Life after Work

Tour de Fleece, Week 2

Yay, about 3/4 done with my spinning! I also plied a skein of wool that I had already spun and was sitting around on bobbins. In rug news, I am about 1/2 inch away from the top of John’s rug which sets me behind my goal. Hopefully I’ll be able to finish it by Tuesday.

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Tour de Fleece, Week 1

I finished 1oz (27g) of my merino superwash top, that’s not too bad considering that I had a late start and was busy with the baby top. I also managed to sneak in a couple of inches of rug weaving, yay!

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Baby top almost done

I found out yesterday that the baby celebration (it isn’t really like an American baby shower) is on Saturday! This Saturday! Luckily I’m almost done. I finished the embroidery and took care of the hanging threads last night. And at 8.30 PM we drove over to the nearest Joann store so that I could pick out […]

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Tour de Fleece 2008

I came across a new challenge, La Tour de Fleece. Participators set themselves a spinning goal and try to attain it while the Tour de France is going on. I’m a bit late because the tour started last weekend but I’m going to try to reach my goal anyway. I decided to challenge myself to […]

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Spinning Practice – Long Draw

I did some sorting of the stash corner yesterday and came across two batts of wool/wool mix that I got from Nikol last year (I think they were included in my goody box when I bought my Fricke wheel) and decided it was time to seriously practice spinning a woolen yarn, using a long draw technique. It […]

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Last weekend I spun up the first half of my hemp roving, inspired and encouraged by the hemp spin along in my ravelry group (garden spinning group, yay!). Sadly, the result feels very much like spun straw, or the twine that you’d use to tie up packages. I think I have to learn how to do […]

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Finally – some finished projects

I managed to finish a crochet hat and a headband, both made out of my very first handspun yarn. About time! The hat is based on a pattern from the book “Stitch ‘N Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker”. I used the first yarn I spun, the first fiber I dyed, and some other handpainted fiber that I spun at […]

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Carding and Spinning Cotton

John got me a variety of cotton fibers for my birthday, among them were two large bags of Pima cotton, from Cotton Clouds in Safford, AZ. He thought they said it could be spun right out of the bag, but I just couldn’t do it. Instead I used a set of Strauch hand cards which I bought at […]

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I’m a Shareholder!

I bought a share at Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm a few months ago but just received my shareholder’s certificate in the mail, yay! MVFF is the first “official” fiber CSA that I’ve heard of and buying a share means I’m getting a bunch of unspun fiber in the mail after Fall shearing. In a CSA the share is […]

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First steps on the charkha

I haven’t been able to get much practice done on the charkha because I’ve been so busy doing stuff with my mom, but I wanted to post these photos anyway. They were taken beginning of March and show the progress I made within a day using punis. The top is my very first attempt at spinning cotton […]

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