Some really great yarns this week. My favorites so far are Casmir's blue yarn, Zombie Queen's seafoam, and Antsy's romney. I want them all, please! Thank you!
Ha ha. Here are my contributions: I took the dirty and noils from the fleece I've been combing and Navajo plied these short 44 yards. I could very easily have gotten more but as I was spinning little bits of dust and dirt were floating into my sinuses. I think I'm going to use them for stuffing from now on, as my husband suggested.
And now that Grand Canyon Frost I told you about! I love it! I spun it really thin (that seems to be all I can do for singles anymore) and got about 2 bobbins full. Then I Navajo plied it. I didn't know how it would come out, and was almost regretting it while plying because it seems since I learned how to Navajo it's all I want to do, but while I was winding it onto my Niddy Noddy I decided I really like it. I got about 75 yards from 1 bobbin and 115 yards from the other.
I should also mention that today was so nice, I sat outside to ply it. First sunburn of the year!
I made these a while ago because I remembered having them as a kid but had no idea where I would find one AND I was on a mesh kick. They are a little warped because they have been in use and let's face it, crochet is supposed to have stretch, right? I used yarn that I stole from some sweaters.
Then I realized why make it white? They are all white! I made the one for my baby's room in pink chenille (again, STOLEN!)
I just learned that they are actually called "storage hammocks" and when I did a Google search, I found out that I was right, they only come in White! Good thing I make my own, eh?
I am only using push pins to hold them up, though I'm thinking if I make more then maybe I will need some D rings? I'm also thinking about using some bias tape on the sides so they don't sag so much. What do you think? Would that work? Any thoughts on a way to do it better?
Great job you guys! New yarns are the best. Nik, I know what you mean about working really hard to make a thick yarn!
I almost posted this first pic on Monday, just because it fit. I was combing my wool on Monday and I kept seeing this:
Appropriate? I think so!
Last week I posted a yarn that was still on the bobbin, this week (Monday) I finished it, and learned some Navajo plying. Is this what is also called chain plying? I found it thoroughly amusing and it plied really fast!
110 yards of Rambouilette, cleaned, combed, spun by me. I am so proud of myself!
Not much to share this week but I figured I may as well get this started, right? I finally got some wool combs to help me process the fleece that one of the ladies from my MOPS group gave me last year! I already had to rave about them to Belledune. I got small basket full and ecided I was done with that, I wanted to spin! I was going to take a picture of the basket full but got a little impatient so here's the first little "nest" I made with some of the fleece for reference:
And What I have spun so far:
I think I'm going to try to Navajo ply (?) it after I spin a bunch more and watch some videos on that technique. I also got my first Niddy Noddy this past week. Haven't used it yet, but I'm excited!
I found this tute a while ago and made my mom and her sister some bowls for Christmas 2009. Sorry I don't have pics of those, but that's the inspiration for these boxes.
I needed storage for my son's room, and within a week found the perfect shelves. Then I remembered the bowls I had made and how easy it would be to make boxes like them, so I cut out enough fabric and batting to make 12, 2 different sizes, and made these 2, complete with handles:
Learning experience #1: They don't work very well. The smaller one is better, but they are way to flimsy to hold toys. So I figured adding some paper board int here would work, but holy crap, making the handles would be hell! And I was already done with my cutting! I didn't want to cut more. So I set the pieces aside and waited. Then a few days ago I had an epiphany: they don't NEED handles! So I cut up some cardboard 1/2" smaller than the fabric pieces and attempted another.
Learning experience #2: If I'm not willing to bend the cardboard, it won't go through my machine when I want to connect them. Half the connections on that one were hand sewn. Killer on my fingers, but like they day, it's not made with love if you didn't bleed, right? So I despaired again, until I called my mom today (to help with a cooking problem) and while we were talking, the boxes came up and I knew immediately how to do it: don't sew in the cardboard until after they pieces are connected! AHA! So I made this one pretty quickly today:
And now I am happy. Well, as happy as I can be. I was hoping to make them reversible but with the cardboard it doesn't really work. But that's not what's important! We now have boxes for his shelving! Only 8 more to make. I can do it before the paint cures.
I'm not slacking! My camera is. Hippie, you are amazing as always. Catielove, your colors make me happy.
Here's what I spun this week. The rest of the January Diamond Club from Knit on Etsy. About 2 oz. This one wasn't as well mixed so it came out pretty much pink and green split down the middle.
Then after I set the twist, I decided to ply it with last weeks, the first part of the diamond club. And it came out pretty much right when the first bobbin was full, the pink was done so the first looks like it was just plied with pink and the second just plied with Green. I like it. I was thinking about sending the green to my brothers MIL but probably not because *drama* About 85 yards of each.
And it doesn't look so Christmas-y now! Yay! That's it.
Oh, but I did make a purchase of a niddy noddy and some wool combs yesterday so I'm thinking in about 2 weeks you might be getting a treat of some yarn made from some fleece I prepped myself. Oh joy!
Sorry you get me starting again this week but I am awake so why not?
First we have some random Mish Mash yarn. I have a big thing of smallballs of yarn, remnants if you will, I'm sure you're all familiar with my stash as I'm sure you all have one of your own. I was tired of it so I pulled out all the yellows and white, cut some up and kind of core spun it with some blue from Sheep Shed. There were some eyelash and furry yarns, so I didn't core spin it very much, but there were also some acrylic yarns in there. Didn't really get much de-stashed, but it was amusing. Won't say it was fun because it wouldn't feed into the orifice most times, but it was amusing and I like the end result. Anyway, enough babble, here's a pic.
about 48 yards total, 2 bobbins worth
And my other yarn this week is spun from my first month of Knit It Up's Diamond Club, which I get a whole year's worth of for free! Kind of Christmas-y feeling, but again it was amusing, and more nicer to spin than the Mish Mash. You can't really tell in this pic but it's super shiny.
about 185 yards, 2 oz batt, (Merino, tencel, Firestar, and Angelina)