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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Purple Haze All Round My Head! (pic gargantuan) on: March 18, 2012 03:45:36 PM
Thanks everyone! I had a lot of fun making it!
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Purple Haze All Round My Head! (pic gargantuan) on: March 17, 2012 11:25:35 PM
Hello All!!! Shocked

I am here to show you the hooded collar (Purple Haze Hood {I love Jimmy}) that I made for this challenge. I started out with some white fiber from Sheep Shed, and spun it all up. I only used about half of the yarn I spun. I used the bluer of the purpleyarn, which was about 403 yards, at about a sport weight. My spinning is much more consistent now than when I made my shawl. The left over yarn that I did not use is about 468 yards.


Spun and Plied yarn soaking to set the twist


Three of the skeins hanging to dry before dying


The other 4 skeins hanging to dry


Dye bath before adding yarn. I used Jacquard Acid dyes in a mixture of Sky Blue and Fire Red to get a purple.


Yarn in bath after sitting in crock pot for about 40 minutes.




Four of the skeins drying.


All of the skeins drying. I measured my fiber, my dye,my vinegar, my water everything and still did not get dependable results. So you can see the difference in the colors.


The skeins and balls. You can really see the color differences here. (yay fuzzy pink slippers)


Cool pic of yarn for all you fiber junkies out there needing a fix. Yummy.


Now to the project. I have been wanting to make a hooded collar type thing for quite some time. I always seem to have the problem that when I wear a hat/scarf combo I still get a cold spot on the back of my neck, and can never quite seem to cover my chest all at the same time. Hence a hooded collar. I searched for days (literally) all over ravelry for something that I liked, that fit exactly what I was going for. The closest things I could find were a hooded collar from Vogue Knittings winter 2011 magazine, and the Katja Collar on ravelry. But the hood was to big a bulky and didnt cover enough neck, and the collar didn't have a hood and didn't cover enough chest.
So I studied photos of different things, made swatches, lots of math was involved, and eventually I came up with my own pattern. There are still some glitches that need to be worked out, but all in all I am very please with it. Above picture is when I was done knitting.


Blocking on the bed. You can really see the cables here and the lace decreasing panels.


This best shows the colors that it turned out. Somehow I got a very definitive blue-ish stripe in there, but it is not nearly as visible when its on. I blocked it flat so that I could really get those points done right, and get the bottom edge stretched correctly. I then grafted the top seam and blocked that. I steam blocked it because I didn't really want my needles to sit in the water, and I didn't want my extra little ball to get wet either.


Back. Designed to have a point at the middle back, on each shoulder and two mini points in the front.


Side view.


Front with six buttons. I can button it up more if I want more chest coverage.


Back side cable and lace detail. I used the firefly cable pattern from Lion Brand's stitch library. I wanted each element of the item to shine. I didn't want the cable to detract from the yarn, and vice versa.

Hope ya'll like it. And I love the other entries! Let me know if you have any questions. It has been a rough couple of weeks. Two deaths within five days, thus 2 funerals in 2 days. Finding out the bank is foreclosing on the condo we are renting. Fun fun and more fun. (Yarn helps though.)

And happy Saint Patty's day! Kiss
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fiber To Fashion Challenge (winter 2012) on: February 29, 2012 03:10:05 PM
I have been done since Sunday. (Neener neener neener) I am now just trying to figure out if I want to make it again so that I can fix the flaws in my self made pattern or leave it as is. I spun way more yarn than I needed. And its already dyed so I just need to knit it.
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fiber To Fashion Challenge (winter 2012) on: February 10, 2012 01:14:35 PM
Okay Bella, in the rules it States the order is fiber, dye, spin, knit/crochet whatever. But what if we spin, then dye? Is that okay? I have already started my spinning and want to dye afterwards.
if so I am totally in.
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sheep Shed Dyesoppers on: October 04, 2011 08:47:44 AM
You probably want to pre-draft the fiber before you spin it so that its a long piece. Its really hard when you are first learning to spin to draft, spin and keep everything going. So if you pre-draft the fiber is much more open and easier to work with than if you don't predraft it. Especially with the way carol packages everything it can be really compacted and hard to work with if you don't.
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cat pee! on: October 04, 2011 08:03:51 AM
I was going to recommend that you try soaking it in a little baking soda, or maybe even in a little oxyclean. Should take the odor out and any stain but also leave the colors the way they should be.
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sheep Shed Dyesoppers on: October 04, 2011 07:39:45 AM
Hi Rodelphia!   Grin  *waves*

To answer your question on the Sheep Shed dyesoppers, mostly the fiber that you get from SSS is commercially prepared TOP. Meaning that the fiber is already prepared. Its been washed, dyed, and combed and is in a loooooonnnnng dense strip of fiber for the most part. The place I started was on Youtube, and found that the best videos that worked for me, were from Theartofmegan (Actually there is a link to one of her videos in the learn to spin links under step 2 pre draft your fiber. Its the first link for a video in the postin.)

She talks about stripping the top lengthwise, then pre-drafting, then spinning it.

Good luck and let us know if you have any further questions.
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sheep to Shawl Challenge! Enter Sept 2 - 8, 2011! on: September 16, 2011 10:25:02 PM
Holy Wow! Thanks to everyone who voted for my project! I greatly appreciate it! I'm astonished!

I agree Antsy, I was really surprised with how the voting went too, and I was really surprised with all the interest that people had in doing the challenge that more people didn't join or vote.

I want to sincerely tell Idler how jealous I am of her beautiful shawl. I am so impressed with her spinning all of that wool on a drop spindle, from a fleece, and dying with onion skins. I know I wouldn't have been able to manage it. And working on it while in France!? Totally jealous!

Nikschaf- The cherry berry shawl is stunning, I love the colors, I just want to eat it, and you have the most adorable model!
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Sheep to Shawl Challenge- Fan Tail Shawl- (pic obese) on: September 03, 2011 08:28:57 PM
Thanks everyone! I need to get a worn picture too. I agree that getting just the right color can be a frustrating process especially since the color looks so much different when its dry too.
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Sheep to Shawl Entry -- Cherry Berry All Shawl on: September 02, 2011 08:13:57 PM
Lovely! The colors are beautiful! And your model is fantastic! Especially with the pajamas, and the fever sticker!
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