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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Two Squishy Cowls on: February 18, 2013 04:09:49 PM
Lovely. They do look exceptionally cozy.
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: spiked hoop dangle earrings on: February 18, 2013 04:07:38 PM
I love these--punky and elegant.
13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Knit Turban Headband -Tutorial Link & Pattern on: February 18, 2013 04:06:50 PM
That's really cute! Might need to give that a try...
14  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: I washed and dyed (part of) a whole fleece! on: February 18, 2013 01:25:40 PM
Yeah, it's always fun to get as hands-on in these processes as you can. And I think I got a good price because it was really dirty! I didn't quite know what I was in for. I still have about half left to wash, so this is around five pounds cleaned.

I used acid dyes for the color.
15  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / I washed and dyed (part of) a whole fleece! UPDATED with yarn images on: February 18, 2013 12:07:55 PM

Several months back, I went to the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, and picked up my first unwashed fleece; I got a ten pound bag of unwashed border leicester lamb's wool. It came from SuDan Farms, in Yoder, OR. Working with it has been a great learning experience.

I documented the before and after, plus my process, plus lots more pictures, over here: http://www.miloknows.com/2013/01/how-to-wash-fleece.html.


After washing, I dyed some of the raw fleece before carding it.


I am starting to card a lot of this stuff now--it's definitely a different process working from wool in this state than from roving or prepared batts. I'm finding it easier to use handcarders to open up the fiber first, before putting it through my drumcarder.

I have some finished batts ready to spin now (exciting!).

Moral support, comments, advice appreciated!

UPDATE:

Here's a sample of the finished yarns from these batts.



16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Faux boot socks from old sweaters on: February 07, 2013 09:12:13 AM
Cute! Nice idea, and they look great on you.
17  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Inspired by Annie Young on: February 07, 2013 09:11:25 AM
This is absolutely gorgeous. The colors are amazing.
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Meta Mittens - The Mitten Project on: February 07, 2013 09:09:50 AM
Those are so sweet! Amazing work.
19  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Spring Flower Yarn on: January 16, 2013 09:22:44 PM
Beautiful! And yes, very spring-y.
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Turn a backpack into a utility belt! (TUTORIAL WITH PICS) on: October 17, 2012 09:39:42 PM
That came out amazing! And that patchwork is great, but much better in your updated project than the original.
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