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281  Re: Monster Ninni Swap Gallery (MAIL BY 6/13/11) in The Swap Gallery by jexxican on: June 10, 2011 08:46:51 PM
That Mike Ninni is great. I like these themed guys. They are too cute!

This is what I sent MargieJ. She has 2 grand daughters so I made 2 Ninnis.

I was hoping the different eyes on this one wouldn't be too creepy.
And the baby she referred to:

And if she is giving these to her kid's kids, then she needed one too, right? Here's her Ninni hoop:

I figured I would think a little out of the stuffie. Wanted to try to do something original.
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282  10 June 2011 Fiber Friday in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: June 10, 2011 06:59:08 AM
Both of these yarns are spun from wool I got from Ptarmic_wumpus. I'm sure they will felt very easily.

I carded the blue and red together and spun woolen. I was wanting to leave it as a single but it really wasn't thick enough so I plied it with itself. Total ~126 yards

These were both spun right off the roving, 1 ply green, 1 ply purple. I've been loving this color combo lately, though I think it would work better if the green were lighter.
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283  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 5 - Color Spectrum Gallery!! (Send 6/6/11) in The Swap Gallery by jexxican on: June 09, 2011 11:41:47 AM
LOOKIT! LOOKIT! Dearbluebird makes me feel bad for not doing more on her hoop. This is amazing! I love it!

I really like the satin stitching on the petals, it is in a really light purple so it's hard to see. Bigger than any hoop I've ever made!

And with the other 2 purple hoops on my wall:

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284  Re: Monster Ninni Swap Gallery (MAIL BY 6/13/11) in The Swap Gallery by jexxican on: June 08, 2011 12:53:26 PM
WOW! That UP Ninni is amazing! My Russ loves that movie. First 2 or 3 times we watched he screamed at the one part.. "KEEEEEVINNNNNN!" If you haven't seen it I highly suggest it. It was even better than I thought it would be. And that Ninni is so perfect.

Received from MargieJ the other day and finally you get to see them. She sent 2, + a Pooh quilt top she found at a yard sale a year or so ago (I think that's what she said). They are perfect for my kids. See?

For my Russ, it's Orange and very much for a boy. The eyes are a little creepy, but Russ loves him! Look! He has a tie! He even has a little pocket on the back for treasures. COOL!

And for Alice, she altered the pattern by lengthening the arms and legs and added a dress and wings. She is beautiful! We love her. Thank you so much! They were both SUPER EXCITED to get their gifts. I should do more swaps for them.

And let's not forget a teaser for MargieJ and Crafty-N-Tally:

oooOOOOoooHHHhhh!! I sent today, should be there by the 10th or so. You should be excited! Lots of blanket stitch coming your ways! I am excited. No real anxiety though, which is good. I'm pretty confident. (How odd for me!)
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285  3 June Fiber Friday in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: June 03, 2011 07:36:45 AM
I FOUND IT! I FOUND IT! But before I go there I will share these:

Last thing I spun on my wheel before the kids lost "it":

100% Polwarth, 190 yards. This stuff was really light on one end and gradually went to really dark on the other end. I split it in half lengthwise, spun each about the same, then plied the light with the dark so they met in the middle. I think I did OK on that.

Then since the kids lost "it" and I needed my fix, I spun up this on my Drop Spindle:

112 yards WOOL. I got this wool from Ptarmic_wumpus in a personal swap. It was a small batt of blue and a small batt of orange so I ripped them into strips and spun it thin and variegated.

AND THEN I FOUND IT! I had spun up 3 bobbins of wool from the same Wumpus and planned on plying them but then the kids lost the top of my last bobbin before I could glue it back on and I've been so sad for weeks now. BUT I FOUND IT! I am the MOTHER of AWESOME. For now. Here's what I plied up:

Total yardage: ~300 yards. One bobbin was a greasy feeling brown, one bobbin was a dark blue, and the third bobbin was variegated blue/green. I love it. I think it will felt good. Also, I got my 2 yard Niddy Noddy in this time frame and have been wanting to use it. I like it. It works for me. Tempted to go through all my bigger skeins and re-wrap them but we will see. I do need to get ready for the Farmer's Market starting July 2...

Um, yeah, what have you guys done recently?
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286  Re: Fiber Friday-May 13 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: May 13, 2011 10:20:35 AM
I love your singles. They don't even seem over-spun. I need to work on not over-spinning singles.
I agree that spinning colors is much more fun. I like seeing how the roving colors combine/separate when spun.

Here's my show:
The cocoons I told you about last week. Like I said, I need to work on my singles. And I need to read that article again before I try cocoons again. I'm so impatient. This is all from the raw fleece I cleaned:

I got some rovings from a shop on Etsy, Friends in Fiber, that were supposed to fade from light to dark through the whole roving... not as good as they looked in their store. Maybe if I had split the roving different it would have worked better. I plied the light end of the burgundy with the dark end of the blue and got 2 different colorways kind of. I wanted to try putting them together but I don't think I pull of the join very well on plied yarns so I decided not to mess with it. The burgundy is Polwarth and the Colonial Blue is BFL/Silk.


And I had some left over from both sides of the pink so I spun them together to get 28 yards of this:
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287  Fiber Friday 5 May 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: May 05, 2011 07:47:36 AM
I'm always afraid while I'm writing this post someone else will post a FF thread as well!
I was on a roll this week, or would that be more appropriately a "spin?"

Diamond Batt from Knit.etsy.com. Decided to go with singles. A little overspun, but I think they will work up nice.

Next up, more blue and white self striping from Sheep Shed. I need to buy more from there but how much is always so hard to figure for me.

Then I spun up some cocoons because I of an article in the new Spin-Off mag. I haven't photoed it yet because I need to set the twist and hang it with some weights first. Again, though, my singles are way overspun. I'm just so used to spinning for plying!

And finally, I got my 11 braids and batt this week including my black roving so I could finally play up that batt I have had on my spindle for almost 2 months:

And just for Nikschaf, a photo of it with the rest of the batt that I plied with the yellow thread. I think I might take out the thread, spin more black, and ply it to be like the one I did this week. Opinions?
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288  Re: Ongoing spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) in Craftalongs by jexxican on: April 30, 2011 08:46:58 AM
This thread is dying. Sad Don't die, I love you guys!

I was going to type all this in FF but I have realized since this thread started that those threads are more for just pictures and compliments than actually talking about the process. So here it is:
"The first thing I ever saw about spinning at all was a lady spinning in the grease and talking to some dude saying she was going to knit it into hats and then wash it so it would felt during the washing so you couldn't even tell it was knit, then she was going to donate them. I thought that sounded so cool! But this fleece doesn't felt that well. In fact, it seemed more loose and larger after I washed it somehow. Don't know why or how but it kind of put a damper on my plans for these fleeces! And did it spin very thick, for all I tried. I spun up 2 bobbins then plied it with itself, then made one hat and washed it to see how it would felt. That's the one on the right. Then the other hat, on the left, I "knit" (loom) using the yarn from both bobbins at once. It ended short because I didn't have enough on the first bobbin, but I think it will work as a kids hat. The bobbin in the middle is what the yarn looked like alone. I learned lots, including something about plying in the grease: it doesn't need to be set. I mean, just letting it loose, it won't try to unpin itself. I thought that was interesting."
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289  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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290  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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