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301  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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302  Fiber Friday 25 March 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: March 25, 2011 10:25:02 AM
How is this not started yet? I don't want to start but I do want some other fibery goodness so I guess I will be the first.

This is all I have. It is the rest of the Diamond Batt from February. I think it needs to be plied with some black, but I need to order the roving from Sheep Shed first so it is going to stay on the spindle for now. I spun the other 1/2 on my wheel and plied it with yellow thread (posted a couple weeks ago) and I really liked the feel of the merino going through my fingers on that one; it's a very rough wool for some reason. While this way wasn't as nice in way of my senses (sensually? Yeah, I would call it sensual!), I like the way the color blended on it better.
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303  Re: March-long spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) in Craftalongs by jexxican on: March 25, 2011 10:19:37 AM
I love plied with black! From gray to brights, it always makes it pop. I need to order some black from Sheep Shed. I just finished the rest of last months Diamond Batt and it just wouldn't be right with thread this time. Hell, it wasn't right with thread last time! So it gets to sty on the spindle until I get to order from SSS. I'm holding off because I'm hoping they will have great deal on some colored roving soon!

Here is a progress shot of what I've done this month:

Everything in this photo was at one point all crammed into the box. I didn't get any bumps done this week until Wednesday, and between Wed and Thurs I got 18 done. Yeah, they are going MUCH faster now that my muscles are learning. Yay! Muscle memory! Already have 6 today! The bags on the top of the photo are packed to capacity with "waste" i.e. stuffing for my future dragon. All together now I have 77 bumps, including today. It is daunting, but maybe I can get the rest of this fluff combed in the next week? I have a goal! I need to meet that goal! Who's rooting for me? I think I may need some cheer leaders. Hm... What can I bribe myself with?
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304  Fiber Friday 18 March 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: March 18, 2011 08:05:01 AM
I finished the bamboo/merino blend I was working and I can finally post pictures! I am so happy!
I had 4 oz that I split in 2 and spun different. The first was spun thin and then Navajo plied to make 56 yards:

And the second half I wanted to spn thick but it wouldn't let me so it came out thick and thin. I plied it with white sewing thread to make 72 yards. I love how it is so different from the above

and then I just really wanted to spin something so I broke into my  pounds of Sheep Shed roving and alternated between chunks of blue and chunks of white to Navajo plied into 75 yards of this:

In other news, I did not get my quota combed for the Craft along this week because i had to wash it some more, but now that it is cleaner I am combing much faster so maybe I can get through the rest of the fleece before the months end? AFTER I finish these swaps?!
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305  Re: March-long spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) in Craftalongs by jexxican on: March 11, 2011 07:57:59 AM
Like I said in the FF (that seemed to have gotten started really early today!) I have 2 yarns in the works, one spindling and one wheeling, but I'm not going to post pics until I finish them. I do have my updated photo of bumps however:

I've been trying for at least 3/day, or to average 3 a day, and this week I got 26, which is over average. I manages 3+ every day until yesterday, when I only got 2. It is starting to hurt my pulling finger, though. Maybe I need to wear some protection? *snicker* I think a bandaid might do the trick, so I'll try that today. If not I don't know. gloves will NOT work, I'm too tactile for gloves.

I'm also saving all my "waste." We decided it would work great as stuffing, so I want to make a BIG dragon to stuff with it, because it would be fitting. Dragons eat sheep right...? I have so much already!

I don't know how I'm doing on my over all goal this month, Each time I pull some wool out of the box I have it in, it just expands to fill the gap! That's what happens, eh? And I didn't weigh it so no help there. I guess if I really wanted to be difficult I could weight the bumps, the waste, and what I Have left to do but meh, I'm not too worried about it. I don't think I will get it all this month. Can I live with that?
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306  Re: Fiber Friday: March 11 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: March 11, 2011 07:35:19 AM
Idlers- That's beautiful! I'm pretty sure spinning before you wash is called "spinning in the raw" and seeing a video about that is one of the things that got me interested in spinning in the first place. I've already decided that when I get my 3 fleeces in May (fingers crossed) that one of them I am going to spin in the raw, then maybe try using a knitting loom to make some over-sized hats, then washing them to felt. I am excited!

I have started 2 yarns this week, one of the spindle and one on the wheel, but I think I will wait until I think they are done before I post them.
Last weeks yarn that I spun with the yellow even though I wanted to spin it with balck, I think I may ply again with black, because I realized that I DO have black, I have 4 serger cones full of black! I was an idiot to overlook them.

But my real accomplishment this week was 26 more bumps of cleaned fleece. Here is a shot of all 35 I have done this month. I will post more about them in the CAL.

I bought a trio of books on Amazon. Respect the Spindle, something about spinning in general, and a hand dying book. I know I don't need the first 2 since I already know all the basics and I can always gather more info online (my favorite resource of late being Crafster, those spinners are crazy!) but I wanted some good resource books.

HOLY CRAP! In the time it took me to write this post there have been 4 other posts!
TCMatteson: I know what you mean about slippery roving. The stuff I have on my wheel right now is a merino/bamboo blend. Talk about slippery! It wants to be spun thin, I can't get it any thicker!
Belladune, you are always an inspiration to me. You know that, right?
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307  Re: March-long spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) in Craftalongs by jexxican on: March 04, 2011 09:07:05 AM

My goal this month is to get the fleece that I have had in my garage for 9 months combed and ready to spin, though I don't think I will spin any of it. I just want it clean and ready.
Here is what I've accomplished of this so far:

I don''t know ounces or anything, all I know is I ran the combs 9 times, making 9 little "nests." I am excited for getting this fleece done with and getting the new ones in May because I have learned so much and want to do the next ones better, ie have less noils to remove!
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308  Re: Fiber Friday March 4 2011! in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: March 04, 2011 09:03:14 AM
Yay! Orange!
Oddacity: That yarn is very even. I love it! I love the finished product too. You posting it in the Spun to Finished thread?
Astor: I have cards because I thought that's what I needed to clean my wool but then I found about combs and haven't used my cards since! Maybe When I'm done with my fleece I will try to do some mixing? Your rolags aren't that bad, but that may just be the photo Wink They look like they will be fun to spin!
I come bearing... black and pink and yellow. Wink
This is my February Diamond Club from knit.etsy.com, well, 1/2 of it. I really wanted to ply it with some black, but I don't have any solid black roving or any really black thread. I mean, I have some navy blue that passes as black but not enough for this plying venture. So I used yellow, against my better judgment. Meh, I have more, I can spin/ply it with black another time.

And I'm going to post this in the CAL as my progress so far this month but I figured I would show everyone here too because I know you're not all in the CAL, for some reason.

I don''t know ounces or anything, all I know is I ran the combs 9 times, making 9 little "nests"
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309  Re: Great Big Swirlie Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jexxican on: March 04, 2011 08:44:20 AM
I send out today!
But I received 2 days ago! And got spoiled!


Clock and Candle

Chocolate that came as "an interesting puzzle" Magnet Gift tags


Non crtafted extras: Natural swirlies and purple paint chips. Yay!
This was fun! Thanks blupaisan!
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310  Re: Fiber Friday - 25th Feb in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: February 25, 2011 06:38:06 PM
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!
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