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Re: Spinners?
Board: Knitters and the Fiber Arts
Reply to: #940908 by Homecraft
Jan 21, 2017 9:01am
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I learned to spin on a drop spindle, and I've never tried a wheel... but I'd love to have one.
Re: Spinners?
Board: Knitters and the Fiber Arts
Reply to: #940913 by On The Corner!
Jan 21, 2017 3:38pm
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I learned on a spindle and used it exclusively for over 1.5 years. Then I purchased a used Rappard Wee Peggy spinning wheel. I enjoy spinning on both now. The wheel is much faster, but the spindles (Jenkins Turkish Spindles) are much more portable.

What type of spindle did you try? How about you Vandisar...what type of spindle do you use?

I have spun sock yarn from a fleece given to me by friends. Suffolk was the breed. I had it cleaned and blended with nylon, then processed into roving. I ended up with about 5 skeins. I have knit one pair of socks from it already and need to knit up some of the others one day.

Currently I have Merino that I blended with alpaca on my spindle (plying now). And Punta, dyed by a friend, on my wheel.

Sea Maid, what breed of sheep do you raise?

:O)
Re: Spinners?
Board: Knitters and the Fiber Arts
Reply to: #940908 by Homecraft
Jan 22, 2017 6:36pm
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Another spinner here! I have both spindles and wheel, and I love them both. I do knit occasionally with my own handspun, but I tend to fill up the yarn basket faster than I knit it down! I've also just gotten into weaving and I'm excited to start weaving with my own handspun.

I have also played around with processing raw fleece, carding or combing it and blending with other fibers. Recently I'm trying to learn to spin cotton and linen--both VERY different from wool, and from each other!
Re: Spinners?
Board: Knitters and the Fiber Arts
Reply to: #940911 by Sea Maid
Jan 22, 2017 6:54pm
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What kind of sheep do you have?
If you want to learn to spin, you might be better off buying some ready-to-spin fiber (look for "roving", "combed top", or a "batt", but make sure you get some that is marketed for spinning rather than felting). Well-prepped fiber will make it much easier for you to learn to spin, before you start working with your own. This video by Abby Franquemont is a great introduction to spinning with a spindle.

As for spinning your own sheep's fleeces, the basic steps are:
1. Wash the wool (Here's a good article on it, though I use a sifting litterbox set--I can give you more details if you want).

2. Prep for spinning. Usually this means either carding the wool (with hand cards or a drumcarder) to produce rolags, roving, or batts, or combing it with wool combs to produce combed top.

3. Spinning!

4. Knitting/crocheting/weaving/just admiring it!

A really, really good book on the whole process is The Spinner's Book of Fleece by Beth Smith. Also, if you're not already a member of Ravelry, I suggest joining and looking for the Beginning Spinning group and the Fiber Prep group, both of which have very extensive pages of tips and FAQs as well as many nice and knowledgeable people who are happy to answer questions.
Re: Spinners?
Board: Knitters and the Fiber Arts
Reply to: #941006 by Intrinsically Knotted
Jan 22, 2017 9:52pm
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I have not tried cotton or linen. I am just happy with all the different wool blend and silks out there. Like you, my basket is home spun fills faster than I can knit it up.

:O)
Re: Spinners?
Board: Knitters and the Fiber Arts
Reply to: #941019 by Homecraft
Jan 24, 2017 5:14am
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Yesterday I gave kettle dyeing another go, this time in shades of green. Jacquard Emerald & Spruce (I think... the water on the second batch was running teal.) I only bought 6 jars/colors to experiment with originally and it's time to order some other colors...break away from my comfort zone maybe.

Knitting down the newly spun stash is a little like taking 1 step forward and 3 or 4 steps backwards!
Re: Spinners?
Board: Knitters and the Fiber Arts
Reply to: #941069 by On The Corner!
Jan 24, 2017 8:00am
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I don't do a lot with dying. What I do, is mostly done with Koolaid. We have a few ladies in our group who do natural dying. They will use anything from copper rods to Avocado shells & pits. It is fun to see what they come up with.

Yeah...I totally agree about the knit down of handspun. It just takes so much longer to knit something, than it does to spin up a skein or two.

:O)
Re: Spinners?
Board: Knitters and the Fiber Arts
Reply to: #940908 by Homecraft
Jan 26, 2017 3:14pm
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I'd love to learn how to spin. :-)

Sits N Knits
in Orlando
Re: Spinners?
Board: Knitters and the Fiber Arts
Reply to: #940908 by Homecraft
Jan 26, 2017 8:17pm
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I am supposed to have a spinning wheel. But I will get one someday.
Re: Spinners?
Board: Knitters and the Fiber Arts
Reply to: #940908 by Homecraft
Jan 27, 2017 5:50am
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I'm too scared to learn to spin. I do not need another obsession.
Re: Spinners?
Board: Knitters and the Fiber Arts
Reply to: #941177 by DebBee
Jan 27, 2017 5:20pm
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Exactly what I said before I went to my first fiber retreat. Someone put a Turkish style spindle in my hands and I was hooked.

:O)
Slow TV knitting shows on Netflix
Board: Knitters and the Fiber Arts
Feb 9, 2017 3:23pm
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OMG I just discovered this!! It is in Norwegian with subtitles, but basically you are watching people knit!! There are 3 different ones about knitting....

Slow TV: National Knitting Evening (they yarn bomb a Harley Davidson Motorcycle)
Slow TV: National Knitting Morning
Slow TV: National Knitting Night

And if you do not get netflix.....there is a Danish show..... The Great Knit-Off (like the great British Bake off, but for knitting!!!)
https://youtu.be/ZxpcuCPMLps

-amanda from seattle
Re: Slow TV knitting shows on Netflix
Board: Knitters and the Fiber Arts
Reply to: #941712 by Amanda from Seattle
Feb 9, 2017 4:13pm
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the entire seasons of the Great Knit Off are on Youtube unfortunately.....there are not many with English....but here is another one

https://youtu.be/sEk6kjtJz3w

Amanda from Seattle
Re: Slow TV knitting shows on Netflix
Board: Knitters and the Fiber Arts
Reply to: #941714 by Amanda from Seattle
Feb 9, 2017 10:37pm
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I so enjoyed watching that video. I watched the 3 part challenge. I don't knit, instead crochet, but its still fun seeing what they make. I can't imagine being on a time constraint, that in itself would be challenging. lol....Thanks again, Amanda.
Knitted Letterboxing bag
Board: Knitters and the Fiber Arts
Apr 13, 2017 7:19am
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I started to knit myself a letterboxing bag a few months ago. Has anyone ever done this before?
Re: Knitted Letterboxing bag
Board: Knitters and the Fiber Arts
Reply to: #944477 by Asteroid_Cat
Apr 13, 2017 11:02am
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Nope, but I totally crocheted a pouch for my compass 🤓 (And a few pouches for carves, too)
Re: Knitted Letterboxing bag
Board: Knitters and the Fiber Arts
Reply to: #944499 by kudichan
Apr 13, 2017 11:53am
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Cool!
Re: Knitted Letterboxing bag
Board: Knitters and the Fiber Arts
Reply to: #944477 by Asteroid_Cat
Apr 13, 2017 9:24pm
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No, we went with an eagle creek bag, but I imagine a knitted/felted bag would be great! Waterproof at least!
Re: Knitted Letterboxing bag
Board: Knitters and the Fiber Arts
Reply to: #944477 by Asteroid_Cat
Apr 14, 2017 7:50am
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A bag for my gear? No, but I do knit pouches for my planted stamps LOL!
Project to cheer up my mom
Board: Knitters and the Fiber Arts
Jun 28, 2017 5:28pm
If anyone is interested in helping me with a little project involving quilting that will help cheer up my elderly mom who is dealing with health issues (her own and my father's), please send me a PM with your email address. It won't cost you anything other than a bit of time, a quick trip to a shop, and maybe a stamp. And it may not even cost a stamp. :)

Note, it does involve a little white lie.

karmakat
Mochila
Board: Knitters and the Fiber Arts
Aug 1, 2018 12:27pm
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Anyone out there do mochila
I just today learned about it.
What I know:
mochila means backpack
mochila is apparently the adopted word for a style of crocheting and patterns
you need to carry at least three strands (even if it just one color)
cotton seems to be the material of choice
use a hook a bit smaller than recommended the yarn manufacturer

what else should I know before I do this?

great, something else to fill my hours.
Re: Mochila
Board: Knitters and the Fiber Arts
Reply to: #963304 by Grrly Girl
Aug 6, 2018 4:30am
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I don't know about mochila. Guess I will have to do some searching on that one. I have been making soap sacks. (Supporting A Community with Kindness). I've made 15 so far and still have plenty of cotton yarn to go. I'm not sure which organization I'm going to give them to (Red Cross is easy to locate, but I think I would like to give to homeless vets the first time), but I'm sure there are plenty of groups that could use these.
Re: Mochila
Board: Knitters and the Fiber Arts
Reply to: #963304 by Grrly Girl
Aug 6, 2018 9:58am
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and, one more thing
You always only work in the back side of the loop.
The front, unworked part of the stitch gives it part of its distinct style/design.
Happy..........
Board: Knitters and the Fiber Arts
Jun 7, 2019 8:43am
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National Knitting Day to all fellow knitting lb-ers!!!! psso2dk!!
Re: Happy..........
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Reply to: #976048 by a knitwit
Jun 7, 2019 10:11am
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Just for fun, today is also National Doughnut Day and VCR Day. 🍩📼
Re: Happy..........
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Reply to: #976053 by RDHG
Jun 7, 2019 10:48am
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So lots to celebrate!! Just for fun, where can we get a free doughnut today? I'm pretty sure DD will be participating but anybody else?
Re: Happy..........
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Reply to: #976055 by a knitwit
Jun 7, 2019 12:10pm
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FYI ACMoore has a "Donut Miss Out" 60% off any regular price item today!
Re: Happy..........
Board: Knitters and the Fiber Arts
Reply to: #976063 by a knitwit
Jun 9, 2019 9:45am
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I have 15 boxes of yarn. My daughter has forbidden me to buy any more until I use it all up.

(he-he-he. little does she know what happens when she is not with me....)
Re: Happy..........
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Reply to: #976107 by jay1
Jun 9, 2019 1:58pm
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Ooooooooooooh U R my kind of person! I have a 4-drawer dresser, a 6-drawer dresser full of yarn, 4 underbed plastic boxes, and many bags of yarn......and somehow manage to buy when there's a sale or I see a new color or new type of yarn. I knit for a lot for groups i.e. Knit for Kids (World Vision), chemo patients at local hospitals, and others as I hear/see about them. Relaxing!!!
Re: Happy..........
Board: Knitters and the Fiber Arts
Reply to: #976119 by a knitwit
Jun 11, 2019 11:15am
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Sounds like you love knitting as much as I love quilting! I have 2 walls in my sewing room full of cabinets filled with fabric and have just added more cabinets to our daughter's old room (vacated 15 years ago) because it was spilling I needed more room.
Then I go and buy a 10-foot "long-arm" quilting machine! My rationalization is that I'll finally quilt and give away a couple dozen quilts whose tops are finished and that will help to de-clutter.

Anybody buy that? LOLOLOL!!

DoubleSaj
aka #DianeLovesQuilts
aka Rabid Quilter