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« on: March 02, 2012 05:52:57 AM »

I didn't see a thread for this yet and I actually have something to contribute this week so I thought I'd start it.

I havn't spun in probably half a year and then all of a sudden got this urge and now it's all I want to do. Smiley  

Someone told me once that you'll just all of a sudden get "good" at spinning with practice.  It really did happen...one day I was spinning crappy..thick/thin...just didn't have it yet...and the next they are magically consistent!  Maybe practice really does make perfect!  Smiley








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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2012 05:58:08 AM »

love the colors of the first one!   Congrats on getting more consistent!  Even after over 3 years spinning nearly every day, I'm still having issues with consistency. Not major ones, but issues none the less.  I'm taking a class called Getting Even at fibre week this year, so hopefully I'll be a lot more consistent consistently!
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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2012 06:26:57 AM »

sarahj2001, your yarns are beautiful!  I have issues spinning even yarns as well, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that someday, my yarns will be 'magically consistent' Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2012 09:09:14 AM »

Gorgeous!!  The colors of the first one are totally drool-worthy.  Love that last green and yellow one too!

Here's mine for this week, "creme de menthe" 181 yards of alpaca singles.  I dyed the roving with Wiltons kelly green, in a low-water immersion to get some variation of color.  It's very soft!

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« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2012 09:14:35 AM »

nikschaf, your alpaca yarn looks lush! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2012 09:40:28 AM »

Wow!  Just Wow!  I'm loving the yarns and the colors!!

I've been busy this past week knitting shawls, but I did manage to get in a a couple skeins of yarn. (Don't know if I showed the first two last week or not)

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Same N-plied (the color is off in this pic ... the pic of the single is more of the true color)  Total of 200 yards.


Custom spinning for customer ... destined to be a shawl

294 yard single


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« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2012 10:14:33 AM »

that green is so vibrant Niks!
Beautiful work, Cyndi!  
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« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2012 10:19:13 AM »

 sarahj2001, those are beautiful! I love the colors in the first one.

nikschaf, that is a gorgeous single!

I love your yarns this week, MLF. Wow, those are thin and even perfection!

I'll be back in a bit with the goofy things I spun this week. Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2012 10:29:55 AM »

I'll be back in a bit with the goofy things I spun this week. Smiley

LL, I can't wait to see what you've been up to! Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2012 10:42:37 AM »

Okay, here goes!  Cheesy

This first one is a cotton nylon blend, unraveled and respun. I will probably weave something for in my new house with this. A move for us coming later this year. After we move, I will have a studio. Many ducks to get in a row first, though.




This one was a lambswool/acrylic blend that I kettle dyed after unraveling, then core-spun and plied with metallic crochet thread.


More yarns coming later today, after I have time to get them cropped, etc...
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« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2012 10:48:03 AM »

So lovely! Cheesy I'm over here coveting all your yarns! Esp LaughingLark! I soooo want to make my own yarn someday ^__^
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« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2012 11:08:47 AM »

Thank you, WhimsicallyObsessed! Try spinning, it's addictive! Smiley Check out NeauveauFiberArt's channel on youtube to help you get started.

I finally think I have figured out how to make a yarn out of silk fabric strips that I am happy with. I corespun the silk this time, using a bit of wool from a batt between each strip. I remembered that Lexi Boeger wrote that wool can be used as "glue" in her book, Intertwined. It really does work! Next time, I will use a woolen core instead of crochet cotton, but I feel I'm on the right track now.


More yarns later today. Editing as I go today. Busy day. I can't wait until my day slows down and I can get back to my wheel.  Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2012 11:31:58 AM »

Thanks!  I love spinning alpaca - it seems to just want to draft evenly on its own almost, and makes such a nice soft singles yarn.

MLF -- I am so impressed with your spinning!  I don't think I'll ever spin such a fine, even yarn!

LaughingLark -- you inspire me to try unraveling a sweater again.  I have not yet been successful with unraveling a wool sweater.  Maybe a synthetic blend would be easier.  Those yarns you made are so happy!
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« Reply #13 on: March 02, 2012 11:56:11 AM »

sarah - Your yarns look great! I hope I'll be able to magically spin even yarn someday, haha. Even though I prefer to spin thick/thin yarns lol I do occasionally spin normal yarns.

niks - Wow, that green looks bright! What are you planning on making with it?

MLF - I am amazed by your thin and even singles (and n-ply!)..

LL - I love your upcycled yarns... they look truly unique! Smiley

Here's some stuff I've spun since last week!

sw merino. 38 yards with 2-3 wpi.


panda top (sw merino/bamboo/nylon). 64 yards with 3-4 wpi.


I have a couple of other skeins but one is for the fiber to fashion challenge and the other is still sitting on a bobbin. Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2012 12:03:06 PM »

Shannin -- I love how soft your yarns are! 

I dunno what I'll make with the green.  It is quite bright.  Not sure if I want to do another skein of a different color -- not any plans for it yet.  Might do a project combined with gray angora to tone it down a little.
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« Reply #15 on: March 02, 2012 12:18:42 PM »

Shannin, those are yummy! I love how obviously soft and squishy they are.

Here are the rest of mine. I have gotten hooked on core spinning, and can't stop! Cheesy



The two in the middle show my progress. The green and pink was one of my first attempts, and the purple/black one next to it was made after I learned to treadle slower. The black and white is a regular single, and the fuzzy purple is an art batt single spun with a strand of alpaca that I frogged from a sweater and dyed.


That's all my yarns, now. Stress is good for productivity.  Grin
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« Reply #16 on: March 02, 2012 12:39:25 PM »

So many pretty yarns this week. 

LL- How exactly does one go about respinning unraveled sweater yarn?  I'm curious.  Do you have any good links or anything that you can share?
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« Reply #17 on: March 02, 2012 12:54:29 PM »

Megancrafts, I learned it from a tutorial I bought from  my friend Ashley at Neauveau Fiber Art. The one you'll want is called "How to spin recycled art yarn"
http://www.shopneauveau.com/category/wheel-spinning-tutorials

I can't get cashmere this far south very easily, so I started looking for other lace weight fibers to play with. It's great fun. I just shred up my sweaters all willy-nilly and core-spin them as if they were locks.

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« Reply #18 on: March 02, 2012 01:28:21 PM »

I found an pic on my computer from when I was taking apart the lambswool/acrylic blend, before I kettle dyed it. As you can see, I don't roll this stuff into balls. Just rrrriiippp those lace weight sweaters apart. Breaks and tangles in your sweater yarn  (aka "fiber") do not matter and add character.  Grin
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« Reply #19 on: March 02, 2012 01:54:23 PM »

Holy moly LL, you've been busy!  I love your art yarns Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: March 06, 2012 08:13:24 PM »

so pretty! LaughingLark, I love that sweater yarn... I've been recycling sweaters for a while now, just rolling them into balls and crocheting away... I'll have to try respinning some of it!
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« Reply #21 on: March 06, 2012 08:15:57 PM »

LaughingLark -- your idea of spinning the little bits of unraveled yarn like locks is GENIUS!!  I've been frustrated with trying to unravel sweaters before because it can be so  hard to unravel it in one continuous yarn to roll into a ball.  But, cut a sweater into little squares and then unravel those?  That I can handle!!!  So I'm currently unraveling a sad old holey merino sweater, and we'll see what becomes of it.
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