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October 2016

2 Ply Silk

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On the left is my finished Monet Silk and on the right is some gold silk I  had lying around.  Both are 2 ply and just beautiful, the camera does not do their luster justice.  The Monet wound up being 32 yards and the gold just over 40 yards.  I am not sure what I am going to do with them yet though it will have to be something pretty special.

I love spinning silk, as soon as I get through this minor bout of obsession I am going to try and translate these skills to spinning my wool with a finer, tighter hand for weaving.

Happy Crafting

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Spinning Silk Class

A week ago I attended a class on spinning silk with the Enchanted Mountains Weavers Guild in Bradford, PA.  It was amazing.  I learned about spinning silk from the fold, I sort of knew about that already, and using cowboy magic to keep my hands supple for spinning.  I think they use the detangler and shine while I purchased the conditioner.  As far as I can tell, since they both have silk proteins in them, mine should work just fine.  (It certainly makes the silk slippery enough, lol.)  The bobbin on the left is the 1/2 oz sample of silk I purchased to practice with, I’m not sure what the colorway is called but I think it looks like Monet’s “Waterlily Pond” painting myself.  I am shocked at how fine I can get my spinning to be when I concentrate and cannot wait to see what this will look like when it is plied!

Happy Crafting!

Spinzilla Ends

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As of Sunday October 9, 2016 I had spun 3,488 yards of yarn for Spinzilla Credit.  This means that for every yard of singles that I spun as well as all that I plied I received credit.  Which means that for a 2 ply I spun that wound up 86 yards it would be 86+86+86=258, if I were to do a 4 ply of 86 yards it would be 86+86+86+86+86=430 Spinzilla credit yards, only 86 yards short of taking the 4 plies and spinning 2 skeins of 2 ply yet half of the plying effort.  This means little in the long run, but it was great incentive to play with creating a 4 ply yarn Sunday afternoon when my desire to ply was fading quickly.  When push comes to shove I managed to spin 1.98 miles of yarn in Spinzilla Credit.  I am very proud of my efforts, I think I went through about 3 pounds of fiber so next year that will have to be bulked up a bit.

As ever I am looking toward my next crafting challenge, whatever that may be!

Happy Crafting!

Thursday’s singles = Friday’s ply

I managed the monster mile!  

My first five skeins are beautiful 2-ply yarns at about 14 wpi.  I managed to go well over my monster mile. Hitting my first goal out of the park. For my sixth skein I created a 4 ply yarn that I think of as my unicorn yarn, just beautiful and magical.  

I’m not too sure where I am, though I know winning rogue is out of my realm, but it’s fun anyway.  I have an event I will be at tomorrow, but hopefully I can continue my plying.  I am surprised at how much of my fiber I have spun.

I’ll see what happens tomorrow and do a frantic rush on Sunday, posting my totals then. 

Happy Crafting!

Progress with my Scar(ves)

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The top scarf is what happens when I run out of the right color of weft yarn to finish the first scarf and decide to try a totally different effect to create a small second scarf.  This is all made from handspun yarn, which is why I am a little worried that the stripe of green will full in a different way than the rest of the scarf.  If there is more twist or less give to that section it will pucker everything around it, in which case it is a ruffle scarf and I meant to do that, LOL.  This is all made from handspun yarn, which is why I am a little worried that the stripe of green will full in a different way than the rest of the scarf.  If there is more twist or less give to that section it will pucker everything around it, in which case it is a ruffle scarf and I meant to do that, LOLInstead of a one-over leno like I did on the bottom scarf, I decided to do a 2 over leno on this scarf.  The effect is much more dramatic and I am excited to see what it looks like washed as well.  I finished the ends off slightly differently to see if the methods I was taught would work to keep the ends from fraying, if not I will hem the edges.  I tried, and succeeded, to put a slit into the fabric that was woven intentionally.  The effect is neat, but I do need to plan a bit better since the slit is no where near either end but instead somewhere in the middle, lol.

Okay so the bottom image is the scarf that I intended to weave, pre washing.  It is neat, though I believe next time I will leave more room for fringe, and I like how the leno turned out.  The little holes are supposed to be there, if you have seen my last post about the scarf you can see what they looked like while I was weaving them, and I cannot wait to see how they will turn out when I am done.

My selvedges need a lot of work, I know this so this is something I can work on in the future.  I am very pleased with how everything turned out!

Happy Crafting!

Monday’s Singles = Wednesday’s Ply

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The singles that I spun on Monday and part of Tuesday were waiting for me on bobbins.  I decided to let them rest, as much as I could stand to, but when I woke up at 1am Wednesday morning it seemed like fate.  I had to ply them and find out how much yardage I had!

So 3-4 hours later I wound off the last of my three skeins and I have to say 474 yards of 2 ply yarn is not bad for just messing around for a couple of hours before work, after work, and when I wake up in the middle of the night.  Since each ply counts, and the time I spent plying counts each of the skeins counts for X3 credit.  This means that 474X3=1,422 yards spun!

This is fantastic!  1,760 yards is a mile spun, also known as the Monster Mile so I am 338 yards or a 113 yard skein of 2 ply away from making this goal!  If I spin up the 2 bobbins I hope to tonight, and spend some time plying it tomorrow, or spinning up more bobbins, then I should be able to make a couple of miles by Friday!  Tomorrow is the first day that I can spend devoted to spinning instead of worrying about work, so I am beyond thrilled!

Happy Crafting!

Spinzilla Day 1 Totals

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Monday Before work, this is what my bobbin looked like!  I do not have any numbers since I will get my first yardage totals when I ply.

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Monday before I went to bed, these were my bobbins.  The first two were spun using double drive.  Since that was driving me mad, which is why the middle bobbin is much smaller than the first, I went back to scotch tension for my third bobbin and probably the rest of Spinzilla.

I did some spinning during my break at work, on my bottom whorl drop spindle, and I hope to add those bits of spinning into my total.  (Yes, during my break…no one needs to know about the time I spent standing next to the car admiring how pretty the silk looks in the sunlight as I spun.  No one needs to know that I found out spinning in the drivers seat while waiting for someone to pump gas is really not very comfortable…yes, during my break.)  I am having an absolute blast, it is almost torture waiting to ply those first few bobbins to find out how much I have accomplished so far!

Happy Crafting!

 

Weaving to Distraction

I love crafting.  With the school year already underway I have decided to take my crafting to the next level, alright so I already did that by purchasing a spinning wheel earlier this year.  While preparing for Spinzilla (yes, I am that excited about this) I went through my stash, as I mentioned in an earlier post, and discovered that I have spun up a lot more than I thought I did.  With this in mind, I decided to take the plunge and try to weave up some of my handspun yarn.  The pictures above are of my efforts.  This is my handspun in a 7.5 dent reed on a 10″ ashford sample-it rigid heddle loom.  It is a plain weave with Leno Lace in between.  I can tell you that the warp and weft are all wool, I believe that it is primarily Merino wool.  While this started out as a bag, it might turn into a scarf depending on how it washes up!

I am so happy, and cannot wait to see it finished.  At the same time I am really enjoying the creative process!

Happy Crafting

Monday Midnight Spinzilla

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I randomly woke up at 12:40 this morning, as I sometimes do, and upon realizing that it was after midnight and I was allowed to begin spinning for Spinzilla I sat down to do so.  Though my spinning only lasted an hour I managed to go through 2-4 of the rolags I had prepared and set up a nice base of singles before I went back to sleep.

This is going to be a problem this week, at 8 am when I am usually heading out the door I hadn’t even gotten dressed yet!  I did manage to get a lot spun, almost an entire bobbin, but I need to work to pay for fiber and fiber equipment, lol.  Since I usually arrive at work early I was almost ready to head out the door so I did arrive at work on time, actually still a little early.  It might be time to revise my college habit of setting timers, ‘now is when I need to shower’, ‘Now is when I need to get dressed’, ‘Now is time to leave for work if I want to get there when I usually do’, ‘Now you really do need to leave for work’, and the ever favorite, ‘Really, you need to leave now or you’re running late’.

This week is going to be a blast I will try and take a picture of my ‘before work’ bobbin when I get home and before I start spinning again.  My goal for today is to have 2 bobbins full, start my cotton so that I can wind my full bobbins onto weaving bobbins, and if I’m lucky start filling my weaving bobbins with my singles so they are ready to ply tomorrow, or Wednesday.  Since I only have 3 bobbins that work on my wheel (3 others semi work but they rattle really badly) bobbin management is going to be a big thing this week.  Also, singles should really rest a day before plying so that brings another element into things.  Oh well, I will persevere, and enjoy myself along the way!

Happy Crafting

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