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11  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / I have a question about corespinning/adding in goodies/etc. on: March 17, 2009 08:52:03 PM
Okay.  I've been corespinning a yarn, and I'm definitely more than halfway done.  I wanted to add sequins and/or feathers to it, but I was way too excited about spinning it, and it's too late to add it in as I go.  So, I want to add all the fun stuff after I'm done corespinning.  I can do it by plying a strand with the stuff on it, but I don't know if I like the idea of a thread plied the whole length of the yarn.  I just want snippets!  So, do any of you have suggestions or tested ideas about how to corespin in snippets after the main corespinning has been done?  Undecided Thanks in advance Smiley
12  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Dog Hair Yarn (Image heavy!) on: February 17, 2009 06:42:24 PM
A friend of me has hired me to make him socks.  He said he wanted "warm socks" so I suggested dog hair.  He agreed, since he'll be wearing them outside of other socks anyway, and the project commenced.  I had to call around to just about every groomer in town to get one that answered the phone, but I got them to hold a bag of dog hair for me.  I picked it up the next day, and it was FUUUULLL of trash.  Dog nail clippings, potato chips, gravel, wrappers, and all sorts of gross stuff.  On top of all that, the dog hair in the bag was pretty grungy.  It was also full of second cuts and unusable pieces.  So I dutifully sorted through it, and here's what was left:

There were about 8 or 9 ounces here, which pretty much filled a Safeway bag.

I carded it and spun it:

And dyed it [he wants blue socks]:

And here's the first sock!!

(Just for size reference, my hand is 7" from the base of my palm to the tip of my middle finger)
13  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Hand cards to roving on: February 11, 2009 02:33:32 PM
Hey guys,

I was reading someone's blog the other day and it gave instructions for rolling hand carded "batts" into roving instead of into a rolag.  Do any of you know which blog this is?  It's one of the most recent posts within that particular blog.  It also has a black background. 

Thanks in advance!
14  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Last night's unexpected productivity! on: February 02, 2009 07:01:54 AM
I can't wait for next fiber friday to post this Cheesy

Also, I think it deserves its own post.

This is my first funky art yarn.  It's an equal mix of Cotswold curls and corriedale roving, with angelina thrown in to make it sparkle.

I found that in a couple spots, there was just not enough twist.  The problem with that is that I had been overspinning in other spots.  Guess that's what setting the twist is for?  Anyway, it drifted apart in a couple of places, but I fixed it with little knots.  In a chunky and fun art yarn, I don't think they matter. 

Anyway, here's Pumpkin Pie Spice:

It started out as this:

Oh, and here it is on the bobbin:
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sock flat question... on: January 22, 2009 09:52:17 AM
Okay, so.  I was given a knitted flat some time ago.  The yarn was knitted and handpainted into two connected flat pieces (separated by waste yarn).  I've finally decided to give socks a try, since one of my friends wants me to make him socks.  Anyway, these socks will be for me, since they're my first pair.  Oh, and the brand of the flat is "Flat Feet".  It's designed so that one can knit right from the flat, without needing to wind the yarn into a ball or anything. 

The trouble is, I can't figure out which end to begin at!  One end was easy to unravel the waste yarn from, but the yarn for the socks is not unraveling, because it's all knitted in.  At the other end, the waste yarn is all knitted in, and I can't unravel it. 

Do you think I should try to unknit the end that still has waste yarn by unweaving the loose end, or should I try cutting the waste yarn in the middle to see if it will unravel from there?

EDIT: I gave up about 5 minutes after posting this and just cut down the middle--and it's unraveling fine.  I tried to delete the topic, but I'm not allowed Tongue Thanks for reading.
16  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Shawl! on: January 07, 2009 09:55:11 AM
I went to JoAnn's the other day and I fell in love with this yarn:

(and I couldn't leave the store without buying it)

But I couldn't decide what I wanted to make with it!  So I searched around for patterns and settled on a shawl.  Here's the pattern:


I didn't make the border (too lazy right now, and I want to use the rest of the yarn for a crochetalong, but it would look really nice with the border added).  I also used a heavier yarn than the pattern called for (sport to worsted), so I used a much larger hook (N)! 

17  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Kool-aid dye session! 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.
18  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Any tips for spinning a novelty yarn? on: December 30, 2008 03:40:02 PM
For years, I've just spun regular yarn.  I've tried to make it a consistent thickness (or maybe I should say thinness), and I've never really branched out.

Now, I'm ready to branch out.  I've looked around on various websites and at different yarns, and I'm excited to try it out!  However, I don't have a bulky flyer (in fact, my wheel is an Ashford Kiwi), so I can't go TOO thick. 

I think what I will do is spin up a single ply of wool and ply it with ...oh, I don't know what to call it, but it's a ball of thread with sparklies that stick off.  I've previously used it simultaneously with spinning, so that the sparkles are incorporated, but it never worked out well (maybe because it's meant for plying Tongue).

Anyway, I'm wondering if there are any wools that lend themselves well to being spun into novelties.  Ideally, I want to dye the wool myself, although I am by no means against pre-dyed wool.

Thanks in advance Smiley
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