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Star217
« on: May 02, 2008 07:41:30 AM »

Okay so no one's started the thread yet I guess I have the honors.

The first up is girl scout cookie from a batt I recieved in a swap. It's alpaca, wool and angelina. Spun on my drop spindle worsted weight a little less then 2oz and 80 yards single.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2064/2441942886_7e3fc4d8bd.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3207/2441112739_bb1ccf828f.jpg

The second yarn is also alpaca about 300 yards 3.3oz two ply sport weight spun using the long draw. I had a hard time prepping the alpaca and I realized the best way was to break out my very neglected hand cards and make some rolags.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2195/2441941634_6dc3cc7ba8.jpg

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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2008 07:43:48 AM »

oOO.. very pretty. i love how alpaca has the little hairs that stick out when it's spun, it really gives it a nice texture
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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2008 07:46:28 AM »

Yeah alpaca can be spun to have a nice halo like mohair but unlike mohair its super soft and not itchy at all.
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« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2008 08:05:32 AM »

This week I wanted to try making a scrap type yarn for the first time.  I used a merino sampler with 12 colors that I bought on etsy (I wont mention her name, I'm still pissed off that it didn't weigh as much as the listing said). I spun up one single and then with the rest of the merino, handcarded in angelina (from Loop.etsy) in colors that coordinated with each different color. I love the look of scrap yarns Smiley I used (what I think is) the long draw method, which is the one I seem to have become most comfortable with.

Scrap-Look yarn  167+ yds  2 oz  2-ply



After I plyed all of my non-sparkley single with the sparkley one I Andean plyed the rest to make this sparkley 2-ply.
Andean Plyed Scrap-Look 65 yds  0.7 oz



I didn't finish my Wisp this week, but I worked on it a bit.  Here is a progress pic Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2008 08:09:03 AM »

Yum! Both those yarns look scrumptious!

My yarns for the week:





April Showers - spun from all-vegan fibers - tencel, organic cotton, sparkly firestar (nylon), bamboo, and carbonized bamboo. I love all the different textures in this. Inspired by some of the intense spring storms we've been getting here lately!



New Growth - handspun organic cotton. One ply I dyed in shades of green, the other in shades of yellow, chartreuse, and natural white.



Spring Beauty - spun from a batt I carded from wool, sparkle, and recycled sari silk. Inspired by one of my favorite spring flowers! This one has amazing yardage because I made myself spin it a bit thinner than I usually spin.



And a giant pile of self-striping handspun for a custom order! I LOVE big piles of handspun.
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« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2008 08:09:43 AM »

Ooh, Jadzy, your yarns look great too!
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« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2008 08:17:24 AM »

This week I wanted to try making a scrap type yarn for the first time.  I used a merino sampler with 12 colors that I bought on etsy (I wont mention her name, I'm still pissed off that it didn't weigh as much as the listing said).

Was it a big difference in weight? I know that depending on the altitude, scale and air in the fiber fiber weight can vary by as much as .3 oz
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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2008 08:17:40 AM »

feralfeminine, i LOVE "new growth" the greens are sooo pretty!


where do you find recycled sari silk?
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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2008 08:23:24 AM »

Feral - I always love your yarns. Their so beautiful!


I have some fiber-y goodness for the first time in a while. These are handspun then dyed yarns and some mohair locks. I love the colors on the mohair, its so bright and cheery!










I really enjoy this thread. I come lurk every Friday but only post so often. I look forward to others fiber-y creations!
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« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2008 08:30:49 AM »

Wow...some amazing work already! You guys really are an inspiration.

It was Wonderwool Wales on Saturday for me, so I've been spinning furiously ever since. These are all only small bits, but here are my efforts from my second week of spinning...

the chubby peacock - a random selection of little bits of Merino, spun rather more chunkily than I intended...I think it's only about 8 yards!



strawberries and cream - some beautiful alpaca, plied with silk. this is going to be the most luxurious neckwarmer ever.



bright autumn - bluefaced leicester - how easy is this stuff to work with?! i never thought of putting these colours together til i saw them next to each other in a pile and then it had to happen.

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« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2008 08:53:19 AM »

This week I wanted to try making a scrap type yarn for the first time.  I used a merino sampler with 12 colors that I bought on etsy (I wont mention her name, I'm still pissed off that it didn't weigh as much as the listing said).

Was it a big difference in weight? I know that depending on the altitude, scale and air in the fiber fiber weight can vary by as much as .3 oz

Well the listing was for 3.25oz. I weighed it when I got it, I don't remember what it said then, just that it was less. I used it all up and it weighs 2.7oz (including the angelina and ribbbons I used to tie it up, not that they weigh much) so it is still at least 1/2 an ounce off. *shrug* idk... I didn't give her bad feedback, I just won't buy from her again.
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« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2008 08:58:18 AM »

Everything is so lovely!! This is my first ever Fibre Friday post! I got my drop spindle starter kit a few weeks ago and have been spinning between writing essays and this is what I came up with. It's about 24 yards, super chunky and called Mermaid's Castle.





I spun the dark brown from wool top and then found the novelty yarn I plyed it with for the bargain price of 80p at a local market! I know that it's not perfect, but I'm pretty much in love with it and already have plans for my next yarn, once I've finished those pesky essays!!

I've love to know what you all think of my first ever spinning attempt.
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« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2008 09:03:25 AM »

Mermaid's Castle looks nice and fuzzy!

I have to say that so far my favorite is April Showers. I absolutely love the look of bamboo.
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« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2008 09:06:11 AM »

Last nights spinning..... superfine merino SOOOO soft!!! Lollypop, yo!
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« Reply #14 on: May 02, 2008 10:15:33 AM »

Strawhatbrat, that one is beautiful!  Here's my meager fiber for the week.  My grandmother died while I was at my very first spinning class at the beginning of the month, at which we got our own drop spindle.  I wanted to spin on the plane ride to and from the funeral, but with such short notice, and no real resources for spinners in my town, I broke down and bought a 6-pack of fiber at Hobby Lobby that was packaged for needle felting.  I've gone through a little over half of it, I think, and figured the spindle was full enough that plying it would be a witch, so I still have another hank yet to make.  But meanwhile, here is 41 yards of mystery wool.  I actually pretty well love it.

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« Reply #15 on: May 02, 2008 10:45:31 AM »

ok this is probably a really ignorant question. every week i look at all the beautiful yarns you all make and drool. but what do you do with them? i don't know much about knitting, but what sorts of projects do you use these yarns for (it never seems like there is enough to use in a big project)?
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« Reply #16 on: May 02, 2008 10:51:08 AM »

I've often wondered the same thing. Especially when they are spun with feathers and other things in them. The look cool, but past that, what do you do with them?
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« Reply #17 on: May 02, 2008 11:19:16 AM »

Thanks! I got my sari silk from http://www.recycledsilk.com .

Re: what to do with handspun...all my skeins are about 4oz on average, which is plenty for a medium-sized project like a scarf/wrap/cowl/legwarmers etc. When figuring out how much yarn you have, it's usually better to look at the total weight of the skein rather than the yardage, because 400yds and 4oz of thin yarn is the same as 60 yds and 4oz of super extra bulky yarn. There are ways to stretch out handspun yarn when you have limited yardage, like knitting on extra big needles or working other yarns into the project. But I'm almost always surprised at how much I can get out of one skein!

Even the really small skeins can be used - for belts, rapunzel scarves, headbands, small bags, etc.
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rapunzel scarves?Huh
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« Reply #19 on: May 02, 2008 11:26:19 AM »

I usually dye and spin 8 oz in each colorway so I have enough for something like a baby sweater. Smiley I'll dye and spin with projects in mind... I just dyed a pound and will spin that for my grandma who wants a sweater.
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« Reply #20 on: May 02, 2008 11:38:22 AM »

Right now, since I'm just learning, my hanks are all small, so I'll have to invent ways to use them.  But the one I posted today, while only 41 yards, once I get all the rest of the fiber spun should be close to 100 yards, and roughly 5 oz.  That's pretty good for a scarf or something.
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« Reply #21 on: May 02, 2008 11:42:49 AM »

I've posted several FO's from handspun in the spinning and knitting galleries. For those crazy yarns I suggest you check out the link below for some amazing creations from creative handspun.
http://www.yarnmuseum.com/gallery_shows_changing/spinchallenge6_gallery.html
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« Reply #22 on: May 02, 2008 11:58:52 AM »

I can't decide what to turn Mermaid's Castle into! I'm thinking that a scarf might be good but I have a massive collection of them! I'm open to suggestions if anyone's got one! Although, I am just happy to stare at and occassionally stroke my yarn for now!!
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« Reply #24 on: May 02, 2008 12:08:21 PM »

what about fingerless gloves/armwarmers? i know it's not really the season, but, if it's a thinner yarn, might not be too bad
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« Reply #25 on: May 02, 2008 12:22:56 PM »

So many great yarns! My favourites so far are April showers and Lollypop  Cheesy
And that Wisp looks great! Love the colours.

Here are my new yarns
Goldfish - spun from handdyed Falkland and BFL wool


Suri - handdyed Alpaca


Nature - Falklandwool wool and darkbrown Wensleydale locks.


Juicy - handcarded Merinowool, Tencel and golden sparkle


and a few batts
Sakura - Merinowool, Camel, Tencel, Viscose and sparkle


Landscape - Merinowool, silk noil, flax and Tencel and sparkle


and Magpie - black Viscose, black Merino wool, white Tencel, white Falklandwool, golden sparkle, sari silk and sequins
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« Reply #26 on: May 02, 2008 12:23:00 PM »

Here's the flickr search results when you query FO + handspun. There's some great inspiration to be found.
http://flickr.com/search/?q=FO%20Handspun&w=all
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« Reply #27 on: May 02, 2008 12:29:40 PM »

So much prettiness this week.
My contribution:

100 yards, mill ends from the Sheep Shed, dyed with food coloring drops, spun up, and then Navajo plied.  I think this is my new favorite plying method.  No measuring to get even amounts, not transferring to separate bobbins, just tie a loop and go.
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« Reply #28 on: May 02, 2008 12:31:54 PM »

rapunzel scarves?Huh

They're scarves made by making thick braids of all different types of yarns - I did a quick search and came up with this post:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=72581.0
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I love that handspum were do you get it Huh Iam new at this I like all the colors
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« Reply #30 on: May 02, 2008 01:01:19 PM »

rapunzel scarves are a great idea! so cute!
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« Reply #31 on: May 02, 2008 01:19:24 PM »

yay i'm glad i asked ^_^ thanks for all the links (and the rapunzel scarves are really cute!)
i have some chunky handspun at home that i've been hanging on to for a couple of years... the plan was to use it in a tribal bellydance costume or in dreadfalls. i may still yet, but its nice to see ways to actually knit with it. i occassionally pull it out and play with it ^_^
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« Reply #32 on: May 02, 2008 01:37:10 PM »

Oh I wanna see the chunky handspun, I just started knitting and crocheting bits for my costumes too.
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« Reply #33 on: May 02, 2008 01:38:55 PM »

I am LOVING April Showers, feral!!

All kinds of beauteous yarns this week!   Cheesy

I haven't posted in a while, but here are a few of my recent faves...sorry, the pics are gigantic because I was lazy and didn't feel like scaling 'em down.   Roll Eyes


Here Comes the Sun  Merino, ecospun, mohair, recycled denim. 


Gelfling  Rambouillet/Merino/Targhee wool mix of lofty sproinginess!


Water Violet  Superwash merino/alpaca mix


Disco Fever  Merino, mohair, and TONS of gold bling!


Calico  100% merino.  This was my first attempt at cabling, and lemme tell ya, it takes FOREVER!  But the result is pretty neato.

And some handpainted Falkland top just for fun:


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« Reply #34 on: May 02, 2008 02:22:53 PM »

I <3 the cabled yarn!  Wowza!!  Shocked

Here's what I've got this week!!!

The first 4 oz of 24 oz (yikes)
Plied Socks
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Colorway: Maple
Two ply
200 yds (So I'll probably get about 1200 yds out of the whole caboodle)



The second helping of Maple, only one ply spun up so far:


Finally, a friend giften me Merino/Silk batts, 3 oz of them, and I'm spinning them up into a laceweight two-ply.  Should be lovely.





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I've posted several FO's from handspun in the spinning and knitting galleries. For those crazy yarns I suggest you check out the link below for some amazing creations from creative handspun.
http://www.yarnmuseum.com/gallery_shows_changing/spinchallenge6_gallery.html

I hadn't visited that site before.  I LOVE the current challenge, and I even have an idea for some yarn that I think could be pretty lovely, but I know I'd never get it done in time, and really, what would I do then, with a hank of handspun dead skunk yarn?  lol
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« Reply #36 on: May 02, 2008 02:31:37 PM »

I've got a yarn I spun up with a specific idea in mind. My little boy needs a handspun handknit soaker. I got the wool in a FOTM club. I tried splitting the roving so the colors would ply together but it didn't work out like that.

I's 4 oz and about 180 yards. For sure enough to be a soaker, but probably not enough to be longies, and that's ok.


Since I'm sure someone will ask, a soaker is a wool cover that goes over a cloth diaper. You rub a little lanolin into it, and it becomes both water repellent and super absorbent.  Shocked (The lanolin will repel so much water, then the wool will absorb.) They also stay warm when wet. They RULE.
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« Reply #38 on: May 02, 2008 03:04:20 PM »

I have been a lurker here too for a while. I just bought a book to learn to spin. Now to make a spindle and get some fiber.

Question: How do you dye your yarn? Do you do it before spinning or after or either one?
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« Reply #39 on: May 02, 2008 03:12:54 PM »

Yum. Yum. So much eye candy!!

Who cares what you do with it. Just make more!!
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« Reply #40 on: May 02, 2008 03:18:10 PM »

I made some yarn this week, myself!

I bought the fiber from Hanks In the Hood on Etsy, and spun it on my lightweight Golding spindle,then plied it on a Spinsanity (etsy) spindle.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/bettysonics/2459607979 < my flickr page


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p.s. I was having fun 'styling' the yarn for the photos. I'm always very impressed with the photos everyone takes of their handspun yarns. I couldn't quite get the yarn to lie correctly in the first shot anyway, though

oh, and I want to make a little hat out of this, maybe a lacey one.

here's a pic of a calorimetry I made with another handspun of mine:


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« Reply #41 on: May 02, 2008 05:50:59 PM »

I can't pick my favorites out this week, there's too many!  I look forward to Friday every week just so I can come and drool over all the great yarn.  This is, like, the highlight of my week, I have no life.

Here we go, lots of yarn this week:
Aquamarine.  Soy Silk.  Fingering weight. 105 yards.  This stuff is so soft!


Berries.  The puple/blue ply is super wash wool, the pink ply is Fake Cashmere (nylon).  47yds.  Super Bulky.


Coils.  Fake Cashmere with a cotton core.  It's about worsted weight.  I spun two ounces of thin singles and ended up with 12yds of yarn.


Daisy.  Named after my cousin because it makes me think of her when I look at it.  78yds.  The base of the yarn is natural off white superwash wool and there are nubs of yellow superwash and pink fake cashmere with knots of white fake cashmere.


The fake cashmere is really cool, it's nylon but it is really soft and shiny, almost like silk, and it's super easy to spin.  Plus it doesn't have that squeak that synthetic yarns have.
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« Reply #42 on: May 02, 2008 06:17:15 PM »

The one store I found with spinning supplies in Chicago only had a wheel and no drop spindle (I lack the drill skills to make my own).  So it will be a while yet before I join in, but I will continue to enjoy everyone else's work every week.

I super love April Showers and Aquamarine.  If you were to see all the yarn I bought in Chicago, most of it was in shades of blue.  mmmmm....I love blue.
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« Reply #43 on: May 02, 2008 06:23:44 PM »

Happy Friday everyone!!  A bit late in the game.. but it's still friday Smiley

I've been a busy bee!!  I'm a featured artist this sunday in an art fair, so I've been spinning my heart out!!

I haven't done a 2 ply in a while.. This is a couple different colorways, spun as singles thick and thin, and then plied together.
Jupiter
40 yards, Falkland and merino



Night Blossoms,
139 yards, 3 oz
Spun thick and thin with a low twist.
Merino, wools and firestar.  This is SOO sparkley and squooshy!!  The batts were from Terra Bella Spun



Veggie Garden
216 yards, 4 oz
Merino, bamboo, ecospun, angora, camel down and LOTS of turquoise angelina.
This is spun thick and thin with a low twist.  It's super soft and lofty..  the angelina gives it lots of sparkle



Midnight Rainbows
82 yards, 1.5 oz
Alpaca and firestar
This yarn is just amazing!!  I got a bunch of these batts from Steph (Loop).  I spun a small batt for the art show and put the rest in my personal stash!!  I LOVE this yarn.  It's soo soft and incredibly SPARKLEY!!




Nevada Sunset
172 yards
100 % Bamboo, wrapped with a metallic copper thread
When we were in Vegas a few months ago, our room faced the strip and the desert mountains behind it.  This yarn reminds me of the way the colors lit up the sky when the sun set.. with the red rocks of the desert below..



Finally I have 2 yarns that are meant to be worked into a project together.. 
Pick Me Up,
64 yards, Merino
Spun thick and thin, plied with irridecent green thread with irridecent green, blue and silver glass beads and yellow, green and blue buttons plied into yarn. Buttons are also tied with sheer ribbon


Sunny Days,
89 yards
Spun thick and thin, with a low twist.. wrapped with a shiny irridecent green thread.


Together


Finally, I started a scarf with a skien of my perfect garden yarn. 



YAY for fridays.. I wish I didn't have  to work tomorrow!!!
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My Etsy shop-  Lots of Handspun yarn and Fun Fiber Batts!
http://Jazzturtle.etsy.com

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« Reply #44 on: May 02, 2008 06:42:55 PM »

WOW, do you guys know how to bring it!!!  Well done everyone.  It was raining all day here so I wasn't able to take pics.  Hopefully the sun will make an appearance before next week!  Roll Eyes

By the way Goldfish makes my heart swim!
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« Reply #45 on: May 03, 2008 03:17:46 AM »

I have two this week, fiber from Loop @ Etsy as always.

Rose At Dusk, super sparkly random mini batts spun with thread and coils-




Drama Queen, extreme sparkle (about 70% glitter)-

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« Reply #46 on: May 03, 2008 03:57:51 AM »

The garden scarf is very cool, and can't wait to see how sakura spins up (I love this time of year when the cherry blossoms are out- reminds me of the poem by A E Houseman that ends "and since to look at things in bloom /fifty years are little room,/ about the woodlands I will go/ to see the cherry hung with snow". Love it).
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« Reply #47 on: May 03, 2008 05:11:51 AM »

OK...it's not Friday here anymore but for some of you it must still be very late Friday night.

I finished this at about 2am after coming back from a club. It's my first bash at navajo plying. It's only a little bit but I reckon it'll be enough for a wee headband.

I give you...opal fruits!

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