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« on: February 19, 2013 09:36:51 AM »

My second attempt at coils! The library here has a summer reading program each year where you can earn stuff for reading. If you read 20 hours you get a t-shirt. I have like the past 4 years of shirts, as you can imagine. I always like to donate stuff for the prizes so this year I thought some yarn would be good, and I could also advertise for the Farmer's Market where I'll be spinning again this summer Wink. I talked to the librarian and she said the theme this year is going to be "Dig In to Reading" and the shirts are going to be dark green. This is what I came up with to compliment that:

My coils are getting better, but I still need some work. I'm going to make some ladybug yarn for an ALS fundraiser using red and black. I still don't know whether the only the red will be coiled or both the red and the black, any thoughts on that?[/b]
I'm also going to make a bunch of these bookmarks to donate for Library prizes. Yay! Not really much of a paper crafter but these are so fun!

ETA: There is  going to be some fighting over this at the library so I used up the rest of those 2 colors of roving and made some more to sell at the Farmer's Market. It is thinner than the other one, but it's also more even. Yay! I took it to my fiber guild yesterday for Show and Tell and everyone loved it!
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« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2013 09:43:27 AM »

that's really pretty!  i love the colors.
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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2013 09:47:58 AM »

I. LOVE. this. yarn.

These colors are perfect!  So jealous of your library winner!  Cheesy

And the bookmarks will be adorable, too, no doubt!  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2013 02:17:35 PM »

Hooray for summer reading programs and hooray for you for making donations!!

I love the yarn AND the book marks!
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« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2013 05:52:15 PM »

Beautiful! Great texture, and I love the coils.

As for the ladybug yarn, I aways love the look of one color coil popping on a different colored single. I'm thinking red with short black coils, since ladybugs are all spotty. Little black bobbles might also be cute.

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« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2013 06:17:08 PM »

How wonderful!  I love this yarn.
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« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2013 06:43:01 PM »

You guys are all so sweet. The yarn is actually not spun very evenly, like in some spots you can tell I didn't ply it as tightly as I should have. I guess I wasn't trying very hard.

Milo, I was thinking one color coiling ("popping") off of the other color single, too, but I was thinking more the red coils since the bugs themselves are kind of rounded with smaller bits of black. Maybe I can make 2 yarns that compliment each other, one with red coils and one with black coils? Either way, I think the coils should be small.
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« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2013 12:11:00 PM »

*DROOL*

The colours are downright delicious! And considering I have noooo idea how to do coils, I think they look awesome Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2013 05:03:26 PM »

Beautiful yarn Jexxican!
 If I was doing lady bug yard I would do 2 plies, one with chunks of black maybe 2-4 inches long.  Then when it came time to ply, granny stack the black parts.
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« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2013 08:17:04 AM »

Pretty!!!  That'll be one lucky winner.  :-)

For the ladybug yarn, I envision red coils on a black ply.  Isn't it funny how we're all envisioning it?  Someday maybe we should have a spin-along, like "spin a grasshopper" or "spin an owl" or "spin a factory" and see how people interpret it in their yarns.
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« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2013 09:13:58 AM »

Pretty!!!  That'll be one lucky winner.  :-)

For the ladybug yarn, I envision red coils on a black ply.  Isn't it funny how we're all envisioning it?  Someday maybe we should have a spin-along, like "spin a grasshopper" or "spin an owl" or "spin a factory" and see how people interpret it in their yarns.
that's a good idea!  Let me start a spin along!
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« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2013 01:04:31 PM »

Pretty!!!  That'll be one lucky winner.  :-)

For the ladybug yarn, I envision red coils on a black ply.  Isn't it funny how we're all envisioning it?  Someday maybe we should have a spin-along, like "spin a grasshopper" or "spin an owl" or "spin a factory" and see how people interpret it in their yarns.
that's a good idea!  Let me start a spin along!

Woot!!
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« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2013 01:04:52 PM »

I dropped it off on Wednesday and the librarian was excited and curious and before story time even started another of the library workers already had dibs on it. Sad That means they probably won't even put it in the case for other people to see to advertise the my participation in the Farmer's Market like I was trying for.

Alexus, I think I read something about how to make coils a few years ago, like when I first started spinning, but I didn't even look for anything to reference before I started trying so I hope I'm doing it right!

Beautiful yarn Jexxican!
 If I was doing lady bug yard I would do 2 plies, one with chunks of black maybe 2-4 inches long.  Then when it came time to ply, granny stack the black parts.
That didn't make sense. Like 2 plies red with black coils? What does granny stack mean? I have a pretty solid idea now what I want to do but I still want to know what that means!

Pretty!!!  That'll be one lucky winner.  :-)

For the ladybug yarn, I envision red coils on a black ply.  Isn't it funny how we're all envisioning it?  Someday maybe we should have a spin-along, like "spin a grasshopper" or "spin an owl" or "spin a factory" and see how people interpret it in their yarns.
that's a good idea!  Let me start a spin along!
...We could have a ladybug spin along?  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2013 01:59:30 PM »

Yes. Lets make it a lady bug spin along.  Jexx, what's the ALS month?  Is there an ALS month? We could spin for awareness.

Re granny stacks: you need two singles and while plying you bring one strand to 90 degrees, let it wrap up towards the oriface and bring it back down. Begin plying normally again.
My lady bug yarn would have 2 plys. One with bits of black but mostly red, the other all red. I would do granny stacks when I came to the black bits.  Make more sense?
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« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2013 07:12:29 PM »

May is ALS Awareness month, but the ladybug thing is purely my family. My sister who had ALS loved ladybugs and our fundraising team was "Kimmy's Ladybugs." I made some kind of eh ladybug yarn last year for a "Battle ALS with Flowers" Fiesta event last year so I'm thinking I should one up myself with it this year. That is in April so that's when I will have to have my yarn done by.

I think understand the granny stacks thing, but why the name? On the coils I've been doing recently (this yarn and the Cow Milked yarn) I've been holding the strands parallel while plying but for the coils I've been holding the fat parts off about 70 degrees or so so that it coils more around the single than with the single. The granny stack would be more core spinning but with a yarn instead of loose fiber, right? Like what I was going for in this yarn?

Maybe I'll do something like that but maybe not. I think I'm liking the thick baubles I'm getting in these ones lately. We'll see. The black grannies on the red 2 ply would be pretty cool and ladybug like, though. I'm thinking next year I'll get some grass green and to 2 ply green with red grannies to be more like the plants with the bugs rather than the bugs with the spots, whadya think? All I know right now is that I have 1lb of black wool and 1lb or red wool waiting to be spun together.
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« Reply #15 on: February 22, 2013 07:37:22 PM »

Don't know why they are called granny stacks. It's kind of like those, but not?  The best way is probably like this:  http://books.google.ca/books?id=RYgAk87G14oC&pg=PA103&lpg=PA103&dq=handspun+yarn+granny+stacks&source=bl&ots=tle3yYgPOp&sig=i00YJJaSvJ6QB3iK8SQztZMATRY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=FTkoUcuzB5ScrQGsr4HoDQ&ved=0CDcQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=handspun%20yarn%20granny%20stacks&f=false

It's an excerpt from Intertwined! Great book.  Buy it if you can.
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« Reply #16 on: February 22, 2013 07:42:20 PM »

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=420741.msg4987111#msg4987111
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« Reply #17 on: February 22, 2013 08:03:16 PM »

I... want that book.
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« Reply #18 on: March 08, 2013 07:12:03 AM »

I made another one! I posted it on the first post of this thread. I figure if there is so much fighting over it then maybe someone will come and buy the companion piece if they can't get it at the library, eh?
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