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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Ongoing spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) on: June 27, 2011 05:24:09 AM
Okay, I want to set a goal for next month now. I need to start spinning again, but I am unsure whether my joints will be ok with that. So I'll start on a small, doable scale: At least two yarns. Not two skeins, because my bobbins are so small. At least two yarns, and at least one of them enough to knit socks.

Also, one of the yarns should contain fiber from my stash that I didn't wash myself (this wool was washed by those who sold us the big loom). This anonymous wool had been lying around their house for years and I don't know what it has been washed with. It felt a bit strange... I dyed and carded some of it, hopefully it's spinnable. If it doesn't behave, it's getting used for special effects.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Ongoing spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) on: June 26, 2011 12:33:12 PM
The e-spinner is working!  Grin
Or at least it worked for a few minutes. Angry My father insisted we use a certain glue to secure a small wheel to sit on the motor shaft. You know, to make the drive band work (=turn). I argued this combination of glue and wheel wouldn't be strong enough. But, like I said, my father insisted.
At first it worked fine. Yay! Everything turned, it was like a "real" spinning wheel, only without treadling. Sadly, when I had spun for maybe 2 minutes, the tension killed the glue. (Yeah, well, just what I thought would happen.) The motor turned, but the small wheel on the motor shaft didn't.
So I'm really going to get some nice glue as soon as possible. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmpf! Somehow, I'll get this fixed.

Aaaand... I dyed a lot of wool, but I don't know where my camera is. So I can't take any pictures, not even of the way my e-spinner looks. Sad
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Ongoing spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) on: June 23, 2011 08:08:04 AM
My e-spinner only needs the power supply and a better arrangement of flyer and motor, then it's ok for a first testing session. Sorry, I wanted to post this earlier, but I've finally come around to starting to move my things back to my parents (with an angry ex-boyfriend sabotaging everything, but I'm sure he'll finally get what he deserves). The first two transports included my handcards and my Kromski loom. Yay, we're reunited!
Besides, I've been working for the university a lot, and I've been tending my garden. (Well, it's something I need to be responsible with and it takes a lot of care.) No time for fibres... Sad

But far better news: I have been renovating my grandma's old kitchen, because I am going to move out of my small room into the old part of the house over the next weeks/months. My spinning wheels are already there, and the living room is big enough to contain wheels, our big old Ikea loom and other things. Grin AND half of the kitchen has a stainless steel countertop which is better for dyeing with acid colours than wood covered with newspapers. *coughs* My mother is especially fond of THAT. I am still trying to figure out a way that lets me store my tons of fibre and yarn somewhere. (As of now, most of it is put in boxes and bags in different parts and places all over the house. Yeah, I'm chaotic.)

And: As soon as I've repaired my garden fence and plugged in my microwave, I'm going to DYE! Ahahahahahahahaha!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Ongoing spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) on: June 02, 2011 11:33:22 PM
Belladune, this is really cool. Smiley

I remember the times when we still had sheep. Not every breed has such long tails. My grandpa used those elastics to castrate young lambs... *coughs* You can really make an "impression" on any boy you tell this when you're young.  Grin
And I used to raise lambs with a bottle. Especially when there really were three of them with one mother who didn't have enough milk. We had years when the mothers would not accept all of the lambs, so some ended up in a box with straw near our radiator. Those, too, had to be fed with a bottle.
But one of the things  I remember most clearly is my brother getting run over and kicked in his special parts because he wanted to "borrow" a lamb from a concerned mother.  He isn't THAT fond of sheep anymore. Grin
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Ongoing spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) on: June 02, 2011 12:00:17 PM
I just wanted to say I'm still alive. Sorry I just left without a short post or something like that... I had a lot of problems, mostly with my rheumatoid arthritis. Now I'm on a basic medication that should help but doesn't. Getting a lot of side effects, though. Ha-ha.

Yesterday was the first day in weeks I set up my spinning wheel again!  Smiley I was able to spin for a while. But I still have to ply some leftover yarns that I completely forgot about. Don't know when I can do that again, because I can feel that my joints are starting to complain again. Mmmmpf.

AND... I am thinking about doing something really crafty: An e-spinner. Because right now, using a treadle is NOT what I want to do.  Sad My father has some supplies, including a lot of small motors. We already found one (well, several) that would be suitable (still have to test it, though). For this I would use a flyer from one of our spinning wheels so I don't have to build a new one. But first I need to get my hands on a wooden box that's big enough to be the base for all this... Well, this might be a lot of work but I'll just try it.

Besides, we had a shepherdess and her ~400 sheep on our meadows for a few days. They are travelling around the area most of the year. (And I mean... every year.) There are other meadows where they spend a few days grazing before they continue to the next location. I heard they'll be back around here at least once this year, and I totally plan on getting my camera ready. I couldn't do it this time, because I couldn't really walk. But it was so cool to look out of the window and just see... SHEEP! EVERYWHERE! Smiley
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Ongoing spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) on: April 13, 2011 06:56:46 AM
Bad little sheep! Maybe you should get them into a shower first... The sheep - not the fleeces. Apply a lot of shampoo and conditioner.  Cheesy I had a very dirty fleece once and found myself wishing the sheep had kept itself cleaner. Thinking about sneaking up to the sheep at night (and giving them spa treatments to fluff them up) made my day back then. Grin I mean - just IMAGINE this whenever you have a fleece like that.

I am not allowed to spin or knit (or type...) right now, first MRT showed an inflammation in the right wrist. Damn it. Not going to meet my goal this month. Especially if there's an inflammation in the left wrist, too.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Ongoing spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) on: April 13, 2011 01:37:38 AM
I never really separate fleeces... I just "throw" the fleece down onto the ground (it's better if you do that outside), pick out everything that looks like it's already been eaten (plus huge straws I see) and shake out the rest very well. Then it's having a nice, first bath - and everytime I see something bad I pick it out of the fleece. So it doesn't take hours to clean a fleece, because I can use the time it's already spending in its bath. Grin After having washed it several times, I put it onto a laundry rack. And after it's dry, I test the parts I'm wanting to card with my hands whether they are already felted. If the felt is too bad, I sometimes throw them away.
"Our" sheep live outside, they only see a stable in winter - if ever. You can still find a lot of their food in the fleece.  Grin
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Ongoing spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) on: April 09, 2011 06:31:53 AM
I like your yarns... Smiley astormorray, the first one reminds me of bubble gum or other childhood sweets.
Had a look at the online shops. Paradisefibers made me drool! I could spend my whole money there! Now I just need to be rational... Damn. Grin

I started to spin brown wool and plyed some of it with the white long draw yarn... BUT yesterday the burning pain in my arm came back so I stick to soft gardening right now. I found a lot of dandelion... Grrrrr! Grin
Maybe I'll give the solar dyeing a try. Can't do much dyeing right now except for that (dishwasher doesn't work properly, kitchen looks like hell - couldn't find a place for the acid dyes or the wool even if I wanted to).
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Ongoing spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) on: April 07, 2011 04:56:01 AM
LaughingLark, Hangover somehow reminds me of different types of ice cream someone mixed with a spoon. Smiley

I have been skeining some "normal" (read: store bought) undyed sock yarn from my stash yesterday. I'm going to dye it, maybe this evening. Need to go to a class in one and a half hours, so I can't do it before that... Acid dyes. Maybe some unspun wool will also tumble into the dye pots, who knows? Or I could get out the drum carder and make another nice blend.
But what I really need to do is spin a second single to ply with my first long draw yarn. The bobbin has reached the point of rien ne va plus - if I get more yarn onto it, the flyer can't move anymore. It's not sturdy enough for a "real" single, though. Maybe I'll ply it on my mother's wheel which has larger bobbins. I really need to get a jumbo flyer and a few big bobbins for my Sonata. (But I need to get that much money first. Grin)

Finally, I have a really fiber related question for you...  Cheesy I'm not sure whether you are allowed to answer in this thread - if not, please PM me. Answers might be considered advertising. I just don't know.
This June I may be going to the US for two or three weeks- to attend a wedding anniversary of relatives. It offers me the possibility to place one or two orders using their address (and my money, haha) and take the stuff back home with me in my luggage. Yay!  Grin So I am looking for good online shops selling fiber - not only sheep, although I'm interested in that as well. I just need some advice... Tried google, BUT I have no idea about adequate fiber prices in the US, so I thought I'd ask YOU, fellow addicts. Because you surely have your favourites!  Wink
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Ongoing spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) on: April 05, 2011 03:59:23 AM
Ooooh, glue. Glue is a wonderful thing. I have used A LOT of it on the bobbins of my mother's (almost thirty years old) Moswolt wheel. And sadly, I already had to glue parts of my Kromski Sonata. Mostly the connections of maidens and mother-of-all - that's a logical thing, because those are the parts that get a lot of the tension.
But I think it's just normal to repair your wheel if you use it a lot. Besides, the wood is sensitive to its surroundings... So a change of temperature or air humidity can distort shapes. I have a travel wheel that's seen a lot of different places and spend nights in a car. That's not the best treatment for wood, but it's working nevertheless.  Grin

By the way, my mordant bath is acidic. This might be a reason why the dyeing didn't work. But I can't continue this today... Need to get some stuff out of the appartment I share(d) with my boyfriend. There's still a lot of wool. Not to mention my rigid heddle loom, yarns and all the other stuff.

edit: Oh, and - I am able to knit again! Only loose, slowly and not too much at once, but I can do it. (As long as my wrists and fingers are ok with it.) YAY! Though it'll probably take weeks to knit a pair of socks now. Grin
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