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« on: March 16, 2012 07:40:00 AM »

Hello everyone!!

I've been inspired by LaughingLark's recent recycled sweater yarns, so I had to give the technique a try.  I cut an old merino sweater into squares about 3"x3" and unraveled them into individual little yarn squiggles, and then spun the yarn bits like locks.

"Forest Green Shag" is 112 yards of a super bulky shaggy yarn.  It does not photograph well, so I'm kind of sorry mine is the photo starting out Fiber Friday, but in person I really love it!  I plied it with navy blue thread.  Although I love my handpainted rovings, it is nice to have a yarn in one nice, rich color to work with.  I'm imagining a cowl or hat.  Again, wish the photo conveyed the yarn better, because I really like it.



What do you all have this week?
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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2012 09:02:43 AM »

One thing I do for photographing my yarns is lay the skein out flat, and kind of spread out each individual strand.  And try to do it outside, uder the awning.  It looks very textured and chunky.

I have one this week, but haven't loaded it on to my computer. Perhaps I'll take the time later today Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2012 03:45:52 PM »

Thanks, Bella.  Yeah, I usually do all that good stuff when I take my pics, but felt kinda "meh" taking pics today.  One of those moments of liking the actual yarn, but not being much in the mood to take pics.

Can't wait to see what you've got!
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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2012 04:57:15 PM »

this is it, my (Formerly) final project yarn.  I don't like it. It's a little stiffer then I thought it would be, and the swatch is not something I would make mittens out of.  So there it will sit, until I can spin some more, preferably something softer.  I hate to think that I'll need to buy some fibre though... I should work with the 4-6 lbs of BFL I still have left.... So it's time to reasses, and time to spin for fun while I think it over too...  I think the problem is more to do with the weight (wpi, gauge, whatever) of the yarn vs the fibre. It makes a really nice worsted fingering weight, but definitely not a worsted weight. This is 9 wpi.


The yarn formerly known as Final Project, yarn A by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr
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« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2012 12:51:56 PM »

Nik, love it! I need to get into that kind of sweater recycling too, along with about a million of crafts/techniques! It will make a great cowl.

Bella, saw this on your blog. I think it looks great but I commend you for having the balls to say it's not good enough for your final project and do it again. That's not the right metaphor or wording or really anything near what I want to say to you about it but I just had a kid so brain = broken.
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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2012 04:14:35 PM »

dude, Jexx, you popped?!! Gratz!!!! What kind did you get? Wink
I totally know what you mean, though.  the balls part.
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« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2012 05:05:51 PM »

Congratulations, Jexx!!  So exciting!!!!  Is it a boy or a girl??

Bella, I agree, your yarn is beautiful, but I admire you for knowing what you want your final project yarn to be and persisting in that vision.  I think that if you take a little break and spin purely for fun, your inspiration will come to you.
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« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2012 07:15:48 PM »

Thanks you guys!  Its good yarn, just not the right kind for what I was going to make.  Good for an outerwear sweater, not cozy mitts.
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« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2012 08:29:11 PM »

congrats Jexx! I agree with nikschaf, relax a little and it'll just come to you. works for me all the time. Smiley Also, i'm dying wool for the first time, and i think i'm addicted. the three pounds i ordered isn't going to last long. lol. Tongue
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« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2012 09:33:05 PM »

I hope you share, rodelphia!  Dyeing wool is a ton of fun!
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« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2012 06:30:13 AM »

Here are some pictures of my first try at hand painting roving.  Grin don't think they turned out too bad for my first try. Smiley I used PAAS Neon Easter egg dye. I'm probably getting more, it worked really well and the colors are awesome.

This is the first one I did, the colors blended a little but I learned from it.

Second attempt. It turned out a little better than the first.
I'm officially addicted to dying. DYE ALL THE THINGS!  Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2012 06:38:08 AM »

I love em!!!   especially the way the first one blended.  And the second are so bright andd cheerful.  great work!  dyeing is an absolute blast
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« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2012 08:21:04 AM »

I've been away from home most of this week, so I just now wandered into the thread.

Congrats, Jexx!

nikschaf, that yarn turned out great! It is hard to photograph them indoors and get all the texture. They are such fun yarns. I just finished one today that I had started out before our road trip. It's a rust colored merino that I overdyed with a bit of purple for fun. Like you, I cut the sweater up into small sections, but this time I added a bit of angelina and "picked" the poodle yarn a bit to distribute it. I am such a sparkle ho that I wanted to figure out how to bling up the sweater yarns. Grin I just finished plying that one a few minutes ago. I don't have a pic yet, but I'm pretty happy with what I got.

Belladune, I like that yarn. You'll find a project for it. Sorry that it isn't what you wanted when you are so close to being done. You'll get there!

Rodelphia, those rovings are amazing! DYE ALL THE THINGS! YES!  Grin
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« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2012 09:00:01 AM »

Here is my yarn. Lots of pics. It's called Dragon Whiskers because of how the angelina sticks out.Smiley





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« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2012 09:35:27 AM »

so cool, LL!
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« Reply #15 on: March 18, 2012 09:38:50 AM »

Dragon Whiskers is the perfect name for that. Too bad there's not like Touch-o-Vision.

Rodelphia, I would buy that first one.

Nik said what I was trying to to Belladune. Thanks, Nik.

dude, Jexx, you popped?!! Gratz!!!! What kind did you get? Wink
I totally know what you mean, though.  the balls part.
You make it sound like I'm an Easter egg. I'll tell you one thing, it wasn't chocolate.
Girl! JoAnna Eve.
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« Reply #16 on: March 18, 2012 09:42:04 AM »


dude, Jexx, you popped?!! Gratz!!!! What kind did you get? Wink
I totally know what you mean, though.  the balls part.
You make it sound like I'm an Easter egg. I'll tell you one thing, it wasn't chocolate.
Girl! JoAnna Eve.

Lmso, I bet shes waaaaay better then chocolate Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: March 18, 2012 12:56:30 PM »

Love the name. its very pretty. Smiley i would let you buy it, but i already traded it to my sister (sheeshakaye) for some Red Heart Sparkle to be used in the Unicorn Swap. Cheesy
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« Reply #18 on: March 18, 2012 08:27:07 PM »

Congrats again, Jexx.  Beautiful name.  I'm impressed you're here in Fiber Friday with a newborn at home.  I'm not sure I could even operate a computer properly in those early days with my son.  :-)

Rodelphia, I really like how your rovings turn out.  I love dyeing wool, because the initial dye results are sometimes surprising, and then when you go to spin it, the colors can blend in ways that surprise you again.  I agree, it is addictive. 

LaughingLark, I really love the rich color of your yarn.  Great stuff!!  Have you made any finished objects with that recycled sweater yarn?  How does it work up?
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« Reply #19 on: March 19, 2012 04:06:03 AM »

Nikschaf, I haven't worked any of it up yet, but some of they yarns will be used for  weaving weft and some I'll work up using an elongated stitch to make cowls, etc. I will probably not get to that until after our move, though.
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« Reply #20 on: March 19, 2012 08:14:30 AM »

Nikschaf, I haven't worked any of it up yet, but some of they yarns will be used for  weaving weft and some I'll work up using an elongated stitch to make cowls, etc. I will probably not get to that until after our move, though.

I was thinking it would be good for weaving.  (Gotta learn how to warp my rigid heddle loom!!)
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« Reply #21 on: March 21, 2012 08:29:37 AM »

Congrats Jexx!!
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