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71  Fiber Friday -- November 12, 2010 in Spinning: Completed Projects by nikschaf on: November 12, 2010 09:00:54 AM
Wow -- this is my first time starting a Fiber Friday!

This is my most recent yarn.  I call it "Secret Garden."  
It's 204 yards of a very overspun thick and thin single.  My son and I oven dyed the roving with Wilton's.  This was my first time using a black & white roving from Sheep Shed Studio and the black stripe felted TERRIBLY during dyeing which made for a challenging spin.  It was hard to draft the black wool, which made for the thick and thin, but I loved how the colors turned out so much I didn't mind.  I'm very happy with the yarn, and think maybe I'll make it into a hat.  With the black and white roving, next time I'll spin it first and dye it later to avoid the felting.

Here's another view of the yarn:

And a view of the predrafted roving before I spun it:

I can't wait to see what other lovely yarns you all have this week!

ETA: I hung the yarn from our silly swinging gnome, b/c it was the only sunny spot in the yard when I wanted to take pics.  It also cracks me up, because it looks like he's in a nest of yarn.
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72  Re: Fiber Friday - October 1, 2010 in Spinning: Completed Projects by nikschaf on: October 01, 2010 10:00:30 AM
Wow -- I love every single colorway of the yarns posted so far.  Gorgeous stuff, ladies!

My entry this week is 319 yards of a steely blue merino plied with dark brown yarn thread.  I don't have a name for it, because honestly spinning that blue single almost bored me to tears.  I think I've gotten too used to the entertainment value of painting the roving with my son and then watching how all the different colors blend as I spin.  I do like the final product though.  I think I'll crochet it into a scarf for a good friend of mine.

And a close up so you can see the brown thread better:

Plied with thread, not yarn.  Oops!
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73  Re: Try a Furoshiki! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by nikschaf on: September 17, 2010 01:53:26 PM
Love this!!  That fabric you chose is so gorgeous, and perfect for furoshiki!!!  

EDIT:  I forgot to mention how super cool it is that you figured out that fat quarters are a good size for furoshiki!  Especially since you can buy so many coordinated fabrics in fat quarters.  How fun to have a bunch of furoshiki that coordinate with each other!   Grin

I've been using furoshiki for purses now for a long time, and always get compliments.  They're so light and easy to carry.  I've also been using furoshiki to wrap gifts -- so much easier than even using gift bags!

I haven't had a lot of time for sewing, but found that vintage silk scarves make wonderful furoshiki for those who are pressed for time.  Here's a pic from one of my previous posts, showing lots of furoshiki-bound scarves hanging out to dry after hand-washing them:    
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74  Re: Fiber Friday 09/10/2010 in Spinning: Completed Projects by nikschaf on: September 10, 2010 01:04:29 PM
Ooh -- I love Cabin Fever!  I'd love to see it spun up.

It may be cheating to post mine, since I already posted it as a work-in-progress 2 weeks ago, but here is Tequila Sunrise finished up.  It's a single on the left, and a 2-ply on the right.  They are both one-yard skeins, but you can see how much "sproingier" the single is!  I like seeing the differences in the two yarns.  It was my first time doing a real 2-ply, since I've only plied using thread in the past.

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75  Re: Fiber Friday-Aug 27, 2010 in Spinning: Completed Projects by nikschaf on: August 27, 2010 01:08:44 PM
I've never heard of that breed before.  How was it to spin?  Is it soft?  The finished yarn turned out darker than I would have expected based on the roving.  Very pretty!

Mine's just a work in progress this week.  I was hoping to have it finished but didn't have much spinning time this week.  I call it "Tequila Sunrise."  It's Sheep Shed Studio mill end rovings which my son and I oven-dyed with wilton dyes and kool-aid.  It's VERY bright (much brighter than I would normally wear) so I'm not sure what I'll do with the finished yarn.  I'm planning to ply it with itself, but am still considering plying it with either a natural undyed yarn or maybe red sewing thread.

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76  Re: Fiber Friday Funness!!! August 6, 2010 in Spinning: Completed Projects by nikschaf on: August 06, 2010 12:31:16 PM
Yummy yarns!!  I, too, love seeing what folks make with their handspun.

Here's mine for the week.  It's 4 oz of corriedale.  The roving's colorway didn't have a name, so I'm calling it "amethyst mine."  Might not make sense as a name, but it's what kept running through my mind as I was spinning it! 

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77  Re: Fiber Friday July 30, 2010 in Spinning: Completed Projects by nikschaf on: July 30, 2010 08:17:18 AM
Those greens are so pretty!  Question: what are the waste bags from World of Wool?  I've never heard of that before -- is it just kind of a grab bag?

I finally have something to post this week!  Mine is "Peacock."  94 yards hand spun on a homemade CD drop spindle before I bought my wheel.  The very dark blue and green are merino, the rest is corriedale.  I had a sample variety pack of lots of colors of roving from Mielke's, so I held a peacock feather up next to the roving and grabbed all the colors I saw in the feather.  I split them into roughly even sizes and tried to repeat the colors in roughly the same order.  It's been languishing on my spindle forever, because I'd decided I didn't like it at all, but now that it's off the spindle I really do like it!  I think I'll make a rapunzel scarf with it.

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78  embroidered Sailor Jerry Tattoo Napkins - part 2 of 3 in Needlework: Completed Projects by nikschaf on: May 14, 2010 12:00:25 PM
Finally the continuation of the project I first posted here:  

I'm making a set of 12 embroidered Sailor Jerry tattoo napkins.  This is the second set of 4.

Pinup Girl.  I added the stars to kind of balance out the composition, and I really like how she turned out.

"Death Before Dishonor"  I went a little crazy shading this one:


Another pinup

Thanks for looking!  

eta: fixed link to original post.
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79  Re: Fiber Friday-May 14,2010 in Spinning: Completed Projects by nikschaf on: May 14, 2010 11:50:26 AM
I never get tired of seeing everyone's beautiful yarns!  I finally have something to share this week, just a work in progress.  I'm spinning 4 oz of corriedale.  The second photo shows my wheel, with some of the unspun fiber in a basket, and the whisk and candle snuffer my 3 year-old insists on hanging on the handle of my wheel. (?)

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80  Re: Fiber Friday April 9th, 2010 in Spinning: Completed Projects by nikschaf on: April 09, 2010 09:03:30 AM
I love the yarns this week!  I really love "Oasis" and I'm not usually even a laceweight girl!

Here's mine for the week:  I call it "Plum Pudding."  It's about 100 yards, SSS roving, I oven dyed the roving with Kool-Aid.  I plied it with navy blue sewing thread.  It's my second attempt at spinning on my new wheel.

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