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2911  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Monster Ninni Swap Gallery (MAIL BY 6/13/11) on: June 08, 2011 12:53:26 PM
WOW! That UP Ninni is amazing! My Russ loves that movie. First 2 or 3 times we watched he screamed at the one part.. "KEEEEEVINNNNNN!" If you haven't seen it I highly suggest it. It was even better than I thought it would be. And that Ninni is so perfect.

Received from MargieJ the other day and finally you get to see them. She sent 2, + a Pooh quilt top she found at a yard sale a year or so ago (I think that's what she said). They are perfect for my kids. See?


For my Russ, it's Orange and very much for a boy. The eyes are a little creepy, but Russ loves him! Look! He has a tie! He even has a little pocket on the back for treasures. COOL!



And for Alice, she altered the pattern by lengthening the arms and legs and added a dress and wings. She is beautiful! We love her. Thank you so much! They were both SUPER EXCITED to get their gifts. I should do more swaps for them.

And let's not forget a teaser for MargieJ and Crafty-N-Tally:

oooOOOOoooHHHhhh!! I sent today, should be there by the 10th or so. You should be excited! Lots of blanket stitch coming your ways! I am excited. No real anxiety though, which is good. I'm pretty confident. (How odd for me!)
2912  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Ongoing spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) on: June 07, 2011 12:42:56 PM
Oh, finished my goal for the month, now on to getting ready for the challenge! But... but... but I don't wanna! Picking, washing, combing fleece is so not fun! *sigh* well, the baby is asleep and Russ is watching Wubzy so maybe I should get on it, eh? *pout pout pout*

newbie question:
I reeled off my drop spindle onto my warping board so that I could set the twist on the single ply.  (I'm positive that there is a better way to do this.)
most of the way done- the thread broke.  What do you do to fix this? 
I'm very proud that I finally spun enough to be yardage, but it snapped no where near the middle. 
Help?

I've done this, a lot actually. I just twist the ends back so that each side has a little too much twist and then put them together and let it twist throughout into the middle, so it's like spinning with your fingers, like making a join on the spindle. Did that make any sense at all?
2913  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Monster Ninni Swap (SIGNUP CLOSED ; MAIL BY 6/13/11) on: June 07, 2011 07:12:46 AM
Finished MargieJ's package, will mail it tomorrow. Working diligently on Crafty-N-Tally's. Hopefully that will go out tomorrow as well?
2914  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 5 - Color Spectrum!! (SignUp CLOSED, Send 6/6/11) on: June 07, 2011 07:08:52 AM
I LOVE BLANKET STITCH! OK, so that has nothing to do with this swap but I did make a hoop for another swap and really post about it in that thread (stuffie swap) so I thought you guys would care. Because I do. It is great. It makes me soooooooo happy.
2915  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: 3 June Fiber Friday on: June 07, 2011 07:01:02 AM
...This particular alpaca roving was supposed to be tumbled to remove vm and hand-washed before being combed, but there was LOTS of hay in there, and when I set the twist, a heck of a lot of dirt rinsed out.  I rinsed it twice and it could use one more rinse, but I didn't want to accidentally felt the strands of yarn together, so I'll rinse it again once I have a finished product with it.
Wait, I thought only wool felted and isn't alpaca llama? Am I confused?

Zombiequeen, that Friday I'm in Love is really awesome. I am totally digging that texture.

Jexxican, I really don't know what woolen is. I spin with a drop spindle and that was just some braided roving I split into long this strips. I think most of my yarn seems woolen but I don't know. Trying to learn all the different things about it but it is so confusing since I use a drop spindle only and everything seems to be about wheels.
I'm pretty sure that "woolen" refers to when your fiber is not straight with how you are spinning, like when you are spinning "from the fold" or from rolags, which are both very possible on a drop spindle. I agree, more info does cover wheels than spindles, but there is always that book Respect the Spindle. I have it and have read some of it so I can recommend it, but I should get more into it.
2916  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Monster Ninni Swap (SIGNUP CLOSED ; MAIL BY 6/13/11) on: June 04, 2011 08:35:58 PM
I received from MargieJ. They are both adorable. I will post pics later, tomorrow hopefully.
2917  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: 3 June Fiber Friday on: June 03, 2011 02:25:46 PM
Nik, I know what what you mean about not wanting to ruin fiber by spinning it. That came out lovely, though, and I am glad you did spin it. I've been noticing little bits of hay even in my professionally/commercially processed braids of roving lately. Maybe the act of processing my own has made me more aware of it?

Nittydread, your yarns are gorgeous. I can't believe you've held out on us so long.

Sprocketfox, love the sheen of that.

Charaxe, that looks very woolen. Did you spin from rolags?

Inle-rah the colors blending definitely adds to my enjoyment of spinning! Yay, 2ply. Did you have much left over or did you center-pull ply it?
2918  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 5 - Color Spectrum Gallery!! (Send 6/6/11) on: June 03, 2011 07:44:50 AM
That's why I said I won't partner with OGD: Too much awesome.
Yay! 2 babies this round!
2919  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / 3 June Fiber Friday on: June 03, 2011 07:36:45 AM
I FOUND IT! I FOUND IT! But before I go there I will share these:

Last thing I spun on my wheel before the kids lost "it":

100% Polwarth, 190 yards. This stuff was really light on one end and gradually went to really dark on the other end. I split it in half lengthwise, spun each about the same, then plied the light with the dark so they met in the middle. I think I did OK on that.

Then since the kids lost "it" and I needed my fix, I spun up this on my Drop Spindle:

112 yards WOOL. I got this wool from Ptarmic_wumpus in a personal swap. It was a small batt of blue and a small batt of orange so I ripped them into strips and spun it thin and variegated.

AND THEN I FOUND IT! I had spun up 3 bobbins of wool from the same Wumpus and planned on plying them but then the kids lost the top of my last bobbin before I could glue it back on and I've been so sad for weeks now. BUT I FOUND IT! I am the MOTHER of AWESOME. For now. Here's what I plied up:

Total yardage: ~300 yards. One bobbin was a greasy feeling brown, one bobbin was a dark blue, and the third bobbin was variegated blue/green. I love it. I think it will felt good. Also, I got my 2 yard Niddy Noddy in this time frame and have been wanting to use it. I like it. It works for me. Tempted to go through all my bigger skeins and re-wrap them but we will see. I do need to get ready for the Farmer's Market starting July 2...

Um, yeah, what have you guys done recently?
2920  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Ongoing spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) on: June 03, 2011 06:53:28 AM
k-Cat, I meant to say last post that it sucks about your RA. My MIL has it and she just had to get her thumb surgeried. Yikes! Yay e-spinner! Post pics when you make it, I wanna see.

Belladune you are so cute with your bandana and sheep. I need to get pictures of the sheep I get my fleece's from. I should remember that when MOPS starts again. I don't envy you the smell, but as long as there is not cat pee in it I can tolerate it.

I AM THE MOTHER F'ING QUEEN OF AWESOME! You know what I found?!?!?! The top of my last bobbin, right where I thought it would be and right where I already checked for it at least 3 times. I CAN SPIN AGAIN! Oh, I need to go start FF. It is Friday, right?
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