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1  Re: Fiber Friday 9/28/07 in Spinning: Completed Projects by AgentAlmost on: October 01, 2007 04:12:27 AM
I've been away from home for a few weeks, just got back a few days ago, so these I spun on a spindle while away since my ashford traditional is hardly a travel wheel.


A little over 4 ounces, about 240 yards, navajo plied, 100% brown sheep punta wool sportweight to light worsted. Dyed in the roving with gaywool bush blends wattle. Spun and plied on a cd spindle



Three ounces, approximately 90 percent wool, 10 percent human hair, 2 ply, light to medium worsted, ~120 yards. Spun and andean plied on a top whorl louet sheepie. Itchy.
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2  Re: OK, You are going to laugh at me! in Spinning: Completed Projects by AgentAlmost on: September 29, 2007 08:19:18 PM
Lol, yes I'm going to laugh, but only because I have a similar habit of turning things into spindles. Currently I'm spinning on a potato with a knitting needle stuck into it:


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3  Re: Fiber Friday 8/31/07 in Spinning: Completed Projects by AgentAlmost on: September 01, 2007 04:21:02 AM
I finally posted the pics.... just in time for the next fiber friday. Oh well, better late than never.

I've been spinning up some plain vanilla columbia wool that I got as a freebie. I started with 70 pounds which went down to 55-60 after skirting and I still have at least 45 or so pounds of the stuff so yeah, no end in sight. Did I mention I only have hand cards *rubs wrist* ?

Plain vanilla 4ply worsted with a few bits of vm here and there.

Semi tailspun bfl locks, singles yarn, about 130 yards.

Semi tailspun because I spun a few yards from the lock, then tailspun a yard or so, then spun another few even yards.


Since it's been so insanely hot here, I've been taking advantage of the heat and solar dyeing in old pickle jars. I don't have pictures and don't know where I put the wool, but trust me, it's pretty. Smells like pickles though (and I scrubbed the hell out of those jars so I'm surprised) but pretty.
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4  Re: Tour de Fleece 2007 in Spinning: Completed Projects by AgentAlmost on: July 18, 2007 04:41:39 AM
I haven't posted yet, but I have been following along with the tour, or at least trying to. Sorry, no eye candy though. All of my skeins are pretty plain so far.


4 ply worsted weight yarn from gifted columbia fleece. 2 ounces, 100 yards. I have 50 pounds of this stuff sitting in my living room and I'm trying to scour the whole thing in batches now since the lanolin in it is a pain to get out already, and the fleece is only about a month old.


fingering weight suri alpaca. The white one is a little over an ounce and 60 yards, the brown one is 2 ounces and 110 yards.


White and natural grey wool spun on a spindolyn for a project. I started spinning for the project about a year ago, then put everything in a bag and forgot about it until I stumbled onto it again a few weeks ago. I don't even remember what type of wool I used. The skeins that I spun that year ago were a little more "textured" so I tried to spin a little uneven but it still came out comparably even.

Knitwit: I actually bought some feathers just the other week with the intention of spinning with them. A feather spinoff or spinalong or spinning challenge or whatever it's being called would be cool.

Gomeriffic: Food coloring/Wilton's/Koolaid does strike silk but I've found that it just doesn't stay in that well. It will just keep bleeding in the wash water. Keeping it in an acidic environment all the time will keep it from bleeding, that's why it will rinse clear after taking all of the dye, but if it's rinsed once or twice more the vinegar is rinsed away, the ph reaches neutral and the silk will begin to bleed like nobody's business and won't stop until it's rinsed in acidic water again. I wash my koolaid dyed silk yarns (dyed before I realized how much it bleeds) in shampoo with a bit of vinegar added (soap with vinegar is bad, turns it back to fat or oil but vinegar doesn't do anything to a detergent like sodium lauryl sulfate, the main ingredient in shampoo), then rinse it in water with some citric acid.  Of course don't take my word for it: dye a sample amount and rinse it a few times, wash it a few times, just how you normally would and see if it bleeds or not.
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5  Re: dyed lion cotton and sugar and cream - good results. in Dyeing: Completed Projects by AgentAlmost on: May 21, 2007 02:45:44 AM
Oooh, me likey.

Was it dylon dye? They come in pouches and are sold in joann's. They look like this:


I've used them for solid shade dyeing quite a few times but was hesitant using them for handpainting since the soda ash is included into the dye and making a thick solution means that it's at a much lower ph than recommended and I was a bit afraid to risk damaging my fiber or getting a spotchy dye job but yours seems like it turned out fine.

Vinegar is never ever ever supposed to be used for cellulose dyes, only acid dyes on protein fibers like wool,alpaca,angora,silk,etc..., cellulose dyes set with an alkaline dyebath, not an acid one, though it is possible that the vinegar in the yarn could have actually offset the high alkalinity of the concentrated dye solution. Was there any noticeable fizzing (look or sound) or fuming when you added the dye?

It does seem from your description that you haven't properly washed off the unattached dye. Assuming that you used dylon, which is a fiber reactive dye, you're either going to need to wash off the unattached dye with one cold and two hot machine washes (or very strenuous hand washes). Alot of dye will come out, but better now than later. Use laundry soap with all of the washings. There's a product called synthrapol (http://www.prochemical.com/Glossary/Synthrapol.htm) that is used by professional dyers for that purpose, and does a bit of a better job with less chance of color bleeding, but it's not absolutely needed. Instead of washing the unattached dye out, you can also use a dye fixative like retayne: http://www.prochemical.com/Glossary/Retayne.htm but I personally think that the retayne is a scary chemical so I don't use it. The MSDS (material safety data sheet, a document that describes the precautions needed to be taken and the risks posed, all chemicals deemed even remotely able to be potentially hazardous have one: there are MSDS's for table salt, wood, potters clays, vinegar, baking soda, even water) is here: http://www.prochemical.com/MaterialSafety/Auxiliaries/Retayne.pdf

Anyways, great job, and I hope I didn't scare/confuse you away.
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6  Re: Fiber Friday April 13th in Spinning: Completed Projects by AgentAlmost on: April 13, 2007 03:03:37 PM
For some reason, the warmer it gets the more I want to spin. Weird I guess.



Angora 2.5 oz 140 yards, about 14-15 wpi, triple ply, wheel spun, long draw from the fold. This yarn was spun to knit cat toys from for my two cats since they both love rabbit fur but it was a real chore keeping them away while I was spinning. It's sorta weird squirting the cats with a water bottle to stay away from fiber that's going to eventually be made into something for them anyways. I gave it a wash and let it dry and it still has a bit of static charge to it, if you look close you might see some red mohair that's stuck to the skein.



Merino, 4 ozs each hank, double ply from a center pull ball, sport to heavy worsted thick and thin,spindle spun on a .9 oz 2" toy wheel spindle from the fold, modified long draw. All those who say you can't spin long draw on a drop spindle I say to you: whatcha talking bout willis!?. When it gets warmer out I walk around more and use the free time to spin some yarn. This yarn will be wrapped on a home made warping board like thingie and dyed.


Enough fuzzy pictures of white yarn, it's time for a fuzzy picture of dyed yarn:



4 ozs combined, somewhere around 90-100 yards, wheel spun, Brown Sheep Punta, thick and thin, plied with thread.
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7  How do you spin on a 2.5 lb spindle? in Spinning: Completed Projects by AgentAlmost on: February 05, 2007 03:52:58 PM
Very Carefully!

Do you know those stupid ideas that pop up in your head, and automatically you know that it's destined to end badly but you just have to do it otherwise you'd never know how badly it'd end?
No? well... I do.

It all started when I was looking for my cup hooks for a regular toy wheel spindle I was making. I couldn't find them, instead I found these giant brass plant hanger ones. I then thought about the dowel and dumbbell set lying around. After a minute of duct tape magic I had myself a two pound eight ounce (actually 2 pound 13 ounce counting the weight of the dowel) spindle. I amused myself for a quick second: I created without a doubt the heaviest most unwieldy "boat anchor" of a spindle known to man.

But what good's a spindle that you don't put to use?





So, I tried to get as far away from anything valuable and breakable and got a bit of medium wool top.

I didn't bother to dye it because I actually didn't think I could spin on this thing, but I did, slowly, with only three breaks when spinning.

I purposely left the dowel long, that way it would only hover an inch or two above the floor so i could catch the spindle when the yarn broke. Only after a goodly amount of time spindling did I realize that a bottom whorl spindle would have been much less dangerous. I'm just so used to top whorling I guess.

Here's the resulting yarn:

1 ply, 25 yards, 2.5 ounces. Pretty much your average looking first skein.
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8  Re: Fiber Friday 1/19 in Spinning: Completed Projects by AgentAlmost on: January 21, 2007 12:37:52 AM
I'm still knitting christmas presents so haven't had much time to spin.



This is 100% tencel dyed in the roving with procion mx dye.
120 yards, 3 ounces, 2 ply, around fingering/sport weight with a thicker bit here and there.
It was a challenge to draft and the fact I pretty much mangled the roving trying to wash out all of the residual dye (it just kept coming!) didn't help things any.
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9  Re: Fiber Friday Dec 22/06 in Spinning: Completed Projects by AgentAlmost on: December 23, 2006 01:11:07 AM
Ack, missed last week, technically missed this week but it's still friday in Hawaii (not that i'm in hawaii) so I'll post anyway.

Haven't spun much in two weeks time but I finally did spin up short bus massacre. The fiber is sheep shed studio's saffron superwash that carol threw in as a thank you, all I did was randomly splotch it with wilton's no taste red (all red 40, red 3 is a recipe for faded yarn and pink utensils) I dissolved roughly the same amount of liquid to dye in three squirt bottles but varied  the amount of vinegar. I just read in livejournal's spinning fiber community that superwash soaks up dye like a sponge and I agree since only the weakest solution penetrated all the way through the roving, the second strongest made it in about 1/4 of the way and the strongest barely got more than a millimeter in, serious.  The dye spots that barely penetrated looked like fresh blood stains hence the name but now I have to figure out a new name since it spun up very orange with a few strawberry red patches here and there. I'm thinking of calling it orange julius brainfreeze but I'm not too stuck on the name.

(Edit: Thank you LeahSeraph: Orange Lazarus it is!)



It's about 100 grams, 105 yards navajo plied (all the cool spinners are doing it Tongue) and ranges from sport to bulky but manages to pretty much stay around worsted weight.

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10  Handspun Watch Cap in Knitting: Completed Projects by AgentAlmost on: December 16, 2006 12:29:13 AM
I figured I should post pictures of the hat I made with the yarn I posted on fiber friday 12/8 so here it is:






It's made with a low z twist hand carded alpaca/wool/mohair blend singles that ranged around light to heavy worsted weight. I'm actually surprised at how evenly it knitted up considering I didn't card the fibers as much as I probably should ending up in little slubs in the yarn.

I actually intended it to be a giant beanie for a large headed person but felt that it looked better turned up. It's for a gift, so hopefully there's a small headed person on the list that this will fit.

The rib's a fisherman's rib since its thick and warm, plus I like the look of it done with singles yarn.
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