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2531  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 5 - Color Spectrum!! (SignUp CLOSED, Send 6/6/11) on: May 03, 2011 03:06:45 PM
I tried to trace my pattern onto my fabric with those carbon copy sheets. No go. Can't see a darn thing. Ok....now need a new way to tranfser...off to investigate!
I think we have discussed this in both of the previous Hoopla rounds I have participated in. My favorite ways to copy patterns is to use my Wacom tablet as a light-box which you could even do with your monitor or ironing the fabric to freezer paper and running it through the printer.

I should work on my ____ and the _____ and then I'll be done, but I just got over %150 worth of fiber for my yarn spinning addiction habit affair love? Oh, and I should wash dishes too. And think about dinner. blech! Who needs food when i have so much fiber already? And needles to play with?
2532  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Candy Coated [updated-- I wore them somewhere!] on: May 03, 2011 03:01:34 PM
I had a dream that my brother was wearing these on his hands while testing the carpet while looking for a new house. But in my dream he was my husband (ew?) and he was cheating on me with his real wife's little sister (which shes doesn't have one). It was so weird.

You know some real shoe company is going to steal the idea for these and before long we will be seeing them everywhere, right? Ooh, I got your back if it comes to legal issues. Not that I'm a lawyer but, you know...
2533  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Ongoing spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) on: May 03, 2011 07:22:42 AM
Bella, OOH! Spinning outside is a lovely idea! I did it once back in February I think but got a burn. Need to remember to do it in the late afternoons... I am excited to see what you get done out there. Will it be more seasonal I wonder?

Astor, how many batts do you have? I decided I don't really like spinning from batts as much. Maybe I just done have the knack down. I will get plenty of practice this year, though. Do you have any tips?

Thank you both for your tips on felting those hats. I don't know if it will work, but I will try it again, sometime.

I am getting 11 rovings and 1 batt in the mail today. Hooray tax return! Other than that I have most of the fleece I combed in March, most of 3 new raw dirty stinky fleeces in my garage, and about 1/2 lb each blue and brown rovings from the Sheep Shed. I was feeling limited on what I could make. So few choices! but now I have plenty coming in today. One of what's coming in is straight black so I can finally ply February's diamond batt and get it off my spindle.

Currently on my wheel I am attempting cocoons. I got my first issue of Spin Off yesterday and am debating continuing my subscription. Thoughts? But yes, there is an article about cocoons and that's basically the idea I was having with using noils so I have some un-dyed Rambouilet being spun as singles with some Easter-egg-dyed bright pink cocoons throughout. Started last night. Almost done. So happy! I'll admit, they're not all great, but I do think I am learning and that's what's important, right? I should reread the article, though. Maybe without Children running about.

Also, I made some storage hammocks for Ptarmic Wumpus (which I will be posting the "patterns" soon, Bella) in a personal swap but the first prototype I got to keep for myself, which is good because I really like it. It currently holds ALL of my handspun. But how much longer will it hold?

So what should my goal this month be? Wash all the raw wool so the cat will stop peeing in it?
2534  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with prepping and spinning suri on: May 02, 2011 03:28:33 PM
The hand of suri is a bit 'slipperier' than the huacaya??  When I prep alpaca & llama for spinning, I wait until after I spin to wash the fiber.  I shake and comb out the locks to remove dust & vm, very similar to this.
I don't have experience with Llama or suri or whatever, but thanks for that link anyway. It was very informative without being overly wordy!
2535  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 5 - Color Spectrum!! (SignUp CLOSED, Send 6/6/11) on: May 01, 2011 01:18:33 PM
small one it is. Refuse to go to the store and while I thought I had hoops of each size, I only have like 8 4 inchers (6 of which are for Kimmy's bday presents) and an 8". The 8" is way too big for this design so I guess a 4" is what Camelama gets.
2536  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 5 - Color Spectrum!! (SignUp CLOSED, Send 6/6/11) on: May 01, 2011 11:43:30 AM
Maybe this idea's not as great as I thought. Maybe I should just stitch it up and if I don't think it's worthy to be mailed then I will just have an extra piece of embroidery laying around my house. Great...

Hooray for misreading things! There is a sign I saw every time I driving to San Antonio from my mom's house that said "builtSmart" and I kept thinking, EVERY time, that it said "bullSh*t!" I've been doing that a lot lately. I'm getting senile.  Wink
2537  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Magic Yarn ball of Doom- (A spinners MYB!) on: April 30, 2011 10:26:33 PM
*bump*

I thought there was more interest in this. Come on, ladies! Do we need to put another word up in the spinning boards? I agree about the 2oz vs 4oz option, but I wouldn't really be too upset with sending 4 and receiving 2 as long as there were other goodies involved.
2538  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Video Game Swap? on: April 30, 2011 10:23:24 PM
I'm not down for organizing, and I'm not personally a gamer, but my husband is! I would love to get a swap package for him!
2539  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 5 - Color Spectrum!! (SignUp CLOSED, Send 6/6/11) on: April 30, 2011 10:19:05 PM
I just drew up my pattern for Camelama! Nothing fancy this time, ladies. But I AM thinking about stitching the sketchy version of it without refining the lines. But I probably won't because I'm lazy.
2540  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 5 - Color Spectrum!! (SignUp CLOSED, Send 6/6/11) on: April 30, 2011 03:21:44 PM
Dear dearbluebird and... damn, forgot the other one. Canamharris? is that a person on here? Anyway, dear my partners, I love you. I just looked again, it's Camelama. I know you but I don't know you. I am looking forward to knowing you, though I think "knowing" is out the question. Myhusband would be cool with it but I don't think I would...


and.. Jex, you are wonderful.... next round I will have to request you as a partner!!... Grin
You can request a certain partner? I knew that. Why would you do that? You want my heart to explode?!
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