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Topic: Fiber Friday 3/28/2008  (Read 4522 times)
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« Reply #40 on: March 29, 2008 07:48:52 AM »

You all have totally ruined me.  I was inspired to try crocheting again and went to the store to look for some yarn.  Nothing there fit my mental image of the sort of yarn I wanted to use.  It was all so same and uninteresting.  I am reduced to stash busting with some ancient same old same old stuff until I can find something that I like.... or until I learn to make my own.  Guess I'd better work harder on that stash. 
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« Reply #41 on: March 30, 2008 11:01:56 AM »

I spun some green yarn from a batt this week.  Of course, I don't actually have pictures... Wink

How do you do that, plying a single with itself? Do you measure how long it is and cut it in half?

You can wind the yarn into a center pull ball and ply the two ends together.  I have a ball winder, which makes it really simple (and is really fun to wind) but you can easily wind by hand.  Here's a tutorial with pictures: http://birdsnestknits.typepad.com/birds_nest_knits/2006/02/how_to_wind_a_c.html

You could also try Navajo plying, which looks like 3-ply.  Here's the video that I taught myself from: http://www.joyofhandspinning.com/spin-navajo-ply.shtml

Thanks for your advice, I think I might try both these methods sometime Smiley
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« Reply #42 on: March 30, 2008 02:13:44 PM »

So I'm a little late with pictures, though this has been finished for a few days.  This was from a batt that I carded with wool, angelina, and a ton of firestar.  I used flash to take the picture to show off how shiny it is.

"Green Sparkle" about 150 yards


Someday it will be woven into a decoration for my wall.
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