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« on: March 08, 2013 09:37:00 AM »

Hello and Happy Friday!!

I have the finished yarn of an in-process skein I showed a few weeks back.  It's 153 yards thick and thin singles, handpainted merino.  I don't have a name for it yet, but it is the squishiest, snuggliest yarn!  It's also the first yarn I've spun in quite a while, and it feels good to be back to spinning again.

What other yarns do we have for this week?




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« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2013 09:59:17 AM »

Lovely yarn, Nikschaf!
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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2013 10:13:36 AM »

You always have such bright colors!!

Did you felt the yarn so it wouldn't draft apart?

I've been busy trying out my 4-harness table loom and assembling the Harrisville T/6 floor loom.  I did spin up some walnut dyed corriedale that I plan on using for a horse blanket.  Don't have pics though.
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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2013 10:39:08 AM »

Lovely colors.
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« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2013 12:04:02 PM »

Ooh, it looks snuggly! Very nice. Any idea on it's end product or were you just spinning it to spin it?
I have been carding some local fleece this week and it's nothing to really share so no Fiber Friday for me.
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« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2013 12:12:32 PM »

Oooh, nikschaf!!! Can I pet your yarn? It looks so scrumptious!

I have three things to show this week.

I dyed up some of my Dorset using yellow, Kelly green and black to get olive and spun it into a two ply bulky (not measured yet), and it is much softer and squishier than my previous two attempts with this fibre. I also finished the black superwash/nylon from 2 weeks ago as a Navajo plied worsted (79 yards). Both spun kinda woolen, still need lots of practice Tongue I really like the light fluffiness of woolen yarn, so I really want to become proficient at woolen spinning.





I also dyed some Sheep Shed bag-o-crap SW peacock blue, and test-carded it into a super fluffy, dreamily soft rolag.



I am definitely enjoying myself!
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« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2013 12:59:55 PM »

Great job Alexus!! 

Worsted spinning is not only fluffier, it is warmer too!

Here is the corrie. 

Top two skeins (total 340 yards) are single ply, thick/thin
bottom skein (150 yards) is 2-ply

They still need to be 'set' in a final wash.


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« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2013 01:12:30 PM »

You go, Alexus! I agree, spinning worsted is the bomb. Word! And dyeing as well, you're on a roll! You're on a rolag? eh?

MLF, goodness! Is that the natural color of the corrie? It looks great. Very warm, coffee feeling. Ooh, I feel cozy just looking at it. For a horse blanket you say? Will you share that when you finish it?
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« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2013 01:53:36 PM »

Thanks, everyone!  I am a sucker for bright colors when it comes to yarn and roving.  Kind of like a magpie with shiny objects.  I have a blast spinning it, then once it's done, half the time I think, "What on Earth will I use this crazy yarn for?"  Eventually I always find something to do with it, or else I give the yarn as a gift.  No purpose in mind for this yarn yet, except I hope to really showcase it's fluffiness, so something with loose stitches.

Mullerslane, I still need to set the twist on the yarn, and when I do I will definitely shock it in hot and cold water, just to make sure the puffs don't come apart by accident.  As I was spinning, I very frequently tugged at the thick spots, just to make sure there was enough spin in them to hold them together.  So fingers crossed that when I wind it into a ball later on it doesn't all drift apart on me.  :-)  I love your walnut-dyed yarn.  I have a black walnut tree in my back yard.  We make syrup from it and harvest the nuts, but I have as yet to do any  dyeing with it.  Not sure if I will.

Alexus, you are such a natural at spinning!  I love seeing your yarns.  And isn't dyeing fun?  It's nice to have a big ol' bag full of inexpensive stuff from Sheep Shed to experiment with, without feeling worried that you're gonna wreck some really expensive fiber.  And yes, you would be more than welcome to pet my yarn.  :-)
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« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2013 02:08:38 PM »

Nikschaf, I was just reading that walnut trees were good for syrups ... who knew?  Well I guess you did!  We'll have to try that next year on our walnut trees.  We did silver maple one year ... it was okay, but not great.

Jexxi, just a very light dye in walnut.  It doesn't take long for walnut to get real black/brown real quick.  Yup, for that horse blanket that I promised DH a few years ago!  I have way more yarn to spin up and will probably use mill spun wool for the warp.
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