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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 10-10-2008 on: October 19, 2008 08:58:11 PM
That is the fun part with batts!  You never know what to expect!
I hope to have batts for sale on my website again once I recover from my surgery.  Who would have dreamed that I would get a brand new fancy upgrade on my drum carder and then only used it a handful of times!
I am in batt making withdrawal.

Happy Spinning.
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 10-10-2008 on: October 12, 2008 02:58:33 AM
Squeeee - I had wondered what the final batts would looked like all spun up!
Gorgeous AdreinneC!
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: anyone have or ever use this wheel on: January 18, 2008 01:22:48 AM
Hi ya!
I definitely spin on my Babe wheels.  I love them.
There are lots of us out there, I think we just missed your post.

I started with the double treadle production but then upgraded to my Big Mama Jama - the Bulky double treadle - and I adore it.  And the huge bobbins - sigh - awesome.    On the Bulky, I can make whatever I want without any restrictions, due to the size of the orifice but I can also spin as thin as I want.  For me it is the perfect wheel.
I had no problems with the production wheel, it just wasn't big enough to handle my kind of yarns so I had to start and stop a lot to hand feed the yarn.  I use this wheel as my teaching wheel these days.  It is great for yarns smaller than a Noro/malabrigo.
I think buying spinning wheels is a very personal experience so I recommend looking around before you buy ANY wheel.  Buy the best you can afford.
For me, that meant the Babe and I have never regretted it.  I just should have gotten the bulky wheel because I knew in the beginning I wanted to spin bulky yarns.  But my wheels serve me very well.  People who originally made fun of my "plastic" wheels, now are looking into them because, well, the proof is in the pudding.  Mine have held up just fine and I can take them anywhere.  Recently, I broke the Big Mama Jama down to take to Taos with me.  I put it in a box and took it on the plane and used fiber as packing material.  It took me two minutes to rebuild it and I was off and running.  IF I wasn't already a believer, that would have sold me forever.

Happy Wheel Shopping.
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for Vegetable (Plant) fibers ! on: November 21, 2007 11:00:45 AM
There a ton of resources for undyed plant fibers online... just do a google search and you can find them.
Here are a few people that I have ordered from in the past and recommend:
www.coppermoose.com and he is on ebay has great prices and is very dependable. He has bamboo top and tencel for great prices, undyed.  I have also seen Faux Cashmere on his ebay site so be sure to look at both of them.
I got some great hemp from www.spunkyeclectic.com for a reasonable price. She has all kinds of great things so it is definitely worth looking!
www.littlebarninc.com is another great company also that sells ecospun (recycled water bottles) and recycled denim, which are very interesting non wool alternatives and a fun spin.  They also have nylon, hemp, flax and linen that are not dyed.  While I was getting this link, I see that they have dyed cotton too!

If you are looking for dyed bamboo roving, I will be posting some either later this week or early next week.  I also dye tencel but don't have any right now to dye.  I plan to get some dyed before Christmas but we all know about the best laid plans...

Mandie from www.EweGivemetheknits.com also sells dyed bamboo and soy and is amazing.  You have to move quickly as hers sell out very fast. Her prices are great and although she is in Australia, you would never know it because she ships so quickly.

Another good friend of mine, Sandy from www.homesteadwoolandgiftfarm.com sells dyed cotton roving for REALLY great prices.  Be sure to check her out if you are looking for cotton.  I think she is one of the few that sells it dyed.

There is an etsy seller, fiberlady?  Shhe also sells dyed bamboo roving and I know people who have been pleased with her product although I have not ordered from her. Here is her link: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5056259

Ok, well this should keep you busy for a while!
Happy spinning to you.
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: any suggestions ? on: September 06, 2007 11:26:05 AM
Have you thought about just spinning singles?

I love rainbow fleece!
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Coils and poofs and glitter! Art yarn pics on: July 20, 2007 09:27:46 AM
Your yarn is just gorgeous!
I don't think you need any tips!  It is all about opening your mind to the possiblities and going with it. I can't wait to see what you do next.  This is just stunning! 
Oh, and I tend to like scarves knit with fun art yarn.  Big needles and lots of yarn overs allow it to really show off the yarn to its full potential.  Knitting with your yarns allows you to see how they balance out (more nubs in one end than the other, etc)... so you can learn from each yarn.
Happy Spinning
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: single not plyed ? on: July 17, 2007 07:00:34 AM
Think it might be a bit of a spinning culture thing American spinning does seem a bit different   as most of the spinners I know spin straight from  the fleece is interesting to find out more about different spinners and types of spinning.


Hi there!  Just wanted to pop in and let you know that not all Americans think Roving is the only way.  I process fleece and spin pretty much locks exclusively, except for the occasional giftie of roving.
I love the smell of sheepies, and I love for them to live naturally, wear a coat if they want, don't if they won't, and I enjoy the process.
But I do wash my fleece prior to spinning it.  I explain it that if you put a set of socks in the wash with them loose, and a pair with them balled up.  Which one comes cleaner?  I am not terrified of the lanolin but I do like to get the dirt out.  Just a different view point. 

I think it is great that you spin your own wool.
Good on ya.
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: spinning bamboo - setting twist? on: July 13, 2007 06:01:58 PM
Hot water won't reactivate dye but it can make it bleed. However, the only way to set the twist with cellulose fiber is to use really hot water.  Though if the yarn is plied and fairly neutral you might not need to set the twist.

The best thing to know right now is what type of dyes were used. If direct dyes were used then it will always bleed  a bit, especially with hot water but if fiber reactive dyes were used then it shouldn't. Fiber reactive dye requires a washing out process though, to remove all the unattached dye. If the bamboo was dyed with fiber reactive dye then you actually should try to get all the unattached dye out of the finished yarn.
Just to clear the air here,
I use Fiber Reactive Dyes and follow the standard practices in dyeing bamboo.  I rinse each bamboo roving for about 15 to 30 minutes after dyeing (more than most), so I don't have any washout in the water, but in my own practice, there has occasionally been just a little bit more when I went to rinse the yarn and set the twist.  I warn people about the bit of washout because there is ALWAYS a chance of a "small amount" of washout with using Fiber Reactive dyes.
Everything I have read states that if you boil cellulose fibers it will reactivate the dye - meaning it will look for new fibers and can possibly mute the colors.  I have not had that happen to me with regular hot/warm tap water, but I do not boil mine to set the twist.  It is not needed.
I think it is up to you how you want to process your finished yarns.  Bamboo is different than any other fiber so I try to err on the side of caution when giving advice.
Happy Spinning Everyone. 
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Spinning flax (linen) on: July 13, 2007 05:49:40 PM
gosh, maybe I've been doing it all wrong!  I have spun it just like regular roving, it just takes more patience!  I've never wet it either.

You and me both!! It worked out just fine.
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Do you have a spinning blog? on: July 12, 2007 06:44:33 PM

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