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1  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.

2  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
3  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
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Macro challenge: abstract crafty close-up on: April 28, 2008 02:57:23 PM
I wanted to keep my theme craft-related, so here's an abstracted extreme close-up of some beads I made. Here goes nothin:



To see it larger, click here: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2254/2449612233_e6fd49ba79_o.jpg

5  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Did you know Kool-Aid will dye nylon? Whooda thunk 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
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / TTV vintage-style photography (image heavy!) 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.




















7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / wabi-saBeads - more hand made stitch markers! 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!





8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hand-made stitch markers 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.
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Starburst yarn set - couldn't wait 'til Friday to post! 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!)
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Question for experienced carders & fleece cleaners on: June 27, 2007 05:11:42 PM
I bought a drum carder! Whoo! It's in the mail to me right now and I want to ask you guys some questions before I start.

1. Can you buy uncarded fiber that has already been cleaned? Most of what I have found is either already roving, or needs to be de-greased and also have the vm bits picked out of it, but I have seen little "in between"

2. Is there any way to get the hay bits out other than picking them by hand? I've tried that before and it would have taken me a year to get it all out. I gave up.

3. Will running fiber through the carder make the hay bits fall out? Or will it ruin my carder if I don't get it all out first?

4. If I have fiber that is already in roving form, can I blend the colors by running them through the carder again, or will that damage the fibers?

Maybe I am just dumb, but I can't seem to find the right key-words to type into Google to get a detailed enough carding tutorial for all my off-the-wall questions.

Thanks in advance for your help!  Cheesy
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