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1  Fiber Friday 9/28/07 in Spinning: Completed Projects by betzi on: September 28, 2007 06:00:00 AM
Hey everyone!  I can't believe that once again I'm starting the Fiber Friday!  this week i'm kind of cheating too, because I only have something knitted from my handspun, and something on my bobbin:

on the bobbin, burning embers.  its pretty thin, but I plan on navajo plying this and making into sock yarn.  sorry about the pics, i couldn't for the life of me get one with really good lighting.

hurry up spring armwarmers from SnB Nation.  unfortunately you can't really make out all the fun cabling because the yarn is pretty darn busy, but i can't help myself i just love knitting cables. 

its funny, but normally I'm a cool-colors kind of person.  but for some reason, i really like spinning warm colors (at least, so it seems from the above examples).  i think because they are so cheerful and upbeat, it is wonderful to see them slip through my fingers.

I've been trying to get some UFOs finished because I'm going to be starting the Secret of the Stole next week.  Thats probably all the knitting I will get done between now and the end of November, when the last clue is given. 

lets see those yarns!

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2  Fiber Friday, 9/14/07 in Spinning: Completed Projects by betzi on: September 14, 2007 05:53:43 AM
WOW!  Could it really be that I'm the first to post?  Neat!

I thought I would have more than one skein to show this week, but life kind of got in the way. 

Here is some yarn that I spun up from some of my own handpainted roving:

Daydreamer, 200yds heavy worsted-bulky, superwash merino.  i haven't washed, set the twist, and blocked yet, so its still "wavy".

and here is the Dream Swatch that I'm knitting from last week's bamboo.  I'm not crazy about how its swatching out actually.  This might get frogged and turned into something else if it doesn't look better after being blocked.  The colors turned out nice tho!

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3  Re: Fiber Friday 9/7/07 in Spinning: Completed Projects by betzi on: September 07, 2007 12:36:02 PM
Holy moses AWynkoop, thats quite the yardage!  go you! 

I apologize if I already posted these on a previous fiber friday.  I finally managed to get all the vacation pics off my camera to make room for yarn pics.  I haven't posted since the Tour de Fleece, so there are quite a few here.  My post is very pic heavy, sorry about that!

Hurry up summer, 360 yds of sport weight.  this is the softest merino ever!

Greek Isles, a 3-ply that has been re-plied, bulky weight aprox 100 yds, local fleece.  This is the first yarn i ever attempted to ply.  little did i know 3 plies are challenging for a first try.  The first time around it wasn't so hot, but now its wayyy improved.  the plies are hand-dyed, and the colors remind me of my honeymoon on Crete.

Maize, thick and thin, 120 yds of merino.  I was experimenting with different plying angles on this one, (and I tried out beehives of different sizes, but you can't see em here). so its a little wierd looking.  oh well, its still soft and yummy. 

Rose Garden, 100% bamboo, fingering weight, 200 yds.  i looooved spinning this.  spinning bamboo is orgasmic.  ok, not quite but almost!  I wish the pic was better, this stuff looks so much shinier in person.

Royalty, silk/merino blend,  heavy worsted weight, 96 yds.  another yarn that looks so much shinier in person, and its a much deeper blue.  stupid camera!

Fairy Godmother, batts from mandallin (so great, you *need* to get batts from her, they are delish), plied with pink holothread.  My first attempt at plying with thread.  Next skein will definitely turn out better, I learned a lot while I was doing this.  The batts were a delight to spin, however.  sooo yummy.

My son adored this skein and hung it around his neck.  He said he wanted to be yarn for halloween!  my poor kids will never turn out quite normal! 
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4  Re: Tour de Fleece 2007 in Spinning: Completed Projects by betzi on: July 18, 2007 07:08:07 PM
it might "only" be 11 yards, but my is it ever a lovely 11 yards!  good idea using a commercial yarn for the core.  i'll have to remember that when i get around to attempting coils.

nicolassa, i think i would have been throwing much more than a hissy fit!  that sucks!  any chance you could wash all or most of the dye out and re-dye it?

my camera is recharging so i took some shots of my recent skeins using my 4 yr old's fisher price digi cam.  the quality bites, so i'll refrain from posting my skeins just yet.  but here is a pic of my brand-new wheel, along with my little guy (using his camera of course, please excuse the quality).

Lucy the Lendrum with her pal Cutie Pie

I'm dearly in love with both of them!

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5  Re: Fiber Friday the 13th, 2007! in Spinning: Completed Projects by betzi on: July 13, 2007 07:50:14 AM
First a bobbin shot of the yarn I am currently spinning.  I love my new Lendrum, the high speeds are awesome!  i am hoping this will be sock yarn, but I have no idea.  this particular roving blooms like mad and seems to get waaaaay bigger than i ever think it will:

Johnny Jump-up (handpainted by me), superwash merino:

Next, I spun some stuff that DH so lovingly got me for my birthday last year.  I'm glad I saved it--it was a joy to spin on my new wheel!  the pic isn't that great, but i swear i took something like 10 shots and none really turned out very well.  but at least you get an idea of the color.  The knitted swatch of this looks very tweedy.

Rainforest, 14 wpi, 247 yards, domestic wool blend.

i have some more to post, but I can't right now--the munchkins are starting to complain...

more later!

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6  Re: Tour de Fleece 2007 in Spinning: Completed Projects by betzi on: July 10, 2007 06:36:27 AM
Well ladies and gents I am having a wonderful time with my new Lendrum!  So wonderful in fact that I spun about 12 ounces yesterday!  thats quite a lot for me!  Enough with the exclamation points already, Betzi!  Sheesh!

The following skien came from my first hand-dyed roving.  I wasn't too crazy about the outcome, but hey, its a learning experience, right?

Here is Johnny Jump-up, about 150 ish yards of dk weight.  I haven't measured WPIs yet, i'm just guessing:

The other 8 ounces I spun up yesterday aren't plied yet.  I'll get a pic when it is, its some nice dark green Ashland bay roving hubby got me as a present a while back.

All of the yarns so far fo the tour are absolutely stunning!  Bixby, i can't wait to see tulip in skein form, i love the colors! 

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7  Hand-dyed sock yarn= earthy socks! in Dyeing: Completed Projects by betzi on: June 29, 2007 01:01:33 PM
I guess this technically belongs in the knitted FOs forum, but I am proud of the dye job more than the rather easy 2x2 ribbed pattern that I used.  They are very earthy colors.  It was my first time hand-painting yarn, and now I'm hooked.  I plan to do more next month.  I really need to take a better picture, the colors are a little washed out in the bright noon sun, but I think you get the idea.

here is another.  the actual color is an average of the 2 pics!

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8  Re: Fiber Friday June 29, 2007 in Spinning: Completed Projects by betzi on: June 29, 2007 10:46:50 AM
hey ladies and gents!  happy fiber friday!  gosh, everything looks amazing.  i really love the rug bixby!  i always love to see stuff made out of handspun! 

i have been spinning up bunches of this fiber that I got from the MD sheep and wool festival.  I'm so sick of it!  I just wanted to get it spun up and off my bobbin:

and i attempted navajo plying with it... don't make fun, it was my first time!  Grin  I almost didn't post it, but then I thought I might as well, if only to make others feel better about their first attempts at navajo plying.

i did a good bit of dyeing last week, in preparation for the spinoff.  i used wilton dyes, and believe it or not I used the same colors for both rovings:

This one is called Johnny Jump Ups

This one is called Shade Garden:

thats all for now!  keep on spinning!

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9  color order while spinning *update w/ pic at top* in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by betzi on: June 26, 2007 10:50:58 AM
After a few failed attempts at navajo plying (what on earth could i be doing wrong?) I wracked my brain to figure out a way to preserve the color order of my singles.  I usually LOVE how a jhandpainted roving looks unspun, but when i ply it on itself by "normally" plying, I find that it sometimes looks muddied or just too messy, and I generally don't like the overall look of the final knitted object.

Then late last night--when all of my good ideas come--it hit me:  be organized while you spin!  so for my next spinning session with handpainted, i will split my roivng in half, one for each ply, and make sure that as i'm spinning i always prep and spin starting with the same color.   does that make sense?  In theory, it would work. 

have any of you tried this?  I'm not really an organized kind of person, so its a little daunting, but at least i could avoid navajo plying.  plus, it would require less roving per yard (because of the 3-plied nature of navajo plying).  If you have any other ideas, I'm certainly open to suggestions! 


I tried and succeeded (sort of)!  My first navajo-plied mini-skein is somewhat of a mess, but still--I did it!  yippee!  and i can even say that it was sort of fun, when my singles weren't breaking that is.

ok don't make fun of it too much (a little would be justified of course  Wink ).   here she is in all her glory, with color gradations much more preserved:

yay!  a new technique I never thought I could do--and wouldn't have if not for the encouragement of my fellow craftsters.  Now i'm off to perfect it...
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10  Best use of 185 yds? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by betzi on: June 11, 2007 05:51:58 PM
ok so i have been sitting on this skein, wondering what the heck i should do with it.  Its verrrrry verrrrry orange--much more orange than i thought it would be.  i thought the reddish pink tones would be featured more than that orange.  but there it is, and now i have to use it up. 

i was thinking about that scarf pattern from spin to knit, the one that is shag yarn/solid/crazy handspun/solid/shag.  It would tone it down some, but it would only use about half of my skein. 

any great patterns that call for about that much light-worsted (13wpis) that won't look completely insane???  i mean this stuff is ORANGE.  i thought about a toddler vest, but i doubt i have enough.  On a kid, any color looks justifiable.

i would appreciate any input.  i'm sort of at a loss with this one!
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