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12. September 2008 12:11
by Jobo
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I Carded Wool... and I liked it!

12. September 2008 12:11 by Jobo | 1 Comments

more adventures with wool.  I finally got my wool cards in the mail (yay! mail that isn't a bill!) 

 I got a set of Ashfords, I guess a step up from the beginner ones.  Talk about torture though, they come unassembled, so you have to screw on the handles and wait overnight for the wood glue to dry before you can use them!  How uncool is that... I had to stare at them until I went to bed that night, and wasn't able to try them out right away. (sniffle) Isn't that a bit like giving a kid candy and telling her she can't eat it until tomorrow?  totally cruel.

But the next day... ready to go.  Glue was dry, and the cards were calling my name.  I started out by flicking open the tips of the locks with my Flick Card, then laid the staples of wool on the new cards and gave it a try.  After a little clumsy and awkward fluffing, and some mild profanity, I managed to get soft fluffy rolags to play with.  I was really surprised at how much softer and suppler the singles turned out from the rolags, as compared to when I spun straight from flicked locks.  This was also my first attempt at spinning woolen, as all I have had to work with up to this point is pre processed roving.  New experience, but a good one I think.  It would be nice to try and make a really fluffy soft yarn sometime. 

I was really surprised also at how much I actually enjoyed the carding process.  I've read before about how some people find it tedious and annoying to process fiber.  Me on the other hand? I found it to be as enjoyable as the spinning process itself.  I think maybe its the back to basics, grass roots feeling of it all.  Imagine... I took wool straight from a sheep, washed it, carded it, and then spun it.  Very primitive in its nature, but also thrilling in its simplicity too.

As part 2 of the Carding Experiment, I decided to blend some of the odds and ends of fiber I had kicking around at home.   The blending part was actually very exciting.  I really liked the depth of colour you can get by blending different things together.  In particular, the blend of soft natural chocolate brown alpaca, silk hankie, and leicester was quite surprising.  It made a nice soft brown colour that was unusually warm.  I'll have to wash it and see what the finished yarn knits up like sometime.  The next batch of locks I wash, I want to try dying and blending some colours on the cards.  sounds like a lot of fun... uh oh, what if dying is just as addictive?  Could be trouble

All three samples are navajo plied (3-ply) and fibers are as follows: 

    top sample - Leicester.

    middle - brown suri alpaca with leicester and a touch of raw silk hankie

    bottom - Romney.


And finally, Spindle Pics... this is that natural coloured Leicester, singles spun from the rolags in the earlier pics.  I have about enough of this I think for a small pair of mittens.  I was thinking I'd maybe try making thrum mittens, and use some funky dyed super-soft roving inside, since the wool itself isn't as soft as I would have liked


25. August 2008 08:45
by Jobo
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Wool Washing Experiment

25. August 2008 08:45 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I was lucky enough to get some free wool (Romney I think, and some Leicester) donated by Trevor Richardson, one of my inlaws who farms sheep over in Nova Scotia.

 

1. Raw, smelly, about 20 lbs worth packed into a feed bag.

2. After washing.... mucho dishsoap and hot water baths.  The tips are still a bit yellowed,

    but overall, a definite improvement, dont you think? 

 

3. Finished poof of washed wool.  Doesn't even smell that bad anymore!

   (too bad there's about 99 % of that bag left... I wasn't brave enough

    to wash much more than 2-4 ounces the first time) 

24. August 2008 17:21
by Jobo
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To Boldly go, where no Jobo has gone before...

24. August 2008 17:21 by Jobo | 1 Comments

in attempts to improve upon my eariler blogging experience, Marky has decided to set me up with a new blog, and my own .com to showcase some of my work... So here I  go on another blogging adventure - hopefully one with fewer issues. (that, and now the tech support comes with hugs and a back rub!  can't beat that! seriously.)

I've been working on a few more projects these days, and trying to finish up old works-in-progress... with the goal that, the more I finish, hopefully the more new fun stuff I can start!  Right now I am about 1/3 of the way through a Cabled Hoodie (see Brownies for Breakfast on Ravelry - my username is jlsonier FYI) an afghan (Christmas Gift) and a silk shawl (potentially for the wedding next summer)  Never any shortage of ideas and inspiration these days.  I feel really keen to work on things, so I'm going to try and knock off a couple of UFO's while the mood lasts!

This spinning thing is really a lot of fun, and I can totally see how people become so addicted so fast to this hobby.  Everything about it is so hands on.  First you touch the fiber, pet it, prepare it, drool a little over it... then you spin it, another enjoyable task in itself.  You get to see the creation of the yarn inch by inch.  Spin. Ply. Wind into a ball.  Then the next part is just as much fun.  A ball of yummy, hand made, luxurious by any standard (the only thing you can really buy around here is acrylic stuff at Walmart. ew.)  and then YOU get to use it to make something else!  Then the excitement starts all over again.  Choose pattern. Cast on.  Admire yarn.  Knit like a crazy person. Finished project.  Congratulate self on job well done.  Repeat.  This spinning thing, yeah.  I can totally see why it's worth the trouble.  

My most recent spinning project has been working up some undyed, cream colored, silk hankies.  When I had bought my spinning wheel down in NY, the lady at the store had said, "someday when you get really good at it, you should try some silk hankies and try those out."  Well, Im not sure if I'm 'really good at it' yet, but I did it anyway!  I bought about 3.5 ounces of silk from Legacy Studio (check out their website, pretty neat) and spun up what felt like a neverending thread of fingering/cobweb-ish silk.  I only got through about 3 hankies before my lack of willpower forced me to start chain-plying so I could tell what it would be like in the end.  So far I have about 350 yards of creamy white, almost pearly textured silk thread.  So of course (absolutely no willpower)  I decide last evening to try casting on a triangular shawl I have been oogling for months (Laminaria)  You know, just to see how it looks.  riiight.  see pics below.

Shawl pics someday, when I get a little more done

 


 

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