Hand Spun Microwave Dyed Sock Yarn

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Here’s the sock yarn from Fiber Space. I microwave dyed the yarn. First I wet the yarn slightly with warm detergent water. I sprinkled the yarn with Gaywool Dye. I then sealed the yarn in plastic and microwaved the sealed yarn for 8 minutes. I then sprayed the yarn with cold water until it ran clear. I hung the rinsed yarn with weights. I love all the different effects from one dye experiment. Looking forward to socks from this experiment. I plan on kniting toe up socks on my trip to and from the mountains.

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The Spinolution Travel Wheel, The Bee

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Fiber Space yesterday, Saturday, so I got to take my Bee for a ride. The canvas tote is great. It opens suitcase style. There’s room for bobbins in the interior zipper bag. The wheel quickly pops up ready to spin.

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And what was I spinning ? … sock yarn … wool and nylon.

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Mongold Spindle

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I just made a marvelous eBay score. I won the bid on a rare Mongold Spindle. Can’t wait for it to arrive at it’s new home.

The Mongold spindle is reputed to be an amazing spinner. They were made from recycled materials and are no longer being made. Each is etched on it’s face with a pattern unique to that individual spindle. This Norge Mongold Spindle will soon have a new tropical home. More after it arrives.

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Crazy Week … Make that Month

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I’ve accepted a teaching job for the month, teaching two sections of Psychology 101 AND 6 family members will be arriving from out-of-state Saturday to celebrate “spring break” with us. All this in additon to writing two grants due April 20 and maintaining my private practice. My world is insane and I fear that it will be the blog that suffers. Please suffer me infrequent entries until me life settles down. My stress reliever, clearly my fiber projects. I spun a bobbin of wool and nylon sock yarn last Saturday at Fiber Space. My plan is to spin another bobbin and dye the finished yarn “blog blue” and boganvia pink. My backstap loom is ordered and waiting for it’s arrival. I’m still playing with my paddle loom and during breaks at school, I braid silk on my kumihimo loom.

I’ve become a distributor for the Thread Gatherer, hand dyed silk threads & ribbons….more on that later. They have the most amazing color combination. More on that later; I’ll be adding thread to my etsy site.

Have to run…
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Hand Spun Yarn with a Twist

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Pluckyfluff approaches spinning with energy and imagination. She has two books out that are fun and imaginative. Visit her site HERE and feast your eyes on incredible “home spun”/”hand spun” yarns. This is not your grandmother’s hand spun.

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Frustration !

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I’ve started and unraveled my llama scarf over and over. I had planned to knit a llama scarf from the llama yarn I spun HERE. I selected a pattern from an archived issue of Spin-Off. I’d get about two inches and my row would have more stiches than pattern, ugh! After several attempts, I searched for a different pattern. I found a pattern I liked from a sock pattern and gave that a go. Several attempts with several inches each later, same problem. I seem to be able to knit two or three pattern sequences then all of a sudden I end up with an “extra” stitch. I’m so used to plain knitting when I would just “absorb” the extra stitch, say with a knit together. I know with pattern knitting that to do so would likely put the whole pattern out of kilter (is that a word?)

Sooo… my plan is to set the yarn up on a loom and weave it. It may actually suit the yarn better as the yarn varies in color which would make stripes in the knitting and will blend lovily in weaving. How frustrating. My guess is I shouldn’t attempt pattern knitting at the end of the day after my brain has gone dead!

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Fiber Space

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The last Saturday of every month, a group of fiber enthusiasts meet to work on projects and enjoy each others company …







What fun! We’re lost in Fiber Space, we meet the last Saturday of every month, come find us.

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Easter Socks

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I spun the Easter Egg Dye fiber and plied it with white wool/nylon (for strength).  The yarn was then hung with weight to dry.

I have wool and llama also drying:

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Cathching Up

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I’ve abandoned the Ship’s Project project, for now. I’ve read updates and have learned that olive is not an acceptable color. I’ll get some red, white and blue and go at it again.

I have been busy. We have a batch of shawls ready for blessing next Sunday for the Shawl Ministry.

I’ve been carding llama to spin and then knit into a shawl/throw. The next two Saturdays, I’ll be demonstrating at the Manatee County Fair. I’ll load some photos of the crafts and the fair.

The results of my carding:

I plan to spin at the Fair. More soon.

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Seaweed Socks One Down …

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I’ve finished one and have one to go. You’ll notice the missing strawberries … we ate the three ripe strawberries over lush vanilla ice cream. Does it get any better than that?

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