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1  Re: Fiber Friday 11/30/07 in Spinning: Completed Projects by easterbun on: November 30, 2007 10:34:51 PM
I haven't shared in a WHILE.... so be patient.. this goes from newer to older  Grin

The first one I did last night and today... this was before washing, it's hanging up to dry currently  Roll Eyes

"Nebula" is corriedale dyed by Zen String (Oct. Fiber Club) - not sure on the WPI or yardage yet

Black Alpaca (I carded this myself from fiber purchased at the old oaks ranch - note the VM still in there!), it's fingering weight, 115g/360yds

White French Angora (spun from loose wool, not carded).. no idea how much of this there is, or any other stats, I never bothered measuring, for some reason?

"Yoshi" is finn dyed by Woobies Wool 8oz and about 500yds total, I think this was 11wpi

"Shy" is dyed Romney locks from Marsh Mellow Meadows, I carded this myself, I forget the stats on it (ooops!)

"Bunnyfur" is wool from my black english angora blended with CVM (dyed blue) from my fiber stash.  I've also forgotten the stats on this (seems I have a problem with that.. hmm!)

"Tomorrow" is merino dyed by Zen String (September Fiber Club) 111g / 365yds / 11WPI

"Hopi" is superwash BFL dyed by Zen String 105g / 325yds / 14WPI

Chocolate Corriedale (from roving).. I had about 14oz of this total, 10wpi, some became a sweater

"Sea Salt" is merino/tencell blend from Zen String 101g / 435yds 14WPI

Phew!  That's a lot of yarn.. all spun over the past 4 months  Grin
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2  Fiber Friday 2/23/07! in Spinning: Completed Projects by easterbun on: February 23, 2007 12:02:43 AM
Yay, I'm up late and I want to start the thread  Grin

Not too productive this week, but I did spin some merino/tussah!

The color is truer in the first picture.

Half on the first bobbin..

Plied and washed

The final yarn is 112g, 515 yards, about 17WPI, and I crammed it all on an ashford bobbin (on my hitchhiker) when I plied it .  I only had about 3 yards of single left on one bobbin when I ran out on the other - that was amazingly close considering the overall yardage. It's a bit finer than I intended, but that's ok.
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3  Re: your first handspun knit project in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by easterbun on: February 16, 2007 09:16:58 PM
This was my second wheel-spun yarn  Grin

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4  Re: FIBER FRIDAY 02/09/07 in Spinning: Completed Projects by easterbun on: February 08, 2007 10:32:32 PM

I didn't get around to spinning anything this week (as I sold my main wheel a week ago and am awaiting my new one, and I can't spin what I want on my Hitchhiker due to ratio limitations..)

But I did buy and wash a Border Leicester fleece!

From this..

To this!

Still some VM in there, but it seems to be nice fresh "friendly" VM if there is such a thing.. all the dirt and gunk is gone.  It's still not quite dry so I haven't done much teasing and picking bits out by hand yet.

It's sooooo soft, and soooo curly, I really can't wait for my wheel to get here!!  Cool
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5  Re: fleece help in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by easterbun on: January 27, 2007 03:04:50 AM
I was under the impression that leaving it in the cooling water would allow the lanolin to solidify back onto the fleece.  Huh

If you have soap in there, it won't turn back into grease - it keeps it emulsified, even once cooled.  When I dye fiber in the grease, I normally let it cool for a few hours since it's really too hot to handle for some time.. sometimes I get a scummy layer in some spots, but generally the only evidence of lanolin that remains is the milky color of the water.

This, is lanolin (pea sized glob), a couple drops of blue (original) dawn, and really really hot water. 

Essentially when you scour fleece, that's what happens to the lanolin.  What's in the picture was actually mixed up to lanolize a wool soaker (diaper cover) and I can say from past experience with that, the mixture is fairly stable - the lanolin doesn't completely seperate out again.  At least not in quite the same form as before.
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6  Re: FIBER FRIDAY! 1/26/07 in Spinning: Completed Projects by easterbun on: January 26, 2007 03:32:03 PM
A late entry...

I carded and spun that today (on my hitchhiker as my other wheel has too many projects going Cheesy ).. it's 32g of kid mohair, 87yards  Grin
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7  Re: FIBER FRIDAY! 1/26/07 in Spinning: Completed Projects by easterbun on: January 26, 2007 02:08:15 AM
I love the bats - that's cool!

I'm a dork and didn't get a picture of the yarn (and there's not enough left to make a nice picture now) but I made this a few days ago  Grin

The weft is handspun merino.. the warp is araucania nature wool that just happened to match perfectly  Cheesy  Woven on my knitter's loom.
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8  Re: Can I eat it instead? in Dyeing: Completed Projects by easterbun on: January 24, 2007 12:42:55 PM
Ok well I'm a dork and I didn't get a picture when it was done (though Laura saw it breifly Wink )

But here's the FO...

I actually used a yarn I found at my LYS yesterday that matched perfectly as the warp.

I still have half of the wool to spin up.. I may knit a matching hat or something... this is probably going to my mom as it's totally her colors  Grin
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9  Can I eat it instead? in Dyeing: Completed Projects by easterbun on: January 22, 2007 12:28:47 PM
I do plan on spinning it, but I just want to stare at it (and drool) for a while - it looks positively yummy!

This was some 80s count merino I've had for nearly a year.. terrified of dyeing it because I didn't want to felt it (I didn't, btw, it came out absolutely perfect!) I finally dyed it saturday, then stayed up way too late making those cute little fluff-balls, and now it's all pre-drafted and ready to go  Grin  There's another 100g or so waiting to be predrafted, but I think I'll wait until this lot is spun up.
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10  Re: Fiber Friday 1/19 in Spinning: Completed Projects by easterbun on: January 19, 2007 06:58:47 PM
Man I need to work on finishing stuff so I can post more Cheesy  I haven't really done much in a few months  Embarrassed

I plied this mess of merino that had been sitting on a half-full bobbin (for a few months) and dyed it primary colors earlier this week.  That was the yuckiest prepared fiber I've ever dealt with.  I'm going to send the rest of it through my drum carder and see if that doesn't help.. it was sold to me as top, but it's lots of lumps and it doesn't draft AT ALL.

I did dye some fiber (in the grease!) this week.. so that was semi-productive.  I'm currently spinning the purple.  It started off as charcoal colored CVM.. I'm happy with how brilliant the colors came out, considering how relatively dark the wool was.

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