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11  Re: Fiber Friday - Aug. 7, 2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by knkurz on: August 07, 2009 05:04:38 PM
Well, I have completed my move from Alaska to Washington state!  And as such, I am jobless.  So, I've had lots of fibery time!  Plus, I got in at the Farmers Market here in Battle Ground!!!  So, starting tomorrow, I'll be there every saturday for the rest of the season, provided that I don't HAVE to take a job that requires me to work weekends.  Needless to say, I've been busy cataloging and tagging all my yarns.  I don't have a drum carder yet (my last PFD check from Alaska will help with that!!) so no batts here, and also no dyeing...just yarns and new fibers.


OHHHHHHHHHHH and an angora rabbit!  I have my very own baby bunny.  She's beautiful.  I'd never seen angoras in any colors besides white and grey before (although I knew black and browns exist), but my bunny is a coppery-red!  The heat down here was horrible a week or so ago and the lady I bought her from had to clip off all the bunny's hair ( and it wasn't savable D: ) so it's pretty short, but I've done a little plucking at the longer spots and the hair that comes off is a lovely fawny-red color.  I'm super excited for her hair to grow out again so I can hand groom her all the time!  None of this clipping and waiting for it to grow out business for me...not until next summer at least Tongue

Okay, enough wordy gibberish from me!  Without further ado, pictures!  (also probably some lengthy captions since I'm feeling wordy today Tongue)






The bunny!  The white patches you see are still her baby fur growing out.  Although her head has always been red, her body fur was white at first.  The red is growing in, though, and she will be GORGEOUS.  I'm too excited for words!  She's a purebred satin with a pedigree and everything.  One day I might get into rabbit breeding, once I'm settled down and have a good, steady job.  Until then, she'll be all by herself with me.  Plus, if I get into the breeding thing, I'm going to have to start clipping and I don't like how it looks!

The first time I held my rabbit ( I named her Bunny FooFoo  Cheesy ) I got this lovely present:



Let's just say that putting on deodorant felt like a bitch for the next couple days.


I got a new package of fiber today (shipping is SO much faster to WA than to AK!  The shipping from the UK to here took 3 days, and the shipping from the UK to AK takes about 2 weeks regardless of the item)!  My SO decided to help me out and wrapped me in it  Roll Eyes



I haven't started spinning this one yet, but it reminds me of sherbert, and I'm excited to spin it.

I also got this one:


which somehow looks cooler in the picture than it does to me in person.  I decided to spin it first since I like it less to see if it would grow on me, and it has!  So that's good Smiley  Both of these were from Sara's Texture Crafts which one of you yarn-y ladies mentioned in one of these threads...I think it was Belladune.  Whoever you were, thanks!  Her fiber is nice.  A small word of warning, though - the end of the roving was cut, instead of pulled apart like most rovings are.  It perplexed me, but it hasn't really presented much of a problem.  I managed to get the cut ends to lie inside of the yarn instead of stick out all willy-nilly.  We'll see on the other one...

Here's the yarn it is turning into (which reminds me of Fruit Loops!):




Oh, I almost forgot!  I spun up two yarns yesterday.  One is from the Ashford 80/20 Merino/Silk blends.  1 oz, 97 yds, 17 wpi, Passionfruit:




And one of my own design!  I received some black bear fur from a friend which he gathered while hunting, and I blended it with qiviut and husky hair (all Alaska animals  Grin) and spun it up into this laceweight.  1.5 oz, 260 yds, 32 wpi, Unnamed:




And the two yarns together:




Okay, that's enough out of me Smiley

WMA, I'm impressed with your corespun!  I don't think I could corespin on a spindle... (but then, I've never used spindles much Tongue)  Either way, I can imagine how time-consuming that was! 
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12  Re: Fiber Friday - 24 July 2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by knkurz on: July 24, 2009 11:31:06 AM
Ooooooooooooooooooooooooh, Oddacity, I am in LOVE with that yarn.  Stringing all those sequins was worth it (I get bored/tired of it, too Tongue)!



I have one yarn and one FO from yarn I spun.  If you'd like more information about my FO, you can visit my blog.

First, the unnamed Mohair Boucle (I still have to dye it before I name it, but the dyes are all packed for our move on Monday):





And the FO!  A qiviut (musk ox, for those of you who don't know) lace scarf, all handspun.  Approx. 7" X 70", 1 oz in weight:


The finished scarf!  Pattern from Arctic Lace (A very fantastic book!)

In the process of blocking.

The yarn, just for a reference picture.  It was approx. 28 wpi and 1 oz of qiviut (including some guard hairs that you wouldn't have in store-bought and prepared qiviut) made almost 300 yards.
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13  Fiber Friday - 10 July 2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by knkurz on: July 09, 2009 08:56:05 PM
Hooray, I'm starting this week!  It's not quite Friday where I am, but it IS on the East Coast of the US!

I only have two this week (but that's better than zero!)

First: Clowns in the Underground, tencel, 2 oz, 102 yards, 20 wpi





Spun from:

(dyeing by NaturalObsessions, who was recently the featured artist on Artfire)



Next, qiviut laceweight, wpi approx 25:





For making this (very unblocked!) scarf:



Also new with me:

*New camera abilities with my SO's camera phone (much much much better than the digital camera I was using, somehow..)!  e.g.:

(I have never before gotten accurately colored pictures of this skein!)


*I tentatively opened an Artfire account.  I think I like it better than Etsy :O Does anyone else have dual accounts and a preference?


*My family is up and I was going to do some food dyeing with them.  If it does work out, I'll definitely be posting pictures.


*Also, we built a skeinwinder that attaches to my Kiwi (something Ashford doesn't make >:[ )!  I have pictures, but none uploaded at this point.

I'm excited to see everyone else's yarns!
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14  Re: Fiber Friday - June 26 2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by knkurz on: June 26, 2009 04:53:43 PM
Aw, the first week in over a month that I finish a yarn, and I forget to take a picture?!  I've been busy getting knitty fingers out of my system (because it definitely won't last!) so I haven't done much spinning, but I have been commissioned to make a qiviut scarf, and I finished half the yarn a few days ago.  It's soft and gorgeous and I am dumbdumbdumb for forgetting the picture!  But I do still have to make the other half, and then I can post pictures of in-progress FO and the yarn together!!!  

Also, here's a FO for all of you to see, since I have nothing else to contribute Sad


Socks!  Knitted with Crystal palace yarns [Mini Mochi, their new line, and white Kid Mohair] (no handspun?!)

A close-up of the stitching.
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15  Re: Comprehensive Handspinning with Celia Quinn in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by knkurz on: May 23, 2009 01:10:02 PM
I promised pictures!  I took them but never got around to uploading them.  So, here they are!!


This is my set of samples.  Most people used a notebook and index cards to display theirs...I  personally like this better.  I don't have any samples of the raw fibers now, though, and most everyone else does.  FYI, there are 97 samples here! Cheesy:D


Just a closer-up.


My combed cotton top samples!  For reference, here's my other cotton attempt:

As you can see, my cottons improved immeasurably!


The pokey dark brown is horse hair  Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin  I've wanted to spin horse hair for AGES, so I'm pleased she had a sample.  I work with long, coarse fibers more than most, so I think I got better results than others did.  The same goes for my churro sample. 

I had superb fun, but I haven't spun since I went.  I think it's just because I haven't gotten around to it, what with summer starting and a new job and new schedule and general life stuff.  Sad, but I'll get back to it soon (I hope).  The other part of my problem is no fiber budget...Just because I have at least 12 pounds of fiber stashed doesn't mean that there's anything to spin Wink
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16  Re: Fiber Friday 4/17/09 in Spinning: Completed Projects by knkurz on: April 18, 2009 06:45:02 PM
jessa_aka_jalapeno, it just takes practice and experimentation!

I'm a day late, but I had to finish the yarn I've been working on for quite some time.  I also have a corespun that I finished several weeks ago but never posted.

Rainbow Road, 101 yards, corespun:



Purple Passion, 599 yards, 5 oz, single-ply:




My favorite this week, by far, is the Star Light Star Bright by pmpknpunk Smiley
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17  From Raw to Dyed, Uncarded Locks in Dyeing: Completed Projects by knkurz on: March 30, 2009 04:50:44 PM
I was complaining about wanting a raw fleece at my LYS, when the owner pulled out a fleece she'd had sitting around for years.  She gave it to me with the condition that I bring part of it back to her after I dyed it. All these are dyed with Wilton's.  So, here's what's done so far (I still have about 8 oz left to dye Cheesy):


Skirting the fleece



Pretty crimp Smiley


Dye batch #2, after setting with heat


Yellow with green bits


Green with purple parts


Copper with green bits


Blue with green bits


Green with blue bits


Green with yellow bits


Pink with blue parts


Blue with green and purple bits


This I dyed with black!  Working in acidic conditions is such fun Smiley


Red with blue bits


Blue that split


Purple


Two blues, one which split (but the pink part is hidden).


Yellow with a bit of copper in it


Green with black (which produced pink spots)

I will dye half of the remaining wool with copper, 1/4 with pink, and 1/4 with black.
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18  I CANNOT wait until Friday to share this!! in Spinning: Completed Projects by knkurz on: March 23, 2009 09:03:51 PM
I wasn't done in time for last Friday, but I'm finally done now!  Here's a super fun yarn:

The Princess and the Parrot, 169 yards, corespun merino, superwash merino, and corriedale, plied with cotton thread, sequins, and feathers Cheesy





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19  Re: Fiber Friday, 3/13/2009 Friday the 13th!! in Spinning: Completed Projects by knkurz on: March 13, 2009 10:45:37 AM
I don't have any yarns to share this week, but I do have a few batts!  These were all made using hand cards.  I had hoped to get seven sets done this week (it's spring break for me), but I got my wisdom teeth out on Monday and I've been a little laid back this week.  Anyway, the purple set was hardest to photograph, surprisingly (to me at least!) and I didn't get a good picture of the sample yarn I spun.  Maybe I'll just have to reshoot it in a little bit and come back...So, here are the batts!

First up is Purple Passions, a mix of purple corriedales, black merino, and magenta glitz:


Next, we have Exotic Fiber Fantasy, a fantastic blend of mohair, bamboo, merino, alpaca, camel, yak, cashmere, angora (rabbit), bombyx silk, and soysilk:


Third is Honeybees in Spring, a blend of brown welsh and merino along with a mystery wool dyed golden with marigolds:


And last but not least, Swallowtail, a mix of alpaca, mohair, merino, and merino superwash:
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20  Re: Fibre Friday - 6th March 2009 - First of Spring! in Spinning: Completed Projects by knkurz on: March 06, 2009 06:46:55 AM
Here's my yarn for the week:



This one is called "A Phoenix Reborn".  It's really bulky, and it's got locks and coils and glitz.  Quite a fun yarn Smiley



This is a single.  It doesn't have a name, because I immediately chopped it into 5-yard pieces and am in the middle of knitting a scarf out of it.

I also spun the red single that was plied with the first yarn, but it's not very exciting.

My spring break is next week, so hopefully I'll be extra productive!  Grin

kathleenalice, your yarns look really squishy Smiley
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