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2531  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: I got a rock! 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.
2532  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: I got a rock! on: August 06, 2011 06:15:38 PM
Pardon me if this sound harsh, but I think it looks a little tampon-like.  I think doing the crochet in black or pink, as you said, would take away that err... quality.

Never seen a crocheted rock like this.  I think the idea is brilliant.  You could add beads and stuff too.  Maybe its good that the rock slides out, so you can make a couple and wear your rock a few different ways.

Constructive Criticism! Thanks! I don't think I got that impression in person because it's flat, not round, but I can see how it would come across like that. Others might see it and think that. I'll be aware!
2533  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / I got a rock! 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?
2534  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Quick Plush Monster Swap GALLERY! 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!"
2535  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Craft This Tote (and fill it) GALLERY! (Send out by Aug. 1st, 2011) on: August 06, 2011 04:42:29 PM
I'm almost kind of sad I decided to not participate in this swap. You guys all did so good! I love the Tokyo bag!
2536  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Embroidery Hoopla R6 - Back to Basics! (SU 7/27/11 - 8/13/11, SO 9/12/11) on: August 06, 2011 04:12:45 PM
Oh yeah, crafty stuff, my bad. Kids are crafts/creations, right? They don't count?

I'm working on a hoop for my husband. It was going to be a surprise but then Alice went and pulled it out of my bag and gave it to him. So much for surprises in this house! This is why we can't have nice things!

Unlike some of you, I can wait for partners. I have 1 other swap going on and while I already got my fabric that I ordered online for it, I haven't started the swap at all yet! I should get on it, but I don't want to. I was spinning at the Farmer's Market today but *sigh* 102F and 9 weeks pregnant? No thanks. Maybe I should drink more water...

I just get the cheap hoops at Hobby Lobby. I like them with paint, but I should try to find some better ones. The one I got my HUGE hoop in last round is rubber/wood print and I love it. I need to start hunting... Maybe I should start destashing before hunting for more, though...
2537  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Embroidery Hoopla R6 - Back to Basics! (SU 7/27/11 - 8/13/11, SO 9/12/11) on: August 06, 2011 10:42:42 AM
robot, I ws going to say "fi you don't want to be bitch slapped then quit being a bitch" but after the explanation I really think I would have slapped her right back. Or at least put her in a time out. Was your friend there? I would have slapped her! I hate it when people come over and let their kids treat my kids like crap. I knew who told me she didn't believe int he word "share." Really? You have a 3 year old and you refuse to tell her to share?!
2538  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Dreads! (Pic Obese) on: August 06, 2011 04:43:00 AM
I've wanted some felt dreads for a long time but then I shaved my head last year  and it doesn't really work so... maybe in a few months I'll learn to make my own short ones? Thanks for the inspiration! I agree with the Monkey, the red ones rock!
2539  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday August 5, 2011 on: August 05, 2011 04:34:16 PM
Ooh, just a 2 ply? How pretty!
Hey, I've been enjoying the summer as well. Most of what I'm spinning right now is outside at the Farmer's Market. All is for the market. I did just order a new spindle from Zebisis designs on Etsy. Oooh....
2540  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday August 5, 2011 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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