Hello, today I am sharing more of my spinning fibres experiments. This time they are more experimental materials for me. I have no clue what I could or will use the silk noil for. I think I will probably weave with it, but made into what I am still unsure of. I would also have to spin a lot to be able to weave anything worthwhile with it. The other material is a blend, it is sold as US Grade A Top and I only bought one half pound bag. I like the blend but I am afraid I won’t have enough for any large projects, so perhaps socks. But enough about what I am thinking about making out of the wools and more about their qualities and what it was like to spin with them.
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Hello, today I am coming back at you with three new fibres I have spun with. I consider the cashmere the highlight of this post as it is luxurious and fancy, and the others are different versions of alpaca wool that I have already written about in a post. Although I will admit that the difference are bigger than you think they would be.
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Have you ever found it confusing to know the differences between the many types of wools? I know I have, I didn’t know the difference between Merino and Mohair to begin with. I just knew they both came from animals.
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Hello everyone today is the second installment of fibres used for spinning yarn. As I mentioned in the first installment the store where I was buying my fibres is closing and were having a sale, so I took advantage of it and bought many different experimental fibres just to see how each behaved, felt (texture wise not felting wise), and what quality of yarn they produced. This post I am taking a closer look at some cellulose fibres, which were missing from the first post, as well as one blended fibre. I experimented spinning with flax/linen, corn silk (one of the more experimental ones that I decided to try), and a merino-silk blend.
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Hello everyone, I know this is a bit out of season but the other day I finally finished the winter coat that I started last winter. I thought that winter is coming and once school starts up again I won’t have time to finish it until the winter break and I need a coat before winter starts, etc. Anyways I basically finished my winter coat in August because I’ll be too busy to finish it before winter starts. The coat itself was inspired by coats of the Edwardian era as far as shape goes, however I did make some modern changes to the pattern. Like shortening it to be more practical for myself and dyeing the fabric a colour that appeals to my taste more than the dark colours of the era.
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Hello everyone, today I am sharing with you my experiences with hand-spinning different fibres materials. I am relatively new at spinning yarn, however in the short amount of time that I have been spinning (since the end of April) I feel that I have spun a reasonable amount of yarn and have gotten a feel for how it is done and I have started experimenting with different types of wool and taking note of the differences. Also it helps that the store where you can buy the most varieties of wool in my city is closing and everything is 30% off. Needless to say I went a bit crazy and have been experimenting ever since, I digress. Today I am focusing on what it is like to spin three different types of wool: Merino, Alpaca, and Angora.
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Hello everyone, as I mentioned a while ago I have been teaching myself how to knit and was starting off with a sweater as my first true project. You can read my first post on the subject here. Now I haven’t quite finished the project as I have run out of yarn (please excuse me I am a rookie knitter here) and am waiting for it to arrive in the mail since the yarn store ran out of the yarn I was using. But all I have left to do is one sleeve, the ties, and sewing the whole thing together. So in the meantime I thought that I would share what I have done!
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