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Topic: Fiber Friday - August 23rd, 2013  (Read 1467 times)
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GingerKnitter
« on: August 23, 2013 04:47:27 PM »

Yay fiber friday! I'm very excited to post today because I had this skein on the bobbin for like a month, but that's okay because I was busy with a new job. This is 100% camel down. I was a bit worried with spinning this because though I had spun this fiber before, it was in a thicker more airy (?) weight and is so soft. I wanted to go for something much thinner, but I worried because as I spun this it just felt like it turned into twine. So rough feeling! Edit: It softened considerably after soaking, so this was very misleading fiber to work with.

I plied this as a two-ply and I swear Belladune jinxed me! I had mentioned in a previous fiber friday that I like the yarn to kink back on itself in a certain way, so that I knew it would be pretty balanced when I took it off the niddy noddy. Belladune said something to the effect of "some yarns need to be overspun when you ply." Of course, I did not follow the advice of a veteran spinner and the first half of my was so underplied it just looked like two singles sitting side by side. So I had to run the yarn through my a wheel a second time to ply the first half better.


Next up on my wheel Abstract Fiber from AbstractFiber.com. It is a 50/50 blend of merino and silk in the colorway Copper. I'm spinning it up thinner than laceweight. It's amazing how the silk just allows you to go so thin.


What are y'all spinning?
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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2013 05:21:35 PM »

You say that first one feels like twine? That's funny. It looks nice. Hurray for learning, though, right? It's a PITA sometimes but hey, you learned! Wee! And good for you spinning thin. Are you going to ply it when it's done?

Here's the yarn cakes from my market spinning:

I've finished the scarf now. I think I'm going to post it in the Crochet board if you all want to see the FO.

ETA: Here's the scarf! Yay!
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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2013 05:41:26 PM »

HOLY CRAP FIBRE FRIDAY!



I finished my rainbow yarn. The two skeins are WAAAY off from each other. WAAAAY. Not quite sure what I'll do with it now, unless I make the socks by inches instead of stitches/rows.



Also, I haz a turtle. A bullfrog turtle. My Turkish took a while to get used to, but she's going pretty good now!
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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2013 05:47:58 PM »

Alexus you are too cute! I say make the socks and just have the colors off from each other. Those are my favorite kids of socks. They will match, they just won't look machine perfect, and that's not what you want anyway, right?
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"The perplexity of life arises from there being too many interesting things in it for us to be interested properly in any of them."
- G. K. Chesterton

A clean house is a sign of a wasted life.

It's much more fun, this growing down. -RIP Uncle Shelby-
GingerKnitter
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2013 06:36:27 PM »

Jexxican, oops! Forgot to add that it softened up so much after soaking, so it was definitely a misleading fiber to spin with. And yes, I plan to ply it. I'm hoping for laceweight, but I'm sure it'll fluff up to fingering. I haven't spun with something with this much silk so I don't know what will happen. I am adoring your market spinning scarf! So much texture and it looks super cushy!

Love love love that rainbow yarn! It looks so fun! They would be so cool as socks, what a great idea.
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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2013 08:18:53 AM »

Alexus  I love your rainbow yarn.  What if you did one top down starting with red (example) and one toe up starting with red (example).  You could wind them in balls in different directions and knit them both the same way or two at a time.  This way they're fraternal socks and the "mismatch" would be less obvious or somewhat intentional.

Love the turkish spindle!  I just received a russian supported spindle for my birthday so I'm getting ready to embark on a learning experience too.

Jexx, your yarn and your scarf are lovely but for me I would want it a little cleaner prior to wearing but to each his own!  Great work.

Ginger,  That camel looks lovely, never tried that fiber but someday...  and I totally love that copper fiber, can't wait to see the final yarn, lace or fingering, I'm sure it will be beautiful!

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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2013 09:23:22 AM »

I just checked out Jexxi's awesome scarf project, and loooove it! That has got to be the thickest, squishiest scarf I've ever seen! I wonder if the guy asked for a smelly, greasy, scratchy, "manly" scarf so a female in his household stops stealing his winter accessories?

RhymeswOrange, that is a GREAT suggestion! I'll just ball them opposite to each other and off I go!

Oh, and I forgot to mention, GingerKnitter, that Abstract Fiber stuff looks luscious! Of course, I had to go check out the website Cheesy
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Rodelphia
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2013 01:36:14 PM »

Hey all! Haven't been around in a while, thought I would share my project this week. Alpaca fiber! I bought some raw from a friend and have been working on getting it cleaned up.
Here is the unwashed fleece.

Here is dried and starting to comb it.
And here it is pulled into roving!

Its a lot of work, bu totally worth it. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2013 01:53:17 PM »

Hey thanks everyone. While I was crocheting at the market last week I kept telling everyone I was making it for a crazy old man because Dude, yeah...

Rodelphia is back! You say that's unwashed Alpaca? I met someone today who has Alpacas and doesn't know what to do with the fleece. I was tempted to be like "ME ME ME!" but after my encounter with the sheep fleece I was a little intimidated. That looks pretty nice, though. Was it hard to wash? Oh my word, it looks so good. My mouth is watering over it.
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Rodelphia
« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2013 02:03:07 PM »

Jexx, alpaca fleece is super easy to wash. All you need is a couple lingerie bags, hot water, a sink, and I used a splash of dish soap. It doesnt have the grease like sheeps wool, all you'll usually end up with is some dirt and vm. I'm going to buy all my alpaca raw from now on. I actually have more coming next week. Smiley
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