Hackling days are here again....lol

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click the above to view my hackling rovings...cheers.......cher



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Hi, Cher!
Your url broke in posting, so I made you a Tiny Url:

http://tinyurl.com/b9ouz

and... thanks for sharing your roving pix!
Noreen

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Than Noreen, how do\ I get to do this tiny url thng for the future as I have
loads of albums...

Cheeres.......Cher
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can't see my last post but have sorted them all out now...try this one
Noreen it shows me an Sal at one of our gigs..

http://tinyurl.com/8dl5d

Cheers.....cher


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Goody, you found out how to make a tiny url (as per your previous post), so
I don't need to answer that, grin!
Will take a peek in a moment at your gig!
Noreen

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Hey Cher.  I've been scouring my Hershey's fleece lockwise (versus
stuffing it into the washer), then combing it.  My combs happen to
handle 2oz, which is about how much I can stand to scour at one
session.  I'm dizzing it off through a very tiny hole I made in a
clamshell using a 1mm drill bit in my Dremel tool.  I expect I'll have
to retrain myself to spin it, since all I need to do is insert twist,
no drafting required :)

Do you do any color blending on your hackle?  I've tried on the combs
but I don't like the results I've gotten so far - I get blotchy/patchy
blending, not a nice homogenous blend, regardless of how many times I
comb back and forth, or how I lash on, yadda yadda.

PS -- what kind of wool is that?

PPS -- I'm prepping that package today for posting tomorrow.  As it'll
be an envelope it oughtn't take more than a week to get to you.

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This is pol dorset 4-7ins staple, lovely soft fleece, I use a 12ins length
hackle and for colour blending so that I have stripes I do one colour right
across the width, then I do half of one colour and half of another followed
by another row of the main colour,  I'venot got any combs to try it out on,
but you could get some clamps and clamp them side by side on a table to give
you one longer one...

I have three holes in my cow horn diz ....don't ask the sizes I can't
remember, the tiny one in the centre I don't use that much I use one of the
larger ones...

I;ll send a tiny url for one of the multi colour rovings I obtained from the
above method.....hold on..
Cheers.........Cher
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go back to this one and the roving is now in this folder
http://tinyurl.com/b9ouz incidently the weaving on the loom is done from
some of this roving.
cheers....Cher


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Well, our two approaches to blending are substantially different *lol*

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OMG ....lol.....to blend them together so as to say get mauve from red and
blue, I do a little at a time, and keep hackling combing or carding,
depending of the length of the staple, until I get it right,  but I do
hackle or comb or card out the original colour first several times so that
it is sleek and then I take a small\ piece of each colour til I get it
right..hth.....cher


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Gotta love the fluff! I spent last evening combing wool which is not all
that different. ;)

 Helen "Halla" Fleischer, Fantasy & Fiber Artist
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I misunder...read,  Wooly's question but I love messing about with colours,
and on the drum carder, I put a third of each colour on to make one bat,,
then take the same three colours in different tones to make another bat,
then again the same three colours but different tones again and make a third
batt, once all three are done and laid ontop of  each other I roll up across
the batt, not top to bottom, and then pull and pull to make a thin roving,
and enjoy watching the colours go by as I spin......lovely

cheers....Cher
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Good Morning Cher (or evening there),

I'm a fool for cool wool tools. I want to use them all, or as many as
possible, so I pick the fleece first, then drum card once and then comb.
Oddly enough, I had the opposite experience from Wooly.  I once gave up
trying to comb for colored rovings from a dyed fleece on the 5 pitch
English combs, even from locks, because it yielded overly blended color.
For gradient colors, I now use a II-it which is a circular hackle.

The only time I got gradient rovings from combing was with a colored fleece
and that was because the darker fibers were slightly shorter on average
than the lighter ones, so they always came off the combs last, with a
little mixed area in the middle. Looking at the locks you didn't see that,
it just looked heathered. Changed my plans for that yarn, I can tell you! I
ended up chain plying to retain the lovely color gradients.

Hmm, that might be the key to Wooly's problem. Perhaps the different
colored wools are not exactly the same staple length? That never matters in
carding but it would make them tend to separate on drawing from the comb.


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Perhaps the different colored wools are not exactly the same staple length?
That never matters in carding but it would make them tend to separate on
drawing from the comb.
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Of course this must be the reason Helen, seems plausible...what do you think
Wooly?

I would love a set of 4 or 5pitch hand combs, no one here in the uk seems to
make them anymore, and as I don't deal in $ I don't know how to get
some..really annoying...The guy who made my 2row oblong 12" hackle made a
lovely job of it, it has it's own wooden case, and even if you leave the
hackle clamped onto a table you can still puton the lid and lock it in
place, which saves accidents happening.

I'm combing just plain creamy scoured white at the moment, and I pull it
through once pulling it thro' by hand, then put it thro' again the opposite
end this time, spraying with a 1part baby oil to 3parts water shaken up in a
spray bottle if it feels a bit static,  it is coming out beautifully soft
and silky. Smells nice too...of course I then use the horn diz for the final
combing...

As I wash once it is single spun or plied it is washed again to set the
twist, I also use a little fabric conditioner on it in the final rinse.  I'm
enjoying doing it, and knitting up a jumper for my camping holiday evenings
from it, first time I've ever knitted anything big from my spinning, and
thought this would give me a project whilst Edward is home from College for
five weeks,  spin during the afternoon and knit up evenings.  Only a K3,P1
pattern, so it's easy, hopefully it'll be just the job for those cooler
evening walks with the dogs across the fields  wherever we are...hopefully
Dorset area, or Cornwall in the R.V.  all good fun eh?

thanks for your info and tips interesting ......|Cheers....Cher



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My English combs are Meck 5-pitch. Got them in the 80s. Never took to
hackles until I tried the II-it. It's an 18" circumference hackle and comes
with a little comb so you can use it to comb and blend locks easily. You
can lock it or set it to rotate as you pull the roving. I'm a little biased
about the II-it because I demo the thing at the Indigo Hound booth at MDS&W
and was a beta tester.  I really don't use my 5 pitch all that much, any
more. I tend to prefer the Viking hand combs that John and Carol Huff made
based on Coppergate finds. I like them because I can use them sitting
anywhere without a need for clamping. But I would never give up my first
combs, you understand. I save them for very long fleeces with nasty veggie
trash that means they sell cheap. ;)

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A few drops of propylene glycol will keep the oil in suspension longer and
washes out well. I have the recipe around here somewhere, or I could ask
Carol. She includes it in her English combs brochure.

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Same here, except for the fabric conditioner. Most of the ones in this
country are made to puff open the structure of cotton and can lead to
increased felting of wool. If I have a wool that needs softening, I tend to
use hair conditioner or just relegate that wool to rougher tasks.

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Sounds lovely. Did I tell you we got a new RV this spring? The old one was
25 and the engine was always wimpy, so we thought it was time to start
looking. Of course we saw the ideal one at the first place which is a bit
scary. We decided to go for it, though. It's 3 years old, has real
horsepower, gets better gas mileage, and has a much better floor plan for 2
old farts like us. No more climbing into a cab-over bunk! Took the silk
worms camping with us twice so far this year. Since I've started another
batch, they'll be going along for our next two trips, too.

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Always fun to share the joy with other fiber fiends. ;)

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Goodness Helen, this is all very interesting and talking the silk worms
camping must be a real hoot....''''don't sit there...the worms are in
there''' lol.  I bought a small traveller for spinning when camping,, and
like you I've gone for a better floor plan, we have two benchtype seats
either side of the van with the kitchen at the back, and across the
backwindow, meaning the third door is at the back on the side of the m/home.
shower toilet etc the other side, originally you had to put\ the table in
between the two seats and bring down the seating as beds,  couldn't be
bothered with all that, dh made a metal frame that pulls out from each seat
and the seating moves along and the backs come down and you have nearly a
five and a half foot bed...great...lovely and comfy too, and that is my main
priority....being comfy in bed..Anyway thought the 'wheel' could go up on
the top bunk and be anchored up there as it folds up, andno one will use the
bunk,  and I sure ain't clambering up there..lol

Great life isn't it...I hope to go up to Scotland around the end of October,
but Sept 05th we are going to Dorset ... \of course the two westies will
come,  they love camping...Dunno what they'll make of it if I start spinning
in the evenings...lol

cheers...Cher


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Gracious, Cher, your new camper sounds ever so compact compared to ours,
but ours only has one door and an escape hatch window in the back.
It's a 27 foot Class A Motor Home with a queen sized bed in the back, but
then we're not trying to take it on the roads of Scotland, just West
Virginia. ;) Seriously, I remember single lane roads with half-moons to
pull in and let someone pass, but that was on Lewis. You didn't dare pull
over anywhere else or you'd sink in the bog.

 I generally just take knitting along, maybe a spindle, and my sketch
books. None of my wheels seem quite the thing for camping, even in a coach
that big. There's room for a cage full of silk worms and a cooler full of
mulberry leaves, though.  Usually in the shower stall. I can't imagine
using the shower without a sewer hookup and we never camp anywhere that has
that particular luxury!


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Yours is bigge\r than mine,  mine is 24ft long 7ft 6ins wide merc benz 208D
high top coachbuilt,  overhead bunk,  don't need it..stores bits and bobs, I
doubt I'll take the spinning wheel, too much to do, usually I take any
current 6x6's and the snail mail if it's near, and send them a card  from
wherever I am, and sock knitting, and like you a sketch book...lol camera
and dogs, plenty of walks......love it..

hugz......Cher

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That's the one thing we'll miss about our old rig, the extra bunk we used
as storage space! I saw a  Merc coach at a dealer in Virginia last autumn.
Very nice, but well out of our price range.  I know what you mean about
walks. We do far more walking when we're camping, partly because there's
more to look at than there is just walking around the neighborhood.

Spent the afternoon re-dyeing a skein that didn't strike using my friend's
pickle jar method. I think Brazilwood needs more heat to strike. Anyway,
now it's a lovely purple instead of washing out to a blah pinky-beige and
the dye bath is still the color of concord grape juice concentrate, so I'll
be mordanting more skeins tomorrow, with alum again.

Actually, this is a 50/50 success story. I extracted the color from half a
cup of sawdust by soaking it in a cup of ammonia in a jelly jar for over a
month. Probably only needs a week but I got busy. So, that part of the
method works and yields a LOT more color than just simmering the sawdust in
water.

 Helen "Halla" Fleischer, Fantasy & Fiber Artist
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Hi Helen,  Oh I like the overhead space, but DH is gonna make cupboards
across it and then it'll look neater than a curtain, although there is a
lace curtain across it..very pretty, but cupboard doors that pull upwards
would look alot neater me thinks..it only holds the awning up there
anyway..oh and a couple of maps, and our camping club info
sheets...membership cards etc.

Dyeing sounds fun, and you do need to soak bark and woodstuffs a while to
get the full benefits from it all...

I want to do some dyeing, but am determined to get the white spun up first
to complete this sweater I'm doing...it's more of an Aran weight really, so
the jumbo flyer comes into it's own here. Also it is great to be able to
spin and spin without having to niddy it up too often..

Oh well onward,  gotta get this finished...lol..

Thanks and hugz .... Cher



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