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Old 05-04-2007, 12:39 AM   #31
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Thank you, Kemp and Leah!

Tonight I tried spinning a different fiber in my stash. I had a one ounce sample of some beautiful "autumn" colored merino-silk blend.

I had bought some other fiber from this ebay seller (Split Rock Ranch), and she sent this sample as a bonus.

It was SO FUN to spin!!! Beautiful, soft, and flowed easily through my fingers. I didn't want it to end!


And here is the final product of the purple merino I spun last night. So nice! It made a VERY LARGE skein too! That four ounces went far.
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Old 05-04-2007, 07:50 AM   #32
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I'm pretty sure that merino/silk sample you have is the same one I have been spinning. Love it!
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Old 05-04-2007, 09:36 AM   #33
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Swap the Red with Purple and its just like the one I have been spinning as well... Oh I love this stuff... Its going to be sooooooooooo hard to put it down when I'm done spinning it and try a different fiber. It was very pricey, but worth every cent...lol It will take me a while to spinn it all I bought 1/2 pound...lol

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Old 05-05-2007, 12:27 AM   #34
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Kemp, it looks an awful lot like mine!
I got mine from Split Rock Ranch on eBay.

It felt GLORIOUS in my hands.

Leah, if I had 8 ounces of this stuff, I would keep spinning it until it was gone....ALL IN ONE SITTING!

Last night, I started spinning some silver alpaca top I've had in my stash for a long time. It makes such a beautiful, soft yarn! I can't wait to ply some and make a nice hat for my hubby!
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Old 05-07-2007, 11:17 AM   #35
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I wish I could I'm dieing to knit with it. Unfortunatly I only have a drop spindle and I can't spin for long perieds of time.

Stunning... just stunning... I love that gray color and it looks sooooooooooo soft even in the picture, just stunning!
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Old 05-07-2007, 02:10 PM   #36
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It all looks so Somewhere amidst all of our moving boxes is my roving. I want to spin!!!
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Old 05-07-2007, 02:13 PM   #37
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I took a break from spinning yesterday, because my left arm was starting to ache from all my pre-drafting.

So, I've been knitting instead. I'll probably finish the silver alpaca tonight. I want to ply it!
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Don't you just hate fiber realted injuries? My pinky on my left hand went to sleep last night on me when I was finishing up some socks!
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Yes! They are such a PAIN....LITERALLY!

Tonight, I was able to finish spinning all the silver grey alpaca. It took longer than I expected. 8 ounces of alpaca takes longer than 8 ounces of wool for some reason. I guess because it's a little harder to spin.

When I was finished, I had 2 full bobbins of yarn, so I plied them together. The finished yarn is SO BEAUTIFUL! I'm so proud.


I had a tiny bit of alpaca left on one spool when I finished plying, so I looked in my craft room, and found a bobbin of confetti wool I had worked on some time ago. I put it on the lazy kate with the alpaca, and plied them together to make a nice yarn too!


I cannot believe how soft that alpaca yarn is. Unbelievable.

I can't keep my hands off it!

I plan on making a hat and scarf set for myself. Anyone know of a good pattern for chunky yarn?
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Old 05-07-2007, 11:43 PM   #40
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I think I found a good pattern for a hat and a scarf.
Here's the hat: http://www.knitlist.com/2004/VERYWARMHAT.htm


And here's the scarf: http://thegoldenfleece.com/free_patt...paca_scarf.htm
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