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nikschaf
« on: February 22, 2013 08:08:00 AM »

Hello and Happy Friday!

I have an in-process shot of a yarn still on my wheel.  It's handpainted  merino roving I'm spinning thick and thin.  Haven't decided if I'll ply it yet or not.



Thanks for looking!  Who else has a yarn to share?
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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2013 08:49:56 AM »

Lovely colors, nikschaf! Can't wait to see it finished.

This is my most recent completely finished and photographed skein.  The intention was to use it for my final project.  But there's only 125 yards or so, and given that I need to have a 10 yard sample skein of it means I only have maybe 110 workable yards (the extra 5 for starting and tail yarn waste) so I'm not really sure what I'm going to make with it.  Maybe a single lace fingerless mitten?
Anyway, it will get it's own post with progress pictures once I've done all the knitting.  And maybe I should dye it? gah. dunnoh has to be nature dyed. but what to use? Anyway enough babble.

Fine Shetland tussah silk blend by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr


Fine Shetland and tussah silk by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr


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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2013 09:25:30 AM »

ooh, pretty, Bella!!  I love the purity of it white like that, I don't think I would dye it.  That's some fine spinning there, lady!  (Fine as in gauge, and fine as in fantastic!)
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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2013 12:58:23 PM »

Ooh, Nik, that thick and thin looks like so much fun! I think it would be a great single, but if it calls for plying, well, listen to the yarn. It will tell you what to do.

Belladune, I want to touch it. I think dyeing it will depend on what you make with it which I have no ideas for you, dear. Do you have more you can spin up?
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« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2013 01:52:11 PM »

Thanks ladies!  That is it.  That's all there is and ever will be. It's special yarn. Wink
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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2013 09:17:15 PM »

ZOMG FIBRE FRIDAY!

I spun up another skein of my dorset, but that's boring. THIS is way cooler!



Carded some dorset that I dyed chartreuse with blue superwash from Sheep Shed, and plied with that self-same superwash. At the end, I had about 100 inches of the chartreuse/blue left over! Almost like I'd planned it or something Tongue I'd hoped for aran-ish, and more or less got what I wanted with some fluffy, bulky sections. This photo is pre-bath, so it looks much better now.Going to become a sideways rib hat for my brother, assuming I have enough, as I haven't measured it yet5.

I also learned how to make rolags using more Sheep Shed superwash. Ok, ok, so these are actually punis, because I got over-enthsuiastic about rolling them tightly. Each set weighs 2.4 ounces. Again, almost like I'd planned it Tongue



I'm spinning up the black superwash/white nylon into a double-knit/light worsted (I hope Tongue) just for entertainment purposes and to practice my longdraw. Even the tightest punis draw ok. The beige and brown will end up an entrelac hat for my boyfriend someday.



SOOOOOO happy to be able to contribute to FIBRE FRIDAY!!!!!!!!

PS: Belladune, that yarn is super-gorgeous and I want to smoosh it in my hands very badly! Nikschaf, I recently read "Teach Yourself Handspinning Visually" and one of the featured novelty yarns was a big thick and thin like yours plied with a thin single. It was very cool looking with the different textures.
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« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2013 06:01:40 AM »

Thanks, Alexus!  Your yarns are great!  And your hand carded punis are pretty!
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« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2013 08:32:40 AM »

Thanks, Alexus!   Your spinning is wonderful.  Your photos are so lovely -- I feel like I could reach into my screen and touch that fiber - especially the photo of the rolags!
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« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2013 08:41:11 AM »

Alexus, that looks so good. Are you implying this your first FF? That doesn't seem right. That looks rather tweedy, I love it!
What are punis? I have never heard that term before.
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« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2013 10:18:39 AM »

punis are tightly rolled rolags, more commonly reserved for shorter staples and more slippery fibre, like cotton, yak, southdown wool.
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