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27. April 2010 07:46
by Jobo
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Carding Your Own Long Color Gradients

27. April 2010 07:46 by Jobo | 4 Comments

I wanted a yarn with a long... looooooonnnnng color gradient....

After being inspired by a shawl made by another spinner... ColorlessBlue... in particular her "Simi" which can be seen on her blog (click here) I thought I would set out to learn to make such yarn.  Hers in particular faded gloriously from light pink through to Black, and was spun from a braid of hand dyed fiber.

I had about 4 ounces of Polwarth Roving, handpainted in shades of Dark Navy (almost black) and screaming lime green leftover from another spinning adventure (Caterpillar 3-ply... more here)

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After some reading... I set out to try and tear this pile of poofy goodness into 6 inch chunks and try to separate them out by color.  I wanted to put all the darkest bits at one end of the table and then gradually cross over to the lightest greens.  Some of the chunks were clearly destined for one pile or the other, but the pieces where there was a little of each color were a little harder to predict.  I decided to just set those aside and see what they looked like once carded.

 

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Then I set out to card the chunks.  I wanted to make a laceweight yarn, hopefully a single, so I wanted my fiber arrangement to be at best "worsted" and the very least "semi-worsted."  I took each chunk and gently blended it with my Ashford hand cards (basically by using them more like a hackle for blending, than for carding this already sublime top)  and I removed the wool from the cards by rolling it from one side to the other (rather than from top to bottom) so that I ended up with a handful of fiber with all of the little wooly strands running in one direction.  Each handful doesn't seem to take very long to card, but there were close to a hundred of them...

 

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gradient carded You might notice... a lot of the black and dark bits are missing... I got a little overzealous and starting spinning before taking too many photos.  I would estimate that maybe 1/3 of the wool was "dark" and the remaining 2/3 was various shades of green, mostly lighter greens. The transition from Black to Green gave lots of Forest Green shades, a bunch of greenish blues, and even some gray shades.  I carded and carded, and then I attenuated the little tufts of wool into nests for easy spinning.  I spent the better part of 2 hours just carding and attenuating.  This fiber is really nice to work with though... so I didn't mind much!  I really like the feeling of carding my own fiber, manipulating it, holding it in my hands.  And I really like spinning from hand carded fiber, so the process is totally worth it.

 

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I set right out to work... and finished one bobbin of singles!  This one started with Grey and Black, and the part you see here is where the Black fades to medium/seafoam green.  The next section to spin goes from that green on the left side through to an almost highlighter/neon greenish yellow.  Currently, I have skeined the singles, and am ready to soak them and whack them tonight.  They are thin, but hopefully will hold together alright once they've been shocked (hot and then cold water) and felted a little (whacked on the banister while wet)

I am really excited to see what this will look like knit up.  I am thinking of doing a triangle shaped lace shawl, perhaps something like Aeolian, especially since I have some shiny Hematite Black beads that would look fab with the black section.

1. February 2010 05:55
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday: Sheepish Creations... nothing short of Magical!

1. February 2010 05:55 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Sheepish Creations BFL

Sheepish Creations - 100% Hand painted BFL (4 oz)

While Surfing on Etsy.... (don't do this unless you have room for MORE BEAUTIFUL FIBER) I came a across a great little store:  Sheepish Creations - a great little fiber store featuring hand dyed fibers and handspun yarns from a very creative mother and daughter team of fiber artists!

I was particularly intrigued by their "Mystery Colorway" listings... basically for 4 oz hanks of various fibers (i.e. Corriedale and BFL) in unique mystery colors.  I often buy fibers that are photographed and described listings, but this was the first time I felt compelled to order "Surprise Fiber."

I have been really inspired by other spinners lately who choose braids of hand dyed fiber in colorways that I don't seem to be drawn to (browns, oranges, etc) and somehow come up with amazing beautiful hanks of yarn!  I thought, hey why not!  I'll get some lovely fiber, and someone else will choose the color for me... give me a chance to step outside the box!

Sheepish Creations Corriedale2Sheepish Creations - 100 % Hand painted Corriedale (8 oz) 

I was ecstatic when the box finally arrived!  (I *might* have freaked for a few minutes thinking that it was my "Death Socks" for Sock Wars V until I saw the postmarks and such)  The colors are VERY vibrant, and both fibers are soft and fluffy and bouncy!  I have to seriously fight the urge to bury my face in each of them every time I walk by!  The lovely Ladies of Sheepish Creations must have advanced re-fluffing diplomas because these braids are so lofty and light!  I'd love to know the technique to get such heavenly results! (hint hint!)

I'm not sure what these will become yet... but I'm sure I will have fun petting them and daydreaming of what they will be "when they grow up" into yarn later on this month.  I'll keep you posted as the spinning unfolds!  Needless to say, I will definitely be ordering more of this stuff... exceptional quality and enchanting colors!

If it wasn't for Iron Knitter and Sock Wars, I would have jumped right into the spinning.  I am showing *much* restraint!  Don't you Think?  How do you resist the urge to dive into a new project?  are you a Monogamous knitter/spinner?

For more info about Sheepish Creations... click the banner below!  Thanks for the Great Fiber Ladies!

 

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10. December 2009 12:50
by Jobo
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Jobo?s Favorite Things: Christmas ? Day 10

10. December 2009 12:50 by Jobo | 6 Comments

Well Folks, we’ve finally made it!  Thanks for following along with me as I spoke-out-loud about the products and gadgets that have caught my eye this season…  I hope that Santa Claus has been listening (I’ve been a GOOD GIRL goshdarnnit!) and that maybe a book or a skein or something finds a way into my stocking this year.

My Last Favorite thing of the series is more of a photo collage… with the goal of maximizing fiber content :)

Handpainted / Hand dyed / Hand Carded – Spinning Fibers!

I know some people have specific likes and dislikes when it comes to wool and fibers for spinning… I must say, at this point I really haven’t met a fiber that I didn’t like.  I like them fine and soft, and coarser and woolier. I like silk and alpaca and tencel and seacelll.  I like combed top and I like carded rolags.  I like silk caps and raw fleece.  I like handpainted wild colors and semi-solids.  I like Batts – from plain blended to wild and stipey.  I love fiber… and I love spinning.  Here are some of the nicest fibers I’ve seen around lately, from a bunch of well known suppliers.  Enjoy!

 

FiberOpticPencil Roving

Fantastic, Super Smooth Superwash Merino/Nylon Pencil Roving from FiberOptic

AllSpunUp

Hand Dyed Merino Combed Top from AllSpunUp

CorgiHillFarms2

Amazing Merino Batts from CorgiHillFarms

PigeonRoofStudios

PigeonRoof Studio’s Handpainted Superwash Roving

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