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    #31
    I just finished plying some lovely Black Welsh Mountain from Shaggy Bear Farms. I purchased several breeds at Black Sheep Gathering, but this is the first of that group that I’ve spun. It will rest a bit and then I’ll skein it up and put it to soak. No idea on yardage yet, but it’s already really nice.

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    • Carlota
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      I sure do love that charcoal color with the bits of lighter fibers. Nice spinning!

    #32
    I'm back.

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    • LeoLady
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      Thanks, missed you guys

    • Carlota
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      Did you know about Worldwide Spin In Public day on September 21? I will have to dig to find even one person near me who knows about it. Good excuse to take a wheel or spindle to the park for a couple of hours. Goodness knows I have STUFF to work on! (Hee hee!)

    • LeoLady
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      @Carlotta no I did not. Hmmm, wonder if I could sit in front of Whole Foods and spin. That might be really interesting.

    #33
    So, today I was temped with some lovely Leicester Longwool roving and fell for the temptation, oh and some yummy chocolate Romeldale/CVM. It's gonna be Christmas time at my house in a few days. :-)

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    • LeoLady
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      Bettymo The Clun Forest came frim Tinmberwood farm, the Leicester Longwool came from Mrs Hartmans Farm. It's gorgeous and I may jusst bump it up in line to get to spin it. The CVM Romeldale is a beautiful chocolate brown and is coming from SwingingVines Farm. I have something else coming from Haypenny but it won't ship till sometime in early October.

    • LeoLady
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      BTW Mrs Hartman's was so nice. She was out of SE2SE stamps but has them on order. To make up for not having them right away, she included another ounce of the roving so I ended up with 5 ounces of beautiful silvery springy yarn. Win

    • Bettymo
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      LeoLady Thanks so much for all that info. Definitely a win.

    #34
    Since the 21st of this month is National Spin in public day, I've decided to call Hobby Lobby and ask if I could set up and spin in their lobby. Hoping they say yes. If they do, I'll bring some of the roving I've been buying and spin for an hour or so. If I can't spin there, maybe I can set up at a mall. We shall see.

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    • Carlota
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      That's a neat idea. How's your weather? Are you getting a lot of rain? We have about 5 inches today so far in Houston.

    • LeoLady
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      Carlota So far it hasn't gotten this far north but it's coming. Wind is picking up and we've had a few sprinkles. Enjoying the cooler temps but, of course, the humidity is up.

    • Carlota
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      Humidity for sure! So glad I finished scouring on Tuesday, but it's still not dry in the garage. I put a fan on it this morning. At least you have plenty of wool to keep you busy! Take care!

    #35
    Yep, Am working on a scarf make out of dog hair for a dear friend, then the dinosaur in an egg, then a unicorn in an egg, THEN I can get back to spinning. You stay safe!

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    • LeoLady
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      Carlota so tell yours!

    • Carlota
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      Well, so far it's all wool and cotton with desires to get better at spinning flax. I like historical crafts and had seen a lot of videos on spinning a few years ago - I found a local yarn store with an emphasis on spinning and weaving and took a lesson on the drop spindle. I caught on pretty fast and soon had rented a spinning wheel long enough to teach myself wheel spinning (at least the fundamentals) and now I have many spindles and wheels in my collection and I spin at a living history museum for visiting 4th graders on their annual field trips. Lots of fun. It fills out the picture with knitting, which I have done since chilidhood. I am doing the 51 Yarns challenge and SE2SE, along with my own sweater spin goals and sock spinning, which I hope to get better at. Always something new to try!

    • LeoLady
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      Now I'm going to have to find that book! I love that you spin at a living history museum.

    #36
    Florida Cracker from Laura Williams, spun on my Matchless, 2-ply, yardage to be determined when I skein it up. It is so soft it’s crazy. Very stretchy. Would make a great lining for a hat. It’s 14-16 WPI but I expect it to puff up once washed. Delightful spin!

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    • Carlota
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      I'm crazy about the color - like butter pecan ice cream. Texture too, of course.

    • Bettymo
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      Wow beautiful spinning & plying.

    #37
    Washed English Blue Leicester Longwool from Fuzzy Ewe Farm on Etsy. I carded the lustrous Click image for larger version

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    • Carlota
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      LeoLady - you've probably seen art yarn with dangling locks hanging from it like icicles - that is tail spinning. This very short video gives the idea: https://youtu.be/TnhNwVHTOIk

    • Bettymo
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      Love the color of the wool and your singles are beautiful. Looks a little mohairish.

    • Carlota
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      Bettymo Yes, mohairish is a good description, but maybe a little coarser. Thank you - my first finished singles.

    #38
    So a bit off topice but wanted to show everyone the reason I had to put my SE2SE project to the side. Click image for larger version

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    • LeoLady
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      Carlota, yes, it's a basket weave pattern. easy to do but very pretty when finished. I like it because it didn't distract from the subtle color variations in the fur. It's made out of Leonberger fur that I spun myself.

    • Carlota
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      I wondered if that was the fur you spoke about before. Interesting. I like basketweave - did a couple of baby blankets with a variation of that. That is a labor of love from start to finish.

    • LeoLady
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      Carlota it was. He was a very special dog in a very special family. They were my first friends in the breed.

    #39
    Been absent for a couple of weeks. Working hard on 4 scarves for an auction to benefit our national breed rescue and our breed health foundation. I'll be back when the last one is finished. I'm working on that one now while my spinning wheel sits accusingly quiet. :-)

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      #40
      After a hiatus of almost 3 months, I'm back. Had to take time off from spinning to finish Christmas presents. I'm still spinning my Santa Cruz. my goal for today is to get 2 oz spun up.

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      • LeoLady
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        Got about 1 oz spun before my back told me to quit. Just might get the second oz spun today.

      #41
      Making slow progress combing some CVM/Romeldale for SE2SE, and I'm thinking maybe I ordered 8 ounces instead of 4. Anyway, it is pleasantly clean and easy to comb, and I'm learning to use a hackle and diz. I clamp the hackle to the porch railing so all the fallout blows away. What is left in the hackle and comb, I pull out in little tufts for making rolags later, so I will have some worsted and woolen samples from this batch of fleece.

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        #42
        I multi-crafted today, piecing, hand quilting, combing some SE2SE CVM/Romeldale fleece, and finishing the first bobbin of Shropshire carded roving that I started spinning on St. Distaff's day. I used a supported long draw, Lendrum 10:1, and averaged about 28 wpi. I can really feel the fluff - look how only 2 ounces nearly fills the bobbin. I am all set to start bobbin #2 tomorrow . (Roving from Covered Bridge Farm in Scio, Oregon.)

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        • Carlota
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          rkennell I know what you mean about finishing things first; you are being good! My sister and I are doing our own version of Finish It February and so I'm getting a head start - this is only one of four projects I hope to have done by the end of February. The SE2SE projects kind of piled up on me so now two batches are out of the doldrums.

        • rkennell
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          I love the idea of a Finish it February! I finally dug out a knitting project that's been hibernating for years and started work on it as well, Just wish I could spin and knit at the same time to get more done! But then that's not about enjoying the process, so that would defeat the purpose, anyway.

        • Carlota
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          rkennell, That will be a good accomplishment. One of my 4 February self-challenges is to dig out a cardigan that got set aside due to indecision, and figure out where I was and get going again. (It should be fun, once I spend a couple of hours of studying the situation.) Then I want to finish hand quilting one row of quilt blocks on a large project, as well as finish spinning the Shropshire for SE2SE. I'm also going to fix some overspin on my sock yarn and get it dyed. It sounds like a lot, but I am bouncing around doing some of each so I don't get too tired. It is amazing how exciting it is just to see constant progress even if the finish is a way's off. You can join us reporting your progress on your knitting project.

        #43
        I have 3 finished yarns to share for SE2SE: 1. ) White Shropshire carded roving, 2 ply woolen spun; 2.) CVM/Romeldale raw fleece, combed and hackled, 2-ply worsted and waste carded and chain plied; 3) Horned Dorset combed top, traditional 3-ply worsted spun for socks and dyed in carrot tops.

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        • Carlota
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          Thanks LeoLady and Char! It feels good to have these done - will soon cast on the Horned Dorset for some socks. I was wondering how you were doing LeoLady - glad you posted - hope you are getting along okay and can get some soothing time in at the wheel.

        • rkennell
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          Carlota - it is so neat to see your SE2SE spins! I've started on some Jacob fleece, but haven't gotten real far. I started it on a spindle, but I think I'm going to finish it on a wheel. These are all really nice! So what kind of combs and hackle do you have? I've been pricing them and not quite ready to plunk down 150 to 200 bucks for combs! I'm thinking seriously of making my own.

        • Carlota
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          rkennell Hi, I have a hackle by this maker on Etsy, which was gifted to me by my sister (also a fibery person). I am not where I can measure it, but I think this is the one she got me: https://www.etsy.com/listing/6503001...ery-1-19&sca=1

          As for combs, I got the Louet mini-combs and they do okay - lots of people like how small and light weight they are, but I really wanted the Valkyrie Extra Fine mini-combs and may still get some (I have seen a lot of YouTubes by people who like them). All of these tools are so expensive that I am really slow to order when I'm not sure what I'm doing yet. I notice that lots of spinners have an assortment for different uses - well, I can see why - but it would be nice to know ahead of time what will work best - I guess that's a matter of experience and trying them out with various fleeces. I don't see why you can't make your own - if you do a bunch of looking at makers' products some of them give the specs on the tines per inch for fine, medium, coarse, etc. In the old days all of these tools were home- or locally made.

        #44
        So.....I might have done a thing. I just made my first fleece purchase!! In the past I have skirted a couple of Lincoln longwool fleeces from friends that weren't really shorn for spinning purposes, so I sent them off to a fiber mill to get scoured and drafted into roving for a more uniform roving. But one of my fiber dreams was to go to a wool sale somewhere someday and buy a whole fleece. I guess I've been watching too much of Judith Mackenzie or something! (I have her DVD Three Bags Full).

        Well, since the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival was online this year, I "signed up" since I knew it was probably the only time I'd ever get to go to it, considering we live in the Midwest. I didn't end up buying any fiber of any sort, and didn't even attend much of the virtual festival, but I did drool over some of the fleeces being listed, which may have helped me jump in with both feet this weekend after looking at a website where they raise Shetlands to sell the fleeces, a place called Foggy Hollow Ranch. I felt reasonably safe with purchasing from them since they are also a member of The Fine Fleece Shetland Sheep Association, which guarantees a fine fleece type of wool and purebred sheep. So I guess now we'll see what I get when I order it!!

        A bonus when I saw that they are part of the SE2SE program and send out stickers with every order. I've not done a lot of SE2SE yet, but I do have a book and a couple of stamps, so this will be fun to add this to the list.

        I've included a picture below of the fleece and the sheep it was from. Hopefully I'll get it by the end of next week--it says it was shipped today, but likely just taken to the P.O. since it is Saturday.

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        • rkennell
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          Carlota - That's good to know about your experience with them! Are their fleeces pretty clean as far as VM? I'm really looking forward to cleaning and spinning it. Did you spin it all with long draw?

          I'll be interested in your experience with the Romney fleece as well.

        • rkennell
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          Sommerfugl - I'll definitely try to post some pictures. It's supposed to be on its way!

        • Carlota
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          I can't say about how clean the Foggy Hollow Ranch fleeces are. There is a small amount of VM in their roving, easily removed. The first fleece I bought (last year) was a Shetland from a different ranch in West Texas and there was a lot of work to get it clean (I flicked the whole thing) as their was a fair amount of what looked like large flakes of dandruff. But the result is amazing - I am about to start drum carding it to blend the shades of gray. Hoping to be ready with heathered batts in time for Spin de Fleece.

        #45
        My fleece arrived today! I have to say I am so excited! I am waiting on some mesh bags to arrive in a couple days to wash them. I am so impressed by the personal service--I've already emailed a couple of times for suggestions and help how to process and both times I got prompt and friendly replies. Also, the wool is clean--little or no VM!

        And talk about SOFT--the cut side is like a giant brown soft teddy bear! The tip side is also soft, just not as snuggly looking, but I am so ready to get it washed and combed and spin it. I can't get over the difference in the beautiful colors from inside to the tips; the inside is a beautiful chocolate brown color and the outside is a golden color.

        I also got a SE2SE sticker for my booklet.

        I am impressed so far with Foggy Hollow Ranch!!
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        • Carlota
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          I'm so glad you got your fleece and have a good report! That lady is very nice to talk to - she is one of the few sheep ranchers that has had a booth at the Houston Fiber Fest from its first opening a few years ago - I think Shetland will spoil you but that's a good thing.

        • rkennell
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          I think you're right--It will spoil me! Can't wait to give it a try! I have some homemade comb (Dollar General style) sets I can use until I get some made by a local woodworker, so I may have to use those to have fun with. I handwashed a few locks today, just because I'm too impatient to wait!

        • Carlota
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          You might be surprised how well the improvised combs work out - have fun!

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