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21  Re: Did you know Kool-Aid will dye nylon? Whooda thunk in Dyeing: Completed Projects by natashafatale on: October 18, 2007 08:32:13 PM
Thanks everyone! I spun it into a self-stripe single, then changed my mind and plied it  back on itself. Here's the finished product:


I can't decide if I will knit with it or sell it on my website. We'll see if I can bear to part with it.

Surprisingly, the colors don't bleed at all. They took a lot of rinsing initially but I am confident in saying the coloration is now permament. It wasn't like cotton, where it just keeps bleeding and bleeding back to white.
I bet I could have gotten it even brighter with more microwaving, but I was scared to ruin the fibers.
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22  Did you know Kool-Aid will dye nylon? Whooda thunk in Dyeing: Completed Projects by natashafatale on: October 17, 2007 07:54:58 PM


I dyed some "faux cashmere" nylon fibers with kool-aid, thinking the heat would just melt it into oblivion. But instead it came out in these outrageously bright colors. The green packets turned a crazy chartreuse, and the tamarindo turned orange with green remnants in the water.

***EDITED TO ADD: Picture of the resulting yarn now posted on page 2
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23  TTV vintage-style photography (image heavy!) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by natashafatale on: September 11, 2007 12:00:38 PM
These were taken with my Canon 30D through the viewfinder (ttv) of an old bubble lens reflex camera.




















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24  wabi-saBeads - more hand made stitch markers! in Knitting: Completed Projects by natashafatale on: September 04, 2007 08:03:34 AM
I am having so much fun making these. I want to start a new lace project just so I'll have an excuse to need lots of stitch markers. I'm trying to get enough made in time for the holiday gift-giving season (both for my store and also to give to my knitter friends)

They're made from recycled magazine and catalog pages, so they're "green" too!





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25  Hand-made stitch markers in Knitting: Completed Projects by natashafatale on: August 12, 2007 08:57:56 PM
I made these stitch markers by rolling up strips of used paper bingo boards and covering them with wire, metallic fiber, & micro beads. (The tutorial came from Cloth Paper Scissors magazine.) This was so fun!



* Sorry if this is in the wrong place, it seemed to fit better with the knitted things rather than with the beaded things.
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26  Starburst yarn set - couldn't wait 'til Friday to post! in Spinning: Completed Projects by natashafatale on: July 17, 2007 02:00:16 PM
I'm getting back into the habit of spinning sets - I love taking one big blob of fiber and making 2 or 3 matching yarns with it.










(Although after staring at this while spinning 3 skeins worth, I will hurl if I have to look at these colors again!)
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27  "Through the Viewfinder" photography in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by natashafatale on: April 20, 2007 07:52:55 PM
The cat invading my still life:






Focusing on lens dust & lamps:




These were taken with my 30D through the viewfinder of an old Kodak Duaflex I
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28  Re: im such a bad spinner :( in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by natashafatale on: November 01, 2005 07:53:43 AM
Make it work for you! Why not over-spin on purpose and make a super-coil?


Or untwist it by plying it with thread into a squiggle?


Take lemons and make lemonade! It is my opinion that if someone wanted a perfectly even and perfectly balanced yarn, they'd go buy it from the store for a lot less money. Handspun yarn is in a different class. It's wabi-sabi! The beauty is in the imperfection.
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29  Re: Handspun yarn swap gallery! in The Swap Gallery by natashafatale on: August 26, 2005 09:46:26 PM
I accidentally put this in the other thread at first, but here's my yarn for you guys to see, a pink & orange beauty from chromegrrrl:

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30  Techniques from Pluckyfluff.com's Handspun Revolution in Spinning: Completed Projects by natashafatale on: June 05, 2005 04:16:03 PM
Hey guys, any of you who have learned/mimicked/been inspired by techniques from Handspun Revolution, share your pictures here.

Felted yarn: (Looks like some cheetos I found under the couch)


A variation on beehives:


Supercoil:
http://grittyknits.com/natasha/yarn-clown-graysupercoil2.jpg

A variation on nubs:
http://grittyknits.com/natasha/yarn-clown-bumps2.jpg

Flowers: (I had been making these little flowers for a while, but I never thought to spin them right into the yarn. Genius!)

http://grittyknits.com/natasha/yarn-redflowers.jpg
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