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« on: May 30, 2014 01:37:23 PM »

So I know you have all been making fibery stuff. Why isn't it posted?
I haven't been very active with the yarny stuff but I have spun 1 yarn for ht library and 1 yarn just for the sake of going to spinning group. And the most exciting thing happened at Spin Group last week! I'll tell you about it in a minute.
First up: "Fizz! Boom! READ!" for the library's Summer Reading Program. It is just like all those other yarns I made with the neon "bubbles" in the black 2 ply, but this time there is no pink. I was going to do it all green bubbles but I didn't have that much green left so I had to put the blue in there. AND holy crap. I thought I had uplaoded that pic but I guess not, I was so busy uploading the ones of my 4 year old and my monkeys I missed that one somehow? WHAT? And I already deleted it? WHAT? And I've already given it to the library, WHAT?! So... Just picture it in your head. Not hard. Looks like this without the pink...


So about the Spinning Group. I had a small (1.2 oz) batt that I made a couple year ago just hanging out so when I decided to go to the spin group I took that and some matching roving (sheep shed maybe?) and spun them up into this:


And then while I was there another lady from our fiber guild who weaves but doesn't spin and has a bed and breakfast and some land up on the east side of town stopped by carrying 2 bags. Apparently her neighbors "inherited" a pack (herd?) of Alpaca and they were sheering them and asking 25$/blanket, which is really good apparently. I don't currently have the funds for it but seeing as she doesn't spin she was wondering if one of us spinners would be able to take it and see what was to be seen and split the yarn with her, to sell in her store or knit or weave with it at her leisure. I looked at the fleece and it was amazing! LOOK!

She said in the end there will be 60 of these, various colors. The other one she had on hand at the time was white and it was really pretty, too. I am excited to start selling at the market again this summer so I can justify buying more of this! Hell, I might even just buy some and call it part of my "investment" money for the market and use it to spin at the market. Local fibers always draw more attention, you know? I am so excited!
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« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2014 01:47:20 PM »

ooh!  i actually have something to contribute this week.   Smiley
This is spun from roving i got back in september at a local fall festival.


i like it because it reminds me of neopolitain ice cream.   Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2014 01:59:39 PM »

Gorgeous yarns, Ladies!!  Great score, Jexx! 

  I really don't have anything substantial done right now Undecided May was a complete bust, I feel like a hamster on a wheel, runnin' runnin' runnin' and getting no where fast... Sad
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« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2014 02:11:04 PM »

Those are great yarns!

And that is some fun alpaca. Lucky you.

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« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2014 07:32:31 AM »

Woohoo Fibre Friday! I was at the in-laws all day yesterday, so I didn't even see that we had one!

Oooh, jexxican, how could you let such a pretty batt sit for so long! And yay for alpaca fleece! I LOVE alpaca fleece!

Yay puppygirl! I love your ice cream yarn! It definitely makes me think of summer :-)

I got some yarny things finished this month :-) First up is some crapaca spun on my new fave support spindle from Ghstworks. I call it crapaca because it was the hairiest, greasiest, nastiest alpaca roving ever. I don't know why I thought I could pull the hairs out at a 50/50 blend of hair and fluff. I suspect it was processed on equipment designed for wool, as the soft stuff was short (shredded?) and the whole thing was tacky feeling. I tried from the end on a drop spindle, from a rolag on a drop spindle, and eventually had a brilliant moment where I tried spinning from the fold on a support spindle. This is destined to be a purse or something. 2.8 oz, 197 yards and around fingering weight. Shown unwashed.



I also FINALLY finished plying my 6 oz skein of alpaca/silk from World of Wool. I spun it supported and put the whoooooole top onto one spindle. What was I thinking?!?! That said, it was a beautiful spin, and I now have 348 yards of fingering weight deliciousness! Shown unwashed, and I have a feeling it will bloom huge and end up DK or even light worsted.




And lastly, I challenged myself to make the fattest yarn I possibly could. I used alpaca I washed and dyed myself with onion skins and spinach (the spinach was a fail, it's very pale). Spun and chain plied on a 3.9 oz ginormous vintage Turk I call The Beast. 5.3 oz, 57 yards, super bulky. It's very rustic, with lots of slubs and wispy bits. It bloomed a lot after washing.




LOL, why do I have so much more to say about a yarn I hate, than I do about the pretty ones? :-P

EDIT: oh, hey, jexxican, the thread title says March instead of May :-P
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« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2014 08:44:53 AM »

puppygirl, it looks very soft and fluffy. Very pretty. Nice choice of colors.

Alexis, If it was so greasy then was it really alpaca or were they just trying to pass it off as such. The stuff I got was supposedly from some Alpaca who were rather neglected for the last little while but the fiber is great. I wonder if it's greasy because like you said it may have been processed on some sheep's wool processing equipment? Might that have transferred some grease into it? Either way, it looks really pretty on my screen! Sorry it was a pain to spin, though. That Alpaca/silk looks delicious, though! And good for you for challenging yourself! Do you think you will be trying more thick yarns or will you be keeping them small and even?

Also, how do you get your yarn to bloom? Is it just that you soak it and then while it's drying it puffs? Or is there something special you do to set it? I read on here once someone (Rodelphia maybe?) used a steamer made for taking wall paper off of walls to set the twist and said it bloomed her silk yarn amazingly.
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« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2014 06:35:49 PM »

Somewhere on Ravelry, there was a thread about finishing yarns, and it turns out, there's options! I did the whole MUST WHACK EVERYTHING thing before that. My methods now revolve around how I spun the yarn. All of these were a woolen or semi-woolen method of spinning, so they were hot washed, hot rinsed and then cold rinsed to shock them into staying open and fluffy. The super thick yarn was spun pretty randomly, so it poofed and wisped in the most wonderful ways! For the rare times I want a shiny, smooth yarn, I spin worsted and wash and rinse in lukewarm water.

Short version: yarn always blooms in hot water because the scales on each hair get lifted up. Cold shocking means they shrink down quickly instead of slowly, locking in the poof factor.
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« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2014 08:20:03 AM »

Some mills will add oils to their fibres while processing.  Maybe this mill just added to much?

Finishing silk over steam is awesome to watch. I highly recommend it, if any of you ever spin silk.  All yarn will bloom a bit, others more then others, loads of factors in how much though, Alexus outlined them well. Spin style and finishing style are two and type of wool is a big one as well. even a worsted spun merino will bloom a bit, where as a liechester long wool spun the same way won't really.
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