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« on: August 12, 2011 08:24:37 AM »

Howdy!  I've been gone for a while, part of the time in lovely Stanley, Idaho (pop. 100) staring at the gorgeous Sawtooth mountains without internet access.  But I have missed my Fiber Friday fix.

Here is a yarn I've been working on for the sheep to shawl challenge.  It's black and white sheep shed studio roving which I did a low-water-immersion dye with magenta wilton's dye.  I call it cherry berry smoothie, because it's the exact same color as a smoothie I made the other day.  I didn't notice it until I set the smoothie down next to the yarn and it matched perfectly!

What lovely yarns do you all have this week?
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« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2011 08:47:32 AM »

That looks superb! Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2011 09:31:14 AM »

Very pretty. I can't wait to see your finished shawl.  I haven't done any spinning in like, 3 weeks.  My poor wheel must be so lonely.

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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2011 10:45:12 AM »

wow - that is beautiful. I'm so envious of you folk that can do this - I really am going to have to try it out.

The colours/blends (sorry if they're the wrong words) are so much prettier than anything I've ever seem in the shops, although I am stuck in crappy britain with nowhere near as much choice Sad

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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2011 12:14:02 PM »

Nicschaf, that is so beautiful!

I haven't been able to post much lately, and it will continue to be hard to post until my kids start school next week. Eleven year old wants the internet, and I'm enjoying the last few summer days with Ian before he goes off to preschool. I have been spinning like crazy though, mostly outside, mostly early in the day before the heat got terrible. Now I am out there all day spinning because the weather is finally cool enough for comfort.

I am really going to unload on you guys. This isn't even all of it, but here goes.  Cheesy

Got a vintage 1970's Fricke drum carder with the chain drive for 100.00. I think the only reason that the lady had not sold it before I called was that she had a tiny picture of it on Craigslist, and you couldn't see it very well. It has coarse teeth, but I seem to be steering towards art yarn, so that works out fine for me. I feel very lucky to have found it. I did card some soft wool with angelina and alpaca the other day. It seems to have worked okay for that. You can't see the sparklies in this photo, but they are in there.

Upcycled sweater art yarns. I'm learning how to do this from tutorials I bought from Neauveau Fiber Arts.
This one was done on a drop spindle. My flyer hooks would choke on this. I love making yarns this way. Addictive!

Another made with sweater ravels.

Solar dyed Suffolk wool that I will drum-card later. I learned how to use the summer heat to dye fiber outdoors from a tutorial by Jazzturtle.

I wondered what would happen if I chain-plied some acrylic thick and thin that had a black thread ply. I got "dragon yarn"! I cannot wait to try this in real wool.

Crayon Cathedral. This yarn was made from some crewel kit wool I picked up a the thrift shop for a dime, which I kind of mixed with bits of black wool. I don't know where I was going with this yarn, and I chain plied it. It's a strange yarn, and not very soft. I'll save it for a weaving accent yarn, I think.

Tropical Market. This one has inclusions of  torn strips of blouse silk, and it's all thread plied.

Strawberry Peach Sorbet:

"Because I Felt Like it". This one is made almost entirely of junk wool that I pulled off of my hackle, or discarded while spinning. I put it through my drum carder with enough roving to hold it together, and feted it a bit when I was done for strength.


Melons and Mangoes:

Goldfish Pond:

Purple Petunias:

Barrier Reef. This is a mix of old sweater yarn and new wool.

Holy bandwidth, Batman! I think that's enough for now.  Grin

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« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2011 01:52:16 PM »

wow, so many yummy looking yarns!   Shocked
here's my offering for the week:

it's spun up from an art batt i got at a local sheep to shawl festival back in june.

it turned out so lovely.  there's so many different colors i took a bunch of pictures to try to show them all:

the colors have me ready for fall.  i wish i knew what to do with it.  i ended up with only about 60 yards.   Undecided

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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2011 01:58:48 PM »

wow I wish I could make something like that.
it really looks great
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2011 02:27:06 PM »

Holy Toledo, Laughing Lark -- I am blown away, not only by the amount of yarn you've spun, but the sheer variety. What fun!!!  Great job on the Fricke carder find -- that's the kind of carder I would love to have.  I have a Fricke wheel and love it.  I love Melons and Mangoes, and that dragon yarn is great!  The fiber in that first batt is lovely, and it matches your cat in your profile pic!

Puppy girl, those colors are cool, and make me look forward to fall weather!  I can imagine a really sweet wrist cuff with a big accent button made from that, maybe similar to this:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/a-touch-of-warmth-cuff
« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2011 02:59:36 PM »

Holy wow @ LaughingLark - I think you outspun us all this week!!!! Do you like Neauveau's videos? I really want to learn those styles but I'm having a hard time ponying up that amount of money for a little vid even though I know the knowledge is worth it.
« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2011 06:06:07 PM »

Thanks! Smiley

Sprocketfox, I do like the videos, and will likely end up buying most, if not all of them. If you don't have a wheel designed for bulky yarn, the spindle tutorial will be the most useful at first. She is currently working on translating some of her other art yarn techniques to the drop spindle, and those videos will be up soon. I like being able to pick and choose what I want to learn, and in what order. I'm a visual learner, and it helps if I see something repeatedly until I get it. I would probably need wayyyy more than a few minutes of her time if she was teaching me in person "Um, could you show me that again?" These are also techniques that she designed by herself though trial and error. Yeah, they are worth it. Around here, spinning lessons run fifty dollars an hour, and I can't re-play them if I find I don't remember something down the road. I like the video format for that reason alone. The upcycled and recycled yarn ones show you how to make yarns that can be quite frugal, depending on the materials you put into them. I would like Jacey Bogg's video, but forty bucks is a lot at once for me. Santa might bring it. I find it easier to spend 7.50 on something specific, make that yarn until I understand it, then move on to another yarn when I have the time/money. I hope this helps. Smiley

« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2011 06:24:42 PM »

A vote here for Jacey Bogg's video -- I really like it!
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« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2011 10:19:35 PM »

LaughingLark I love your art yarn!  Such very cool textures, and they look like they'd be fun to work with Smiley

nikschaf, what a beautiful color!  I love that pink.

Puppy_girl, those colors are amazing and wonderfully "Fall".  Maybe you could use the yarn as an accent in a hat?  It would make a cool brim.

And here's my contribution, about 400 yards of superwash merino/tencel that I'm planning on turning into a pair of Talking Fish socks


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« Reply #12 on: August 13, 2011 03:19:53 AM »

I finally took pics of a few things...

These two are fiber from my friend's MIL's sheep, dyed by my friend on her wood stove.

Crystal Blue Persuasion:

Dark Chocolate Swirl:

Then, dyed fiber is still fiber, so fair game for Fiber Friday, right?  This is some really gorgeous angora mohair that I hand painted.  the colors combined with the sheen of the fiber reminds me of beetle wings:


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« Reply #13 on: August 13, 2011 04:45:30 AM »

Puppy Girl, I also like the idea for using that pretty yarn in a hat.

ariaya, that is a gorgeous sock yarn!

BertaBerta, I love your yarns! And that angora mohair is to die for. Jacquard dyes?  Smiley

Here is the yarn I was working on and finished yesterday. I took the pic right before bed, but I was too tired to upload it to Photobucket and post. But it was still done in time for FF.  Wink When I make these yarns, I like to include at least one, but preferably two yarns that I dyed. I like to break my dyes on purpose so I will get random color changes. It adds a great deal to the fun I have spinning them.

I really, really, really want the Boggs DVD. I am going to drop many hints at christmas. I know it's a good investment, but I just can't stretch my budget quite that far  for a DVD right now. The drum carder was a MAJOR score at this time. Another big spinning expense is next. I am learning that I will probably be much happier if I get the conversion kit to turn my Babe DT Production wheel into a bulky wheel that has huge bobbins. The maiden/flyer/support for all that runs about $180.00. I'll have to raise that myself somehow. I'm not confident enough in the quality of my spinning work to sell it online yet, so I might open a jewelry shop online somewhere and or have a rummage sale for the $$. I'm kind of in a hurry to get it.  Grin

I'm a SAHM, and we are doing okay, just don't have a lot for extras.

 Hmmm...If only the family singing voice hadn't skipped over me. I could take my wheel and go out busking. Cheesy "The singing spinner" LOL. My mom has an awesome voice (even now in her eighties), my oldest son is a singer in a rock band. I have pipes, too, but they are random sometimes. I have good and bad singing days. People would probably pay me to take my wheel and go away. Back to drawing board. Heh.

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« Reply #14 on: August 13, 2011 12:21:08 PM »

The dyes are by Jacquard, but my local craft store only carried their iDye packets, meant for dying a solid color in the washing machine.  Obviously I don't have the patience to wait for the right dye to come in the mail, so I bought the iDye and figured I'd just make it work.

I mixed it up with water and vinegar at a really high concentration in squirt bottles and used it that way to do the painting.  Seems to have worked a-ok.

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« Reply #15 on: August 18, 2011 08:03:08 AM »

You guys are awesome. L.Lark, I'm really digging that dragon yarn. I hear you about the SAHM budget. 40$ for a DVD? Nah, don't even have the time to watch it. Maybe later in life?

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« Reply #16 on: August 18, 2011 04:48:24 PM »

Yeah, I'm in the SAHM boat too.  That's what's caused me to "embrace" dyeing my own roving.  Can't afford anything but mill ends to dye myself!  Wink
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