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1  My first handspun project! in Spinning: Completed Projects by SpecialKRJ on: November 10, 2010 12:58:29 PM
This is the first time I've knitted with my handspun, but my boyfriend's best friend REALLY wanted a beanie to wear while he does poi, and when he saw the stuff I'd made with my wheel, he practically begged me to make it from handspun yarn. I didn't get a picture of one of the yarns, and the project took up less than I expected, but here you go!













The end! Cheesy I'm quite proud.
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2  Fiber Friday, July 16, 2010 in Spinning: Completed Projects by SpecialKRJ on: July 16, 2010 07:17:03 AM
Since no one else has started it yet, I'll kick off this Friday with my first decent and even yarn on my new wheel. It's undyed BFL.



This is my first two wheel-spun singles plied on the wheel. It's the same undyed BFL and brown mystery mill ends.



This one's my secondish (I think) yarn, also mystery mill ends. I tried to steam it over a pot of boiling water, but I accidentally scorched it and now it smells like burnt hair (ew!) and has gross little crispy brown fibers all over it.



This one's also BFL. I dyed one batch orange kool-aid, the other one fruit punch kool-aid, and hand-carded them together. It's my first attempt at long draw, and it was a pain in the butt, but I like how it looks. My mom calls it September Sunrise.






And this is my brand-new Kiwi! Love her so much <3





That's all I got this week. I'm excited to see what other people have made; I've got bunches of fiber sitting around and I sure could use some inspiration. Wink
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3  Holes in the heel when knitting socks in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by SpecialKRJ on: February 20, 2010 04:43:09 PM
Not sure how to describe this one, but I'm knitting a sock toe-up from the same pattern I've used before, and the instructions go something like this:

"Divide half of the stitches onto 2 needles and leave for instep.
Knit the stitches off 1st needle onto 3rd needle.
Purl 23, turn
Knit 22, turn
Purl 21, turn
Continue in this manner, with 1 less stitch at the end of every row until there are 8 stitches

P9, turn
K10, turn
P11, turn
Continue in this manner, having 1 more st at the end of every row to 24 stitches. Place marker at the end of last row

Knit in rounds across all 48 sts until work from marker measures 7 inches."

Now, my problem is that when I began the part where I had 8 stitches and started working one more stitch each round, it stretched the stitches so that it made holes.

A picture of a finished sock with the holes:



I already finished two socks with the holes, but now that I'm making a pair for my mom, I want to know if there's a way to prevent these holes on her pair. (I tried just pulling the stitches tighter, but it didn't really do much.)

Any suggestions?
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4  Spinning Bowl? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by SpecialKRJ on: November 24, 2009 08:03:10 AM
So I'm going to be doing this church thing this Christmas called A Night in Bethlehem. It's basically going to be lots of different people doing historically accurate things from biblical Israel. I volunteered to be a woman spinning, because I'm a geek like that. Tongue I'm going to be preparing my natural brown and white merino to spin, I'm making a spindle to match the types they used at the time, but while doing my research I came across something pretty awesome.

It's a bowl that they use to keep yarns separate while they're plying, or just to hold onto their fiber. The book I found it in called it a spinning bowl, and I found a copy of it on Wikipedia. It's basically got this McDonald's symbol 3D on the bottom so it's like two arches.



Anyone know where I could get one of those? I've checked around etsy, but all I can find is supported spindle accessories. This spindle's more like a navajo spindle, and they don't actually touch the bowl. The bowl is kind of a distaff, I guess you could say.
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5  First knitting project! Pics and link to free pattern in Knitting: Completed Projects by SpecialKRJ on: November 10, 2009 04:56:00 PM
This is my first real knitting project, though I knit a couple swatches of random stuff before, I've never actually knit something that was meant to be USED as anything. So here's one! A hat!



It's the Floopy hat, and I got the pattern here:  http://presentsknits.blogspot.com/2008/07/free-pattern-floopy-hat.html

I love it, but I'm going to make another one because the pencil roving didn't make the hat as floppy as I was hoping it would be. So this time I'm going to use the recommended yarn, and I have someone who's willing to buy the yarn for me, granted that I give them the finished project. Tongue

So there's that!
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6  Re: Fiber Friday 10/23/2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by SpecialKRJ on: October 23, 2009 04:54:49 PM
Ooh so many pretties!

This's a bunch of stuff I've spun in the past few weeks that I've been unable to post because my brother stole my camera...

Princess & the Pea (bad pictures, because it was sunset!)



Snow Queen


Cherry-ade


Borealis (in progress)


I can't find my little mini-skein of milk yarn. Sad I wanted to show it off.

Also, corespinning and tailspinning are very similar. You work up a lot of twist in the core yarn, hold the fiber or lock perpendicular to the yarn, and let the ends catch on it and get wrapped up in the twist. Plying with thread is pretty easy, you just keep the thread straight and taut and let the singles wrap around it. I've not figured out supercoils, because I can never get mine to work right, but I think the concept is similar to plying with thread. *Shrug!*
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7  Re: Help required - hat pattern in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by SpecialKRJ on: October 06, 2009 10:15:32 AM
I would check Ravelry if I were you. They have tons of super cute ones. I actually found this one yesterday, and while it doesn't stick up like you mentioned, it's very pixie-ish, and super adorable.




http://presentsknits.blogspot.com/2008/07/free-pattern-floopy-hat.html
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8  Re: The random SPINNY babble thread :-) in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by SpecialKRJ on: September 28, 2009 03:14:16 PM
Sad That makes me sad for soooo many reasons.

  • You have a drum carder. Jealousy.
  • You have a loooot of fiber. More jealousy.
  • My room is a total disaster, so I have nowhere to go with my fiber, and it's all over the place.
  • I think it's really really awesome that craftster has a bulleted list capability.

Alsoooo, I have something that may interest you all...

It involves this lovely tapestry:



http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113223398
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9  Fiber Friday, Sept 25, 2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by SpecialKRJ on: September 25, 2009 11:57:02 AM
It's almost 2pm here and no Fiber Friday thread! I've been busy this week, so I have a lot to show off. First, the new stuff, spun from my Phat Fiber samples!



This's Dragon Skin, superwash merino from Knitty & Color (I think) and it's ridiculously soft oh my freaking gosh SERIOUSLY. I can't stop cuddling with it. It's the first time I've spun merino, and the first time I've spun superwash.



I think this one's Dragon Tail, and I can't recall who it's from (I think I left the label at my friend's house. Sad) but it's llama, alpaca, something, and mohair. First time spinning any of those fibers, though!



This is Bippity Boppity Boo from someone I forgot again, and it's icicle, angelina, and... merino, I think? My first time spinning angelina and I have no idea what icicle is, but I've never spun it either. It's so pretty, you can't see it here, but it's got so many subtle colors and it's so sparkly and lovely.

Also I spun some more of my dreamsicle-colored roving that I dyed from stinky orange kool-aid (it STILL smells like kool-aid!) but I didn't full this one as much as the other, and it's really super fluffy. I'm proud of it!



And finally, I was bored so I took some of the Lion Brand homespun yarn in Quartz, it's acrylic stuffs, but it's shimmery and soft, and I unplied it and hand-carded it with some reddish pinkish BFL I'd dyed earlier. It's pretty!



That's me for this week. I'm gonna be super busy 'cause <3 so much fiber! Pleeeeease tell me I'm not the only contributer this week!

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10  Re: The random SPINNY babble thread :-) in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by SpecialKRJ on: September 17, 2009 10:41:11 PM
Sad I'm no help, I've only used food coloring and koolaid.

I do have a weird question though. When I showed my fianc the wrist warmer I just knitted, he really liked the design that the variegated yarn made. It's nothing special, just some regular pooling (sort of looks like a barcode, actually) but he wants me to knit him a beanie, and he asked if I could make that pattern on the beanie. I said I could try, but since I'm new to knitting, I'm not really familiar with how yarn would pool on a beanie like that, so I wouldn't really know how to dye it. I explained pooling to him and told him that sometimes it can come out really ugly, and I sent him the following picture as reference.




His response? "Whoa. Can you do that with the beanie?"

I started laughing, and he asked me what was funny. I was like, "You WANT it to look like that?" He thinks it looks cool. XD So, any tips on what I would normally never want to do when dyeing? Maybe like I was talking about with the design, knit one up and mark off where I want it to pool, then dye it like that and re-knit it? D: sounds like a lot of work...  Does anyone make self-uglifying yarn? Cheesy

EDIT: Nevermind. >.< He changed his mind.
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