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Fiber Saturday at the Studio

On the fiber front, Shel let us rummage through her studio this weekend and use her equipment.  I have to admit there was much fiber fondling, but it is no use to resist when in such an enabling environment.  There were mounds upon mounds of fabulous fiber and equipment in every corner!  I couldn’t even count the spinning wheels if I tried.

This is one of her many, many fleeces.  It was gorgeous, though I cannot recall the name of it.

Here is the beauty that is STASH.  So jealous. . .

Shel and Mo doin’ their thing.  (This picture doesn’t even do her studio justice.  Sooo many other cool things.  Not enough time for all of it.)

So, here’s the FWP, (Fleece Washing Process).  First, you have the fleece.  Next, wash it per whatever directions suit your needs.  Let it dry, dry, dry!  It would be very dissapointing to discover a moldy fleece!  And if you are so lucky as to know someone so kind as to let you use all of the equipment at her disposal, then you would be using a Picker such as this:

This lovely piece of machinery takes the fleece in its lock form and opens it up like a big cloudy of fluffy goodness and gets rid of some of the debris along the way.  Thus aptly named the “picker” for picking out the nasties.  This step thusly results in this mass of fluff:

That mass belongs to Michele, Sue’s and mine was a white color.  See how wonderfully full it is?  Next would be the drum carder. . .mmmm, drum carders. . . *drool*  This expensive yet very functional piece of machinery is a must for any fiber producing fool.  This made the carding of the wool so quick!

And so after Sue and I had carded our fleece, we rolled our batts into little logs that looked something like this:

Can’t wait to spin this fibery goodness.  After being in Shel’s studio, I was inspired to do some washing and carding of my own.  Of course my facilities aren’t nearly as nice nor do I have anywhere near the resources, but I made do.  My green Targhee locks that I bought from Etsy.

Then on to the hand carders. . .so much work. . .

And so that concludes our FWP for today.  Hope you enjoyed and don’t forget to leave those wonderful comments or suggestions!

 

Knitting · Spinning

Fiber!

So, I went to a Fiber Sale in Oregon City on Saturday, and got LOTS of goodies!  I can’t wait to get them all spun up!  Here’s a taste of what I got, more pictures will be available to view at my spinning group’s blog, Spinning in Circles.

 Also, I want to shout out to my boyfriend Matthew who took these beautiful pictures for me!  You can see more of his things here.

These are some Targhee wool locks that I got off of Whimzypinzy.etsy.com.  Very nice, it will be spun in the grease, but it should be a fun experience!

Targhee Wool Locks 2

This is Coopworth wool, I’ve spun just about half.  There was 8 oz, so I’m guessing the skein in this photo will be about 4 oz.  Not sure what to do with this one yet, I was thinking of a shawl.  It has some VM in it still, and bits of hay and grass, but I should be able to pick it out as I knit.

Coopworth Wool 2

This blend is 2/3 Shetland wool and 1/3 Merino wool, and OMG it is soooo soft!  It’s absolute heaven to the touch and I can’t wait to see how it spins up.  There are 8 oz per bag that I got for $8.50.  This color way is Amethyst and the other colorway is Sea Mist which is a lovely heathery green.

Shetland/Merino Wool

Shetland/Fine Wool

And then there was a fantastic booth from Estacada that I got some gorgeous lamb locks from.  1 oz for $1, not too bad for dyed lamb locks.  I was thinking about coming the colors together.  This booth also had really great reference books about different sheep breeds, and it came with actual locks from each breed!  My friend picked up each of the 4 volumes.  Can’t wait to study those! 

Lamb Locks

I have also finished my Ribbed Lace Bolero!  It’s really cute, but it has to be worn with just the right thing, or it might look a bit funny.  So this summer when I have a cute outfit to sport it on, I’ll post some pics.  I am working on a matching ribbed lace hat to match out of the left over yarn, so I’ll be posting that soon! 

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I’m on Etsy!

For all of you who have seen my homespun and have wished it was yours to do as you please with, now’s your chance to get in on the action!

 I have opened my very own Etsy store at Etsy.com  There you can view some of my homespun novelty yarns and fingerless mits that I have for sale!  Here are a few pictures to wet your appetites!

fingerless mits 1

fingerless mits 2

homespun natural novelty 1

homespun dyed novelty 1

homespun dyed novelty 2

Now, these next pictures are items that are NOT for sale.  I just want to share the beautimous yarn that I homespun from a pre-dyed roving.

homespun 1

homespun 2

And the roving that I just got today.  It’s a beautiful sunset.

roving

That’s all for now!  It’s such a gorgeous day out, I think I might go outside to spin!

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And now for the homespun!

I have been frequenting the ‘ol spinning wheel quite a bit the last few days.  Ever since our first spinning group met on Saturday the 23rd, I can’t seem to get spinning off the brain.  I have two and a half skeins ready to be dyed, one and a half bobbins full of beautiful pre-dyed roving, and two skeins waiting to be liberated from their coils and knit into something fab.  I have knit up one of my very first navajo plyed skeins up though.  Their new body is a pair of fingerless mits.  So pretty.  So far, all I have spun with is Merino and Corriedale.  The Merino is in the fingerless mits, as well as the two dyed skeins, and the corriedale are the two blank skeins and the pre dyed roving.  Well, enough of the talk, time for pictures.

These are my fingerless gloves.  They will be first since they are made from the oldest of the skeins.

Fingerless Mits

And next comes the sister skein of the mits.  I spun and dyed this lot at the same time, but the colors are more vibrant because they got more time in the cooker.

Blue Green Skein

And now for the Kool Aid dyed skein.  It’s done in Cherry, only one pack, however if I had it to do over, I would definately use two for a brighter color.

Cherry Skein

Onto the undyed Skeins.  Lovely pure yarn.  I’m still trying to get the hang of spinning smaller, but these are definately getting close.

Blank Skeins 1

And a close up of the blanks.

Blank Skeins 2

And last but not least, my baby.  The Ashford Joy, double treadle, with some lovely dyed roving on it.

Ashford Joy

And a close up of my even smaller spun yarn.

Predyed Bobbin

The end.  😀  Enjoy!