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05 May 2007 @ 07:20 pm
Earlier in the year I bought some fiber from Abby Franquemont (huaman and http://abbysyarns.com/)
2 of the skeins weren't labeled -- one I know was Tide Pool, but I'm not sure which was which. Anyway:

I took the one I think wasn't Tide Pool; it was about an ounce of dramatically colored fiber, that looked to be solid wool. I split the roving in half with the intention of spinning up two bobbins and plying it together, keeping the colors more-or-less in synch. Unfortunately, Kalli (my dog) did a snatch and run with most of one half when I was distracted by the phone. So, I spun one half up as planned; the remainder I sent through my drum carder a few times after I retrieved it. This was the first time I'd used it, so it ended up a bit nappy, but spun up ok.
I had moved to the center whorl on my flyer as I'm trying to spin thinner, and it took a bit with both to get tension adjusted and to get into a comfortable rhythmn, but I was pretty pleased with the end singles. The original roving was pretty brilliantly colored blue/green/purple, the blended batt was more subdued.

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04 May 2007 @ 01:25 pm
In an apparent attempt to prove that I shouldn't ply before coffee, I somehow managed to ply up an entire bobbin in the same direction as it was spun. Would sending it back through the wheel in the correct (opposite) direction have a prayer of working? If not, is there any possible use for the two-ply? It wasn't for anything in particular, but this is really frustrating ;/.


On the theory that I didn't have much to lose, I ran it back through the wheel. I have plying difficulties still, so I half expected it to end up a twisted, tangled mess, and was pleasantly surprised! My usual plying method is to keep my hands about the same distance apart as when spinning, maybe a bit more, and treadle half as many times before winding on. I figured keeping my hands that close would make this harder, so I used a different method. I kept my hands very far apart, pinching with both. I treadled several times, then released the fiber with the hand nearest the orifice, at which point it 'unplyed' (which was oddly fascinating to watch). I then continued treadling, pinching and releasing to let twist in, and let it wind on when it 'looked right'. I only had difficulties when I encountered areas where it broke and was spliced (and the unusual # of breaks should have clued me in I was doing something wrong in the first place!); I managed to resplice each time, but it was messy. Since the singles were relatively fresh I'm hopeful it will be at least reasonably balanced after being rinsed and set. Though at this point I'm just relieved to have something resembling yarn!
Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
26 April 2007 @ 02:22 pm
Is anyone interested in a meetup at Connecticut Sheep and Wool this Saturday? (Warning: link is to .pdf. Their main page is here.)

I went last year and had a great time: interesting vendors, cool displays, cute animals, and sheepdog trials, my very favorite spectator sport. Plus wool! (This yarn was spun from some roving I got at last year's event.)
30 March 2007 @ 01:11 pm
Mods, I hope that this is ok, if not please delete.

I have started a community for spinners in the mid- west USA- midwest_spin. In no way is this meant to replace any spinning communities, but as a resource for those of us not on a coast to share sources for wheels/spindles/fibers/fiber festivals! Member ship is not limited to midwesterners in any way either!

05 March 2007 @ 04:54 pm
Below the cut: some show-and-tell yarns--laceweight merino, laceweight silk, sportweight Shetland. A little lace swatch. Some fiber pictures. A lot of talking.
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There will be a Handspinner's Meet & Greet at Pennsic U. It will be a late afternoon/early evening thing during war week and there will be cookies (probably non-period)!

It's for all handspinners: experts, dabblers, novices, wannabes, period and not so period. Bring your wheel(s), spindles, yarn(s), fibers, stories -- and contributions to the snacks if you wish. Be prepared to brag about show your creations, and share tips, tricks, techniques, fiber sources etc.

The date, time and location will be in the Pennsic U. Schedule.

(X-posted to a number of SCA and Spinning communities)
25 January 2007 @ 11:53 am
After a random comment I read on another group, I wondered if there is anything that spinning techniques can do to either promote (bad) or prevent (good) pilling in the finished yarn. Is it a woolen vs worsted thing or does it have more to do with the quality of the initial fiber? Does the degree of twist cause or prevent pilling? How about how it's knitted/crocheted/woven?

It was just a random curiosity I came up with after reading a comment that a certain luxury yarn pills horribly, and looking at my own lovely handspun alpaca/merino and wondering if the cushy winter hat that I'm knitting out of it is going to be a pilled mess in a year. Thought it would make an interesting discussion.
07 January 2007 @ 02:31 pm
Below the cut: A hat knit from handspun, the first project where I put some thought into the yarn design before spinning. Some talk about the spinning and yarn-design process.

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