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1  Re: Fiber Friday - July 19, 2013 in Spinning: Completed Projects by mullerslanefarm on: July 19, 2013 04:03:21 PM
I have just a little bit on the bobbin this week.  Went to spin some more and discovered my new English Shepherd puppy chewed the drive band in two!

He's adorable though ...

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2  Re: Fibre Friday July 12 2013 in Spinning: Completed Projects by mullerslanefarm on: July 12, 2013 10:18:21 PM
Loving the alpaca locks ... I'm a real sucker for crimp!  Thunder & lightening looks mah-va-lous!!

niks ... perfect name for that skein!!!  it's almost edible!!

rovings/bits/tails/et al from SS ... I always open it up before dyeing and then again after dyeing (while it is still wet).  Got that hint from Carol Lee.  So much of what she sells has been compressed for so long, that it needs to be opened up and allow to breathe a day or so before doing anything else with it.

No photos of spinning this week.  I spent my time at the homestead of very good friends a couple of hours away.  They are completely off grid, although will generate their own power once a week for the Speed Queen washer and sometimes in the evening for a movie using a gas generator ran off one of their tractors. (in the works is a water fed generator!!)   Their small fridge/freezer is powered by propane.  No piped water into the house, although they have a couple of wonderful artisian springs on their place.  Best tasting water ever!!  It is my home away from home and a place I can truly get away from it all.

I visited other friends in the area and made a new friend who wanted to learn to spin ... even though I hadn't brought any of my spinning tools with me, I borrowed a wheel from one of my friends down there and carded fiber (ready to spin) plus hand cards & washed fiber from another friend and went about my 'DUTY' of the NW IL Fiber Enabler (although now I have to extend it to Central IL Fiber Enabler!!) It went something like this:  Ms D introduced me to Ms S.  Ms S wanted to learn to spin, so I borrowed a wheel from Ms J and fiber from Mr T and went with Ms D over to Ms S (who is also totally off grid!) & taught her how to spin ... then watched her spin up at least 50 - 80  yards of some real nice rambouliet (sp?)

My student spinning after just 20 minutes of my tutelage:
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3  Re: Fiber Friday 5 July 2013 in Spinning: Completed Projects by mullerslanefarm on: July 05, 2013 08:23:41 AM
Love the colors of that, Nikschaf!  

Just this little skein this week (been busy weaving & knitting a baby sack)

86 yards 3-ply Cormo & Alpaca

I've been busy with the newest member of our family.  'Newt' is an 8 week old English Shepherd

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4  Re: Fiber Friday 06/14/2013 in Spinning: Completed Projects by mullerslanefarm on: June 13, 2013 09:54:41 PM
Okay ... this:

became this tonight:  About 130 yards.  I haven't washed it yet, so I'm not sure how it will bloom on me.

In the meantime, I have been harvesting radishes from the garden, slicing & dehydrating them, then grinding them up (I use it in my seasoning powder).  When I rinsed my blender, I had a beautiful pinkish/purple water.  What's a fiber artist to do??  Yup, I added some vinegar and stuck some washed locks into it.


Ahhh, just a tinge of pink, SO ...

grabbed some pink dye & spot added it.  

It still reminds me of a radish at this point!!
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5  Fiber Friday 06/14/2013 in Spinning: Completed Projects by mullerslanefarm on: June 13, 2013 12:53:55 PM
Okay ... so it's Thursday ... it has to be Friday somewhere!!

This is a brown Shetland plied with a purple Mohair/Alpaca.  250 yards

And a electric green 2-ply Corriedale (30 grams / 130 yards).  I dyed this roving a couple of years ago & just found it!!

Next up is another hand dyed Corriedale 44 grams

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6  Re: Fiber Friday 12 April 2013 in Spinning: Completed Projects by mullerslanefarm on: April 14, 2013 05:17:17 PM
 Love, love love the 'rain & mud puddles!'

Looking good Alexus... the yarn and the spindle.  What is the whorl made of?

I have yet to spin superwash but I've heard terrible things about it

Cormo wool

crock pot dyed

then hand carded


Navajo plied

Cotton, for summer socks for hubby.

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7  My week of fiber in Spinning: Completed Projects by mullerslanefarm on: April 04, 2013 11:46:53 PM
I've been busy spinning and dyeing this week (besides getting caught up on my soapmaking.)

Canadian Wool (from the last Canadian fiber mill ran under a water wheel power).  Crock pot dyed

Some local Coopworth
I am currently spinning more of this red coopworth for a two ply.

Yarn from the 'leftover' of the above two yarns

Local Icelandic indigo dyed loosely plyed with very thin Shetland

Also, crock pot dyed this local Cormo turquoise, red & purple

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8  This weeks milk soaps in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by mullerslanefarm on: April 04, 2013 03:59:15 PM
Finally forced myself away from the spinning wheel to make soap this week.  Monday was preparing a 55 lb of master batch.  Only got 3 batches made on Tuesday when I realized I was out of lye.  Lye was delivered last night, so more soaping today.

All of these are Jersey milk soaps

OMH (unscented) toasted oats, honey from our hives

Cotton Blossom (TD & silver mica swirl)

Lily of the Woods (lavender, patchouli with touch of lily of the valley)

New to me EO blend.  Rosemary, sweet orange & tea tree (no colorants)


Citrus Basil

Lemongrass & Sage

Last of this particular EO blend

Back to the spinning wheel I go!
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9  Re: Fiber Friday 15 Mar 13 in Spinning: Completed Projects by mullerslanefarm on: March 15, 2013 08:55:47 AM
Love them both!  Wow!  The 2nd one screams LADYBUG!!

No spinning this week ... I've been playing around with my J loom.  I wove a couple dish cloths, then had warp left over so I used up bits and pieces of hand spun for a table runner

Up next was a Civil War Confederate carbine sling from the Spanish moss I prepped & spun

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10  Re: Fiber Friday March 8, 2013 in Spinning: Completed Projects by mullerslanefarm on: March 08, 2013 12:59:55 PM
Great job Alexus!! 

Worsted spinning is not only fluffier, it is warmer too!

Here is the corrie. 

Top two skeins (total 340 yards) are single ply, thick/thin
bottom skein (150 yards) is 2-ply

They still need to be 'set' in a final wash.

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