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21  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday! <3 3/27/09 on: March 27, 2009 07:35:58 AM
Just the one this week:
22  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday!! 3-20-09 on: March 20, 2009 01:49:09 PM
Bperry042, I love that navajo plied skein, great colors. That's a technique I've been meaning to try lately.
23  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday, 3/13/2009 Friday the 13th!! on: March 13, 2009 06:59:14 AM
Whoa, Jazz, that's some serious spinnage. Nice work. Kathleenalice, I love your colors.

My newest obsession is with samplers, and tiny things that all come together to form a big thing. I've been making these Petit Fours from every fiber in my arsenal:


and I've only got one of these "Fiber palettes" so far, but I'm planning to make more as soon as my dyeing frenzy is over:


Why is it that you always have the most great ideas and the gumption to get them done... when the supplies you need are still in the mail and not set to arrive until next week?!
24  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Digital Scales?? on: March 11, 2009 08:28:52 PM
I bought mine at Office Max/Office Depot (I can't remember which), and I've been happy with it for a few years. It's a "Pelouze" model sp5 and it measures up to 5 lbs/2.2 kg. It gives readings in ounces or grams. It was a cheap-o model but I have no complaints. It was definitely worth whatever I spent on it, it's so much easier than a non-digital.
25  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where to buy Roving? on: March 05, 2009 10:41:32 AM
Mods, am I allowed to self-promote in this thread? If not, I won't be offended if you delete this post.

I recently became an Ashland Bay fiber wholesaler, and I am trying my best to keep my prices as low as humanly possible to combat the crummy economy. Here are some links:

GRITTY KNITS (my main store page) here: http://www.grittyknits.com

Merino top (21.5 micron, 64s) $17.60/lb here: http://www.grittyknits.com/ProductDetail.aspx?id=173

p.s. to Silverstah-I don't have any merino/tencel in stock right now but if you don't mind waiting on a special order, I could get some for you in the neighborhood of $28/lb. PM me w/questions
26  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: what do you do with yarn scraps?? on: February 27, 2009 08:15:16 PM
I got sick of having extras at all, so instead of plying 2 separate yarns together, I wind my one handspun into a center-pull ball and ply it beginning-to-end.

I still don't know what to do with my old scraps other than save them for a rainy day. I'm looking forward to seeing the suggestions.
27  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Setting twist with acrylic? on: February 27, 2009 07:05:47 AM
Ahhh, homespun. Is there a knitter alive who doesn't have a few skeins of Homespun sitting in the back of the stash drawer from before they knew they hated it? Mine was a rosy pink, and I finally donated it to charity last year.
28  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: yummy orange yarn on: February 27, 2009 07:02:59 AM
Mmmm, I bet it smells great, in addition to being cute. I love Kool-Aid dye.
29  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Building a PVC spinning wheel on: February 24, 2009 12:47:45 PM
I'm sure I will get accused of being too negative, but I'd say don't do it. Use a $5 drop spindle or save up for a $200 Babe. (I paid for my first wheel with money I made from drop-spindle yarns that I sold on the internet.)

This may be one of those frustrating chicken-or-the-egg situations where if you had a working knowledge of how a spinning wheel works, lots of experience in mechanics and a workshop, you might be able to build one, but if you already had that, you probably wouldn't need to build one.

Imagine not being able to afford a bicycle and trying to build one with no tools and a shoestring budget. You could make something that had a seat and two wheels, but as for sturdiness and use-ability, you're better off buying a commercially made bike. Well-oiled machines are hard to make from scraps.
30  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 2-13-09 on: February 13, 2009 08:36:04 AM
Ooo, gothchics, you almost gave me a heart attack. I glanced at that picture of your batts all smooshed together and I was like "WHOA! That's the most gorgeous corespun I've ever seen!!" I want to try to make a yarn that looks like that! Hehe, I love your first 2 yarns too.

Here's a couple of skeins I made for a "cable-along" on Ravelry.


I took two thick-and-thin supercoils and plied them together


This one is just two regular 2-plies wound back together. I'm weaving this one into an art piece, I may post pictures of the finished project if I get it done soon.
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