It’s Fiber Arts Friday again, and to tell you the truth, I haven’t done much in the way of fiber arts this week except for the some spinning grooming a bunny. And I don’t have photos of either. But I will share of photo of the bunny I’ll be working on this afternoon. I love spinning with Angora. I’ve made a pair of mitts (that don’t fit well and aren’t the same size, and I still haven’t photographed them) that are a merino/Angora blend that are so soft and yummy that I wear them anyway, even though they don’t match! (If DH is reading, that was an example of a run-on sentence!)
This is Ruby when she was young, about 6 months old. She is now about 2 1/2 years old. Her coat is beautiful. It is lighter now and more dense. I started working on grooming her on Tuesday. I got her back, the best part of the coat. Then we took a break. She looks silly in a ‘skirt’. I’ll finish her up this evening and then start on Buster this weekend.
Now it’s your turn! Post a link to your fiber related blog post in the comments section. It can be any type of fiber at any stage, from on the hoof to finished product. It’s a wonderful way to share ideas and make new friends. Talk to you later. Enjoy!
It’s Friday again. And you know what that means! If you’re on Twitter, it’s #FollowFriday. And here, it’s Fiber Arts Friday – and chance for you to show off what you’ve been working on. In the comments section, please post a link to a post on your blog highlighting something fibery you’ve been working on. It may be knitting, crocheting or spinning. It may also be quilting or cross stitching – anything to do with fibers. In fact, I know a few people who grow their own fiber. I would love to hear from them, too! Please remember to post a link back to this post so your friends and readers can find everyone else’s Fiber Arts Friday links.
I’ve been spinning and carding this week. My husband had been helping a lot by turning the crank on the drum carder while feed wool into it. Here is a photo of a couple of the batts that resulted. These were the bits and pieces that were left and collected from other carding and spinning projects. I’ve spun the yarn and really like it, but no photos yet. It’s not very much – about 1.6 oz. I may make a hat with it, using a coordinating yarn for the band to make sure I have enough.
I ordered my first raw Shetland wool a few weeks back. As usual, I got busy with other things and it got put on the back burner (well, actually the front porch) for a while. I got it out the other day. Washed some of it. Dyed it. Green. And let it dry. This morning I started carding it. I spun a little of it and decided that though I loved the ease of spinning, it wasn’t quite next to the skin soft. I was thinking that Shetland would be a good choice of sock yarn and my tootsies are sensitive! Then I decided to blend in a little Tussah Silk that I had previously dyed yellow and blue – with much green as a result. Now I think I’m in love. I spun up a little of it and navajo plied it. It wasn’t Merino soft. But definitely a winner. I think it will make wonderful socks – that will ‘wear like iron’ if spun properly. These aren’t listed in my shop yet. I’m going to blend some more before I do. But if anyone is interested, let me know. I’m not sure how much I’ll have when it’s all said and done, but it should be about 8 oz.
I tried – not too hard – to come up with a catchy title for this post. Didn’t happen. So what you see is what you get.
I was reading the Fiber Prep forum today on http://Ravelry.com and came across a question about Tussah Silk Noils. Since I had dyed some a couple of weeks back and wanted to try using it, I seized the opportunity to try it out and show others what I came up with.
First I dug through my tub and found the silk noils I dyed a couple of weeks ago as well as the silk noils I onion-skin dyed several months ago and then forgot about. I pulled out a bag of 80/20 Merino/Silk blend that I thought would go well with it.
I used my drum carder to make a little mini batt. It weighed in a 16g.
Here is the single I spun made into a little mini ball so that I could ply from each end and not have any waste. This also allowed me to spin without dividing my batt equally and weighing the parts to make sure they were equal and then using two different bobbins to ply from. If I ever say I’m going to do this again, will someone slap me.
And here is the final result. Well, not completely final. The little mini skein is soaking now. The photo was taken before washing and finishing.
Don’t you love the carpet in my craft room? It doesn’t look so bad in this photo. We’ll just leave it at that.
Anyway, I have plenty of the Tussah Silk Noils and Merino/Silk blend if anyone is interested in batts. Just let me know.