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« on: February 19, 2010 07:03:31 AM »

It's Friday!

I have one yarn to show you guys. This thing is oooooold but lazy oddacity is lazy.





This is about 200 yards fingering weight, chain plied.

Bahhh I hated spinning this. >_< The wool in the batt (which was custom carded for me, yay?) was really greasy or something because after not too long my fingers would feel like I'd been rubbing them on wax for a while. Really unpleasant experience. I shouldn't have started out spinning for a 3-ply fingering weight, but I didn't realize what I was in for! Also I washed the yarn in like 10 baths and the color of the water never got lighter from a sort of navy blue so I just gave up. gah. It doesn't feel as waxy any more which is good. I think I call this yarn "Fail" lol. I don't know what I'll make with it, if anything. :\
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« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2010 07:20:51 AM »

lol.. sorry to hear you had a bad experience... I have some wool that still has grease in it, and I know some people like to "spin in the grease" but I can't bring myself to do it... But that yarn is pretty!  I have something on every spindle/bobbin and I haven't finished any of them... I think I've inherited my dads inability to complete things......
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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2010 07:28:32 AM »

Hello!  It's my first Fiber Friday!

Oddacity, I'm sorry that yarn was so traumatic for you.

So I got a spinning wheel on Sunday (used Ashford Traditional from craigslist) and made this:



It kind of looks like a hairball present from the cat, but after many aborted attempts to learn to spin, at least it was sort of yarn.

By Tuesday night, I had made this:





It's actually much greener than the photos make it look.  It's about 3 oz of merino roving from the local yarn shop, and my first attempt at plying.

By Thursday, I had this:





It's a turquoise heather Corriedale roving that I bought from The Woolery.  

I'm still working on consistency, and trying to figure out exactly how much twist I need on things, but it's actually recognizable as yarn, and that is so exciting to me!

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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2010 07:42:14 AM »

Beautiful hanks, Oddacity!

Awesome yarn, elvissatx!  The progression is neat to see. Smiley  I've think it would be so neat to spin on a wheel, but it's hard to tell which wheel I'd like to spin on, since I don't know anyone or of any spinning wheel shop in the area.  (Plus, I've never spun on a wheel at all) I've thought if I get serious about it, going with Ashford Traditional, like you did - how are you liking your wheel so far?

I made my own yarn this week (OK, think it was last week, but I'm new to the concept of Fiber Friday!) - my very first attempt at single ply drop spinning!  I bought this beautiful drop spindle at one of my local LYSes, (The Sow's Ear in Verona, WI) and it was hand turned by a wood worker nearby. (less than 50 miles away - forget exactly where at who right now)

This was some practice fiber that one of the shop owners (I'm pretty sure she's one of the owners, anyway) graciously gave to me to practice on when I purchased my spindle!  I have it in a hank now, but forgot to snap a pic of it.  Also, no idea on what weight this is.  Plus, uh, it's just a BIT thick and thin...  Really just working on figuring out what I'm doing right now, and will work on the finer points later!  Cheesy

I have more roving to practice on, but am really looking forward to buying and possibly dyeing my own fiber soon!  (just have to do a little stash busting with my crafting in general)



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« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2010 08:31:44 AM »

I'm still working on the same burgandy roving, altho it's almost all spun up now.  Plying is next. 

I do have these two funny odd pictures, I made a makeshift spindle using a soapstone bead and a 10" skewer, my spindle was in the middle of spinning another part and I didn't want to wind off the cop yet  Roll Eyes  At the same time I was feeling brave and wanted to try spinning from the fold, which btw has become a new love of mine, so easy. 





I like the weight of the bead but I'm not too happy with the skewer part, may switch it out to a dpn of the same size and make it into a support spindle. 
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« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2010 09:35:30 AM »

Lovely yarns this week.    I need to spend more time spinning and less time on the computer these days, then I would have more photos to share.

This is my first time spinning milk protein.  Slippery stuff much like bamboo.
SOFT and drape-y when it comes out.  Love it.

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« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2010 10:27:54 AM »



Totally proud of mine this week.  All spindle spun.  I'm becoming addicted to spindle spinning.  I can't get enough.  I'm loving my new book Respect the Spindle.
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« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2010 11:03:12 AM »

Rhymes, OMGosh that's so pretty.  I love the colors.

Kelly, I love the color combo pink and grey.  I'm lusting over that book everytime I'm in the bookstore lol.  I should just buy it already, that and her videos.....
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« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2010 11:18:12 AM »

Love that yarn, Krafty Kelly! 

I kept trying to buy Resepct the Spindle from knitpicks, since they had all of their books 40% off (or maybe today or tomorrow is the last day of that) but it keeps not being in stock.   Angry  Must be a sign of how great a resource it is!
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« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2010 11:21:24 AM »

Mmmmmmm! They're all gorgeous!

 I'm the same as you Bella. I had to go ahead and empty some bobbins the night before last because I've left a bunch of yarn sitting on them for a while. School is just really getting in the way of my crafty time. Hmmphh! lol I'm excited though because I pulled off some gorgeous yarns that I forgot I'd done and I've been trying to knit up my handspun into little scarflettes so I'll have a lot to work with.

Sounds like the wool wasn't washed well oddacity and you were left with a bunch of lanolin in your batt. That stinks but I bet you can get it out now that you're done with it. Is it still sticky?
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« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2010 03:01:44 PM »

one of my favorite things I have spun lately has been greasy, carded mohair locks. I had the opposite experience, but goat and sheep grease might differ....ha

i don't think i shared that yet...so:



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« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2010 03:03:23 PM »

Oooo I love those colors. Is that color as pink as it looks here or is it more orangey-red? That would make an awesome hat.
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« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2010 03:28:42 PM »

it's pinky.the pictures are kind of weirdly saturated. it's SO soft and thin, i might have to make a ascot/shawlette/kerchief (cuz i only have a million of those)

I am spinning up so indigo dyed wool from penguino right now, i will attempt to take some pictures
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« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2010 03:36:12 PM »

I can't wait to see that! Her rovings are awesome. I'm going to start on a merino roving that's a deep red and blue. (I think it's merino anyway.) The batt that I have drafted up to participate in the Learn to Spin thread is also one from her. She makes fantastic color decisions! Is it a more solid color or does it have some white in it?
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« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2010 07:40:51 PM »

Oh my...some great stuff this week! I can't choose a favorite! Bummer about the greasy/waxy wool Oddacity...maybe some mittens or some type of outerwear could be made from it as the lanolin will add a nice water resistance to it.

So my contribution this week is also my contribution to Lexi Boeger's Handspun Revolution...yay! It's probably one of the wonkiest yarns I've made so far but I like it because I see it as my first real art yarn. I decided I would spin a theme and chose to go with the four elements - air, earth, fire and water. It was corespun on my CD spindle (I so need a wheel...and a jumbo flyer, lol) from many different fibers from many different sources. All but the 'air' were spun on a crochet thread core. I carded up the batts and went to town...wow is it bulky, lol! I decided to spin the 'elements' separately, if it were to be knit there would be four large stripes, lol. Enough chatter let me show you what I'm talking about...(warning, pic heavy)

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FULL spindle, lol! I refused to make two skeins and join them later...I wanted a continuous skein and I'm stubborn!

The whole skein (hmm, still need to check the yardage)...twist not yet set

Air - white mohair with a worsted(?) white commercial yarn as the core. So soft!

Earth - All sorts of fiber..romney, angora, locks of some sort, maybe mohair..and I added in small stones like tiger's eye, jade and some others I can't remember the name of, lol. Pic is kinda poor and dark as you can't see the dark greens bits very well.

Fire - Again, many different fibers...locks tail spun to represent flames and of course some gold sparkle

Water - This one I added locks but instead of tail spun with the majority of the lock sticking out, I tail spun, then left a 'wave' of lock out, covered a bit with the other wool, left a 'wave' and so on. I also did some twists (there's one at the top of the pic). The blues and greens are a little washed out in the pic.


Some of the techniques I used were new to me, like the twists and adding in the stones and the tail spun. I used Lexi's book Intertwined to figure those out...except the stones, Jazzturtle's youtube videos helped me with that! It's chunky and funky and I love it!
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I had to wait for my copy of Respect the Spindle from Amazon.ca too.  But it was totally worth the wait.  I'm feeling so proud of my spindle spinning and very accomplished too.  I rarely drop my drop spindle anymore.  I can pick it up whenever, where ever.  Its getting more use than my wheel at the moment because of its portability.  I believe it when Abby says in the book that you can have as much productivity with a spindle as with a wheel. 

I'm even debating trying to teach a spindle spinning class to a social group that I belong to.  None of them have any spinning knowledge what so ever, so I'm a little hesitant.  But I feel I have a responsibility to spread the love.
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« Reply #16 on: February 20, 2010 06:40:09 AM »

WMA- that yarn turned out amazingly!!!!  super artsy and wonderful!
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« Reply #17 on: February 20, 2010 07:02:54 AM »

Hello Smiley

This is what I've been up to lately, taking care of a 6 month girl doesn't let me have much free time to craft.


100% merino wool
100gr
2 ply
Roving by ps.de.pato


100% merino wool
100gr
2 ply
Roving by SarasTexturesCrafts


100% merino wool
100gr
2 ply
Roving handdyed by me using Kool Aid


I also tried for the first time to ply with thread and hated it. I don't have pictures of the yarn, maybe I'll post it later.
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« Reply #18 on: February 20, 2010 11:16:41 PM »

Yowza wowza, I am in love with the first one there, Veludo. The orangey pinkey is gorgeous! And I love love love that one little tiny bit that's purple and green plied together, I can imagine that skein being so beautiful knit up Cheesy Great yarns this week! I have to post mine soon, maybe next week.

OH! Any one going to Stitches in Santa Clara next weekend? I might get my very first spinning wheel! Can't wait to see more this week, everyone! <3
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« Reply #19 on: February 21, 2010 09:35:18 AM »

I can't wait for Stitches West next weekend!!!! Shocked

Oooo a new spinning wheel, so sweet.
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« Reply #20 on: February 21, 2010 01:36:52 PM »

wow so many yarns this week! and they're all great!

wma, love your contribution! I'm spinning a few skeins for the HR right now. (one of them is 'sky' themed with white nylon beehives for clouds Grin)
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« Reply #21 on: April 03, 2010 06:23:48 AM »

guh *jaw drops* So...many...gorgeous yarns.... I do confess though, I think I've especially fallen for RhymeswOranges' milk protein ball of wonder- it just looks so strokable!   Cheesy
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