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1  Fiber Friday - 30th March in Spinning: Completed Projects by Lloer on: March 30, 2007 05:28:08 AM
Due to the magic of being in a different timezone to most of you, I am able to start this week's thread Smiley

I spun this as a traditional 3 ply from the handdyed Corriedale top I posted in last week's thread. It's really soft and bouncy and lovely! It took a few weeks to spin and as a result isn't quite balanced - when the hank hangs loose the yarn is a little curly.

Lemon and Lime

And the closeup with pen shot:

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2  Spinning from the fold in Spinning: Completed Projects by Lloer on: March 24, 2007 06:26:52 AM
This is the result of my first attempts at spinning from the fold. The top was merino (from Wingham Woolwork, a UK supplier) which had it's colours arranged vertically. The colours included blues and teals, pink, burgundy and a pale green. I don't think the colours show up too well in the picture. I'm trying out new settings on my camera.

The colours IRL remind me of a Monet painting:

I found that spinning from the fold did help to retain colour separation. I did end up with small clumps left in my palm after spinning each length. I then spun that clump but the colours were more mixed.

I Navajo plied the singles, again to keep the colours separate.

I thought that spinning from the fold would be a very slow method but it wnet surprisingly quickly. It's still not as fast as spinning from the end of the top though.

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3  Re: Fiber Friday 3/23 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Lloer on: March 24, 2007 06:19:14 AM
So many beautiful yarns!

My 12 yr old daughter and I had a dyeing session a few weeks ago using 50g lengths of Teeswater top:

She dyed the one on the top left and I dyed the rest. They didn't turn out quite as anticipated but we still liked them.

Goth Girl

This is the two lengths on the left spun individually and then plyed together.

I don't have a name for this one. It's the two on the right spun individually and plyed together.

I also dyed some Corriedale top recently:

Lemon and Lime

This one really didn't turn out as planned.

I've been using some dyes I got in a starter kit. I'm not liking the results generally. I think I need to dump what's left and start using the Kemtex dyes I bought recently.

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4  Re: Fiber Friday 2/16/07 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Lloer on: February 16, 2007 07:59:04 AM
I spun this a while ago but hadn't got around to washing it. It's wool with neps and I really didn't enjoy spinning it - I think because I really want to spin fine at the moment and this wasn't suitable for that.

This was from some merino top that had three colours arranged vertically. I split the top so that each strip has at least two colours in it. I also tried to spin finer than I had before. It's not pretty but was a good exercise.

Finally, this yarn was spun from the handdyed Teeswater top I posted about a couple of weeks ago. I'm really pleased with it.

Here's a close up:

It's approx. 450 yds from 150 g of fibre and about 18 wraps per inch.

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5  Re: What's on Your Bobbin? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by Lloer on: January 20, 2007 08:31:14 AM
This is taking ages to spin because it's pretty fine.

I'm spinning it using the smallest whorl on my Lendrum fast flyer and only drafting a tiny bit at a time so it has lots of twist. It started out as top that had the three colours arranged vertically. I split it randomly trying to get different amounts of colour in each length:

I'm not sure how I'm going to ply it. I'd like to try it as sock yarn so a three ply would be good but I'm not sure about Navajo plying because it will keep the colours separate and I would prefer to mix them up. On the other hand I've spun it all onto one bobbin so the only other option is to two ply from a centre pull ball. Maybe I could then cable it? Hmmm... must look into what cabled yarn is good for.


PS. Pictures are a bit too blue. My camera seems to really pick up on the blue tones in fibre.
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6  Re: Fiber Friday 1/19 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Lloer on: January 20, 2007 08:19:03 AM
Everyone's yarn is so lovely!

I've just started spinning again this week after a break of several weeks but don't have a finished yarn to show yet. I do have some dyed fibre to show though:

This is Teeswater dyed with acid dyes - at the moment I only have a kit with blue, red yellow and black dyes but I've ordered some Kemtex dyes from PM Woolcraft that have arrived at my grandmother's house in the UK, my Mum's bringing them back next weekend along with 2 kg of white fibre from Wingham Woolwork. It's a pain having to wait but it saves a fortune on shipping.

The photo has come out too blue (I've tried adjusting it in PaintShop Pro and this is the best I can get) which is funny because when I was painting the dye onto the fibre, it looked much bluer then than the finished result.

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7  Re: Fiber/Fibre (:D) Friday Nov. 10, 2006 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Lloer on: November 12, 2006 07:43:59 AM
These are my first and second attempts at both dyeing and navajo plying:

The very yellow one was my first attempt. I'm really pleased with the second one even though it still wasn't quite the colourway I was aiming for.

ETA: I used Teeswater top. It's a longwool like Wensleydale which is why it has a lustre.

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8  Re: What's on Your Bobbin? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by Lloer on: October 22, 2006 09:24:41 AM
This is from my first hand dyed roving (I posted pics on the Fiber Friday thread):

It's Teeswater top, spun as worsted as possible. I'm planning on Navajo plying it (but have to practice first as I've never done it before) and using it as sock yarn.

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9  Re: Fiber Friday! (20 Oct 2006) in Spinning: Completed Projects by Lloer on: October 22, 2006 09:20:59 AM
I finally got around to getting some photos taken and uploaded.

The Wensleydale, plyed:

Some merino that I'm going to use to knit mittens for my grandmother:

My first attempts at dyeing, using Teeswater top and acid dyes:

I've already spun this one and it's waiting to be plyed. The colours were somewhat accidental. I was hoping for a mix of burnt orange, deep red and chocolate brown.

I got a bit closer to the colours I wanted with this one:

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10  Re: Fiber Friday September 22 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Lloer on: September 22, 2006 07:52:15 AM
Everyone's yarns are gorgeous!

I have some silk hankies, also from Wingham Wool Work that I'm spindle spinning.

So for my first Fibre Friday:

This is from a merino and silk rainbow coloured top from Wingham Woolworks:

And this is from some Lorna's Laces Wool Top - I think the colourway might have been Irving Park but I'm not sure:

The smallest skein there is a bit pants, I started plying in the wrong direction, it took me a little while to work out why there was so much twist...


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