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« on: February 21, 2014 05:00:25 PM »

Woohooo! Fibre Friday!
Big skein! 100% merino- Unspun Single. For this you beat the ever living snot out of your single while washing it, let it dry and take the twist out. It's interesting, but makes the most yummy swatch! It's white and black and pink, but there's not been much sun lately, so my pictures are crappy.

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Little pile of coreless core spun, in the same colorway

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(Another terribad photo... I wish the sun would come out!!) Homework! One module for the Master Spinners level 3 course asks for novelty yarn! hurray! less monotony!  These are my attempts, only one is a success. (balance, and achieving the affect I was aiming for)

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr


Some more homework. Skein for outerwear. 3 ply woollen spun,merino wool

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And I finally had success re-creating a commercial yarn (or at least as close as I"m going to get, and I'm happy with it.)

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

A galactic batt, inspired by all those pretty pictures of galaxies far far away. It has merino, silk, holographic sparkle and glow in the dark fibres

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And finally.... (thanks for keeping up til the end!!)
My Module 2 - Road of Trials - Journey to the Golden Fleece Fibre Creativity course - This was fun to come up with. I won't bore you all with the words right now. But here's the picture.  It's not finished. it to ally need to be set and blocked, but It's all spun so I'm sharing it now.

Journey to the Golden Fleece module2- Road of trials by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And that's what I've been doing. And I've been getting calf cramps at night from spinning so much.. lol
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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2014 05:40:07 PM »

I'd say your legs are tired! Mine are tired just thinking of doing all of this! Yikes! That second photo, the coreless corespun (?!) looks divine.

I do have something to share but still no battery charger so I can't yet. I should have it winging it's way to AmberKat by now but I want to photo it and share it here first.

And I am taking an adventure in dyeing with pecan shells. I'll share more later, after I really get started more than just soaking things. Hopefully it's worth sharing!
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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2014 05:47:30 PM »

Oh my gosh Bella. You are my spinning hero. I wished you lived closer to me so I could come hang out during your spinning sessions. (I'm also totally jealous of your Master Spinner Program.)

I just got my wheel last Saturday, and have been trying to teach myself to spin. So I have a few things on bobbins, but I haven't taken anything off yet, and it is still extremely newbie spinning.

Here is the only picture I have of what I've done so far.
 

It's Corriedale.
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« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2014 07:05:54 PM »

Everyones yarns look so nice!! I love them all. I took that big scary leap and ordered my very first REAL spinning wheel, so hopefully next friday i can show you guys that and have something spun up! Soooooooper excited. Lol. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2014 11:20:25 PM »

Wow, I admire all these beautiful hand spun yarns. I do have a question: where do you get the wool to start with? Do you all have sheep? Is it already ready to be spun or do you have to work on it first?
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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2014 05:02:39 AM »

You can buy fiber that is ready to spin. One of the best places to look is on etsy, some of the batts and rovings make you want to drool.  Grin just type in spinning fiber in the search bar.
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« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2014 05:16:24 AM »

That looks awesome Meleriffic!! If you choose to ply off your bobbins, be sure to ply in the opposite direction!  Plying will also mitigate the extra twist you have built up in places. (because when you ply, some twist comes out of the singles.)
I wish we could all get together and have a spin-in. It would be tons of fun!!

Thanks for the complements on my yarns, ladies Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2014 03:42:28 PM »

You can buy fiber that is ready to spin. One of the best places to look is on etsy, some of the batts and rovings make you want to drool.  Grin just type in spinning fiber in the search bar.

Thanks for the answer. I'm going to look on Etsy.
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« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2014 08:43:02 PM »

Such pretty yarn ladies!  I'm still working on my yarn.  I want to finish this one before I start anything else.  And I only have one good drop spindle anyway.  Someday I'll have a spinning wheel!
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« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2014 11:03:48 AM »

Belladune, that merino is making me drool!
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« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2014 03:04:40 PM »

Thanks ladies!  You are all so good for the ego Wink
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« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2014 07:08:00 PM »

Hi all. New person here. That unspun single is gorgeous- it reminds me of a storm cloud. I can see I'm going to learn a lot about my new obsession hanging around here!
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« Reply #12 on: February 23, 2014 07:39:56 PM »

Welcome, Roving Anarchist!! Glad to have another fiber obsessed hanging out with us! I'm looking forward to what you can share too!
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« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2014 07:08:36 AM »

On the unspun single Bella. After washing it, did you then sit back and your wheel and spin it again, but counter clockwise?
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« Reply #14 on: February 24, 2014 09:53:22 AM »

On the unspun single Bella. After washing it, did you then sit back and your wheel and spin it again, but counter clockwise?

Yes.  You need to whack the ever living love out of the spun single when washing. Shock it in hot and cold water, beat it, squeeze it and be uncommonly mean with it.  It's good for working out frustrations.  Once it's dried, you take it back to the wheel and take the twist out by spinning it in the opposite direction. And that' s it! you don't have to set it again.  It's basically a fulled/felted yarn.  It's a bit fragile, but the fabric it makes is delectable!
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« Reply #15 on: February 24, 2014 10:58:26 AM »

That's a neat technique, and it looks great.
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« Reply #16 on: February 24, 2014 11:21:19 AM »

yeah, it's definitly a really fun yarn! thanks Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: February 24, 2014 10:59:04 PM »

Another question about the single. Can that be done with a drop spindle? I love the look of it, but my place is very tiny. I haven't got room for a wheel, so I'd have to try doing it "by hand" if you know what I mean.
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« Reply #18 on: February 25, 2014 06:03:00 AM »

Absolutely! It's just a simple single, beaten and unspun.  You would just spin your spindle in the opposite direction when it was dry.
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