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« on: September 09, 2011 06:44:47 AM »

I'll start! I spun at the market last week for the first time in a month and here is what I made:


~95 yards Merino/tencel, Navajo plied


~111 yards total Sari strips, 2 ply. 4 bobbins full! I need a bigger orifice if I'm going to keep doing Saris! The Sari was red and green, so I like the way it variegated. Green on the outsides, red in the middle...

This was the end that had the pattern on it.
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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2011 07:26:50 AM »

Those are AMAZING! Makes me think of Fall, and then Christmas. Smiley I love what you are doing with the Saris. That's so cool!

I am running into the same problem with the orifice on my Babe wheel. I'm thinking of getting the Bable Pinky with a delta flyer. I emailed Nels at Babe about it, and he says he can spin at one, and he's six feet tall with size eleven feet. The orifice is only 20" off the floor, and I was wondering if I could spin at one. I'm still not convinced, but a $204.00 wheel is a lot easier to budget for than a $350.00 full-sized wheel. But I might want the enormous bobbin capacity someday, even though the plying bobbin for the Babe Bulky can hold 8 oz of fiber...decisions, decisions!

I have some yarns drying outside; I'll try to get pics today. Happy Fiber Friday!  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2011 06:07:59 PM »

Gorgeous yarns Jexx!

Laughing Lark, the height of the orifice should not be to huge a factor in choosing a wheel.   No matter where to orifice is, your yarn will go there, your hands wont move.   But a bulky wheel with 8oz capacity would be awesome....
 
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« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2011 06:30:48 AM »

Belladune, that's pretty much what Nels said about the height of the orifice. I have a plying flyer now for my regular Babe, and it does hold up to 8 oz of yarn. The Bulky production holds over two pounds! I'm thinking I would be fine with the 8 oz bobbins for my purposes right now, I just need to get my mind around such a teeny wheel for bulky yarns.

This is one of the yarns I did this week. It's now in a skein, set and whacked. I need to pick up more batteries for my camera. I like to have a camera that runs on AA batteries, so I don't have to wait for them to charge. It works out great most of the time, except for when I let myself run out... Cheesy


Here is my wheel setup. If I get a Babe Bulky Pinky, it will be a lot smaller, but can also hold the big red bobbin.

I don't think I would put a skein winder on a Pinky. It would look incredibly silly and might even topple over ...LOL.

Here's the Pinky wheel:
http://www.babesfibergarden.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=169&category_id=6&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1&vmcchk=1&Itemid=1

And they have a conversion kit to change over my wheel to a Delta flyer, but I just bought a new plying flyer for this wheel. I like my big wheel as it is. GAhhhh. I think I'm talking myself into getting the Pinky. [rationalizing] It will be great for travel and for spinning in the park, etc...[/rationalizing].  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2011 07:14:22 AM »

LOL!
Are all the babes wheels double drive?
I think my next wheel purchase would be an Ashford country spinner. 

And i do have pics for you guys.  I just haven't had a chance to upload them....
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« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2011 08:30:32 AM »

I don't know what double drive is...lol. Newbie spinner here. Cheesy My wheel has a rubber drive band that goes on the bobbin and around the big black wheel, and it has a brake band in front of the flyer.

I would LOVE a Country Spinner. That will have to wait until I have a regular income again. I think that I will go for the Bulky Pinky, which will leave me in a better position to 'splain to hubby later on that I need the CS. If I get the big Babe Bulky, I'll be spinning on PVC machines forever... Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2011 09:31:06 AM »

oh if it has a brake band, then it's probably a single drive with scotch tension.  Great wheels to learn on and more versatile!
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« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2011 12:45:35 PM »

Okay, here is what I had on the bobbin.
Blushing Plum:

Black and Purple single:

Upcycled thrashed metallic sweater corespun on a drop spindle and plied with mohair.

There are gold and coppery strands throughout, but they hid from my camera pretty well.

Purple and grey with a few beehives in it. I wanted to do more beehives, but that whole orifice thing... Smiley


If I have some really crazy yarn next Friday, this is why. Grin
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« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2011 01:23:16 PM »

very nice!!  I'm jello of your drum carder!

Here are my pics!  No yarn just color (this is why I need a drum carder Wink )

complete pile of dyed wool by Belladune, on Flickr
These two have 2 colors in one jar, and I love how they  blended.

3 colors in one jar (2 jars shown) by Belladune, on Flickr

Oh and check it out!  My lady now has double treadle! wewt!  (4 new bobbins too!)

She's ready! by Belladune, on Flickr
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« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2011 03:30:28 PM »

I love those colors, Belladune!

Maybe you could make one of these comb hackles? You can blend on them.  Smiley





 I'll see if I can find the tutorial links later. I made these last winter. These pix are from then. The combs still have all their teeth, and I've used them a lot. I now use a #10 washer for my diz. Dead cheap and works great!

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« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2011 05:21:33 PM »

I made a set of those last year?  they died... LOL  I'm on the look out for a set of metal tooth picks, like the hairdressers have, I think they'd survive me better Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2011 09:07:44 PM »

Yeah, knowing Belladune I would think she would need heavier duty tools than rest of us. Well, maybe not than me but the rest of YOU...  Wink
B, I do like your color, though. I prefer rolags to batts myself but it's all personal choice, right?

Lark, that Blushing Plum is beautiful! What will you do with it? Very nice for singles. I can only spin singles on a drop spindle. Bravo you! I should try beehives, just so I can be like you Wink And that sweater stuff... !!! Eep! I am such a hippy. And a red head. 70s colors look great on redheads. ( WinkWink, nudge nudge!) Cute kid, too.

Oh, Belladune, did you know I wisted you? I think I tried to pass it off as wisting your shawl but who am I kidding? It was really you I wist for! Shocked
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« Reply #12 on: September 11, 2011 06:30:06 AM »

yeah... I'm a bit rough on my homemade combs... >.> Smiley  And i'm just a bit lazy when it comes to my hand cards.   But I do use them!  And I need another set of super fine ones as well...  Did you know that becoming a Master Spinner requires a heck of a lot of tools?  Only my teacher told me to never get a picker... Said they were monsters that would destroy any wool they touch..... so I guess that's one thing I wont be getting, saving me a bit....

Also, I'm flattered!  Kiss
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« Reply #13 on: September 11, 2011 11:14:51 AM »

Thanks, Jexx, the plum is going to be a weaving yarn. Probably part of a scarf or a shawl, once I have a good range of colors spun. Smiley

Wool pickers are dangerous. The safest kind would probably be the Kaydessa box-style pickers, but I imagine any picker will tear up your wool a lot. I might get one of the box pickers for all the Suffolk I can get around here, but would never want one for nicer wool. I've also heard that with the  big swing pickers, one has to watch to keep their boobage out of the way. That's quite enough to scare me off! Shocked

Here is a box picker in use. It's kitten proof. Or at least safer around curious kitties.  Smiley
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUF_i0J8QJs&feature=related
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« Reply #14 on: September 11, 2011 02:11:27 PM »

I was thinking a box picker,  just because I know the free wool around here isn't the nicest stuff.  I know I'd never in my life put my BFL in there.  Or a scottish black face.  Or any longer wool for that matter.   
And now that I've watched the vid (the kitten is cute)  I don't see why it's a terrible tool, especially if you want a woollen yarn (which is what shorter staples are good for) 
The swing ones scare the bejebus out of me!
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« Reply #15 on: September 12, 2011 12:21:33 PM »

I just scored some awesome acrylic roving... it's like pencil roving, but it's super fun on the wheel. Am I the only one who uses a boring old traditional ashford, I mean, I have nothing but a scotch brake and a drive band! I am so in lust with the wheels I see you all using.
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« Reply #16 on: September 12, 2011 12:59:30 PM »

LOL!  I have an Ashford Traveler.  Single drive and brake band gives better control, but you can pound out the yarn on a double drive.   But there's nothing wrong with an Ashford, be it a Traditional, Elizabeth, Traveler, Joy or otherwise.  If it makes twist enter your yarn, you're set!  But i lust after a few wheel still too Smiley
Can't wait to see what comes of this acrylic roving you found Cheesy
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