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« on: December 19, 2008 03:23:09 AM »

Happy Fiber Friday everybody!
I just got the news that my application was accepted and I'll be at my first ever craft show in June 2009! So excited, so much to plan and spin.  Cheesy
And spinning I did, I've done a lot of plying lately.

Murano - 123 yards handdyed Falkland wool


Belle - 123 yards handdyed Falkland wool


Belle II (slightly darker) - 97 yards handdyed Falkland wool


Guess - 292 yards handdyed Falkland wool


Berry Cheesecake - 257 yards (2 skeins) handdyed Falkand wool


Enchanted - 228 yards (2skeins), one ply is a Merino, bamboo, soysilk blend the other Falkland wool, all handdyed


and a few singles for a change
Tranquil - 237 yards (2 skeins) handdyed Falkland wool


Chaos - 168 yards, handcarded handdyed Romney and Cotswold wool, natural brown Romney lambs wool, silk, linen, suri alpaca and sparkle all striped with Lurex thread


Perhaps - 89 yards, handcarded Falkland, Gotland lamb, Cotswold lamb and Merino wool and a bit of sparkle.


Hope you all found some spinning time in amongst the Xmas preparations  Wink
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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2008 05:50:27 AM »

Stunning, caedara.

I'm busy knitting away - no yarns to speak of this week.  Started some of Carol Lee's hand dyed (russets & browns) on a Country Craftsman a spinning student of mine left with me because she was having trouble with it.  Let her borrow my Traveller in exchange.

A couple hats, scarf, calorimetry and just started a BSJ
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« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2008 06:36:52 AM »

Congratulations, Good Luck and beautiful Yarn!
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« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2008 06:44:58 AM »

Daniella I just LOVE Chaos!!!!  All are beautiful, but that's my fave!!  I have to spin my willy nilly batts now!!  I carded up your meadow batts.. I'll PM you on etsy..

I've been crazy these past few weeks with stuff going on here.. DH getting laid off and trying to find a job and my spinning/carding has slipped into my real jobs #2 and 3 rather than just fun "hobby" jobs..  So here's some of the stuff I've been working on

Corespun Mohair locks



Soft spun singles from a couple crazy batts I carded


Corespun LOOP batt.. I spun in the lace trim she included, as well as 36 swarvowski crystals on a silver filament thread that was wrapping around



BFL/Seacell squooshy singles


Corespun assorted fibers and sparkles


Merino/tencel singles


Tencel and angelina



Assorted fibers from some of HollyEQQ's batty babes bags, also with pieces of a cut up silk scarf



Cotswold lamb locks, spun full with little drafting or picking


Bamboo, wrapped with red thread and 24 mini jingle bells


Corespun assorted fibers


SnowQueen, corespun with silk nubs, sequins, pom poms and dangly ornaments



OH Christmas Tree, corepsun wool with embellishment and dangly ornaments



Corespun assorted fibers


Corespun assorted fibers


Corespun assorted fibers


Twilight, romney lamb locks and sparkle I carded


YAY for the holidays!! I hope everyone has a good one!!
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« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2008 07:06:27 AM »

gosh, I only have one again this week.... It's been a crazy week, not enough time to spin.  And not a chance to spin in the next few weeks either... but come january... watch out LOL!

"Ode to the original Settlers" ~134 yrd  (named this for 2 reasons.  1) I spun up about 1/2 of it by candle light in a power outage and 2) because its natural and coffee dyed, which the sttlers may have used to dye things I suppose)



Jazzturtle, Tencel and angelina looks like gold silver and copper,  Are you sure Rumplestiltskin wasn't visiting? Wink    I also love your Corespun Mohair locks.
caedara, your yarns are yummy.
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« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2008 07:42:04 AM »

I've been a big fan of Fiber Friday for ages, and now I'm finally making my debut appearance. My first ever yarn, spun from undyed domestic wool on a drop spindle from laminathegreat (I got her awesome "learn to spin" kit), I am not even bothering to show. Suffice it to say that it is called "Pigeon Droppings".
This next one I started at the Israspin workshop held by Ravelry's lovely MasadaSpindle. It refuses to have a good picture taken (as does the next one) but it's not that attractive anyway so whatever:
"n00b-berry" - undyed Aussie merino, kool-aid dyed NZ merino and a bit of the domestic wool from before, about 84g, 58m


"Noro Who?" - scrap fiber, scrap yarn, and some hubris carded by me on dog flickers, 48g, 16m


as yet unnamed, may well be plied with something else, spun from silk hankies received in a swap (so much fun to spin ZOMG), 17g, 40m


And to complete the learning curve so far, "Morning Star", from domestic wool roving from laminathegreat ("Morgan" colorway), 4oz, 72m. I was surprised with how soft it is.


Next week's challenge will be to make some even singles. In any case, I've caught the spinning bug hard.

Happy Fiber Friday!
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« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2008 07:44:11 AM »

Oh Daniela I just love them all! May I ask how you spin your 2-plies? From handpainted roving or patchwork? They are just beautiful!!!

Ester I just love all the corespins (of course!)

Here are mine for the week, not many but it's been kinda busy lately. Smiley

Sapphire Tower, Baby Camel and Silk blend dyed by Exclusively Linda Lee, Navajo Plied


Starlight Starbright and Winder Wonderland batts from Jazzturtle, Corespun, Self-Striping. I'm planning to knit a scarf with it and use the embellishment kit I also bought from her as the fringe!


My own mini batts from the Ravelry Spin-a-Long I hosted! It was so fun to see how all these creative spinners decided to use the same fibers differently! I striped mine and Navajo plied it!!!


Another Navajo Ply (are you seeing a trend for the week? lol) just playing around with a couple colors of semi-solid merino I dyed up. Let's call this one Jazzy Lemon-Lime


"I'm a Barbie Girl" 2 'Crash Test Dummies' 2-plied from Copperpot Woolies


A supercoiled yarn from another 'Crash Test Dummy' in the WILD SIBERIAN IRIS colorway.


An a FO from my "All Spun Up Art Yarn" from last week! A quick scarf knit on size 35 needles!
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« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2008 08:39:19 AM »

Thanks everybody!

Esther you've outdone yourself this week. You already know I like the Tencel and Loop yarns and all the corespuns are pretty, but the first one is absolutely gorgeous. Shiny locks and blue green, sigh.

Belladune is that going to be you new years resolution: Spin more yarn!?
Spinning by candle light sounds so romantic... Even though the reason wasn't.

yberry - Welcome! I like the silk hankies one best. I don't think I would ply it with anything though. It's pretty as it is.

Jenna - I spin my plied yarns from handpainted roving, patchwork or from batts, depending what look I'm after. The ones from this week are all from handpainted roving (top to be precise) though.
Love your coiled yarn. Super coils just seem to 'eat' yardage.
Size 35 needles?! How long did it take you to knit the scarf with them?

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« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2008 08:44:40 AM »

They are lovely! Only took me about 45 minutes!
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« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2008 08:47:43 AM »

hand dyed (by me!) 2ply corridale
I don't have names for them, but the one on the left is 113 yards and the one on the right is 110 yards

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« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2008 09:06:07 AM »

I didn't have much time for spinning in the past two month, because I had to craft tons of Christmas presents... Luckily two of them were handspun yarn, so I made at least two yarns!  Smiley
Here they are:


Emily by the river, merino and glitz, 132/75g

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Cold Summer Day, handdyed Polwarth (dyed by me  Grin), 288/85g

The weather is horrible here, it is dark the whole day, so I couldn't get any decent photos  Sad.
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« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2008 12:01:19 PM »



Belladune is that going to be you new years resolution: Spin more yarn!?
Spinning by candle light sounds so romantic... Even though the reason wasn't.


Yes,  That is my new years resolution!!    I just need to find more local fiber suppliers.....  My goal is to make eco friendly yarn, stuff that will leave a very small carbon foot print with its travels.
And its was terribly romantic, spinning by candle light.  Sadly though I had absolutly no form of heat or electricity, and all I wanted when finished was a steamy cup of tea (as I usualy do once finished spinning for the night)  But it did bring a new respect to our ancestors.   and a deep desire for a fireplace, or wood stove..........
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« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2008 12:08:40 PM »

wow, lots to look at this week.  Jazzturtle, you've been busy! 

Here are a few of mine, there are more, but I don't have the pics at work;

polly pocket, bulky, mill ends with other stuff blended in


snow day (very fitting to today) mill ends, locks, angelina


Chocolate silk, wool, soysilk, apalca.  so soft... I need to make more!

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« Reply #13 on: December 19, 2008 01:31:46 PM »

Gorgeous stuff, everyone! I especially love all the corespuns, as usual.

I've been on a 2-ply kick:


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« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2008 03:53:27 PM »

Hey!!! Look over there!!!

** quick sneaks to take everyone's yarns home with me **

Ok, I'm not really a thief, but I really do want everyone's yarn in my home to pet them and take care of them and make beautiful things with them. Wink  Nevermind I have this gorgeous yarn sitting in front of me that I'm racking my brain as to what I'm going to make with it (banana fiber yarn I received in a swap that I LOVE). Tongue Wink
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« Reply #15 on: December 19, 2008 06:27:32 PM »

Everything's so beautiful! I refuse to choose a favorite.



It's been so long since I've posted on Fiber Friday! Stupid non-fiber projects, keeping me away from my spinning wheel. I didn't actually spin all these up this week. Quite a few were tangled overspun singles that I had abandoned in my yarn bin, but I decided to ply everything up this week. One of them was so old, I'd actually used my drop spindle. *gasp!*

The names, from left to right (all compliments of my nutty boyfriend):

* "Root Vegetables"
* "Snake in a Net"
* "Melon Puree"
* "Spell of the Unicorn" (roving from Miss Violaceous—beautiful colors!)
* "Chimera's Vengeance" (my favorite, but it's tiny!)
* "Norsk Winter" (batt from WindRose on Etsy)

Does anyone else have trouble parting with their skeins of yarn? I don't even want to knit them into anything for myself. I just love looking at them as skeins. Am I weird? I meant for a lot of these to be holiday gifts, but now I'm just not sure...

I tried to Navajo ply this time around, and I just can't get it. I understand how it works, but I can't get my hands to go fast enough. By the time my fingers have the next loop ready, there's so much twist built up that it twists the yarn into crazy kinks. Am I maybe doing something wrong? I have the wheel set to the slowest setting, and I'm treadling as lightly as possible. Any suggestions on how to practice?
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« Reply #16 on: December 19, 2008 07:19:27 PM »


I tried to Navajo ply this time around, and I just can't get it. I understand how it works, but I can't get my hands to go fast enough. By the time my fingers have the next loop ready, there's so much twist built up that it twists the yarn into crazy kinks. Am I maybe doing something wrong? I have the wheel set to the slowest setting, and I'm treadling as lightly as possible. Any suggestions on how to practice?

Stop treadling and let the twist catch up to where you are looping.  Treadle a couple times, stop treadling and start looping.  Just like when you were learning to spin, break it down into the separate parts, then slowly add them together.
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« Reply #17 on: December 19, 2008 07:27:09 PM »

Thanks, Cyndi! That's really helpful. Is it easier to practice with thick singles or thin? Or does it matter?
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« Reply #18 on: December 19, 2008 07:55:11 PM »

I've been a big fan of Fiber Friday for ages, and now I'm finally making my debut appearance. My first ever yarn, spun from undyed domestic wool on a drop spindle from laminathegreat (I got her awesome "learn to spin" kit), I am not even bothering to show. Suffice it to say that it is called "Pigeon Droppings".
AAHHHH!!!!! This makes me so amazingly happy! I don't often hear back from people who order the kit and it makes me SO happy to see yarn come out of it!! GREAT JOB!! and keep it up! Things are looking grand!!!!!!
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« Reply #19 on: December 19, 2008 09:24:09 PM »

i havn't been able to do much spinning, trying to finish off all my xmas gifts. thankfully, i have a bunch of awesome friends, who all craft, so i spun up some yarn for them!

this was my first time with merino and my first time with firestarr! its about 20 meters of thin yarn, just enough to add  a lacy trim to a shawl or scarf set.




and this is 100 alpaca. i had a ziplock full of fibers from an alpaca farm down the road, they all came from Zed who is the sweetest little alpaca ever.  i got almost 15 meters of yarn out of it, all really skinny. this is a horrible picture, but its the best of the 20 some odd i took.




i have three more bunches to spin up for xmas gifts, and need to get moving!
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« Reply #20 on: December 20, 2008 06:04:22 AM »

So I have been lusting after all of the beautiful yarn on here every friday for the last few months, but, being neither knitter nor crochet-er It seemed silly... so I re-learned to crochet, learned to knit, made a spindle, and started spinning!
So, without further ado... in order from left to right, my first to most recent handspun!
 
The 4 left-most are superwash marino from etsy, the blue was my first foray into plying (turquoise thread), and the last is romney with a little sparkle, which I have begun to knit into an ear warmer.






And last of all, what to do with short little bits of handspun, crochet flowers of course!



THANK YOU ALL FOR YOU INCREDIBLE INSPIRING YARNS!
(especially this week, WOW!) Roll Eyes

By the way- here is the flower pattern for anyone who is interested!
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« Reply #21 on: December 20, 2008 06:23:21 AM »

Beautiful yarns and omg those flowers are fab. the handspun yarn really makes them.
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« Reply #22 on: December 20, 2008 10:22:57 AM »

Thanks, Cyndi! That's really helpful. Is it easier to practice with thick singles or thin? Or does it matter?

imho, as long as the yarn is consistent & smoth, it will be easier.  With thick/thin or other novelty yarn, you're adding an extra dimension = extra concentration.

The first one I did was thinner - about sock weight - that worked up to a worsted weight. Just like when you started spinning, pretty soon, you'll find a 'groove' and it clicks.  I still will stop the wheel and let the cables catch up with the twist.

Crocheted flowers are a great way to use up little bits of handspun!  There is so much you can use them for!  Itty-bitty flowers can be strung on thread and used to embellish your handspun too!
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« Reply #23 on: December 20, 2008 10:26:18 AM »

Cyndi, thanks again. I think I even have a couple more very thin abandoned singles in my yarn box. I'll dig them out and give it a whirl.

And I second the opinion on the crocheted flowers. What a lovely way to use up those little extra bits! Did you use a pattern for those, or are they just freehanded?
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« Reply #24 on: December 20, 2008 07:22:59 PM »

Everyone's yarn looks fantastic! Caedara, I love "enchanted"!
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« Reply #25 on: December 21, 2008 11:11:00 PM »

ohh .. beautiful yarns!  And what a great idea for making crochet flowers out of the extras!
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« Reply #26 on: December 23, 2008 10:19:28 AM »

Hello everyone!

I've been a long-time stalker here (way before I even had an account) and after becoming quite involved in the ravelry community, I've decided to start posting here too!

I've got some pretty batts to share...I seem to have this problem where I never photograph my yarn before I start knitting it. (Although I recently finished two skeins of BEAUTIFUL fingering weight naturally colored alpaca for a Christmas gift to my mother. Hehe...)

Anyways, here's one my recent batts! Oh, and some combed top I dyed up. I'm so proud of them. Smiley The batt is totally white merino...all the color comes from the sari silk that I lovingly convinced to card into it. Sari silk is just too much fun to play with.

EDIT: Oh no! I can't post pictures because I am new... *sad face* Well...here are some links then.



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