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Diameter Practice

I have committed to spinning this entire pound of merino-silk blend at a steady diameter. That will give me two things. First, the practice is excellent. Just like when I first started spinning, some days are going better than others. … Continue reading

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Adventures with Sari Silk

Yesterday I made a 3-ply sample skein of my sari silk, and swatched it. I really thought it was about a worsted weight, but I was wrong. It got about 7-8 WPI, which is Aran verging on chunky, and it … Continue reading

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Art Batts All Done, and on to Sari Silk

I set myself a goal to get through all my “special” fibers before this year’s SAFF in October. So I’ll know what I want more of, and what I don’t. So since my last spinning post, I’ve finished my last … Continue reading

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The Trick to Spinning “Woolen”

I’m at least figuring out what the elements are to spinning my rolags using the woolen long-draw method. First, fiber prep. The better my rolags, the easier it is. But the real key is finding the right balance between letting … Continue reading

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More About Hand Cards

I spun all of my rolags that I made yesterday. I don’t think I was any *worse* than I was when I tried it in my class! Practice makes better. I’m spinning these using what’s the “woolen” method, using long … Continue reading

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Rolags, At Last!

Yes, the hand cards came out today and I carded 9 rolags to spin. I don’t think they’re very good, they’re not very tight, but I should be able to spin them. This is another one of those areas where … Continue reading

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Still Spinning Dark and Sparkly

I’m nearly done with the sparkly black merino/bamboo/firestar blend. I’m halfway through the last bobbin. The first skein came out really lovely as a two-ply. I’m spinning to a fat-ish diameter, so even though I haven’t actually checked, I think … Continue reading

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Spinning Tech – Keeping a Steady Diameter

I learned many wonderful things in my class a few weeks ago at John C Campbell, but one of the most immediately useful was how to spin with a more-or-less consistent diameter. It’s very, very easy to spin thinner and … Continue reading

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Dream Fiber

I decided to look through my fiber stash for my next spinning project and see what caught my eye, now that I’ve finished the art batts. One of the fibers, a blend of merino, bamboo, and firestar, just called right … Continue reading

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It’s Enough to Drive You Batt-y

There are some things that have irritated me about the current batts I’m spinning, yes, those lovely art batts. For one, the yellow fibers don’t play nice with the other fibers. They don’t draft well together, and the yellow tends … Continue reading

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