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281  Re: I got a rock! in Crochet: Completed Projects by jexxican on: August 06, 2011 08:05:31 PM
I'm doing this with #30 Mercerized cotton and a #8 hook, so I don't think embroidery floss would make much difference. Actually, I don't think I would like crocheting with floss. I have thought about DENTAL floss, though. I think the shine in that would be fun and complementary to the shine.

I made another one, though. This one is much tighter up and down but I think the X in the middle could have been tighter. Meh, it's all more just for learning than anything else.
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282  I got a rock! in Crochet: Completed Projects by jexxican on: August 06, 2011 05:04:18 PM
The people at the table next to me at the Farmer's Market sell ROCKS. They know I love them so they sometimes give me small pieces, you know, the same stuff they give to the kids who seem interested, usually the Pecos Valley Diamonds. Well today he handed me a jar with a bunch of small polished stones it and told me to keep one and I did. Automatically I knew I wanted to crochet it, inspired by Margie at Resurrection Fern of course. At first I was thinking a ring but oh hell no, that would be tacky. So I made a necklace instead. It's the first time I've crocheted a stone so it's a little wonky, but it still makes me happy.


Boob shot!

I think this would be fun in pink or black, too. And the stone slides out so I might have to make some variations on it. What do you guys think?
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283  Re: Quick Plush Monster Swap GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by jexxican on: August 06, 2011 04:45:33 PM
I received from Green Olives today! Check out my goodies:

He has pockets on his butt!

And this is the face Alice gives me every time I try to take a picture of her:

She has been walking around with it giving us that look even without the camera and tell us gruffly "Mine!"
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284  Fiber Friday August 5, 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: August 05, 2011 11:24:00 AM
Where have all the spinners gone? Here's what I've done these past 2 weeks:

First, I had spun a batt a few months ago into thick and thin singles

but recently decided I didn't like it so I dyed me up some white, chained, Sheep Shed roving like this:

Love the way it dyed while chained! (Inspired by Sheep Shed mistress Carol when she's talking about her Tortoise shell rovings. Now I might get into dying more.)
Anyway, spun it thin like this:

And plied them into this:

I like the batt much better like this!
~190 yards

Spun this BFL on my spindle:

~155 yards

Had some extra white (sheep shed) singles so I spun some black and plied them together:

~110 yards

1/2 a batt of merino/silk/angelina plied with white (where I got the extra from above):

~210 yards

And the other 1/2 of the above batt plied with maroon. I like the other one better:

~190 yards
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285  Fiber Friday 22 July 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: July 22, 2011 07:11:16 AM

Spun this last week. Finished Friday night I think. Merino/Bamboo, N-ply.


Spun this at the Farmer's Market Saturday. BFL, 2 ply.


Ooh, lux batt! 2 oz, plied with blue variegated cotton thread.


The other 2 oz of the same batt, plied with pink variegated cotton thread.
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286  Re: Spun to finished photos in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: July 15, 2011 02:21:58 PM
If only I had a need for mitts!

Well, turns out I didn't dye enough of my fiber to go for the sheep to shawl challenge, so here's my latest:


Dye didn't take all too well:


crocheted, then woven:


And I was going to leave fringe but didn't leave it long enough so I just wove it up instead:
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287  Re: July 15 Fiber Friday in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: July 15, 2011 02:12:15 PM
My question is why didn't anyone have any yarns for the past 2 weeks? I was the only post 2 weeks ago and last week I didn't post my yarn because I didn't want to be the only one again. Where my girls at?

This is what I was going to post last week:

~150 yards 2 ply Merino/Bamboo

And this is what I spun at the Farmer's Market on Saturday:

~105 yards 3 ply: BFL/silk blend x 2 and wool
This was all the wool in that color that I had so I then plied the rest of my 4oz BFL/silk rovings into these:

to make ~280 yards

And this is the leftovers from my second Sheep to Shawl entry that won't count because Belladune doesn't like me ( Wink )

the ball on the right has ~180 yards, not sure about the one on the left. 100% local sheep, processed completely by me.


Puppy girl, I've heard that steaming your silk will help it plump some more. You might want to try that. Let me know if you do and how it turns out!

Inle-rah, Lady in white is beautiful! I'm really liking it. Sloppy, thick and thin singles are the best for relaxing. I'm glad you made those.

MLF, Ooh, that close up shot... My mouth is watering.

YELLOW I'm so happy. You should make something for the S2S challenge with it. It did start as white fiber, right?
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288  Dear Dead Sister: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! in Needlework: Completed Projects by jexxican on: July 12, 2011 03:00:59 PM
 My sister's birthday is on Sunday. She died of ALS last April at the ripe old age of 31. I can't bear the thought of not getting her anything for her birthday, but what to get a dead girl? So last year I decided to get something for everyone else in our family instead. She loved Ladybugs, our ALSA fundraising team has always been Kimmy's Ladybugs. She had a very small tattoo of a ladybug on her hip. When she died the rest of us (my other 2 sisters, our brother, and I) went to get matching tattoos (though not on our hips). Last year I bought all the girls including Mom ladybug necklaces and Marc a t-shirt with a ladybug/peace sign on it. This year I was better! I made each of us a hoop with the tattoo design. I always pencil my pattern onto the back of the fabric when I'm stitching, and Jenny's is the only one that I remembered to reverse so it actually matched the direction of our tats OOPS!

Group shot:


Oldest's to youngest's
Mom's ('cause she's really old):

I actually used the picture of mine for mom's. Everyone else's was roughly done off the pics I took of theirs.

Marc's:

This one is kind of wonky because I only had a full body of shot of him rather than a close up like I had for everyone else's. I still like it.

Kathleen's:


This would be where I post a pic of Kim's but she's the one who died and while I haven't made her's yet, I think I might make one for the silent auction the ALSA South TX Chapter puts on each April. Bundle it with some red and black art yarn, what do you think?

Jenny's:

The best one, I think.

Mine, I'm the youngest:

Ooh, sloppy, but whatever. I don't like repeating things.

And the Tattoo for reference:
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289  Chair Reupholstery: Sales People Lie in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by jexxican on: July 12, 2011 02:36:25 PM
I'm a sales person's wet dream. They lie, I suck it up and buy whatever it is they want me to.
That was the case when we needed a new dining set a couple years ago. We didn't really want covered seats because we had a 2 year old at the time (and now a 4 year old and another almost 2 year old) but OH! These seats were covered with "Microfiber" and it cleans "so easy!" She even did a demo by spilling Coke on it. So we got the set, all 6 chairs and the table for... I won't tell you how much. Well, the Coke example didn't explain how to get out the RED dry erase marker that came 2 days later... or the cat's scratches... or the Mod Podge... AND the nails kept falling out. Yeah, we paid too much. 2 years later, at my wits end of my kids falling through holes in the chairs because got too lazy to keep re-attaching them, I decided to do something about it. I know. I'm lazy.

Before:


This is "clean." It's actually one of the nicer ones. Scrubbing this "easy to clean" microfiber was a bitch, and it left like rings around the sides, yuck! And you can't tell but the seat's not even screwed up right here. If you tipped it, the seat would plop off.

Solution:


NO MORE SCRUBBING! Hobby Lobby had their expensive fabrics (the ones on rolls, what are they called again?) on sale 30% off including the cheap vinyl covering so instead of just covering them with something I would have to scrub again, I topped it with EASY WIPE SH*T! Now as long as the cat doesn't attack I think we should be good. I did all 6 chairs yesterday afternoon. And since I got my side done, my husband decided to get some longer screws and actually do his part, too. He was afraid they would get messed up if he didn't. YAY! New dining chairs!

Now, how to get the teeth marks out of the table so that doesn't look like crap, too?
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290  Woven Crochet in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by jexxican on: July 03, 2011 09:31:30 AM
So this doesn't really go here OR the FO board, somewhere in the middle. It's more of a swatch.
Has anyone else every done Woven Crochet? A lady in my fiber guild called and told me she had a whole bunch of Spin Off Mags that she had no use for but when I got to her house to pick them up, she had so much more than that! Book about weaving, knitting, and crochet, looms, acid dyes, blah blah blah! In all this mess was a book, 2 of them actually, Mon Tricot Knitting Dictionary  and the "updated" version, that are actually 1/2 knitting stitches, 1/2 crochet stitches. Flipping through I found Woven Crochet and had to try it. Well, had to swatch it to see if I would like it. Have you guys tried it? I think you should. It's amazing. I have another project planned with it already but I can't tell you what it is yet.

LOOK!


It even came out good in variegated yarn!
I just googled it and feel the need to tell you: It's not just a pattern with drop stitches, it's actually a net (like fillet crochet) that you actually weave into!
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