of some yarns myself. I had a batt that was very almost scratchy feeling but the way it felt going through my hands was the most tactile bliss I've felt with my wheel so far.  Shocked O-face!

Calluna: core-spinning on drop? I never would have thought about it. It looks like a lot of fun!

I do have a contribution this week, but I haven't uploaded the photos yet. Maybe today? I have learned that usually I get about 2oz of fiber on my bobbin, but with cashmere I get more. Like, 3-4 oz. Anyone know why?
Also, I got an extra $200 in my crafting budget this month because of our super awesome tax return so yesterday I bought over $200 wirth of fiber! OK, so $100 was Spinning the Seasons for the rest of the year from Knit It Up, hence filling out the rest of the year (I only had through June), but the other $112.50 was for 7 braids from another shop I just found last night. Their fiber was cheap but looked good and some of them were dyed using the Fibonacci sequence somehow. Intrigued!

EDITED TO AVOID DOUBLE POST:
here's what I got this week. I spun up March's "Season" which had Cashmere in it, which is the one I got all 4 oz of on my bobbin then chain plied it to this:


Last week I got those raw fleeces I've been so excited about all year and decided to spin some int he grease. So I did! I'm posting more in the SAL.
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304  Re: Storage Hammock for flat wall Prototype #1 in Crochet: Completed Projects by jexxican on: April 27, 2011 06:44:01 PM
Here's #3!

In the yellow corner... weighing in at 22 inches....
She wants this one and the long one, or so she says.

Bella, you really want a pattern?! I could find my notes, but it's really pretty simple I promise.
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305  Re: Ongoing spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) in Craftalongs by jexxican on: April 22, 2011 02:45:38 PM
Ooh, Bella, I love it. Be careful, when I tried to dye with egg colors the blue washes out, at least of the purple I mixed up with it. I am excited to see how that roving comes out and then to see how it spin up!. Is that swap yarn? Ahaha!

My yarns all plied up, in case you guys don't check the FF or spun to finished thread, so exciting to me! Sorry I can't stop posting it!
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306  Re: Spun to finished photos in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: April 22, 2011 09:25:33 AM
I made some yarn this week, and already crocheted it up into a poncho for my 18 month old. The colors came out a  little more saturated than I wanted them too, but in the whole project I think it looks just fine.  Here are some clicky photos of the whole process:





And here is the yarn:

And the whole poncho:

Gratuitous baby shot:

Anyone think I'll be able to find a pink sleeveless dress to go under this today? I hope so!
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307  Re: Fiber Friday April 22, 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: April 22, 2011 09:14:48 AM
Hippie, it's always hard to choose a favorite of yours. But I don't have to, right? I liek them all. What do you mean by "magic blend?"

charaxesdistanti, I have a hard time getting an even weight too. Then this week I tried spinning woolen and wow, I have to start learning to make it even all over again! I really like the last picture you posted. The colors are very happy.

Here's what I have this week, you remember that wool I was combing all last month? Well, I dyed it last week before we left for TX and then I carded it and spun it and I even got it crocheted up this week! This is the only picture I got of it, I had already worked up over 1/2 of it, oops!

And here it is worked up on my 18 month olf, just for the sake of posting a baby shot:

My husband says it is his favorite yarn that I have ever spun. I think that's the woolen working its magic.
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308  Dem Bones in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by jexxican on: April 20, 2011 02:29:28 PM
I made these for the Ami Addiction swap Round 2 and wanted to share them here. My partner loves Halloween and her favorite colors are pinka nd orange so I thought these were called for:

Individual shots:


I got the pattern from Yarn or Fabric and it's the only pattern I have ever bought not in a book. I think they came out a little too Day of the Dead, but I still they they were fun. I was thinking about making a blue one for my nephews birthday but then I found a really cool monster book and that idea went right out the window. Oh well, now I have the pattern forever and can make one for future nephew birthdays, right? I mean, I do have 3 nephews, not to mention my own 4 year old.
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309  Re: Ongoing spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) in Craftalongs by jexxican on: April 20, 2011 10:32:30 AM
Hippie, I am so excited for you! The girl I get my fleece from is ready to give me this years and she thinks I'm insane for being this excited. First thing I am going to do with them is try spinning in the grease.

Astor, sometimes beautiful things turn out ugly and sometimes the ugliest things make the most beautiful. I can't wait to see your pictures!

Look what I did last week before leaving for TX:


I Easter Egg Dyed my combed top!
Then--when I got home--instead of unpacking I carded 4pink, 4purple, and 4 blue into 25 Rolags and then carded 6 undyed nests into 12 rolags and put them in order of how I was going to spin them (did you guys know I'm OCD?):

And then I spun them!

And I think I am going to ply them together. I wanted them all lighter than they came for Easter but I think it will be just fine. I'm really excited to see how ti looks plied, and I need to find a pattern to make for my Alice for Easter. I will post the final plied on Friday, hopefully!
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310  Re: Storage Hammock for flat wall Prototype #1 in Crochet: Completed Projects by jexxican on: April 18, 2011 12:19:22 PM
Venus, I live in the desert too but I still think I will make myself one of these in the future. I have a little wall space that could stand to be used for storage.

Prototype #2: 67" x 12" I spaced it 65" apart for this photo. LOTS of stretch. I think it was stretchier than the other because I just used 2 strands of the chenille sweater rather than 1 strand chenille, 1 strand #10 cotton thread.


I also upped it to 18dc/row instead of just 15 like Belladune suggested, though the other was just 15 all the way and this one started as 12 at the D-ring and upped to 18 at about row 12 (I think).
More thoughts?
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