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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: "too old fashioned even for us."..... on: September 19, 2011 08:55:38 AM
Jexxican, here's a few pictures of the yarns themselves. Hope they make you happy!  My three year old usually wears mine for a minute or two as a necklace or a shash when they come off the skein winder, lol.

The first one is 50/50 19 micron Merino and Tussah silk that I made for my mom.



This one is black 19 micron merino plied with thread and with grey supercoil sections.



& thread plied merino with beehives in nearly neon colors.



The black & grey is the only one that recieved a blue ribbon, red ribbons for the other two.
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / "too old fashioned even for us."..... on: September 18, 2011 07:40:37 PM
So I finally entered some of my things in the county fair and I won a couple of ribbons (Woot)!  I had to post this first to toot my own horn and secondly to tell you about the craziness that I encountered.

Woohoo me for winning some blue ribbons my first year!!  (There, no more horn tooting.  Grin)

When I brought my big ole bag of goodies up to the desk to enter in the Household Arts category I told them my list of things to enter ".....knitted and crocheted hats and scarves, sewn knitting needle rolls and crochet hook rolls, and some handspun yarns I made" .  "Whoa, did you say you spun some yarn?  That may be too old fashioned for even us."  the lady said to me with a straight face!  Shocked  Can you believe she said that? For real!  So what did I do?  I reached in my big ole bag of goodies, whipped out a squishy jet black thread plied skein with lengths of grey supercoil, slapped it on the table, and said right back to her "Does that look old school to you? My grandma never knit anything like that."  As they reached out to touch and started with the oohs and ahhs that we all did the first time we saw handspun I looked at her and said with a straight face "Yes.  That's how I roll." 

Course after my "Oh yeah, I'm a yarn pimp" moment,  they said they had never had handspun entered in their lifetimes.  So they didn't know where to put my handspuns for entry, lol.  I ended up with one blue ribbon and two red ones from my three skeins entered.  When I picked them up today the lady who returned them to me actually apologized to me and said they all agreed I should have had a purple best in show ribbon but the judge had no idea what handspun was, lol.  She told me she was there when the judge picked up one of my skeins and said something to the effect of "well, look at that. It has pieces of yarn hanging out the bottom".  She told me she tried to explain it was where some lookey-lou pulled a few strands loose from the wound skein but she said the judge had no idea what she was looking at anyway, lol.

Overall, I feel proud of my ribbons but shocked that by the reactions to my yarns.  I think spinners rock personally and the more people think it's too old fashioned the more fiber there is for me to buy up and spin!

Anyone else ever entered your handspun in the county or state fair?  If so, what was the reaction to yours? 

Oh yeah, here is the stuff I entered and the ribbons.  I barely made it all fit in my lightbox, lol. 




 
3  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: Hand Painted Bamboo *IMG HEAVY* on: September 18, 2011 07:06:27 PM
Woohoo Bootchacka! I'll be hitting the post office in the morning to send you some bamboo love!   Smiley You'll LOVE them, bamboo is my favorite fiber to play with although it takes a different skill set to dye it than wool, lol.

Maybe if I get braver I'll make a bamboo painting tutorial.  Not sure if there is much interest though.
4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: Hand Painted Bamboo *IMG HEAVY* on: September 09, 2011 01:46:21 PM
Haha Puppy_girl, we bought the house next door to my mom & my grandparents so occasionally when I have roving hanging on my patio drying "someone" reaches right over about 100 yards of yard and helps themself to some, lol. 

So I probably wouldn't notice if you did, I try not to count them until I put tags on and bring them back in the house.   Roll Eyes
5  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Hand Painted Bamboo *IMG HEAVY* on: September 09, 2011 09:55:51 AM
So the munchkin and I got brave and decided to hand paint some bamboo this past weekend.  Bamboo is sooo slippery & I was really nervous about trying to handle it enough to hand paint it instead of just dying it one shade by immersing it.  I only had one braid pull apart on me so I'm proud of myself and I think the colors are much better with the hand painting.  If you haven't tried hand painting you should!  I love it because my 3 year old can wield a little squirt bottle like nobody's business around fiber, and it's FUN (read messy) for us to do together.  Course she loses interest when the dye is gone each time, I'm on my own for the drying, braiding, and labeling, lol.

Each braid is a little over one ounce so I can get alot of color movement in each one. 







My two favorites!






Hope you enjoy the eye candy!
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Finding Blogs to host Giveaways on: September 02, 2011 10:44:44 AM
Woot!  Thanks jungrrl it would be nice to find a fellow craftster who blogs to team up with for something like this!
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Finding Blogs to host Giveaways on: September 02, 2011 07:44:55 AM
Thanks so much, I'll be spending the next few days with coffee and lots of blogs to check out!!
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Finding Blogs to host Giveaways on: August 31, 2011 05:51:15 PM
I'd like to find a couple of blogs with a decent sized following to host some yarn or fiber giveaways.  Where I donate the items and they can give it away to their followers with maybe a discount code exclusively to all their followers.  I'm hoping this will help with some awareness for my shop while also being beneficial to the blogger as well.

The problem is that even though I've randomly stumbled upon several great blogs in the past that are fiber related, now that I need to find some I have no luck.  I'm hoping you guys could give me some pointers on how and where to search to find fiber related blogs. 

Maybe it's one of those things where I'll go "Oh, duh..." afterwards but I'm really coming up short here.  I know there has to be a simple way to find blogs that would match my product lines but I'm just not getting there.

Thanks in advance for any help!
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Masks on: August 23, 2011 08:05:11 AM
These are awesome!  You are very talented.
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday August 19th on: August 20, 2011 09:48:05 AM
Nicely done then!  At least now if I ever mow a purple cat I'll know just what to do with the clippings!  Lol, I love the things they say, my daughter is three and she keeps me on my toes too!
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