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« on: August 09, 2007 09:16:13 PM »

More fun with the new wheel!!!  I tried a fiber I had never tried before (alpaca) and it was hard to spin but the yarn is soooo soft Smiley

Lots of pictures this week!

Alpaca yarn from fiber I got at my LYS about 150 yds from sport to (some) bulky mostly worsted

Tulips: about 5oz of wiltons dyed mill ends in colors inspired by a picture of yellow and violet tulips (i think) in a field 2 skeins. 1 skein is 180 yds and the other is 200 yds. About worsted weight I think

Next up is Melons, my only plied yarn this week.  About 5 oz of wiltons dyed mill ends in 2 skeins of 180 and 212 yds. worsted weight

And a group shot Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2007 05:19:34 AM »

Nifty Knitter- Ha! That's what I use the treadmill for! I must say I love your style and the way you spin! Was that alpaca fiber 100% or a blend? I have over a lb. of Premium Alpaca First Cuts and they are simply beautiful, only problem, I hate spinning alpaca alone so I must blend...with my ashford student hand cards O_O BLISTERS!!! Lol! But again, great job Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2007 05:39:56 AM »

ohh gorgeous yarns niftyknitter!

The colors in tulips are so pretty together.. and i LOVE the way melons came out. Yum!

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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2007 05:42:24 AM »

I love alpaca!  I can't wait to go to the next fiber festival and get a bunch more.

Besides the viscose, I spun 2 fat skeins this week.  The first is some handdyed roving that I combed to get real long stetches of color, and then I plied with some brown and white Sheep Shed mill ends.  6.4 ounces, 267 yards:

The second is big single ply yarn.  I started by combing out 13 roving balls filled with all sorts of stuff - wool, mohair, alpaca, tencel, silk noils, and sparkle.

It became this yarn - 7 ounces, 216 (I think?) yards:

I kind of reminds me of a Persian carpet.  I can't wait to knit with it (and I think I'll eventually weave something with the first skein).

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« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2007 06:06:50 AM »

This is 4oz 155yds.  This is from wool roving that I dyed and then split in half.  Jacki spun half and I spun half.  Then I plyed it up and you get Collaboration Yarn  Wink

Sneak Peak of next week...

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« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2007 06:29:49 AM »

Wow, beautiful yarns so far today!
Lufah - I absolutely love your second one, it's sooo pretty.
I haven't posted in a while, so I've got a few to share...

"Reflections," rambioullet

"Crush on You," corriedale

"Smooth Sailing," cotton, viscose, sari silk, and a few glass beads

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« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2007 06:42:13 AM »

Smooth sailing looks so fluffy. Great yarns this week everyone.

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« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2007 06:42:41 AM »

Very pretty so far everyone.

Lufahsman - I love the idea of a sneak peak of next weeks yarns!

This first yarn is 100% alpaca also.  It is corespun over some crochet cotton.  I also tried to give it a brushed look.

Next is maybe the ugliest yarn I have ever spun.  I made this skein to match some yarn I spun about a year ago.  I started to knit a felted box with the second yarn I ever spun and ran out on the last side of the box.  Thankfully I had some matching colors in my stash.  Although I was hating the yarn I'm rather happy with the way the box turned out.  I'll be posting the box when it dries.

Have a fibery week!

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« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2007 06:43:43 AM »

THanks theboythatspins! I like your style too, I always like reading your posts and comments!  Smiley It was 100% alpaca and was not that fun to spin but I loved how soft the result was.... if I had real hand carders (instead of my cheapo dog grooming brushes Undecided ) I would definitely want to card it the next time I spin some.
Lufah: I love the 2nd yarn!!! Did you use your home made hackle to blend all of those little roving balls? I love your DIY hackle and really want to make one when I get back to school.
Lufahsman: I love the colors in collaboration yarn and that is a sweet idea... i wish I had a significant other who spins (heck at this point i just wish I had a significant other, i can brainwash him into spinning later  Grin )
grayling40 your yarns look so soft, I just want to pet them through the screen, I often end up overtwisting singles and they never seem to look as soft as your two singles look!!! And I am jealous ov the cotton/viscose sari silk one, cotton is definitely the next fiber on my list to try, I just need to get up the courage (and $$) to get some... I am afraid of screwing it up!

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« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2007 08:48:43 AM »

Lufah, that second yarn is amazing!  Those are such beautiful colors!

Here's mine for this week, it's mill ends dyed with Wilton's.  I'm thinking about calling it "Everlasting Gobstopper".


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