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1  Re: Fibre Friday, March 9, 2012 in Spinning: Completed Projects by bperry042 on: March 09, 2012 12:59:01 PM
Very pretty yarns this week!  I haven't posted here in forever!  I've been spinning like mad this week.  Here is what I've done.  More pics and stuff on my blog.

Southwest Desert
Merino/Tussah Silk
4oz 225yards
Worsted Weight

Plum Fury
3oz Merino/Silk
230 yards Sports Wt.

Merino Yum
Not sure on yardage, but was a bulky wt.  I used this already to make a shawl!

Greens & Yellows
Mixed wools.... art yarn  about 47 yards

Earth & Sky Art Yarn
2 ply with string and beads with some beehives
4oz 190yards
Sports - Bulky Wt.

Days End
700 yards of SW BFL (the colored part)
Plied with white cashmere recycled yarn
4 oz fingering wt.

BitsN'Junk Art Yarn
80 yards of funky chunky art yarn.  I'm using this for a bag.
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2  Re: Fiber Friday!! 3-20-09 in Spinning: Completed Projects by bperry042 on: March 20, 2009 09:54:48 AM
It's Fiber Friday!!!  My favorite day of the week here on crafster.  Everyone's yarns are so gorgeous.  Baby Bird, Lavender Sachet, Melba, and Cranberry Bog are just a few of my favorites this week.

I have a few to contribute this week.  I'm mostly been making batts.  I just can't get over how much I love my new drum carder.  And, I've learned that I like spinning from the batt more than anything else.  In fact, all of the yarns I did this week were spun from one of my batts.

First up: Still on the bobbins are three bulky wt. singles for two "Jayne" hats that I will be making this next month.  Each one has 100 yrds (hopefully) on them.  I'll be doing an overdye on all these, as the colors are to pale for the hat that I am making.  Oh, they are superwash wool and nylon.

"Confetti" - This one is a mixture of sooo many things.  I made up a scrap batt with white mill ends, misc left overs from other projects, and tons and tons of yarn pieces.  I pulled apart each piece of yarn into many pieces so they would card and spin up nice.  I absolutely love this yarn, but I'm not sure how to finish it.  Do you think I should ply it with another fun yarn, or maybe some rainbow thread?  Or should I just leave it as a single?

I'm not sure what to call this one.   1.6 oz., 79 yrds. Navajo Plied. Approx sport - worsted wt.  This one is combed rambouliet top handdyed.

Not sure what to call this one either.  Combed rambouliet, lots of nylon, and some "punta" wool.  38 yards, worsted wt.

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3  Re: Fibre Friday - 6th March 2009 - First of Spring! in Spinning: Completed Projects by bperry042 on: March 06, 2009 03:28:32 PM
Wow!! So many pretties this week.  My mouth was almost drooling looking at all the fabulous yarns. I love them all.

This week I received my new (and first) drum carder.  (actually it came last Friday)  Needless to say I've been carding up a storm.  At first all I had in the house to card was some black&white mill ends from a grab bag.  I had about a pound of that stuff and it ranged in color from black, white and grey.  I also had a bit of deep navy blue and pink mill ends that I had dyed up.  But, it had gently felted, so I knew that it would need to go through the carder in order to be spun up nice.  I also had a gallon size bag filled with “scraps” from this last years spinning projects.  I ended up with sooo much grey based batts until all my new fibers arrived early this week.  When it arrived I started dyeing up a bunch of colors and then made some yummy batts.  I had promised myself that most of the batts that I made would be sold on Etsy.... well... so far I've broken that promise.  I just can't resist the urge to spin up those fluffy batts.  Add that to a sick kid this week and I've had plenty of time to sit with her and spin.  Wow... long story and babbling.  I guess it's on to the yarn!!

Top Left:  “Candlelight”  Carded Rambouilet combed top, wool, icicle, locks, and sari silks.  168 yrds thick n thin 3.8oz.
Top Right:  “Lollipop” Carded Hand dyed & Carded Wool Mill Ends 2 ply, 89yrds, 4oz Bulky
Bottom Left: “Monster House”  (2 skeins total) 2 ply Carded Hand dyed Wool Mill Ends Totaling 202yrds 6.90z Bulky
Bottom Right: “Fall Leaves”Kettle Dyed Superwash & Nylon (2 skeins total) 2 ply Worsted – Heavy Worsted 166 yrds, 6.2oz

Top Left: “Grey Surprise01” Random Carded Hand dyed Wool Mill Ends 136 yrds, 4.5 oz 2 ply Worsted – Bulky
Top Right: “Grey Surprise02” Random Carded Hand dyed Wool Mill Ends & Angelina 113 yrds. 2.9 oz  Worsted – Heavy Worsted
Bottom Left: “Starry Night” Carded Grey Mill Ends & Colorful Threads.  Plied w/ silver thread, beads, and little silver stars.  112 yrds, 3 oz, Worsted – Bulky
Bottom Right:  “Dark Denim”  Carded Hand dyed Wool Mill Ends (navy and deep yellow) 2 ply, 129 yrds, 4.7oz., Worsted - Bulky

My pride and joy of the week:  “Pond Waters”This yarn is the most consistent I've ever spun.  It's superwash and nylon. 184 yrds, 2ply, 5.3 oz and is a sport – worsted wt.  I think I'll be making some ankle socks with this one.  I just love it!!
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4  Re: Fiber Friday Feb 6 in Spinning: Completed Projects by bperry042 on: February 06, 2009 09:32:56 PM
I didn't do a lot of spinning this week.  But, here is what I did do:

3.7 oz and 148 yards of mill ends that I dyed up last week.  I plied this with some red thread. I think the red thread may be nylon, but I'm not sure.  I actually have a smaller 80 yard skein of this too.  But, it looks the same, so I won't post a pic.

"Ocean Park"  This one is destined to be a scarf for me to wear to my parents house at the beach.  It's a single with lots of sparkle and locks.  I LOVE this yarn.  I haven't set the twist yet.  It's about 4.5 oz and has 138 yards.

One more picture to show the roving, locks, glitter, and a super close up.

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5  Re: Fibre Friday - 30th January 2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by bperry042 on: January 30, 2009 10:11:14 AM
So many wonderful yarns this week.  I was planning on commenting on all of them.. but there are soo many. My favorites though are:  pmpknpunk's All Spun Up SW Merino/Alpaca and the one on the far left from natashafatale.  I also love kathleenalice purple silk/merino and Jazzturtles "its in the bag".

I got a lot of spinning / plying done this week.  I spun up some caramel colored mill ends to ply together with the the other two brown mill ends that I spun into singles last week. It made up 1 huge skein with 60 yards and one smaller skein with 30 yards. It's a super bulky wt.  When I ran out of the caramel colored single, I plied together the chocolate and cream colored ones. This made a heavy worsted wt. yarn with approx 24 yards. Then when I ran out of the cream, I plied together the remaining chocolate. This one is worsted wt. with 50 yards.

"Surprise" Thick n thin 103 yards. Spun from a surprise Artclub batt.  I plied this one with gold thread.

Core spun Scrap Yarn:  Everything I spun last year. I used dog brushes (I don't yet have carders) and made rolags.   It's about 1 oz and has 29 yards.

Still on the bobbin.. I'm spinning some of the rovings that I dyed last week.  This one I'm calling "Valentine"  There is almost 6 oz to spin of this one.  I'll be spinning the rest of this when I'm done posting this post.

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6  Re: Fiber Friday 1-23-09 in Spinning: Completed Projects by bperry042 on: January 23, 2009 03:48:24 PM
Lots of pretty yarns this week!! (well... every week really)  It's been months since I've had a chance to spin.  I finally found some time over the last week.  I also dyed some mill ends with kool-aid. 

Yarns From top to bottom: 
Mill end rovings in brown still on the bobbins.  I'm planning on plying these together.
.3 oz with 58 yards of thin and thin Blue and pink silk. My second experience spinning silk.  I did better with this one, but it is still very hard for me to spin.  This came as a freebie from an order.
.3 oz with 81 yards of very thin lace wt.  Varigated purple silk. Spun from a silk cap.  This was my first experience spinning silk. 
1.1 oz with 31 yards of thick and thin.  Llama spun with a cotton thread.  The llama came to me in rolags.  My first experience with rolags as well as with llama.  I decided to spin it with some cotton thread to make it more stable.  I actually tried to do core-spun with this.  But, it looks more like a 2-ply

Mill ends dyed with kool-aid.  I'm hoping to get these spun up for next week.
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7  Re: Who's Got An Ashford?? in Spinning: Completed Projects by bperry042 on: January 17, 2009 10:39:05 AM
I've got one!!  I absolutely LOVE my Kiwi.  It's very user friendly and makes gorgeous yarns.  This is my first spinning wheel and I would recommend it to anyone.  Here's my wheel and a few of my yarns from it:

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8  Felt Christmas Pins in Winter Holidays by bperry042 on: December 04, 2008 10:06:11 AM
Every year my mom, her best friend and I go on an all day shopping spree at the local mall for Christmas.  As part of the tradition we wear a new Christmas pin ever year. Sometimes my mother has made them, and other times they have been bought. This year mom and I made them together. We wanted to make something with supplies that I have in house.

We wanted to make something that meant something and we finally found the perfect thing.  We decided to make the ornaments from our advent calendar into pins.  We used the original advent calendar Vogue pattern from the early 80's. My mom and her friend had each made this calendar when I was very little and I grew up using this calendar.  And, now my girls use it.  We choose 8 of our favorite ornaments and to spice them up from the originals, we did hand embroidery stitches and added seed beads to sparkle them up. I'm sooo pleased with how these turned out. They were so much fun to make.

Here is the original advent calendar and pattern.
As always... there is more info about this in my blog.  Grin

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9  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 16 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by bperry042 on: November 14, 2008 03:03:13 PM
I received my last item this morning.  So, now I'm posting a picture!  I love love love all the items that I received.  This swap was so much fun.  I've checked off some christmas items from my list and I'm saving a few items for myself.  Thanks everyone!!

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10  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap 16 (Signups Sept 25 - Oct 9) (Send by Nov 3) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by bperry042 on: October 09, 2008 09:07:17 AM
Ok.  I finished all 10 scarfs yesterday.  They are all different. The dominate colors of each are as follows:

#3 - Reds & Fire Colors

These ones are already spoken for:
#1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

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