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« on: December 03, 2010 09:39:49 AM »

I haven't posted on Fiber Friday in awhile, so why don't I get us started this week?

2-ply Sport, 140 yards
alpaca, milk, rambouillet, organic merino, tencel, kid mohair, silk, bamboo




2-ply DK, 314 yards
alpaca, organic merino, wool, bamboo, milk, firestar




2-ply super bulky, 34 yards
alpaca, angora




Let's see those yarns!  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2010 10:31:39 AM »

Beautious!!

I've been busy crocheting up cotton kitchen towels for Christmas gifts this past week but have managed to spin up 6 bobbins of Shetland for my husband's new horse blanket.

4 skeins hanging (3 grey ~one is not set yet~ and one brownish grey)



2 skeins wound into balls (on arm of couch) and the frame loom DH made for this horse blanket.  I'm currently working on making string heddles for this loom to make it easier to weave)


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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2010 11:46:10 AM »

lovely yarns. Smiley

80g hand-dyed wool plyed with shimmering turquoise nylon thread


70g grey wool, sturdy and not too soft, for a weaving project


and finally: 85g white wool, going to get acid dyed this evening...
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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2010 01:46:01 PM »

freestyle, I always coo whenever I see angora. sooooo sofffft!
MLF, wow! I admire your ambition. that frame loom is huge!
k_cat, let us know how the dying goes!

ready for more porn??










I think I have more, but I don't want to overwhelm... haha.
nikschaf was talking about creating a thread for finished objects in the spinning forum, so I'm going to set it up right now so I can show you guys what I knit some of these into!!
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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2010 02:02:27 PM »

freestyle, I always coo whenever I see angora. sooooo sofffft!

And I always ACHOO whenever I see angora!!  I got a bunch in a swap on a different forum.  Told myself that I would spin it up ... alas, I no more opened the bag and within minutes I had hives and swollen eyes. Dambit!  Sent it of to ______ for the Secret Santa swap (she hasn't received yet).


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I think I have more, but I don't want to overwhelm... haha.
nikschaf was talking about creating a thread for finished objects in the spinning forum, so I'm going to set it up right now so I can show you guys what I knit some of these into!!

We used to have a thread like that here, don't know what happened to it.
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« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2010 02:05:50 PM »

dang!!!! I thought I was forgetting something... when did the secret santa start??
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« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2010 02:08:33 PM »

We're unwrapping presents NOW!  You should see the haul!!!
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« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2010 03:43:19 PM »

MFL- holy cow that loom is huge!!! Wowzers!

Nesse! I've missed you! The alpaca/angora is soooooooo freaking soft. I'm hoping I have enough for a cowl- my neck would never be cold again.

k_cat- love the blue plied with turquoise thread! Blue + Sparkle = Awesome
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« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2010 05:09:52 PM »

Yeah, just finished string heddles for half of it and realized I'm going to have to set up string heddles for the other half of the warp, unless I can figure out something else.  50 heddles for half ....  Yikes!!

After a couple of years of going at the dyed colors, I'm back to working with natural colors again.  I'm saving enough back so when the color mood hits again I can over dye natural greys & browns though!

With me being out of work (i.e. more time than money) I'm back to working with raw fleeces instead of finished rovings

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« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2010 07:32:13 PM »

Hey -- long time lurker here!  I figured it was about time to start participating in your Fiber Fridays.
I'll give you a little background: I'm a new spinner, I'm experimenting with drop spindles.
The work posted on Fiber Fridays is always so amazing.  I check back every week to see what's new.  Cheesy

Great work this week.  I do wonder... do you all do this in just one week?  (If so, damn you're fast!)  I really like your alpaca & angora freestyle.  That looks SO SOFT!
Nesse, I wanted to say that I like seeing the "before" roving and the "after" spun yarn.  I often wonder how that dyed roving's going to look.  Awesome work.

Well, here's my work: about 54ish yards of black alpaca, bulky weight (about 7wpi), two ply.
This is my first try at plying.  Ever!  It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be and I'm really happy with how it turned out.



(It seems that craftster won't let me post photos yet.)

Just a side note.. anyone have tips for photographing yarn?  My photos always turn out pretty lifeless and uninteresting.  Roll Eyes
(Yay.. my first Fiber Friday!)
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« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2010 07:40:19 PM »

I'll post them for you battlesheep!



Is what I posted all that I spun this week???  

Um NO, I've spun a couple other yarns and they were immediately knit into things for Christmas ...

Tips for photography??  Not my thing .... I can spin, knit, crochet, weave, make milk soap up a storm (and am Dambit good at it!), but making those things look good on pictures??  I'm not there yet, no matter how hard I try!

eta:

AwwwwwHHHH, Battlesheep, I'm in love with your yarn!!!
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« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2010 07:49:28 PM »

Thanks so much for posting them for me!  Cheesy

I'm assuming the spinning goes a lot faster with a spinning wheel, eh?  I'll get one some day, I'm sure of that.  I just got into spinning, but I'm addicted already!
After I finish spinning the accompanying silver alpaca (boyfriend wanted a special hat), I'm going to try my hand at something a little more exciting.  I've really been wanting to try spinning locks.. looks a tad scary though!  But then again, so did plying.  Tongue

Edit:
Cyndi, I checked out your site... honey bees?!  That's so awesome!
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« Reply #12 on: December 03, 2010 08:18:37 PM »

It depends, battlesheep.  If you take your spindle and fiber with you where ever you go and spindle when ever you can ... you can spin a LOT more than spinners that are tied down to a wheel!

Spinning locks is fun!  You really get a finished yarn that is the 'attitude' of the sheep the locks came from

ETA:  Yup, honey bees.  I lurve my bees. First and foremost I am a gardener.  Bees came after that, then raising rabbit and chicken for meat & eggs, then duck and turkey ... Next thing I know, we have pigs, milk cow & beef steers!!!

  Actually almost every type of livestock ever, except for sheep.  Why??  Cuz if we got started, I'd want so many different breeds that the sheep would out graze the beef and pigs.  I'd rather get my fiber from the many local shepherdress' in my area and keep our small 11 acres to livestock that fill our freezer.
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« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2010 07:23:27 AM »

battlesheep (love your name!) your yarn looks fantastic for a first try!

"Nesse, I wanted to say that I like seeing the "before" roving and the "after" spun yarn.  I often wonder how that dyed roving's going to look."
me too! it's really amazing to see the transformation in colours. I just wish I would remember to always photograph my fiber before spinning. sometimes I just get too excited!

everything I posted was spun either this week or last week. I'm trying to make a living off of my handspun and handknits, so I spend a good portion of my time spinning Wink

photographs: natural light all the way!
do you have a macro setting on your camera?
try taking pictures on the same level as your yarn, instead of from above. it adds more depth to the picture.
(black is really hard to photograph, though!)

I hope some of that helps!

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missed you tooooo freestyle!!
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« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2010 07:53:24 AM »

Muller, I can't wait to see the finished blanket.
ready for more porn??
 


 Cheesy I creamed my jeans!
I love the roving to yarn pics.  I've been telling myself i'm going to take pic of my roving for 2 years but as soon as it dries i'm like "i should really get a pic of this" realizes it requires a minimal amount of extra work and time "ah fudge it, i'll do it next time" 
I've also been meaning to make colorways for like two years too...



BattleSheep, that's a wonderful first yarn and i also adore your name.
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« Reply #15 on: December 05, 2010 08:05:31 AM »

No macro setting on my camera.  I won't complain though, it was free and it is much better than my last camera.

I've decided I need string heddles on that frame loom.  I've got one shed all tied up and the heddles cut for the next shed.  Just need the boys to be gone for a few hours so I can lay that monster on the floor and get it tied up.  I should be able to zip through it after that!
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« Reply #16 on: December 05, 2010 11:35:14 AM »

Great work this week.  I do wonder... do you all do this in just one week?  (If so, damn you're fast!)  I really like your alpaca & angora freestyle.  That looks SO SOFT!

Thanks battlesheep! (Awesome name BTW). It is ridiculously soft. I've left it on the kitchen table so I can pat it every time I walk by.  Cheesy

This is part of what I've spun the past 2 weeks. I have another 3-4 skeins I didn't post. I do a lot of spinning on the weekends, especially Sunday while watching football. I am soooo much faster on the wheel than I was on a spindle.

Your yarn is fantastic for your first plying attempt! Terrific job!!
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« Reply #17 on: December 05, 2010 06:18:18 PM »

hahaha thanks hippie! I do my dying and photographing in big sessions. which may not be a good idea, because I'll spend three or so hours taking pictures, and by then end I am so sick of it! but I'm pretty good about photographing my roving. batts on the other hand... not so much. they generally last mere hours before I spin them all!

by colourways, do you mean bulk? like, ones that you will continue to dye the same? I've noticed a lot of people have good results with that, because people usually want more than just 4oz. I guess I like variety way too much to dye in bulk haha.
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« Reply #18 on: December 06, 2010 12:37:38 AM »

oh. yarn porn.  Shocked [insert brain shutdown here]

this is exactly what I need right now! I am at my parents' house and have been dyeing some wool and yarn yesterday. I don't have a camera with me, so you'll have to wait a few days for more yarn porn. Wink but: when I was about five minutes into the dyeing process, my father told me about water dripping from the ceiling in the old part of the house. turns out the storm had pushed A LOT of snow under the roof. the snow had slowly started to melt and... well, worst case is we'll have to rip out and/or renovate parts of the ceiling, we don't want any mould. bah!

need to go now. my drum carder is calling.
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« Reply #19 on: December 07, 2010 09:47:31 AM »

by colourways, do you mean bulk? like, ones that you will continue to dye the same? I've noticed a lot of people have good results with that, because people usually want more than just 4oz. I guess I like variety way too much to dye in bulk haha.

Yea, or something recreatable, that way they can be made to order... but alas that would also require extra effort and i just can't handle that HAHAh.
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« Reply #20 on: December 07, 2010 08:19:59 PM »

hehe I feel ya. I used to write down the dye concoctions I used for each colour combo, but it got too tedious, too quickly. now I just dye however I feel Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: December 08, 2010 05:31:35 AM »

Which is why when I dye somehting, I do a minimum of 8 oz and most of the time at least a lb.  I figure if I like it, I don't have to worry about trying to repeat it.  If I don't like it, I can always over dye or someone, somewhere, will like it.
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« Reply #22 on: December 08, 2010 07:41:16 AM »

that is such a good idea, Cyndi!
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« Reply #23 on: December 08, 2010 07:51:12 AM »

I love you guys.
Nesse, I just wisted something from your shop. Cheesy
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« Reply #24 on: December 08, 2010 09:07:24 AM »

Every once in a while I can come up with something good!  LOL!
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« Reply #25 on: December 08, 2010 06:14:01 PM »

thanks jexxican! that felted neck-warmer is cosy!
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« Reply #26 on: December 08, 2010 07:21:15 PM »



Above picture: Left side yarn and window light, right side scarf and semi-shade on grass

Tips for photographing yarn. Don't use flash. Use natural light when ever you can. Get next to a window or outside in a semi-shaded area. Full sun may not look so good.

When ever possible get a good natural tone background like grass, bushes, sand, bark. My favorite is grass or bushes. The green tone seems to work well with digital cameras and their color correcting software.

I hope that helps.
Have a good day!



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