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« on: March 11, 2011 12:11:45 AM »

My first Fiber Friday post  Cheesy
I was recently given a whole fleece from a Dutch (multple coloured) sheep. As it's so much I have plenty to experiment with, so I tried spinning some without separating the colours and without washing, carding or dyeing. I washed it after spinning... I don't know if that's 'not done', but just wanted to try. Somehow spinning uncarded wool seems easier than carded. Anyhow, I pretty much like the result.

With my spindle:


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Any remarks/tips regarding my 'unconventional' way of working?.. Roll Eyes
 
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« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2011 02:18:00 AM »

You clever old thing! Well done Idlers.
Looks like warm socks woolly.
Maybe now you can teach me to spin with a spindle?  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2011 04:33:33 AM »

Old...me?  Roll Eyes
I'd be happy to teach you I even have a spare spindle.... We should meet up again soon.
As for the socks...I'll have to try a crochet pattern for socks, as knitting is not my cup of tea.
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« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2011 04:38:04 AM »

Clever old thing is an English expression of affectionate meaning.  Wink
Would love a meet up, got a spindle here gathering dust due to lack of knowledge.
Can knit like the devil so if crochet doesn't work out for you....  Grin
Am wearing very comfy knitted socks right now, just gave away a pair for a birthday. Have backorders for kousen even.
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« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2011 05:30:51 AM »

Idlers - Your yarn is so pretty! I love how the colors run together and give that barber pole effect. I don't think your spinning method is too odd. Smiley It looks like it has great texture, and I read somewhere that some people prefer to process alpaca fleece like that...spin it raw, wash it later.
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« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2011 05:44:35 AM »

Thanks! I also like the effect of the different colours.

@Smallhold: Haha, I know  Wink let's talk about spinning & socks (and maybe some swapping?) before we meet at the prehistoric market...
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« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2011 07:14:22 AM »

Gorgeous yarn Idlers!

My contribution this week.  Spun for Dharma rebel in the IYP swap!
misc. wool.  light sport weight, approx 400+ yards. ~6 oz
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« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2011 07:19:22 AM »

Belladune, your post just triggered a SECOND attack of major yarn envy today. It is very beautiful what you made there.
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« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2011 07:22:21 AM »

oooh, that's so pretty, Idlers ^_^ I love all the different textures and patterns you got in there! I can't wait to see it all knit or crocheted up!
And Belladune, I was eyeing that yarn when it was posted up in the IYP gallery. I love love love the colors and how even it looks!

I finally was able to scrounge some money up and get some more roving (yay!) after about a year (boo!). So here's what I have been working on this week. I haven't had the chance yet to figure out the yardage on these yet (sorry!).


2.4 oz. wool (not sure from what kind of sheep) and mohair "Heard it through the Grapevine"
This was a dream to spin up and is my most even spinning yet ^_^ I love the mainly black and white coloring with just a dash of purple here and there!

2.6 oz. Mixed Blue and White Swirl Combo Superwash Wool Roving with mohair
This unfortunately was a bit more of a pain to spin because it was so slippery (I guess I'm just not experienced enough to spin this as tiny as I did)

From the same batch as the above picture but the blue and white wasn't as mixed together. I'm still in the process of spinning this one and I am planning on trying my hand at plying with the tiny spun roving.
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« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2011 07:30:04 AM »

Thanks Ladies!

TCMatteson, that black, white and purple is so pretty! 
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