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This is Why I Spin

Yesterday I wrote about how I just started experimenting with some new fibers, and ended up with a gorgeous hand-carded blend of two colors of BFL-Silk with some sari silk. Today, I swatched that yarn. I’m.In.Love. I think it’s my … Continue reading

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More Fun With Hand Cards

Now that I’ve finished the Blue-Faced Leicester (BFL), I moved on to some BFL-Silk blend fiber that I got from Sweet Georgia Yarns. They do dye-to-order lots in gorgeous colors, and I got 100 grams each of 8 different colors. … Continue reading

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Spinning Away

I’m working my way through the merino/silk blend, and doing much better at keeping the diameter even. The hardest is when I first start each evening, it always takes a minute to settle in. But tonight, even that was better. … Continue reading

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Valuable Lessons

There was a lot of swearing at my wheel tonight. I plied all the merino/silk blend that I spun over the last week, very nearly 4 ounces on one bobbin. I had thought to do it all via center-pull ball, … Continue reading

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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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