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11  Re: Blending fibres? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by WMA on: May 29, 2009 05:20:11 AM
Like knkurz said I would use hand cards or a drum carder or you could also use a hackle. I didn't want to shell out the cash for a hackle so I made a small one. I just tried it out a few days ago and it worked quite well.

Just in case you're not familiar with hackles:

I made mine from a couple of dollar store wide-tooth combs, a piece of wood, a few screws and a couple clamps. I think I would make my next one from combs that aren't quite so wide-toothed, but the dollar store only had really fine-tooth combs as the other option and I was afraid the little teeth would just snap off. Or maybe I'll just buy a real one...although I already have a drum carder so I don't know that I would need one. I do like the process of pulling the wool into roving though...

Here is the hackle I made. Sorry for the poor pic quality but my part of the world hasn't seen the sun in days which makes for poor lighting, lol.

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12  Re: Fiber Friday 4/10/09 in Spinning: Completed Projects by WMA on: April 10, 2009 10:54:43 AM
Mmmm...fiber...they all look so squishy and delightful!

I can't remember if I posted this first one yet so sorry if it's a repeat. It's spun from a batt I carded of kool-aid dyed beige alpaca and natural black alpaca. Sooo soft! I'm not sure of the yardage...not much though. I'm trying to decide whether to card up some more batts of the same or just the plain black alpaca and use this as an accent with the black.

Have a Fuzzy Easter!

This one is from a small batt of local wool that I carded with yarn bits. It's wool that I picked, cleaned, combed, etc. It's just a mini skein...about 30 yds. I think I'll card up some more though!

Bits and Pieces

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13  Re: Fiber Friday, 4/3/2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by WMA on: April 03, 2009 04:33:46 PM
The actual yarn didn't look anything like this yarn. This is just a tribute.
Seems perfectly clear to me...lol Wink

*drool* ...and that about sums up my thoughts on all of this week's offerings! It's getting a bit ridiculous how great all these yarns, batts and rovings are...don't ya think? lol I love it!

I actually have something finished this week! I never seem to have as much time as I would like to spin...ah well, life with a 6 yo boy I guess, lol.
This was spun from Sheep Shed Studio mill ends and plied with neon green thread...Kool-Aid dyed after spinning. The colors are a bit too neon for me though. The orange and the lime green are really bright! The orange reminds me of Cheetos, lol. Approx. 87 yards. (On my monitor the second pic is a little dark but truer to actual color)

Moldy Cheetos  OR  Cheetos and Olives and Limes, Oh My!

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14  Re: Fiber Friday!! 3-20-09 in Spinning: Completed Projects by WMA on: March 20, 2009 07:40:15 PM
As usual, I'm in awe of the amazing yarns, batts, etc....so beautiful and yum! lol

I kind of have something to offer this week, lol. I finished spinning some roving I had dyed with acid dyes in indigo, leaf green and antique red (which ended up too pink  Undecided ). Fresh off the drying rack (AKA a hanger in my shower lol) I took it to an artists' group meeting to show off. A friend loved it and had to have it, so this pic she sent me is the only one I have of it. She's not sure what she'll make with it yet, this is just a sample swatch.

I hated the roving after I dyed it...it looked blotchy and yuck. But I loved the yarn it ended up becoming Smiley  Spun on my drop spindle, a little thick and thin, about 123 yards.

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15  Re: Fiber Friday - January 9th, 2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by WMA on: January 09, 2009 06:07:12 PM
Once again it's impossible for me to pick a favorite...such beautiful yarns!! They all make me drool! lol

I haven't been spinning much lately Sad I've been spending more time knitting. My post for this week is something I spun just before Christmas but I was inspired to post it by Cottondeer's dog fur skein. Mine isn't really a skein...it's only a couple yards. It's cat fur from a friend's long-haired, black and white, HUGE kitty...his name is Tux and he's a sweetheart Smiley She was combing him with a Furminator (great pet comb...especially if you want the fur for spinning lol) and I wanted to know how it would spin. So I got out my spindle and tada! lol She was amazed that her cat could become yarn lol She's going to start saving her cat fur for me...she has two HUGE black and white cats, brother and sister both about 20 lbs. (they need to go on a kitty diet).

This is Tux...his sister, Edie, is too shy for pictures. They are almost exactly alike except her nose is pink Smiley
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16  Fiber Friday - December 26, 2008 in Spinning: Completed Projects by WMA on: December 26, 2008 11:30:24 AM
Hello all! I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays! It appears everyone has been busy this week...just not busy spinning lol

I spun and dyed this one last night once the guests were gone and the house was quiet. Grape Kool-Aid dyed, 160 yd single...this will become a pair of fingerless gloves/armwarmers for a friend. It's a more purple compared to the pics...the pics look a bit gray.

Lilacs and Amethyst

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17  Re: Spinning Aspirations in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by WMA on: December 20, 2008 07:21:13 AM
You can make your own CD spindle for just a couple dollars. Buy a dowel (usually about 3 feet long so you can make 3 or 4 spindles with one), a few cup hooks, and a few rubber grommets...and use some of those 'coaster' CDs you have around (those AOL CDs you get in the mail now have a use! lol)

It depends on how into spinning you want to get right off the bat. If you want to keep it inexpensive at first to make sure you like it before spending huge amounts of money, then I would recommend buying a small amount of roving from any of the great sellers on Etsy rather than the huge (but wonderful and inexpensive) 1lb. bags of mill end roving from Sheep Shed like I did. It's a good thing I ended up loving to spin because I still have a lot of wool to spin from the 2lbs. I got from Sheep Shed Studio.

There are plenty of kits out there to get you started that include a drop spindle and some roving. One of the kits mentioned recently in another thread is offered by laminathegreat on Etsy. Look up spindle kits on Etsy and you'll get a big list! Some come with written instructions, some with DVD instruction. Some come with an ounce or two of wool, some with tons of wool (ok, a pound or so Wink ). The kits range from about $18 up to $55...and that's just on Etsy.

If you are looking to dive right in and get a wheel it's going to cost...well...a lot. At the very least three to four hundred dollars for a spinning wheel and that's including used wheels. The shipping gets expensive too unless you have a shop nearby that sells wheels. The least expensive wheels I've seen, so far, are on Etsy (can you tell I love Etsy? lol) from ford4him...ranging from $150 - 245.

inexpensive start: about $15 - 20 should get you a spindle and enough roving to practice on and also have a enough to get a final result (a reasonable skein of yarn).

dive right in: $250 (but only if you find a great deal or get one of the wheels mentioned above) and up...at least $600 or more

Love the bunny, love icanhascheezburger.com! lol Too cute! Here are the cutest critters I've ever seen...(although they're not mine Sad lol)

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18  Re: Fiber Friday 12-5-2008 in Spinning: Completed Projects by WMA on: December 05, 2008 06:43:44 AM
WoW!! That is pink Mullerslanefarm! Is chain plying the same as navajo plying..?

I like your 'strange yarn' Cya...  Smiley

Sea and Sky is so pretty and shiny, love those colors...I haven't tried working with silk or tencel yet but I love the look of them.

This was done on my homemade drop spindle. I spun it from my first batts I blended on my new drum carder. Most of the wool (all the Kool-aid dyed colors and at least half the white) is local wool that I received as dirty fleece. I blended the local white with a bit of white from Sheep Shed Studio then blended the colors in. It's approx. 85 yards (not plied). It looks a bit more pink compared to the photos. The colors remind me of candy and since most of us seem to want to just gobble up these wonderful squishy yarns...
Squishy Candy

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19  Re: Fiber Friday November 7th 2008 in Spinning: Completed Projects by WMA on: November 07, 2008 05:49:28 PM
I love Fiber Friday! All I have to say is...wow! I love all of them...such beautiful spinning!

This is my offering this week and is so bland compared to all the gorgeous colors in the previous posts but what can I say...I like natural colors too and more importantly, free roving is free roving  Grin My first attempt at plying so I went with a navajo ply on my "electric spindle" lol Sorry about the quality...I waited until night to photo it so I needed flash. The brown is a lot richer than in the pic. I'm not sure of the length, etc as I still need to set it.

The Overlook (I was watching The Shining while plying lol)

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20  Re: Sunray Neckwarmer w/ Handspun in Spinning: Completed Projects by WMA on: October 31, 2008 11:18:32 AM
That's beautiful!

Here's a scarf/shawl pin I made recently in a fine metals jewelry class...

and in use...

Just to give you an idea of how your shawl pin will work Smiley
The wooden shawl pins are usually either similar to the metal one I made or are just the pin part (not the round bit).
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