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Improvement!

My spinning is getting better…I’ve finished my second try at wool and am pretty happy with the results 🙂  I have about 148 yards of ‘sockish’ weight wool.

As I plyed it…. 

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I don’t have a niddy noddy either, lol, so I skeined it around this bulletin board…exactly 50 inches (I counted the rounds before I washed it to determine length) and smooth framed so nothing caught on the yarn and I could pull the skein off without a problem 🙂

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Well, well, well…

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Um hmm…we’re still waiting!

She even seems tired of it…

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I spun last night and finished up the second single.  I started plying it and it’s a nice thin weight!  I may be able to use it in something 🙂  I’m thinking it would look awesome in the Selbuvotter stuff.

Here’s a picture (I promised) of my ‘homemade kate’.   I used a basket, some 5.5 mm knitting needles and two point protectors to keep the ‘bobbins’ (knitting needles) from slipping out.  I was able to slide the singles directly from the spindle onto the knitting needles.

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Works well and when I want a break I can just place the spindle inside and close it up and put it on a shelf.  I realize it’s probably not like a ‘real’ kate but I think it’s an awesome solution!  LOL, plus I had all this stuff on hand!

Have a great day 🙂

Still Waiting…

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After a CAREFUL check of the dates, I’ve realized that the 69th day will be this friday the 22nd.  Sooo…she’s taking her time!

We told her family day was a perfect day to have basschunds but she didn’t agree 🙂

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We did a lot of relaxing yesterday.  A nice February holiday!

I spun some finer singles than I had the first time…hoping as a two ply it’s fingering/sport weight.  I’d like to try it for some of the ‘Selbuvotter’ gloves.

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I just slide the completed singles onto an extra larger knitting needle and cap off the end with a point protecter….voila!  A great homemade bobbin 🙂  LOL, when I’m done the second ply I’ll show you my nifty homemade lazy kate!  It involves a shoebox and some knitting needles 🙂

I hope I have at least 150 yards…we’ll see when it’s time to skein it 🙂

So Much To Learn!

I’m wondering if anyone who learns to spin ever has time to knit again? 

I feel like I’ve been sucked into the new-hobbie-hole where the wools will be beautiful but there will be no time to knit them…

LOL.  I get this way with new things, especially new hobbies and things like that that I want to learn.  I’ve been fascinated with spinning since I was a little girl and it’s just awesome knowing that I can DO that 🙂

In between crochet rounds (yes, I’m really still working just not really fast) I’ve done a little research and found out just how much I don’t know! 

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Firstly, I had no idea that different weight spindles are used for different weight yarns.  It turns out mine is about in the middle?  I’m guessing — 1.4 oz.

I didn’t know there were top and bottom whorl spindles.   Mine is a bottom whorl but I’m wondering why I couldn’t turn it (if I wanted to) and use it in the other direction?  It has a knob on the bottom (like a turning top) that has room to tie off in or use a half hitch to hold the yarn and the notch on the spindle part itself.  I will likely be trying this soon!  It seems awkward, so far I’m very happy with the bottom whorl but it would be nice to know if it COULD be done.

I didn’t see very many spindles like mine online…nothing exactly.  I had no idea it was so unique!  There is no metal hook on mine, just a notch in the wood.  The whorl isn’t round – it’s cut in a flower shape and the bottom has that knob rather than just a point or rounded tip.

Then there’s the spinning itself! 

I had no idea about worsted and woolen spun.  Now I understand worsted is when the fibres are kept straight against one another as they are spun, leaving less air between the fibres and making it less likely to felt or fuzz.  Also less warm though.  The woolen spun is when the fibres are fed in more randomly (? – probably not the proper term!) and so more air is trapped amongst them making for a more wooly and warm wool which tends to pill and felt.

The book I began learning from was supposed to be instructions on how to spin worsted wools but didn’t actually explain what that meant, lol.

I’ve also learned that I do want to overspin the singles a little because the plying will remove the extra spin.  Otherwise you end up with what I did in places…singles which are almost roving again once they were plyed.  Learning is a good thing!

I found myself unplying cotton scraps last night instead of throwing them out after sewing up some of the flower blocks. 

Clearly a side effect of spin-itis!  I just wonder if I could spin them into some kind of really interesting yarn?  I plan on trying it sometime!

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I Made Wool!

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Not perfectly, lol, or evenly…but it’s wool 🙂  I only ended up with about 30 yards…I cut the second ply when the first finally broke after 30 yards.  I will ply the rest of it yet and I should have another 15 yards there I think.

I like how the blues and greens have mixed…no planning involved – I’m not that organized so I just went one handfull of blue, one handfull of green as I spun it. 

I love spinning! 

I’m working to finish up the ‘Think Spring’ crocheted rug and waiting (impatiently) for these basschunds to arrive!

Miss Daisy is getting closer and closer to giving birth…my doubts are gone as now when she sits on me I can feel the babies moving around sometimes.  She’s just taking her time!  Since we don’t know exactly when she was bred we’re wondering if it was maybe in the week AFTER we arrived here.  I know that the basset hound was howling like a maniac that week so he was definitely still interested.  Here’s hoping it’s TODAY!

Spinning!

Good morning 🙂

I spent some time yesterday playing with the drop spindle I got a while back.  I have some ‘mystery’ roving that I got from the second hand store — great training roving because I have a LOT to learn! 

Here’s a look at my first attempt.  I plan to spin another length and ply the two…lol…sounds so easy when I type it.  I’m learning as I go!  It’s got some severe thick/thin going on but it’s a first try 🙂

Ta-da!

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Here’s a picture of the roving I’m using…

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Oh, and yes…I’m still working on the flower power rug for my daughter’s birthday…I’ve got almost 30 blocks made and hope to have near a hundred (yeah, crazy).  They are about 6.5 inches square…so 10×10 would be about 5.5 feet square.  I’ll see how far I get before her birthday 🙂  I figure I have 10 days…that’s only 7 a day…plus one all nighter sewing it, lol. 

The puppy thing is driving me nuts.  Her milk continues to come in…there is more swelling every day and yet…NOTHING happens.  If she continues and doesn’t have a puppy by next week we’ll take her to the vet.  I am SO confused by all of this!  The poor thing was whining steady yesterday and sick this morning so I wonder if something is starting to happen labour wise or if she may be having some problems?  It’s nerve wracking!