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1  Onion!!! in Dyeing: Completed Projects by lazykitty on: July 04, 2008 03:27:39 AM
I did some dying with onion skins. The colours turned out really well, I think. I used the same dyebath twice and maybe I'll use it another time, if it doesn't start to smell funny (it's five days old  Undecided).
I mordanted the first batch with 15% alum and the second with alum and a pinch of cream of tartar. The greenish colour is Gotland wool, the rest is Friesian milksheep. So far I dyed 600 grams of wool with 300 grams of onion skins.
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2  Re: Either I just skinned a yak, or... in Felting: Completed Projects by lazykitty on: June 21, 2008 04:53:40 AM
Wow, that turned out really great.
I bought a Happylock Embellisher when it was at a discount price for the same reason you stated (changing and cleaning) and because bigger projects seem to go on forever if done only with handheld needles. I want to make real wool fake fur as well for collars and cuffs. Gotland locks are going to be real nice for that.
So far I only used the embellisher on a (not finished) blanket of machine-felted sweaters.
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3  Re: how long should drum carding a batt take?!? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by lazykitty on: March 12, 2008 05:22:19 AM
Yum, mullerslanefarm, your batts make my mouth water. They remind me of something chocolate and cream and cherry for dessert.
My carder has 36pts per square inch and in my case it really depends on what kind of fiber I use. Some only needs to be carded twice, some other 5 or 6 times and very slow cranking. I have never tried carding roving yet, but I know there's a big difference in time between alpaca and silk or coarser material like milksheep (that really goes like; pluck-and-tease-washed-fleece, ram-through-drumcarder-at-high-speed, divide-batt-into-4-parts, repeat-procedure, done!)

milksheep batts
I use a dogbrush to help straighten the fibers some more when the fibers are on the carder.
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4  Re: What do you think of this spinning wheel? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by lazykitty on: March 11, 2008 07:17:51 AM
Here are my wheels


The large (secondhand) wheel is a Bea or Willy and there are still a lot of them on Marktplaats. Mine was a bit worn and rough and I replaced her brakesystem with one of Louet, because the original was crap. I also made a skeinwinder at the back. But I wanted a better wheel and then bought the Louet Victoria. There is no comparison between the two. The Bea since then functions as my Plyingmonster and does a good job (compare bobbinsize  Grin). I don't think I'd recommend her though.
Thanks for your reply. I'm now looking a bit further. I found out that in the place near to mine, three other cheap spinning wheels were on sale. Those looked a little less shabby than this one.  Cheesy
I'm still not quite sure.

What are your experiences with second hand wheels? When I search on craftster I only find discussions about new wheels..
I hope one of the three you found will be good for you.

For old and one of a kind bobbins I suggest you find yourself a friendly carpenter or someone with woodturning skills. You probably be without your one and only bobbin for a while, but get more in return. Don't forget to order more than 6, you'll need them later!!!
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