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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / A new single..............................in miniature??? UPDATED!! on: April 20, 2009 03:46:06 PM
 Smiley........My first experiment with spinning a plied lace weight yarn yielded this baby..............



Not too terribly spectacular for a single..............until you see it this way:



 Grin

I had to add the pics of the knitting needles I made to go with the skein...............I've donated them along with the skein to a fellow craftster who's dollhouse has a craft room................ Wink
After all.............every yarn-snob crafty dollie has to have her very own set of custom glass-beaded knitting needles......... Grin


2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Who's got a doll house with a craft room???.......UPDATED! on: April 20, 2009 03:38:50 PM
So I recently was bitten by the spinning bug.......... Roll Eyes
Today............whilst attempting to spin some REALLY tiny lace weight yarn..........this was born:



Looks like a plain skein of yarn huh?.......... Smiley

Check it out again:



 Roll Eyes ........dunno what to do with it............so.............

The first person to post who has a craft room in their dollhouse.........gets it.............  Kiss

I just HAD to post the skein with the set of yarn-snob custom glass beaded knitting needles I made........... Grin



3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / ALERT!! Pending stork visit....................... on: April 20, 2009 02:27:40 PM
 Cheesy .........I'm gonna be a grandma!   Shocked

Of all my sons............my middle one has always had to deal with the jokes being that he'd be a daddy first.............. Roll Eyes .........and he will be!  My first grandchild is due on June 24th of this year.............one day past my birthday!.............. Tongue............and being a mom of boys.............I got lucky!  IT'S A GIRL!   Cheesy
So needless to say..............I've been knitting............... Wink

Inspired by this......... oh............ and this............. and............um...........this adorable thing.......... Cool
















Sorry.........no action shots.................. Undecided ............'til June that is.............. Wink



4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / First tee shirt quilt.........with a story................ on: March 27, 2009 08:39:41 PM
I'm a member of a songwriting community.............it's a really close-knit "family" small site..............right after Christmas we all found out that the founder of the site was terminally ill..............so everyone donated shirts for a comfort quilt.  Unfortunately..........time was not our friend..........but we still have plans to send it on to the family as a memorial of how much our friend was cared for and respected.  He was a really stand-up guy who went out of his was to help others.........and a seriously talented musician.......

Each piece was stabilized with muslin..........because we weren't sure if his immune system would handle any unknown chemicals from fusibles......



This was as far as I got before Mike passed.  It's still a WIP............but I probably won't get another chance to take pics of it due to the fact that I want to finish it and ship it asap.

5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Stringy Saturday???....................(IMAGE OBESE!!!) on: March 21, 2009 07:41:32 PM
 Roll Eyes ...............So I totally missed Fiber Friday................... Undecided

I've been super busy lately..............but not too busy to spin................ Wink

I got a 15# shipment from SheepShed............(Lord help me!)................and now I'm on a serious binge..............pushing my Kiwi to it's limits........... Roll Eyes



Here's a "nature" kick I've been on.............. Grin .............I'm hoping these will be reminiscent of animal prints... Wink



UNNAMED-plied with yellow thread-44 yards



Cotton-tail Fawn-plied with cream thread-50 yards



Zebra-plied with black thread-76 yards



Then there's the miscellaneous items I worked on............ Tongue

Peppermint-natural/plied with red thread-107 yards (YAY!!!)



Natural two-ply corriedale.......unknown yardage (please ignore the Cars car my tot insisted be in the pic..LOL)



Two natural singles....merino........unknown yardage (love the mindless spinning thing!)



Any thoughts on names for the first one?  I'm still at a loss................ Undecided
I actually love this series..............because they're spun all natural...........although I do plan to add some moss green and kelly green in there somewhere.............. Roll Eyes...........I want to do a "jungle/animal" themed king sized afghan for my bedroom............... Smiley........lots of animal-friendly "animal prints"............and tons of plant and flower colors............... Wink


6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / I'm just sayin'............................ on: March 07, 2009 09:49:50 AM
 Smiley...........Those of you who've seen me around lately know I'm a fiberstalker......... Wink ..........and a newbie spinner............. Wink

I was looking through my pre-spinning days stash........you know,  LOTS of Red Heart stuff,  tons of novelties........... Roll Eyes

One in particular caught my eye.............a skein of Paton's Silverlash........... Roll Eyes

Hmmmmm.............I noticed it technichally isn't "spun".............it's a braid......



....with bits of stringy filaments braided in at evenly spaced preg_replace('/(.{49})/', '$1 ', 'intervals................hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...............') Roll Eyes



It caught my eye because I recently spun a single in corriedale that I handpainted in the mic............pic below:

Grape Fizz


I wondered if since this novelty was braided...........would it be possible to put an S-twist in it and hold long enough to ply it.................. Roll Eyes ..........so off I ventured to find out................. Tongue

After MUCH treadling.............(good for arthritic ankles btw,  at least.......that's what I told the DH!........... Wink )
I found that it would hold a good bit of twist............. Smiley

The result:

Grape Fizz-icle



Not something I would buy for myself...........but my MIL fell in love with Grape Fizz AND the patons.............so she'll adore it.................. Grin

I'm just sayin'...................... Roll Eyes
7  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / More yummy rovings............................ on: March 03, 2009 04:34:37 PM
 Smiley ...........I'm definitely going to have to hit the sheepshed................ Roll Eyes ...........I've already gone through a half the roving I bought..............LOL

Here's two more. 

Grape Fizz




and

Hippie Haze



Unfortunately there was no natural lighting this time since I photographed at night......... Roll Eyes ........the colors are actually very vibrant for food coloring I think........(and that yellow looks soooooooo scrumptious in real life!)

The second one I cannot take credit for naming............the DH saw it and immediately said:

"You already drive a bug...........next thing I know you'll be knitted yourself a tie-dye shirt!"

 Grin
8  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Fiberstalker finally jumps in with both feet and dyes........................ on: March 02, 2009 04:40:39 PM
 Smiley .............I've been stalking the fiber boards for quite a bit.............but I finally got my feet in the dye............LOL

I call her Raspberries and Roses:



100% corridale roving..........hand painted with food dye in the microwave...............and here's a pic of how she's spins up.............(YAY!..............lumpy newbie yarn!)

9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / WHOO-HOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! It's finally here!..................... on: March 02, 2009 04:15:35 PM
I am majorly happy dancin' right now!  Looky.............my hubby LOVES me!!!!



I dyed some corridale roving in prep for it to arrive a few days ago.............. Smiley  I call it:

Raspberries and Roses:



Handpainted in the microwave with regular food dye............ Smiley

And I've already been spinning it..............(he was quite impressed............said I must have been a spinner in a former life..............LOL)




10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mommy..........Can you make me.............? on: February 27, 2009 02:38:06 PM
 Smiley............I have a 4-year-old son (avi pic)...........who was watching me knit the other day............and said:

"Mommy..............can you make me a pretty sweater?  But it has to be "boy" pretty!  And it can't be hot............I like to be cold.  And,  and,  and.................can you make it blue??"

(Did I mention that he's high maintenance?....... Roll Eyes )

Rotflmao...............who could resist a request like that?............... Cheesy

Here's the result:



The colors in the pics are actually true to life...........(mixture of outdoor AND indoor lighting).

Here's a close-up:




Patton's Merino Classic Wool in New Denim and a (nearly) matching multicolor.  I used this pattern from Coats and Clark done in size 5. 

Yay!  My very first sweater vest!    Grin
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