Spinning and Some True Friends

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And no stinking screen door will keep them apart.

So, I've been getting precious little work on the Autumn Leaves Stole done because I can't seem to drag myself away from my spinning wheel as of late.
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I finally sat down with my carders and taught myself how to make rolags to break up a braid of fiber that kind of clashed and make it blend a bit. I ended up with about 90yrds of a fluffy corriedale yarn that has a color gradient starting at deep blue out to white then back into a deep rich grey.
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It was quite fun to spin. I chain plyed it and ended up with a roughly worsted weight yarn. Once again I am reminded that long draw is not my preferred style of spinning but it was a fun time.
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Then I got my first 4 ply done. Ignore the tags, I keep the bands from my original braids and rewrap the finished spun item. It lets me know what fiber content I have as well as an easy fit tag that I can write final yardages on. This Mixed BFL 4ply experiment let me know that I need to buy a second tensioned lazy kate before exploring this again. My lazy kate only holds 3 bobbins, not four.
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And lastly I spun up my first 3 ply "crepe" style yarn.
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This was a first for me and I have to say, was a fun yarn to spin and though I have some technical issues I need to work out with it I will definitely try again. The finished yarn is fun and has such a blast of colors in it. Scarlet at Huckleberry Knits has a wonderful eye for colors and is always blending colors I would never imagine to. She blows me away and I have told almost every spinner I know locally to check her stuff out over at http://www.etsy.com/shop/huckleberryknits if you are interested in fun colorways and excellently prepped fibers. From the other prices I seen around etsy and the other fibers I've bought, yes some of her stuff costs a little more but it's worth it. The spin up like butter.

Enough advertising for others though. Since I last posted, spring arrived solodily here and those Clematis I showed you before are in full bloom.
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Hope everyone is having a good safe spring leading into summer guys.

Q

Comments

New York Built's picture

Champaigne for the true

Champaigne for the true friends; pain for the sham friends.

AKQGuy's picture

But... No one in our house

But... No one in our house cares for Champaigne. Now a good wine, but the only dog that likes that is Sullivan and Bob drinks piss beer. I guess we'll have to break out the whiskey.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Those are great looking

Those are great looking yarns, whether in the real world or in photos. Congrats.

Nehkhasi's picture

I haven't attempted anything

I haven't attempted anything like that yet. I love what you do, It's always so beautiful.

AKQGuy's picture

Thank you sir! I always like

Thank you sir! I always like to try new things. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't but I typically learn something in the attempt.

Nehkhasi's picture

I haven't attempted anything

I haven't attempted anything like that yet. I love what you do, It's always so beautiful.

ILHIKER's picture

I really like the crepe yarn.

I really like the crepe yarn. It's beautiful. I would love to make a hat out of it.
If you bring it to show and tell in Colorado, don't leave it around, I might have to abscond with it. ;)

Can't wait to meet you!

Mark

AKQGuy's picture

You just wanted an excuse to

You just wanted an excuse to use the term abscond… Thanks. It might make it to show and tell.

ILHIKER's picture

Abscond sounds so much more

Abscond sounds so much more elegant than being a common thief. It's all about semantics. :)
Mark

New York Built's picture

I don't know, Mark. Stop!

I don't know, Mark.

Stop! Abscounder!

Sounds like Hyacinth Bucket calling for a cab in front of a Tesco's in the East End.

...jes say'in...::smirks::

ILHIKER's picture

I have always loved the show

I have always loved the show "Keeping Up Appearances". The writers are absolutely brilliant! Here are some fun quotes form Hyacinth.
http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0030918/quotes

Right now I am into Dr. Who. I have gone back and am watching the series from its "rebirth" in 2005. I think he might actually say, "Stop Absconder!"while zapping some poor vilified soul committing and egregious crime. Interestingly, I think that Hyacinth and Dr. Who would be stop after saying it, replay it in their mind, and then give a satisfying not of approval. Love the Brits.

Be well.

Mark