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nikschaf
« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2011 05:40:14 PM »

Bella -- can't wait to see your yarns.  I saw your post about the sheep to shawl challenge.  I only have a brown fleece -- suppose I can overdye it if I can force myself to persevere and comb enough to make a project with! :-)
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« Reply #11 on: May 27, 2011 06:04:56 PM »

morning town, i am super impressed by your first yarns.  My first spinning experiments fell very much into the novelty yarn category. and not in the good way.   Wink
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« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2011 08:07:54 PM »

I'm really liking MIST.
Drop spinning shouldn't hurt your hands. It never did mine. Maybe I'm just tough *grunt* Too tough for my own good *grunt, snort, grunt*
Morning town, predrafting is not cheating. Some people just can't do it anymore. When I predrafted, it always came out thick and thin, even after I went over it again! I find I spin more evenly if I draft as I go but only if I'm spinning really thin. Thick yarns for singles, forget it.
I didn't get anything spun up this week. Still can't find the top of my bobbin, the kids stole it and I am sad. Used it as my motivation to clean the house but it never showed up. I'm afraid it got thrown away or something and I am sooooo sad. I did start spinning a little on my spindle but not enough to show. Oh, and I did spin something from before the bobbin top was lost but I'm too lazy and sad to post pics.
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« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2011 04:55:30 AM »

Beautiful yarns, everyone. I don't have any to share this week. This has been a difficult week, with the tornado in Joplin. Joplin is the closest sizable shopping city and we spend a lot of time there. Many friends there. Just saw one more name of someone we know moved from the missing to the located (alive!) list, so now I can calm down some.

I now have three feed bags of suffolk and suffolk/hampshire wool, stuffed to overflowing. Some of the wool is white, and she says there is some blue in there too. There is at least one ram's wool in there because it is...fragrant. Cheesy I have it on our back porch, which is enclosed from the weather. Every time I open the back door, we smell essence of barn yard. LOL. Some of this wool has 3-4" staple and really pretty crimp. Our horrible winter made the sheep grow lots this year. I don't know how soft this wool will be, but since I like weaving better than knitting, if it is all too scratchy for next to the skin, I'll use it for tapestry weaving, etc.

I have to finish sorting out the free llama/alpaca I have, so I can use the lingerie bags and tulle that they are in to wash this wool. Lllamas smell so much better than sheep... haha!

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Charax, I sometimes get hand pain from spinning a drop spindle. I got a Navajo spindle from hubby for Mother's day, and that will help my hands. I haven't had a chance to try it yet, but it is good for bulky yarns. I think you could spin thin on it too (park and draft). It's not the drafting that gets my hands, it's the hand motion used to start the spindle spinning.
Observe how mush less work the spindle has to do in this video. I'm eager to try this once I get my Suffolk rolags made:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uG2qdpJNhTM
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« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2011 07:40:48 AM »

Sometimes my hands hurt no matter how I spin. but once I get into a rhythm, I don't/can't stop and either the pain goes away or I just don't  notice it anymore. 
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« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2011 04:29:21 PM »

Okay, here it is.  I recieved this awesome roving from Dharma_Rebel in the IYP swap, and I love how it spun up.  It's BFL/tussah silk, and how it looks in the skien completely lies about the color runs.  There are long runs of yellow and purple, shorter runs of orange and pink, and a bit of color plying through out.  So the color will blend fairly nicely in a finished item.


with the way I split the roving, I had to break the one single into pieces in order to achieve the desired look of the yarn, so I was left with small chunks of each color. I plied these all together at the end, and got this tiny skein.
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LaughingLark
« Reply #16 on: May 28, 2011 04:46:24 PM »

Belladune, that is gorgeous!

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« Reply #17 on: May 28, 2011 06:32:15 PM »

Love it, Bella!  Stunning!
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« Reply #18 on: May 28, 2011 08:03:23 PM »

Smiley thanks!
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« Reply #19 on: May 29, 2011 09:28:51 AM »

That yarn Belladune, is my favorite!! I love those colors and it is soo even. Great job


The part that hurts me hand is the winding. It hurts me thumb to hold the spindle and turn it to wind the yarn on. Never did before only recently.
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