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« on: July 12, 2007 09:29:16 PM »

Happy Fiber the 13th! I stayed up late and am jumping on right away. This is the best place to be on Fridays.  Smiley I've been spinning a lot for the Tour de Fleece and here is what I've got to show so far.

Three of the four of these yarns were spun from the same hand-dyed roving I bought at the Black Sheep Gathering. This stuff was dyed by Ronnie's handspun's nine year old grandson. I loved to story and I loved the colors. I decided to try spinning it in different ways as an experiment. A sport weight, a worsted to bulky, a boucle and a single (TBA - next week?)

First one here is called "Canterbury" since that was the stage of the Tour de France I watching while spinning. It's that very roving, spun into a single a plied with steel colored thread.

The second yarn here is the same roving spun into a 2-ply sport to dk weight yarn. 3.9 oz, 160 yards. It's called vegetable garden.

vegetable patch. Yes, the same roving spun into a 2-ply worsted to bulky weight yarn. I like how the colors didn't blend as much in this one compared to the one above. Would you believe it's all the same roving?

The last one here is called spring cleaning. It's a lemon-lime boucle style yarn with a great deal of bounce. It's hand-dyed mill ends and mohair locks spun up and plied with wasabi crochet thread.

I can't wait to see this thread fill up with lovely yarns from all the talented craftster spinners!  Grin

« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2007 09:56:42 PM »

These are gorgeous!!!  I can't even pick a favorite!! Shocked
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2007 07:29:10 AM »

I have one this week. It was my first balanced yarn ever!! Its the Spunky Eclectic FOTM called Tulips. Its BFL (which I love) and I spun 4 oz into 2 ply sport weight 15 wpi and 240 yards. I used the fractal stripe method to make a striping yarn.

I've been giving the drum carder quite a workout as well. Here's two batts I whipped up last night

Peach cobbler - mohair, angora, angelina, bfl

Fireworks in Fog - Correidale with multi colored Sari Silk
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« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2007 07:50:14 AM »

First a bobbin shot of the yarn I am currently spinning.  I love my new Lendrum, the high speeds are awesome!  i am hoping this will be sock yarn, but I have no idea.  this particular roving blooms like mad and seems to get waaaaay bigger than i ever think it will:

Johnny Jump-up (handpainted by me), superwash merino:

Next, I spun some stuff that DH so lovingly got me for my birthday last year.  I'm glad I saved it--it was a joy to spin on my new wheel!  the pic isn't that great, but i swear i took something like 10 shots and none really turned out very well.  but at least you get an idea of the color.  The knitted swatch of this looks very tweedy.

Rainforest, 14 wpi, 247 yards, domestic wool blend.

i have some more to post, but I can't right now--the munchkins are starting to complain...

more later!

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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2007 08:43:47 AM »

I've been posting all of my Tour de Fleece stuff on Flickr and on my blog and here and so on, but here's the one big skein I did yesterday that wasn't my Tour de Fleece spinning for the day.  Are you ready for this?

It doesn't look so bad there, but trust me, this is one fugly skein.

I made it trying to get rid of a bunch of stuff I had on my bobbins.  I spun up a mostly 4-ply yarn using 15 different leftover bits (when I ran out of one ply, I just started with another).  Then I way overtwisted it and boucled it with a white crappy single that was had an opposite twist from most of the singles I do.  Hence, it had been parked on a bobbin for about a year now. 

The finished skein weighs 4 1/4 ounces and is around 109 yards, I think.  The last 10 or 15 yards isn't boucle'd since I ran out of the one single.  Still, ugly boucle 5-ply madness!  Woot!

Knitwit, I love Vegetable Patch, and it's so cool to see the different incarnations of the same roving.  Love seeing the batts, too.

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« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2007 11:03:38 AM »

Everything looks GORGEOUS as usual.

Hey, Star!  Have you tried spinning from the batts with Sari Silk?  I'm still experimenting with my new carder and cut the sari silk into 4 inch pieces and wasn't crazy about how they look in the batt.  And I worry that they might draft out first while spinning.  Any thoughts on this?

« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2007 11:11:15 AM »

I alternate between fiber and sari silk when blending and run it through a bunch of times before I spin. When I do spin I predraft a bit but if you spin with the long draw method the bits usually stay in place.

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« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2007 11:33:02 AM »

Lufah - You may not think that boucle looks cool, but I do!  Seriously, I like it.

I, like so many others, have been spinning for the Tour.  This is my not-done-yet yarn for this week:
*Ugly flash picture*  It looks much better in real life.  Trust me.

It's superwash and may become socks (if I can sit myself down long enough to knit some.  I've only ever finished one sock, never a pair)
« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2007 11:51:20 AM »

knitwit, that was such a cool experiment.  and i love the way the yarns plied with thread look!

here's mine for this week.  it's mill ends that i dyed with wilton's, about 57 yards, nice and squishy.  and yes, it's on top of a fake plant.  i got a little too creative with my pictures this week.


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« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2007 12:32:16 PM »

knitwit, i love your vegetable garden and Lufah i do love your fugly skein!
the peach cobbler batt looks delicious, i want it!

here's mine, i'm calling it Bundle of Joy because it's like my baby. it's about my 4th spindle spun skein. the wool is from my own sheep that i washed, carded and dyed with kool-aid.


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