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Topic: (Putting the fiber in) Fiber Friday, May 11 2012  (Read 2146 times)
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« on: May 11, 2012 03:19:49 PM »

This week I have been cleaning my haul of raw fleeces from MDSW:

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border leicester (in progress)


leicester longwool (testing, plan to try flicking the ends for better results)


wensleydale (all finished!)


and the jacob that will be felted raw
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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2012 03:51:42 PM »

Oh my! I know how much work goes into prepping raw fleeces so good for you, Wumpus.
What do you mean you are going to felt the Jacob raw? Like, as a solid piece or... I'm not as knowledgeable as I wish I was. What will the end result be?
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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2012 04:09:35 PM »

Are you doing the rug that's in Handspun by Lexi Boger?  I sooooooo want to find a fleece just for that purpose this spring!
That Wensleydale looks scrumptious!  I can't belive it's friday and I've not even taken pictures of the yarn I spun this week.  brb. Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2012 05:09:51 PM »

Are you doing the rug that's in Handspun by Lexi Boger?  I sooooooo want to find a fleece just for that purpose this spring!

No spinning involved....you just add fiber to the cut side of the fleece and carefully felt it. It basically turns into something that looks just like a sheepskin, you can find some pictures by googling for felting raw fleece....Elis Vermeulen is particularly known for working with raw fleece like this.
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« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2012 05:21:36 PM »

The method Lexi does uses no spinning.  It sounds very similar in process, though.  You end up with a sheepskin in the end too.

My yarn for this week!  116~yards of soft, misc wool, hand carded with silk noils.  It's on average 5 wpi.  It's THICK.  I'm planning on making myself moons socks, but might have to use a different yarn for the cuffs... I don't think I'll have enough for a full pair.

Super chunky misc wool with silk noils by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

All piled up pretty by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr
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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2012 06:01:42 PM »

Ooh, Bella, nice! But what are these moon socks of which you speak? Intriguing.
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« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2012 06:08:31 PM »

I keep meaning to start posting my yarn, so no time like the present!  272 yards, 95% wool 5% nylon, fingering weight, navajo plyed.


On the bobbin:


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« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2012 06:37:39 PM »

Very nice, Miss Cute Boots!

Jexxy, Moon Socks

Ptarmic,  The more I stare at that Border Leicester, the more I think the grey wool I thought was Shetland, and I shared a long while ago as yarn, is actually Border Leicester.... Huh who knows.. it's nice no matter what it happens to be... 
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« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2012 07:28:11 PM »

Love those colors, miss_cute_boots!

Belladune, I have a white border leicester fleece that looks a lot more like the wensleydale with big curls....I've used shetland top and batts, but I don't think I've had any raw shetland...
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« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2012 08:58:23 AM »

Miss Cute Boots, you should share more often. Your yarn is so nice and even. It's beautiful!

Wumpus, will you be posting the felted Jacob in the felting board? We could all learn something from that, and it sounds like it will be awesome.
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« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2012 10:47:37 AM »

Gorgeous stuff!  The finished yarns are gorgeous, and that wensleydale fleece has me drooling.

Have I really missed 6 Fiber Fridays?  Uff!!  I've been on a sewing and embroidery kick lately, and not very interested in using my computer.

I did just get a jumbo flyer kit for my wheel -- the wooden jumbo bobbin is enormous!!  I do finally have a yarn in progress, hopefully for next week.  And, I'm going to a Shepherd's Harvest festival tomorrow, and will hopefully come home with some goodies to spin.
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