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1  Re: Fiber Friday 09/10/2010 in Spinning: Completed Projects by knkurz on: September 11, 2010 11:50:53 PM
I *know* I'm a day late, but here are some of the yarns I've made lately!













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2  Re: Fiber Friday, July 16, 2010 in Spinning: Completed Projects by knkurz on: July 16, 2010 11:27:59 AM
I have yarns this week! 





And check out these dropspindles I made!  They're lightweight and just *perfect* for laceweight yarn.




SpecialKRJ: I never set my twist with steam; instead, I dunk my yarns in lukewarm water and let them air-dry on a hanger (no stretching). 
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3  Re: Fiber Friday Dec 11, 2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by knkurz on: December 11, 2009 08:29:02 PM
Here we are!  This is a sport-to-worsted weight yarn that I spun from a batt I processed and dyed myself.  There's a bit of lanolin left that I will try to get out before I send the finished product to my sister, but overall I'm pleased.  117 yds, 4? oz:





Her favorite color is yellow, but I hadn't perfected this colorway yet, and the green bled everywhere and so there's barely any blue or yellow.  But, it will be subtle striping all the way and hopefully the final product will be awesome.
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4  clapotis in Knitting: Completed Projects by knkurz on: December 07, 2009 09:02:36 AM
Here's my clapotis.  I knit it with fingering weight handspun on size 7 circulars.  It doesn't crunch up like the pattern shows, which I think is due to both the large gauge and the fact that I blocked it flat but I actually like it better this way.

Symphony, approx. 21" X 62" :





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5  Re: Fiber Friday - November 20, 2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by knkurz on: November 24, 2009 04:02:55 PM
I'm mostly completely late but here's my contribution for the week:


100% silk roving, 4 oz, 1122 yards, cobweb lace:

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6  Fiber Friday 30 October 2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by knkurz on: October 30, 2009 10:00:06 AM
Well, looks like I get to start us out this week!  I don't have any new yarns, but I DO have new fiber!  So, here we are:


Dyed up for the following bags.


Dyed up for the following bags.


Also dyed for the following bags.


Dyed for the following bags, too.



Okay, this is the first of 5 colorways.  I got a bunch of fun goodies together and I mixed them all up and put them in a bag and I call them my "Fiber Porn Grab-and-Spin [FPGS] Bags."  They're a lot like batts in that there are lots of fun things and texture mixed together, but they allow for more control over which pieces go where.  I spun this yarn from an experimental grab bag I made last fall:



So.  A couple more of the colorways:






Hooray!  Can't wait to see what you've all got in store! Cheesy



EDIT: Oh, I almost forgot!  I also carded up some superwash/nylon blends with socks in mind.

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7  Help with quilt expansion in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by knkurz on: October 10, 2009 11:29:23 PM
I'm new over here in the quilting side of Craftster Smiley So, hello everyone!

This is probably the first real quilt project I've taken on.  I decided to go simple for the first one.  Long story short, I started this quilt ages (think 5+ years) ago, and I finally bought my own machine and finished putting this together this evening.  It's about a meter square, and I'd like a quilt that's about 7 feet by 5 feet when I'm done.  So, I need to add a couple of rounds, and I can't decide what blocks to use.  

Here are a couple of pictures of the center:






I was thinking of adding a 1-2" border around the whole center in either solid black or something gold-ish (definitely leaning towards black).  I also was considering blocks with a solid or small-print background and a eighth note shape stitched on top.  I also have been thinking of pinwheel blocks such as this one: http://quiltstosell.com/pinwheel_block_0.jpg with red as the large triangle, black on the inner small ones and beige on the outer small ones.  

Any other ideas??  Thanks in advance Smiley


EDIT: My mom liked the visual of the center placed vertically, so here it is, if it helps.

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8  Re: Fiber Friday- Oct 9, 2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by knkurz on: October 10, 2009 11:18:59 PM
Oooh, silverstah, you've got some rockin' stuff going on this week!

Here's the (meager) offering I have.  Somehow I didn't get a picture of the 2-ply I did and I'm too lazy to go take one ATM.  It's the "good" yarn this week.

So, the dyeing I did (my apologies for the pictures - I asked the SO to take pictures for me and I forgot that his idea of good pictures are ones where you can only see the whole thing, and I spun it up before I remembered to check):



This is the first batt I dyed.  I hated it at first, and I had intended to dye up the other batt the same way but then I didn't like it at all.  So then I dyed the second batt in complementary colors, intending to ply them:



Hoorah, mission achieved, right?  Well, then I spun up the first one thick and thin (it felted a bit in the dyeing process Sad ) and I got this GORGEOUS thing out of it:





And now I'm knitting it into a scarf for my sister, who loves all things pink.  It's striping itself although I didn't spin it with that in mind at ALL.  It's also got too much twist since I spun it with plying in mind, so the scarf is slanting to the right like mad Smiley

I'm going to (probably) get a drum carder tomorrow!!!  And, I placed an order from SSS Cheesy Fibery fantasticness on its way!
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9  Re: Fiber Friday Sept 5, 2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by knkurz on: September 06, 2009 12:49:01 AM
Okay, this FF needs some sprucing up!  I've only got a few contributions, and they're not super fantastic, but whatev!


Trout Fishing, corespun from a self-blended batt (wools, silk, lots of mohairs, and glitz everywhere), finished today and already knitted into a skinny scarf (pics to come), 63 yards:




Unnamed yarn, SSS mill ends, 3.5 oz, 400+ yards, 24ish wpi:




It's Not Easy Bein' Green, SSS Superwash, 3.5 oz, 250+ yards, 15ish wpi:




Butterfly Kisses, merino/alpaca/mohair/superwash corespun, 200+ yards, 15ish wpi:




Hope there's more to come!  Nice work to everyone who's posted so far.
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10  Re: Fiber Friday 08/21/2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by knkurz on: August 22, 2009 06:58:30 AM
I'm a day late, but who cares?!

Nothing super fantastic here like Jazzturtle's work, though.  Just some basic singles, slightly overspun for longer wear.


First up, yarns from roving I bought a couple of weeks ago.  If I posted these last week, I don't remember, and sorry for the repeats, but I'm pretty sure I didn't since I couldn't find any pictures and took pictures of it last night! Wink

Joseph's Coat, 16 wpi, 238 yds, 100% merino:



Spun from:



Rainbow Sherbert, 220 yds, 15 wpi, 80/20 merino/silk:




Fondue, 208 yds, 17-ish wpi?, 70/30 alpaca/tussah (it's SOOOOOOOOOOO soft and gorgeous and shimmery in person!), loose 2-ply:



And unnamed yarn, 112 yds, 18-20 wpi, 100% llama (more about llama in a minute!):





So, last week at the Farmers Market, a lady came by with a giant bag full of raw llama and set it next to me and walked away.  There were almost 12 POUNDS of fur there!  It's super long and delicious, and I didn't have any hand combs, so we fashioned me some ghetto-tastic ones that are perfectly functional Cheesy  So, the llama I spun is fuzz I cleaned and combed myself.  I need practice making continuous roving with a diz (bigger holes would help, oh yes.) but I'm pretty proud of myself.  I haven't taken pictures of the combs yet but I should.  I'll probably stick them in next week. 


I also spun up some more dog hair, this time for a client, and it's gorgeous!  I love how dog hair variegates naturally.


Oddacity, I love the black yarn you spun!  Soooo pretty Smiley

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