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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Onion!!! 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.
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / wool picker question on: January 17, 2008 07:34:45 AM
Who owns a wool picker? Are they really that useful? They sound especially good for using on shortstapled/highcrimp fiber. I have Ryeland lambswool and after washing it's still a lot of work opening up the fiber by hand, before I put it through the drumcarder, which doesn't like it much. It's a very bouncy kind of wool.
I want to make a wool picker myself (they are not available here as far as I know and ordering from the USA would be a considerable hassle) and construction seems fairly simple. I could really use some input on this before I start sawing, drilling and wounding myself (it's a dreadful tool isn't it, all those spiky things).
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / spinning a certain alpaca on: January 14, 2008 11:48:46 AM
Hello, I suppose this is my official delurking post. I kind of did a small delurky in another post as a reply, but this time I really have a question to all of my fellow spinners.
What and how do you do with a certain alpaca!
I have 5 alpaca fleeces; black, white, chocolate, caramel and a grey. The latter is the softest I've ever felt apart from angora. I've been spinning it since yesterday and it's the thinnest I've ever spun. I'm in love. I'm scared. It's come to the part where I want to merge with the fleece.
But what should I do when it's spun? Two or more ply?What will enhance it ? Weaving or knitting? Lace shawl or a plain twin-set? Dye it or leave it to its natural variety. http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/thumbs/lovely_alpaca.JPG  is where the softness is. Ideas or support from particular alpaca(or other)fleece-devotees
are so welcome.......
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