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Alexus1325
« on: July 12, 2013 11:59:54 AM »

This week, I started plying some purplish "botany lap waste" from World of Wool, skeined/washed/finished Thunder and Lightning (155 yards worsted/aran weight, woolen draw, chain plied), and had to dive straight into spinning raw-carded alpaca I bought. It smells barny and leaves my hands dirty, but OMGSOFT.  



I wasn't expecting the batts at all, as I'd ordered both alpaca prime and seconds. I've got about half the prime washed, so now it smells of barn AND cucumber melon. And everywhere I go now, all I smell is alpaca. IT'S TAKING OVER!!!!



What are you guys working on?  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2013 12:06:42 PM »

Your yarns look lovely and OMG that alpaca sounds amazing. I'm jealous. I think that's the first time I've ever used OMG but it's totally worth it. I love it all.
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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2013 01:21:50 PM »

Mmmm...lovely photos!  That alpaca looks amazing!!  I love alpaca.

I have one yarn this week.  "Sweet corn" , 180 yards, plied with sewing thread.  All I could think while I was spinning it was, "niblets, niblets, niblets."



That yarn gave me so much trouble!  It was the very last dregs of some mystery fiber from Sheep Shed.  I dyed it with Wiltons.  I don't know what happened, but it came out of the dye bath so felted!  I couldn't spin it from rovings, even pre-drafted.  So I made it into faux rolags and spun it woolen.  It's very uneven, but very soft.  There are bits and bobs of mohair in there.  I must have left it for last to use b/c it was the least appealing bits of roving in the bag.
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« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2013 10:18:21 PM »

Loving the alpaca locks ... I'm a real sucker for crimp!  Thunder & lightening looks mah-va-lous!!

niks ... perfect name for that skein!!!  it's almost edible!!

rovings/bits/tails/et al from SS ... I always open it up before dyeing and then again after dyeing (while it is still wet).  Got that hint from Carol Lee.  So much of what she sells has been compressed for so long, that it needs to be opened up and allow to breathe a day or so before doing anything else with it.

No photos of spinning this week.  I spent my time at the homestead of very good friends a couple of hours away.  They are completely off grid, although will generate their own power once a week for the Speed Queen washer and sometimes in the evening for a movie using a gas generator ran off one of their tractors. (in the works is a water fed generator!!)   Their small fridge/freezer is powered by propane.  No piped water into the house, although they have a couple of wonderful artisian springs on their place.  Best tasting water ever!!  It is my home away from home and a place I can truly get away from it all.

I visited other friends in the area and made a new friend who wanted to learn to spin ... even though I hadn't brought any of my spinning tools with me, I borrowed a wheel from one of my friends down there and carded fiber (ready to spin) plus hand cards & washed fiber from another friend and went about my 'DUTY' of the NW IL Fiber Enabler (although now I have to extend it to Central IL Fiber Enabler!!) It went something like this:  Ms D introduced me to Ms S.  Ms S wanted to learn to spin, so I borrowed a wheel from Ms J and fiber from Mr T and went with Ms D over to Ms S (who is also totally off grid!) & taught her how to spin ... then watched her spin up at least 50 - 80  yards of some real nice rambouliet (sp?)

My student spinning after just 20 minutes of my tutelage:
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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2013 09:19:06 AM »

Way to go, Cyndi!!  That's great your student was up and spinning so fast!  The thought of teaching someone to spin always sounds daunting to me, but I suppose if you have a very eager learner, it helps.  That homestead sounds amazing.

Thanks for the tips about the sheep shed roving.  You know what's funny?  I've dyed Sheep Shed roving about a million times, and this was the most frustrating result I've had.  I do think in part I just naturally avoided grabbing these bits and bobs until the end.  But the other problem might have been that I have more experience than I used to, and DIDN"T open up the roving while it was wet!  The first several times I dyed fiber, I was so fascinated by the process that I couldn't resist opening up the roving while it was drying, to see if the dye had really soaked through to the center, and to see how the colors blended.  I was proud of myself this time because I DIDN"T fuss around with the roving and fluff it open while it was wet, because it was only a single color.  Whoulda thunk I would have had better results spinning it if I HAD been as curious as usual and spread apart the fiber while it was wet.  I did kind of open up the fiber before dyeing, but not at all while it was wet this time.
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« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2013 12:00:01 PM »

Cyndi, that homesteading experience sounds amazing! And to have all those people around with so many resources, I'm amazed she didn't learn to spin sooner!

Nik, corn! How fun!

I spun at the market today and only sold 1 skein of yarn. Pbbt. Pbbt I say! But I sold 6 monkeys so I guess they were a good addition to my booth.
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« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2013 04:01:35 PM »

Hey, sales are sales!  Good job!!
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« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2013 09:26:06 PM »

your first picture is gorgeous, alexus!  All those yarns sound really fun too.
Niks, that so totally looks like corn. edible. perfectly edible!
MLF, How fun! I love the idea of teaching people to spin. I really hope to be able to do that one day.


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« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2013 10:55:15 AM »

Oh Nikschaf! LOVE the colour! Totally makes me think of corn niblets Cheesy I think I got the same mohair blend in my SS box, it was bits and chunks. I had to fluff it a LOT while it was drying after dying because it was all clumped up and even then it took over 24 hours to dry. I carded it into rolags and it worked out pretty well.

Cyndi, you've got the best fibre-loving friends EVAR! Although how they live without internet boggles my mind. I'm cool with spending a week at the cottage with filtered rain water and propane cooking, but then I spend at least 3 hours catching up online once I get home Tongue
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« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2013 07:16:51 AM »

Very nice!  They all look clean and uplifting (except for the "doom and gloom" T&T!).

Alexus, I see you're from Kirkland Lake.  I'm in Timmins.  Do you have local access to the alpaca?  Are you familiar with Dream Acres in Matheson?  I was going to pick some of her alpaca at the Urban Market (a newer farmer's market that is open every Wednesday and Thursday downtown Timmins) but am not sure if the prices are fair.  Maybe we can discuss a bit more privately if we're not able to do so here?  Belladune, I hope this didn't cross any line.  =)

I spun some Icelandic lamb fleece last week but haven't set it yet.  I also worked on some superwash merino, with added bits of silk, seacell, bamboo, soysilk, tencel and banana.  This last one is drafting way easier than any previous project and I think I'm getting the hang of things, like being better at controlling yarn thickness and working a bit faster.  I'm hoping to have the projects ready to post for the upcoming Fiber Friday.     
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