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21  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / When will it be even?!?!?! PICS :) on: March 25, 2008 03:34:11 PM
OK... so I admit it. I am impatient. This is my second plied yarn. Really, my second skein of yarn. I posted my first a couple months ago. (Yes, I take breaks and pick up way too many new hobbies, so I have to share the time)I really love the look of this yarn. I's mostly heavy worsted with accidental bits of chunky throughout. It looks like I spun it that way on purpose. But I didn't. I was actually going for even yarn!!
I also think I overspin. My yarn is just a bit "firmer" than the handspun I didn't spin myself. I tried spinning it less... it pulled apart. More... too firm. Some places are perfect, some aren't. But I love it and I did it myself. I'm just hoping that I can master this soon!!!
It's top dyed by fatcat knits.

22  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: I did it!!!!!!! on: November 28, 2007 11:39:16 PM
It IS squishy!

She had an absolute blast. I can't wait til summer so we can go outside and get reeeally messy!!
23  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: I did it!!!!!!! on: November 22, 2007 06:57:44 PM
Thank you guys!!

The wool is corriedale combed top.
24  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / I did it!!!!!!! on: November 21, 2007 11:54:55 PM
I posted once before about my frustration... my first spinning attempt wasn't as I thought it should be Wink

I decided to let my little 3 year old help me by dyeing roving with wiltons. she picked the colors, helped me paint and squirt and roll the roving into saran wrap. In return for her wonderful favor, I spun it *just for her* and made her a hat!!!

She says it's birdiful!! That makes it so worth the frustrations!! And I absolutely had a blast watching it come out. This is my first time with color, and my first time plying. I'm so hooked. now I wish I had more energy to do more... I am way pregnant and tired and am feeling very lazy lately!

25  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Some random spinnies :) on: October 21, 2007 11:09:37 AM
Those are nice! I really like the beaded yarn.
26  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: First time spinning on: October 20, 2007 01:06:08 PM
You make me want to curl up in a ball and cry!!
I tried my wheel for the first time last night and your result was what I deluded myself into thinking i'd see..... but I didn't even come remotely close.

Wow!!!! You're my spinning hero.
27  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: The thinnest I have ever spun! on: October 20, 2007 12:57:53 PM
that's gorgeous!! That's why I wanted to learn to spin! Yarn like that!

How long have you been spinning??
28  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tell me it gets better!!! Pics too. on: October 20, 2007 12:32:52 PM
The brake band is on the right... I did forget to put it back. I'll be trying again today... with the brake band ON.

this really is so much fun.

I have a couple books that I'll be looking through today. I know NOTHING about tension, brake band function... anything. I just HAD to experiment last night. Plus, the wool smells sooooo good.  There's a class at our local LYS but it isn't until mid November.

The wheel is the ashford traveller. It was a toss up between that one and the lendrum when I played with them at the LYS. I liked them both the same, but I thought this one was prettier. So she won Smiley
29  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Tell me it gets better!!! Pics too. on: October 20, 2007 12:13:56 PM
I used my wheel for the first time last night. It was NOT easy. Nope. not at all.
Here was last nights first attempt: I've never even used a drop spindle.

And here is my second try last night.... where I *almost* started to get it. I don't think it's actually useable... but I'm keeping it FOREVER!!
On the bobbin:

On the niddy noddy:

In a hank:

But the truth is.... when it isn't twisted into a neat hank... it looks like this: (but still WAY better than last night, right??)

30  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Which color dye should I put on this botched baby carrier to make it amethyst? on: September 10, 2007 11:39:30 PM
Just get dharmas amethyst color. You won't regret it.
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