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1  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Yarnies Vs Sewists Rd2 Signups closed send by August 30 on: August 20, 2010 12:37:31 PM
I dropped my package off at the post office on my way home from work today! I'm a little nervous to have my irreplaceable hand knitted items at the mercy of disgruntled postal workers for several weeks (my package is going to be an international traveler!) but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will reach it's destination intact.
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Yarnies Vs Sewists Rd2 Signups closed send by August 30 on: August 16, 2010 03:56:59 PM
Woo! Finished! Approximately 16,800 tiny stitches in 5 days! Now I just gotta get it in the dye bath, block it to within an inch of it's life, and get this baby out on the road (and over a sea or two ...)!
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Yarnies Vs Sewists Rd2 Signups closed send by August 30 on: August 14, 2010 11:27:00 AM
I'm about 75% finished with the project I'm working on. I just timed myself to see how long a row took, out of curiosity and because I've got a lot of stitches on the needle right now. 15 minutes wrong side, 42 minutes right side!

Good thing I've only got about 20 rows left!
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday, July 16, 2010 on: July 16, 2010 08:43:47 PM
No spinning to speak of this week - it's been unbearably hot, and sitting with a big pile of wool in your lap doesn't do much to help matters.

I did, however, finish knitting two items this week using handspun yarn!

The first is a hat. It's the hurricane hat from string in motion (pattern here: http://stringinmotion.blogspot.com/2008/04/hurricane-hat-copyright-sunshineknits.html)
Excuse the shiny face, as I mentioned, it's currently a billion and one degrees in my house. Also excuse the fact that my hat is crooked and not a whole lot of it is in the picture - I wasn't willing to wear the hat long enough (DID I MENTION IT'S A BILLION DEGREES?!) to take a better photo.


The second is a cover for my headphones. Cute as a button, and I don't have to deal with my headphone cord being tangled up on itself anymore!


Everyone's yarn looks lovely as usual Smiley
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday - July 9, 2010 on: July 10, 2010 10:59:07 PM
Oooh, what are you knitting with that? I wanna see!
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday - July 9, 2010 on: July 10, 2010 12:16:46 PM
Okay. So it's not quite Friday anymore, I admit. But this is the first post I'll be making that has photos instead of links, so I feel like that should make up for the tardiness!

The yarn I spun this week was an experiment. I started out with 1 ounce of merino wool, and spun it as thinly as possible. I ended up with 450 yards.  I then navajo plied that single, and ended up with 150 yards of 3-ply lace weight. I then navajo plied THAT yarn, and ended up with 50 yards of a worsted weight 6-ply. Surprisingly, it came off the bobbin evenly plied, despite all the manipulation!

Stats are:
1 ounce merino wool, 'Brightwood' (dyed by Hanks In The Hood)
50 yards, 6-ply(ish)
12 WPI

Here's a photo of it in a skein:


A photo of some of the individual loose strands:


And finally, a photo of a small swatch I knitted on US 8 needles. I adore the fabric this yarn creates. The picture absolutely doesn't do it justice. In fact, I love it so much that I'm seriously considering spinning the other 3 ounces the same way, despite the fact that a) spinning yarn the width of a hair is nerve-wracking and b) the method I used is a serious yardage-hog.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: What Happens When One is Bored at the Supermarket?[twist tie craft] on: July 10, 2010 11:22:50 AM
This is seriously amazing. Love it.
8  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Dinosaur Cookies & Cakes! on: July 10, 2010 11:22:09 AM
Aw, those little spots on the dinosaur cookies are just too cute.
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Monsters monsters monstersssss on: July 10, 2010 11:19:49 AM
Aaah!dorable
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Striped Tunic on: July 10, 2010 11:14:25 AM
Oh, is this the Kangaroo Tunic? I've knit this before. I don't wear it very often, but it was really fun to knit!
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