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11  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 4/24/09 on: April 26, 2009 08:03:14 AM
"girl drink drunk"
Pretty yarn with a hilarious name. Nice KitH reference. Wink
12  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: The random SPINNY babble thread :-) on: April 24, 2009 03:36:35 PM
Did you tie it up with scrap yarn? I usually tie mine up in 6-8 spots before putting it in water, making sure to tie both ends up. I've never had it tangle; I just grab it by the scrap yarn (best in a contrasting color) and straighten the loop out when it's done soaking.
13  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 4/24/09 on: April 24, 2009 03:32:48 PM
Have to ask .... how do you all come up with names for your skeins?!?!?!?!?!
Here's how I do it. I look at my yarn. Some name will come to mind. For instance, I have a yarn that reminds me of a really loud tropical print shirt. But "Tropical Shirt" is too obvious a name, so I take it a step further. Who would wear a tropical shirt? When? My dad, on vacation in Hawaii, that's who! So I named the yarn "Dad's Hawaiian Getaway".

I elaborate, I rhyme (I have a yarn called "Coral Majority"), I look up the color(s) on Wikipedia and name it after something associated with the color, I use fairytales and mythology and names of elements... you just have to brainstorm a bit.

At any rate, I'd name your red one "O'Hara". Smiley


I can't post pictures yet, but I've been spinning about a skein a day and I just posted pictures on my Ravelry Stash if you want to check them (and the names) out.
14  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cheapest wool processing? on: April 19, 2009 01:12:33 PM
I'm just adding to the thread for the future reference of others. I bought some farm wool off of eBay and loved it so much that I contacted the seller to see if she had more. She didn't, but said it was from a batch of wool she had processed at Stonehenge Mill. Their prices are even cheaper than Zellinger and I plan to use her when I have my raw wool processed. I have used wool from the mill and can vouch for the loveliness of the job that she does. There was minimal VM and it was very, very soft.
15  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where to buy roving: Sheep Shed Studio testimonials on: April 16, 2009 04:33:40 PM
If I were to order a pound of mill ends from SSS, it would cost me $17.52 with shipping. My last two orders of wool according to PayPal were $18.42 for one pound of gorgeous merino roving all in one length. The other order was $28.68 for over 2# of roving from a farm in California; again, real roving not mill ends. So, $16.34 a lb.

Mill ends require more work and you don't have the option of selling that wool as a dyed roving. It being the cheapest available used to make it worth it, but like I said, it's not cheaper or it's only negligibly cheaper than roving. Not worth it.

I don't have a regular go to person online; I just watch eBay for good deals. I never pay more than $1 an ounce for wool (before shipping).
16  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where to buy roving: Sheep Shed Studio testimonials on: April 15, 2009 07:52:40 PM
I'll jump in and say that I think SSS shipping is outrageous, so much so that I've stopped buying wool from them.They used to have the cheapest wool available but that's just not true anymore; ounce for ounce, once shipping is factored in, it's as much if not more than wool from other online retailers.
17  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Cheapest wool processing? on: April 15, 2009 07:46:16 PM
Hiya!  Grin

I am looking for a mill to process 10+ pounds of raw wool I bought from a friend's rescue farm. In the past I have processed my own, but washing, picking and carding 10 pounds is quite daunting.

So I am looking for recommendations for mills. I am looking for inexpensive. So far the cheapest I've found is Zellingers, who will process my raw, medium coarseness wool into regular roving for a little over $6 a pound. I am only interested in having it processed into regular roving rather than pencil roving or batts.

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