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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mittens and arm warmers! on: October 07, 2005 11:35:30 AM
Ok, Ive been having fun knitting with my handspun yarn lately, and here's some of the results (if you click in my sig line for my blog then you can read the whole stories for them Smiley )



A blend of merino, soysilk, angelina.  Simple FI stripes up the side help draw the wrist inwards.



A ply of handdyed green plied with some natural brown (from salt spring is, bc i beleive). Deep ribbing holds them in place.


Simple ribbed arm armers from sock yarn (yes the one is in fact longer, I didn't notice that one had an extra stripe until I was done!)

22  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / anotheer lace shawl - "diego" on: July 29, 2005 03:10:01 PM
Made from some of my handspun and some sock yarn!

..and the edging:

upclose view of the pattern


Just another shawl I started in my economics class Smiley
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Spider shawl- mm i love lace! on: July 26, 2005 06:31:10 PM
You can see pics of it here on my blog, as well as some pattern notes:
http://www.livejournal.com/users/mnsfibers/



24  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / alpaca and rommey- destashing on: May 21, 2005 02:22:52 PM
Since I find that it will be impossible to fit all my yarns + wheel+ and fiber into my colelge dorm in (eek less thena a month!), I thought I'd offer some of my fibers that I wont be able to use up fast enough.  Now, I can sell or trade (trades Im interested in: lace-dk weight yarns, interesting fibers/yarns, sock yarn, ball winder, swift, etc).

Stash clearing:
White Wool- Rommey,  same stuff that Ive been spinning up for my shop lately.  Rommey is nice and fuzzy with shine.  This stuff is minimally processed, meaning it has been washed to remove most of the lanolin but not all.  It also has some VM (vegetable matter) in is, but this comes out easily with further prep or jsut with spinning.  Can be spun directly from the lock with no further Prep. Asking 1.25 an ounce to sell or same value for trade. (5 lbs available for trade)

Alpaca- soft and recently sheared, (note there may be some mixing of colors as it is altogther in a box, and this is just a general representaion of the colors.  All  colors may have some medium brown in them)  Alapca is quite warm and can felt. You can work with alapca directly from the fleece as is or comb it a bit to get some of the dust out.  Very little VM. 1.50/ounce
darks- black, dark brown, chestnut, browns, etc. (2 lbs available)
Light- white, grey, cream, pale brown (1 lbs available)
Mix- a mix of all the colors. (2 lbs available)

A couple yards of mixed alpaca fibers spun up quickly on a drop spindle, plied back on itself.
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Anyone else obsessed with wrist cuffs/knitted bracelets? (pic heavy) on: April 18, 2005 10:34:44 PM
I just realized I didnt who these her!  These are the two cuffs I had way too much fun designing for a kit i was putting together.  The yarn is an angora/wool mix corespun with cotton.

Lace:


Cables:


These kits were designed for Dream and Sugar ( http://www.dream-and-sugar.net), though I also lsited a couple in my shop under kits (http://www.midnightskyfibers.com/kit)

And an up close of the yarn: (for the kits I plyed it with an extra stand of cotton to make add more strength and make sure it didnt get *too* fuzzy)
26  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / someone needs to keep me away from the spinnign supplies! on: April 05, 2005 10:53:33 PM
or ill never make any money.  Though I would like to highly recommend this:

to anyone who does lots of spinning. It's a louet junior rovign drum carder, and i think im in love with it! Since i mass produce yarn (and it takes FOREVER to card with handcarders- though i love my handcarders best [i recomment the ashford student handcarders- they are pretty lightweight]) this drum carder makes me very happy, especially because i got it (lightly) used. 

I sat down right away to card and spin this:

I love to blend fibers!
27  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Magic Ball Knitting on: March 05, 2005 04:04:33 PM
Magic Ball Knitting!
Who wants to join me at some magic ball knitting?

You can knit anything you want as long as its using the magic ball technique.

Magic ball knitting ideas can be found here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=27556.0

I think I'll be making a scarf using a mix of handpsun and commercial yarns Ive dyed and/or altered or spun myself,knit the long ways so it will have random narrow stripes. 

Other things that would make a good magic ball project:
bags
felted somethings
small sweaters or wraps/stoles
gloves or mittens
bowls (felted)
pillows
a funky hat!
28  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Yarns Ive been spinning- what have you guys been spinning? (update) on: February 17, 2005 05:25:50 PM
I know a lot of other people on these boards spin or are interested in spinning, so I thought id show you a couple of the novelty yarns ive been spinning:


"easter bunny" set.  soysilk, mohair, merino, recycled threads, wool, etc have all been combined and corespun around another novelty yarn.  (blue= cheninle white=nubby acrylic i think)


"lion"- merino and nylon fun fur, super bulky.  i love novelty yarns like this, they are so fun to knit!.

(the yarns btw are for two conteests im running on my site while im away from my internet for a week.  you can view additional details of the yarns and the contests here:http://www.midnightskyfibers.com/raffleandcontesttml.html


Your turn to show me what you've been spinning Smiley
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / So i can't decide if i like this pattern with this yarn... on: February 12, 2005 11:06:33 AM
 
So I dont know if a feather and fan/old shale pattern really does this yarn justice, but it was the only pattern I could think of (wihtout looking through my piles of books Smiley) that I can do while in school.

 The yarn is a hand-dyed merino custom dyed for my fav lys *let it rain yarns* (the store i now consign yarns at), and its absolutely to die for...so i dont know wether or not to stick with the pattern of find another easy to memorize lace.  what do u think?
30  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / im in a brick and mortar! on: February 10, 2005 07:42:55 PM
*dances* and i'm so excited.  a small yarn shop (and i mean small, its so cute) just opened and  they agreed to consign my yarn!
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