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1  Re: Fiber Friday, July 17, 2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Skeffto on: July 17, 2009 02:26:12 PM
I couldn't believe the lack of FF either!  It's nearly 10.30pm in the UK!   Shocked

Gorgeous yarns Jazzturtle, I love Waterlillies and Diamonds in the Rough especially  Cheesy

Here are a couple of my recent spins from my hand carded batts...

Solstice - corespun merino, silk, sparkles and stuff, 120g and 110 metres long

Dirty Pretty Thing - corespun wensleydale (natural organic black/brown and hand dyed) and mystery wool with added locks!  174g and 39 metres long

and here's some of my latest batts...

Neptune Grass - merino, silk, sparkle and black diamond

Modern Guilt - merino, silk, cashmere, sparkle and black diamond

I'm busy with five raw fleeces at the moment so hopefully I'll have something to show from them next week!  Hope there are some more Fibre Friday posts on the way today!   Smiley
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2  Re: Fiber Friday 4/17/09 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Skeffto on: April 17, 2009 02:32:26 AM
Wow!  Great yarns so far.  I love the yarn nest and Mog is fantastic!  Especially the close up shot of the 'sprouty' bits  Cheesy

Here's some of what I've spun up recently...

Summer Pudding - hand dyed Merino/seacell fibre from Creatively Dyed at Etsy. Naturally coloured Merino/soysilk fibre from Wingham Wool Work.  Its soft and squishy!

Roadside Heather - hand dyed Corriedale fibre from Yummy Yarn at Etsy. Naturally coloured grey Shetland and Black Diamond.

Hey Venus! - hand dyed Merino/soysilk fibre from Girl on the Rocks at Etsy with added Black Diamond.

Cherry Blossom Girl - hand dyed Merino/seacell yarn from Creatively Dyed at Etsy.

Blueberry Sorbet - hand dyed Merino-silk blend from Yummy Yarn at Etsy with added white bamboo fibre.

Artichoke - hand dyed BFL fibre from Spindlefrog at Etsy.  Natural oatmeal coloured fibre overdyed.

I had my first proper batt carding session yesterday so will hopefully have some yarns from that for next Friday  Smiley

Can't wait to see what everyone else has been up to!   Cheesy
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3  Re: 4th of July Fiber Friday 2008! in Spinning: Completed Projects by Skeffto on: July 04, 2008 02:51:01 AM
Whoo!  Everyone's starting nice and early this Friday!   Cheesy

They're all lovely but I'm particularly keen on Lake Michigan, Vesuvius and Peacock.  Wasn't Woolfest great Kathleenalice!  I've already spun up all the fibre I bought there and even managed to spin some outside in my garden for the first time as there was one nice sunny day in Cumbria this week!  Yay!   Grin

Slippery Sea, a merino/tencel fibre blend from Woolfest.  Its about 104 metres and 110g.

Mango (pop an apple in his ass, yeah...) is another merino/tencel blend from Woolfest named after a line in the racist greengrocer song in an episode of Flight of the Conchords.  I've always got their songs in my head!   Roll Eyes  The yarn is about 121 metres and 110g.

Urban Apple, merino/bamboo blend from Woolfest that I didn't like spinning as much as the merino/tencel.  About 100 metres and 110g.

My Little Shetland Pony, 100% Shetland fibre from The Yarn Yard at Woolfest.  I love The Yarn Yard's fibre!   Cheesy  It was really lovely to spin.  About 115 metres and 100g.

Dusty Rosebush is some more 100% Shetland Yarn Yard fibre.  I think all their colourways are beautiful.  This is 82 metres and 100g.

Rhubarb and Custard, 100% Wensleydale from The Yarn Yard again.  Wensleydale was a bit trickier to spin but really lustrous and has a sort of halo.  About 53 metres and 100g.

Starry Purple Sky, merino and silk (I think) from Fyberspates at Woolfest.  I love this dark purple!  About 86 metres and 170g.

Looking forward to seeing some more lovely yarns from everyone!   Cheesy
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4  Two pegloom rugs - lots of pics in Weaving: Completed Projects by Skeffto on: May 27, 2008 04:10:36 AM
My boyfriend asked me to make him a rug for next to the bed so I got all excited about doing something colourful and then when I asked him what colours he fancied he just said 'hmm... grey and black, maybe brown'  Sad

But then he said he's rather it was naturally coloured wool, preferably something fairly local so I got a bit more excited about it again!   Cheesy

We live in Cumbria so our local sheep breed is Herdwick, which is really coarse and hairy (and hurt my fingers when I spun it!) so I did a mixture of Herdwick with three shades of Shetland, some Blue Faced Leicester (nice and soft) in two colours and some random mystery fleece that had been lurking in my cupboard.

Its all handspun, except for the warp, which is Ecowool (a naturally coloured undyed 2ply from my LYS).  Here's a pic of all the yarn waiting to be woven...

Here's a close-up of the weave...

and here's a picture of his rug (on the left) next to my rug, because once I'd finished his, I wanted one of my own!

Mine is made from three colours of Shetland, some natural Merino and some Finn, with Ecowool for the warp again.  Its much thicker and squooshier than the first one as I got carried away spinning lots of yarn and then had to pack it all down when I was weaving to make it the same size as the first rug!

Here's all the yarn balled-up and waiting to be woven...

and here are some more detailed pictures of the weave...

They're both really nice and soft on your feet when you get out of bed in the morning.  Mine seems 'girlier' because its so thick and soft whereas my boyfriend's is still squishy but has added hardcore Herdwick scratchiness going on!  More of a man's rug...

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5  Re: Fiber Friday 2/1/08 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Skeffto on: February 01, 2008 09:00:59 AM
Oooh, everyone's yarns look lovely!   Cheesy

I especially like the coil-ey bits in Taste the Rainbow.

Here are a few that I've done recently...

Electric Goldfish is some super bulky merino in very loud colours that are more exciting in real life than in the photo.  I gave it to me friend and she's knitted a hat that I haven't seen yet.  Very excited about seeing the first thing that someone else has made with my yarn!

This is Green Man, which is a merino and silk blend from Wingham Wool Work.  I've got two skeins of it but haven't got in the habit of measuring and weighing all the things that I spin yet!

This is Grapevine, which is lovely super soft merino and I spun tons of it so I'm going to knit two scarves and give one to my Mum.

This one is a merino yarn called Ape of Death because when my boyfriend saw the brown fibre I used for it he thought it looked like the fur on the Ape of Death from an episode of the Mighty Boosh.

He's the Ape of Death and he don't care, cos he's the monkey with the lover-ly hair...

The last one is called Mermaid's merkin and I really tried to think of a different name in case that offended anyone but I couldn't!  Anyway, it's merino with some green silk that I dyed ages ago and I was really pleased with how it came out! 

Haven't got a picture of it as a skein so here it is on the bobbin...

and here it is knitted into a scarf!

Can you tell that my knitting skills aren't very well developed?!   Roll Eyes  I can only do scarves!

That's it!  Can't wait to see some more yarns!   Grin
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6  Re: Feltalong #13 Wet felted Lattice scarf - Gallery in Felting: Completed Projects by Skeffto on: November 15, 2007 11:16:14 AM
Here's mine...

Hope I get time to make some more soon, they're great fun!   Cheesy
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7  Re: Feltalong #13 Wet felted Lattice scarf (tutorial included) in Felting: Discussion and Questions by Skeffto on: November 09, 2007 02:39:06 AM
Oooh, these all look great!  Cheesy

I especially like MsP's purpley ones, the pink bits dotted around work really well!

Here's my only one so far, hopefully I'll get a chance to do some more soon...

And here's a pic of it spread out a bit...

It's not very long but it still goes round my neck a couple of times  Smiley

Can't wait to see some more lovely scarves!

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8  Fiber Friday 11/09/07 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Skeffto on: November 09, 2007 02:32:59 AM
Its Fibre Friday already!  Well, it is in the UK anyway...  Wink

Here's my only offering this week, it's a some space-dyed Merino in all kinds of weird colours (pink, yellow, brown and natural!).  Its plied with more of the same.

Can't wait to see what you've all been busy with!   Grin

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9  Re: Please? Need inspiration to use my Rigid Heddle Loom in Weaving: Discussion and Questions by Skeffto on: October 31, 2007 11:32:48 AM
I've got a couple of photos of some quite bold stuff I've seen done on a loom similar to yours. 

It's from a natural dyeing course that I went on and we wove with the locks of wool that we dyed, not spun at all, just nice and chunky straight from the sheep (via the dye pot). 

The finished pieces were really nice and thick and would make great rugs, throws or wall hangings (shame we did them in a scarf shape...  Roll Eyes)

The first pic shows three of the finished pieces but the second pic shows a close-up of the one that my friend Liz did.  She pulled the wool through the spaces in the warp to make lumpy, pebbly 'bubble' bits that looked really effective.

I could imagine doing a really big wall hanging using this technique to create a really textural landscape like a pebbly beach, a woodland or some rolling hills.  I haven't got round to it yet though!

Don't know if that's helpful but it just occured to me that when you said bold and funky you might like a style of weaving where the fabric seems to leap right out at you!   Cheesy

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10  Re: Fiber Friday 10/26/07 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Skeffto on: October 26, 2007 03:28:09 AM
Your yarns are gorgeous Kazkitty!  Shocked

I think caution tape is my favourite but they're all lovely!

My yarns look very plain and grey next to yours but here they are anyway...

Four yarns still on the bobbins.  White merino, grey herdwick next to it and then two shades of blue faced leicester (brown and grey) at the bottom

This next pic is the two blue faced leicester yarns plied together.  The colours didn't show up as well in this photo, they're more like the pic above.  I'm still learning so my plying is a bit all over the place!  Its nice and squooshy though  Cheesy

Can't wait to see everyone else's yarns!    Smiley

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