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July 2016

Facebook Fiber Find Pt. 2

I have been having so much fun spinning up my Fiber Find from Facebook!

IMG_0754Just playing around with the already created rolags, batts, and some sections of colored fiber created a beautiful single.   I then spun up a merino single which I plied with the colored single.

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This is 124 yards of merino and various before it was washed.  The pinks and purples are the sections of colored wool, with the rest being from batts.  I have it in the water now, I cannot wait to see what it looks like when it is washed.  I am so excited to start spinning my flicked open locks (I got impatient with some of the more difficult ones and wound up carding them instead).  Next post will probably be about my spinning from the cloud of locks!

Happy Crafting!

Facebook Fiber Find

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I recently joined a fiber ‘destash’ group on facebook.  I was a bit hesitant to buy anything from Facebook but when I saw 2 oz of mixed fibers for $5 I thought I would give it a shot.  When the bags arrived I was amazed, everything from flashing, locks, silk, wool, etc.  The colors are beautiful and I love everything I received.  In the 6 bags I ordered there was 1 beautiful mini batt and a couple of rolags that I just had to spin up right away.

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The pretty blacks, blues, and purples with the bits of flashing that are stuck to them wound up just beautiful.  There are a pair of beautiful little bits of colorful batts that I am going to spin on this same bobbin (since I only have 3 that spin well on the wheel).  The rolags, toward the top of the picture, had a bit of what I think of as ‘sticky wool’ and wound up a little bit chunky but it should be very pretty when finished.  I plan on plying these with some merino to let the blacks and other shades just pop out at you!

In addition to the rolags and bits of colored wool I received a lot of dyed locks.  When I separated out the materials from the bags 3 of them were filled with locks.  Little, tangled up locks that looked impossibly matted down.  I was dreading working with these little pieces.  All I could think about were the long silky locks that characterize ‘lock-spun’ yarn that is a big artisan movement in spinning.  (These were not those kind of locks).  I remembered something about ‘flicking locks’, looked on YouTube, and found a way to not only save these locks but make them a joy to work with!

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Half a handful of locks, when flicked, created the beautiful cloud of fiber that can be found above.  I took a close up picture as they were sitting in an old serving bowl, so there is more fiber than it appears to be.  I am looking forward to flicking open all of the locks I received and discovering what beautiful colors they hold.  I have some personal debate about whether it would be better to card them with some merino to create a soft, light, lofty yarn with watered down color, or to spin the flicked locks up as a single and then ply it with some merino.  The merino ply should add some softness and bounce to the single colored fiber.  At this time I think I am going to flick open all of the locks and see how rich the colors seem.  If they are as pale as this green I will probably spin them up as a single and ply them with the merino since blending mutes the colors.  How very exciting to be spoiled with such beautiful choices!

Happy Crafting!

 

Always Learning

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Life is a series of funny adventures.  A neighbor offered to teach my mother to ‘Crochenit’ or ‘Cro-Hook’, my mother reassured my neighbor that she learned the technique as an ‘Afghan Stitch’ but thanked her kindly anyway.  Mom then looked at me and said, “They are the same thing right?”  knowing full well this would be a challenge I could not resist as a librarian.

As it turns out, mom was wrong.  What she learned as the Afghan stitch is also known as Scottish crochet, Tunisian crochet, etc.  It is created using a crochet hook with a long shaft and an end that looks like a knitting needle.  The results can be found above, as you can see from the curled edge on the bottom (this tends to curl a bit) the ‘wrong side’ looks like the purl side of knitting while the ‘right side’ has beautiful bars that have been used in the past to embroider onto solid colored pieces.

The fun part is that the other form, Cro-Hook or Crochenit is essentially the tunisian crochet with a color change every row using a double ended hook.

As you can see, I have another new obsession all thanks to my neighbor.  I have a book on Crochenit stitches waiting for me at home and 101 tunisian stitches will be ordered later today using my Amazon Rebate!

Happy Crafting!

Dying to get started

These are the results of my Kool-Aid experiment.  They were created from the wool I had received with my Schacht Wheel (I’m not really sure what it is).  A very pretty wool that did not felt on me when I tried this!  I put 3 Kool-Aid lemonaid packets into a plastic shoe box with about 2-4 oz of wool (I do not have a kitchen scale so it is all estimated).  I then poured enough water to cover the wool and added about 10 drops of food coloring.  The resulting fiber was the fire orange color.  After letting it set for about 30 minutes I took it out and began to rinse the fiber.  A lot of the dye started to come out of the fiber as I was rinsing.  Since I feared losing the beautiful color I decided to use some vinegar to soak the fiber and retain the color, after a 15 minute soak and a thorough rinsing the color remained and the fiber didn’t even have a vinegar stink.

There was a lot of dye left in the water so I decided to throw more fiber into it, again somewhere between 2-4 oz of wool, and another packet of lemonaid kool-aid to help things set.  It soaked for about 30 minutes and when rinsed created the beautiful yellow that can be found in both skeins.

I think that kool-aid (helped along with some food coloring if needed) is a great introductory method to dying.  I look forward to more experiments in the future, but some fiber is calling my name to be spun!

Happy Crafting!

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