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1  Fiber Friday 10/26/12 in Spinning: Completed Projects by breabadair on: October 26, 2012 05:58:17 PM
I didn't see a thread. So, I think I'll be the one to start it.

The first thing I did was finish plying Alpaca singles. I had three colors, red, purple, and blue. The blue I mixed with some silver firestar, it started looking a bit Tardis-y. In a good way. I wish I had more of that so I could have plied it with itself. But I didn't. So, decided that I wanted to see how plying each color together would affect the overall color.

So, here is the result of that. I think the three total are almost 200 yards...I didn't spin as finely as I would have liked.

I finished those quickly because I was eager to start spinning up one of the batts Jexxican sent me in the fiber swap. So I had the singles first, but because I broke off my larger Whorl on my DD a few days ago (it fell out of my hand and landed on a chair. I have wood glue to fix it soon) I had to use the smaller of the two, which I haven't done yet, so the singles ended up overspun.

Here are the singles

Here they are after they were plied:

Jexxican's batts are so beautiful. They've been so fun to spin up. I'm going to put half of it up to save for a special day, so I don't spin up the rest of it.

I know everyone's busy finishing up their swap items to send out, but if anyone else has done anything, I'd love to see Smiley

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2  Re: Fibre Swap all 2012- Gallery in The Swap Gallery by breabadair on: October 24, 2012 11:09:32 AM
Yay! I'm first. Because Jexxican was really on top of things!

I made sure to get it today by going and picking it up from the office before class. Which meant carrying it around to my class and back. It was torment. Tongue But I needed to make sure that I could get it today. So, I opened it up on the bus on my way home.

This is what I saw!

I had to control myself from making high pitched noises of joy. (There were other people riding back, I was trying to be considerate).

Then I walked back to my apartment and properly opened my package. Jexxican, you seriously made the cutest bowl/basket/pot...I don't know what to call it. But I love it.

Edit: I found a super cute post card in the bottom of my box! This bowl is perfect for my knitting! I always have a problem with my yarn balls rolling around! <3


I'm just so excited! This fiber is some of the loveliest I've ever had. I really enjoyed getting to know Jexxican over the course of this swap. She helped make my first ever swap amazing. Cheesy
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3  Re: Fibre Friday - September 28, 2012 in Spinning: Completed Projects by breabadair on: September 28, 2012 09:35:08 PM
You guys have done such great stuff! <3 I'm so happy to see what you've been doing. I've just been lurking as of late. But I did some spinning this week.

I spun my singles

Then I did my first ever 3-ply with them. It seems to turn out well. I'm waiting for my niddy noddy to arrive in the mail so I can skein it out.

The blue and green seem to blend in together. I could have done better with that. But I'm still happy.
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4  Re: Another Flyer Question in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by breabadair on: September 26, 2012 12:04:42 PM
Ooh, thank you. I admit to being at a loss with this. What's a guide hook? It looks as though there a little hole in the wood, but nothing is in it. So, is that where the guide hook would go? I tried to take close up pictures. I hope they are helpful.

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5  Another Flyer Question in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by breabadair on: September 26, 2012 10:18:34 AM
I found a really good deal on an Elizabeth I. So, I bought it.

I'm just happy to have a wheel again (my traddy is in Arizona while I am in Indiana). I'm having a problem with the new (used) wheel. It's a double drive and I've only ever spun on an single with scotch tension. I thought that might be the problem, as I can't get the yarn to wind onto the bobbin, it just keeps corkscrewing. I've messed with the tension and treadling, but nothing has helped. Then I noticed something about the flyer, that I don't think it should be doing. So, pictures.

Here's what it looks like. Appears fine. However, it....does things.

It's spinning around on the metal that makes the orifice, and the...part that goes into the bobbin for lack of technical terms. That seems unusual. It also shouldn't be moving up and down on those parts, right? Can I fix this? Is this even a problem? I'm not sure what to do with this.  

And just because I'm happy and want to share how lovely she is, a picture. Smiley

If anyone can tell me what to do with the flyer, or if that's not the issue, the driveband, I'd love some help. Thanks!
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6  Fiber Friday! 7/6/2012 in Spinning: Completed Projects by breabadair on: July 06, 2012 12:59:04 AM
So, it's past midnight here, which means it's Friday! Since I'm full of happy spinning related feelings coupled with the fact that I'm a night owl, I figured I'd go ahead and kick us off. I'm just excited to see what everyone else is doing! I've been spinning for the Tour de Fleece. I've scoured my first fleece and carded part of it. It's been a great week and I'm grateful to have found out about the TdF. Thank you, my lovely crafster spinners!

Here is some of the fleece. It's an awesome tan color. Other bits will have parts of caramel color going on.

Here is the silk I dyed and spun. I ended up with two skeins worth. Which was nice, and it's super pinkish.

This is some super pretty fiber that I'll spin up over the next few days. It was my b-day gift to myself.
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7  Re: Fiber Friday June 29, 2012 in Spinning: Completed Projects by breabadair on: June 29, 2012 08:52:30 PM
Your yarns are lovely! I'm renting a drum carder from my LYS, just because I don't know anyone who has one that I can borrow.

These are all yarns from last week. I missed fiber friday, because the weather was poor which hindered my lighting, so no pictures.

The first is the yarn I spun last Thursday with an 82 year old spinner. She was really awesome, and it was great to spin with someone else. She let me use two different colors of Navajo-Churro wool. I loved it, so much so that I bought a raw fleece to use. Along with that yarn I have some black Norwegian Top in there, and some random white wool, I didn't write down what I bought at the store, so it's a mystery until I go back. I call it my Franken-yarn since it's pieced together from different stuff, but not artistically like art yarns/batts.

This was Lincoln Top that I dyed with food coloring ages ago. I ended up getting two bobbins worth, which was nice. It makes me think of candy, like skittles. I hated spinning it. It felt like doll hair and made my fingers raw.

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8  Better Late, or Early, Than Never. in Spinning: Completed Projects by breabadair on: June 19, 2012 01:59:27 AM
I know it isn't Fiber Friday, but I'm feeling down today and wanted to visit craftster to lift my spirits.

A little background info, I purchased a spinning wheel of unknown make/model last summer for 75 dollars on craigslist. I had checked it out, everything looked intact. Upon getting it home, I couldn't for the life of me spin on it. I thought I was at fault, some strange inability to spin. Discouraged, I put it away until I could take a class at my LYS, which never came to fruition. School happened so I didn't have time for it, and it was a deep source of shame for me that I wasn't ready to face.

This summer I did some research, figured out who made it, and what was wrong quite recently, in fact. Once it was fixed I was spinning like I'd been doing it my entire life. I think it's been a week? At any rate, here is the result of my endeavors.

This is the first, I don't remember what kind of wool it is, but it's super soft.

This is the second. It's Norwegian Top, that I bought when I first got my wheel. I'm eventually going to spin up enough for a sweater for the man in my life. It's so fluffy, it's like spinning a cloud, a gray, shiny cloud.

Thanks for looking Smiley
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9  A Rug Fit for a Tea Room in Weaving: Completed Projects by breabadair on: June 13, 2012 11:44:51 PM
My parents bought me a 45 inch LeClerc Mira counterbalance loom as an early birthday present. Along with that they allowed me to turn the living room into my studio. The woman we got the loom from made such beautiful rag rugs. I decided I had to try that too. Especially now that I have a loom big enough. It was a two day ordeal. Only because I purchased right-handed scissors and attempted to cut strips of fabric with them. Since I'm left-handed it became incredibly blistery and painful. But the loom and the rug weaving was amazing. The loom, is smooth, sturdy, and oh my goodness insanely quiet. My cat sits underneath while I weave. He likes to lay right under the treadles, bless his silly little heart.

But anyway, back to the rug. I had some fabric that I hadn't used in literally, years. One was green with a floral burnout pattern and the other was white/pink/purple blended with a wide variety of flowers, and it was made in France which I found neat. Once strip of green went for two rows of warp and one strip of the floral was good for three rows of warp. I decided that was lovely and went with it. It's 23"x50" It reminds me of Chantilly Tea Room that is in Tucson. It's always full of pink, lace, and flowers. So, without further ado, here's my lovely tea/garden inspired rug.

Here is a close up of the fabric so you can see how the colors actually are (my camera washes everything out).

Here is another on the loom shot.

And finally, completed. (I told you the camera washes the colors out)

I also have a cute picture of my other cat sitting on my rug, right after I finished it. She approved.

Thanks so much for looking.
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10  Need some help, it's an issue with my flyer, or leader or something in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by breabadair on: June 13, 2012 11:18:20 PM
Hello! So I have an oldschool (1975 ish) Ashford Traditional. I used the maintenance kit on it and can spin. The only problem is the whole that the yarn goes through opens on the bottom of the flyer (not the side the hooks are on). I apologize for being so super technical (not) in this post. I'm not quite 100% on terminology. So I'd rather just describe and post pictures of what I'm talking about.

Every other flyer that I've seen online seems to have the hole in line with the hooks. So I'm wondering if this will effect the way my yarn is or the whee's ability to function proper? I've only used it once and in all honesty the hole for the yarn to go through is placed so low that I can't get the leader through with the hook the maintenance kit came with. So, I'd really like some information on what I can do, if anything, or if this is nothing to be concerned about and to just keep spinning.

Here are two picture to hopefully help. I used flash only so you can see the hole and its strange placement.

Thanks again, everyone Smiley
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