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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 9/28/07 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!

2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday, 9/14/07 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!

3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Spinning singles that aren't highly energized on: September 11, 2007 09:18:54 AM
i'm having a little problem spinning singles that don't turn out highly energized.  I spin too much and they become energized.  i spin too little and they don't seem too strong.  I just got the tiwsted sisters sock book and in it the author says that she prefers spinning singles to preserve the vibrant color of her fibers.  However, she doesn't explain how she spins her singles.  Personally, I can't imagine spinning singles for sock yarn that would hold up with wear.  This book is really detailed when it comes to dyeing and spinning for socks, but unfortunately she leaves this crucial piece of info out.

ideas? hints?  all are greatly appreciated!
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / plying with elastic--is it possible? on: August 21, 2007 02:22:09 PM
hey there all you spinny guys and gals!  I'm back from a little romp in Germany, where i was delighted to be able to spin on some gorgeous antique spinning wheels, but thats another post entirely...

while i was away i was working hard knitting up the Pomatomus socks (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter05/PATTpomatomus.html).  I used the most incredible sock yarn, crystal palace bamboo cotton.  i was hesitant to try out the yarn on socks because bamboo is so darn rigid, with little give, but the LYS gal said its all good, trust us, it will be fantastic.  And so it was!  here is the catch:  it had a ply of elastic! 

for some reason i thought "thats genius!  what a great way to overcome the rigidity of bamboo!", as if elastic in sock yarn is such a new and novel idea.  it got me to thinking, tho, is it possible to do this with handspun as well?  i mean, i can't imagine how it would work out because you would have to ply the elastic thread without tugging at it, know what i mean?

i'm sitting here with two full spools of bamboo, wondering if it would ever work...any ideas?  has anyone tried this before?
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / how about 10,000 whacked out sheep? on: July 10, 2007 07:30:34 PM
Need a sheep fix?

10,000 people were paid 2 cents each to draw these left-facing sheep:


crazy eh? 

If you click on a sheep it shows you how they were drawn.  Hm.  You'd think I'd have better things to do with my time, now that i have a wheel and all! 
6  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Dyeing Grey icelandic wool on: July 09, 2007 06:31:14 PM
I just got a small bump of grey icelandic and was wondering if i could dye it?  Of course I expect the colors to be muted, but is there anything else I need to know about before jumpin right in?  I'm not really a grey kind of gal (thank god it was free), so something needs to be done to give it a little umph.
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / I am about to take the plunge...nm, I did it! Woohoo! on: June 30, 2007 08:59:01 AM
Thats it ladies.  I'm fed up with renting!  I'm going to buy myself a wheel.  I've narrowed it down to 2 or 3 and I need some help deciding.  I need a portable wheel because I'm always on the go, but I want a wheel that is still somewhat substantial. 

I've ruled out the Louet Victoria because I'm sort of tallish, and I think that its just too teeny.  Otherwise, I'm very tempted.

I have nearly ruled out the Majacraft Little Gem.  I love Majacrafts and that very handy delta orifice (plus I first learned to wheel-spin on one), but I'm not too crazy about the ratios.  I like to spin thin, and I'm not so sure 12:1 will do it for me.  And again, orifice height plays a role.  i just feel more comfortable with a higher orifice. 

So I'm left with my last 2 favorites, the Kromski Sonata and the Lendrum.  Neither have a delta orifice, but the Lendrum Complete comes with a 7/8' diameter orifice.  Its a great height, and I love the sliding flyer hooks (just like the maja's).  It kind of sucks that it doesn't come with an attached lazy kate tho.   I've tried this one out and absolutely loved it.  I almost didnt' mind that the orifice wasn't delta.  The only thing that gets me is the strange angle it sits at.  while i'm sitting there I don't notice it.  But when I step away, there it is, tilting oddly.  I'm just wondering if that will bug me if its in my living room.

I have yet to try the Sonata, but I can definitely say that I love how it looks.  Its nice and tall and comes with an attached lazy kate.  This is a feature I really appreciate because I have young kiddos.  And the ratios are ok, but I hear that there will soon be faster flyers, which is a plus in my book. 

Well, can you help me?  I can't say that price isn't an issue, but I do want to get just the right wheel, and will shell out a little more if need be to get it. 

8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Flat carders? on: June 29, 2007 05:21:04 PM
I recently saw for sale some "flat carders" that are specifically different than curved carders (those were listed in the same ad too).  I can see how they would be a little less ergonomic, but is that the only difference?  They were a good price, and I'm tempted to get them.
9  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Hand-dyed sock yarn= earthy socks! 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!

10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / color order while spinning *update w/ pic at top* 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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