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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting with pencil roving on: November 02, 2009 05:49:47 PM
I picked up some Bernat Roving today, which I think is pencil roving, though it might be just really-loosely-spun singles. Anyway, I started to knit with it, and it's worrisome because as I knit, the yarnrovingwhatever becomes looser and looser, and I'm afraid I'm going to pull it apart.... Is there anything I can do other than 'be really really really careful'?
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Do your eyes have trouble focussing after you knit for a while? on: September 30, 2009 10:54:48 PM
My problem is, when I knit for a while, then stop and look up, everything looks really weird. If you wear glasses, it kind of looks like what happens if one lens falls out and you're looking at the world with one eye through a corrective lens, and the other normal. I tried various degrees of eye-crossing to try and fix it, and that helped me at least read the screen a little, but as soon as I relax my eyes, they go back to being weird. Has anyone else noticed this? I know it's not my eyes going bad, because for one thing they're already bad, and I'm only twenty...
23  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday, Sept 25, 2009 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!

24  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / What do you use to wash raw wool? on: September 19, 2009 01:25:37 AM
I've heard of a couple company names, namely Unicorn Fibre and Kookaburra, that sell wool scouring solutions. I also know that a lot of people use Dawn. What other washes are out there that you guys know of, and what are your experiences with them?

(My dad ordered a fleece for me by surprise. I'm so excited, especially now that I know what NOT to do!)
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Second Sock Syndrome on: September 17, 2009 03:59:26 PM
Well, I'm experiencing my first case of Second Sock Syndrome. Kinda. I'm nowhere near good enough to attempt an actual sock yet, but I made one wrist-warmer. Now I just have to make the other one. Anyone have tips to avoid Second Sock Syndrome? And its cousin, This-One-Doesn't-Look-The-Same-As-The-First-One Syndrome?
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Is this a dropped stitch? (Picture included) on: September 13, 2009 07:43:52 PM
So I've got the basic idea of how to fix a dropped stitch, even if it's back several rows, but what confuses me is knowing when I've actually dropped one. I'm knitting something now, and I think I may have dropped a stitch, but I'm not sure, since I didn't actually cast on a certain amount of stitches or count how many there were, as much as measuring the length as I went. I'm kind of flying by the seat of my pants. So when I saw this, I thought perhaps it was a dropped stitch.



Is this a dropped stitch? It's not as obvious what it looks like as in real life, but the edge of the fabric is nice and even, and then there's this big loose loop that looks out of place. Should I go ahead and draw that loopy thing up, in and out of the stitches above it? I haven't gotten very far, so I don't mind frogging the whole thing and starting over, but I think I should probably make sure to find out what a dropped stitch is when I have one. For future reference.
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Getting past instant gratification on: September 07, 2009 03:21:45 PM
This might seem kind of weird to see in a knitting board, but I'm a beginning knitter, and I've noticed that it takes a good while before my knitting starts to actually go anywhere. I want to learn new things and make things that I can enjoy, but I've got the same problem that a lot of people have nowadays. I'm impatient. I have to finish things quickly so that I can show off what I've done. And in a lot of cases, if I can't get something done quickly, I get frustrated.

I've figured out that the reason for this is that these days, everything is fast. Internet connections are high speed, we all eat fast food, talk to friends through instant messaging, many meals are instant (and yet I still get irritable having to wait three minutes for the microwave to go off!)

So my question to all of you is this: How do you overcome the impatience? Or are you like me, with tons of half-finished projects lying around neglected?
28  Texas / Texas: North Central / North Dallas Spinners - Spin In Public Day on: September 05, 2009 04:20:35 PM
As you may or may not know, September 19th is not only International Talk Like A Pirate Day, but it's also World Wide Spin In Public Day! All over the world, people are planning to gather in craft stores, coffee shops, libraries, churches, local parks, or any other public place to spin in public. I've noticed a distinct lack of Spin In Public events for the North Dallas area, and as a novice spinner, I was wondering if there were any spinners out there who would be interested in coming to an event in the Frisco/Lewisville/Plano/The Colony area.
29  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Worldwide Spin In Public Day! on: September 03, 2009 10:01:53 AM
I just found out about this awesome little holiday for spinners, which just so happens to be the same day as Talk Like A Pirate Day, September 19th! So I have to remember fewer dates.

The basic idea is this - You pack up your wheel or spindle and either take it with you to a public place and be that lone weird person who does strange things in the coffee shop (a title I'm always happy to earn!) OR find or organize a Spin In Public event in your area so that other spinners can come too.

http://www.wwsipday.com - This site has lists of SIP events and instructions on hosting your own.

I'm going to look like a real nutjob, dressed up in my lady pirate garb with my spindle and talking like a pirate...
30  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday, August 28, 2009 on: August 28, 2009 02:15:55 PM
It's almost 4pm here, and no fiber friday thread? :O I'm shocked!

Alrighty, here goes. I didn't do a lot of spinning this week, but I did spin up a little sample of the roving I dyed last week. Again, the colors are a lot paler and more muted here than in real life.




I also dyed up a bunch of roving. I was intending to make it look sort of like yams, but it wound up looking more like a dreamcicle. If you can't tell in the photo, there's a lot of white streaks as well as darker spots. It was really crazy before I attacked it with my DIY hackle. The shorter bits that were left on the hackle, I took off and carded. My mom says they look like carrots and I have to agree...





I went to Goodwill and Ross the other day looking for a dress for my mom and an ugly sweater for a project I'm doing. I didn't find an appropriate sweater, but I did find this little gem. For 99 cents! It was originally a funnel-neck, but I forgot to take pictures of it before I took off the neck. The tag reads, "40% merino, 30% viscose, 20% angora rabbit fur, 10% cashmere". I put the sweater on after I took off the collar, and it still looks pretty good. It's ridiculously itchy, too, so I guess I'll stick to hats and such with this yarn.




Half of the funnel neck, next to the other half in cake form.




Close-up of the yarn




I also grabbed this pretty little scarf. I wish I could've gotten both of them. The other one had slightly lighter tones of pink than this one, but the scarves themselves looked almost identical. I'm in love with it, not only because it's a pretty scarf, but because I'm going to cut it up and steal all the lovely yarn out of it. Cheesy





And that's it for me this week. Nothing particularly noteworthy. I need to finish up some other projects, so I won't really have time for much in the coming weeks, but I'll post what I do get done!

Now someone else post some pretty yarns! I need my weekly yarn-gazing fix, dangit!
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