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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / What happened to Ravelry??? on: March 07, 2008 06:43:02 AM
I have been trying to go to Ravelry.com all morning, and it's GONE!  What happened!?  I am freaking out!
2  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??
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Best Price on White Roving on: January 03, 2008 01:23:50 AM
Hello all!  Grin

Where can I get the best price on plain white (or cream, or ecru) non-dyed roving and/or top?
(This can be wool or whatever.)

Have you purchased from this business before?

What was your experience with them like?

Did you dye it?

ThAnKs ahead for all the help, I really do appreciate it!
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Your Favorite Carding Method? on: December 30, 2007 02:13:41 PM
I love to layer, like this:

I card each color 2-4 times to sort-of "prime" it for the layering (# of times depends on the fiber itself).  Then I take each batt I made, spread it out thin, and start carding one color at a time.  EASY!!! 

I realllllly love to experiment with this method because you can just do one layer of each color, or 2 of each, or 1 of this one and 2 of those...endless fun!  And I like trying colors that I think really WON'T go together, because so many times I have found out that "two wrongs (colors) can make a right (blend)", LOL! 

This method is great, too, because the roving pulled from it has such depth and character, like this:

So what is your fav method?  What method of carding makes you just BEAM with joy?  If you can, show fellow craftsters some of the fruits of your labors!
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Do you love your Carder? on: December 19, 2007 02:03:48 PM
I am thinking about purchasing a new (or used if possible) carder.  I am really torn right now, because I have enough money for either of my final 2 choices, but one is drastically less expensive than the other, and it is so DIFFICULT to choose. Undecided

The top 2 on my list are:  The Strauch Doublewide Standard (no brush cause I can't quite afford that), and The Louet Roving Carder.

Does anyone out there that owns or has tried one or both of these have any input for me, opinions? 

I will be doing just about every kind of fiber you can imagine, but I have heard that both of these carders can do them all very well.  So this is SO tough! 

It would be great to have the Strauch, but the Louet would leave me more money for other stuff.  But I want to make a smart choice, as I probably won't have the money to do it again for some time. 

Any suggestions??? Huh
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Which combs are the best at dehairing? on: December 07, 2007 01:44:08 PM
I was gifted a HUGE Bull Buffalo hide back in the spring, and it has been patiently waiting in my freezer to be plucked ever since (wow, I really do procrastinate like the hubby says!).  I was given this hide because it was "slipping", and so of no use to the meat buyer.  (Slipping is when the fur is not in it's "prime" cold weather state, and it tends to not hold in the skin but rather "slip" or easy be pulled out, thus making it useles to someone who wants a fur skin blanket or rug.)

Now I have done some research on the internet, and most sources seem to recommend "mini combs" for dehairing fibers such as Angora Rabbit, Cashmere Goat, and Buffalo.

My question is:  Which combs are the best for this job?  Have you used them?  Are the double row combs more efficient than the single row?

Looking forward to the help,  Fiberwish
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / What am I doing wrong? I can't get my bulky singles to stay together??? on: December 06, 2007 08:47:31 PM

I have been spinning for a little over a year now, and I still can't seem to get my BIG bulky singles right.  I spin them from batts that are pulled into roving, and they ALWAYS seem to be more "thick and thin slubby" and WAYYY fuzzier than the even yarn I am trying to acheive.

I found this picture on the web of some yarn that I think shows a great example of a nicely even BIG single.

(BTW-Kudos to whoever spun this, your are INCREDIBLE!)

But mine turn out more like this...

And PLEASE don't tell me I am "overtwisting"...cause if I use any less twist it just falls apart.  This particular skein actually didn't have enough twist, and it came apart in 5 different places when I was skeining it off the bobbin.  I have tried SO much, and I am frustrated to the point of crying.  Does anyone have any help they can give me?  Any advice?  I am really sad over this, I put my heart into it and it just fails.  I am trying so hard to get this right, I will take all advie and ideas into consideration. 

Please help me!!! Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / This gals tutorial videos on Spinning and Dyeing ROCK!!! on: December 03, 2007 10:45:48 PM
I don't know if you're familiar with Youtube, but there is this GREAT lady on there that does instructional tutorials on Spinning, Dyeing, Silk, Wool, and all things FIBERY!  Well, seeing how it's Christmas and all, I am asking you to help her help others.  She needs a new RAM chip for her computer because the one she has now is dieing (or is dead), and she can't upload or edit any new videos until she gets a new one. 

It's Christmas, the time of giving, and this woman has given SO much to SO many out there, including me!  Please "chip-in" anything you can, but don't put yourself out.  Even if it's only a little, remember that every little bit helps. 

Here is the link to "chip-in" at:  http://rexenne.chipin.com/new-1gig-ram-chip.com

And here is the link to her on Youtube:  http://www.youtube.com/user/rexenne

She has helped spread the love of all things "fibery", and helped MANY MANY beginners, and that is what we should all do.  What a great example and inspiration Rexenne has been, we should all be so lucky as to help and guide so many people!

Give from your heart, and feel the love of the spirit of Christmas!
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