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Forum: General Knitting 08-31-2010, 07:14 PM
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Views: 3,007
Posted By sayyadina
making tags/labels for yarn

I was wondering if anyone has any ideas on what is a good way to make labels for yarn. I'd like to have our farm logo, animal picture & text on the tag. Is a band better than a card attached to the...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 08-22-2010, 10:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,270
Posted By sayyadina
plying leftover yarn

I've just finished spinning one of my alpaca's fleeces, and now I'm left with a bobbin that's about 1/4 full. How do I make this left over bit into a 2 ply yarn?
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 08-22-2010, 10:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,589
Posted By sayyadina
Thank you. Tried contacting Louet about what...

Thank you.

Tried contacting Louet about what happened, but I never heard back from them. My dad was able to fix it, and it seems to be working fine now.
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 07-31-2010, 02:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,589
Posted By sayyadina
broken Louet Victoria

I was plying on my Louet Victoria, which is relatively new, when the attachment to the wheel failed & flew off. Its still attached to the treadles, but I cannot figure out how to re-attach it.

Is...
Forum: General Knitting 11-08-2009, 10:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,560
Posted By sayyadina
first baby blanket

I'm working on a baby blanket for a friend. She's having her baby shower at the end of the month, so I'd like to see if I can get it done by then.

One thing I'm not sure of is what size the...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 06-20-2009, 10:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,901
Posted By sayyadina
what to blend w/ alpaca

I have a fleece from our baby, and I'm trying to figure out what to blend with it so that I can spin it into yarn.

Staple length is 1-1.5" and its probably under 18 microns.

I cannot tolerate any...
Forum: Buy/Sell/Swap 06-20-2009, 06:29 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 890
Posted By sayyadina
raw fiber samples

I'm looking for samples (<2oz) of the following fibers, preferably unprocessed, directly from the animal.

Sheep
Merino
Rambouillet
Debuillet
Corriedale
Romney
Lincoln
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 06-12-2009, 09:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,815
Posted By sayyadina
I experimented with the largest whorl, as well as...

I experimented with the largest whorl, as well as adjusting the brake, and I still end up with too much twist. Also tried different treddleing speeds.
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 06-12-2009, 09:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,477
Posted By sayyadina
I'm spinning from a skirted fleece.

I'm spinning from a skirted fleece.
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 06-09-2009, 09:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,815
Posted By sayyadina
I made... string?

Between yesterday & today, I managed to spin & ply some of my alpacas.

The individual strands came out with a LOT of twist, and so did the 2 ply yarn. I spun on the smallest whorl, and plyed on the...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 06-08-2009, 11:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,477
Posted By sayyadina
Well, I had some success tonight!! I took one of...

Well, I had some success tonight!!

I took one of the white huacaya fleeces I have and used that. It went pretty well, some issues with consistency of the yarn and spinning it too much, to the point...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 06-07-2009, 09:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,477
Posted By sayyadina
Well, I tried spinning again tonight. Was able to...

Well, I tried spinning again tonight. Was able to 'spin' the cheap yarn I have. Went well until I decided to try some of the roving. Couldn't get it to feed in again. So I decided to quit for the...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 06-07-2009, 08:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,734
Posted By sayyadina
I have 15 huacayas & 1 suri. 4" is a good...

I have 15 huacayas & 1 suri.

4" is a good staple length for a year's growth. Younger alpacas will have longer staple lengths, since they're just growing not breeding, gestating & nursing. Adult...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 06-07-2009, 07:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,584
Posted By sayyadina
I have a small alpaca herd, and this is what I do...

I have a small alpaca herd, and this is what I do before getting the fiber processed.

First, I skirt the fiber, or sort it by fineness, crimp style & staple length, while removing large...
Forum: General Knitting 11-12-2008, 03:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 747
Posted By sayyadina
frustration with finding a pattern

I would like to make some scarfs for Christmas gifts, but I'm having a really hard time choosing a pattern I like, and that turns out well.

We have a small herd of alpacas, and I still have some...
Forum: How-to Questions 07-29-2008, 06:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 779
Posted By sayyadina
gauge question

I'd like to make a sweater from a pattern in a book I have, but I'm a bit confused on how to measure the gauge once I've knit it. This will be the first time I've used a gauge.

The book says "17 sts...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 07-24-2008, 06:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,477
Posted By sayyadina
Thanks. I have pre-drafted, and its still really...

Thanks.

I have pre-drafted, and its still really sticky. Its grey alpaca roving that I got from Halcyon Yarn.

I have some bulky wool/acrylic I can experiment with.

Well, I got the yarn I have to...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 07-23-2008, 08:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,477
Posted By sayyadina
beginner having trouble with wheel

I just learned how to spin & ply during a spinning demonstration I saw on Sunday. Now I'm at home with my wheel, which I didn't have with me, and I can't get started.

I have a new Louet Victoria,...
Forum: General Knitting 06-09-2008, 08:11 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,282
Posted By sayyadina
Thanks. The pain is better today, but my wrist is...

Thanks.
The pain is better today, but my wrist is now very stiff. I can't bend it much at all.
Forum: General Knitting 06-09-2008, 11:35 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,282
Posted By sayyadina
I've also got tendonitis now in my left wrist....

I've also got tendonitis now in my left wrist. Between learning to knit, packing for our move to Maine, and all the time I've had to spend on the Internet looking for & buying supplies for our farm...
Forum: How-to Questions 04-17-2008, 06:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 721
Posted By sayyadina
Joining yarn & tassels

I'm working on a scarf right now in a 2 ply alpaca/silk blend in seed stitch. I've gotten to the end of one skein of yarn, and I don't know how to join another skein to it. Do I just tie the ends...
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