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1  Re: Fiber Friday - April 20th in Spinning: Completed Projects by caledonia_mission on: April 20, 2007 10:19:24 AM
Oh man, everything looks great this week. 

This one is a 50-50 Tencel and Merino blend.  It's about worsted weight (my thickest yarn yet!) and Navajo plied.  I absolutely could not stand spinning it, and someone either here or on Livejournal suggested I try spinning from the fold.  That might be my new favorite technique, and I absolutely love spinning this fiber now.  I've been really obsessed with T. Rex lately, so I call it "Lizard Leather Boots"

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2  Re: Photographing yarns in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by caledonia_mission on: April 19, 2007 06:31:42 PM
If I'm serious, I use one of these babies:

That's just a film camera though.  If I'm putting it on the internet, I just use my boyfriend's powershot.  I have a hard time keeping my hands still enough to get a really good picture, though. 

I'm about to start saving up for a Canon DSLR. 
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3  Re: Fiber Friday - 30th March in Spinning: Completed Projects by caledonia_mission on: March 30, 2007 07:19:05 PM
yes!!  Here we are:

here is that amy tan yarn.  It has 79 yards in it, and is Navajo plied.  I have about 2 more ounces of this to spin.

this one is called Construction Paper turkey.  it is merino, and contains 49 yards.  It is also Navajo plied.  This is just a nice test skein, and I have 3.5 more ounces left.

This doesn't have a name, but it's the same as the first two.  There are 43 yards in this skein, and I just finished plying a skein that is probably in the 80-100 yard range Smiley
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4  Re: Fiber Friday 3/09/07 in Spinning: Completed Projects by caledonia_mission on: March 09, 2007 09:52:19 AM
Reporebo, great job navajo plying!

Thanks for the compliments, knitwit and cha.cha.cha. The official name is "Amy Tan, I will knit you socks out of this yarn if you stop writing".   Cheesy  I hope it's not too annoying that I'm double posting, but this picture is more accurate.  I took the other one a couple nights ago.  I stuck a piece of the roving in there, too.  I did the most minimal pre-drafting of just separating it into really long strips.  Whenever I run out of one strip, I reach into my bag and grab another.  Hopefully, I'll get some sort of asymmetrical striping when I ply

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5  Re: Fiber Friday 3/09/07 in Spinning: Completed Projects by caledonia_mission on: March 09, 2007 07:31:37 AM
Oh my god.  Stunning.  I especially love "cactus flower" and "ring of fire".  

I have about two more ounces of this (it was four ounces).  It's my darling Amy-Tan-Stop-Writing yarn.

I'm going to Navajo ply it.  When I got it, I spun up tiny samples and plied it on itself and plied it with a white yarn, and didn't like either of them.  Now I can't ply it with white, since I dyed it green


I have two bundles of that, mm.  
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6  Dyeing with Wilton's in Dyeing: Discussion and Questions by caledonia_mission on: March 02, 2007 05:46:40 AM
Hey everybody!  This is my first time branching out of my little Kool-Aid world and my little yarn dyeing world.  Today I am going to dye some roving with Wilton's icing dyes.  I've been reading a bunch of tutorials, and I think I know what I'm going to do.  The only problem is all of these tutorials are for microwave dyeing, and I'd really prefer to do it on the stove.  I have this lovely yarn pot:

and 8 oz of South African top.  I think it would be prudent to split it up into manageable batches.  Would I be able to put it in the pot on the stove like I would when I dye yarn?  In one tutorial, I read that  it helps to put the fiber in pantyhose to keep it from moving around too much.  Definitely going to try that.  How light and wash fast are Wilton's dyes?  How saturated are they?  Those were some questions that I just couldn't seem to figure out from googling.

Thanks errrbody
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7  Re: Fiber Friday 2/16/07 in Spinning: Completed Projects by caledonia_mission on: February 16, 2007 09:43:44 AM
WOW.  This is my favorite Fiber Friday so far.  It's the first one I've seen where I truly love EVERYONE'S yarns.

I've been pretty busy myself this week.  I finished the orange yarn.  I had trouble with it breaking while plying, so I made lots of mini-skeins:

And then as soon as my spindle was available, I made puffballs of about three ounces of dark gray merino with flecks of purple and yellow and spun up about half of it:


And then all my progress was destroyed when this fiber came for me in the mail.  I got it from Ebay.  Two ounces, 67% wool and 33% alpaca.  It is soooo soft and I've been waiting for it for so long that I immediately broke my gray yarn so I could move that yarn off my spindle and start with the green.  Here are the puffballs and an action shot:


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