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« Reply #3810 on: November 24, 2013 06:50:19 PM »

More cute handmade socks.Nice color.

Carol, lovely quilt.

Vampedangel14, the hand spun merino is beautiful.
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« Reply #3811 on: November 24, 2013 06:55:51 PM »

Thank you everyone ^.^  I am starting to finally get more even with my spinning. Still not perfect but I'm happy with the results that I am getting. I still have more fiber to spin up too. I am not buying any more until after Christmas, though I did sign up for a Dec-Feb fiber club. Yay fiber!
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« Reply #3812 on: November 25, 2013 03:23:00 AM »

I have a question that I hope someone can answer for me.  I have been saving all the handspun/hand dyed yarn that I have received from wonderful and talented people on Craftster.  I took my time on deciding what to make with it, b/c I wanted it to be special.

I've decided to crochet squares, attach them, then add fabric to the back when it's done to make a "quilt".

What I want to know is-will the yarn hold up to the use and washings that a blanket is bound to receive?  It would break my heart if I made it and it didn't.

What do you think?
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« Reply #3813 on: November 25, 2013 04:15:11 AM »

It depends on the fibre... most hand spun seems to be animal fibre, which would require hand washing to avoid felting.

Probably the way to know for sure would be to make up some swatches and see what happens when you wash them.
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« Reply #3814 on: November 25, 2013 06:03:40 AM »

Handspun is generally animal fiber so it will felt up almost all the time...I usually made projects that will not need machine washing...I think you could make cute bowls and then purposely felt them...I love the one you made me...it holds a ball of yarn and my needles nicely!

A cowl is also nice...or a earewarmer/headband/calorimetry...

handspun is also nice to weave...then you can use the woven bits to make small projects or wall hangings...

I truly admire people who can spin their own yarn...so unique and textural!  maybe I should put it on my life goal list!
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« Reply #3815 on: November 25, 2013 06:39:42 AM »

Thanks, AMIR for the answer!  If I don't mind the yarn felting, is machine washing an issue?  B/c I'm thinking of making a queen size "quilt" with it, and there is NO WAY I am going to handwash something that size!

Seriously, though, my concern is I'm wondering if the yarn will be able to hold up to use and washing and not fray or come apart.
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« Reply #3816 on: November 25, 2013 06:55:35 AM »

If the fiber used is superwash, it will not felt. The merino I just posted is superwash so I can wash it in the machine. I make sure to get superwash when I can for that reason. When the fiber felts, it will shrink. If different fibers are used, they will shrink differently. because of that, before attaching the squares together, I recommend washing them in the machine to see how they shrink, then sew them together.  If the fiber felts, then you should not have to worry about fraying or them falling apart.
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« Reply #3817 on: November 25, 2013 08:02:03 AM »

oh I forgot about superwash...I use superwash merino for all of my socks because i do want people to be able to wash them!!

Most of the handspun I get is in limited quantity and various textures..I consider handspun ART yarn...the colors and feel are just fantastic for fiber people like me...I even store mine in clear containers so I can see then all the time! yummy!
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« Reply #3818 on: November 25, 2013 01:30:55 PM »

That's a great idea to wash the squares first.  I think that is what I will do before joining them.

Sorry to be so full of questions, but...if the square doesn't felt after being washed, do you think it's still safe to use for a blanket?

I finished all my holiday crafting during this weekend, and now I'm itching for another project!
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« Reply #3819 on: November 25, 2013 01:58:25 PM »

Even if it felts up, I would think they would add a little texture to your blanket...I love the patchy, mixed looks of projects like that!

Talk about felting up...I have fulled all of the $1 sweaters I purchased and cut them all out...now I am going to make something from this humongous pile...here is the start...a pouch for a friend of mine.  I actually made it for a swap that never happened so when I told my friend, she asked if she could have it. I realized that I never make her anything because I don't really know what she wants! YAY! The yo-yo's are from a jar of them that I have on hand from quilting scraps:

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