I guess I'm up way too late, cause I get to start this week!! It's very intimidating, I must say, I'm kind of tempted to wait till morning to post I didn't do a ton of spinning this week, but here's what I've got Blue superwash mill ends, 75 yards each, 1 skein plied with hand dyed silk hankie, 1 not, they're destined to be fingerless mitts, I wanted plain yarn for the ribbing, and I'll use the plied one for the hand.
My Sahara waiting to be born. Linen/Tencel. I REALLY like this one, because silk is just too hot for Florida, the Tencel gives it a nice sheen, but the linen will keep it cool, and also help it wear better. I'm debating whether to do the accent yarn in this color with beads, or to use a contrasting color. What do you guys think?
This next one is kinda neat. I took four colors of mill ends, pink, lilac, aqua, and green. One single I spun them all in sequence Then I carded together all four colors for the other single Then I plied them up Neat point- it's going to be self striping, but kind of heathered, since in the carded single, there are patches which are predominately one color, and those are much shorter than the color repeat of the striped single. Not-so-neat point- the aqua fiber was really full of neps, and the lilac was not quite as bad, but still not fabulous and I should have combed it out before spinning, since even just carding to blend isn't going to remove them all, so the aqua parts, and some of the lilac ones, are really not as smooth as I'd like 350 yards, sport/DK weight
This one I'm not so proud of. It's corriedale dyed with Kool Aid. The fiber is like, three years old, and I just found it at the bottom of my stash, and apparently, I hadn't rinsed it well when I dyed it, and the fiber was still vinegar-y smelling, and REALLY harsh. I figured, I'd overspin it, and full it, and it will be rug or bag suitable. So, here we have 128 yards of worsted weight fulled really rough corriedale. I have no idea what to do with it. I have the second skein of the Sahara yarn on the wheel now, and I just need to figure out what to do for the contrast yarn and spin that up.
Star217- I LOVE your yarns this week. What a great start to the thread!! FeralFeminine- Venus and Laura Ingalls are lovely! Is ecospun difficult to work with?
This is my first contribution to Fiber Friday! I've been spinning a few years now, but I've never posted for the Fiber Friday before Here's what we have this week. I got my new Little Gem (I have a Rose and an antique) and I've been spinning exclusively on it this week. Here's my first experiment with getting the tension set on the new wheel (I found that it draws in FASTER than my others)
Then I tried out the Wild Flyer with a blue superwash plied with a beaded soysilk, with soysilk cocoons (only 20 yards, I got bored with the beading)
and then Adobe Sunrise, a madder-dyed wool plied with a cabbage dyed wool, with silk cocoons and natural dyed lincoln locks (50 yds)
2 oz of 3 ply sportweight dark BFL (220 yds)( I know the skeins look small, they're made on a 3 yard niddy noddy)
1/2 oz of the same blue wool left over from the adobe sunrise above, navajo plied. 40 yds.
At easter, I dyed 1 oz of superwash merino in each of the left over ester egg colors, intending to make striped socks. Here's the first one so far, the yellow. 1 oz, 80 yds, 3 ply
Finally, I got some wool from my swap partner in the Dye-No-Mite swap, spun it as a sportweight singles, 50 grams, 140 yards
2 dozen rose petals, 5 days, and over a pound of fiber!! I've left it all out in the sun to dry for 4 days, after washing it all in VERY hot water with soap, so it's at least relatively light and wash fast. I was massively surprised by the results!! I called the florist, and they swear they don't dye their roses or buy dyed roses, so I dunno how I got such good tones :-) On my bloghttp://yarnknotzi.blogspot.com/2007/05/bed-of-roses.html, I put a tutorial on how I got the colors. I'm planning on using the dye again tomorrow, to see if it is still good or if it has turned, so we'll see how it turns out.
So, I needed a hackle, and they're really expensive. I ordered the "spinner's choice" hackle from pacific wool and fiber, and what it is is just a pine board with THICK, rough nails stuck through every 5/8". I sent it back, and figured, hey, a board with nails I can do!! I got a 1x2 piece of red oak, 48" long, and cut it in half, so I had two 24" pieces. I left 2" of space to either side to attach the clamps, without nails. On the remaining 20", I first marked lines running the length of the board, 3/4" from each edge. That left 1/2" in the center of the board. Along one line, I marked every 1/2", and on the other line, I staggered it 1/4" off, so I had offset lines, and marked every 1/2". I drilled pilot holes, put 3 1/2" THIN nails through, and tapped them all the way in. Then I took the other piece of board and Gorilla Glued it to the bottom of the piece with nails, so the nail heads were enclosed. The finished piece
A drill press would have let me set the nails perfectly straight, but this one works perfectly well. What do you guys think?
TwilightDancer- Yup, that's what I figured must have happened. This batch of cabbage juice was quite acidic to begin with, and then adding everything at once made it go boom. NEAT effect though... Anyways, here's the roving, all rinsed and dried Once the "battery" exploded, there wasn't a lot of actual dye left in the pot to exhaust. I thought that was interesting, that almost all the dye producing compounds were used up in the reaction.
So, I use red cabbage to get some great Robin's egg blue tones on wool (I primarily do natural dyeing)
I mordant with alum to get that tone, and that's a pretty weak tone. I got a deep denim blue on superwash wool, pale greyish blues on cashmere, every fiber takes natural dye differently. I HATE the smell of cabbage, so I dye outside when I work with it, but it's one of my favorite dyes.
Today I tried concurrent mordanting.... Not so good!!!
So, I loved Knitty's Belle Epoque. I knit it right after the pattern came out, in a lovely variegated earth tones hand dyed mohair blend. I swatched, made sure I got everything right, I lovingly chose a ribbon, blocked it out, and tried it on. I looked like a diseased Yeti. I'm a big girl, and the fluffy yarn, and furry colors, and loose fitting style combined to make me look like an animal storing up fat to hibernate. It was my biggest knitting disaster ever. I didn't knit for a month. But I loved the Crocus Bud stitch pattern, and how it looked with the 1x1 ribbing, and I like the way the stitch worked with a hand-dyed yarn, so I recently made socks from the same stitch :-) The pattern for the socks, made with a 1x1 ribbing "seam" down the back, with a combination heel and round toe, can be found at http://yarnknotzi.blogspot.com/2007/04/belle-epoque-socks.html
My first Fiber Friday post :-) I had two small amounts of some sample roving the people at Mt. Chehalem Wool sent me, and I spun them up and plied them together It's a wool/mohair blend, 1.25 oz total, 63 yards
I spun up 10.5 oz of a dorset fleece that I washed and carded, to a 2-ply worsted weight (at 45 yds/oz), and in honor of St.Patrick's day, dyed it with cabbage. The neat thing about red cabbage dyeing is that when you dye it, it's this great pruple, and then when you rinse it in hot water, it turns robin's egg blue. It's a fabulous thing, I just plug in the crock pot on the porch to do it, because I hate the smell of boiling cabbage.
*by the way, this is the first time I'm allowed to post an actual picture, not link, so I'm excited*
Free pattern available on my blog
These took about an evening to do, and only a little more than one ball of yarn. I could probably have done it in one, but the ball of yarn I had was all knots towards the end, so I just started a new ball to finish the second slipper. They stretch to fit most feet, even though they look small. What do you guys think?