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11  Re: FIBER FRIDAY 02/09/07 in Spinning: Completed Projects by 100Bean on: February 09, 2007 07:27:43 AM
Woohoo, everything is great so far! feralfeminine - Tainted Love is so beautiful, it looks like a fairy tale! And kazkitty - Dreamscape give me motivation to tackle the mohair I have in my stash, I've been kind of scared of it after making a mess out of a little test bit I spun up. And I love how you spun the silk hankies all bulky - I spun some up once but I did it really thin, I like yours way better!

Here's what I did this week, I haven't set the twist yet but I got some pictures anyway --

Fire (from Fun With Yarn, I'm shamelessly addicted to her colors) - merino / tencel, 100 grams, 332 meters (which seems awfully high, I think I'll double-check the count later). I haven't done the wpi yet, but it seems about dk-ish weight.

This yarn will become a lacy crocheted scarf as soon as it's washed and dried. It's for my oldest friend who has a one-year-old boy and spends most of her time looking after other people's children as well. Last time I spoke to her, she sounded a bit worn out and since she's coming to visit next week, I thought I'd make her something luxurious just for her!
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12  Re: FIBER FRIDAY! 1/26/07 in Spinning: Completed Projects by 100Bean on: January 27, 2007 05:35:39 AM
Rubysdaughter - Hmm, maybe I should work up the nerve to try the silk. I've read that it's best to spin it from the fold - is that what you do or is there a better way? Thanks for the help!

Again, everything is so lovely this week. AishaCelia - I love the mixed up colors in your yarn, no wonder it's going to be published! Smiley Tookie - your colors are so cheerful and the yarn looks SO soft. Mmm. I'm hoping to be able to try dying pretty soon and Fiber Friday is just winding me up about the zillion color combinations I'd like to try as soon as dang possible! Smiley

Here's my (late) contribution for this week:

Taffy Twist, corriedale pencil roving from Crown Mountain Farms (my big fiber ball from last week) -- 100g (it turns out that I spun exactly half of it), 257 meters, bulky-ish weight:

Rainbow Brite Watercolor, mystery wool that I bought from a local seller (it was just labeled "Wool") - 100g, 210 meters, light worsted weight:

This one was a huge surprise - since it was cheap, I decided to try spinning it really thin on my wheel, I haven't really done that yet, and then try navajo plying for the first time so that the colors would stay separate. But halfway through the first bobbin, I was already bummed out about it - it didn't seem like it was going to all twine-y and I had to force myself to even finish it. I thought maybe I was putting too much twist into it, but then it broke three times while I was plying, so I don't see how it could've even stayed together long enough to ply if I had put less twist in! The navajo plying was a disaster at first but I started to get the hang of it by the second skein. Still, it seems like it'd be easier if you had a little monkey helper or something to give you a couple extra hands. Smiley Anyway, it isn't especially soft but it's not un-soft either, and I LOVE the colors so it's already been reserved for a pair of gloves!
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13  Re: Fiber Friday 1/19 in Spinning: Completed Projects by 100Bean on: January 19, 2007 06:53:24 AM
I accidently posted at the same time! Bixby, your Rose Garden is delicious - I love how those bits of green pop out. Yum.

With all my learning-to-knit excitement, I don't have too much for this week. I spun up the little fiber balls I posted last week:

Clown Pants from Spunky Eclectic
superwash merino, 100g, 143 meters:

I think it's my favorite thing I've spun so far, and I'll probably hoard it for my first knitted scarf. I went all out on the fiber preparation and I really think it made a difference, it just looks so much smoother and bouncy. The colors are, as always, way better in real life but this is the best I could get.

Last night I spun two bobbins full of some corriedale pencil roving from Crown Mountain Farms and there's still loads left. I wound it into a huge center-pull ball to spin from and took this picture of my little spinning nook in my bedroom:

I was hoping my cat, Oscar, would look all dignified on the bed or something, but he hopped down to his water bowl right at the last minute. Anyway, it amuses me that the fiber ball I'm working on is not that much smaller than Oscar! I figured only you guys would appreciate a massive ball of pencil roving. Smiley
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14  Re: Show Me What You Made! in Spinning: Completed Projects by 100Bean on: January 19, 2007 05:39:19 AM
This is a great thread - I hope everyone joins in. I love seeing what people have made with their yarn. Everything's lovely so far!

Ok, you've already seen these, but Lystessa asked us to post links so here's some scarves I made a little while ago:


And here's a new one, crocheted for my mother from the Amazon Tree Frog yarn I posted in last's week's Fiber Friday.

I finished another handspun scarf this week, but it's for a scarf swap with my knitter friend and I don't trust her not to look here. Smiley I'll post it as soon as I give it to her.

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15  Re: FIBER FRIDAY!!! 1/12/07 in Spinning: Completed Projects by 100Bean on: January 13, 2007 03:35:14 PM
Hi all! Everything is lovely as always - I just started to comment on all the prettiest ones but my post was becoming insanely long because I wanted to comment on every single one!

And I agree with Knitwit - my first yarns were just silly. All you new spinners are knocking my socks off.

Anyways, I couldn't take pictures in time for Fiber Friday - I was away for a few days learning to knit!!!! - and I didn't get to take pictures until today. I did a lot of fiberly stuff earlier in the week though, I hope it's ok to jump in late...

This is alpaca, Cairo from Fun With Yarn:

It's 53 meters so far, thick and thin bulky, but I've only spun about half of it. I was sort of hoping someone might have some tips on spinning alpaca. It's kind of fluffy and silky, but also kind of itchy. And it kind of sheds when I, um, pet the yarn. I've never spun alpaca before and I wasn't sure if that's normal?

I had more luck with some Wensleydale - I've never spun that before either but it came out lovely. Amazon Tree Frog (also from Fun With Yarn), plied with plain white merino:

It was 195 grams, 217 meters total, but I've already used two skeins to crochet a scarf for my mother. I have some more of the Wensleydale in other colors, I'm really looking forward to spinning it - it's so silky and shiny. Yum.

Finally, I've been hoarding some superwash merino from Spunky Eclectic (Clown Pants colorway) so, inspired by a great blog post I read this week, I went all out on the fiber preparation. Here's my beautiful little fiber ball babies, ready to spin:

(The colors look a wee bit too bright there, but it's all crappy and rainy so that's the best I could get.) I spun a tiny bit of single and a bit plied on itself and crocheted them up (sitting in the basket there), so I could decide how I want to spin it. I've decided on singles, it should be done for next Friday!

Oh, and I picked up a hair pick so I could try out Lufah's DIY hackle - since I can't try dying fiber yet, at least I can play with colors that way, I'm so excited about it - Thanks again for sharing that with us!
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16  Re: FIBER FRIDAY! 1/5/07 in Spinning: Completed Projects by 100Bean on: January 05, 2007 08:42:55 AM
Hi people - Happy New Year!! Everyone's yarns look gorgeous! And misshawklet's pets made me laugh a little too - I like how your dog is posing but your cat doesn't seem bothered by any goings on. Smiley Very, very much like my pets.

I'm so glad to be able to post today - I'd missed out a few weeks because of Christmas present projects. And it's a big week for me because I got an Ashford Traditional for Christmas (it took all my strength not to put that in all capitals) and I have my first wheel skeins to show off!

First is a spindle spun yarn, which I hadn't gotten around to taking a picture of until today. It's superwash merino from Crown Mountain Farms, only a small skein because it wasn't coming out as bulky as I wanted.

And then I got my wheel and all hell broke loose. My first tries (all merino) were all crazy overspun, so I used them to try plying:

And since I'm loving big squishy lumpy singles right now, I decided I'd try that out.

(Just to be clear, I was actually trying to get them thicker and more uneven each time. Smiley I had a hard time with that on my spindle, so I thought I'd start there with the wheel.)Since those were coming out quite nice, I decided to return to the superwash. I bought it specifically for a scarf for a friend of mine and I wanted it super crazy bulky.

(I just realized that these look like the same bulkiness as the spindle spun skein, but it really is much bulkier.) There were three skeins, but I started crocheting the scarf before I could take pictures. It's so soft and bouncy, I can't wait to use some for myself. Sorry this post was so very long, I'm just very proud of my wheel progress and I love him so much! (Sometimes I just give him a little pat when I walk by, he's such a good boy.) But now I'm preparing myself to learn to spin thinner on him, so there's a good chance my enthusiasm will be a little less intense next week. Smiley
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17  Scarves: one from my own handspun, one from Feltstudio (caedara's) yarn! in Spinning: Completed Projects by 100Bean on: December 15, 2006 08:30:13 AM
Hi all - I hope you don't mind me showing off some crocheted handspun scarves. I figured they went here better than in the crochet board, since the yarn is what makes them interesting. When I first learned to crochet, I made myself a couple of scarves, of course, but that was before I bought a bright blue coat. So I needed new scarves to match my coat, obviously. Smiley

This one is from yarn from feltstudio.co.uk - before I learned to spin myself, I spent a lot of time looking over each and every yarn on there until my brother took pity on me and bought me some for my birthday. I hoarded it for a long time before I felt brave enough to risk messing it up. I decided that the yarn was beautiful enough on its own, so I just made a very simple scarf with it:

I tried to take pictures of this dang scarf four times and no matter what I did, the colors just wouldn't come out right. It's FAR prettier in real life. I tracked down the Fiber Friday when caedara first posted the yarn ("Winegum"), so you can see how gorgeous the colors are here:


Thanks for the yarn, caedara! Smiley

The second scarf was made from the first of my own handspun that I was really proud of, "Something About Watermelons", I posted it on Fiber Friday a few weeks ago.

I only just blocked this one yesterday and I am completely in love with it! There's something so nice about knowing you made the whole thing yourself from a pretty pink and green lump of wool. Smiley
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18  Re: Fiber Friday! 12/8 in Spinning: Completed Projects by 100Bean on: December 08, 2006 07:09:22 AM
Woohoo, Fiber Friday time! AgentAlmost - your fiber is gorgeous, it looks like a pile of very fluffy fire! And inle_rah, your colors are so bright and fun! I always admire the hand-dyed fibers and yarns - I'm looking forward to the chance to try dying as well, but we're trying to sell this house and I can't have piles of wet wool hanging all over the place when people come to see it! For now I'll just have to make do with buying lovely fiber for myself. Smiley

Here's mine this week:

Strawberry Blonde (from funwithyarn.com), spindle spun
merino/tencel blend
2 skeins: 100g, 196 meters total, thick-and-thin, heavy worsted-like weight

The merino/tencel is my new favorite thing - it was so lovely to use, like silky butter. Mmm. And I'm totally addicted to spinning singles now, they're so squishy and yummy and so much faster on the spindle!
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19  Re: Fiber Friday!! December 1 version in Spinning: Completed Projects by 100Bean on: December 01, 2006 08:26:48 AM
Ah, I love Fiber Friday. Everyone's stuff is always so amazing!

I've only got one to show, but it's a big deal for me. It was the first time I've tried to spin a single - I've been scared off by overspinning and weakness issues, but I actually like the look of singles more than plied yarns. It's also my first successful attempt (since my first tries) to spin a thick-and-thin type yarn - I can't believe how hard I found it to spin bulkier yarns!

Something About Watermelons (spindle spun, as always)
merino/silk (from hipknits.co.uk), thick-and-thin worsted-like weight (still not as bulky as I wanted, but getting there!)
2 skeins, 93 grams / 310 meters total

It seems pink and green are all the rage around here. Smiley

It's also my first handspun that I really love - I've already started crocheting a scarf with it, I'll post pictures when I've finished.

And it's been a big fiber week for me - I'm about to recieve my first wheel! It's a Christmas present so I can't play with it yet, but it's sitting downstairs right now, whispering my name. And I ordered mountains of fiber from all over the place as my Christmas present to myself - Woohoo!! (I've been so excited to share my news with people who would understand why that's all so exciting. Smiley  )
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20  Re: Fiber Friday Nov 17th in Spinning: Completed Projects by 100Bean on: November 17, 2006 10:00:19 AM
Wow, misshawklet - all that tasty dyed fiber, it's so gorgeous and fluffy-looking, it's making my brain fry! And Necia, your crazy colors are fantastic - I agree that it'd be great for something like a hat or mittens.

I'm also having a really hard time spinning anything but thin yarns now. I read all over this board that once you can get thin yarn, it'll be hard to go back and you guys were definitely right. With this yarn, I was actually trying for a bulkyish thick-and-thin thing, but...

Lime Margarita
Merino/Silk blend (from hipknits.co.uk) and metallic thread
55 grams, 341 meters

I was going to ply this on itself, but (don't laugh) I had my nails painted gold and while I was spinning the green, I noticed how nice it looked with the nail polish.

I also had this white leftover from last week's Faux Cherries, so I plied it with some more metallic thread:

Snow Crystals
merino and metallic thread
20 grams, 133.5 meters

They're both spindle spun. I rushed to finish these up (they're not even washed yet) so I could take pictures but as soon as I finished up, it got all spooky and dark outside. So the pictures aren't the best but I couldn't wait to take more tomorrow to post.
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