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1  Re: Fiber Friday Feb 27th 2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by icemelon on: February 27, 2009 06:40:24 PM
OMG. So many awesome yarns this week!!!!!!!

thegoodsheep: amazing singles! so yummy!
SensiblyTacky: nomnom, seriously!

And everyone else, AMAZING!

I do have a few things to contribute this week, but I'm pretty bad and haven't written down the yardages anywhere yet and can't remember them at the moment... but onto the yarns!

This is from yarnzombie roving ball. http://yarnzombie.etsy.com and it's a bunch of random fibers and sparkle! Spun thick and thin, and there are some super slubs in there! along with some silk, nom!

This one was dyed using some old easter egg dyes on wool mill ends. Spun sort of sport weight, worsted. Called Sea Glass

And the final one for this week was sort of an experiment. I had some black wool mill ends and some leftover merino top that i had dyed sort of light blue, so i alternated between black and blue spinning, and then plied from a center pull ball. This one is only about 2oz and maybe only 60 yards. Pretty evenly spun worsted/sport.
It looked like this on the bobbin:

and skeined up:

It sort of alternates between one ply black, one ply blue, to both black and then both ply's blue. It's pretty fun, but i don't know what i'd do with it!
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2  Re: Fiber Friday 1-23-09 in Spinning: Completed Projects by icemelon on: January 23, 2009 10:56:33 AM
I managed to spin 8oz of Northern Lights (http://www.louet.com/fibers/dyed_northern.shtml) in just a day or two.
I ended up with two 2ply skeins and one single.
I'd say the 2 ply skeins were something like 70-80 yards a piece, and the single is about 110 yards. the 2 ply's were worsted to bulky, and the single is sort of sport-bulky.

With the first skein I spun up, i made this ripple cowl. surprisingly soft for how rough the roving felt!

EDIT! ohmygosh how could i forget this yarn i spun this week too!!!
I carded together some baby alpaca I had dyed, some merino also dyed by me, and some carbonized bamboo and TONS of angelina sparklies.
it's 3 oz, navajo plied. I'm pretty sure there's 100ish yards there, but i'll have to double check on that. But I wish i could have shown how SPARKLY this yarn is, and made everyone be able to feel how soft and squishy and light feeling it is!

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3  divine cowl! in Crochet: Completed Projects by icemelon on: January 13, 2009 09:22:31 PM
A little while back, I won some yarn from a blog giveaway here: http://peasoupoftheday.blogspot.com/

I had no idea what to do with it. 300 yards of superwash wool? I didn't want to just simply make another hat, oh no- this yarn was special. I carried this yarn in my purse for weeks on end, just hoping that one of the zillion times I had to dig in my purse for my wallet or keys would magically grant me realization of what to do with this yarn. I tossed around a few ideas here and there, but nothing really seemed appropriate. Until a few days ago, that is. My plan came through fruition on Sunday afternoon, while spending some time at my Dad's house.
I give you, the Divine Cowl.

decided to use a stitch pattern from rheatheylia: http://www.rheatheylia.com/index.php?page=patterns&id=0 to work it's magic. I just sort of started in the middle of the pattern, after making a starting chain and slip stitching into the first chain to make a loop. I did not expect the yarn to line up colors like this, but after the second round I noticed what it was doing, so I tried to keep my tension steady so as to continue what it was doing.

Isn't that just magic???
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4  recent dye jobs in Dyeing: Completed Projects by icemelon on: January 08, 2009 10:03:38 PM
These are some merino rovings I dyed using food coloring and vinegar-


Easter Sunday (aren't the colors just so spring?) about 3.75 oz.


Sneaking Suspicion- about 3.75 oz as well. I just loooove the colors on this one. so vibrant! the blues and greens sort of flow together to make a wonderful aqua.. oh man!

3.) I got a set of acid dyes (woo big girl dyes!) for Christmas but i've only dyed a couple of things and haven't taken pictures of everything yet. But here's one i managed to get some good pics of.

Rosy Red- this one is only about half an ounce. I'll probably use it to mix with something in the future.

let me know what you guys think!
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5  Re: Fiber Friday November 7th 2008 in Spinning: Completed Projects by icemelon on: November 07, 2008 11:01:38 AM
This was my first time plying with thread, and also using tinsel.
About 70 yards and 2.5 ounces. Thick and think with a few massive slubs here and there!

Wool, angelina, firestar, tinsel and clear thread.

I'm thinking an appropriate name for it would be punk rock star or something.
It was quite a challenge to myself to actually let the yarn be so thick in areas! I love the bounciness of it though, this would make an AWESOME hat!
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6  Re: Fibre Friday July 18th 2008 in Spinning: Completed Projects by icemelon on: July 18, 2008 09:25:13 AM

This is most of what i've made since last time I posted here... there may be one or two repeats in that pile though Wink

I got a Babe Production DT wheel and I've been a spinning fool! They all have tags on them because I have a little spot in a Farmers Market.. although no one bought any yarn last week Sad maybe tomorrow they will!
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7  Re: Fiber Friday 5/23/2008 in Spinning: Completed Projects by icemelon on: May 23, 2008 02:04:30 PM
mmmm, everyone's yarns look amazing!
I have a lot this week- although some are just plying experiments  Smiley

I had ordered some handcarders through a yarn shop in november of last year and they never called me about them coming in! I even checked in with them multiple times, no news. so i finally broke down and bought some from another shop. sooo, i've been playing with them like crazy!!!

This was leftover from my yarn a few months ago, good luck. This was my first ever navajo ply, done on my drop spindle. only a few yards. Merino.

next we have Tutti Frutti- I was just playing with my hand carders for this one  Grin and this is navajo plied too! this is wool i got from a local farm- meat sheep to boot, so it isn't the softest.

Here's the big ticket item that i finally finished after weeks! (i had  to finish this one so i could make everything else, i only have one drop spindle!!!)
Mermaids Tail, lots of yards and a few ounces, merino.

and the leftovers navajo plied into a yard or two:

and here we have my first yarn from rolags from my hand cards thats usable for reals-
not quite as much as mermaids tail in oz or yards. navajo plied! (I was getting lots of practice!) its wool from sheep shed studio and the color is from soysilk!

WHEW that was a lot! sorry for all the pics! and you should be able to right click, view image to see larger sizes.
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8  Re: LOLCat Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by icemelon on: April 23, 2008 08:52:17 PM
Alright so I actually got these a little bit ago, it was just a matter of borrowing my roommates camera!

Bronzfrog sent a wonderful singlet shopping bag and some magnets!

Everything together:

Closeup on the magnets

and my favorite magnet!

(although in reality i <3 acrylic!!!)

thanks bronzfrog!
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9  Re: Fiber Friday 3/7/2008 in Spinning: Completed Projects by icemelon on: March 07, 2008 08:24:40 PM
Oh man, Lufah--- when I saw play doh I almost choked on my drink! OMG IT'S SO COLORFUL AND AMAZING. Hahaha ok i'm done now. But seriously, brightest colors ever! What did you use to dye it with?

Jazzturtle, I really like your second yarn, murmers. It looks soooo squishy! Can I hug it forever? Pretty please??

And Marlana, Firestarter looks nice and bright and soft too! I'm digging the oranges this week.

And everyone elses is amazing too! I think I could write a book on how awesome everyones are this week!
And the pictures are a little bit more yellow than it should be, It just finished in time to post for today!

I'm calling this one Good Luck. (And only after I took the 3rd picture, but it was good luck that I didn't mess this one up too bad!)
It was my first ever time plying more than a few inches, and all done on a drop spindle. My boyfriend picked out the colors to dye it, and it's probably going to end up being fingerless gloves for him.
Merino, 2 ply, about 104 yards. I think it's mostly worsted, with a bit of thinner and thicker. not sure of weight. (man i really need a scale or something!)
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10  Re: Leap Year Fiber Friday 2/29/08 in Spinning: Completed Projects by icemelon on: February 29, 2008 10:37:48 AM
Well I think this is my first time ever posting a finished yarn here! I figured it would be a good time to do it, on a leap year! Try something new right?  Wink

Well here is my contribution! I call it "Frolicking Hope" because the Llama this came from is named Hope!  Cheesy (Man I feel grown up naming my yarns!!!)

It's about 82 yards, I don't know weight.
It's single ply baby llama with a little bit of merino in there to give some  bits of color. The pink merino was dyed by me with food coloring. I got the baby llama raw, and since I haven't gotten my hand carders yet, I used plastic forks. More information can be found here

Whew, first ever fiber friday post is over! That was exciting!! Grin Grin Grin
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