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331  Fiber Friday 28 January 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: January 28, 2011 03:18:38 AM
Sorry you get me starting again this week but I am awake so why not?

First we have some random Mish Mash yarn. I have a big thing of smallballs of yarn, remnants if you will, I'm sure you're all familiar with my stash as I'm sure you all have one of your own. I was tired of it so I pulled out all the yellows and white, cut some up and kind of core spun it with some blue from Sheep Shed. There were some eyelash and furry yarns, so I didn't core spin it very much, but there were also some acrylic yarns in there. Didn't really get much de-stashed, but it was amusing. Won't say it was fun because it wouldn't feed into the orifice most times, but it was amusing and I like the end result. Anyway, enough babble, here's a pic.

about 48 yards total, 2 bobbins worth

And my other yarn this week is spun from my first month of Knit It Up's Diamond Club, which I get a whole year's worth of for free! Kind of Christmas-y feeling, but again it was amusing, and more nicer to spin than the Mish Mash. You can't really tell in this pic but it's super shiny.

about 185 yards, 2 oz batt, (Merino, tencel, Firestar, and Angelina)
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332  What are you giving your mail carrier? in Needlework: Completed Projects by jexxican on: January 28, 2011 03:03:03 AM
February 4th is "Thank a Mail Carrier Day!" Here's what I made for mine:

I have to give partial credit to Dharma Rebel. I mentioned the "holiday" in the Hoopla Swap and she shot back that she should make her mail lady a hoop and *inspiration* this was imagined and created. It didn't take long. I found it soothing.
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333  Re: Fiber Friday January 21, 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: January 21, 2011 09:28:24 AM
i love your Purple People Eater! I need to learn to Navajo ply. It's amazing!

Here are my contributions for the week:

First, I tried core spinning with some bobbin leftovers. It was one of those things where I had left over on one bobbin and some fiber left over from a different spin so I put them together several times things. I don't think I did it right until I got to the end, the white bits. But I am learning! Now the question is what to do with it? And where to find more info on core spinning?

Then I spun up this Merino dyed by knit.etsy.com:

35 yards, core

into this:

101 yards, plied with #30 cotton crochet thread

and this:

160 yards single
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334  Re: Embroidery Hoopla R3 - OTT Edition Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jexxican on: January 19, 2011 06:21:27 PM
OK fine. Are you sure you're ready for this awesomeness? Is it awesomeness? I think it's pretty rad. Still makes me think "what the hell?!" EVERY time I see it though.

I love the detail in this scene. I love the heart breaking story it tells! I love the pretty flowers in the foreground! But still, what?!

ETA: Oh yeah, it's done on Velvet. Funny, I almost made her a drab scene on a gray cloth as well!
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335  Fiber Friday 14 January 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: January 14, 2011 08:29:08 AM
Yay! I have been so excited to post on here but haven't had my pictures uploaded. I got a wheel for Christmas (on NYE) and have been having so much fun! I'm not nearly good yet, but I am amused and that's what's important to me.

My first, plied, roving from Sheep Shed

Some more, plied. Meh. More Sheep Shed roving

Third plied Sheep Shed roving. Got 2 bobbins from this. I really like these ones

And then I got into my good stuff from Knit.etsy.com. I love the girl who run this shop. I won a free years worth of luxury batts (her Diamond Club) from her and the first is sending out Tuesday. I am so excited! This one was called Koi and I had my eye on it for probably a year before I bought it. Yes, I was making sweet virtual fiber love to it on my monitor before I was even spinning on a drop spindle. It is 70% Mohair and 30% nylon. It is everything I dreamed it would be.
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336  Re: Embroidery Hoopla R3 - OTT Edition Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jexxican on: January 11, 2011 07:20:17 PM
beaded hoops are amazing!

I got mine today from Evil pixie! I love love love it! Check it out!

Notice how each branch is in a different season? That is so mean. I mean, really, I am in all 4 "seasons" at the same time.Someone once tried to tell me I'm bipolar but I don't it if I buy it. Maybe quadro-polar? *snicker*

Moustache! I love fake moustaches!
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337  '69 Chevelle for my brother in law in Needlework: Completed Projects by jexxican on: January 09, 2011 07:59:37 AM
My sister's... whatever he is (I call him my brother in law, even if it is legally incorrect) is one of the hardest people to shop for. And, I recently learned, one of the hardest people to get to know. He is a mechanic, super smart guy. He rebuilt his first transmission when he was 11. Yeah. He lives on 5 acres of cars. Yeah. I decided back in like June what I wanted to make for him for Christmas and since, like I said, he is hard to buy/make for I decided to run with it. I called my sister to ask his favorite colors/car/car colors... No help at all. I called a couple months later to see if she had managed to ask him... still no help. So in November I finally just called him. My original idea was to embroider a car with "my sister" laying on the hood in like a bikini or something. Talk about difficult! Here's how the convo went, vaguely (I am "J" he is "A"):

J: Hey, Allen, what's your favorite color for a car?
A: Oh, well I like reds or oranges. Or sometimes I like blues. Or on some cars...
J: OK, let me rephrase that. What's you're favorite car?
A: HA! You know I can't just pick a favorite car! My favorite car I own is my 240 Z. Or maybe it's the Roadrunner...
J: Let's try another approach. Let's get an ideal picture in your head. Close your eyes and imagine [my sister] laying on the hood of a car. What kind of car is it? What color is the car? and What color is she wearing?
A: Yeah, Jes, I'm not your typical motor-head. When I picture [your sister] and a car, I either see her driving it or in the passenger seat or handing me tools... I don't like the whole skimpy girls and cars things.
J: Well, I guess that's good, seeing as you're with my sister and all. Hmm....
A: How about this, my top 3 cars that I have a favorite color for are as follows: '68 Charger in black, '69 Chevelle in red with black stripes, or black with red stripes whichever, they're both awesome, and '70 Chevelle in blue with white stripes.
J: Really? a '69 AND '70 Chevelle?

See why I said he's difficult? Well, I researched (read: Google image searched) the Chevelles he loves and at first, I'll admit it, they looked exactly the same, but after staring at this screen for a few minutes I realized yeah, they are pretty different. I can see why he would specify between them. So I decided to do one of each for him for Christmas and frame them in the hoops so they would be facing each other. Well, I only got the one done, but it's OK because he wasn't there for Christmas anyway. He is a little anti-social and I think the idea of 20+ people in my mom's living room kind of freaked him out. As always. So he will get the '70 next year for Christmas.

So I guess I rambled enough. Here are the pics of the '69 Chevelle. I like taking pics after each color or milestone.

Yup, there's spot of black paint that got on it. I told him he can just call it an oil spot. Adds authenticity, right?

My sister called me a few days later and told me he really liked it. He liked how I stitched it to give the body curve and the metallic floss... it wouldn't have been right at all without the metallic "thread" as he called it. I hate metallic thread! But I did it for him. He's my favorite in-law, even if he doesn't come to Christmas (what's that say about the rest of my in-laws?). Also, it's good that I didn't get the second one finished because now I have next year's present for him! But man, that took a long time. Also, I learned from doing this one a couple things to consider about the next one. Like the side body, I shouldn't do it all in one long satin stitch, I should break it down into section like the car.

I don't know how long it took me, but it was a long time. I think it's in an 8" hoop for size reference. Mostly satin stitch.
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338  Re: Spun to finished photos in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: January 09, 2011 07:23:25 AM
I finally have something to contribute here! I am so happy!
Here's the yarn, well, before i plied it with some redish cotton thread:

And here is the scarflette I made out of it!

I love the texture of it. I am so sad to say goodbye; I made it for a swap.

ETA: I forgot to say that I got the roving from SpinningAwesomeGood on Etsy. She made roving flowers and they were amazing to work with! I am so glad I had them to work with on my first spinning projects!
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339  Re: Scarf Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jexxican on: January 09, 2011 07:12:39 AM
I finally finished for Irish Ditz and got to open the box she sent me. She up-cycled a sweater and included instructions should I wish to do the same.


Arm warmers

Little bags

Thanks! I'll be sending Monday (hopefully).
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340  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Round 3 - OTT Edition! (SignUps CLOSED, SendOuts 1/10) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by jexxican on: December 29, 2010 07:36:17 PM
Hey my last ink spot was a ladybug too!

Just because I can. Now you have all met my sister Kimmy!

On a swap realted note, I still have no idea what's up for disposableactor's hoop. I do have a 3" and a 4" hoop that I can use, but I don't even know the size I'm going for! Good thing we have 2 more weeks, eh?
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