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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Joanne Sensations Kashmira Yarn on: April 09, 2009 08:55:15 PM
Check their website.  There are only 2 colors available now... red and green  Cry
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Joanne Sensations Kashmira Yarn on: April 09, 2009 03:57:11 PM
I am very sad...  It looks like Joanne has discontinued their Kashmira yarn  Embarrassed  This is my FAVORITE to work with, and I love it for dyeing.

Does anyone know of a yarn that approximates the construction/weight of the Kashmira?  It is about sport weight, and is 5 2-plies cabled together.  It is very soft, bouncy and squishy.

I really hope I can find a substitute!!
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Linseed oil on moving parts of wheel? on: April 08, 2009 06:47:38 PM
where could one generally find lock lubricant aka powdered graphite?   At a hardware store?

I get mine at Home Depot, where they cut keys.  I suppose you could find it most places you can get keys made.  HTH!
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Linseed oil on moving parts of wheel? on: April 06, 2009 03:11:07 PM
I'm surprised I've never heard of anyone using a dry lubricant.  I use "lock lubricant" aka powdered graphite on the moving parts of my espinner.  It works great, lasts a long time (I only have to lube once ever 2 weeks or so), and best of all IT DOESN'T DRIP!!
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fibre Friday - 6th March 2009 - First of Spring! on: March 07, 2009 05:44:52 AM
I didn't get to post yesterday, because my camera borked right before I was to take the pics Sad  But I borrowed my friend's camera and got my pics taken this morning, so I hope no one minds if I am posting my stuff a day late.

These are my first yarns that I have spun up on my new espinner that I got for my birthday!   Grin

First up is Lime Squishee:
  Spun from hand dyed mill ends, this is sooo soft and ummm, SQUISHEE!

Next is Orange Sunshine:
Also hand dyed mill ends in orange, pink and yellow, plied with invisible thread with a few coils here and there.  This is even squishier than the lime one.

The Viking:
My daughter's Viking obsessed boyfriend named this one.  It is just everything that was in my big bale sample that came with my SSS order.  I was bored and uninspired, so I just grabbed that and started rough spinning handfuls of it.  I am pleased with how it actually came out!

And last up is Blueberry Twist:


Oh boy, I am LOVING the espinner *bounce*

6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Setting twist with acrylic? on: February 28, 2009 06:17:08 AM
I bought 3 skeins of homespun to knit a shawl for my Stepmom.  After I realized I HATED HATED HATED working with it, I put it in a bag and consigned it to "the pile".  I came across it again a couple months later while digging around looking for something to stuff a giant Amigurami Chthlulu I made for my daughter.

Long story short, Lion Homespun is GREAT for stuffing dolls  Tongue
7  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: adding small / fine detail? on: February 20, 2009 09:50:52 AM
I get my needles from Mielke's.  They have a nice assortment to order from, they do have fine needles, and an assortment pack  Grin

http://www.mielkesfarm.com/flt_ndls.htm
8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: simple little felted bowls on: February 13, 2009 05:20:36 AM
That's cool!  If you could find a large enough ball, it would make a nifty, funky hat!  Grin
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: So, I found this spinning wheel on Craigslist... on: January 23, 2009 11:21:59 AM
Grrr!  The lady finally called me, and said that someone else got to it first, and was to pick it up that day *pout*

Guess I will keep looking Sad
10  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Black food dye? on: January 18, 2009 10:05:54 AM
I've had McCormick's Black take completely without splitting.  You just have to start out with a tablespoon of vinegar, and add another, and another, etc, about 5 minutes apart until the pot is exhausted.

If I were not in the middle of moving, I would drag that bit of wool out and get a pic of it.  It turned out a nice, DARK solid black.
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