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31  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fibre Friday - 30th January 2009 on: January 30, 2009 07:51:26 AM
Great stuff, everyone! I especially like jazzturtle's squiggly yarn and pmpknpunk's navajo ply!

Here's a couple of mine from this week, all made from swap fibers:
32  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday - 2nd January, 2009 on: January 02, 2009 08:19:39 PM
I barely made it, but it's still Friday!



From left to right: 1. Core-spun from a blended batt of wool, hemp, angelina, recycled silk, bamboo, soy silk, some mystery fiber, and embellished with faux pearls, faux crystals, and shell fragments (my favorite of the three) 2. Wool & nylon blend coated in 4 neon-colored threads 3. Self-stripe single spun from random bits of fiber I received in a Ravelry swap.
33  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Making beads from rose petals! Tutorial included! on: December 31, 2008 06:35:15 AM
I am going to make these!! I have a rosary made from real roses that belonged to my grandmother, and I always wondered if it would be possible to recreate the technique.
34  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday - December 19th 2008 on: December 19, 2008 01:31:46 PM
Gorgeous stuff, everyone! I especially love all the corespuns, as usual.

I've been on a 2-ply kick:


35  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Attaching sleeves? on: December 18, 2008 03:50:28 PM
I'm no cloth seamstress, but I can tell you that in the knitting world, garments are always supposed to be sewn together flat, and the sleeves & sides are seamed last. You'd be crazy to do it any other way because the potential to make a mistake is far too high, it's harder to hold the pieces together if they're already closed up.

So according to us knitters, you've been doing it right all along!
36  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: It will be a hard Christmas for some on: December 02, 2008 07:49:26 PM
This brought tears to my eyes; Sorry for your loss.

And also, the stockings are very cute Smiley
37  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday November 7th 2008 on: November 07, 2008 07:41:31 AM
Gorgeous stuff, everyone!

Here's my update for the week:


38  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Obama handspun on: November 05, 2008 08:42:34 PM


Spun to commemorate/celebrate the outcome of the election  Grin
39  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 10-10-2008 on: October 10, 2008 08:12:46 AM
Here's my skeins for the week:



40  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: advice on where to start. practical questions from a noob on: September 27, 2008 05:21:47 PM
I start and stop in the middle of spinning all the time, that should be no problem. It isn't "messy" per se, but you will find little wool fibers all over yourself much like you would if you had a long-haired pet in the house. (Someone who vacuums more often than me probably wouldn't need to worry much!)

I have an Ashford Traveller and a Spinolution Mach1, both of which I love. Although you need to be prepared--most new spinning wheels cost $300-$400 at least (my mach1 was $700 with accessories & shipping) so a wheel is an investment that could take a looong time to pay for itself. Choose your wheel based on your individual needs (price, ease of transport, availability of add-ons like lace or bulky flyers, etc).

Dyeing is fun & easy. If you go the quick and easy way, you can dye wool with kool-aid in the microwave. If you want to use acid dyes, I would recommend keeping your little ones safely away from you. It's not exactly dangerous, but the powder is harmful if inhaled, and spilling a jar of it would not be good with babies around.
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