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1  Re: Tour de Fleece yarn in Spinning: Completed Projects by LaughingLark on: June 30, 2013 09:32:24 PM
Thanks!  Smiley

I got another day 2 yarn done today. Not the best photo, since it is late at night and my flash distorted the colors. This is alpaca and silk strips that have been core spun and then plied.
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2  Tour de Fleece yarn in Spinning: Completed Projects by LaughingLark on: June 30, 2013 02:22:15 PM
Anyone else doing Tour de Fleece this year? I'd love to see what you are working on!

I just recently started coming out of a very long creative slump, and I decided to commit to doing a lot of spinning during the Tour.

Here are my first yarns:
Day 1
 Romney lamb locks. This is my first attempt at coreless core spinning, and I'm hooked. One is a single, one is plied with a skinny wool single.

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3  Re: Fiber Friday 06/14/2013 in Spinning: Completed Projects by LaughingLark on: June 15, 2013 04:18:01 AM
Hi everyone! I'm loving all the yarns, and I'm glad that Fiber Friday is still going on. I don't have pics this week, but should have some next week. Minor camera trouble to resolve first.

My cardboard and bangle bracelet spindles are still going strong. I use them about as much as I use the wheels. I have had to glue gun the whorls back in place a couple of times, but I beat them up a lot. They go on city buses and end up getting knocked around in my bag all day long. They also go with me to the park while Ian plays. They are a great conversation-starter. I need to make some new and  prettier ones someday, but I've been too busy spinning. Wink

Alexus, that rose yarn is amazing! Core-spinning on a drop spindle is really difficult.

Edited so I could bring something to the party. This was made a while back, but not posted on Craftster yet. I spun up a bunch of yarns by holding 2 cotton sweater strands together and frogging them right onto the spinning wheel. Then I n-plyed them. These will be accent yarns in woven cotton dishtowels. I call this yarn cotton clownbarf. It's pretty random. Grin While this was a fun project, I would strongly recommend the wheel-frogging be done outside, with a dust mask on. Tons of dust flew out of the yarn as I frogged it. TONS. You could give yourself a nasty case of brown-lung if you do it a lot. I did these in the house, and I won't try that again, ever. Now that it's nice outside, I'm planning to add to my stash of these yarns.

Here are 2 pieces of sweater, and the resulting yarn. Get a few unloved stripey and plain sweaters, combine them different ways--the possibilities are endless.

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4  Re: FOC Second Chance Wishlist Rd 3 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by LaughingLark on: November 25, 2012 12:06:05 PM
Sorry about the delay, I had to replace the batteries in my camera. Here is my amazing haul from Catrinau:

Tons of yarn to play with!

A beautiful koi with shiny button scales. Very pretty and clever! I lovelovelove this!

Two super-cute shirts for my youngest son. He loves these!

Thank you so much for everything!
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5  Re: May I Fiber Friday? in Spinning: Completed Projects by LaughingLark on: June 22, 2012 06:39:16 PM
Miloknows, those yarns are stunning! I especially like the last two. I'm kind of on the same wavelength with recycled fabrics; I'm getting some strips of chiffon ready for an experiment I will do during Tour de Fleece, if I can wait that long.  Smiley

Puppy_girl, I do remember that roving! You did such a great job both with the dyeing and spinning it.

Here is mine. This is frogged and kettle-dyed yarn from a thrifted sweater. I'm going to use some of it as is, but some will be spun with other things to make accent yarns for weaving.

I took some of it and added extra twist while also auto-wrapping it with gold lurex. Then I plied it with a woolen yarn, and had fun doing random coils and turkish knots for texture. On the bobbin:

And on the swift:

 Glad to see a Fiber Friday thread! Once the Tour starts, I hope to be unloading on y'all with a bunch of yarn pics. Grin
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6  Fiber Friday April 6th 2012 in Spinning: Completed Projects by LaughingLark on: April 06, 2012 06:09:10 PM
No thread yet? I'll start us off.  Grin

This one is called Early Seedlings, and it is made from  a 75% silk, 25% cotton sweater. I shredded the sweater, then dyed it.

 And this one, for lack of a better name, is called "When Two Ugly Sweater Vests Love Each Other Very Much, They Get Together and Make a Yarn!"  Cheesy Both the vests are acrylic and cotton blends. I like the denim-y colors, and I was curious about what I would get spinning with them. Acrylic sweaters that have already been through the consumer stream go to the landfill and stay there forever. Might as well see if they can become fun novelty yarns.

I probably won't be able to spin much in the coming weeks. We are moving. Hubby has the job! I will be here as much as I can to cheer you on. Happy Easter and happy spinning!  Smiley
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7  Re: Shop the Swap 61 **Shops Only signup to April 20/12** in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by LaughingLark on: April 02, 2012 07:04:43 AM

LaughingLark's OMG!!!! I'm moving sale! CLOSED for now to start packing. Thank you.

All crafts made in a non-smoking, cat-friendly home.

Handspun yarns. The yardage is a mystery, so I am selling these for only 1 point each.  Smiley

]Yarn 1 (1)Sold to loves2experiment!

yarn 2 (1)

yarn 3 (1)

yarn 4 (1)

yarn 5 (1)

Yarn 6 (1)Sold to loves2experiment! Thanks!

yarn 7 (1)

Claims I have made

Claims from me:
Send by April 9
LaughingLark to loves2experiment (or Spot ) - Yarn 1 and Yarn 6 - (2)

Started with : 1 point
Current: 3
Total: 3
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8  Re: Fiber Friday March 23, 2012 in Spinning: Completed Projects by LaughingLark on: March 27, 2012 04:07:44 AM
 I am loving all the yarns this week!

I'm here very late because things are crazy around here. Currently no end in sight to the things that are stressing me out. When I have had the time, I've been working on more recycled sweater yarns.

I'm also going to pretend it is still Friday and post my yarn. I did make it last week, but didn't upload my pix till last night. I found a sweater at the thrift that was visually interesting, but ugly at the same time. Maybe it's just me and my fat person's perspective on anything that has horizontal stripes, but this was a seriously unflattering sweater. Cheesy
It's a mix of a very glossy rayon and some soft cotton. It also had the "bad seams", so I shredded it.

And made this:

I don't know what I'll make with it, but I enjoyed working on it. I'm exploring the concept of vegan yarns. Not that I'm a vegan (there might be eighty pounds less of me if I were, though). I like the challenge.
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9  Re: Fiber Friday March 16, 2012 in Spinning: Completed Projects by LaughingLark on: March 18, 2012 09:00:01 AM
Here is my yarn. Lots of pics. It's called Dragon Whiskers because of how the angelina sticks out.Smiley

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10  Re: Shop the Swap 60 **Discussion Thread** in New Swap Theme Ideas by LaughingLark on: March 11, 2012 01:50:09 AM
Hi everyone. I just closed my shop until Friday, since I don't know what my internet situation will be while we travel. Last hotel we were at had crappy internet. We will be checking out out potential new city, looking at houses, and hubby has an interview. He'll be transferring within the same parent company.

Sorry I haven't gotten my new yarns measured yet. Things have been crazy here. I have been spinning whenever I can sit down to deal with the stress, so once I can measure and photograph, I'll have plenty of yarn. Grin Then after this round (if the transfer works out), I'll have to leave the swap until we are re-settled. Or I might stay in it for a major de-stash. Not sure yet.

Does anyone have crochet cotton to de-stash? Since I started core-spinning and making crazy sweater yarns, I am galloping through it. Any thickness would be useful, from the super thin stuff to the thickest. Here is some stuff I have made recently that required crochet cotton for plying.

I am especially looking for colors. Any colors. Smiley
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