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dreadlocklove
« on: July 19, 2013 09:46:21 AM »

I got to finishing one of last week's projects yesterday.  An Icelandic lamb fleece (purchased from an Etsy shop) plied with a wool yarn from my stash.  52 yards.  It's really fuzzy, but much softer than I was expecting.  



I'm not sure what I'm going to make with it yet...
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GingerKnitter
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2013 01:16:30 PM »

That looks so cushy and warm! Do you have any ideas what you are going to do with it?

Here is my batch both spun on my wheel.

The fiber for this yarn was from Chameleon Colorworks in the colorway October. I don't know the content because, of course, I stashed it on Ravelry but didn't put notes from the label. UGH. It's about 120 yards and navajo plied. I wish I knew the content because this yarn has a lot of drape from whatever is in there along with the wool content.



Also, I am currently spinning some camel down. I was trying to get laceweight, but I think after it has been plied and soaked it will turn out to be a fingering. Which is okay because I'd like to make a cowl.

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nikschaf
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2013 02:13:16 PM »

Mmmm..... they are all lovely.  Dreadlocklove, the color combination is really lovely.  Gingerknitter, I am in serious envy of  all that camel down!  Looks so squishy and soft!!  I brought my son to the local zoo this week and thought of asking them if they ever do anything with the camel down. They might think I'm crazy, who knows?
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nikschaf
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2013 02:15:58 PM »

I was so busy responding I forgot to post pics of my yarn for the week!  You can see how dazzled I was by your yarns.

My yarn this week is "Fireworks."  My son named it.  It's 150 yards corespun from a crazy mixed fiber batt from Sue's Luxury Fiber.  It's got lots of pretty purple sparkles in it.



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GingerKnitter
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2013 02:20:20 PM »



Nikschaf, I've had that moment too. I go to school at a university that has sheep and goats and like everyone they shear their sheep. I asked them what do they do with the wool, but unfortunately it's a meat breed of sheep so the fiber isn't very nice, they don't take measures to keep the wool clean like jacketing (I think that's what they do to keep debris out), and the people who shear them are so bad at shearing. It's just a chore, versus something that will financially benefit the school.

If that zoo kept that fiber really clean, I would totally be like "Please? Gimme? I'll take it off your hands!"
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GingerKnitter
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2013 02:21:59 PM »

Nikschaf - Those colors are so deep and beautiful! Also, gotta love corespinning. I feel like it tends to show off the fiber a bit more.
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jexxican
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2013 03:01:37 PM »

Dreadlocklove, that looks so cozy.
I'm jealous of the camel down, too! Please, I want it! Where did you get it?
Nik, loving the corespun sparkles!

Nothing for me to share, though I will be spinning at the market again tomorrow. Doubt I will have anything to share afterward again, but maybe next week I will?
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« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2013 04:03:21 PM »

I have just a little bit on the bobbin this week.  Went to spin some more and discovered my new English Shepherd puppy chewed the drive band in two!

He's adorable though ...

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nikschaf
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2013 04:08:13 PM »

Oh puppy....can't stay mad at that cutie for long, I'll bet!

Too bad you all couldn't have been in my head on the way to the zoo.  I was imagining my pitch for the camel down, and how SURELY finished camel yarns and  mittens, etc would be huge sellers there are the zoo.  Items from their own camels!  But I chickened out.
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« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2013 05:46:17 PM »

Jexxican - I'm very lucky, my LYS carries it.
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Alexus1325
« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2013 01:28:05 PM »

*DROOL*

-Dreadlocklove's yarn pic makes me think it should smell like a woodpile and moss in the fall. Weird, but that's how my brain works Tongue
-CAMEL MITTENS! What an oxymoron, but I love it Tongue
-And I agree with nikschaf's son, "fireworks" is a perfect name for her sparkly yarn Cheesy

I'm still spinning alpaca, only an ounce left to go before I decide if I'm spinning the jumbo batt the same way as the two normal batts. I'm also STILL correcting the tpi of my green laceweight singles, UGH *HEAD DESK*.

I did, however, finish plying the purple stuff. I got it as waste from World of Wool, and I think it's "heavenly." It came out at a nice DK/worsted, two-plied. I haven't set or measured it yet.

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nikschaf
« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2013 03:22:03 PM »

That purple is really pretty, Alexus.  Remind me, did you dye that?
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jexxican
« Reply #12 on: July 20, 2013 04:09:27 PM »

Alexus, why did you post that link to World of Wool? I want it all! That was waste fiber? Waste? That? Maybe it's your touch but that does not look like waste to me. Cheesy

Ginger, You are lucky. The closest thing to a LYS around here is in my friend's studio.

I'm spinning the raw fleece that my friend gave me a couple years ago. 2 weeks in a row I've been spinning it at the market and it still barely feels like I've made a dent in it, after 3 small bobbins full! I met a guy today who wants me to NOT wash it but make it into a scarf for him, like raw and itchy and full of VM and lanolin and all. I think he's crazy but I'm excited for an assignment! I'll share the progress with you guys, if you want me to.
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GingerKnitter
« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2013 06:11:10 PM »

I would definitely love to see that and see how the scarf ends up.
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« Reply #14 on: July 20, 2013 06:30:39 PM »

Here's a start of my journey. Well, I guess it's more of a middle because the beginning was 2 years ago when I got the nasty sack of wool and last year when I finished washing what I could before I popped out a 3rd kid and then this year when I finally carded it all into these rolags

and now spinning it into these singles

Yay!
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GingerKnitter
« Reply #15 on: July 20, 2013 07:51:53 PM »

That is going to be so wonderfully rustic and lovely!!
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« Reply #16 on: July 21, 2013 06:38:20 AM »

That yarn is really squishy looking, Dreadlocklove!
Gingerknitter, those are all gorgeous. Are you spinning the camel from the cloud? Or are you carding it?
Niks, that's such a fun colorway! love the Sparkle.
MLF, Dang.  That puppy is damn cute. We almost got one. Almost. We decided to rescue instead, and got the fluffiest dog.  I brushed her out and my 8 year old said "MOM! She has WOOL! It's a total bonus! You can spin it!!"  lol

I've taken a picture of my TdF spins. It's approximately 20oz (shy of my 32 oz goal) but likely enough for a sweater. And really if I run out i have more to spin!

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« Reply #17 on: July 21, 2013 07:14:00 AM »

Jexxi, I can see why he wants a scarf like that!  You might want to do a final rinse using unscented conditioner though.

Bella, loving on that yarn.

I really like the English Shepherd breed.  They are so smart and learn so quickly!  Bonus is they have a nice crimp in their undercoat and it is wonderful to spin!!!
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« Reply #18 on: July 21, 2013 07:43:39 AM »

how on earth did I miss that there was a second page... Sorry! 
Alexus, that's looks lovely!
Jexx, it's lumpy and bumpy and will be gorgeous. though I bet he washes it once he get's it home and lets it sit for a while.... I've done that, and decided after it sat for 4 months it really really really needed to be washed, it stank!!

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« Reply #19 on: July 21, 2013 08:46:56 AM »

Nyar, my response never went through last night. Darn Galaxy S4 has the crappiest wifi EVER.

If I remember rightly, I wanted to say that dreadlocklove's yarn makes me think of a mossy forest in the fall, so much so that I can smell it Tongue Fireworks is a PERFECT name for that sparkly deliciousness. Aaaaand, World of Wool's waste package is AWESOME! I bought a kilo and got a really fantastic variety of leftovers Cheesy

Specifically, no, Nikschaf, I didn't need to do anything to the yarn but spin it Cheesy It came as blended top in a variety of purpes, so I just fluffed it sideways a bit and spun semi-woolen. I have this major love affair with spinning woolen, fluffy, bouncy yarns, partly because worsted spinning drives me crazy Tongue

Annnnd: HOLY CRAP, Belladune! 20oz in just a few weeks??? You're a MACHINE!!!
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« Reply #20 on: July 21, 2013 06:55:54 PM »

Must spin all the fluff! Wink
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« Reply #21 on: July 22, 2013 05:05:18 AM »

Just got back from the cottage last night and I must ask for the scoop on camel.   
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GingerKnitter
« Reply #22 on: July 22, 2013 10:10:27 AM »

Well, we haven't found him. We have searched high and low, to no avail. We put out a brown alert, and just keep wondering why? Why did he leave us with no goodbye? Is he alright? Wait... Someone is calling my name... be right back...

WE FOUND A NOTE!

It just says Wednesday. What? What could this mean?
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« Reply #23 on: July 22, 2013 11:36:57 AM »

That's my "I don't know what to tell ya" story lol
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« Reply #24 on: July 22, 2013 05:43:42 PM »

It all makes sense now.
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« Reply #25 on: July 22, 2013 07:31:00 PM »

Grin
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« Reply #26 on: July 22, 2013 07:46:55 PM »

Sorry, he just got really excited for hump day

Um. I don't know what to tell you about the camel. Spinning it from the cloud. Probably gonna make it a two ply to make it more durable.

I have never spun something so thin and I have a problem. I spin it to the point that it kinks back on itself really easily and I thought to not apply so much twist but if I don't then I see parts where it's thick and thin and the thick areas will easily pull apart.

I'm still a pretty new spinner and don't know how to describe this problem effectively. I know these singles are going to be really energized. When I ply, I make sure to check my yarn as I go to see if it twists on itself slowly. I find if I do this, I end up with balanced yarns that don't twist when I release from the hank. I don't know if doing this process will help to negate the really energized singles in the end?

That's probably really vague  Undecided
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« Reply #27 on: July 22, 2013 09:30:17 PM »

Nope, not vague.  At least not to me.  Because camel is a very short fibre, you need A LOT of twist.  It's should give a good kink/twist/pigtail in the single.  To balance it when you ply, you need to ply tighter then you would with wool. It's probably not far off to say you could get 15-16 twists per inch in a plied yarn from camel (or maybe it is far off..., don't quote me, but if its thin enough I'm guessing it could happen).  If when plying you get it to the point where it gives a couple twists when you slacken it, you are probably good.  Now, as to a balanced yarn.  If your skeins come off the niddy noddy and twists, it's okay!  The extra twist comes out in the wash. Often, and especially, when you Skien right after plying your twist is still active. Which is why fresh yarn seems to have a lot of life, but once it's had a bath it's relaxed.  Kinda the way humans get. Wink
Hope that makes sense and is helpful.
Oh, and always give the singles extra twist with any fibre, because you down twist them as you ply (some of the twist is removed from the singles in the plying step.)
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« Reply #28 on: July 22, 2013 09:42:25 PM »

It definitely makes sense. Thanks Belladune! My only worry was that when I began spinning, I had yarns that still twisted on itself even after a bath (not sure if it was because I didn't thwack it enough).

Oh, and always give the singles extra twist with any fibre, because you down twist them as you ply (some of the twist is removed from the singles in the plying step.)

Definitely keeping this in mind, because when I release the singles so they kink, I can see those thick parts that can pull apart easy.

Didn't know it was a short fiber. Just thought it wasn't a uniform fiber like wool. lol I have no idea what it is. I'm just like "you're soft, I'm gonna spin you so hard."
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« Reply #29 on: July 23, 2013 05:52:14 AM »

The twist will happen if it's un balanced. And you could be over spinning the singles and under plying too, which would give you an off balance skien. Theres a whole whack of math to figure how to get a balanced skien,  but that's a whole other story.....

As to the parts that pull apart, and this was tricky to get the hang of, if you go back to those places and pinch the fibre on either side just in the thin spots, you can tweak it, and redraft that part, allowing twist to accumulate there too. Twist setttles in the thin parts, but if you smooth out the thick parts, it will travel in.
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I'm just like "you're soft, I'm gonna spin you so hard."

 LMAO.  that's awesome. I love you just for that.  made me laugh first thing this morning. Thank you!
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« Reply #30 on: July 23, 2013 01:38:02 PM »

I'm not really having these issues but it is nice to read the back and forth between people figuring things out. Thanks you two!

"you're soft, I'm gonna spin you so hard."
AHAHAHAHAHAHA!
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« Reply #31 on: July 24, 2013 08:59:39 AM »

I'm just like "you're soft, I'm gonna spin you so hard."

Hey, baby.
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