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« Reply #60 on: October 06, 2009 04:54:52 AM »

I think I am allergic to angora. Or at least the bit of angora I have. Twice now I have fondled it and have begun to itch everywhere. My other fibers don't seem to bother me.

I looked up Suri alpaca and it does not have a crimp like the muacaya. I think that is what we are used to when we think of alpaca. It does have a nice hand though. Almost like silk.
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« Reply #61 on: October 06, 2009 09:40:21 AM »

Love the new posts.  Everyone is so talented it is ridiculous.

I didn't know you could hand blend, never thought about it, always thought you needed a tool.  Dang, too late now.  Oh well, something I will try in the future.
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« Reply #62 on: October 06, 2009 09:53:00 AM »

Well I mean, technically you can. I just pull chunks off of different pieces and draft through my fingers. It's just sort of the same concept as a hackle. Only you're using less hands to draft and no tools. I would also say it sort of would depend on how you're wool is. The wool I used was light and airy, easy to draft. So it made it easier. I see other people post roving and call it "hand pulled" but I'm not always totally sure if they used a hackle to do them.

I've been laying out about 2 feet worth of fibers in overlapping chunks. Like a multicolored wool roving, bamboo roving and some firestar. Then I very slowly draft the fibers together, being sure to really mix them up as much as I can. Then I predraft that. I have a bobbin half full of a batt that penguino made for me last swap mixed with bamboo and white firestar that I blended this way. It looks really cool mixed up that way. You might have to spin it in bits and pieces, but I got a pretty good length when I was gentle with it.
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« Reply #63 on: October 06, 2009 01:40:16 PM »

This is the roving I was talking about in the above post.


The end (obviously  Cheesy) is the yarn spun from these fun little buns of fiber!


I love these batts penguino sent. They're so light and airy, yet they still feel dense. With the bamboo and firestar it reminds me of candy corn and hot tamales candy.

Nesse - The fiber on the left is some of the Romney from STS you dyed. The purple is a batt that the noodle princess sent me in our last fiber swap. They were both a blast to spin up too!
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« Reply #64 on: October 06, 2009 01:43:26 PM »

sml, that's how I did it before I had any equipment, and any knowledge LOL    I still see no harm in doing it that way, makes for a really fun yarn!
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« Reply #65 on: October 06, 2009 01:51:22 PM »

Yes, very fun! It's very, very squishy. I did a bit of yanking apart and really teasing the fibers also. So when it's knit or crocheted up and especially if I ply it, it will be a nice bulky size. I really haven't done ANY knitting/crocheting/weaving lately because I've been so busy playing with fiber. So my basket of handspun is really growing. I'm sometimes more of a materials girl. I can get lost playing with materials, be it paints or dyes or fabrics, much longer than I spend actually making anything. I'm just totally fascinated with different mediums. Fiber is by far the most satisfying to me so far.

I am trying to help my best friend learn to crochet. She has a very fast growing 6 month old and needs to be able to create some of her accessories instead of investing a bunch of money in store bought hats and socks all the time. She's very enthusiastic and I'm really excited to have a friend into fiber arts! She's totally going to want to spin before too long and she has no idea how much I'm going to draw her into the dark side. muahahaha
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« Reply #66 on: October 06, 2009 02:43:28 PM »

Here is my great package from Thenutmeg2000!

Top Finn, bamboo, shetland, alpaca and chocolate sparkle.  Bottom, alpaca, shetland, bamboo, yak and camel.


Sampler top to bottom 4 colors of natural cotton, Wenslydale locks, Cashmere, tussah silk, yak and camel.  And soap! I love handmade soap!
I'm so sorry Thenutmeg2000, but I forgot to take a picture of this last one before I spun it up! I needed a break from a project I'm doing for a swap.  I didn't even think about it until I went to take pictures today.  It was very pretty! Anyway, here it is all spun up.

Superwash merino, milk protein, cashmere and black alpaca.  I'm thinking of andean plying it and using it for embroidery.  

Thanks so much Thenutmeg2000! It was great swapping with you and I love everything!
Thanks for organizing again SewMamaLady!
   
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« Reply #67 on: October 06, 2009 03:50:11 PM »

Such gorgeous fiber I especially love the spun fiber.


One of the fibers would have worked for hand blending, the other fiber I wanted to blen it with wouldn't have (unless I am lacking imagination which is always possible).  I actually did attempt to make a hackle to use for this swap, but my attempt was laughable at best.  I still tried to use it because it still seemed possible, again, laughable.  I might make another attempt at using it at some point when I have more time and patience.

I am getting to the point where I want to spin (and I just have a drop spindle) more than knit or crochet.  Since I met the woman at the sheep farm in door county who taught me how to spin better on my drop spindle, I LOVE spinning.  Before that I was getting frustrated because I couldn't make my yarn spin how I wanted.  I am very happy with it now.

I sent to Ariaya (will send PM shortly), but after receiving my package and seeing everyone else's, I have a bit of anxiety.
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« Reply #68 on: October 06, 2009 05:13:38 PM »

i have yet to make a FO out of any of my handspun......  I guess I just like spinning more then knitting or crochet..... But i'm slowly loving felting more... I know I know blasphemy.......  but same product (for the most part, what I spin anyway)  different end results, and more funa method then knitting or crochet lol....
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« Reply #69 on: October 06, 2009 06:13:30 PM »

I've only made 3 projects out of my handspun.  And I've made a lot of skeins of yarn.  I just love spinning more than knitting.  Which is why just about everyone that I swap with gets a skein of yarn if I have one I think they will like. 
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