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« on: May 07, 2010 08:34:02 AM »

I finished school (diploma in Textile Arts) last week.. and I'm in the process of finding a job, so I got 3 skeins of yarn spun this week! lol


(colors are less blue in person)

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"Coco-chineal" 86 yards, merino, hand dyed with cochineal

(untitled) 32 yards, perendale, local sheep (from Ontario) and merino (?), hand dyed and commercially dyed.  This was my attempt at patchwork yarn.  I'm still working out the kinks, there were a lot of spots that were just one color.

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30 yards, local sheep (from Ontario), drop spindled and then plied on my spinning wheel

I can't wait to see everyone's yarns!!
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« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2010 08:41:55 AM »

I left my camera at my DD's house last month.   I'll try to get pictures using my phone, but it's an old phone!

eta: pictures!

This past week I've been spinning natural colored grey/brown (70% Churro, 30% alpaca), chain plyed into sock weight yarn. then knitting into pair of knee socks for DH using the Jaywalker pattern.  He'll be using these for reenactments.  I'm working on the heel of the 2nd sock.



Wednesday I spun 70% Coopsworth / 30% silk then plyed it into baby weight.  Total yardage of finished yarn was 240 yards.



Yesterday I started unknown lambs fleece with kid mohair, spun cobweb weight.  I think this will be for a shawl.



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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2010 08:42:36 AM »

yummy yarns!  and yay for finishing school!  I wanted to go for texitle arts/fiber arts.  but I can't see it being a viable carrer where we live...  So pastry chef it will be eventually!  I keep meaning to gegt back to the wheel.. I've  got 3 yarns ordered, all for whom are family and know I'm busy, but really?  I can't get to my wheel? I'm sure I can.
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« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2010 08:52:14 AM »

yummy yarns!  and yay for finishing school!  I wanted to go for texitle arts/fiber arts.  but I can't see it being a viable carrer where we live...  So pastry chef it will be eventually!  I keep meaning to gegt back to the wheel.. I've  got 3 yarns ordered, all for whom are family and know I'm busy, but really?  I can't get to my wheel? I'm sure I can.

Textile arts is a hard career any where I think, but if you love something and it makes you unbelievably happy,.. shouldn't you follow that dream?

there is always time to spin!!!
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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2010 01:51:13 PM »

dyed in cochineal? That's pretty rad.

I think I could do textiles as a career. I think I would be better at it than Interior Design. I don't know why I even tried for that...
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« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2010 01:55:38 PM »

This is the main thing I've been working on this week. I've been spinning up this awesome carded Sari silk. It has been so much fun to spin! I still have about half a batt left.


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« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2010 02:45:22 PM »

Loving that sari silk combo!

(actually, I'm loving that baby foot to the left!  I'm going up Sunday to see my 3 month old granddaughter.
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« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2010 03:54:25 PM »

I love all the yarns this week!

mullerslanefarm:  I can't wait till I actually have enough control over my spinning to choose which weight I'm spinning!  Right now I'm just happy if it holds together as a yarn.  :-)  I really like that natural churro/alpaca yarn!
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« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2010 04:13:26 PM »

nikschaf, let me let you in on a secret of a non-technical spinner (me).  I spin how the the fiber tells me it wants to be spun.  I don't try to force a batt of mixed short/long staple lengths with extras in it to be spun into a fine thread.  Then again, I don't try to force a real smoothly combed top into trying to be spun into a bunch of beehives and chunky yarn.

When I want chunky yarns, I put them through the carder fewer times and add various staple lengths.  When I want a fine yarn, I comb the fiber (or by a nice parallel carded roving and split it length-wise at least 3 times.)

I don't fight the fiber!

The churro/alpaca socks are turning out wonderful!  After spinning and plying, I really took that yarn to task and beat the heck out of it during washing it.  I've made my DH too many sock that after the first gentle wash shrunk enough to fit me.  (okay, maybe I planned it that way!)  Knowing how much alpaca material fulls, I wanted to felt this yarn as much as possible before knitting it.

The yarn went from a 'normal' sock yarn (1) size to baby weight (2) size with the felting.  I usually knit socks on size 0 or 1 needles.  I'm using a size 3 on these and cut the cast on of 76 to 51.  They look huge but fit my DH well.

The pics really suck.  The color of the coopsworth/silk in the pic isn't doing it justice.  It is mostly a green with hint of yellow and blue silk throughout.  The colorway is called "Leopard Frog".  Same with the lamb/mohair, very washed out pic.  It is red & green with touches of yellow.  From the distance it looks to be a light brown, but close up the red and green and distinct.  Since it has mohair in it, I'll wash it hard to get the halo forming before I knit.
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« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2010 09:46:12 PM »

I hadn't spun any thing in over 3 months.   BUT luckily i got my act back together! Cheesy













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