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« on: August 08, 2006 02:59:15 PM »

Here's where we can all show off our lovelies!  Original Handspun Swap thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=105582.0

And, amazingly, I was the first to recieve!  Brava knitwit!  I think she wins the speed-demon spinning award Wink


Isn't it gorgeous?  I'm definitely making armwarmers for this fall from this!  Oh, specs: 4oz 100+ yards of merino/targhee/ ramboullet
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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2006 05:58:56 PM »

oh goodness, that's so pretty!
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« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2006 01:25:24 PM »

eek! I have such anxiety about this swap. I hope my partner likes what I sent.
Knitwit that skein is beautiful! Fyberduck is lucky. Those will be some incredible armwarmers.
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« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2006 07:20:42 PM »

I'm not worthy! *bowing in Wayne's world fashion* I'm not worthy!

I received from magnoliacoffee and I feel like I must now run over to my wheel and try to spin lots of amazing stuff for her. We both agreed to spin a skein or two. I spun up 220 yards and sent it off. I received over 300 yards of gorgeous yarn!




I feel like mine wasn't enough now! Ahh! Swapping could seriously give me a heart attack from anxiety. Thanks so much I love it! The colors are so pretty. Kind of muted. Makes me think of watercolors.
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« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2006 07:25:31 PM »

Let me know if you guys do another swap!  I'm a bit of a novice spinner but I'd like to get back into it and I have some gorgeous roving that's not really in my colours.
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« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2006 11:40:49 PM »

Ah, the joys of swapping anxiety (you get to know it well, sadly).  There should be a pill or something for it Wink 

Beautiful yarn, magnoliacoffee!
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« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2006 09:06:53 AM »

My yarn from fyberduck arrived! Here are the stats: Pink yarn is 70/30 merino/silk 1.5 oz and about 50 yards. The mixed skein in the middle is romney + 1.5 oz and about 45 yards. The brown yarn is 2.8 oz and over 100 yards. It's baby alpaca! Did I score or what?

I am beyond excited and thrilled to have these! I think they go very well together and may use them in the same project. Any ideas? I hope if people knit with their swap yarns they post the pics of those too. I will!

Thanks fyberduck for the lovely yarn and for organizing this swap. This was my first swap and now I am totally hooked!

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« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2006 09:14:37 AM »

I hope if people knit with their swap yarns they post the pics of those too. I will!

I was thinking that. I was so excited yesterday that I started a kind of skinny scarf in a basket weave stitch with the light pink/yellow skeins that I received. The yarn is so pretty by itself I didn't want anything fancy that would distract from the yarn.

Fiberduck the stuff you sent is so pretty. I really like the brown. Mmm alpaca...
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« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2006 11:09:22 AM »

0h, fyberduck, that's so pretty! my goodness!
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« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2006 01:17:43 PM »

Thanks guys! Di nienti.  I would love to see everyone's FO pix up here, too  I was planning to post mine - I just got Frew-Frew's skeins this morning!  I feel unworthy of my partners right now Shocked

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« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2006 02:51:51 PM »

I feel so spoiled! This is the yarn I received from Chipper. Sooo lovely and beautiful. And enough of the vineyard colorway to knit up a shrug or capelet of some sort.

Thanks Chipper this is utterly gorgeous!

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« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2006 01:16:59 AM »

oh, wow.  that's goigeous.
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« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2006 01:47:40 PM »

I got my package from Frew-Frew and it is WONDERFUL!

Here is some green and white (164yds) and some pink and white (10yds).

It is Corriedale from a local shop

Here is some red Colonial Top.  76yds of Boucle and 132yds of singles


It is so fabulous!  I can't wait to think of the perfect project!  But, as I told Frew, it's first job is to "sit pretty" in my basket of honor (otherwise known as the basket I throw all my handspun in)
 
Thank you very much, Frew!
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« Reply #13 on: August 18, 2006 10:09:06 PM »

I can finally post pix of Frew-Frew's yarn!  Here rhey be:


The pink/ brown is corriedale (120 yards) and the orchid/ chocolate is 144 yards of Brown Sheep - dyed with blueberries gathered by Frew-Frew's children!  How adorable is that?  Now I have to figure out what to do with these loverlies...  I hope you like my skeins, Frew-Frew Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: August 21, 2006 03:06:16 PM »

Got some beautiful yarns from Faithin today!  I totally owe her some more yarn... she cranked out more yardage than I did and I feel bad about it. :\  Hopefully I can remedy that by the weekend.  Here's what she sent:


Please ignore the tiny Siamese kitten feet... hehe
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« Reply #15 on: August 21, 2006 03:34:39 PM »

Got some beautiful yarns from Faithin today!  I totally owe her some more yarn... she cranked out more yardage than I did and I feel bad about it. :\  Hopefully I can remedy that by the weekend.  Here's what she sent:


The image doesn't show up on my computer... but, here's the link, right? http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/6378/190/1600/IMG_0693.jpg

It's gorgeous stuff!  Wow Shocked
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« Reply #16 on: August 22, 2006 02:05:41 PM »

purlgurl and i were so well paired. i received mine today (after the post office tracking said it was "missent" - they somehow sent it to the wrong place first, even though my address was correct and fully legible on the label) and i'm SO HAPPY!


left: merino w/coils and slubs, 44 yards
center: corriedale 2 ply, 100 yards
right: corespun mohair, 40 yards

i am so in love with the one in the middle. if i didn't have the rest of a sock to finish tonight i would totally cast on right now. i don't know what i'd make, but whatever it is would be incredible! thanks, purlgurl! Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: August 22, 2006 03:00:08 PM »

whoa those are amazing! Good job purlgurl. I aspire to be able to spin stuff that awesome.

Just for fun here's a pic of the scarf I started with my yarn from magnoliacoffee. I just had to start something, because the yarn is so pretty. I now have to set it aside to work on swap projects, but as soon as those are done I'll get back to this.

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« Reply #18 on: August 22, 2006 04:21:24 PM »

I have to ask, do all of you guys have wheels or did anyone spin their yarn on a spindle? I just started on a spindle and it seems like it would take forever to spin that much! But if you do this again I'd be willing to try!

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« Reply #19 on: August 22, 2006 08:26:54 PM »

I received from fyberduck yesterday. Talk about jaw dropping gorgeous!



On the right is 100 yards of handpainted baby alpaca.

On the left is 38 yards of kid mohair locks with a merino/alpaca/silk binder.

I am leaving my husband and marrying this yarn. Is that legal??  THank you so much!!!!!!
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« Reply #20 on: August 22, 2006 08:51:23 PM »

I have to ask, do all of you guys have wheels or did anyone spin their yarn on a spindle? I just started on a spindle and it seems like it would take forever to spin that much! But if you do this again I'd be willing to try!

Christina

I have a little wheel (ashford traveller).  My mom found it in like-new condition at a yard sale last summer for $45!!!! (she's a fiber enabler)  So don't get discouraged by the price tag of brand new wheels online because you might just find one cheaper in the newspaper, from a guild, or on ebay.  Keep your eyes peeled Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: August 22, 2006 11:07:29 PM »

wow, thas some goigeous yarn purlgurl!  loverlyloverly.  everyone did such beautiful work!  I'm going to try posting feedback tonight for everyone who's sent, and let me know if it doesn't show up in a day or two, k?  Oh, and because I'm weird, I tried to leave personalized feedback/ comments (I love it when organizers do that), so ... yeah Grin

I have to ask, do all of you guys have wheels or did anyone spin their yarn on a spindle? I just started on a spindle and it seems like it would take forever to spin that much! But if you do this again I'd be willing to try!

Christina

Wheel, definitely.  And, Frew-Frew, I think marrying yarn should be legal - I'm practically married to my wheel!  Lovelovelove it Wink
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« Reply #22 on: August 23, 2006 03:54:25 PM »

redheadskydiver, i use a wheel too. i became impatient with spindling large amounts of yarn almost instantly. since i got the wheel, i haven't gone back!
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« Reply #23 on: August 23, 2006 05:29:59 PM »

Great yarns all around! What a great swap!

redheadskydiver, I also use a wheel. It goes WAY faster!

I'll always love my first spindle though.
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« Reply #24 on: August 23, 2006 06:10:16 PM »

I have to ask, do all of you guys have wheels or did anyone spin their yarn on a spindle?

I used a spindle for the yarn I created (it hasn't been posted yet).
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« Reply #25 on: August 23, 2006 08:20:02 PM »

I used a spindle! Smiley  I might buy a wheel soon, though. I would have one now if people would stop telling me to try them out first! Tongue haha.
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« Reply #26 on: August 23, 2006 10:32:03 PM »

I used a spindle! Smiley  I might buy a wheel soon, though. I would have one now if people would stop telling me to try them out first! Tongue haha.

people did that to me too (whyyy?), and I finally went "pfft" and chose one, because they were driving me crazy.  I mean, as long as it works, right?  but, spindles are beautiful things Cheesy
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I used a spindle! Smiley  I might buy a wheel soon, though. I would have one now if people would stop telling me to try them out first! Tongue haha.

people did that to me too (whyyy?), and I finally went "pfft" and chose one, because they were driving me crazy.  I mean, as long as it works, right?  but, spindles are beautiful things Cheesy

I bought mine without ever trying it.  I'd never tried any wheel before then.
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« Reply #28 on: August 24, 2006 07:03:32 AM »

My boyfriend bought me my wheel. He ended up getting it on ebay because he went it to this weaving/spinning shop all ready to purchase one, but didn't because they kept trying to talk him into getting a gift certificate so I could come in and try them first. I didn't know much more about wheels then than he did. They could have made a sale if they had only said, "this ones good for beginners."  If you're a beginner and don't know how to spin anyway, how is trying them going to help? At this point if I want to upgrade I'll try them first, but back then I could make little piles of cat barf yarn on any wheel, I'm sure.
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« Reply #29 on: August 24, 2006 09:34:56 PM »

If you're a beginner and don't know how to spin anyway, how is trying them going to help? At this point if I want to upgrade I'll try them first, but back then I could make little piles of cat barf yarn on any wheel, I'm sure.

I agree! The only thing keepig me from buying a wheel now is that I'm going to a fiber fest in September, and people usually have used wheels for sale(or so I hear). So I'll get one cheaper there!
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« Reply #30 on: August 28, 2006 11:49:58 AM »

I have tried several wheels and still haven't settled on the one that suits me best.  Trying them out without buying one first has let me figure out what I like and what I don't like however, and that has helped a lot.  Now when I see a wheel on sale, I know whether I have a viable chance of liking it or not and that's good, because I don't want to spend that kind of money on something I end up not liking.

So far, I know I like double treadles and specifically the Ashford Joy.  I borrowed a friend's Ashford Traveller for a bit and don't like it at all.  In fact, I prefer my spindle to it.  And from what I can tell, having a spindle first has made the wheel spinning much easier and smoother to learn/do.

I'm not saying you *have* to try wheels first, I just think it's a good idea before you plop down 500 dollars.
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« Reply #31 on: August 28, 2006 12:02:42 PM »

I completely agree. If I were to start shopping for one now I'd want to try therm. As a beginner, though, I don't think I'd have been able to tell the difference. I had a spindle first and for the life of me just could not get it. I've tried since too. Still can't do it. I don't know why. I wish I could. It would be easier to bring my spinning with me if I could only get the hang of a spindle.
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« Reply #32 on: November 29, 2006 11:55:12 PM »

We all promised that we'd post pix of the projects we made with the yarn we recieved.  I can't believe it, but I actually remembered! 

So, I just finished making one of my best friends (only reason I was willing to part with the yarn in the first place, really Wink) her birthday present with some of the yarn Frew-Frew sent me.  Long story short, I was shopping with said friend who bought some yarn exactly like the yarn Frew-Frew sent me, but she could only buy enough for wristwarmers - so I vowed to make her a matching scarf!  And, here it is, just glorious (the yarn's so soft and sqooshy!):


You must be psychic, Frew-Frew!  It's her favourite colours!  I can't wait to send it to her at school Grin  As soon as I get the chance, I'm making myself a scarf with the other yarn Frew-Frew sent me (I still need to decide on a wristwarmer pattern for the yarn knitwit sent me). 

What about everyone else?  Any FO's to display??
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« Reply #33 on: November 30, 2006 03:48:17 AM »

These handspuns are all so gorgeous!! Can't wait to get my wheel now! Cheesy
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