F is for First yarn!

So, two things happened from feeling let down about not having my class yesterday. I had dug out the drop spindle the night before, but couldn’t remember how to operate the thing… so yesterday I went on-line and got some hints.  (the second thing is at the bottom of the post)

I spun up the remains of the polypay fleece I had. This is not especially nice fleece, it cost all of $2 for a kitchen trash bag full, the fibers seem a bit short, it smells lanoliny (which I like), but it was what I had to work with.
(sorry for the pic quality, it was the least fuzzy of the bunch)

You can see here that my spindle is rather small (though lovely), and there’s a lot of kink in the single. I was doing S-twists (counter-clockwise) because that was the only way I could get my hands to work the spindle.

Also had trouble joining new bits of fleece,
but all in all, I was rather pleased, and I eventually figured out the Z twist.

I think I have 4 or so small plum sized balls. Some are Z twist, some are S. I may make tiny xmas stockings for somebody’s tree with this (maybe).

Then I moved on to Meg’s fleece (she of the pig story). Meg gave me a gallon ziplock with some fleece from her housemate’s sheep… half natural white and half natural charcoal.
that’s it for the charcoal!

Ta-da! Yarn!
You can see I’ve totally got that ‘thick and thin’ fancy yarn thing down… (kidding…).

Hmmmm…. maybe I’ll brush out the dogs and play with some of that…

The other thing I did yesterday was some ‘retail therapy’. I spent $4. I was at the Salvation Army store.
a rather ugly sweater that I think can be felted into a bag; a too long skirt that is comfortable and not the color of mud that I will shorten; and a great bag.

Check out all the pockets!

Happy Easter if you’re celebrating!

12 Responses so far

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    Yarn Thing said,

    March 23, 2008 @ 10:15 am

    OH…that bag is a perfect knitting bag! I got one last year around this time. It was a mothers day special at Ace Hardware for gardening or something. BUT, when one of my knitting friends saw it she KNEW it was perfect for a knitting bag and bought one for all of us in the group. I use mine All-THE-TIME! You are going to love it!

    Felting the sweater is a very good idea. Good pick up! I just love going to the thrift stores to get great things!

    And the spindle and yarn! I haven’t had a chance to try that out yet…but I can’t wait to try. I even got a new book recently to give it a try!


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    marianne said,

    March 23, 2008 @ 10:37 am

    Hi… saw your comment at Norma’s about using applesauce for some of the oil in the carrot cake, and yes, I have substituted/combined it with a smaller dose of the oil and it was just fine. I’ve also played around with using fructose instead of cane sugar, also the less processed organic sugars do quite well… seriously, I’ve not managed to screw it up yet and I’ve been baking and playing around with that recipe for a long time. It’s a very yummy cake.

    Hey! You’re MAKING yarn! Fabulous! and those are great scores from the thrift store, I love thrift stores, if I actually think I need something they’re the first place I’ll hit.

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    Cathy-Cate said,

    March 23, 2008 @ 1:16 pm

    That is an awesome knitting bag, and I too like the designer yarn!

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    Chris said,

    March 23, 2008 @ 9:55 pm

    Congrats on your yarn making! Ah, I love successful thrifting. I should post about my gorgeous $20 leather coat…

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    Sue said,

    March 24, 2008 @ 10:48 am

    Lisa, how cool to be spinning!! I may have a lead on someone down here who would be willing to teach me… I’ll let you know how it goes. :)

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    Molly Bee said,

    March 24, 2008 @ 11:12 am

    Love the Salvation Army finds. I love secondhand shopping. I like my stuff ‘broken in’ and comfy already-especially jeans. Great work on the spinning! I am really grooving on my wheel right now. It is so meditative for me. Hours whiz by and seem like minutes! And how cool is the feeling that you will be knitting something from yarn YOU MADE!

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    Lucia said,

    March 24, 2008 @ 11:51 am

    Your yarn looks fabulous. Everyone’s yarn goes through that thick-and-thin phase, and then later when you want to do it on purpose it proves very difficult.

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    jessie said,

    March 24, 2008 @ 12:55 pm

    Yay for first yarn! Promise yourself to hang onto that first attempt. It will look so cool knit up into something, and it’s absolutely true that as you get better, you’ll have a hard time making such a funky yarn, no matter how hard you try.

    You’ll have a wheel before 2008 is out.

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    beth said,

    March 24, 2008 @ 2:17 pm

    YAY for first yarn! That spindle is BEAUTIFUL! I wish I could spin on a spindle. I totally suck at it. When you learn, teach me will ya? Then I will teach you how on a spinning wheel. Or do you know how?

    Great thrifty finds too!

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    Julie said,

    March 25, 2008 @ 5:56 am

    Look at you go, woman! It took me forever to learn to use my drop spindle and the was no way I was learning from reading or watching videos. You are a natural spinner, I tell ya!

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    olga said,

    March 25, 2008 @ 11:06 am

    congrats on NOT paying retail! and the yarn is looking good, you’ve become a spinning cult member….

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    Blogless Carrie said,

    March 25, 2008 @ 6:58 pm

    Hey – your spinning looks cool! And looks like some good nabs at Goodwill. Looking forward to catching up soon –

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