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BeachPeach
« on: November 11, 2011 01:41:12 PM »

Hi, I'm new but have been lurking for awhile. I initially came into the forum for sewing ideas, but kept winding up in fiber arts eyeballing all of the goodies over here!

I'm so excited to be able to contribute to Fiber Friday. I just purchased a drop spindle and spun my first merino last night. It turned out to be 33yds and my arm was sore but I was happy. It's messy and uneven and resembles every other first try that I've seen here, but it's like a child and it's mine and I love it.

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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2011 02:03:24 PM »

Hey, great job! I've always wanted to try spinning and never gotten up the nerve. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2011 02:18:56 PM »

Great spin!!  I love first spins, such a wonderful joy they bring.   I do have a bunch done, but no pictures of the yarn.  But i will post pics of my dye jobs


Kettel dyed Merino -8oz by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr


Kettle dyed  BFL locks- 6oz by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr


Hand painted tops and roving by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr


Ugly ducks - Cotswold by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

I'll try to get finished pics of the yarns I've been working on. It's been snowing/raining(of all things, rain Roll Eyes ) and no good lighting :/
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« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2011 04:03:23 PM »

awesome dye jobs belladune!  very inspiring eye candy.
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« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2011 04:31:15 PM »

That is lovely yarn, BeachPeach!

Belladune, Those locks are gorrrrrrrrrrgeous! And so many pretty rovings, too. Can't wait to see what you will do with them.

I am working on some unexciting Brown Sheep mill ends in brownish tones for man gifts. Don't have pictures, but I can't wait to get back to my bright colors and sparkles and spin those instead. The spinning is going fast, but I'm not feelin' the colors.  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2011 05:04:39 PM »

Thanks you guys for the kind comments. You're makin me blush.

Bella, you've inspired me more than you'll ever know. Your stuff is stunning and I just want to jump in it. And the same holds true for yours LL. Ya'll do beautiful work and I've been watching. And now I'm itching for more, you know, that itchy wool kind of itch. I think once this stuff gets under your skin it doesn't go away. Cheesy I have a stash of roving that I'm holding back for some wet felting but I fear it may not make it!
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« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2011 06:34:07 PM »

Awe! thank you, Beachpeach!  But don't forget, we came from where you are right now, and were likewise inspired by others!  It was a huge revelation to me when I discovered that you could actually spin your own yarn... I haven't looked back.  And I can't see me never doing this.  I hope it's the same way for you!   And as to that roving... you can always get more! Wink
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« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2011 07:01:55 PM »

Awe! thank you, Beachpeach!  But don't forget, we came from where you are right now, and were likewise inspired by others!  It was a huge revelation to me when I discovered that you could actually spin your own yarn... I haven't looked back.  And I can't see me never doing this.  I hope it's the same way for you!   And as to that roving... you can always get more! Wink

This is called "evil enabling"! I have birthday money that is getting ready to roll in and I'm going to buy http://www.ebay.com/itm/Kromski-Harp-32-Rigid-Heddle-Loom-/290548949386?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43a611218a! It's the best price I could find on this size and I'm chomping at the bit for it. I figure in this case bigger IS better!  Wink As for the spinning, who knows, I may be in the market for a wheel soon.
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« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2011 07:22:50 PM »

nom... I want that loom too!!  I'm going to have to wait tho... Next on my list is a fancy kitty drum carder. Wink  
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« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2011 10:09:31 PM »

Nice yarn BeachPeach!  especially for your first one! Exceptional!

Bella, your rovings are a bright spot in my day today!

I love the Kromski Harp ... wanted it for years and years, but a 4 heddle table loom at an exceptionally good price made an appearance first.
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« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2011 05:23:08 AM »

thanks Cyndi, happy to bring you joy!
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« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2011 12:25:54 PM »

So Belladune, you planning on sharing? Wink I love the first rovings, and I know you don't like the coloring in the last ones but I sure think they would look nice spun worsted. Very fluffy but manly at the same time, you know?

Yes, Peach, keep it up! Join us!

I have been spinning a little but have no finished product to show for it. I have been mostly using some of my spins. One was for a swap that I haven't sent out yet and the other was supposed to be for that same swap but the colors I decided needed to be for a little girl instead of a grown lady so I frogged it and crocheted the same pattern but in the toddler size. I LOVE using handspun! Why was I trying to sell this stuff? I love it! It is as nice to use as it is to spin. Maybe I'll get some pics up in the Spun to Finished thread soon.
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« Reply #12 on: November 13, 2011 02:15:36 PM »

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So Belladune, you planning on sharing?  I love the first rovings, and I know you don't like the coloring in the last ones but I sure think they would look nice spun worsted. Very fluffy but manly at the same time, you know?

Nope, you'll just have to wait, it's been snowing and cold and no sun for a few days, so you will all have to wait until next week.  Besides. there'll be even more by then Wink  Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: November 13, 2011 05:38:51 PM »

I've started weaving with some of my yarns this week. Here is one of the batts that my five year old son drum carded. It's the bright yarn from FF a couple of weeks ago. Now it is the weft in this scarf. Smiley The warp is commercial wool that I dyed. I'm hoping that soon I'll have the confidence to warp with my own singles--not yet.
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« Reply #14 on: November 13, 2011 06:10:22 PM »

Wow! That is so great! Weaving is another craft I admire. That is going to be one bright, cheery scarf. I am jealous of those who get to behold it's goodness in person when you get it done.
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« Reply #15 on: November 13, 2011 06:11:10 PM »

beautiful scarf in the make!  
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« Reply #16 on: November 13, 2011 06:17:35 PM »

Thanks. It's a fun antidote for the boring masculine colors I'm spinning right now. I'll be weaving brown stuff soon, but I think I'll weave guy thing, weave a bright thing, and go back and forth until I get all my gifts done. This scarf is for me, since it has Ian's first batts in it. Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: November 13, 2011 07:48:58 PM »

I've started weaving with some of my yarns this week. Here is one of the batts that my five year old son drum carded. It's the bright yarn from FF a couple of weeks ago. Now it is the weft in this scarf. Smiley The warp is commercial wool that I dyed. I'm hoping that soon I'll have the confidence to warp with my own singles--not yet.
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g116/LaughingLark/Weaving%20projects/ProgressonthescarfmadewithIansbatt.jpg

This is absolutely Gorgeous! I totally adore the colors. If my first weave is only 1/4 as wonderful, I'll be a happy camper.
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« Reply #18 on: November 15, 2011 02:25:11 PM »


This is absolutely Gorgeous! I totally adore the colors. If my first weave is only 1/4 as wonderful, I'll be a happy camper.

Your first weave will have lumpy bumpy edges, the beat will be uneven, and if you are me, it will be wool and felt when you try to wet finish it.  You will love it to pieces anyway.  It's like a special child.  Just remember how everyone's first spinning goes- first weave is like that.  You love it for it's imperfections.
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LaughingLark
« Reply #19 on: November 15, 2011 03:09:11 PM »

Textilejnkie said it perfectly. It takes a while to get the rhythm, like learning a piece of music. Save your first weave.  Smiley

I finally dyed a commercial yarn that I liked the colorway to go with the San Clemente Sunset single I spun last spring.   This yarn has lumps, slubs and thick spots. I was trying to spin a really even yarn, but hadn't been spinning for very long at that point. I find that I love weaving with yarns that are bit lumpy. So much more texture and visual interest. From now on, I will probably not try to fight with my fiber as much, and enjoy the imperfection when it happens.
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« Reply #20 on: November 15, 2011 03:26:58 PM »

I find that I love weaving with yarns that are bit lumpy. So much more texture and visual interest. From now on, I will probably not try to fight with my fiber as much, and enjoy the imperfection when it happens.
I totally agree with that about crocheting with hand-spun. They just feel so different! We were just talking about this in the Spun to finished thread I think. At least I think I mentioned it. Why would anyone ever want to work with commercial yarn when they've tried hand-spun?

That weave is beautiful, by the way. I remember that yarn. It was beautiful and so is the end result. Damn it, now I have to get into weaving someday as well.
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« Reply #21 on: November 21, 2011 03:10:37 PM »

I love the colors of the scarf(?) it looks great!
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