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291  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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292  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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293  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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294  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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295  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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296  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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297  Storage Hammock for flat wall Prototype #1 in Crochet: Completed Projects by jexxican on: April 07, 2011 04:09:17 PM
I made some storage hammocks for my kids a while ago, so when we got into a discussion on the fiber boards about fiber storage, we thought these might work. So I am making some for the girl who started the topic! But there are some things I needed to redesign. Aside from what was already discussed in the other thread, she wants one or more on a flat wall. Totally different approach! The corner hammocks are done in more of a mesh (sc, ch5, sc in the ch 5 spaces of previous row), this one is more like fillet crochet. Here is what I have so far:


Side/bottom shot
Measures ~39 1/2 in x 10, made with chenille yarn (stolen from a sweater) "plied" with some #10 crochet cotton. OK, so I lied, I didn't ply it. I was just working off of both balls at the same time. I kept track of the pattern, vaguely, so I could recreate the first side the same on the second, just in case anyone is interested. Here it is!
Edit:
Pattern for the small flat wall:
I used some thin chenille yarn stolen from a sweater and some #10 cotton thread together. I think if I had done this witht he bigger hammock it would have worked a lot better.
On a D-ring, using hook D, 15 sc
Rows 2-5 Hook E -15 sc
Rows 6-8 Hook F - 15 sc
Rows 9-10 15(ch1, sc1)
Row 11 ch1, 14(sc, ch2), sc
Rows 12-17 15(ch2, dc)
Rows 18-23 Hook G 15(ch2, dc)
Rows 24-27 Hook H 15(ch2, dc)
Rows 28-47 Hook I 15(ch2, dc)
Basically from here on you just work it backwards again:
Rows 48-51 Hook H 15(ch2, dc)
Rows 52-57 Hook G 15(ch2, dc)
Rows 58-63 Hook F 15(ch2, dc)
Row 64 ch1, 14 (sc, ch2), sc
Rows 65-66 15(ch1, sc1)
Rows 67-69 15sc
Rows 70-73 Hook E 15sc
Row 74 D Hook working on another D ring at same time as on Row 73 15sc

Maybe it's too skinny? I don't know, it holds up pretty well under pressure. Yes, that is a gratuitous shot of ALL of my hand spun yarns, minus what's on my spindle and niddy noddy. Maybe making it thicker would take away from it's structural integrity? What do you guys think? I was thinking I wouldnt' like it this skinny but kept at it because I'm stubborn and I think I really do like it. If Ptarmic Wumpus doesn't want it then I will be glad to keep it on my wall, holding my yarns.

THOUGHTS?!

UPDATE

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).
ETA #3: The corner! About 22 inches/side. This time i used 1 strand sweater/1 strand #10 cotton thread. I think it helps keep the stretch down. If I have done it with the longer of the 2 flat wall hammocks it would have worked better. Oh well, she still seems to like it.
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298  Re: Amigurumi Addiction 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jexxican on: April 07, 2011 12:16:15 PM
Yetis, Angry Birds (?), and  Mermaid with a Mustache! Apparently I have a bunch of both on my wists and Annie thought they would go great together.

'Stache close up:


This gallery just got so much cooler!
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299  Re: Fiber Friday April 1st, 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: April 01, 2011 07:35:02 PM

gray and white/white navajo plied, sheep shed

brown, black, white/white navajo plied, sheep shed

I will write more when the April fools crap is gone. I can't reply to these icons. Just being on Craftster today makes me nervous and anxiety ridden.
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300  Re: Embroidery Hoopla R4, Diptych Round - Gallery (SendOut 3/21/11) in The Swap Gallery by jexxican on: March 29, 2011 11:52:27 AM
Yay! I was wondering when you were going to post pics, RobbinZombie! I'm happy you like them. Are you sure they're not too cheesy?!

I received yesterday. My husband is in love with them. I don't think they are going on the "hoop wall" in the bedroom, they deserve a place of honor where everyone who walks into the house can admire them. I love how they go together! Check these out:

There were our Halloween costumes last year!

Here are my babies:


And my husband and myself:


Gratuitous baby shot for reference:
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