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2. March 2009 14:30
by Jobo
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Natural Dyeing Series... Onion Skins - Part 2

2. March 2009 14:30 by Jobo | 2 Comments

After waiting days (yes seriously, it takes wool that long to dry out!) I finally got to play with the rest of my experimental onion wool. 

I found when I was rinsing the wool, I found that quite a bit of my colouring had come out... I don't think I had heated the dye bath enough for all of the dye to become adhered and colourfast.  Next time I will spend more time making sure things have been heated thoroughly.  This time I was worried about felting the wool, but next time I won't be so fussy.

Here is the resulting braid... the colour is a peachy gold colour.  Think the colour of hardwood floor... aka it matches mine perfecrtly!  the same light golds, and darker golds of wood grain.



During the dying process I had tried to leave some areas light and make some darker, just so the finished yarn would have some more variation and depth.  Here are some more gratuitous drafted top pictures.

 





And then... the fun part - the Spinning.  I started out wanting to make something sock weight, or fingering weight, but realized that I didn't really have enough top prepared to make anything substantial.  So I decided to make a basic two ply, which ended up at around light fingering to fingering weight.  Maybe I'll knit a scarf or something out of it.  This is the nicest merino top I have come across, so it is a real dream to spin... good thing I have about 10 lbs of it left upstairs in my studio... lol



It was fun to see the varied shades of peach and gold fly by in long stretches



I wound the singles into a centre pull ball and left them to sit for a few hours, to let the twist mellow out of course.



Then plied from the inside and outside of the ball to get a thin 2-ply... here it is on the niddy noddy



and finally... finished skein!  ta-daa!

 

24. January 2009 18:45
by Jobo
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Pretty Spinning... Multi Blue BFL

24. January 2009 18:45 by Jobo | 1 Comments

just some quick pics of what I've been spinning :)

Some random multi blue BFL roving... navajo plied, approx dk weight.  2 Skeins

Looks kindof like the bottom of the Pool on a sunny day... with sunlight rippling against the blue tiles... reminds me of summer, which is really a shame, since it is minus 15 or so outside today :(

 







20. December 2008 14:07
by Jobo
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I Might be in love with my Strauch Petite....

20. December 2008 14:07 by Jobo | 0 Comments

So this is her!  I got a good deal on a Strauch Petite Drum Carder.... and couldn't help myself.  Besides, seriously, would Santa know where to get one of these?  really?  Merry Christmas to me!

So to warm her up, and see if I could handle it, I made a couple batts out of some natural colored brown Alpaca and Merino X I had lying around.  Both fibers are a natural chocolate brown, and carded together beautifully, as easily as I had hoped.  Now of course, blending already prepared Merino and Alpaca isn't that hard of a job.... The alpaca is fine and soft as baby hair in the first place.  Gorgeous soft locks, with no matts or tangles anyways, but someday I will get ambitious, and wash the Jacob Fleece I have in a box upstairs... and then we'll see what the little carder is made of!  I need to get to a fabric store some day soon and get my hands on some tulle... for placing between the locks in my Laungerie bags so I can try washing wool in the Washing Machine.  A bunch of sites say that if you lay layers of the mesh between layers of locks, it helps to preserve the lock formation better. 

 
Here's a close up of the final blended batts... smooth and sproingy from the nice Merino X lambswool.  The stuff spins up like a dream too!  So well blended, and soft.  It drafts very easily, and needs very little predrafting since it is fluffed up so well.  Can't wait to try blending other fibers now... looking at my stash thinking... hrm, can I blend that with anything else here?  lol.  I think the spinning bug is becoming more contagious after all.  Is that even possible?

The blonde Ashford is really getting a workout these days... so much spinning so little time!



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