Adventures in Fleece Part 4

I just received, in the mail, my fourth fleece.

I feel the need to add now that the first fleece is now a sweater, with the leftovers traded away. The second fleece is part sweater, part fiber still needing to be spin. The third fleece is washed and I am researching exactly what it is I want to do with it.

The fourth fleece is another corriedale. Greasy as all get out, and a bit dirty. The colors were advertised as ranging from silver to black, but there is certainly browns and beiges in it too. It isn’t particularly stinky and didn’t come with a name, but the sheep it came from must be beautiful! This fleece is the one that gives me the excuse to build my fleece washing basket, a project I’ve been contemplating for a long time. Hopefully I’ll get out to get materials for that this week. I do hope this one cleans up as well as the white to silver corriedale, as that has been my absolute favorite fleece thus far. Not needing to even put it through the drum carder but spinning from the flick carded lock has made it an absolute joy to spin. I am excited to see what is in store for this fleece!

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Since I purchased this fleece online, I was a bit concerned about the quality. So I pulled off a lock and tested it. Turns out it was a fine investment, the lock is strong.

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Sampling

So, remember I was spinning those fauxlags? I spun up a spindle full and plyed it back on itself using an andean bracelet. This gave me a cute little skein of yarn, not spun particularly well, but that is what I get when I try something new. However, the colors are wonderful and I am looking forward to spinning up the rest!

Resting

It is time to take a rest with my corriedale fleece. I’ve been working on it for a very long time, and I never get tired of it. The undyed natural beauty of it all never fails to thrill me. I am committed to continuing with the laceweight 2 ply at this point, but I do believe it is time to give it a rest. I’ve got spindles to spin on and tons of wonderful colorful yarn and a new fleece on its way to me. I’ve got a washed fleece I can process at any point, and I really am eager to do all these things. So, the corriedale needs to sit for a bit, no matter how beautiful.

So my goal tonight was to get all the spun corriedale on my bobbins plyed and off the wheel completely. This leaves me with yet another gorgeous 582 yard skein of 2 ply laceweight yarn for my stash!

Sid Fishious Wingspan

Pretty sure I cranked this one out in record time! One week from start to finish. I had to bind off in a solid black yarn as I ran out on the bind off edge, but I actually think it draws the entire thing together. I am absolutely in love with the finished object, and am positive I chose exactly the correct pattern for this yarn.

 

 

Learning

So, here’s the thing. One of the reasons I love spinning so much is that I feel like I still have so much to learn. I suppose when I say spinning, I mean all that is associated with it. Fleece and fiber prep, dyeing, etc. I think my favorite experience is playing with color. I am always looking for new ways to mess around with color in spinning. So, when I joined a spindle group and saw the term “fauxlags” I just had to figure it all out. Turns out you can get a reasonable semblance of a rolag out of combed wool top. This means that you can long draw with your fauxlags rather than going to all the trouble of hand carding. Additionally, it makes the colors blend in a much more muted fashion than hand dyed combed top usually does.

Well I’ve just been on a total mission to learn new spinning stuff lately. I think it has to do with learning to spindle spin as well. I took some wool top I had in stash (for years!) from Poppy Flower Fiber.

And now you’ll have to excuse the evening indoor pictures for the rest of this post. It was cold, rainy, and windy last night. There was no taking pictures outside. I drafted out the combed top carefully, which also flattened it. Then I took a smooth dowel and rolled the end of the fiber up onto it. I held that on there and drafted the fiber out until it seperated, creating a funny little rolag on my dowel. Then I slid it off the end of my dowel.

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I was careful to keep them all in order of the color progression, so then I had all these awesome little fauxlags lined up on the floor.

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Then I started spinning. I am going for a thicker than usual yarn for me, and it seems to be working out reasonably well. It took a bit of getting used to, spinning from the fauxlag like that. However, I learned one thing that seems very helpful, the tighter the fauxlag the harder it is to draft it out. So a perfect tight little roll isn’t actually ideal even though it looks awesome.

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And there you also see my newest trindle. Ipe shaft with disco ball beads. These are classified as heavyweight but they aren’t nearly as heavy as my last set. That disappoints me a little, but they are somewhere between the lightweight skull beads and the truly heavyweight arms, so I actually expanded my trindle arm stash quite well in the end.

Well….all that fauxlag learning just wasn’t enough last night, so once I had a decent amount on the trindle I decided to try my hand at an andean plying bracelet. It seemed like it could either have gone very well, or ended up in a ruined crazy tangled mess of yarn barf.

Plying bracelet in progress:

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And once it is removed:

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Thankfully, I did not end up with a tangled mass of yarn barf, I ended up with some lovely plyed yarn. Which I will have to show to you some other day, when it is wound off and finished.

I am loving the turning of the weather and the desire to nestle into my space (or spaces) and enjoy the relaxing nature of my crafts. In fact, I have a TON to blog about due to my overwhelming desire to craft right now. I’ve got a finished wingspan and gloves that are close to it. I’ll have a bunch of random stash additions I need to photograph and get entered into my stash, using this blog as the hosting area for the pictures, I’ve got spinning of all sorts, and a new wingspan. I just can’t wait to enjoy my weekend!

Changes

I haven’t updated my blogroll in ages and ages. I am talking years. It seemed like a good thing to do, so I did so. I got rid of anyone that was done blogging, and added a bunch of other links to people who are seen around here fairly often, in no particular order. I feel terrible about not doing this sooner actually, and I really must apologize for getting in my own little world and not staying up to date. That being said, I just pulled in a few people I’ve been following a bit more often, and I will try to stay a bit more up to date from here on out!

Almost

I am almost done with a pair of gloves. I am almost done with the wingspan. I am almost done with my featherweight cardi. I am almost done with the spinning I showed off last evening. My projects are a bunch of Almost. Almost is full of promise, and it is a state of knitting I have always loved.

On my wingspan, I’ve started the 8th triangle. Which is the final triangle. I have to admit, I actually slowed way down once I had started it, because I don’t actually want this knit to end. And when it does end, there may be very little between me and starting another one in handspun. It is like the baktus fever I had a year or two ago. Now it is wingspan fever. I love the long color changes and the handspun. I love how the garter stitches covers any discrepancy in my spinning. I love how the color flows and heathers and stays random.

The next yarn I’d love to use for a wingspan is my Rasta Man Vibration. I am interested to see how it knits up, as it is navajo plyed and should have shorter color changes than this sid fishious.

On that note, I’d like to ask all you spinners out there a question. When you spin, do you spin with a project in mind? Or are you more likely to view the resulting yarn as the project? I ask this because invariably when spinning in public, people ask what I am going to make with the yarn once it is done. And I’ve realized that maybe 5% of the time I have an answer for that. Even then, once the yarn is finished it might not lend itself to the intended project. While those around me wonder what the resulting yarn will be, I look at the resulting yarn as a finished object to be looked at, admired, and enjoyed. And put in my stash. I wondered how common this is among spinners, or if I am unusual in this respect.

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