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Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 01-21-2015, 12:21 PM
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Posted By mullerslanefarm
Any vendor that sells Ashford wheels also has...

Any vendor that sells Ashford wheels also has access to Ashford parts (even if they are not listed on their website).

The Woolery is a great vendor but in all fairness, there are many others just as...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 01-04-2015, 05:36 PM
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Posted By mullerslanefarm
Looks like you have an older modle Single Drive...

Looks like you have an older modle Single Drive Traddy, most likely from the early to mid 60's ... based on the simple turned maidens and the leather bearings.


Ashford Traditional Timeline to ID...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 12-17-2014, 01:30 AM
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Posted By mullerslanefarm
A cabled yarn will give it more strength. ...

A cabled yarn will give it more strength.

However (isn't there always a 'but' or 'however'?) The yarn as it sits is probably balanced. By plying it, you will partially 'untwist' some of the 2-ply...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 12-16-2014, 08:35 PM
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Posted By mullerslanefarm
yes you can!!! First you need to determine which...

yes you can!!!

First you need to determine which direction the yarn was plied together (clockwise or counter clockwise). When you ply the 2-ply yarn together, be sure you are going in the opposite...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 10-17-2014, 02:01 AM
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Views: 2,082
Posted By mullerslanefarm
VAKnitter ... It all depends on the base recipe...

VAKnitter ... It all depends on the base recipe of the soap you used. Was it a store bought detergent bar? Was it an all vegetable oil soap? Was it a tallow based soap?/


And it depends on how...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 10-17-2014, 01:46 AM
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Views: 2,082
Posted By mullerslanefarm
Love this!!! I would keep this forever & ever...

Love this!!!

I would keep this forever & ever (or until my child had children & a fridge of their own, and then I might let them have it for their fridge
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 10-11-2014, 09:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,082
Posted By mullerslanefarm
Congrats!!! :woohoo: My vote is for a drop...

Congrats!!! :woohoo:

My vote is for a drop spindle!!
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 10-10-2014, 10:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,082
Posted By mullerslanefarm
Alpaca felts easily, but it isn't as bad as...

Alpaca felts easily, but it isn't as bad as Icelandic. That stuff will felt if you look at it wrong!!

Good luck! I'd love to see pics of the finished projects the kids make.
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 10-09-2014, 12:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,082
Posted By mullerslanefarm
If you have a bit extra wool, I'd attempt to dye...

If you have a bit extra wool, I'd attempt to dye just a bit of it using orange koolaid.

alpaca does felt easily, but it can be successfully dyed. Have the water, vinegar & koolaid up to temp, then...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 06-13-2014, 01:56 AM
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Views: 3,925
Posted By mullerslanefarm
Totally love this!!!!

Totally love this!!!!
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 06-13-2014, 01:55 AM
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Views: 3,925
Posted By mullerslanefarm
They are both FD&C coloring ... just one is more...

They are both FD&C coloring ... just one is more concentrate.
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 06-10-2014, 02:11 AM
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Posted By mullerslanefarm
I never thought about doing this. How...

I never thought about doing this. How interesting!
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 06-09-2014, 04:04 PM
Replies: 32
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Posted By mullerslanefarm
You can use kool aid & other FD&C colorants for...

You can use kool aid & other FD&C colorants for cellulose (of plant origin) fibers, but the color fades with washing
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 06-09-2014, 04:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,925
Posted By mullerslanefarm
Why would you want to avoid purchasing acid...

Why would you want to avoid purchasing acid dyes?? Kool aid & food coloring are just weaker acid dyes. In the long run using acid dyes made for dyeing is less expensive and more true to color.

I'd...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 06-08-2014, 07:26 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,904
Posted By mullerslanefarm
You're correct GG. If folks want to dye cotton...

You're correct GG. If folks want to dye cotton or nylon, there are special dyes for those. http://www.dharmatrading.com/dyes/index.html
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 06-08-2014, 07:19 AM
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Posted By mullerslanefarm
When black dye 'breaks', it is pinks & blues. ...

When black dye 'breaks', it is pinks & blues. With the brown you got, I would first try using more black dye for the amount of wool you are dyeing.

Using food coloring to dye yarns is fun, but when...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 04-11-2014, 11:51 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,904
Posted By mullerslanefarm
Slice of life is my favorite! I bet it will knit...

Slice of life is my favorite! I bet it will knit up beautifully!!


that gif ... I found it years ago. It always makes me :roflhard:
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 04-01-2014, 12:28 PM
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Posted By mullerslanefarm
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Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 03-31-2014, 12:47 PM
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Posted By mullerslanefarm
When you get it, pictures are mandatory!! :woot:

When you get it, pictures are mandatory!! :woot:
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 03-28-2014, 01:32 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,904
Posted By mullerslanefarm
It might be hard to find at this time of the...

It might be hard to find at this time of the year, it's more of a halloween color. I found it at the grocery store. It's in a bottle, not those cute 4 packs.

You might want to ask at a local...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 03-28-2014, 01:29 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,904
Posted By mullerslanefarm
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Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 03-27-2014, 10:02 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,904
Posted By mullerslanefarm
Absolutely! there are no rules when it comes to...

Absolutely! there are no rules when it comes to dyeing with food coloring & cool aid.

If you can find black food coloring, give it a try. It won't dye black and the 'breakage' will surprise you!
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 03-26-2014, 12:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 972
Posted By mullerslanefarm
A good spinning friend of mine in MN has a...

A good spinning friend of mine in MN has a Thimble as her traveling wheel (she has a flock of others at home). Here is what she says about it,
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 03-26-2014, 12:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,974
Posted By mullerslanefarm
The only real danger when dyeing comes when using...

The only real danger when dyeing comes when using mordants, other than acid (like vinegar or citric acid) or alum. When you start working with mordants such as chrome or copper, you need special...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 03-25-2014, 08:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,974
Posted By mullerslanefarm
koolaid & food coloring are great when you are...

koolaid & food coloring are great when you are dyeing protein fiber like wool or silk. Cellulose fibers (like cotton) need a different type of dye.

Yes, food coloring needs acid to act as the...
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