I'm always afraid someone else is going to start this while I'm typing. Is that ridiculous for me to think? Paranoid? Here's what I've done this week My first dye! I used the technique at the beginning of my new Hand dyed Yarns book on some white Sheep Shed wool and this is how it came out:
And then I spun it and the kids stole it. Where is it? I don't know. Angry face! And I did another one of these, brown and white variegated, Navajo plied, sheep shed. I love how these come out! And they are mindless to boot, which is always a bonus for me
I made some storage hammocks for my kids a while ago, so when we got into a discussion on the fiber boards about fiber storage, we thought these might work. So I am making some for the girl who started the topic! But there are some things I needed to redesign. Aside from what was already discussed in the other thread, she wants one or more on a flat wall. Totally different approach! The corner hammocks are done in more of a mesh (sc, ch5, sc in the ch 5 spaces of previous row), this one is more like fillet crochet. Here is what I have so far:
Side/bottom shot Measures ~39 1/2 in x 10, made with chenille yarn (stolen from a sweater) "plied" with some #10 crochet cotton. OK, so I lied, I didn't ply it. I was just working off of both balls at the same time.I kept track of the pattern, vaguely, so I could recreate the first side the same on the second, just in case anyone is interested. Here it is! Edit: Pattern for the small flat wall: I used some thin chenille yarn stolen from a sweater and some #10 cotton thread together. I think if I had done this witht he bigger hammock it would have worked a lot better. On a D-ring, using hook D, 15 sc Rows 2-5 Hook E -15 sc Rows 6-8 Hook F - 15 sc Rows 9-10 15(ch1, sc1) Row 11 ch1, 14(sc, ch2), sc Rows 12-17 15(ch2, dc) Rows 18-23 Hook G 15(ch2, dc) Rows 24-27 Hook H 15(ch2, dc) Rows 28-47 Hook I 15(ch2, dc) Basically from here on you just work it backwards again: Rows 48-51 Hook H 15(ch2, dc) Rows 52-57 Hook G 15(ch2, dc) Rows 58-63 Hook F 15(ch2, dc) Row 64 ch1, 14 (sc, ch2), sc Rows 65-66 15(ch1, sc1) Rows 67-69 15sc Rows 70-73 Hook E 15sc Row 74 D Hook working on another D ring at same time as on Row 73 15sc Maybe it's too skinny? I don't know, it holds up pretty well under pressure. Yes, that is a gratuitous shot of ALL of my hand spun yarns, minus what's on my spindle and niddy noddy. Maybe making it thicker would take away from it's structural integrity? What do you guys think? I was thinking I wouldnt' like it this skinny but kept at it because I'm stubborn and I think I really do like it. If Ptarmic Wumpus doesn't want it then I will be glad to keep it on my wall, holding my yarns.
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). ETA #3: The corner! About 22 inches/side. This time i used 1 strand sweater/1 strand #10 cotton thread. I think it helps keep the stretch down. If I have done it with the longer of the 2 flat wall hammocks it would have worked better. Oh well, she still seems to like it.
Yay! I was wondering when you were going to post pics, RobbinZombie! I'm happy you like them. Are you sure they're not too cheesy?!
I received yesterday. My husband is in love with them. I don't think they are going on the "hoop wall" in the bedroom, they deserve a place of honor where everyone who walks into the house can admire them. I love how they go together! Check these out:
How is this not started yet? I don't want to start but I do want some other fibery goodness so I guess I will be the first.
This is all I have. It is the rest of the Diamond Batt from February. I think it needs to be plied with some black, but I need to order the roving from Sheep Shed first so it is going to stay on the spindle for now. I spun the other 1/2 on my wheel and plied it with yellow thread (posted a couple weeks ago) and I really liked the feel of the merino going through my fingers on that one; it's a very rough wool for some reason. While this way wasn't as nice in way of my senses (sensually? Yeah, I would call it sensual!), I like the way the color blended on it better.
I love plied with black! From gray to brights, it always makes it pop. I need to order some black from Sheep Shed. I just finished the rest of last months Diamond Batt and it just wouldn't be right with thread this time. Hell, it wasn't right with thread last time! So it gets to sty on the spindle until I get to order from SSS. I'm holding off because I'm hoping they will have great deal on some colored roving soon!
Here is a progress shot of what I've done this month:
Everything in this photo was at one point all crammed into the box. I didn't get any bumps done this week until Wednesday, and between Wed and Thurs I got 18 done. Yeah, they are going MUCH faster now that my muscles are learning. Yay! Muscle memory! Already have 6 today! The bags on the top of the photo are packed to capacity with "waste" i.e. stuffing for my future dragon. All together now I have 77 bumps, including today. It is daunting, but maybe I can get the rest of this fluff combed in the next week? I have a goal! I need to meet that goal! Who's rooting for me? I think I may need some cheer leaders. Hm... What can I bribe myself with?
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?!
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?
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?