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    Chatter Thread - Spinning July & August 2021

    Hi all,

    Thought I would create a chatter thread for "after the tour". Feel free to update us on what you have been spinning since the tour de France ended. Or what you've done with your Spin de Fleece yarn ! We love pictures !

    So .. On Your Mark,

    Get Ready,

    Set,


    Chatter !
    Stashbuster 2021 WTD= +7; YTD= -23 (7/31/21)
    Oh SNAP ✨ we're DUELLING 🤺 atFiberkind Wizarding School! Let's SPEW.

    #2
    Okay I'll start. I have done absolutely no spinning today! Oh, but I did thoroughly clean my spinning area with the vacuum and reorganized the tub with my now empty bobbins and flyers, etc. It sure felt good to tuck things back into place and to size up the next project. The last few days, in addition to the Spin de Fleece project, I've been practicing combing and hackling and dizzing last year's Romney fleece out in our workshop, making nests for another sweater spin. Anybody else keep finding fibers turning up all over the house? I keep pulling them out of my cross stitch and occasionally out of my mouth! Ha ha!

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    • rkennell
      rkennell commented
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      How funny--I often do find fibers in our carpet and we don't have any furry critters in the house (just birds). I'm going to have to sweep out our Explorer when we get home after doing all the spinning in here! I was so careful at the hotels we stayed at on the way to my folks, keeping it all on a big bath towel, but the black Shetland looked like lots of black curly hair! I made sure I cleaned it up thoroughly--I didn't want to gross anyone out.

      It's such a good feeling to check off those items that you've completed and then decide on another! Sounds like you have some more fun in the works! Is the Romney a fleece you cleaned yourself as well?

    • Carlota
      Carlota commented
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      Hi rkennell - yes, I did process the Romney myself right after Maryland Sheep & Wool went virtual last years - I found a shepherd/vendor with spinning background and thought I could support their efforts. I was fairly clean and easy to separate and wash - much bigger than the prior fleece but I washed it all in Spring of 2020 and have it all ready to comb. I bought Valkyrie combs last year and have started making combed nests - what a surprise to me that the more nests I make, the more tubs I need with all that air! It was just under 5 pounds and so I have enough to experiment with and to sort for various purposes - all good practice. I will be having combing sessions in between washing the next Shetland fleece when it arrives. (I do not want any unscoured wool in the house.)

      It does feel good to move these things along. What will you work on next?

    #3
    I have to say...I didn't quite know what to do with myself last night since I didn't have to do my daily spinning. It feels ok to take a little break. I'm still trying to finish the handspun sweater I started in June, so I will try to get that off the needles very soon. And there is that new-to-me sewing machine. I started playing with the stitches last night. Wheeeeeeee!
    Here's the sweater progress, ready for #5, the blue. I know, bright. I still may overdye it with a light gray to tone it down, I will do some experimenting with swatches next time I dye before I decide.
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    Spin de Fleece Total Time: 29 hrs Total Grams: 567 Total Yards: 861
    Stashbuster MAL WTD: (-20) YTD: (+5)

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    • Carlota
      Carlota commented
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      I admire so much the striping intervals that you have put into that. Just wonderful!

    • Spice2s
      Spice2s commented
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      Very bright, but also very pretty

    • KikiKnits
      KikiKnits commented
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      I love the brightness! Will it keep the same colors with a gray overdye (just subdued?). I wonder what a light blue would do. Very interesting, please post a picture.

    #4
    So I feel like I've dropped off the planet as far as the last few days of the SdF went. We were at my parents in FL and I really didn't have any time to spin and really didn't spend much time on the internet either, including FK. My folks are both older and we always spend our time there trying to do things around the house and yard for them and spending time just doing things with them, like doing puzzles with Mom and watching the news in the evening with Dad or going out to eat with family or friends. Lots of good seafood, which I sorely miss in central IL! But now that we're back on the road to home, I want to get my wheel out again and try to finish up the rest of the Shetland, then I'll probably wait to ply it until I get home since I'll need to divide it up for plying. I'm eager to get that done and get started with it. This year's SdF was a motivator for me to get busy and spin, whereas I would have probably not tackled that in the middle of the summer.

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    • Carlota
      Carlota commented
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      You had important things to do and will always be glad that you took time to be with your folks. Having a goal for the next weeks at home will feel good too. Doing even a little each day (or week, or month) is so satisfying - like a road block removed.

    • PurlgirlButtons
      PurlgirlButtons commented
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      I'm happy to hear that your family is your priority. I was just telling someone last night, who knows my love of sewing, knitting, and spinning, that it is sometimes difficult to not make it an idol. Going forward, I hope to do more of the paying it forward type of projects.

    • rkennell
      rkennell commented
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      Thank you both for your kind words.

      PurlgirlButtons - It is very easy to make my hobbies my idol. I was struggling mightily with that this past year with my weaving! I love to weave, and I was even dreaming about weaving, I wanted to do nothing but read about weaving when I was on the Internet or even on my tablet, and it even interfered with my Bible reading time in the mornings, which is really what keeps me grounded and I NEED that! Thankfully being busy this summer outdoors has kept me away from my weaving enough to get me refocused, and even just having the SdF has help me become more balanced. As with most of us here, it's so fun to teach others how to spin or weave or knit, but even that has to find a balance with family and friend relationships.

      Carlota - You are so right--my parents are nearly 80 and my Mom has some dementia; thankfully she can still remember her family but she is becoming less and less interactive in conversations and activities, and since I live so far away from her (about 1000 miles), I want to make the most of the times I do go to visit her and Dad.

    #5
    I spun all but one day of the tour, and I am very happy to take a break from spinning for a little while. Although I do hope it's not an entire year before I pick up the wheel again!

    I'm happy to turn my attention to my charity projects, some crochet blankets and knit baby hats ... so that's going to be taking my time for a little while.
    Stashbuster 2021 WTD= +7; YTD= -23 (7/31/21)
    Oh SNAP ✨ we're DUELLING 🤺 atFiberkind Wizarding School! Let's SPEW.

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    • rkennell
      rkennell commented
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      Good for you for doing that much spinning. I think the SdF is a good way to get us back in the mode when we've been busy with other crafts or with life in general. Thanks for all you did in getting it going this year!!

    #6
    Just a heads up. I have almost finished posting all of the prizes in the Spin de Fleece Chatter thread. Please check them out here.

    I only have one more to post, and that needs to be a discussion between Rkennell and myself, so I will update that post once we are able to have that conversation. Please go check out the winners and prizes . . .

    If you are a winner, please make sure your donator has your mailing address.

    If you are a donator, please contact your winner to request their mailing address.
    Stashbuster 2021 WTD= +7; YTD= -23 (7/31/21)
    Oh SNAP ✨ we're DUELLING 🤺 atFiberkind Wizarding School! Let's SPEW.

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      #7
      I'm glad I joined the tour challenge, it is the first time I've done that. I'm hoping I will continue each year. I played yesterday making punis with my hand cards and used 3 different fibers and 3 colors. I seem to be unable to post a picture right now but I will try again.
      Says it is a webp image. I don't known what that means but is a picture like I usually post....hmm. It is not from a webpage but from my phone.

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        • Sommerfugl
          Sommerfugl commented
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          These look like fun!

        • Spice2s
          Spice2s commented
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          very pretty.

        • rkennell
          rkennell commented
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          Those are pretty! That will make it fun to spin!

        #9
        I'm going to town and I might be picking up a fleece from the Post Office. 🤞

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          #10
          I hope you got your fleece today.

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          • Carlota
            Carlota commented
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            Yes, the fleece arrived and it was a bulging box!

          #11
          Yes, Todd's Shetland lamb fleece has arrived from Baize Shetlands in west Texas. It looks lovely. Lots to do now.

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          • Sommerfugl
            Sommerfugl commented
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            Oooh! 😍
            This looks lovely!

          • Carlota
            Carlota commented
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            Thanks Sommerfugl - tomorrow I will lay it all out and start scouring. I'm slow, and my little water heater can't keep up, so I will need a few days to get it all done.

          • rkennell
            rkennell commented
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            Ohhh...what a box of fun, squishy goodness! Have fun!

          #12
          Dropping in to say I love seeing your projects from your spinning fun!
          Knitting is happening here! ❤️

          Stashbuster MAL 2021: WTD + 0; YTD +417
          Stashbuster MAL 2020: -286

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          • rkennell
            rkennell commented
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            Thanks for dropping in! Maybe someday you'll be joining the fun!

          #13
          So I FINALLY finished my Shetland wool! (the singles) Three oz each of the white and dark brown, and 12 oz of the medium brown. Now it needs to be plied. I plan to do 2-ply. My question is--what is your favorite way to divide the singles into even amounts without having a measuring device for yardage. (I signed up for the kickstarter project for the yardage counter from Dreaming Robots.com, but it's going to be probably next year before it comes out) Do you just figure out the weight and divide it in two? Do you take it all off on a niddy noddy, figure out the length and put it back on the bobbins for plying? Do you just "guesstimate" the amount?

          Another thing I find interesting--the white and the dark brown are both supposed to be 3 oz each, but one bobbin is definitely fuller than the other! I didn't think I was that much different in my spinning technique and thickness! It's for a shawl, so I'm not going to worry too much about the yarn being the exact same size. If it was for a sweater or something where fit and size matters, I'd probably be more concerned.

          Keeping my fingers crossed that this yarn, added to the fleece I processed from scratch last year, should be plenty for my Shetland hap. I did almost all of this while traveling--either in the car or in the hotel room. The last half-full bobbin was mostly done after we got home. I have to say I have been pretty happy with that little EEW 6.0!


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          • Carlota
            Carlota commented
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            Don't those look great all lined up?!!! I just divide by weight. If I'm off, I divide the remainder again by weight and have a mini skein to use for a cuff, or a pocket, or for reserve.

          • Spice2s
            Spice2s commented
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            I never re-wind my bobbins. I pair a couple of bobbins and ply what I can. If there is only a little bit left on one bobbin, I do a quick andean ply around my hand and ply the same single to itself to finish it up.

            As for bobbins being the same weight, but look different on the bobbin, well, there are so many factors that go to loading the bobbin! Of course you can't get as much on a bobbin weight-wise if the singles are thicker. Also, if you are not paying attention, then it doesn't go on the bobbin very smoothly, or efficiently, giving you less weight on the bobbin than you would otherwise. I've noticed there is vastly different appearances to the bobbin fullness given these or even other factors.

            I'm not very picky, I ply until one runs out. If you chain ply, then it doesn't matter

          • rkennell
            rkennell commented
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            Carlota, thanks. I will probably give that a try. I only have 6 bobbins for this wheel, so I'm going to have to put some on a "storage" bobbin to have a extra bobbin to ply onto.

            Spice2s - thanks for your insight--I am NOT a real particular person about how evenly I get my bobbins wound on and this time especially it seemed like the yarn built up quicker. I think partly because it was a thicker yarn and also because the electric wheel tends to spin quicker than I do with a treadled wheel, even if I have it at a slower speed. I think it's because I'm not as apt to stop from time to time like I do when I'm treadling, so then I end up having a large "bulge" before I remember to stop the wheel and check. And yes, it's also a little different about how evenly it was spun since I can't count treadling steps on an electric wheel. Going to be a bit of a learning curve to produce more evenly spun yarn. This also was a woolen spin, so I wasn't quite as worried about keeping it exactly smooth.

            I've finally started plying, so I'm eager to get it done and knit the yarn!

          #14
          So Rkennell & I have finally got to "talk" and we've decided on the Combativity Award for our Spin de Fleece.

          You can find the winner here.


          We awarded this to her because she posted often and was positive and helped to make the Spin de Fleece a success with her participation

          Thank you all.
          Stashbuster 2021 WTD= +7; YTD= -23 (7/31/21)
          Oh SNAP ✨ we're DUELLING 🤺 atFiberkind Wizarding School! Let's SPEW.

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          • rkennell
            rkennell commented
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            Thank you Spice2s for ALL you did this year to get this up and going! That spreadsheet was excellent!

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