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« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2008 08:18:39 AM »

Congrats on the impending wheel, Flowers and Lemons!

Grayling, I love Follow!  And I love jazzturtle's yarns and inle_rah's Diamonds and Pearls.  So much good stuff already this week!

I only have one skein.  It's called Applejack and is my first attempt at spinning with fabric.  5 1/2 ounces and 128 yards:

Also, here's some pics of armwarmers I knit up from a skein of viscose yarn I spun last summer:


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« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2008 08:20:55 AM »

Okay! So I finally bought myself a wheel. After trying a few out, I purchased a brand new Ashford Traditional. I waited for what seemed like forever (a week), stained it, and waited some more to put it together.

Finally at last I have my wheel. I haven't stopped spinning since.

I have a lot to show but I haven't taken pictures of everything yet. Here's a few to start with..!!

Sarahan Symphony
MIll Ends from Sheep Shed Studio
Self-Dyed Hand Painted roving with wiltons
240 yds
2.5 oz
not sure of the wpi...

Sugar B(r)itches
Fine Merino Wool
Self-Dyed Handpainted roving with Kool-Aid Smiley
Not sure of the yardage... but theres 5 skeins total. I'm guessing around 200 yds.
3.9 oz total

Easter Promises hehe
From Spunky's FOTM Club I LOVE IT!!
170 yds.
4 oz.

Random fiber that i spun and hated to spin, but finished to practice anyway...
The gray is my first wheel spun... i think it's romney

the blue is god-knows-what, but i navajo plied it successfully Smiley

And finally a sneak peek to next week! some mill ends that i dyed myself...
It reminds me of a soggy spring! You know, like when it's just starting to get fresh and green but wont stop raining Smiley

We'll see how it spins up.

Now the thing is... I dont know what to do with all this yarn!  I don't intend on knitting even half of it!?
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« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2008 09:01:58 AM »

hee!  SensiblyTacky, if you really are piling up more yarn than you can use, I'd love to swap for any of your first three skeins there.  I can give you handdyed roving, any color you like.... I use acid dyes.  That is if you can bear to part with your yummy creations.  Wink  PM me if you're interested.

« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2008 09:11:03 AM »

forgive my knitting newbie ignorance:

I looooooove the feather yarn so much!

but what would you make with it?

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« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2008 10:22:40 AM »

Sooo many beautiful yarns this week. I love the feathers, beads, fabric, shimmers, etc!

Congratz SensiblyTacky on your new wheel!!! Your yarns are gorgeous!!! I didn't stop spinning for days either.  In fact.... I'm still spinning every single spare moment I can.

Lufah, your arm warmers are beautiful.  Viscose is soooo pretty. 

Here's my contribution for the week:  Everything is white mill ends from Shep Shed.

My daughters "painted" their own rovings this week using Kool-Aid.  I let them choose the colors and I spun up the yarns.  They are each 3 oz and are approx 200 yards ea.  I still haven't  set the twist so there may be a bit more yardage.  I've decided to leave these as singles to maintain the yardage and colors.  I love how you can see the difference in their personalities with the colors that they chose.

This is also a Kool-Aid dyed one.  I tried a new technique this time.  I got the rovings very very wet and sprinkled on the powered Kool-Aid.  Then I dripped on extra water and steamed it.  I was a bit worried at how muddy the colors looked when it was finished.  But, when I started spinning I totally fell in love with it.  I will definitely be making more like this!!  Approx 4 oz and 320 yrds.

The rovings

Still on the bobbin.  The colors are much more vivid in person.  Should I ply this at all?  I'm thinking of leaving it as a single so I maintain all the great color changes. But, I'm not sure.... any advise on this one would be great. 


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« Reply #15 on: March 14, 2008 10:35:49 AM »

Thanks for the compliments everyone!

I love the feathers, jazzturtle.  I have two questions: how do you secure feathers?  And how do you make felt beads? 

I plied with thread, so when I had a feather, I would wrap the thread around the base of the feather a bunch of times.  I did it by actually wrapping the spool by hand around the yarn, rather than tredeling, as not to overtwist, and to get a tight hold.  I usually tugged a bit to make sure it was tight.. but you don't want to tug too hard.. it is delicate yarn..  but they should stay in there Smiley  It took a bunch of tries to get the hang of it... but it was fun!

For my felt beads I just take a bowl of hot water with a bit of dish soap in it.  I take a piece of roving and wind it into a tight coil.  then submerge the coil and begin to softly roll it between my hands .  as it begins to felt I use more pressure.  When it gets to the size I like, I rinse in cold water and let dry Smiley  I've heard you can just take the roving, wet it and then roll it into a ball in your hands as well.  I'll try that technique this weekend Smiley

forgive my knitting newbie ignorance:

I looooooove the feather yarn so much!

but what would you make with it?

I don't knit- so forgive me if i don't use the right terms.. but a drop stitched scarf would be lovely, with a really open stitch..  or it could be trim on a bag, or garment.  It could also be woven with.  The feathers are spaced nicely, so they would be spread out.  I spun it with a corrisponding non feather yarn, so the project could be a little larger Smiley

Grayling I LOVE follow!!!

Lufah.. My next spin is with fabric! I love how you did yours! How did you find spinning it?  was it difficult to secure?

SensiblyTacky- beautiful!! I love seeing all the different yarns from the same fiber club!!

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« Reply #16 on: March 14, 2008 10:51:05 AM »

My first one of the week is Grape Nutz....

199 yds 5 3.8oz The brown ply is Sheep Shed roving and the other ply is superwash hand dyed. I really liked how this came out Smiley

Toby approves.

Second one is PINK!  This is  going to be for a friend's wife. 


Wow is this pink.  93 yds 3 7/8oz.  About 70/30 BFL/silk blended on the hackle.  Super soft and fluffy

Sneak peak of next week...

All the yarn is great as usual.  Grin  Damn jazzturtle with the feathers!  That rocks.

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« Reply #17 on: March 14, 2008 11:27:11 AM »

So many cool yarns this week. ^-^

Lufah I love your spun fabric. It's quickly becoming an addiction here.

I'm still spinning the other half of the pile for this one. It's going to be one huge skien. *laughs*


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« Reply #18 on: March 14, 2008 11:41:55 AM »

I have a Fiber Friday addendum! Smiley

This is a skein of yarn I spun for Teapotdnky.  I combed a combo of wool, nylon, sparkle, mohair, silk noils, and angora and then corespun it.  I plied it with holographic thread, and boucleed it.  88 yards, 4 5/8 ounces.

jazzturtle, what I found worked out best for me was to tear fabric into skinny strips, and then when I had an area of fat fiber, kind of pull it apart and tuck an end of the fabric strip into it.  I tried to tuck the other end of the fabric strip into the wool too.  Some of them came free at one end, so they kind of look like little fabric banners flapping around, and I had one fabric piece come off while Lufahsman was blocking it (he wound up with blocking duty this week Smiley.  But most wound up staying put in the yarn better than I thought they would.  I'm thinking about maybe weaving a scarf using that skein as an experiment - I think the bits of fabric might look kind of cool in a woven scarf.

Ekioart, I'm going to have to have a big fabric shredding day here so I can make more fabric yarn!  Smiley 

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« Reply #19 on: March 14, 2008 11:42:19 AM »

Love all of those yarns... they are so cool.....here are my yarns i spun up:

Easter Splash Cotswold Yarn

Spring Explosion -spun out of various wool, yarn nips, cotswold curls, fabric strips and netting strips..Green yarn -spun out of green brown sheep roving then plied with blue polypay wool yarn

Seafoam blue yarn is spun out of Brown Sheep millend roving.....Seaweed Yarn (varies of blue and green) is spun out of Mystery wools (hairy (possible llama) fiber, soft unknown (possible polypay or taghree)fiber, cotswold wool) that's what i think those fibers are but they seems they are.....Lilac Shell Yarn is spun out of polypay wool..
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