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2721  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: Newest project on: April 09, 2011 07:16:33 PM
Ooh, what kind of dyes did you use? I want to see all of these rinsed and skeined. I love the purple/yellow mix!
2722  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: lacy beaded Necklace/choker on: April 09, 2011 07:15:31 PM
Bella, you amaze me. I could never make something like this without a pattern. Well, if I wanted it to look good. You are my favorite all around. YOU are my Craftster crush. Cheesy:D:D
2723  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Amigurumi Addiction 2 Gallery on: April 09, 2011 07:05:39 PM
And I forgot to mention how awesome the zombie doll is!! I love the brain! Actually, I would like to have a whole bunch of those brains in different colors and make them look like a coral reef Smiley.
Yay! Hyperbolic crochet! I love it.
2724  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Amigurumi Addiction 2 Gallery on: April 09, 2011 04:05:27 PM
Wow! Now I really want to swap with Lime sometime. I should message her again soon...
2725  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 8 April 2011 on: April 08, 2011 08:10:34 PM
FancyArbor, I don't mind that you only posted a roving. For some reason I think I prefer to gaze upon (read: lust after) un-spun fibers. Yours is no exception! Maybe this is because I never know what to make with my yarns. Anyone have good ideas? I always feel like if I work it up, the final result will not be worth it.

Zombie-Queen - Holy Cow! I LOVE the first one. It is amazing. At first glance I thought it had beads but then I looked again and realized it was just super sparkles. I am so happy you are Spinning the Seasons, too. I think mine this month [March] was called "Springtastic," though, not Green With Envy. I haven't spun it yet, but the first 2 this year were amazing. I love Kate.

Mossie, yeah, I think I have 1 bag cut up and sitting in my closet somewhere ready to spin, crochet with (because you don't really need to spin it, right? It's not like fiber where it will fall apart!) But never got into doing more. Bravo for you! I really admire people who do Plarn.

Hippy, remember what I said about FancyArbors unspun fibers? HOLY CRAP IN MY PANTS! Yes please, more... more! *twitchy addict movements* I want to make love to them, sweet sweet fiber love. I want to feel them on my body, going through my fingers. I mean, you photograph them so well and they are blended and rolled so perfect... *faints* Oh, and your yarns are pretty nice too.
2726  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 8 April 2011 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?
2727  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Storage Hammock for flat wall Prototype #1 on: April 07, 2011 04:38:09 PM
You both say longer: I think what you're thinking is if the D-rings were spaced further apart? Right? The hammock is almost 40" but I hung them on push pins not even 30" apart, just because that's where they happened to be. Or do you just think loner in general? Wumpus? Thoughts?
2728  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Storage Hammock for flat wall Prototype #1 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!
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.



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.
2729  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: NSFW Boobie Pillow with removable bikini top on: April 07, 2011 03:53:12 PM
You are awesome. Hooray for boobies!
2730  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Amigurumi Addiction 2 Gallery on: April 07, 2011 03:11:17 PM
SHE RECEIVED YESTERDAY! At least, it was out for delivery yesterday. Does that mean I can post a thread in the crochet boards showing off my creations? I know the girl I bought the pattern from wants to see the finished product.
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