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nikschaf
« 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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