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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 8/24/07 on: August 26, 2007 03:58:10 AM
Hi @ all,

it's been a while, since my last post in ff. I must say, I really love all your yarns so far. But I the "yellow taxi" is my absolute favorite yarn. This is sooooo awesome.

Btw, 100bean, I just discovered that you are from the Netherlands. Thats so "just around the corner" from where I live. Maybe an hours drive to the dutch border.

Anyway....here is what I spun during the last week. Not quite finished, but I took a few pictures

The first is my new DIY-lazy-kate that I made last weekend. On the left spool is some handdyed falkland tops (yeah, finally was able to get some from the UK) and the right spool is handdyed merino. I'm in the progress of plying them togeter.

This is also handdyed falkland-top. I think this will end up with some eggplant-colored merino, but I'm not sure.

Next week the skeins will be finished an I will post pictures...
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quick Question from the Clueless... on: August 13, 2007 03:07:11 AM
Hi Sorcha,

both are really good wheels. If you can afford the traveller, then I would take it. It has a double threadle and built in twist-unit (so you don't need an additional lazy kate). It takes much less space and is not so heavy. If you take a single drive one, you have driving ratios up to 1:14, which is good for making lace yarn. Most beginners have less problems with single drive.

Another good choice would be a Kromski Minstrel, if you want a similiar built. http://www.paradisefibers.net/Kromski-Minstrel-p/2352.htm?gclid=CPjJ4f2Z5o0CFRT2YAodmXOytg. It comes with 4 ratios.

Either wheel would be a good wheel. It's sooooo much fun....
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Tour de Fleece 2007 on: August 06, 2007 06:53:03 AM
Oh my, thank you all (bows)...

wowsers, soth.  that yarn is unreal.  do you have any plans for it?

I think of making the "voyager lace stole" from elann or something like it..
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Tour de Fleece 2007 on: August 05, 2007 02:02:55 AM
I'm finally back home from my summer vacation.

This is what I spun during that time. It's called "northern shores".

Inspired by some beautiful yarn Artsygal spun on fiber-friday, I tried to create something really thin and variegated. This took the hole 2 weeks to split the roving, spin the singles and finally twist it...

....and it was soooo worth the ordeal....5 3/4 oz and 1065 yards of New Zealand Lambswool .

I am so proud of myself. This is definitely the best yarn I've ever spun.
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Tour de Fleece 2007 on: July 19, 2007 01:58:48 PM
Everybodys yarns look fantastic.

Althoug I did a bit of spinning during the last days, I havn't got pictures to show.

Tomorrow we will start our vacation and there is no internet connection. So this will be my last post for the next 2 1/2 weeks. I will take my spinningwheel and try to spinn a bit everyday.

I hope, everyone has a good time during the second week of the tour.

See you all...
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Tour de Fleece 2007 on: July 15, 2007 07:14:10 AM
Puh, after 2 days of spinning, today I plyed the skein of handdyed tussah-silk. Because it's really hot here, everything gets sticky. This is the finished skein. It's 2 oz an 255 yards.

I have another ball of 4 oz tussah-silk waiting for me, that I dyed with kool aid.

But this will have to wait, until the temperatur drops a bit.
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday the 13th, 2007! on: July 15, 2007 02:53:33 AM
...between the stripping of the original braid into the little bundles (I stopped counting when I got to SIXTY)  and then spinning each one in order......

Next, I'm going to try something similar with the remaining 5 oz of bfl roving I have left from the same dyejob. That part of the roving has a LOT more colours in it, so it should be fun.

WOW Jas this is amazing. I think it's one of the most gorgeous skeins I've ever seen!

Could you please please post a picture of the original roving braid? I really have to get some bfl roving, but here in Germany it's so hard to get and the price is the same as pure silk!!! (if you manage to even get some bfl...).
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Tour de Fleece 2007 on: July 11, 2007 12:23:17 PM
Today I'm really excited! For the first time I spun some "beaded" yarn. I wanted to do this for a very long time, but never got around to do it.

A few weeks ago a friend gave me a piece of merino/mulberry silk mix. This was by far the softest fiber I ever touched. Yesterday I dyed it and today spun it up with seed beads.

here is a closeup

Because was just a small piece, I plyed it with a white tencel.

I think it turned out quite nice, although I don't know, what I will do with it. Maybe an accent-cuff for some gloves.
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Tour de Fleece 2007 on: July 10, 2007 08:30:26 AM
OMG eatmoreplants the bamboo looks sooooo great! so soft and silky. I think, I have to buy some.... Wink

Everybodys yarns look fabulous.

During the last 3 days I spun up a braid of superwash wool, the last of my handdeyed ones.

Today I finally plied it

The result is not really as I imagined  Roll Eyes  I think it's a bit boring. But anyway, it's nearly laceweight 300 yards and maybe a nice pattern will do the trick...

10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Tour de Fleece 2007 on: July 08, 2007 12:52:00 PM
oh WOW, this looks sooooo squishy. I just want to grab it and bury my fingers in it.  Grin
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