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Topic: Fiber Friday - March 2, 2012  (Read 4570 times)
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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!
« 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.
« 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

« 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?

« 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"

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.


« 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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