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281  Re: Fiber Friday April 29th, 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: April 30, 2011 06:53:40 AM
Volumortuus: I am assuming the "camel" is the brown fiber in there? That looks great. I love brights paired with neutrals.

Amazing: you're yarn is amazing. I love thick and thin, and that looks very thick! How is the egg-dye working for you? I guess you already had the twist set, but when I set mine the blue bled a bit. Maybe I didn't rinse it enough?

Sarah: I keep wanting to call you Jen this morning. Very bad, don't know why. I didn't get visited by a Bunny or Rabbit this Easter, but that yarn is great. I've been surprised by my reaction to the feel of some yarns myself. I had a batt that was very almost scratchy feeling but the way it felt going through my hands was the most tactile bliss I've felt with my wheel so far.  Shocked O-face!

Calluna: core-spinning on drop? I never would have thought about it. It looks like a lot of fun!

I do have a contribution this week, but I haven't uploaded the photos yet. Maybe today? I have learned that usually I get about 2oz of fiber on my bobbin, but with cashmere I get more. Like, 3-4 oz. Anyone know why?
Also, I got an extra $200 in my crafting budget this month because of our super awesome tax return so yesterday I bought over $200 wirth of fiber! OK, so $100 was Spinning the Seasons for the rest of the year from Knit It Up, hence filling out the rest of the year (I only had through June), but the other $112.50 was for 7 braids from another shop I just found last night. Their fiber was cheap but looked good and some of them were dyed using the Fibonacci sequence somehow. Intrigued!

here's what I got this week. I spun up March's "Season" which had Cashmere in it, which is the one I got all 4 oz of on my bobbin then chain plied it to this:

Last week I got those raw fleeces I've been so excited about all year and decided to spin some int he grease. So I did! I'm posting more in the SAL.
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282  Re: Storage Hammock for flat wall Prototype #1 in Crochet: Completed Projects by jexxican on: April 27, 2011 06:44:01 PM
Here's #3!

In the yellow corner... weighing in at 22 inches....
She wants this one and the long one, or so she says.

Bella, you really want a pattern?! I could find my notes, but it's really pretty simple I promise.
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283  Re: Ongoing spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) in Craftalongs by jexxican on: April 22, 2011 02:45:38 PM
Ooh, Bella, I love it. Be careful, when I tried to dye with egg colors the blue washes out, at least of the purple I mixed up with it. I am excited to see how that roving comes out and then to see how it spin up!. Is that swap yarn? Ahaha!

My yarns all plied up, in case you guys don't check the FF or spun to finished thread, so exciting to me! Sorry I can't stop posting it!
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284  Re: Spun to finished photos in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: April 22, 2011 09:25:33 AM
I made some yarn this week, and already crocheted it up into a poncho for my 18 month old. The colors came out a  little more saturated than I wanted them too, but in the whole project I think it looks just fine.  Here are some clicky photos of the whole process:

And here is the yarn:

And the whole poncho:

Gratuitous baby shot:

Anyone think I'll be able to find a pink sleeveless dress to go under this today? I hope so!
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285  Re: Fiber Friday April 22, 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: April 22, 2011 09:14:48 AM
Hippie, it's always hard to choose a favorite of yours. But I don't have to, right? I liek them all. What do you mean by "magic blend?"

charaxesdistanti, I have a hard time getting an even weight too. Then this week I tried spinning woolen and wow, I have to start learning to make it even all over again! I really like the last picture you posted. The colors are very happy.

Here's what I have this week, you remember that wool I was combing all last month? Well, I dyed it last week before we left for TX and then I carded it and spun it and I even got it crocheted up this week! This is the only picture I got of it, I had already worked up over 1/2 of it, oops!

And here it is worked up on my 18 month olf, just for the sake of posting a baby shot:

My husband says it is his favorite yarn that I have ever spun. I think that's the woolen working its magic.
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286  Dem Bones in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by jexxican on: April 20, 2011 02:29:28 PM
I made these for the Ami Addiction swap Round 2 and wanted to share them here. My partner loves Halloween and her favorite colors are pinka nd orange so I thought these were called for:

Individual shots:

I got the pattern from Yarn or Fabric and it's the only pattern I have ever bought not in a book. I think they came out a little too Day of the Dead, but I still they they were fun. I was thinking about making a blue one for my nephews birthday but then I found a really cool monster book and that idea went right out the window. Oh well, now I have the pattern forever and can make one for future nephew birthdays, right? I mean, I do have 3 nephews, not to mention my own 4 year old.
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287  Re: Ongoing spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) in Craftalongs by jexxican on: April 20, 2011 10:32:30 AM
Hippie, I am so excited for you! The girl I get my fleece from is ready to give me this years and she thinks I'm insane for being this excited. First thing I am going to do with them is try spinning in the grease.

Astor, sometimes beautiful things turn out ugly and sometimes the ugliest things make the most beautiful. I can't wait to see your pictures!

Look what I did last week before leaving for TX:

I Easter Egg Dyed my combed top!
Then--when I got home--instead of unpacking I carded 4pink, 4purple, and 4 blue into 25 Rolags and then carded 6 undyed nests into 12 rolags and put them in order of how I was going to spin them (did you guys know I'm OCD?):

And then I spun them!

And I think I am going to ply them together. I wanted them all lighter than they came for Easter but I think it will be just fine. I'm really excited to see how ti looks plied, and I need to find a pattern to make for my Alice for Easter. I will post the final plied on Friday, hopefully!
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288  Re: Storage Hammock for flat wall Prototype #1 in Crochet: Completed Projects by jexxican on: April 18, 2011 12:19:22 PM
Venus, I live in the desert too but I still think I will make myself one of these in the future. I have a little wall space that could stand to be used for storage.

Prototype #2: 67" x 12" I spaced it 65" apart for this photo. LOTS of stretch. I think it was stretchier than the other because I just used 2 strands of the chenille sweater rather than 1 strand chenille, 1 strand #10 cotton thread.

I also upped it to 18dc/row instead of just 15 like Belladune suggested, though the other was just 15 all the way and this one started as 12 at the D-ring and upped to 18 at about row 12 (I think).
More thoughts?
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289  Re: Amigurumi Addiction 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jexxican on: April 15, 2011 08:32:07 AM
I know my partner got hers a while ago and I am just so anxious for you guys to see them. I don't know if she liked them or not. I hope she wasnt offended when I said the mermaids mustache was a little too puffy. I still like it, I promise! Here's what I sent to her. Annie, if you want to post more go ahead. I am just worried.  Embarrassed

Her favorite colors are pink and orange and she likes Halloween so I thought these would be appropriate, but maybe not because she didn't want anything humanoid?
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290  Fiber Friday 8 April 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: April 08, 2011 10:04:13 AM
I'm always afraid someone else is going to start this while I'm typing. Is that ridiculous for me to think? Paranoid?
Here's what I've done this week
My first dye! I used the technique at the beginning of my new Hand dyed Yarns book on some white Sheep Shed wool and this is how it came out:

And then I spun it and the kids stole it. Where is it? I don't know. Angry face! Angry
And I did another one of these, brown and white variegated, Navajo plied, sheep shed. I love how these come out! And they are mindless to boot, which is always a bonus for me

What did you do this week?
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