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« on: May 24, 2007 09:06:12 PM »

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  Cheesy
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 Angry
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.

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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2007 09:34:19 PM »

Love the shiny tencel blend

These are my efforts from last week

Merino silk blend - not sure if I like it or not, i have some other colours in the same blend so I will try finer spinning in a two ply to see if I like it a bit more then
I have a couple of these guys, which I love - strange considering I have a life long hatred of pink.
I really like this one - I bought the roving at a market so it is a bit of a mystery, it isn't quite a soft as my normal merino but is still soft and completely wearable, I have some more colours by the same lady waiting for me at home!
Purple and green have to be one of my all time favorite colour combos so this is currently sitting at home on my TV as a decoration. I took the photo against the white wall at work to try and get the colours right - hence my fingers in the road
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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2007 09:43:31 PM »

Yummy! Yarn porn!

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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2007 10:51:19 PM »

*Warning do not read this whlie you're eating breakfast!*
This yarn is sort of disgusting to me yet strangely beautiful. We came back on the ferry from our vacation. 9 1/2 hours of rough waters. I had this great Idea to get a fancy tangerine-blueberry fusion smoothie at this little coffee shop. Needless to say after the motion sickness subsided I was inspired. I used the ultra fuzzy pic so you get more of what I saw. Lips sealed
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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2007 11:01:05 PM »

I love your third one down, goodsheep!

I have done a little spinning this week, but can't post picks as it's for a swap.  Suffice it to say, I don't spin chunky.  DK weight, navajo plied is about as thick as my spinning gets.  Also, I ply.  EVERYTHING.  My mum said you get very wierd looking garments if you knit a single.  So my swap partner asked for SUPER CHUNKY SINGLES!  It was an interesting experiment and I hope she likes them! Cheesy

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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2007 11:24:45 PM »

cmc-aust I love fat squooshy singles mainly due to their squooshyness - you will have to share you piccies once the swap is delivered as I am sure they turned out beautiful.

I don't actually knit 'proper' garments with singles, beanies and mittens is about as far as I go with handspun, if you knit something bigger with uneven twisty singles I could imagine it turning out a little slanty.

It may not look like it but the third one you like is actually an 8ply (dk weight) or slightly finer - I am going to aim for a two ply 8 - 12 ply weight on the next lot of wool silk blend - don't know if I will manage it though.

« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2007 02:42:13 AM »

I've gone a little nuts on my new wheel, I'm still MOST definitely in the realm of 'new spinner' (LOL), but I can feel myself getting a bit better...and I tried plying for the first time/s and adore it! Smiley

More piccies on the blog but here are some, with a group shot to start...

And on the right is 'Fireworks at Night', my first time plying and first time spinning from a batt, which was way fun Smiley 78 yards of merino, tussah and glitz, 2 ply.

'Neptune' - 120 yards tussah single ply, I LOVE silk, oh my goodness Cheesy It was hell on the spindle but as soon as I got the wheel, I was right back at it and it worked out fine. On the right is an unnamed 2 ply with its single ply version on the right, I much prefer the two ply. This is merino and I love the colours.

'Carnival' I think is my favourite, 133 yards of 2 ply merino. And on the right is 'Brown Paper Packages' which is 2 ply Western Australian melanin wool, natural undyed in grey.
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« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2007 04:21:45 AM »

Wow, MissMeshell you were productive! Reminds me of the first week when I got my wheel, lol.

Anyway, I was able to borrow some handcarders and the Ashford jumbo flyer unit this week and have been quite active myself. I'm loving both! Be prepared for some blending...

Flowers in the sky, hand dyed merino, 2ply

Cinderella, a tiny skein made from merino and flax and Provence, a heathered skein with bamboo:

Then on to dragonfly, hand dyed merino with seed beads and those gorgeous dragonfly beads I swapped recently

And then my super-fluffy favourite, citrus explosion on the rocks, because it looks a summerdrink with big icecubes Smiley

And right now I'm just plying this:
Should end up being a fluffy 2ply with beads and little leaves...
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ooh, I love citrus explosion on the rocks! Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2007 07:37:01 AM »

What a great way to wake up! Beautiful yarns so far everyone!  Smiley I've had a crap week at work and don't have yarn to show but I'm going to cheat and post the six batts I made instead.

I can't wait to see what else gets posted...

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