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I spent most of Saturday spinning a beautiful skein of angora yarn - from the Bunnies of Argghhh!, of course. I plied it, and ended up with over 150 yards. I dyed it and left it in the dye pot to cool overnight.

When I woke up on Sunday, I immediately took the pretty yarn out of the pot, gently squeezed the water out, washed it, squeezed the water out again and blotted it with towels and hung it to dry on the shower rod in my bathroom.

An hour or so later, I walked into the bathroom to find Suellen in the middle of that yarn. She had pulled it down. I thought, well, darn, I'll have to untangle it, but as I lifted the yarn, I realized that there were more than two ends to it.

Uh oh.

She bit into the yarn several times with her sharp puppy teeth and what was one long continuous piece of yarn is now a whole bunch of much shorter pieces of yarn.

I'm thinking there has to be something I can do with it. I will let you know!

Today's yarn

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Since I've been working with the French Angora rabbits, I thought it was fitting to get some yarn spun up from plucked Angora fiber that had been sitting in a basket in my studio for some time.

First, I used my wonderful Fancy Kitty Kitten electric drum carder to make this roving from the bunny hair:


I ended up with 70 yards (a wee bit over 1 ounce) of this yarn: 100-percent-angora-from-Jod.jpg

Black French Angora yarn will bloom quite a bit when knitted or crocheted.

Yarn I am currently working on

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John bought me a motor for my Fancy Kitty Kitten drum carder for Christmas and a Fancy Kitty Bench Wool Picker. I got them all assembled last week and immediately started picking mohair and blending and carding a combination of my hand-dyed roving, angora and mohair. I then used my handy diz to pull the fiber off my wonderful Electric Fancy Kitty Kitten drum carder.

It spun up pretty quickly and I am now plying the single yarn into what I think is a pretty two-ply yarn. It's going to end up being a bit fatter than worsted, I think. Here is a picture of it on my wheel:


My interest in fibers has taken over a substantial part of our house. John has indulged me in so many ways. He is encouraging me to pursue my interests - raising my goats and now rabbits and doing stuff with the fiber, including, selling my handspun yarn at our local market, the Leavenworth Farmers' Market.

Anyway, as I said, my fiber, yarn, wheels, drum carder and all kinds of other stuff have slowly taken over the house. last week, we drove up (through a big snowstorm!) to a lawn and garden show in St. Joseph, Missouri, and we saw this really cute little portable cabin with 2 lofts and a little front porch.

And before I knew it, John bought it for me, for all my fiber stuff (and my other hobbies). It's 10 ft x 18 ft and has 4 windows and two loft storage areas. It's just as cute as it can be.

He hopes that someday I will be able to break even with my fiber stuff, pottery stuff and my animal stuff, but in the meantime, it is so incredibly wonderful to have a husband who supports me and has faith in me.

Now, I just have to wait for the snow to melt and the ground to dry so my little fiber studio can be delivered.

While I'm waiting, I'm trying to figure out how to power it. I'm looking at both Solar and Wind possibilities.

I don't need a lot of power. Some good light, and a fan for summer. And possibly a solar heating unit.

Have any of you tried out any of the solar options on the market? Have any advice?

I have a few weeks before it will get here. I'm pretty sure John can't wait for most of my fiber stuff to migrate from the living room, kitchen and laundry room to the cabin. :)

Honestly, this video, by Sue Macniven, has better advice than anything I learned in the class so far as understanding how to make the wheel draw in your spun yarn and not break it - all about the tension.  Sue also gives exercises on how to use the treadle to make the wheel spin in the direction you want it to spin in.  She is very much a no-nonsense, yet great teacher, spinner.

So if you want to learn how to use your wheel ( I believe she is also using an Ashford Traditional, like mine), these are great videos to watch.

As I continue to try to learn to spin mohair, wool, whatever into nice yarn, I have found that there are some great You Tube videos that have actually helped me quite a bit more than the expensive class I took at Yarn Barn in Lawrence.  An added plus is that the people on You Tube are not at all snobby about how declasse’ your spinning expertise may be.

I have a few favorites on You Tube.  There is a young woman named Patty Moreno, The Garden Girl, who can do EVERYTHING!!!  She had pygora goats, chickens, an awesome garden.  She spins wool, cooks, knits, you name it!!!  I have watched many of Garden Girl’s videos, and I highly recommend them for their great production values, her easy-going explanations and because ya just gotta like this girl.  Here is one in a series of three on how to make scarves out of handspun yarn.  It’s quite good.

By the way, Patty is using the same spinning wheel that I have.  An Ashford Traditional.  If you want one, do check on Ebay for a good used one.  I got one in great shape, and it cost about one to two hundred dollars less (even with shipping from Australia!) than I could buy a new one here in the States.

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