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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Spinning silk on: May 16, 2007 10:20:46 AM
Don't feel bad!  I'm sorry, I didn't post that to make you feel bad!   Cry  You didn't know. 

I've only spun tussah silk, and it's a dream to spin.  LOVE IT!  As with any fiber though, it depends on who processed it.  I've bought tussah silk that was slubby (from a vendor at SAFF) and some that was just incredible (from Franquemont Fibers on ebay). 

Processing might have something to do with the whiteness, I'm not sure, but from what I've read, it's the controlled diet that results in the finer, whiter silk threads. 
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Spinning silk on: May 16, 2007 10:08:39 AM
The distinction between tussah silk and bombyx silk is not only the worm, but the way the cocoons are gathered.  Tussah silk comes from cocoons that are gathered in the wild, after the butterflies have emerged from the cocoons.  No worms or butterflies are harmed in the process.  Bombyx silk comes from cocoons that are "bred" in captivity, they are gathered before metamorphosis has taken place and the worms/pulpa are not allowed to hatch and therefore die.  Also, because the silk worms are bred in captivity, their diet is controlled, which results in a whiter, finer silk in the cocoon itself.  Probably more than you wanted to know, but I found it interesting. 
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday-- April 6 on: April 06, 2007 12:14:40 PM
Gorgeous!  I have GOT to get busy dyeing! 

Raynbow - what kind of carder did you get?  I have serious carder-lust right now!

I've really been getting into plying chained singles lately, because the more I spin, the thinner my singles!  Even a three ply is fairly thin.  Here are some of my recent yarns:

315 yards of chained singles, sock weight, wool/silk blend (from Abby's Yarns)

Jelly Beans on the left, Vintage Hankies on the right, handdyed roving.  Here's a little sample I did of Vintage Hankies when I was trying to decide whether to make a two-ply or chained singles:

I decided I liked the longer stretches of color and so went with the chained singles/navajo ply.

4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: The Sheep Studio spun up on: March 13, 2007 12:24:32 PM
Yes, that makes sense.  I'll have to pay closer attention when I'm separating the roving to spin, though, since it's dyed and the mohair isn't "pink" any longer! 

I think I'll ask for a carder for Christmas!
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: The Sheep Studio spun up on: March 12, 2007 11:45:11 AM
I recently ordered the wool/mohair blend too, and I have a question for you guys.  I'm spinning the blend for socks because I've read that mohair adds strength just as nylon does in commercial sock yarn.  The mohair isn't blended throughout the wool, it's one long strip of pink which disappears when you soak the roving pre-dyeing.  Those of you who dye and spin this to sell - do you card the roving to blend the mohair throughout?  Wouldn't that be necessary to achieve a TRUE 85% wool/15% mohair blend? 

I don't have a carder and if I were going to sell this, I would want to know that the mohair was blended throughout, especially if the yarn was to be used for socks.  I was just wondering if you guys run it through the carder or how you deal with this, if you do?
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday - 3/1/07 on: March 02, 2007 09:58:02 AM
Wow!  Gorgeous yarns!

Knitwit - don't pose your yarn differently, it's like your signature!  Plus, it really shows the yarn off.

I have a few that I don't think I've posted before.

This was my "clean out the squirt bottles" experiment, I really like it.  About 270 yards, probably DK weight.

85% wool, 15% mohair, 420 yards, sock weight.

Sock yarn I gifted in a RAOK

Farm wool, dyed and navajo-plied

I LOVE Fridays!!! 
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: plying - singles breaking ugh! on: February 15, 2007 10:54:52 AM
The only thing I can think of is to not have any tension at all on your bobbins when you're plying.  And to go slowly.  HTH!
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: drafting multi-colored roving on: February 13, 2007 12:34:17 PM
I bought a pound of Ashland Bay roving at SAFF and other spinners recommended that I spin it from the fold to preserve color uniformity.  The yarn ended up with a tweedy-look, which I like very much.  Here's a picture:

However you spin it, I'm sure it'll be lovely!
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: FIBER FRIDAY! 1/26/07 on: January 26, 2007 10:14:58 AM
OMG, I don't know where to start!  Everything is gorgeous!  I've been bitten by the weaving bug lately too, but I have no room for a loom!  (hee)

I just have one yarn finished, my first three ply.

10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: FIBER FRIDAY! 1/5/07 on: January 05, 2007 12:09:12 PM
Bloodyraven - I count yards when I wind the yarn on my niddy noddy.  I'd LOVE to have a yardage counter, but not in the budget right now.

Madelinetosh - I love those bright colors!  It's so nice to see what everyone's done with the Brown Sheep mills ends, since I have 6 lbs. on the way (dang feds closing down on Tuesday, grumble, won't arrive until next week, grumble grumble). 

Holly - gorgeous (as always).  Love the coils!  Have you ever knitted with them?
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