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« on: February 17, 2012 07:15:42 AM »

Hi everyone. Finally have had some time to get back to my wheel, so I'll start us off.

I'm working on low-twist singles on my new Babe bulky wheel. The last several weeks have been very stressful, and I have found spinning these yarns to be calming, once I remember to slow my treadling way, way down. The lilac purple yarn and the blue green yarn were dyed by me, and the bottom one is Sheep Shed fiber from the "Funky Bag o' Crap" I bought from her shop.

I tried auto-wrapping on the blue-green, but I used some variegated sewing thread, and I'm kind of "meh" about how it turned out. I bought some white lace weight wool to dye for making some more visually interesting auto wraps.

I think we skipped a week. Can't wait to see what you have been working on.   Smiley


« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2012 07:33:21 AM »

Oh wow Lark those are beautiful!
I don't think I know what auto-wrapping means. Can you teach me something new today?

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« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2012 07:51:01 AM »

 Jexxi- Sure, I'll grab Jazzturtle's video. She explains it very well. She also shows "coreless corespinning", which I have yet to try. Another great place to learn is from the DVD that comes with Jacey Bogg's Spin Art book.


It does help to have an orifice that is flush with the maiden. If your orifice sticks out a lot, you have to try to keep everything away from the orifice while the thread is wrapping, or it will just wind around the outside of the orifice. Jacey Boggs addresses that problem. Luckily, my babe orifice does not stick out past the maiden.

Thanks, CLM.  Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2012 08:08:06 AM »

Beautiful yarns LL.  Makes me wish I could get back at my wheel for fun instead of work.  Soon enough....

« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2012 09:12:27 AM »

Beautiful yarn LL. From little pic on main page it looked like art work, it's very gogh'esque  Smiley

« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2012 09:19:51 AM »

Here's the yarn I've been sitting on for a few weeks. I was wanting to send it for the Handspun swap but when I washed it I decided it was a little too dirty for a swap still.

Each lump there is one full jumbo bobbin. I've been combing my wool and this was all of the "waste" I had gotten from the combs so far this year. I spun 3 bobbins of it then plied them together on my Jumbo, twice. Then I tossed them in the washer on hot to get them all felty and remove the rest of the lanolin and as much dirt as I could. Then they got swifted and noddy-ed again. That was no fun, but I like the end result. Still dirty but fun. The ladies at my fiber guild last night really liked them. Said they would be good in rugs.

And just for fun I spun this up too.

4oz Merino/Bamboo blend. N-plied. ~100 yards total.

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« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2012 09:44:56 AM »

LaughingLark, those are gorgeous!  I love how the blue-green turned out.  I've been wanting to try autowrapping, but I have a delta orifice, which I know doesn't work quite as well for autowrapping.  I know Jacey Boggs mentions holding the wrap with your pinky, but then that seems like racing stripes, y'know?

Jexx, I agree, that bulky natural yarn would be really great in a rug.  Imagine bare feet on that -- yum!

Here's mine for the week.  Another new fiber for me, this time it's reclaimed silk fiber from sari weaving mills in India.  I just grabbed clumps of it and spun it like you would spin from locks.  Sorta made me think of backstage at the Muppet Show or something, because it's fuzzy and kind of crazy slubby, but very soft, light, and has the wonderful drape of silk.  In person it almost looks like feathers.  I've felt some commercial sari silk yarns that felt very rough to me, and was surprised by how soft this is:

« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2012 10:08:41 AM »

Jexxi, I love the merino-bamboo, and the white waste wool yarn turned out great. Not only good for rug yarns, but it would make good beards for a folk Santa too. I like it!

nikschaf-- I love that yarn! Soft airy, light and gorgeous!

I tried out corespinning again this morning. Steep, steep learning curve, but very fun. This one has Sheep Shed "Funky Bag o' Crap" fiber that I over-dyed, because I don't like the medium brown I get from her. Nothing wrong with the wool; I'm just not that into brown. This had been a white roving with thin brown stripes. I drum carded it with some firestar and angelina. I need lots of practice yet, but I love spinning this way. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2012 01:59:01 PM »

such pretty colored yarns this week!   Shocked
i finally have something to share again.  this is the yarn i spun up over winter break:

brown and white plied and then stained with tea.  the bottom picture shows the colors a bit better than the top one.

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« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2012 04:48:13 PM »

Pretty yarn,  Puppy_girl! It looks like it is soft and squishy. I like the tea dyeing.  Smiley

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