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26. August 2010 08:52
by Jobo
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Spinning Angora... in Russian!

26. August 2010 08:52 by Jobo | 1 Comments

angorarussian1 I've been making more progress on my Angora spinning project... using my new Gripping Yarn Russian Spindle (which is fantastic by the way)

I had a sample of 0.5 ounces of nice, soft, oatmeal colored angora... which has now been turned into a small ball of fine singles.  I wound them off onto a cardboard tube for safe keeping, while I try and decide what material it should be plied with to make the best possible yarn.  I definitely want to avoid simply plying the single back onto itself, just for the simple fact that I want to preserve the length... so I will be able to make something more substantial from it in the end.  I have a small sample also of some super soft fine cashmere fiber, that I want to try on the Russian sometime, so maybe I will use that...

angorarussian2

I might be addicted to this new-to-me spinning method!

Attractive features:

  • - portable spinning... fits snug-as-a-bug into my purse for travel spinning
  • - possible to spin while sitting in an enclosed area (no need to have room to "dangle" like a drop spindle)
  • - ability to spin superfine yarns!  (finer than I ever imagined I could)
  • - a little fiber goes a long way... double your enjoyment of expensive exotic fibers!

Now... on to the cashmere!  and I want Cake!  Chocolate Cake!  and a Pony!  ok... just the cake then!

(I guess I don't ask for much, right?  lol)

 

angorarussian3....mmmmmmm russian bunny.....

28. July 2010 09:55
by Jobo
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Knitting away... Where IS that Camera?

28. July 2010 09:55 by Jobo | 1 Comments

Summertime... ahhhhhhh.  Love the bright summer sun, and warm days.  But somehow, I haven't managed to take any knitting photos in the last week! 

The Projects:

- Plain Black Ribbed Men's Socks:  Yes I am completely insane.  I love the way they are turning out, but 3x1 ribbing for an entire sock, especially at a men's size 10... it feels like these are going on forever and ever!  I hope to take some photos of these soon, but seriously folks, they are PLAIN BLACK SOCKS.  period.  not much to see here!

- New Russian Spindle!  I ordered the most wonderful little Russian supported spindle from Gripping Yarns with hopes of learning to spin very fine Angora yarns from my soon-to-be ample supply of beautiful, supersoft, silver blue angora.  So far I've spun the sample that came with the spindle (which is the finest yarn I've ever spun, hands down) and a small sample of pure white plucked angora (not sure which angora breed, didn't say on the bag)  I absolutely love this spindle... from the feel of the wood under my fingers to the way it spins.  Clearly I need a bunch more practice before I make anything substantial from it, but the majority of my daydreams the last few days are all about this Spindle!jobo and rut 2

- Liesl:  Progress is being made, but I am annoyed with the tangles of yarn hanging off this sweater as I knit the sleeves.  I had been avoiding casting off or tying anything in... just in case I needed to frog.  I think I need to get rid of some of the hangers-on though.   I think my first goal should be to cast off the hem.  That will be easy to undo if necessary, and hopefully I won't need to anyways.  First things first eh?

- Ruttiger: The cutest little fuzzbutt around decided he wanted to sit completely on my lap this morning for the usual eating of the kibbles... I think he is learning to trust me more and more, which makes me feel like less of an inept Bunny-Momma.  He is so cute and has such a silly little personality... I could just eat him up.  And since Nobody *Ahem*Marky*Cough ever thinks to take our picture... We did it ourselves last night, rut rut and I, so from arms length with a crappy camera phone:  here we are! (Ignore the bad hair day... focus on cute furry wabbit!)

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