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Finished the tour

Posted in Other Crafts, Spinning on July 26, 2010 by sweetnightmare

pretty!

Just finished my last skein.  For this one I hand carded some fiber. It was a mix of navy blue and turquoise superwash, natural white wool, white nylon and dark and light blue mohair. Not sure how many rolags I made but it had to be at least sixteen or so. I had three left over.

Anyway, I spun it up. It’s a total of  166 yards. I am planning to use the yarn in the design of the soon-to-be Etsy shop banner. I was trying to go for an ocean feel. The dark colors for the deep ocean, the medium for the shore and the white the waves. I don’t know if it was so successful. I think it certainly turned out the way I wanted when I carded it but when I spun it I didn’t get the result I had pictures in my mind as yarn.

Oh well.. either way it turned out nice!

All spun up.

Close up.

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Tour De Fleece!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted in Spinning with tags , , , , , , on July 11, 2010 by sweetnightmare

Woohoo!!! The Tour De Fleece has started! I totally forgot it and only started three days ago (not too late), but I can’t believe that I already won something!!! I posted to the random prize thread and I was picked! So happy!! Ashamed though that the photo I had was so horrible. Yesterday I was spinning some black and white mill ends and just took a quick snap of what I had on the bobbin (first picture to the left).

Yarn spinnings so far

In other news, still have not opened my Etsy shop. It is still being set up. This week I’ll be taking some high resolution photos (like the ones above). It should be open at the end of the month or beginning of August, fingers crossed.

I also might be abandoning this blog to open up a new one with the Etsy shop name, so stay tuned for that.

Gotta go, byeee.

Spinning yards and yards of yarn

Posted in Spinning, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on May 24, 2010 by sweetnightmare

I’ve been sailing away on Queen Anne these last two weeks and getting beautiful results. I’ve been making up for all the last time since I couldn’t spin for most of the spring semester.

I am so proud of this one. It’s fairly consistant. I purchased a batt from Bohemia Fibers on Etsy sometimes ago, it’s called Planet Grape. Planet Grape is a mix of merino wool and fire star (my first time spinning both fibers). I plied it with a single of purple merino wool. I think it turned out great together. Love it 🙂

Planet Grape spun to perfection

details

I have more to show but a little busy right now. I’ll try to post later today or tomorrow.

P.S. – I joined the Tour De Fleece :). I’m on the rookie  team and the art yarn team (Thanks Sharon for turning me on to it).

Soy Escuchando – Deftones / Diamond Eyes

I GOT A SPINNING WHEEL!!!!!!!

Posted in Spinning with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2009 by sweetnightmare

Queen Anne's Revenge!

Okay so yes I have a spinning wheel.  A beautiful piece of art, the Kromski Sonata! I LOVE it!!! It is one that can fold away but is the most beautiful one that I have seen. Most of the ones that can fold are not as pretty (no offense to anyone!!!). It comes with what looks like a book bag for a giant to put it in with plenty of room for everything you need. It has double treadles and if you are going fast enough, can be a little bit of a workout. The treadles were so smooth right out the box and setting it up was quick and easy. I also got the faster flyer and jumbo flyer but I am still waiting for that to come in the mail. I have been using it since I got it on Thursday and I think I am not doing too bad if I say so myself 😉

So when I choose the Sonata, my husband took one look at it and said, if you get that I am going to call you a pirate every time you use it lol. So if I be a yarn pirate then, me spinning wheel be me ship lol… I named her Queen Anne’s Revenge.. like Blackbeard ship but Queen for short 🙂 so now my husband plans to play a song called Queen Anne’s Revenge by a band called Flogging Molly too while I spin lol I plan to sew up a little pirate flag to hang off it somewhere.

the artsy picture

This is my first yarn on the wheel. I was told the yarn that is sticking out are called “horse tails”. I got these because sometimes when I would start or stop the wheel would begin to go counter clockwise and then I would get it going clockwise.

First Yarn

Though I have gotten my wheel now, I still use my spindles. In fact I had took my two hank of spindle spun yarns and plied them on the spindle yesterday. I’ll write about that tomorrow or Monday.

I just ordered more Shed Sheep fiber..  a little over 7 pounds!! Ack!!! I ordered a lot this time because on the wheel I am FLYING through the one pound of mill ends I bought, I am about to dive into my special fibers.

Anyway, that is all for now. I have to get to bed and to sleep!

 

Soy Escuchando: Squirrel Nut Zippers / Hell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is it possible? I learned something new.. again??

Posted in Adventures in Dyes, Life, Other Crafts, Spinning with tags , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2009 by sweetnightmare

Photos are all at the bottom in the gallery.

Yes it is! I can’t believe I picked up something new..a new obsession… I need more space because soon I’m going to have a new kind of stash… in addition to the yarn and the fabric lol! I have thought about doing it for months and finally, I did it. I bought my first spindle and roving. It’s pretty awesome. I got a nice little top-whorl with 4 ounces of beautiful wool fiber. Hubby doesn’t get it, and DD wants to naw on it lol I started off just using it to put twist back into that reclaimed yarn that I wrote about two or three posts back (in the photo of the mini skeins- the first one has the loosest twist, the second is better, and the last is perfect.. that one has so many tails because that was my ball of tied together scraps). It turned out pretty good. I figured out as I went along how much twist I needed and you can see the progress in my mini skeins 🙂

Today-er.. yesterday, I finally split, drafted and even if it is almost the thickness of thread lol! There are a few parts where it is thinner than I wanted and a few bumps here and there but I like it, it’s kool. I can’t wait to ply it. I think it will turn out nicer. Monday I plan to order a bottom whorl and another top-whorl spindle from Bohemia Fibers. Check out her shop, she has a lot of scrumptious items and she is just  lovely person. I also plan on getting some yummy fiber from Sheep Shed Studio.. actually the roving I have is from there. I can’t wait until Monday!!!

Oh yea! My kool-aid dyed yarn that I wrote about in my last post finally dried. It turned out beautifully. Isn’t it the most fantastic shade of red? Awesome.

Soy Escuchando: The Devil Wears Prada / What’s your name again?