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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yards vs oz? on: January 03, 2010 07:35:37 PM
Congratulations on beginning your spinning adventures! Good luck with your spindle!

Your roving COULD be 1oz=1 yard, but unfortunately, you won't be able to tell for sure without a scale. (or a phone call to the store?) To be honest with you, this is the first time I have ever heard of a store selling by length and not by weight, that's very unusual. Roving comes in many different thicknesses (just like yarn) and therefore the weight will vary; for instance "pencil roving" is very thin and ready to spin with little or no drafting, but normal roving usually needs to be split one or more times.

If you don't have a postal or food scale at home, I recommend sneaking it to the grocery store and weighing it in the veggie section.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Prison Crafts on: October 29, 2009 07:13:28 PM
You need to contact the jail, see if you can talk to someone who is actually responsible for monitoring mail. I had a friend in jail and I sent some origami paper, and they refused to let her have it. They said "stationery" was not allowed. It's not just about what is or isn't a weapon, they have very strict rules. You should find them out so you aren't wasting your time putting the package together with things she can't have.

One of the things the mentioned was that I could send her crochet patters, and she was allowed to save up to buy a hook & yarn.
3  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / My first woven scarves on: August 19, 2009 01:01:51 PM
I got an Ashford Knitters Loom yesterday and I've already made 2 scarves. I'm obsessed! I didn't need another hobby!

The first one (green) is way too stiff because I crammed the yarn down too hard, but the pink one is perfect. It's cashmere, silk, and a few strands of tweed. The yardage really seemed to stretch a lot further than it does with knitting, which is good because I can make scarves with all my tiny balls of handspun that are too small for anything else.

4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday - August 14, 2009 on: August 14, 2009 04:06:34 PM
Gorgeous yarns, everyone! I've only got one skein photographed at the moment. I'll cheat and put the rest up next week, since the camera is upstairs.

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: OH HAI! "Keyboard-cat" knitted hand puppet on: July 24, 2009 01:33:35 PM
Thanks everyone! I ended up winning 3rd place!!!! I'm getting the pattern ready to put up on my website so everyone can share in the keyboard cat awesomeness. Here are some videos of the puppet on the show...

Kevin playing with the puppet:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yv2Oss9o-bg

The unveiling of the winners:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2RTb9fvW4k
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Starting out help! on: July 24, 2009 01:27:47 PM
In general, wool is wool, so you can use felting wool for spinning. You'll need a hand spindle or spinning wheel and the basic knowledge of how to draft, which you can study on youtube videos.

How much do you have? Felting packets are usually small, and the thicker the yarn, the less yardage you'll get out of it. What you have will probably be enough to practice on and learn a few things, but I would definitely recommend buying wool that has been prepared for spinning (in the form of roving, sliver or combed top) if you decide this is something you want to stick with.

Good luck!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knitted Little Big Planet Sackboy on: July 09, 2009 04:30:04 PM
Very cute! I love it, sackboys are always so adorable.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / OH HAI! "Keyboard-cat" knitted hand puppet on: July 09, 2009 04:26:27 PM
I made this for a Keyboard Cat art contest. Kevin Pereira, cohost of Attack of the Show on G4TV, loves lolcats and asked viewers to make keyboard-cat-related art for his personal collection.

This is my entry, even though it's kind of stretching the definition of art.



Here's the video on YouTube, in case you haven't seen it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J---aiyznGQ
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: new to the wheel and haveing problems HELP on: July 08, 2009 09:44:14 AM
This is a very common problem. Your feet tend to want to go in a nice quick rhythm, but you should peddle as slowly as you can until your fingers learn to draft faster. Also, set your ratio by putting the drive band on the biggest one. Keep an eye on the yarn as you're spinning it, and if you get too much twist in that section, you can break off the fiber, let it untwist a bit, and reattach.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: My mean teachers didn't like my rich opulent applique embroidery! on: June 14, 2009 02:33:44 PM
I'm thinking that I'll talk to the teachers about the possibility of transferring to a different major, as I'm not sure I'll be able to work to the demands of textiles. I'm a jack of all trades, and probably better at drawing/painting than I am at sewing so a switch to printmaking and drawing won't be too bad at all.

Girl, if you're ready to transfer to a different major because of one snarky comment, then you had no business choosing that major in the first place! Maybe this was a blessing in disguise, it got you out of there before you spent your time studying for a career you aren't passionate about. Then again... textiles could lead you to a tangible career, whereas "drawing" as a major isn't really going to prepare you for life after college... unless you want to be a professional drawer. Not much money to be made there unless you're one of the lucky few.

Art is subjective. I love your piece, I think it's gorgeous. But not everyone will like everything you do. No matter what major you transfer to, there are going to be people with negative critiques. Toughen up that skin of yours!

For what it's worth, looking back at a lot of the projects I did in art school, I often thought my professors were wrong... but they seldom were. Next time you get a negative critique, ask for suggestions on what you could improve. "What could I have done to make this look complete? What would you like to see me change for next time?" You don't have to follow their advice, but you should still listen to them.
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