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ARJ
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Icon 7 posted August 01, 2006 21:56      Profile for ARJ   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
My latest creative outlet is the very un-geeky practice of spinning animal fibres into yarn. Here is some of the stuff I've made:

http://www.bubbleshare.com/album/51295.41cdb688b21/thumbnails

Hurray for antiquated handcrafts!

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Icon 1 posted August 04, 2006 05:59      Profile for Ashitaka     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
What do you mean by animal fibers? You're just using like wool and silk right. At first I thought your were using house pet hair, but I am weird. It is not ungeeky to do stuff like this. I think part of being a geek is to not care what other people think, not follow the crowd, and do what you enjoy. When I was jobless I took up knitting socks. It really passes the time. Though it is not worth it really considering how much time I need to make a sock.

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Icon 12 posted August 04, 2006 06:58      Profile for Stereo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Psit! Ashitaka - what do you think wool is?

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quote:
Originally posted by Stereo:
Psit! Ashitaka - what do you think wool is?

I knew wool is animal fiber, I was thinking of other animals though. I don't know why, I just was.

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Some of what she's making yarn from is goat hair, so there are other critters involved.

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Icon 12 posted August 04, 2006 08:17      Profile for Stereo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
What? No llama wool yet? [crazy]

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Icon 1 posted August 04, 2006 16:01      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by ARJ:
My latest creative outlet is the very un-geeky practice of spinning animal fibres into yarn.

It's a shame you didn't take this up earlier, mum recently got rid of her angora goats, she doesn't spin, and was giving the stuff away to anyone who could use it.

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Icon 1 posted August 04, 2006 23:27      Profile for ARJ   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Animal fibres I have spun so far:
  • wool (of varying breeds of sheep)
  • mohair (angora goats)
  • alpaca (huacaya and suri breeds)
  • silk (Bombyx silk worms)
  • angora (angora rabbits)

I've yet to try camel or cashmere; hopefully my spinning teacher will give me some info on suppliers for plant fibres soon (would like to try hemp, flax, and cotton as well-- passingly curious about the manufactured stuff like soy silk).

Some people actually do use pet hair from dogs with long hair(!) which I think is kinda ooky but I can't explain how that would be ookier than a sheep. Apparently you can even spin human hair. There are probably lots more things to go on the list that I haven't covered here, but most of them are probably rare enough to be hard to get a hold of.

TFD-- I'm sorry I missed my chance for some free mohair! That would have been awesome. Ah well, c'est la vie. I've been getting lots of free/cheap materials from the spinning guild where I take lessons anyway.

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I used to work with someone who spun human hair and Golden Retriever hair, each mixed 50/50 with coarse sheep's wool. Apparently the resulting yarn was both soft and quite hard-wearing, although it was always easier to get the dog hair!. [Smile]

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Icon 1 posted August 05, 2006 08:54      Profile for Ashitaka     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I purchase human hair for chemical testing at my job. It can be very hard to get and expensive. It's between $500 and $1000 USD per pound. I can see how dog hair is eaier to get ahold of.

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Do you use an old spinning wheel, like the spinning wheel that was used in fairy tales? If you did... that would be pretty awesome.

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ARJ
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Icon 1 posted August 06, 2006 21:17      Profile for ARJ   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by supergoo:
Do you use an old spinning wheel, like the spinning wheel that was used in fairy tales? If you did... that would be pretty awesome.

At this stage in my life I can't afford the $700-$800 sticker price of a spinning wheel. I use a turkish drop spindle, as shown in the last photo of the album. Less moving parts, only $25, and I can take it with me on the train. :-)

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