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7. August 2015 18:14
by Jobo
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Still Here! Knitting along... and Spinning too!

7. August 2015 18:14 by Jobo | 4 Comments

I've been snapping pictures... and working along on my stuff... but somehow I've not really managed to post anything!!  (bad blogger)

My Inglenook Purple Heartwood Batt is now mostly yarn, which has started to become a shawl!

Here is the plying... Yes, on a spindle.  I know a lot of people prefer to do the plying via wheel because it's a bit faster... but I like doing my plying by spindle.  I find it a little too easy to overply my laceweight and cobweb yarns.  It's like my feet pumping just get the better of me, and I go too far.  When I ply on a spindle I have a chance to feel the balance of each armslength, and this seems to do a better job for me.  I don't really find it takes a lot longer than my wheel either... my Traveller has crappy speed ratios.  I think if I planned to do much fine spinning with it again I'd have to by a lace flyer kit.  In my dreams I'd have a high-speed high-ratio wheel. 

So the first two ounce portion worked out to be 525 yards... with another 2 ounces to be completed.  The weight is somewhere between lace and cobweb, so light lacey-ish. 

I decided that since I'm going to have around 1000 yards of completed thread... I want to make something really cozy, lacy, and big.  A nice big triangular shawl to wrap myself in sounded like just the thing!  I've been eyeing Dee O'Keefe's Patterns for a while now.  They're lovely, just the right amount of complex, and have that great balance of body, borders, and edgings that makes my heart beat a little faster.

Pattern:  Dee O'Keefe - Nadira

I've just completed the first few section... following the custom design-your-own section at the back of the pattern so as to increase the size and use up all of this lovely yarn.  I'll put more details in when I post about the shawl later on.  Here is a sneak peek though!

3. December 2010 11:59
by Jobo
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That's no "Cop" out...

3. December 2010 11:59 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I've come up with a unique way (or at least I've never seen anyone else do it this way... so I thought I should share) to unwind a full cop of singles from my drop/supported spindles...

Basically here it is in a nutshell:

- It can take a very long time to unwind a full cop by hand into a ball for plying or for storage.  I always end up frustrated, often tangled, and bored with all of the repetitive winding.  I'd rather be spinning or knitting!

- My solution is to wind the spindle's contents off onto a spare spinning wheel bobbin, where it can be kept until plying/finishing, in a neat and orderly compact form.  I can then take the bobbin and wind a plying ball if I want, I can ply directly from several bobbins on my lazy Kate, or in the case of something like silk singles, I can wind directly from the bobbin to the niddy noddy for finishing.  The best part is that I can have my spindle back right away to start on the second cop if I wish, and deal with the finishing of the singles later on.

- I can set up my Ashford Traveller such that the drive band is around the bobbin only, and the bobbin will basically wind up the yarn from the spindle (without adding or removing any twist from the single) - and it can wind much faster than I can by hand.

- it was obvious that my supported spindles will stand comfortably in a bowl while I wind with the wheel... but I discovered that my suspended spindles (aka my goldings and other pretty toys) will stand on their hooks and spin in the palm of my hand quite freely.  It's like holding a spinning top!  ... and it tickles a little!

- Please check out the video... I think pictures say things easier than words sometimes!

I hope this technique helps spinners out there to wind singles more efficiently - More spinning and knitting time for all! (and let them all have cake also.  the end.)

30. August 2010 13:21
by Jobo
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Cashmere... oh my!

30. August 2010 13:21 by Jobo | 0 Comments

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I keep hearing about how wonderful cashmere is as a fiber.  I've fondled cashmere clothing in fancy stores and touched a few cashmere blend yarns, but this is my first time working with pure cashmere fiber!

I tried to photograph the fiber itself, but white fluffy things just don't seem to show well with my camera...  The fiber is some 100% Cashmere roving that I bought from Belfast Mini Mills last month.  I bought a bag of 2 oz to try, and clearly I should have gone with the bigger bag because this stuff is wonderful to spin on the Russian spindle!

The soft and airy fluff is made up of a relatively short staple, and drafts apart like a dream.  It was very easy to achieve a uniform thin single.  In fact I managed to spin up 0.5 ounces in only a few evenings... each handful just drifted by!

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angoraandcashmereNext step will be to ply this yummy cashmere single with the devilishly soft 100% angora single I finished last week...  Angora and Cashmere yarn - the absolute height of soft fuzzy decadence!

I think I might end up with a little bit more of the angora than the cashmere... just looking at the skeins... but it's hard to tell because the cashmere spun up a little thinner than the other.  I figure I'll try and ply them first, and if I run out of cashmere I'll have to spin a little more.  I had a feeling that 0.5 ounces of cashmere might feel a little different spun than 0.5 ounces of angora would...

More to come :)

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