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Topic: Handspun Yarn and/or Fiber Swap Round 2  (Read 15822 times)
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« Reply #310 on: May 03, 2009 07:31:45 PM »

I like cake/frosting dyes. I DO NOT like easter egg dyes.
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« Reply #311 on: May 03, 2009 07:33:47 PM »

Ginamonster - Uh oh, I just bought ten boxes of Easter dye on sale for .30 each. lol Hope I like it.
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« Reply #312 on: May 03, 2009 07:54:18 PM »

I bought RIT dyes.  It was all could get where I am.  I'm not sure how they hold up colorfastness wise, but they seem to take okay.    Next payday I plan on buying  Jacquard dyes along with my fiber for this swap.  Birkland Bros. has a set of .5 oz in a great selection for 75$  I think its 11 pots?  From looking around, that seems reasonable.   So much for paying off student loans.... >.>  LOL 
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« Reply #313 on: May 04, 2009 07:58:16 AM »

What do you guys think about this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/wool-picker-spinning-wheel-roving-fiber-weaving-carder_W0QQitemZ140318482162QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item20aba21ef2&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A1%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50

It's cheaper than all the other pickers but looks quite a bit smaller.  Is it worth it?  My girlfriend was saying we should try to make our own, but I wouldn't even know where to start.   

I have four garbage bags full of icelandic wool that I am almost done washing, and without any tools, I am not sure how to get the vm out of it time-effectively.
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« Reply #314 on: May 04, 2009 08:31:13 AM »

GOT MY WHEEL TODAY!!! An Ashford Traveler. :]

You will absolutely love your Traveller.

Don't forget to get on the Ashford site & register your wheel.  Did you get a single drive or double drive?  This is important to know when you start buying other flyers.  Traveller bobbins are pretty inexpensive, the 4 you got with the wheel won't be enough!!  Check out the Jumbo Flyer kit.  It was the first upgrade I got.  You can spin up 2 full bobbins and ply them all on the Jumbo.

When you get the Jumbo flyer, you'll be replacing the front maiden.  There will be a grommet so you can still use the regular flyer with the jumbo front maiden in place.

I got my Traveller in 2002 and it served me very well.  I did get a Kromski Sonata last year because I needed a folding wheel.  I still use my Traveller for all my plying.

Congrats!!

Wow!  I'm impressed with that wool picker!  I have a cradle picker my husband made me, but that one looks like it picks the wool better/faster than my cradle picker
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« Reply #315 on: May 04, 2009 09:14:53 AM »

I am going to my first Fiber Festival this weekend- the Shepherd's Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival in Lake Elmo, MN!!

http://www.shepherdsharvestfestival.org/index.shtml

I am super excited. I convinced my husband to come along by telling him there would be live animals and food Grin I hope to pick up a bunch of wool and fiber for this swap.

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« Reply #316 on: May 04, 2009 09:24:28 AM »

I am going to my first Fiber Festival this weekend- the Shepherd's Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival in Lake Elmo, MN!!

http://www.shepherdsharvestfestival.org/index.shtml

I am super excited. I convinced my husband to come along by telling him there would be live animals and food Grin I hope to pick up a bunch of wool and fiber for this swap.



Hmm.... I'm very tempted to make the drive.  This looks like something I would spend a lot of money on, and I have a trip coming up to be saving for....   Crap.  What to do, what to do...
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« Reply #317 on: May 04, 2009 10:51:01 AM »

I am going to my first Fiber Festival this weekend- the Shepherd's Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival in Lake Elmo, MN!!

http://www.shepherdsharvestfestival.org/index.shtml

I am super excited. I convinced my husband to come along by telling him there would be live animals and food Grin I hope to pick up a bunch of wool and fiber for this swap.



Hmm.... I'm very tempted to make the drive.  This looks like something I would spend a lot of money on, and I have a trip coming up to be saving for....   Crap.  What to do, what to do...

Come on, you know you want to go  Grin  Give in to the fiber side ( which is much like the dark side but warmer and smells like sheep)
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« Reply #318 on: May 04, 2009 11:33:20 AM »

Thanks for the dye ideas everyone! I'll definitely give food coloring a try, and invest in Jacquard if I like the process.  Smiley

GOT MY WHEEL TODAY!!! An Ashford Traveler. :]

Congratulations!!! Let us know how you like it! Going to the festival really made me want a wheel. They had a bunch available for sale, but weren't set up to try out. When I got home I started poking around websites comparing different wheels and learning about them a bit. There are several that look like they would fit in my space and let me spin a variety of thicknesses- the Kromski Prelude, Kromski Minstrel, and the Ashford Traveller are available at great prices on eBay right now. I'm going to see if I can find a place around here to try a few out.  Smiley
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« Reply #319 on: May 04, 2009 12:12:41 PM »

I'm going to chime in with my love of my Ashford Traveler.  I bought it from a local woman who bought it and barely spun on it.  Single drive with a brake band.  I LOVE my Jumbo flyer unit.  I can spin stupidly thin(think 2 ply lace yay!) on that wheel(with the normal flyer unit) or stupidly thick(with the Jumbo flyer).  Its wonderful!  The best not thought out purchase ever LOL  Only thing I need now is a few  more jumbo bobbins.... maybe a few more regular ones too... LOL 
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