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Handspun this week… July 31, 2008

Filed under: 2008,My Etsy Site,spinning — crazymonkeycreates @ 1:01 am

I jst posted two of the handspun yarns I made this week. One is a purple, beaded 2-ply out of BFL superwash (so doubly shiny) and the other is a 3-ply spun out of ‘tidepool‘, the BFL roving I dyed and mangled when I braided it. Ok, ok, I BROKE the roving while braiding it. But it gave me a chance to spin the new roving I had just dyed.

I don’t ply beads on using a second thread. I spin the beads onto the fiber and they slide up the single. The second ply of the 2-ply is plain, without beads. This places the beads randomly in your project. You can use a crochet hook to manipulate the yarn to where you want it.

So, without further ado…

handspun beaded bfl superwash closeup
handspun beaded bfl superwash 2-ply

The BFL 3-ply I spun, I split into three parts. One part ended up without a blue section in it, but I wasn’t discouraged. I pre-drafted the first section leaving the colors in sequence with long, long color repeats. I split the second section into two parts, making the color repeats shorter, but more frequent. The third section, I split into four parts, making the color repeats again shorter and more frequent. I plied these three together to make the yarn that varigates at different rates in the different plies. This is the yarn that I timed.

handspun bfl closeup

handspun bfl 3-ply

The update I made this week to my etsy store included merino rovings, BFL and BFL superwash rovings, PandaToes, MonkeyToes, GorillaToes, and Cotton Monkey yarns. Take a peek to see some of the fabulous colors!


So I was thinking… July 29, 2008

Filed under: 2008,spinning — crazymonkeycreates @ 12:25 am

I read the Yarn Harlot’s post about her Tour de Fleece injury the other day, and I was trying to figure out just how one gets a spinning injury, and then I thought I’d see how long it would take me to get through 4 oz (approximately 113 grams) of fiber. The answer is shorter than I thought. 140 minutes. 2 hours, 20 minutes. That doesn’t include pre-drafting time, but includes spinning 3 bobbins of singles and plying them into a lovely 3-ply yarn.

I can now see how an extra 2 hours a day spinning might give someone a really bad leg cramp. I spin about 8 oz of fiber a week, so about 4 hours of spinning a week (although I sometimes spin 2-ply yarns, sometimes 3-ply). Going from 4 hours spinning time to 14 hours would be a bit much. Doing ANY physical activity an extra 10 hours a week would tax anyone’s body!


Handspun posted to Etsy… July 25, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — crazymonkeycreates @ 3:03 pm

I’ve been spinning lately, and spinning the shetland from Kev’s Korner, which is about 5 miles away. The three-ply I’ve been spinning is just lovely, and the blue superwash 2-ply is nice, too. All three are listed, as well as a small update to the listed yarns — next week, there will be more fibers than yarns, from what I’ve been up to…





Back from the SLVFAFF… and a short photo session July 17, 2008

Filed under: 2008,My Etsy Site,photography,update — crazymonkeycreates @ 12:12 pm

We got back from the San Luis Valley Folk Art and Fiber Festival on Sunday. We had a blast, and it was fruitful. I got a little sunburned, and my brake band broke during the spinning competition, but all in all, it was a great time. 🙂

Yesterday, there was a knock at our door and our friend Mike was standing there. We hadn’t seen Mike in a while, and decided that it was time to go out and take some shots at nature. With our cameras, of course! We headed to Fox Run Regional Park, and spent about 2 1/2 hours re-figuring-out how to use our cameras.

I came back with these:










I found them much more exciting than the product photos I took this week for our etsy store update, although those photos are just as colorful and happy.


Crazy-Poking Stick (Pattern) July 3, 2008

Filed under: 2008,knitting — crazymonkeycreates @ 1:50 pm
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I know I said (on Ravelry) I’d have the pattern up on Monday, but it took me another couple days due to issues beyond my control. This is the pattern for the Crazy-Poking Stick…

Click here, or on the Pokey Finger for the Pokey Finger Pattern