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Catching up

Yesterday was a tough day and I’m really glad for my spinning as a centering practice. It’s a meditation in its own way. After last week’s plying debacle I’m spinning the rest of this merino/silk blend in 4 chunks, matched … Continue reading

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Settling in for a Long Haul – a Pound of Merino Silk Blend

I’m switching gears in my spinning for a while. I like making the wool/sari silk rolags, but I feel like doing something else for a while. One of the fiber purchases I made last year at SAFF was a pound … 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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