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1  Spin some nuts in Spinning: Completed Projects by Belladune on: April 01, 2014 01:36:13 PM

Nuts! Yarn!  two of my favourite things! Why not combine them!
 "But how?" you say.  "like this" I say:

What you'll need:
Nuts. Lots of nuts.
A thread of some kind (I used Crochet cotton)
A needle
Different types of yarn, spun or otherwise
A spinning wheel or spindle

Step 1- String your nuts
Step 2- Get every yarn hooked up to your wheel.

Step 3- Start spinning and when you get to your nuts, attach them thusly:

Here, we are coming to our nut:

And here, we are bringing the string up over our nut, and the body. of the yarn:

And then wrap the thread around our nut and the body.  of the yarn.

And lastly, bring the thread back in line with the main part of the yarn.

No you ask "Well, why not just string up my nuts in line, and not just skip wrapping my nuts up like that?"
Well, Because if you you string your nuts up in line, they hammock.  Nobody want a their nuts just hammocking.
See,  Not attractive.

This method helps your nuts stay snug. Everyone like their nuts snug and safe. Like this:

Side by side.  See. that left nut's a happy nut.  The right one will shift around all crazy like.  when the yarn is worked up.

So yeah, go forth, stick nuts in all your yarn.  You'll love it.
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2  Re: Fiber Friday 21 March 2014 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Belladune on: March 22, 2014 06:45:51 AM
Wonderful Jexx!! That llama llooks llovelly.  (haha.... I can't help it...)  and it's alsway good to have  a go to yarn, one you can recreate pretty easily!

Did I show this one yet? IT's one of two yarns I spun for Module 3 of The Journey to the Golden Fleece.

This is the second one:

and this is a fun mash up of the two.  They both represent the same picture (we were given a choice of images to choose from)

We're still dreaming of spring here, even though it's technically spring already, so I put some pulled sari silk into a vase, like they were flowers.  I thought you guys might get a smile out of them

and, I made some beaded oriface hooks, and since they are technically fibre related I'm posting them here!

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3  Fibre Friday March 14th 2014 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Belladune on: March 14, 2014 09:53:52 AM
Hurray, more yarn!

These are all homework yarns, so all are 10 yards.
 First up, a lovely thick and thin, plied.

A three ply woollen spun from hand carded rolags, shetland wool from a lovely sheep named Trufle

A 2 ply 100% silk.

This one is a 2 ply cotton (yes, cotton!! yikes, this stuff is a nightmare to spin)

This is a 50/50 blend of Polwarth and silk that i blended up on my drum carder. It's dreamy. Soft, and smooth and just a little springy.  I started to spin it up a bit on the thick side, and was aiming for a certain TPI, but I could tell it wouldn't be a nice yarn if I spun it that thick with that TPI. So, I started over, and kept with my treadle counts and make lengths, but drafted thinner. They are the exact same TPI, but they are two totally different yarns!

On the left, the thinner, nicer hand yarn.  On the right, the thicker, harder hand yarn.

Currently on the bobbin, not Master Spinner related, but Golden Fleece related some golden pulled sari silk. It's almost like silk noil, but nicer.  

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Back at it, more cotton needs to be spun!  What have you been up to today?
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4  Affirmation Book for the Affirmation swap! in CHALLENGE 96 ENTRIES by Belladune on: March 04, 2014 01:30:35 PM

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Kittykill hosted the best swap, the Affirmation swap in January/february of this year. I made my partner (vgnmom) a whole book of affirmations!  I water-colour painted some card stock (would way have preferred water colour paper, but, everywhere I went in town had nothing but card stock!!) folded them just so, cut out the windows, and printed off a bunch of affirmations. Once I'd inserted them into the windows, I noticed it looked unfinished, so I bravely set at the frames with my sharpie marker.  I think the results speak for them selves. I was pretty happy with them!  I used coptic stitch binding to hold them all together, adding a few beads for a little bit of blingy sparkle.

Here are all the pages:

Once I bound it, it looked kind of pretty just sitting there.

An off shoot of this project, that a few of also made it into that swap package (and a few other swap packages) were this little affirmation windows. Just tiny little pocket sized pick-me-ups!

Thanks for sticking through it all! that was a lot of pictures. Cheesy
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5  Hand spun, Hand braided wrist distaff in Spinning: Completed Projects by Belladune on: March 02, 2014 07:47:33 PM
One of the modules for my Level 3 master spinner course asks that I spin a cable plied yarn, and turn some of it into a wrist distaff. As i had mentioned in the 28th of February Fiber Friday, this yarn took me all day to make 40 yards. I did not end up needing 40 yards, but it's always better to have more then enough, isn't it?

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

How it looks on a human wrist:

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Method:  I took 3- 5 foot lengths of the yarn, and braided them in the center. From there I had 6 (more or less) equal lengths of yarn to braid.  I used this flat braid (method 2) tutorial for about 6.5 inches and switched to this round 6 strand braid tutorial for about 7 inches.  I added a bead, and tied some knots, and voila. done.  It took significantly less time to braid this thing then it did to spin the required yarn.  But I can check that one off my list! Hurray!

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6  Fiber Friday February 28, 2014 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Belladune on: February 28, 2014 09:11:22 AM
Horray! spun yarn!

This is approximately 40 yards of cable plied shetland wool. It took me ALL DAY. No word of a lie, ALL DAY.  Any minute between waking up, feeding kids and self and going to bed was spent spinning this yarn on Monday. It was ridiculous. But it's done.  And it was homework, so I had no choice but to finish it.

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And this one is a small sample of boucle, with handspun silk singles as the base and binder, and gotland as the boucle.

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And that's about it for me this week.   What have you been up to?
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7  Re: Box of Sunshine Gallery (SO Feb 17) in The Swap Gallery by Belladune on: February 26, 2014 07:09:49 PM
It's here!! It's here!

Fisrtly, I was really tickled with how nicely the box was wrapped!  I preserved the pretty taping, and will use this box for things that need a home!

Okay, wonderful contents!
First thing I saw, The sun!!  She sent me the sun! How awesome is that?!
and of course, Goodies! Which I'm sharing with my family.  The husband nearly stole the toblerone bar before I had a chance to take it's picture! And the note pads will come unhandy around here. I'm constantly writing things down so I remember them!
The most perfect mug rug. I love it so!
And a few cute crocheted items - dish/bowl/cozy and a mushroom(that has found a home with my Meadow King that I received in a swap awhile ago. He loves it too) and a lovely little brooch.

And then, I nearly hit the floor. Slippers!!!  I'm not sure what happened in the past few years, I used to be barefoot year round, but my feet have been freezing these past couple of winters. And as such I've found a new love for slippers. Love having another pair!

Thanks so much Sarahelise!! It's been such a fun swap!
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8  Fiber Friday February 21, 2014 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Belladune on: February 21, 2014 05:00:25 PM
Woohooo! Fibre Friday!
Big skein! 100% merino- Unspun Single. For this you beat the ever living snot out of your single while washing it, let it dry and take the twist out. It's interesting, but makes the most yummy swatch! It's white and black and pink, but there's not been much sun lately, so my pictures are crappy.

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Little pile of coreless core spun, in the same colorway

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

(Another terribad photo... I wish the sun would come out!!) Homework! One module for the Master Spinners level 3 course asks for novelty yarn! hurray! less monotony!  These are my attempts, only one is a success. (balance, and achieving the affect I was aiming for)

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Some more homework. Skein for outerwear. 3 ply woollen spun,merino wool

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And I finally had success re-creating a commercial yarn (or at least as close as I"m going to get, and I'm happy with it.)

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

A galactic batt, inspired by all those pretty pictures of galaxies far far away. It has merino, silk, holographic sparkle and glow in the dark fibres

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And finally.... (thanks for keeping up til the end!!)
My Module 2 - Road of Trials - Journey to the Golden Fleece Fibre Creativity course - This was fun to come up with. I won't bore you all with the words right now. But here's the picture.  It's not finished. it to ally need to be set and blocked, but It's all spun so I'm sharing it now.

Journey to the Golden Fleece module2- Road of trials by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And that's what I've been doing. And I've been getting calf cramps at night from spinning so much.. lol
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9  Cabled chunky cowl from Handspun in Knitting: Completed Projects by Belladune on: February 20, 2014 06:32:21 AM
I made this cowl for a friend as a trade in services, she made me something I can't make, and I made her something she can't make! win/win!
I've shared the handspun yarn here
Here's the finished cowl:

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And here it is on me, so you can see just how chunky it is!!

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Thanks for lookin'!!
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10  Re: 2014 Affirmation Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Belladune on: February 18, 2014 09:36:09 AM
I have received from the wonderfully talented vgnmom!!  It's wonderful. All the stitching, and the fleet! oh, I love it!!

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

It's already up on my hoopla wall!

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Thank you so much!!!
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