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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / mega skein of death! from batts to skein - PICTURE HEAVY! on: October 29, 2006 01:27:31 PM
i've been wanting to spin the perfect sock yarn for myself and for sale, so last week i carded together a bunch of leftovers - some merino dyed in pinks, wine, burgundy, black, and a teeny bit of green, merino/silk blend, undyed mohair top, and of course, angelina - to give it a go.

this is the first bobbin, spun very fine. i was thinking to myself, hmm. this seems like it's going to produce some serious yardage. usually when i do plied yarns, the bobbin is half as full. interesting.

i had a feeling that this wasn't going to fit on a regular bobbin, so i plied it on my bulky one. hmmm ... oh my.

so here it is, finished. fingering-sport weight, and just 8 yards shy of 600 yards! holy crap! this beautiful beast took me 4 days to finish (working on and off, of course), and probably about 10-12 hours total.

sorry if it was too many pictures for you. but for me, the more the merrier. i really love the way the batts spun up, and think that i found my perfect blend on the first try. now i have two big questions: 1) should i split the hank into two 300 yard skeins or sell it as is, and 2) should i sell it at all? Grin (i think i'm going to start selling batts so i won't be tempted to spend ALL of my free time spinning them.)
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / tell me about your ball winder. on: September 24, 2006 07:10:01 AM
i need one. sooooo i was just wondering:

1. which one do you have, and how much did it cost?
2. is it holding up well? do you wish you had purchased a different one?
3. if you sell your yarns, do you sell them balled or skeined (usually)?

i ask number two because i was going to buy the one that joann.com sells, but a number of the reviews on that winder complain that there was a pretty important piece that broke early on. there aren't a whole lot of options for this item - unless i'm wrong, but that's why i'm asking! - so i just want to know what to expect.

and i tossed number three in there because if you sell a lot of yarn and you're balling it, your winder probably getting a decent amount of use in. of course, if you knit like crazy the same probably applies. i'm especially interested in those of you who spin bulkier yarns upwards of 6-8 oz, because that's normally how mine turn out.

thanks!  Grin
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / spun up some ashland bay ... it's pretty nice! UPDATED on: September 18, 2006 06:13:37 PM
i don't usually like to buy pre-dyed/blended fibers, but i went to the sheep and fiber festival this weekend in hunterdon county, NJ, and couldn't resist purchasing SOMETHING. there was some llama i really had my eye on, and some chocolate brown alpaca that blew my mind with softness. but. both required a little bit of work, and since i just started student teaching a couple of weeks ago, i wanted something incredibly low maintenance so i could play right away.

i'm sure you've come across this stuff before - ashland bay's merino blends? it's all over ebay, and pretty much every large fiber supplier carries at least some of the colors. it's fairly expensive compared to the wholesale prices i'm used to paying (for regular undyed top), but the one color spun up really nicely so i can't wait to start on the other.

3.3 oz turned into about 150 yards of sport-worsted weight yarn. i'm not sure if i want to keep this

oh, this is the other one i haven't started on yet:

i have a little over 13 oz. of this one! the excitement. unfortunately i have to grade some quizzes and go to sleep.  Cry

i spun this up a while ago but never got around to posting the picture!

it's still pretty blendy but that's because i got lazy and just started spinning for speed halfway through. i really wanted to get it done because i was so excited. but if you look at the other pictures of it on my flickr, you can see that there are nice big spots of color in some areas.
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / graduation present = awesome yarn & happy girl. on: May 18, 2006 07:31:14 PM
so i just graduated last friday and my dad & stepmom presented me with a DRUM CARDER. an amazing present from amazing parents! yesterday i finally finished up my second yarn using some batts i carded (the first one is dark and is not photographing well at night). here are some fun pictures!

the carder! a strauch petite.

the batts: natural merino, with a little bit of bright orange (dyed with koolaid) and kelly green (dyed with jacquard), and a lot of angelina in lime, watermelon, and white (hard to see). spun the batts with remaining uncarded strips of orange and green wool.

finished yarn!

i wanted to post the picture of the three of us together but my dad and i are a little too brown and totally threw off the color balance of the photo. you can barely see us! hahaha. you get the idea Smiley
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / i thought i'd join in ... (image heavy) on: April 11, 2006 06:43:17 PM
it seems like everyone's been posting today! or maybe just replying. these are from last week and this weekend ... (those of you on LJ have seen some of these already, but you can just pretend that they're new and exciting  Wink)




i was trying to name that crazy coily turquoise one and my friend said that it reminded her of a gay male rabbit? and i wondered if there was even a name for them if they existed. so i went to my favorite reverse dictionary and typed in "gay male rabbit" and one of the results was "peter north." i don't understand, because peter north is a porn star. but he's sold already, so i guess someone gets it.
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / help me spend my christmas $$ on: January 02, 2006 09:15:50 PM
i just got back from visiting my dad for a late christmas and he ended up giving me money because that's what i wanted. i have about $120 to spend. you all seem to know where to find the best bargains, so can anyone suggest any great fiber bargains?

i've only spun with wools and mohair locks so far, so i'm looking to branch out. i'd love to end up with a variety of fibers (i don't want to drop a whole lot on one single thing). i peruse the popular ebay sellers often (blue goose glen, coppermoose, etc), and buy from rhlindsay normally - i'm wondering if you have any favorite sellers or sites that i might not have been to? this will be great for me as well as others looking for something different. i'll take dyed, undyed, blends, whatever. thanks!  Grin
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / i made these over thanksgiving weekend ... on: December 06, 2005 10:30:03 AM
... so why am i just now posting them? i had a couple weeks of nonstop classwork for a while there, but this week i'm as free as a bird. ahhhhhh!

blueberry citrus
reminds me of good n plenty! but much more pink.
i was going to name this one bluegrass because i couldn't think of a name, then i went to the reverse dictionary and looked up "blue green" and one of the results was "bill monroe." i thought it was really random but it turns out that he invented bluegrass or something? so of course i had to name it after him because it's funny/weird.
8  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / a good olive dye? on: November 23, 2005 10:11:10 PM
i need a good, uncomplicated olive colored dye for wool. i ordered some olive jacquard a while ago but it comes out 100% brown. it doesn't have any green in it at all! i've been looking around the popular dyes (like country classic and gaywool) but they're a little bit too brown or a little bit too bright green. i want something like this olive color: http://www.studioloo.com/Descriptions/yarnpops/peter_rabbit.htm

anyone have a good brand or a good recipe? this is getting frustrating!
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / check out my yarn! IMAGE HEAVY :-) on: September 26, 2005 07:25:04 PM
i never post in here for some reason. i think it's because i'm shy and afraid of rejection! WELL, i've been spinning since the beginning of july and i think i've improved a lot since then!

the most recent: scatterbrained

mike jones

late christmas



i've come all this way from my first little poopie yarn!

do you like? i just went to a sheep and fiber festival so hopefully i'll make much more soon!
i REALLY want to buy a spinning wheel but they're soooo expensive. Cheesy
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