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41  Re: Any tips for spinning a novelty yarn? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by knkurz on: January 03, 2009 10:45:44 AM
Here's how that thread-ply ended up:



It wasn't what I was looking for, but it's pretty nonetheless.  I think the yarn should have been thicker, and I should probably have plied differently.  I let the wool be loose while I held the thread tightly.  When I get around to spinning more of that roving, I'll try again!  Experimentation is key Smiley
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42  Re: Kool-aid dye session! in Dyeing: Completed Projects by knkurz on: January 03, 2009 10:38:02 AM
Here is a picture of the merino after being spun up:
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43  Re: Fiber Friday - 2nd January, 2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by knkurz on: January 02, 2009 07:21:38 AM
Those look lovely!  I especially like the transitioning yarn.

Here's what I've been up to:

This is a mystery wool and mohair fiber that I dyed with kool-aid several years ago and finally got around to spinning.  It has been skeined up, but I love being able to see all the colors in this picture.


I did my first soysilk.  It was really messy to spin, but the results were well worth it.


This is another mystery wool which I kool-aid dyed several years ago and finally got around to spinning.  I love that it's constantly striping!  This picture shows off the color range best.


And finally, this is a mix of four corridale pastels.  The twist is setting as we speak. 


EDIT:  The other thing I got around to finishing before Friday ended is this yarn:
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44  Kool-aid dye session! in Dyeing: Completed Projects by knkurz on: December 30, 2008 09:42:31 PM
I've been planning to dye some roving for several days now, and I finally made it to the fiber store to get the wools.  I picked up some white superfine merino and some gray romney.  I picked up the romney because I want a crimson yarn, and I don't have the setup for non-food dyes.  I also wanted to dye the merino with blues and greens, but the store didn't have blues, so I ended up with pink, yellow, and green.

The merino went well, except that the yellow got swallowed up by the green.  This happened partially because yellow is a color that is easy to overpower, but also because I did the dyeing in my bathtub, and it's slanted downward.  This caused excess green to roll down into the yellow sections.  There are a couple of very small yellow spots left, but they are hardly noticeable in the picture.  I'm kind of glad it turned out this way, though, because it will produce a beautiful watermelon yarn.



The romney went okay, but a lot of the dye ran out of the saran wrap when I was trying to close it up.  The wool was also not as wet when I began dyeing, and I think that the color didn't stick as well because of that.  The cherry kool-aid did not take, and that end is closer to the original gray than the rest of it.  It will produce a slight variation in yarn color when spun, and I actually think I will prefer that to a solid crimson.



Also, if you don't use gloves, here's how your hands will look...


But I had fun!  I'll post pictures after it's been spun up.
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