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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Blood Sweat & Wool (mini-movie) on: January 05, 2008 10:22:59 AM

I just saw this on someone's blog, and it's so cute! Haha, the best part is when he's chasing the sheep. I actually have a pair of hand shears, so I could go do some guerilla shearing...
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 8/31/07 on: August 31, 2007 07:22:14 AM
It iiiis friday, right? I can't believe this thread hasn't been started yet!

Anyway, I haven't posted to fiber friday for a while since I've been busy with other things (like teaching a spinning class!), but I managed to spin a bunch this week.

Rhiannon (set of two skeins) - This yarn was spun from merino roving from a small farm that was handpainted in a series of colors that will stripe randomly when knit or crocheted. I split the roving down the center and spun two nearly identical skeins - they both will self-stripe in the same color sequence, with no repeats. The colors in this yarn are (in the order they occur): lavender, black, mustard yellow, blue, dark brown, blue, pink, black/brown, pale mint, grey, and brown/black.

Selkie - This is another self-striping yarn with no repeats, but in one huge skein. I love this one SO much, so I'm keeping it to knit with myself! I think it's going to be a color-changing scarf.

Wild August - Spun from raw locks from a local farm, dyed by me. Cotswold, mohair, cotswold lamb, and border leicester. So super fuzzy!



Red Moon - I spun this for the etsyFAST (etsy fiber arts street team) august challenge, which was to create something with a "celestial" theme. This yarn has the most unbelievable silky-soft texture - it's a blend of soysilk and superwash merino mill ends. I spun in a ton of red and gray handdyed sparkle. This is a HUGE skein.

Ritual Dance - Scrap yarn! I spun together a bunch of leftover wool scraps. Mostly wool, with some mohair and sparkle.

I feel so productive! I have two more skeins drying right now, and a bunch of fiber ready to be spun.

I can't wait to see everyone else's yarns!
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 6/22 on: June 22, 2007 06:14:45 AM
Happy fiber friday everyone! I've never started the thread before - I keep going to check that it really is friday and no one else posted yet. Here is my yarn for this week:

Merfolk - This skein was spun from velvety soft merino wool that I handpainted in shades of brown, blue, teal, and greens. I spun in lots of fuzzy mohair in olive green, seafoam, and teal, nylon sparkle in deep green and seafoam, recycled sari silk in blue and gold, and teal and gold sequins, all plied together with a metallic gold thread for a textured, puffy-soft yarn. There are little bits of hot pink & red sparkle, mohair, and sari silk spun in for contrast.

Rosaceae - soft, silky, and shiny bamboo, handdyed by me in shades of pink and green (with a hint of yellow).

Whisp - Whisp was spun mostly from an amazing handcarded batt I got in a trade that was made up of soft wools, recycled sari silk, nylon sparkle, angelina, and kid mohair (and probably more). I added in a bunch of extras - 'black diamond' (shiny grey carbonized bamboo) fiber, more nylon sparkle, white angora rabbit fluff, pale blue bamboo, and (best of all) clear plastic from recycled plastic bags. This skein is mostly wool, but there are long sections of the bamboo, angora, and clear plastic.

Changeling - Silvery-blue tencel, with lots of peachy-pink bamboo slubs and teal sequins strung on silver thread, plus a tiny pinch of blue recycled sari silk threads. The tencel is soft & silky, and holds it's shape better than bamboo.

Thanks for looking! I can't wait to see what everyone else has to share!
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Fiber/spinning resources in MD/VA/DC? on: May 21, 2007 08:14:57 PM
I'm going to be in the MD/VA/DC area for about a month. I won't be able to dye while I'm there, and I'd like to try out some spinning wheels since I'm thinking of buying a new one. Anyone know of any good spinning shops or stores that sell fiber? Local fiber guilds? Fibery events coming up? Want to meet up and/or swap?
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Handspun Fingerless Gloves! on: December 26, 2006 09:36:07 AM
I knit a few pairs of fingerless gloves from my handspun yarn for Christmas presents, and I really love how they turned out!





All photos from my Flickr account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/feralfeminine/

I designed the pattern after my favorite pair of biking gloves. I love knitting these so much!
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / A little encouragement for spindle spinners on: September 25, 2006 07:39:55 PM

All this yarn was spun on a drop spindle. Most was spun in the past 8 weeks (I've been spinning for over a year, though). I've yet to spin on a wheel, although I've had one sitting around for the past 3 months or so - I'm just now getting around to attempting to set it up.

But I'll always love (and probably prefer) my spindle!
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / HELP: Setting up the brake band on an Ashford Traditional? on: September 24, 2006 06:21:41 PM
I'm trying to set up an Ashford Traditional, and I can't figure out how to set up the brake band. I've never used a spinning wheel before, but this is the only part that has me totally confused. I tried looking at the instructions manual on the Ashford website, but it's really unclear. If someone could either try to explain it to me or - even better - take a picture of a drive band as it's supposed to look - that would be really helpful.
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