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11  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: If you were going to buy a Drum Carder... on: February 19, 2008 03:16:29 AM
Hey! It might be a good idea to use the search function Cheesy Here iis a very helpful post:


I had that link sent to me when I first asked, and I really didn't want to take the time and read through thousands of paragraphs.  Call me lazy.

I always LOVE LOVE LOVE to see new threads on the "Drum Carder Question", it's the reason I come to this website.
12  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Color in water after 10 rinses!!! on: January 14, 2008 04:20:30 AM

I have been dyeing soy silk ALL night, and I have been rinsing in cold water the whole time because I saw a thing somewhere on the net about only using cold water to rinse it. Wellll, I was rinsing a minute ago, and I wondered what would happen if I in fact DID rinse in hot waterand the water went from clear(cold water) to COLORFUL(hot water).

OMG what have I DONE! Have I been doing it wrong all night? I mean, the color is still showing up in the water even after 10 rinses! Am I doing something wrong?

I used acid dyes, and I fixed them with PLENTY of vinegar, then I heated to that almost simmering but not quite temp.

The fiber was heated for plenty enough time to set the dye. I use this method for dyeing wool, and NEVER have had any problems with the color showing up in the rinses again and again like this. I have dyed POUNDS of wool, so its not like Im a totally newbie to dyeing.

So what is up with this?HuhHuh??
13  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 1-10-08 on: January 12, 2008 11:18:42 PM
I bring pretties!
The fibre is a super fine merino in 'Sea Beast' colorway- I got it from a fibre club on etsy and the name of the shop escapes me but that's ok the shop is closed now. I spun it up using a technique I read here- tear the roving into long thin strips, spin it up with minimal drafting, dunk in hot and cold water to felt, let it dry, then un twist. I'm so excited with how it turned out!
erm, excuse the spot on the floor.  Roll Eyes
About 150 yards, 4 oz. Mow I need to decide what to make with it!

ack, nursing while typing........

That's awesome!
14  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Your Favorite Carding Method? on: January 08, 2008 03:36:58 PM
Will post the video today, there was a "silk dyeing emergency" last night.....

I got lost in piles of silk...so it wasn't SO bad...  =)
15  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Three bags FULL on: January 08, 2008 06:40:16 AM
I prefer to "spritz" my spun Alpaca and Llama, it just seems to fuzz it out a little if I dip directly into the water.  I like to use hot water with one drop each of Eucalyptus and Lavender Oils in my little spritzer bottle, then I just spray away!
16  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Your Favorite Carding Method? on: January 07, 2008 09:09:06 PM
LOL, I can be thick-headed at times, too!  (Hubby would say ALL the time...)

I am going to make a quick video of how I do it, and I will put the link on here so you can actually see it done.  I should have it on within the hour.  I LOVE MAKING VIDEOS!  My camera kicks @$$!!!
17  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Three bags FULL on: January 07, 2008 09:06:00 PM
It's alot like Alpaca, but usually the staple length is a little longer with Llama.  It is SO wonderfully soft and easy to spin.  However, it is slick compared to wool.  You will know what I mean if you have spun wool and then go to spin this.  Sometimes Llama will try to just slip right out of your hand, it can be a slippery little bi***.  But once you get the hang of it......you won't want to go back to wool for DAYS AND DAYS.  It is so soft and luxurious!
18  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Check out this wheel please on: January 07, 2008 09:01:28 PM
The third pic creeps me out as well.  I don't think I would trust it...
19  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best Price on White Roving on: January 06, 2008 03:31:38 PM
Would it be better to go through a small mill?  Just wondering Cheesy
20  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help, I'm snagging my yarn on: January 05, 2008 02:28:10 PM
Well, it's not a miracle, but I use St Ives Apricot Scrub to give my hands and cuticles a good exfoliation, then I put (personal preference) Vick's Vaporub in a thin layer on them.  I do this before I go to bed, and OMG the Vick's is SO relaxing.  You could use lotion or Vaseline or best yet Bag Balm, because it's really the Apricot Scrub's exfoliating power that does the trick.

I had the same problem, and this fixed it for me! Cheesy
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