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nikschaf
« on: September 16, 2011 09:22:41 AM »

I'll start us off this week.  After finally finishing my Sheep to Shawl entry it was nice to spin for fun without a project in mind.

My yarn is kind of goofy-looking, but it was fun to spin.  It's called "Dirty Santa", 66 yards,  spun directly from locks.  The name is because after being in storage for a year, the locks had kind of matted together, and there was still lots of vm in there, but it looked like Santa's beard, if he hadn't taken a shower in a week.  I can't remember what kind of locks they were, but they were long and very curly.

I didn't do much to prep the fiber except separate the locks and tease the tails open a bit so I could spin them.  (Does it make this a tailspun yarn?  I don't know.)  I do like how it turned out, but it'll have to just be an accent on something because of the low yardage, and it's not super soft wool to begin with.




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« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2011 09:58:23 AM »

Ha! Dirty Santa!  LOL   Great yarn!  Still working away at the lace/fingering.  I joined a swap when I really didn't need to!!  But I also started washing 6 lbs of BFL fleece lock by lock this week. If I get a moment today, I'll take pic of a dirty lock, and a pic of the clean lock, just so you can see Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2011 10:01:50 AM »

Yeah, my son laughed out loud at that name.  Then the next morning he was running around the house looking for the yarn, yelling, "Where's Dirty Santa?"  Hope that saying doesn't catch on with him...out of context it doesn't sound so good.

You're washing 6 pounds lock by lock??  Lady, you are a machine!!   Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2011 10:38:24 AM »

LOL Most definitly doesn't sound right out of context!

Ok.  Here it is:
What 6 lbs of BFL looks like:

6 Pounds of BFL by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

What it looks like dirty vs clean:

Dirty/Clean by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And not a machine.  I just know I'll be happier spinning it when I'm done!  I'm about 1.5 in... Give or take.
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« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2011 10:42:45 AM »

Ooh, big difference!!  Yes, I wouldn't want to spin that in the grease.

Of course you know I mean "machine" in the best possible way, as in "kick-ass rock star."
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« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2011 10:46:00 AM »

haha LOL!! 
  It's so gorgeous, I think if I spin it straight from the lock, tip to tail, it will make an absolutely gorgeous warp yarn.  Or possibly even a super lustrous lace yarn.  But I have enough to make both! ha!
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« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2011 12:12:30 PM »

I love the Dirty Santa yarn. LOL.

Belladune, those locks are so pretty washed. What a difference. What I get some very nice raw wool, I think I'd want to wash it by the lock as well.

Over on Facebook, I'm in a spinning group that is doing "Project Handspun" challenges. This week's challenge was to make a yarn with only black and white. I found it pretty hard to get going, because I love color and lots of it. Anyhow, once I had my idea, I had a blast.

I did not have any true white fiber whatsoever in my house, so I took some drugstore cotton balls and spun them into a lumpy yarn on my Babe wheel. That was hard! I think I will try it again this winter, after I ask for some high speed bobbins for Christmas. I also didn't want to be lame and just spin up the black and white Sheep Shed roving I have and call it good, so I core-spun an art yarn instead. I had to use my Turkish spindle because of the add-in flowers and the thickest parts. I used some of the black and white roving as "glue", and spun with quilting fabric, black silk, fat black corduroy cut into individual lines, black mohair yarn and the cotton ball yarn. I still want to rush back to my insane colors, but I'm glad I did this. It was fun! Smiley



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« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2011 12:16:52 PM »

holy nom.  That can never be worked into anything LL.  It's gorgeous.  Wrap it up and wear it on your wrist!  so pretty!
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« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2011 12:56:30 PM »

Love the offerings this week.
I want to pet Dirty Santa.  *L*   ahem...
I agree with Bella that black and white yarn it is beautiful as it is. 

Bella, you really are a machine, in the total rock star sort of way, to make it through 6 pounsd of that stuff but it does look like its worth the effort.
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« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2011 01:29:11 PM »

Ooh, LaughingLark -- love that black and white yarn!!!  The flowers and fabric really elevate it to the next level.  You could make a necklace with it -- wind it into a 2 yard hank and tie off the ends, sort of like how folks make those necklaces w/t-shirt yarn.  You could wear it doubled-up like a cowl or long like a necklace.  Pretty!!!!

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