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221  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / First ever Needle felted balls! And Happy kitty! on: January 20, 2009 01:23:07 PM
I bought felting needles 3 months ago, always with the intention of using them.  I was scared until laast night, when I was oh so terribly bored, and looking for something to do.  I had made myself some felt balls in just plain white in the washing machine. earlier that day, with the intentions of giving them to my cat.  But i had a tiny bit of left over roving from what I had spun and heard those needles calling out  to me!  This is what I came up with.  I absolutely love them!
with a quarter for size:

side by side:  The middle one is supposed to look basket woven.  it does not really, but i kinda like the weirdness of it anyway!

Happy kitty!  no shes not for the cat.  maybe my mom though Cheesy

thanks for looking!
222  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Drumstick bag! on: January 18, 2009 12:27:26 PM
So,  I was down at my sewing machine under the pretense of working on a swap.  I was actually making my husband a bag for his drum sticks.  The plan was to hang it on his drums and leave it there, but he walked in and wondered how it was going. I'm a terrible liar, so I told him what I was doing.  He loves the finished product!  and here it is for you to see:

I used an old pair of his cords to make it.  or, well a small section of them anyway.  I used the sewing machine and "free handed" the little drum set, just for fun.

223  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / How much to charge to spin roving? on: January 15, 2009 01:11:29 PM
So, a friend of mine wants to buy some roving and then have me spin it up for her.  The question is how much should I charge her?  What (if you do this for people you know) do you charge simply to spin?  And do you charge by time it takes, or by how much roving there is?  answers would be greatly apreciated!! Grin
224  COOKING / Dessert / First birthday stacking ring cake! on: January 15, 2009 09:32:07 AM
So My baby turned one a few days ago and I made him a stacking ring cake.  Its no where near perfect.  I should have stuck with marshmallow fondant, but of course i tried something new (white modeling chocolate rolled out into sheets like fondant and failed miserably)  So seeing as I only had 2 hours to finish it, and thats not near enough time to make fondant, I just used buttercream frosting.   

This is what I modeled it after (loosly).  Its his fav toy.  He'll spend hours palying with that thing!

This is the inside.  I did have an extra white cake layer, that was green, but the green a)tasted horribly like food coloring and b) did not look right with the cake as a whole, so I took it off.  Also the purple on top tasted like food coloring too, so for serving purposes it was removed.  It was chocolate

And this was his reaction.  Apparently we have never given him anything so sweet......

c&c welcome!

Thanks for looking!
225  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / knee pads baby, baby knee pads! on: January 09, 2009 07:10:51 PM
so my poor little guy, we are renovating and have old school lino on our floor right now.   His knees have become so sore that he no longer crawls on hands and knees, but hands and FEET!  So  I built him these:

All I did was knit a rectangle that looked as though it would fit him. (rib knit 2x2 for about 2 inches,  then stockinette stich for about 3.5 inches ,then rib knit 2x2 again for about an inch)  Then knit another rectangle in garter stitch and attached it to the front.  Stiched up the seam in a whip stitch and voila! Baby knee pads!
  Now, in hind site what I should have done was add an extra strand or two of yarn around the knee area, thus eliminating the need to knit the second rectangle alltogether.  Next time!
But here are some pics of him modeling them;

Action shot:


226  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / OMG WHAT DID I DO?!?! on: January 04, 2009 02:13:44 PM
okay, well, I know what I did.... I tried to make brown.  FAIL.   I need to know if I can fix this?  Can it be re-dyed, or does that risk felting it?

I'll have to admit, its not a total failure,  I do like the violet and blue that came out of it, but the "brown", if you can call it that, is pukerific!

ps... ignore the fact that we are replacing our flooring....... >.>
227  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / how much yarn will i need? on: January 01, 2009 02:09:37 PM
I want to make a scarf out of some silk roving (2 oz)  (which I intend on spinning quite thinly)  I plan on making an extremly simply loom, since I can't rightfully buy a loom yet as I just invested in a spinning wheel .  Anyway.  I'm wondering how much it generally takes to make a scarf that is approxamatly 8-12inches wide by 3 feet or more.  Its going to be a very simple scarf.  No fancy patterns, just back and forth.  Will 2oz be enough to make what I'm looking to make?  Or will I have to find some matching yarn for the warp(thats the length ways one right?)?
228  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Last night I spun by candle light... on: December 14, 2008 07:27:47 AM
It was the most romantic thing.  Really brought an appreciation of those who came before us.  I can't imagine how on earth they survived, Especially without modern insulation. It was -41`C.  Brrr.  I supose it was all the wool they spun up, knitted, crochet, and wove.
But Anyway... On with the pic of what I did.
My Ode to The Original Settlers:

Not quite "completed", But it is what I completed by candle light in a power outage.
229  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Felt mistletoe! Tutorial- PIC HEAVY! on: December 07, 2008 12:39:43 PM
Using only what I had to hand,  I created mistletoe! 

What you'll need:

A glue gun
Green felt
a styrofoam ball
white wool
some ribbon or thread

So to start with I  Made a medium felt ball.  You could use a styrofaom ball if you want, I just didn't have one. (use the method below to make a bigger ball of felt if you wish to use that and not the styrofoam ball)

Then I cut pieces of green felt into triangles that had concave edges:

Put a decent drop of hot glue in the center of a triangle and fold like this,  you'll need to hold it for a bit:

Start to glue your leaves to the ball, it should start to look somthing like this:

Then once you've got your ball completely covered,  start making the mistletoe berries by bunching up a small bit of wool and wet it with warm soapy water.  Roll into a ball like you would when making buns:

Glue those onto the leaves and voila!  la mistletoe!
 You can use ribon to hang it, or what I did was use thread, since I didn't have any appropriate ribbon.

Its really simple to make, and took me about 30 minutes!

Happy crafting!
230  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Question for all Ashford Traveler owners on: December 05, 2008 02:32:09 PM
Is there a trick to the tension on the break band, or is it just really finicky?  I have to tweak it throughout my spinning.   I find I either get yarn that feeds to quickly and doesn't twist much or yarn that is sooooo twisty, and doesn't feed fast enough.  Thats all in one chunk of wool too, so nothing is ever very even....  My wheel is 10 years old, but had really never been used (she bought it and then never did much spinning.  I guess she didn't find as fun as I do)  So maybe the age of it makes a difference to the answer of this question.
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