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11  Re: March-long spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) in Craftalongs by k_cat on: March 23, 2011 07:34:53 AM
Think I got the first (slight) sunburn of the year by doing something involving wool. Perfect combination! Grin

I used my mother's garden table for some dirty work today: I opened up some of the brown fleece's locks, shaking out dirt and removing straws and dead insects.
Turned THIS...

...into THIS.

Fluffy and a lot less dirty. I washed this fleece a few weeks ago, but only with cold water and some selfmade soap. There's still a lot of grease in it, but I like it that way. Don't know if I'm going to card this one yet.
I'd like to see this spun soon, so I might look for the drop spindle I left at my parents' house a few months ago. Not sure where it is, though. Probably should build a new one... Mmmpf. Or I'm just going to steel my mom's wheel... Hehe.
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12  Re: March-long spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) in Craftalongs by k_cat on: March 16, 2011 01:08:10 PM
yes, core spinning is fun.  Grin

This is not spinning related, but yarn stash busting... Need to get rid of cotton yarn, so I set up my loom. And I need to try the new shuffles...

THIS is what happens every time I put the loom down. Say hello to Dexter - loom lover and yarn killer.
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13  Re: March-long spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) in Craftalongs by k_cat on: March 16, 2011 07:57:35 AM
Congratulations, textilejnkie!  Smiley

My first corespun. if you can call it that.
"Favourite Fluffy Faux Dreadlock" -  random wool (handdyed yellow, orange, two shades of blue, grey wool, white merino), no pre-drafting, spun thick and thin on purpose around a cotton core - twisted to a long skein for the picture, to show the colours and the texture.

This stuff might be ideal for weaving sturdy stuff.
Need to go now, my boyfriend is making stick shuttles for my rigid heddle loom. I should keep an eye on him, he already tried to use saw and drill ON MY FAVOURITE TABLECLOTH. ("I use the cloth to protect the table from getting holes." "WHAT?")

Oh, and I found cute beads in the craft store, for cheap. *coughs* Already got an idea involving some of my dyed wool...
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14  Re: March-long spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) in Craftalongs by k_cat on: March 08, 2011 04:41:39 AM
I'd like to see your hot pink silk, astormorray!

Happy Pills, 2-ply, 65g

Just a short post. Made progress, still spinning, off cortisone, still hurting, my paper is resting - and one of my great-uncles had a stroke today. It took a long time before his wife could call an ambulance and he is very old, so we don't know whether he'll survive this.
I'm in dire need of happy pills right now. This is what I needed - even more frustration. Think I'm going to buy half a ton of M+Ms and throw them around in the living room.

3rd skein done, easy goal achieved. But I think I'm setting a new one. At least two more skeins, one of them being a second skein of The Ghost of the Navigator.
Besides, I plyed stuff I tried once and that was only blocking two of my bobbins because I didn't like it and never finished it. Thick Merino and thick-and-thin Anonymous.
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15  Re: March-long spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) in Craftalongs by k_cat on: March 06, 2011 08:03:47 AM
Thanks. I've had worse pain, but it's still so frustrating to be unable to do something. Mmmpf.

Finished the Shetland/Tussah... 85g, far more than 180m

I already started Happy Pills, because... well... that's what I need. But I need to pause a lot. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmpf.
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16  Re: March-long spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) in Craftalongs by k_cat on: March 06, 2011 05:15:31 AM
Obviously, you don't need to bribe me to keep you company. I love it!
I second that. In pink! Grin

My progress:
I found out that I'm out of my daily painkillers, LOL! Thought I had more but turns out I only had empty blister strips. In all this business with my bf's birthday and the papers, I simply forgot to get a new prescription. I'd like to hit my head against the wall now. This always happens when it's weekend. Found other stuff in my little private pharmacy (yes, it's THAT big Roll Eyes) that works, but I couldn't sleep till six o'clock in the morning because of this shit. Now I'm trying to keep my head over water with other stuff they prescribed me. So far it's not too good, but 'ok'... Hope my stomach won't kill me the next days.

Long story short: At around three last night, I picked up my Shetland/Silk again. I told myself that I was in pain anyway, so I might as well spin slowly and carefully. Aaaaaaah, this stuff feels so good and it's gorgeous. I sat there in the half-dark living room, the cat was snoring peacefully (like my bf in the bedroom, hehe) and managed to spin so much that I could 2-ply a lot of it. In fact, my bobbin's REALLY full.

And it's not too bulky, either. At least compared to the hooks. Wink
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17  Re: March-long spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) in Craftalongs by k_cat on: March 05, 2011 04:28:30 AM
I love your stuff.
Either my mother in law finally put the evil eye on me (Roll Eyes) or my pain meds simply aren't strong enough right now, so I need to pause excessive spinning.

Anonymous sheep, washed-dyed-carded: My Mom's Garden (and my stupid keyboard... lalala)

Merino, dyed and carded: Happy Pills (because you don't need any spinning this)

Need to stop typing now. Ouch.
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18  Re: March-long spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) in Craftalongs by k_cat on: March 02, 2011 05:03:50 AM
Also, I bought this stuff, thinking, oh, I'll make a .... with this, and then, I never did that thing? so, I need to let go of these plans, all this waiting for the perfect moment/project/inspiration and just spin yarn.
Oh yes, I know this. It has happened to both me and my mom (she goes shopping for yarn whenever she's frustrated). I keep fabric, yarn, fiber and other stuff (e.g. for baking) and don't touch or use it, because there might be this ONE fantastic project......... I find it very hard to 'let go' and use the things, so I normally just don't and keep them.  Undecided

Didn't want to do a double post or something like that, so I'm just going to add this:

Dark Shetland + Tussah Silk. I want this to become a 2ply. Don't know what I'll do with it, though.
I'm having fun with my first paper, because I have to dictate everything using a headset (hands are hurting too much for long writing - posts written slowly are ok). This headset enables me to spin and work at the same time. Ha! Grin

I'd like to spin more today, but it's my boyfriend's 30th birthday and his parents are going to be here for some cake and coffee. *SIGH* I'm pretty sure the super chocolate cake I made isn't good enough for them, like all the other things I do, but that's life.
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19  Re: March-long spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) in Craftalongs by k_cat on: March 01, 2011 10:54:13 AM
I already spun and Navajo plyed the first bobbin full of this. Ca. 60gr, so I'll have to fill and ply another bobbin and I could turn this into a pair of socks (as soon as I'm able to knit again).

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20  Re: March-long spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) in Craftalongs by k_cat on: March 01, 2011 04:52:57 AM
Hey, my name is Doro.  Smiley
I want to spin at least three yarns from my stash, one being the Shetland-Tussah I mentioned in the other thread. Three doesn't seem that much, but I have to get two papers done this month and I have problems with a rheumatic disease. I'm getting off cortisone (I've been doing this for two weeks and it will take till next week) for further diagnostics, so I might be unable to spin if it's hurting too bad. If that happens, I'll just stick to cheering you up with pictures of my stashed stuff.

Currently on my wheel: Ghost of the Navigator (named after an Iron Maiden song I listened to while dyeing this...)
I washed, acid-dyed and carded (well, had my mom card) this fleece. I don't know which breed this is, but the locks are definitely long stapled. I am not even quite sure if our tenant knows the breed of this sheep. Roll Eyes Mixed some undyed wool in before carding.

"as their skeletons accusing emerge from the sea"

I REALLY need to recharge my camera... maybe you'll get a better picture afterwards. Wink

Looks like I have at least 250gr of this, but I don't think I'm going to spin all of it this month.
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