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1  Re: kitty + roving = $%$^#$ in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by birchhl on: May 27, 2008 02:58:58 PM
thank you everyone for the replies! So I'm not the only one! I think I might just have to make her a felt ball that she won't be able to chew pieces off of. Our living space at the moment is very limited(2 bedrooms with boyfriend's brother & family) so hiding my woolies from the cat isn't really possible. I've tried plastic bags but she chewed right through them to get to the wool.
cottondeer, thanks for the health warning. I try to keep a close eye on all the felines here when I actually do my spinning.
hobbledehoy & cloudlover, this is what happens any time I try to knit:

I have an entire folder of similar pictures for all the times she has decided that my project is her pillow.
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2  the zipper in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by birchhl on: May 19, 2008 07:46:48 AM
Hi! This is my first clothing post, more of a modification on an existing t shirt but here goes. My boyfriend's dad had to go in for heart surgery last week. In the weeks leading up to it he told us that he was going to have a zipper installed. So. Needless to say, we got to work.

installation of the zipper

and now he can show off his repaired ticker! He actually ticks too. Until his heart repaires the surgical cuts, we'll be able to hear it beat from a couple feet away.

All done in an afternoon with sharpies and fabric markers, a t shirt, a zipper and needle and thread. Comments welcome! thanks for looking.
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3  Re: Yay for Mom! in Spinning: Completed Projects by birchhl on: May 16, 2008 04:00:51 PM
I got the pictures to load!  Smiley So here is my first finished yarn:

and here's my hand for a size reference

at the moment I don't know how much yarn I made (no niddy noddy) but i think it's enough to make a blanket or sweater(as long as I waste nothing!) Please let me know what you think! Thank you for looking  Smiley
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4  Yay for Mom! in Spinning: Completed Projects by birchhl on: May 15, 2008 10:48:20 PM
I love my mom! I love that my mom is too busy with other projects to use her spinning wheel! I love that she loaned me said wheel and sent about 2 pounds of fluffy lamb woolyness that she's had for at least 10 years! No, seriously, I can't believe how lucky I am. The wheel is nice:) I don't know much about it, just that it's stamped "Louet". Anyone seen or used this kind lately?

I've spent the last few weeks teaching myself to use it and trying not to waste the roving that she gave me...and for some reason the pics of my yarn won't show up...phoey:(
I was successful in spinning two bobbins of fairly consistent singles. I plied those together and now have quite a bit of useable yarn. I'll try again to post pics of the actual finished yarn soon. Thanks for looking!
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5  bobble heads in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by birchhl on: February 13, 2008 06:23:45 PM
here is one of my attempts in polymer clay. My sister begged me to make a bobble head of her boss and after months of me putting it off, it finally came together. He turned out more like the family guy instead of her boss but it worked.

so then I started one of my own boss for laughs but he quit before I could make the head!  Angry

so now I have this headless applebee's manager standing by my desk and I'm not sure what to do with him. Any thoughts? Hope you enjoy!
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6  shell in Knitting: Completed Projects by birchhl on: February 13, 2008 03:49:27 PM
I hope this is the right place to post this one...
I somehow happened across this wonderful nautilus shell pattern by Hansi Singh and attempted it a while back. I am in awe of her work and inspired every time I look at it.

unfortunately it didn't fare well after being stuffed with catnip and offered to the monster...

the culprit in action...

but it's okay, I've got a new one almost done. This time no catnip Wink Enjoy!
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7  snb rolled needle case in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by birchhl on: February 13, 2008 07:24:05 AM
okay, this is my first post so here goes...
I finally put together a home for all my random needles using the pattern provided in the first stich'n bitch book. I used to same structure and dimensions but finished the edges with bias tape rather than sewing the thing inside out and then inverting it(couldn't wrap my head around something that complicated)

here's a full view

and a slightly blurry closeup

a view of the deeper pockets

and the finished roll

I used some fun flannel that was on sale at joanne's fabric and handstitched the bias tape edges. Enjoy! Smiley
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