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« on: August 05, 2011 11:24:00 AM »

Where have all the spinners gone? Here's what I've done these past 2 weeks:

First, I had spun a batt a few months ago into thick and thin singles

but recently decided I didn't like it so I dyed me up some white, chained, Sheep Shed roving like this:

Love the way it dyed while chained! (Inspired by Sheep Shed mistress Carol when she's talking about her Tortoise shell rovings. Now I might get into dying more.)
Anyway, spun it thin like this:

And plied them into this:

I like the batt much better like this!
~190 yards

Spun this BFL on my spindle:

~155 yards

Had some extra white (sheep shed) singles so I spun some black and plied them together:

~110 yards

1/2 a batt of merino/silk/angelina plied with white (where I got the extra from above):

~210 yards

And the other 1/2 of the above batt plied with maroon. I like the other one better:

~190 yards
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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2011 02:57:02 PM »

The spinners are enjoying the summer!!

I enjoyed the summer this week by spinning on the deck!

Cornflowers by Belladune, on Flickr

And also washing wool! 

dry wool dry!! by Belladune, on Flickr

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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2011 04:34:16 PM »

Ooh, just a 2 ply? How pretty!
Hey, I've been enjoying the summer as well. Most of what I'm spinning right now is outside at the Farmer's Market. All is for the market. I did just order a new spindle from Zebisis designs on Etsy. Oooh....
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« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2011 04:45:38 PM »

I guess I didnt' give any details, did I?   It's a 3 ply, with one of the ply's over spun in the direction of the ply twist, so it made little lashes every so often.  Look close, or check it out on flickr, for a bigger size Smiley
I also I realized I didn't comment on your yarns! how lame am I?  I really like the first one.  It's so squishy! And the color is great.  They are all awesome though, but that first one.  NOM!
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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2011 09:57:36 AM »

Belladune, that yarn makes me thirsty. It makes me think of blue raspberry lemonade. hahaha.

I've actually been working on this for a couple months now, but I think I'm finally done with it:







It's about 15 "silk" (most are nylon...) scarves from the thrift store, cut into strips, attached to each other, and then spun up. At first I didn't think all the different colors I had were going to work together, but I actually really really like the end result. It's about 100 yards worth.

And then my friend and I have been discussing the idea of spinning thistle fluff. He managed to spin a little pure fluff, but I couldn't (don't have a light enough spindle I guess, it's super slippery stuff!), so I ended up blending what I had harvested 50/50 with some knotty angora I had laying around from brushing my bunny.



The picture doesn't really do it justice at all. It's got the strength of angora, but the amazing glitter/shimmer and silky smooth feel of the thistle.

Unfortunately, I only got about 20 yards of it. I put the thistle fluff in a baggie and left the project alone for a few days... and when I came back to it the fluff in the bag had started to mold! I should have let the fluff dry out somewhere instead of sticking it in a ziploc... it's been so humid and hot around here lately...

Oh well, it was an interesting project!

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« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2011 10:26:12 AM »

mmmm blueberry lemonade....
your scarf yarn is awesome, and that thistle fluff angora is fascinating!
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« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2011 11:03:01 AM »

I haven't posted in a long long time, but I've been practicing spinning! All three are navajo plied, which I need to work on. I manage to break the yarn a lot, so if anyone has any advice I would appreciate it! All are hand dyed white roving from "Knit Picks."
So without further ado, my lovely model Rusty will show you the latest in homespun fashions.....


Black Watch (60 yards bulky)


High Seas (185 yards bulky thick and thin)


Razzleberry Lemonade (45 yards bulky)



All three!
Thank you all for your inspiration, ideas, and advice!
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« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2011 11:46:18 AM »

Freegrrl: Why have i never thought to use my dog to model my yarns? Maybe because she's always dirty. That was very clever. The yarns are nice too. My N-ply usually only breaks when there are really thin spots so that's the only advice I can give you on that: don't have really think spots.
High Seas looks VERY bulky. I like it! They all seem very evenly plied, too. You thinking about making a shawl for the Sheep to Shawl challenge? If you dye it, spin it, work it up you're invited. Just over 3 weeks left! I don't know how these would translate into a shawl but you know...
Do you spin on a wheel or spindle?

Blackie.sage: You inspire me! I love the scarf yarn because it's amazing! The eclectic assortment of colors make it all work. I've been wanting to get some Sari fabric and do this but I never remember to ask my source.
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« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2011 12:15:35 PM »

Freegrrl, I love your model!  And the yarn looks great!  I tend to rewind my singles onto weaving bobbins before I ply them .. in addition to helping them wind off the bobbins easier for plying, if I do it under tension, I find the weak spots *before* I start plying so I can plan for the joins.

blackie.sage, that yarn looks fantastic!  I'd love to weave with it Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2011 04:00:56 PM »

freegrrl2000 - your pictures made me laugh.  Rusty is the perfect yarn model.

Very pretty colours, especially the razzleberry lemonade.
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« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2011 04:20:56 PM »

This post is something I look forward to every week and it means a lot to receive praise from you all! Rusty is the sweetest, and more importantly, most tolerant dog in the universe, not to mention pretty stinkin' cute! I love all the yarns this week, and I'm sorry, after reading through the posts, that my name is so similar to another yarn- I think the season just inspires fruity drink names!
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« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2011 06:08:24 PM »

Great yarns Freegrrl!   And you may have thought the one yarn was blueberry lemonade, but that was just something it reminded Blackie.Sage of.  It was Cornflowers the real name (given by the dyer of the yarn Smiley )
Also, your puppy is cute!
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