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771  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: all about the core on: February 10, 2010 01:49:59 PM
I love the look of corespun yarn!  I think that blue/green combo is my favorite -- so peaceful and reminds me of the ocean.  Very inspiring!
772  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Febuary Fiber on: February 10, 2010 01:48:23 PM
Such vibrant colors!  Gorgeous!!!
773  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: First go at felting (needle + wet) flowers and a bird. on: February 09, 2010 08:28:22 PM
They all look great!  I have to say I especially love the bird.  I have a bluebird tattoo, and it made me think of that. 
774  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Does anyone have a Bellus or Fidelis wheel? on: February 09, 2010 02:57:03 PM
If anyone is curious, I did finally find ONE review of a fidelis (single treadle) wheel on knittinghelp.com, but I'd still like to know more from someone with firsthand experience with one.  http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=86938
775  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Does anyone have a Bellus or Fidelis wheel? on: February 08, 2010 02:08:14 PM
I'm getting WAY ahead of myself here, thinking about how much I might like a wheel.  After all, I've just made my first laughable attempt with a drop spindle.  (Will post pics of my first yarn soon.)  But I can just FEEL that spinning is very likely something I will really enjoy.

I don't have immediate plans to get a wheel, but I'm just starting to research for down the road, if I'm still enjoying spinning and want to move to a wheel.  I will plan to take a wheel spinning class first, but I'm not sure I'll be able to "try before I buy" with a Bellus, because I'm doubting very many people have one.

I've searched all over for reviews of the Bellus or Fidelis, and I'm not finding any.  I've seen lots of folks who say, "it looks like a good wheel" or even found posts from folks who decided to buy one, but no posts from folks who have had one of the wheels for a while and used it.  I'm quite a thrifty gal, so the Bellus appeals to me -- I feel drawn to it.  The other thrifty wheel option seems to be a Babe, but I'm not sure I can get past my dislike of its appearance.  I don't have a separate craft room, so my wheel will be living with me, and if I don't like the looks I'm afraid I might not want to use it as much.

So, does anyone have a Bellus or Fidelis and can tell me how they feel about it after using it for a while?  Here's a link to the website:  http://www.heavenlyhandspinning.com/e-commerce-solutions-catalog.html
776  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Learn to Spin. Step 2: Drafting on: February 07, 2010 09:06:56 AM
Ooh, good idea to use the quilting ruler for making the skein!  I have one of those and I wouldn't have thought of using it.  Your yarn looks so pretty!!  Is it your first time spinning?  It looks so even!
777  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Dehydrating food in oven on: February 06, 2010 11:19:50 AM
I've dried tomatoes and fruit leather in my gas oven successfully.  Never tried peppers or onions though. I briefly explained the process I use in my response to this post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=336187.10
778  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: dehydrator love with instructions on: February 06, 2010 11:17:22 AM
Great idea to buy produce at its peak and do a lot of drying at once!

I've been making homemade fruit leather in my oven.  (I don't have a dehydrator.)  I line my cookie sheets with parchment paper, because the thought of heating up plastic wrap in my oven oogs me out, even though supposedly it won't melt at super low temps.  I put my oven on a super low temp (maybe 150 degrees) for a few hours, then turn off the oven, leave the door closed till it's not tacky to the touch anymore.  I especially love the fruit leather with some pureed banana in it!

I really should try making some apple rings and stuff.  it would be fun to have a whole stash of dried fruits without spending a fortune.
779  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered Sailor Jerry Tattoo Napkins on: February 05, 2010 03:52:24 PM
Thank you so much!!

It's funny, my husband even loves these!  He had his buddies over to play cards one night, and brought down the napkins to show them off!  :-)
780  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Louis Wain Cat with Lute on: February 02, 2010 06:58:59 AM
I love this!  I had never heard of this artist -- I'm gonna have to check out his work!
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