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301  Fiber Friday 18 March 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: March 18, 2011 08:05:01 AM
I finished the bamboo/merino blend I was working and I can finally post pictures! I am so happy!
I had 4 oz that I split in 2 and spun different. The first was spun thin and then Navajo plied to make 56 yards:

And the second half I wanted to spn thick but it wouldn't let me so it came out thick and thin. I plied it with white sewing thread to make 72 yards. I love how it is so different from the above

and then I just really wanted to spin something so I broke into my  pounds of Sheep Shed roving and alternated between chunks of blue and chunks of white to Navajo plied into 75 yards of this:

In other news, I did not get my quota combed for the Craft along this week because i had to wash it some more, but now that it is cleaner I am combing much faster so maybe I can get through the rest of the fleece before the months end? AFTER I finish these swaps?!
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302  Re: March-long spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) in Craftalongs by jexxican on: March 11, 2011 07:57:59 AM
Like I said in the FF (that seemed to have gotten started really early today!) I have 2 yarns in the works, one spindling and one wheeling, but I'm not going to post pics until I finish them. I do have my updated photo of bumps however:

I've been trying for at least 3/day, or to average 3 a day, and this week I got 26, which is over average. I manages 3+ every day until yesterday, when I only got 2. It is starting to hurt my pulling finger, though. Maybe I need to wear some protection? *snicker* I think a bandaid might do the trick, so I'll try that today. If not I don't know. gloves will NOT work, I'm too tactile for gloves.

I'm also saving all my "waste." We decided it would work great as stuffing, so I want to make a BIG dragon to stuff with it, because it would be fitting. Dragons eat sheep right...? I have so much already!

I don't know how I'm doing on my over all goal this month, Each time I pull some wool out of the box I have it in, it just expands to fill the gap! That's what happens, eh? And I didn't weigh it so no help there. I guess if I really wanted to be difficult I could weight the bumps, the waste, and what I Have left to do but meh, I'm not too worried about it. I don't think I will get it all this month. Can I live with that?
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303  Re: Fiber Friday: March 11 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: March 11, 2011 07:35:19 AM
Idlers- That's beautiful! I'm pretty sure spinning before you wash is called "spinning in the raw" and seeing a video about that is one of the things that got me interested in spinning in the first place. I've already decided that when I get my 3 fleeces in May (fingers crossed) that one of them I am going to spin in the raw, then maybe try using a knitting loom to make some over-sized hats, then washing them to felt. I am excited!

I have started 2 yarns this week, one of the spindle and one on the wheel, but I think I will wait until I think they are done before I post them.
Last weeks yarn that I spun with the yellow even though I wanted to spin it with balck, I think I may ply again with black, because I realized that I DO have black, I have 4 serger cones full of black! I was an idiot to overlook them.

But my real accomplishment this week was 26 more bumps of cleaned fleece. Here is a shot of all 35 I have done this month. I will post more about them in the CAL.

I bought a trio of books on Amazon. Respect the Spindle, something about spinning in general, and a hand dying book. I know I don't need the first 2 since I already know all the basics and I can always gather more info online (my favorite resource of late being Crafster, those spinners are crazy!) but I wanted some good resource books.

HOLY CRAP! In the time it took me to write this post there have been 4 other posts!
TCMatteson: I know what you mean about slippery roving. The stuff I have on my wheel right now is a merino/bamboo blend. Talk about slippery! It wants to be spun thin, I can't get it any thicker!
Belladune, you are always an inspiration to me. You know that, right?
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304  Re: March-long spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) in Craftalongs by jexxican on: March 04, 2011 09:07:05 AM

My goal this month is to get the fleece that I have had in my garage for 9 months combed and ready to spin, though I don't think I will spin any of it. I just want it clean and ready.
Here is what I've accomplished of this so far:

I don''t know ounces or anything, all I know is I ran the combs 9 times, making 9 little "nests." I am excited for getting this fleece done with and getting the new ones in May because I have learned so much and want to do the next ones better, ie have less noils to remove!
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305  Re: Fiber Friday March 4 2011! in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: March 04, 2011 09:03:14 AM
Yay! Orange!
Oddacity: That yarn is very even. I love it! I love the finished product too. You posting it in the Spun to Finished thread?
Astor: I have cards because I thought that's what I needed to clean my wool but then I found about combs and haven't used my cards since! Maybe When I'm done with my fleece I will try to do some mixing? Your rolags aren't that bad, but that may just be the photo Wink They look like they will be fun to spin!
I come bearing... black and pink and yellow. Wink
This is my February Diamond Club from knit.etsy.com, well, 1/2 of it. I really wanted to ply it with some black, but I don't have any solid black roving or any really black thread. I mean, I have some navy blue that passes as black but not enough for this plying venture. So I used yellow, against my better judgment. Meh, I have more, I can spin/ply it with black another time.

And I'm going to post this in the CAL as my progress so far this month but I figured I would show everyone here too because I know you're not all in the CAL, for some reason.

I don''t know ounces or anything, all I know is I ran the combs 9 times, making 9 little "nests"
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306  Re: Great Big Swirlie Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jexxican on: March 04, 2011 08:44:20 AM
I send out today!
But I received 2 days ago! And got spoiled!


Clock and Candle

Chocolate that came as "an interesting puzzle" Magnet Gift tags


Non crtafted extras: Natural swirlies and purple paint chips. Yay!
This was fun! Thanks blupaisan!
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307  Re: Fiber Friday - 25th Feb in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: February 25, 2011 06:38:06 PM
Some really great yarns this week. My favorites so far are Casmir's blue yarn, Zombie Queen's seafoam, and Antsy's romney. I want them all, please! Thank you!

Ha ha. Here are my contributions:
I took the dirty and noils from the fleece I've been combing and Navajo plied these short 44 yards. I could very easily have gotten more but as I was spinning little bits of dust and dirt were floating into my sinuses. I think I'm going to use them for stuffing from now on, as my husband suggested.

And now that Grand Canyon Frost I told you about! I love it! I spun it really thin (that seems to be all I can do for singles anymore) and got about 2 bobbins full. Then I Navajo plied it. I didn't know how it would come out, and was almost regretting it while plying because it seems since I learned how to Navajo it's all I want to do, but while I was winding it onto my Niddy Noddy  I decided I really like it. I got about 75 yards from 1 bobbin and 115 yards from the other.

I should also mention that today was so nice, I sat outside to ply it. First sunburn of the year!
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308  storage hammocks in Crochet: Completed Projects by jexxican on: February 18, 2011 01:48:07 PM
I made these a while ago because I remembered having them as a kid but had no idea where I would find one AND I was on a mesh kick. They are a little warped because they have been in use and let's face it, crochet is supposed to have stretch, right? I used yarn that I stole from some sweaters.

Action shot:

Then I realized why make it white? They are all white! I made the one for my baby's room in pink chenille (again, STOLEN!)

I just learned that they are actually called "storage hammocks" and when I did a Google search, I found out that I was right, they only come in White! Good thing I make my own, eh?

I am only using push pins to hold them up, though I'm thinking if I make more then maybe I will need some D rings? I'm also thinking about using some bias tape on the sides so they don't sag so much. What do you think? Would that work? Any thoughts on a way to do it better?
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309  Re: Fiber Friday -- 18 Feb 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: February 18, 2011 01:38:31 PM
Great job you guys! New yarns are the best. Nik, I know what you mean about working really hard to make a thick yarn!

I almost posted this first pic on Monday, just because it fit. I was combing my wool on Monday and I kept seeing this:

Appropriate? I think so!

Last week I posted a yarn that was still on the bobbin, this week (Monday) I finished it, and learned some Navajo plying. Is this what is also called chain plying? I found it thoroughly amusing and it plied really fast!

110 yards of Rambouilette, cleaned, combed, spun by me. I am so proud of myself!

Where is everyone?
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310  Fiber Friday 11 February 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: February 11, 2011 08:23:25 AM
Not much to share this week but I figured I may as well get this started, right?
I finally got some wool combs to help me process the fleece that one of the ladies from my MOPS group gave me last year! I already had to rave about them to Belledune. I got small basket full and ecided I was done with that, I wanted to spin! I was going to take a picture of the basket full but got a little impatient so here's the first little "nest" I made with some of the fleece for reference:

And What I have spun so far:

I think I'm going to try to Navajo ply (?) it after I spin a bunch more and watch some videos on that technique.
I also got my first Niddy Noddy this past week. Haven't used it yet, but I'm excited!
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