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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Working with different dyelots? (Specifically: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece) on: September 05, 2007 08:29:56 AM
Hey everybody -

I'm puzzling over a project I'm right in the middle of and I thought you guys might be able to help me out. I bought enough Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, about 5 months ago, to knit a striped t-shirt. The colors are black and a light pink. But now that I've finally gotten around to starting it, I'm just not feeling the stripes anymore. It looks fine, but I can't get excited about it. But, of course, I don't have enough of either color to use for a solid project (I've got my eye on Rusted Root, a little late to the party. Smiley ).

So I thought I could ask the place I ordered it from to see if they still had the same dyelots and then, if so, get enough more of each color to make two solid projects. But, I see that the black is out of stock right now, so I guess not - and I can't find anywhere else in the UK that sells Cotton Fleece.

I know that if you need to work from different dyelots, you should alternate rows to blend in any differences, but I'm never had to do this myself (I've only been knitting for about 8 months). I'm not as worried about the pink blending, though I may be crazy to think that, but the black makes me nervous. A really noticeable difference would drive me crazy.

I read on one blog somewhere out there that Brown Sheep tends to have drastically different dyelots - has anyone else found that to be true? Has anyone successfully blending different dyelots - especially with this yarn?

I'd hate to buy the extra skeins, have them be too different to use together, and then end up back to the same problem doubled!

Thanks for your help, guys!!
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 8/24/07 on: August 24, 2007 04:12:51 PM
Snowberrylime - Thanks! I sure hope I've calculated the yardage (is meterage a word?) correctly! I'm always worried about that and finding out I made a mistake in the middle of a project. Smiley

Inle_rah - Thanks to you as well! I did a little test swatch when I was spinning samples of the wool and I was surprised at how much I liked it - it does cool yellow-gray-black stripeys. I'm glad because I bought a bunch of stuff all at once from CMF (to make the most of shipping to Europe) before I realized I had no idea what I'd ever make out of flaming yellow and black yarn. Smiley Anyway, your bamboo is incredible - I have some in my stash but I'm still too scared of it. Any plans for the yarn(s)?
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 8/24/07 on: August 24, 2007 12:50:20 PM
Hey everyone! It looks like this week is off to a great start. I love Fiber Friday. Smiley

Lufahsman - that's gorgeous, it looks so soft! It's so dramatic, I love the blue-y spots.

Star - congrats on your alpaca score, that's awesome. And it looks so yummy!

Bixby - your yarns are always beautiful - The colors of this one are so fun!

Snowberrylime - Banana daiquiri is really lovely, and so fluffy and bouncy.

Lubee - I love the crazy stuff you put in your yarns - mmm, cookies.

Gomerriffic - that's an awesome story, welcome her to Fiber Fridays for us!

Alrighty, here's my one yarn I've been working on for two weeks. It's the first time I've tried to spin thinner on my wheel (even though I've had it since Christmas, I've mostly spun thicker, uneven-y yarns for fun) because I decided to try to spin sock yarn. I followed some advice I found online and periodically checked my wpi while spinning the singles and again while plying. Many many firsts for me. But it was worth it because it came out nearly exactly as I'd hoped.

Big Yellow Taxi, superwash merino from Crown Mountain Farms - about 100g, 500m, 15wpi.

I'm so pleased with it, I can't wait to knit some yummy handspun socks!
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 8/10/07 on: August 12, 2007 03:36:27 AM
Dang, just when I got my wheel all set up, I had to spend the week painting stupid furniture. I also did something painful to my back and had to spend Thursday (my big chance to spin this week) sitting very still. Poop. But it's all better now and I hope to spend today preparing a big lump of superwash merino for spinning sock yarn.

Anyways, you all made beautiful yarns (as usual!) this week!

NiftyKnitter - your alpaca looks so soft! I tried alpaca once and it was all scratchy and, well, not soft at all. Did you do anything special to get such a yummy yarn?

Lufah and Lufahsman - your Collaboration Yarn is just about the coolest thing ever - what a great idea and it came out gorgeous!

Grayling - mmmm.... Smooth Sailing looks like a cloud, it looks so fluffy and soft!

Cassiemarie - I'm too late to wish you good luck, but I hope everything was perfect! Congratulations!

Bixby - I've been practicing spinning thinner and loved the idea of some gorgeous handspun laceweight but couldn't think of what I would do with it (not being a lacey kind of gal) but after seeing what you did this week, I don't even care! It's so beautiful, I think I'm going to have to give it a go and I hope I get something half as lovely.

I would love to comment on every single yarn here, but then I'll never get any spinning of my own done! Smiley
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 8/3/2007 on: August 03, 2007 08:36:53 AM
Hello everyone! It's probably been over two months since I've posted here - I moved to a whole new country and it took a lot longer than I'd thought to get back to normal. I haven't even spun anything yet (I finally put my wheel back together last week) but I do have a few yarns from before I moved - these were packed pretty much straight off the bobbin. One of them had to be packed before I even got a chance to set the twist!

(Sorry, these aren't my best pictures ever. I'm still trying to find the best picture spot in the new house.)

Tangerine - merino, very bulky, 50 grams / 96 meters. This was some scrap chunks that I blended on my handcarders to try them out when I first got them, but I ended up really liking the result!

Wicked Witch Of The West - merino/silk and clumps of black angelina, plied with black and neon green sewing thread. Bulky, 100 grams / 277 meters.

Sheena - handcarded merino and hot pink angelina (from my first proper rolags!), navajo plied. Bulky, 110 grams / 193 meters.

I think I'm stuck in a rut with bulky yarns - my project for this week will be to aim for a sock weight, wish me luck. Smiley

I'm so excited to be able to have Fiber Friday fun again - I missed this! The yarns this week are stunning as always. I've been drooling over Crayons In The Snow (great name!) and Mermaids, they're absolutely delicious. And niftyknitter - I had the same feeling when me and my wheel finally clicked. I wanted to jump up and down all over the house, but my family really didn't get it. Smiley
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 5/4 on: May 06, 2007 03:45:44 AM
Hi guys - sadly, I've been packing boxes for my upcoming move so I haven't been able to spin at all for over a week (aka: too dang long) and I haven't taken pictures of what I do have finished. But I did get Pluckyfluff's "Handspun Revolution" for my birthday and now I'm dying to get some time with my wheel! I hope to join in next week again.

This week's Fiber Friday was amazing - I'd point out my favorites, but there's no point, every single one is absolutely stunning! I love how colorful everything is, and all the lovely textures! Oops, I've starting drooling again. Smiley
7  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: "Sweater of Many Buttons" Knitalong! on: April 23, 2007 03:24:24 PM
Huzzah! I've finished! Well, I still have to weave in a bunch of ends and block it and find proper buttons (after a mission to find buttons of the right size, I know have none for this sweater and about a million cool ones that are either too small or too big). But done with the knitting at least! And I absolutely love it, I'll take another progress photo once I get all the little bits done.

Shewolf - that sucks that yours doesn't fit, I hope you found someone to give it too. Sad
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday - April 20th on: April 20, 2007 05:43:23 AM
Hey people, things look great so far! Knitwit - your yarns are always so creative and unique, it just blows me away. They're all gorgeous, but I LOVE that the beads in the last one actually say something! That's amazing. Darlingbud - your beaded one is so fun and colorful, it makes me happy. Tanza - I'd like to use your dyed alpaca as a pillow, it looks so soft. And Grayling, those are great Kool-Aid colors! I've used it a few times but haven't gotten anything that varied and pretty yet.

I only have one thing to show off, my first rolags made with my new hand carders - I love them so much! I can't wait to spin this stuff:

Pink and black merino with hot pink Angelina sparklies, somewhere over 100g (one already pre-drafted, I couldn't wait):

Happy Fiber Friday, everybody!
9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: "Sweater of Many Buttons" Knitalong! on: April 15, 2007 04:07:25 AM
Since it's my first sweater, I've been paranoid and tried it on about every 7 minutes. Smiley

I've also been thinking about making a worsted weight version. Although I really don't have any idea what I'm doing, I figured I could just do fun gauge math to work out how many to cast on based on the cast on number from the pattern and a worsted gauge swatch, and then just go from there - since I mostly worked out this one based on how it fits as I go, I figured I'd just do the same.

As for my progress - my new yarn came on Friday, just as I decided that the sleeve is too fitted and looked weird. So now I'm almost done with the first sleeve, again - nearly back to where I was. Smiley
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday April 13th on: April 13, 2007 02:08:06 PM
Hi everyone! I've been missing for a few weeks - I think I lost my spinning mojo for a while. I couldn't think of anything I really felt like doing until my package from Wingham Wool Work arrived and got me all dorky. Smiley Anyway, you guys blow me away every week - I absolutely love Polka Dot Bikini and Knitwit's Black with the shells, and Strawberry Patch and Tumblebloom, that's amazing! and ... well, I'd be here all day if I named every gorgeous thing on here! All that and an adorable bunny tail!

Here's what I've been up to for the last few weeks:

Almost Muddy, merino navajo plied, dyed with easter egg dye - I don't have the yardage on this one yet. I had imagined it all bright blues and yellows (kind of like Dandelion, actually) but the colors muddied up a bit. My mom likes it, so at least it'll have use somewhere:

Watermelon Lemonade, Kool-Aid dyed merino, 290 meters:

Jupiter, batts from Snapcrafty, merino, angora and sparklies, plied with two shades of pink thread, 132 meters (this is my favorite thing ever!):

Off To See The Wizard, more easter egg dyeing, which I'm spinning now with black angelina and plan to ply with black thread:

And just for fun, my cat using bags of wool for his pillow:

I also got a pair of hand carders which I love - I did some playing around with them and spun a small batch of yarn but I don't have any pictures of that yet.

Ok, I'm done, phew. I can't wait to see what other amazing things appear on here!
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