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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: this is not as easy as you guys make it sound. on: February 22, 2009 10:05:37 AM
prep is, even at this "experimental" stage, definitely making a difference! i've been combing the bit i've cleaned (definitely need to get proper combs, though--Using What You Have only goes so far) and i can *hear* bits falling out of it onto my cardboard surface.

it's actually kind of gross.

it still doesn't look like what i expected--definitely cloud-y, and i'm going to have to wash it more thoroughly than i did--but, as often happens when one lets go of her preconceived notions, i'm having hope. the helpful comments help with that, too. Smiley
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: this is not as easy as you guys make it sound. on: February 22, 2009 09:15:12 AM
>>You're saying 'clumps', and I'm not understanding.  Has the wool been cleaned at all?  Is it right off the sheep?  Does it feel sticky?

hmm... by "clumps" i mean that it does not look anything like the pictures i've seen of "locks", where, from what i can tell, the hairs are all basically lined up. like a lock of hair that's been cut from the animal.

 from your definitions, "clouds" would be the closest thing to what i have. i think it was cleaned a bit, as there are no really large chunks of anything, but it's still fairly brown--and the bit i've washed turned white--so i'm pretty sure it is not right off the sheep. it doesn't look like a recently-shaved (shorn, etc) fleece, anyway. it was shipped to me in a few ziplock baggies; could the compression have something to do with it? it's not sticky, but it does feel like frizzy, dry hair; the bit i washed softened up a little, but there are still harder parts. (it's tough to describe this sort of thing! i sort of wish i had a camera.)

so far, i've only used commercially-prepared rovings or tops (i know etsy sellers don't always label them quite right, so i can't say 100% for sure which) and i haven't had problems. it's getting it to the roving stage that's giving me the business.

and thank you for your help!
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / this is not as easy as you guys make it sound. on: February 22, 2009 07:49:54 AM
first: my wool is sort of in clumps. apparently i'm supposed to have locks? (sorry, another newbie, i know how annoying that is but how else does one learn? also, i don't  know what breed this is, if that matters.) if i am supposed to form this into locks, how do i go about that? the instructions i found for flick-carding (which appears to be what i'd do) assumed that the stuff would be in locks already. small bits. this is not easily going that way.

also: your VM (vegetable matter--fellow newbs, you will be searching through this entire board before someone defines this acronym for you, so there it is). you're supposed to actually be able to pick it out, it seems, from what y'all say. this appears to be in really tiny bits. like straw. small pieces of straw. i can't even grasp most of it (should i be using tweezers?) and when i can pull some out, a bit of fiber comes with. as in, by the time i pull out *everything*, i'd have nothing left to spin.

i'm sorry; it must seem like i need a strangely high level of hand-holding. if there's a tutorial already written about this stuff, just point me at it, or at appropriate google terms, 'cause i am just not getting it.
4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: My week of Dyeing on: July 19, 2008 08:18:10 AM
then those are clearly the best!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: LA Dodgers Matching Beer Cozies and Wrist Cuffs (3 pics) on: July 18, 2008 08:33:02 PM
at first, just seeing the picture, i thought it was a cthulhu reference--"ia! ia!"--but i was wrong.

they are cute, though, and i like the idea of the set.
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: hand spun 'Vog on socks on: July 18, 2008 08:31:08 PM
ooh, how luxurious--to have socks you made entirely yourself, down to spinning even--and how cute! i love the colors, too.
7  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: My week of Dyeing on: July 18, 2008 08:25:10 PM
my fav is the one on top of the far right stack; i'd love to see, too, how the ones on the bottom of that stack spin up. nice work!
8  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Re: Fingerwoven Wall Thingy (Tapestry maybe?) on: July 15, 2008 04:26:46 PM
Happy weaving!

thank you thank you!
9  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Re: ruffly scarf on: July 15, 2008 11:28:00 AM
Wow it looks like you used much finer yarns than worsted weights.

that might just be the picture, i think.

Have you seen the scarfs that use the same technique but they use a pattern weave like m's and o's or a plaid?  It creates a cloth with bubbles.

i have seen those! unfortunately i can only (easily) do plain weave. however, i could do a shibori technique if i wanted bubbles. hmmm.
10  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Re: ruffly scarf on: July 14, 2008 10:26:30 PM
That's pretty.  I like the ruffly effect.  It looks like it is really soft.  How long did it take to weave?

it is really soft--simply soft is heavenly after a trip through the washer and dryer.

i expected it to take a long time to weave, because i made it way longer than a normal scarf, to compensate for the ruffly take-in. but i also wove it very loosely, and so it only took a few hours--less, in fact, than a normal scarf does for me.
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