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1  Re: Fiber Friday, 4/3/2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by spinnerchris on: April 03, 2009 05:37:30 PM
Beautiful yarns everyone! I have a finished yarn this week....

4 ozs natural white shetland (from my sheep) carded with 1 oz purple soy silk. 1 Ply bulky, one ply worsterd and all white, one ply white sewing thread. It's twin is about half done as well.

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2  Re: Wool from my ewe in Spinning: Completed Projects by spinnerchris on: January 30, 2009 03:06:40 PM
Hi Jen-
I too have a white shetland wether- Timmy. I recently took my first steps in dying his fleece. But I only did one color (well, the lighter color is more white added to pick up the rest of the dye in the pot)

But your multi colors are great! I can't wait to see it spun up. Thanks for the idea!

And that you did all the processing yourself- kudos to you! I send my wool out for processing. How many sheep do you have? I have 10 sheep, 2 angora goats a llama and an alpaca- so 14 fleeces a year.

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3  Re: Fiber Friday - 2nd January, 2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by spinnerchris on: January 02, 2009 11:11:12 PM
Happy New Year! And Happy Rock Day! (In my spinning guild they refer to the first spinning of the new year as Rock Day- something about "rock" being the German word for "to spin")

Wow, you guys who produce many skeins in a week amaze me. Here is one I have had done for a while, but only recenty got a photo. It is natural jacob wool from my own sheep (white and black carded together) with turquoise angelina.

Jacob's Night Out

I also did my first dye day. A friend came over and she walked me through the steps of chemical dyes. I think it was jacquard. We did the darker rose and there was still dye in the pot, so I added some more white shetland and got the lighter color.

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4  Re: Fiber Friday 9/19/08 in Spinning: Completed Projects by spinnerchris on: September 19, 2008 12:59:08 PM
Well I have one to share this week. It has been finished for a while now, but recently photographed. I just love the artistic photos here as much as the yarns.

Kiwi and creme: 218 yards of shetland wool from my own sheep, carded with kiwi crystalina. 2 plys somewhat bulky and a third ply of verigated greens sewing thread.
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5  Re: Fiber Friday 4/25/2008 in Spinning: Completed Projects by spinnerchris on: April 26, 2008 05:02:30 PM
Hi Everyone!
I mostly lurk here, but love looking at what everyone does. After hanging around here, I realized that I would rather be spinning a more "novelty" type yarn, so you all have inspired me. Here are some yarns I have spun lately in preparation for our county fair:

Jacob's Ladder, natural black and white jacob sheep wool carded together with blue and coral ingeo. One ply thick and thin, one ply sort of light DK weight, plyed with black thread. This is from my own flock of sheep.

Ba-Ba Black Sheep (what I say to the sheep now that shearing time is here again!) Natural black shetland/jacob cross carded with iridescent firestar that looks mostly pink. Two plys thick and thin, plyed with black thread with pink sequins. My first add-ins!

Sparkling Water. Unknown wool bought when I first started spinning. Has some shiny stuff carded in. Two thick/thin plys, plyed with an iridescent white thread. My first attempt at a "novelty-style" yarn.

Thanks for all the inspiration I find here. My next step is dyeing- I have plenty of white wool to experiment on.

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6  Anyone made sleeveless top from Knit Simple? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by spinnerchris on: October 04, 2007 10:43:46 PM
Has anyone attempted this top from Knit Simple Fall 07?

I started making the large size (I did make a yarn substitution, but was getting gauge). Decided that was too large and frogged for a medium. Finished that the other day and it is still too large and shapeless. I thought the waist shaping was cute and should look nicer and shaplier. Just wondering if it is worth it to frog and start on a small Sad
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7  Re: Fiber Friday 6/8 in Spinning: Completed Projects by spinnerchris on: June 08, 2007 05:49:59 PM
I am pretty new to this board- I mostly lurk. But I completed two of the projects that I plan to enter in the county fair this week. Talk about cutting it close- they have to be turned in by tomorrow. I still need to knit up the swatches for the intended use part of the entry.

First- an unknown wool bought for the color. The quality isn't that great, so I plan to knit and felt some slippers out of this:

And some Amythest Merino- nice to work with, especially after picking out the VM from the last one!

They are both 3 ply. I am also trying to finish a 4 ply cabled yarn, where you spin and 2 ply, then spin the 2 2-plys back in the "S" direction. Makes an almost squared off yarn. I am doing that in Jacob from my own sheep with 2 plys in white and 2 plys in black.

Everyone's yarns look so nice. You have inspired me to try plying with thread and to do more thick and thin type yarns. They are so beautiful.

Have a great weekend!
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8  Re: Do you own a fiber animal? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by spinnerchris on: May 29, 2007 07:58:29 PM
I think I was the only one who had angora goats. This is my first photo post, so bear with me!

This is Michael, a couple of months after shearing, with a nice short curly coat (and its clean!)

And later in the winter with our alpaca, Sugar. Michael only has 3 legs, he broke a leg 4-5 years ago and it had to be amputated when it didn't heal. He gets around fine on 3 legs, but can look funny. It is the worst right after shearing- makes me feel sorry for him.

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