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3091  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Embroidery Hoopla R4 - Diptych Round!! (SU CLOSED, SO 3/21/11) on: March 14, 2011 03:06:21 PM
I love it when a swap thread reached 100 pages! I think this one did it faster than the last round even though we're what, 4 swappers less? Sweet!  Grin
3092  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Amigurumi Addiction 2 (send April 11) on: March 14, 2011 11:19:32 AM

I still have some other swaps I have to finish before I really get cranking on this one. Soon though!!

Yup, me too. I haven't ever started stitching my hoops yet! *gasp!* And I have a personal swap that I am itching to do. I don't want hoops! I want hooks! *sigh* I will get them started today so I can bust a move with my hooks soon. VERY soon.
3093  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: March-long spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) on: March 12, 2011 11:14:06 AM
I finished spinning up my bamboo/merino blend January Spinning the Seasons yesterday but I still want to ply it. I did the first 2 oz reallt thin because that's all it would let me but I tried doing the rest thicker and it didn't work. It fought me the whole way, so Have a thick and thin. I'm digging it, I just need to ply it. I heard setting the twist with steam makes it plump, I may have to see if I can try that.

I've not been doing any spinning these last few days. My tendinitis caught up to me and I could no longer draft. Tongue I'm planning to start up again tonight, though, as my wrist is feeling more its usual self.
This seems to be contagious. Had another doctor's appointment today and am not allowed to do anything (no typing either... *coughs*). Just wanted to tell you: Hope you'll feel better soon! And spin more cool yarns! But be careful, don't strain it too much...  Undecided

(My right wrist has been stiff for weeks/months, I can't bend it the way I should be able to. My fingers look like a claw sometimes. And they told me that it might stay this way. Yeah. So much for "I'll start knitting socks again as soon as I can".)

Dragons eat sheep right...?
Yes, THIS made my day, too.  Grin If they eat sheep, do they ... uhm.... "produce"... yarn, too?
I really want to make a dragon slip cover for my yarn dispenser now, so the yarn comes out of his... heehee
3094  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday: March 11 on: March 12, 2011 08:01:11 AM
As I like using natural products, I'd also like to dye some of my white fleece with natural pigments. Does anyone have tips/websites on plants/fruits/other that would be useful?

Try Resurrection Fern. She dyes with naturals all the time, I'm sure browsing her blog will give me many great tips.

OSPREY WIFE I love plying with thread, too. I just spun up some thick and thin bamboo/merino yesterday and I think it's getting some white thread to go with it. It makes it all wavy!

LAUGHING LARK I love those colors! They do look like a sunset, or a really yummy frozen treat! SHERBET! Mm, I haven't had breakfast yet!

And Angry Hippie, as always, you make me happy. That giant yarn would make a fun rug, but I don't know how it would hold up to wear.
3095  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: March-long spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) on: March 11, 2011 07:57:59 AM
Like I said in the FF (that seemed to have gotten started really early today!) I have 2 yarns in the works, one spindling and one wheeling, but I'm not going to post pics until I finish them. I do have my updated photo of bumps however:

I've been trying for at least 3/day, or to average 3 a day, and this week I got 26, which is over average. I manages 3+ every day until yesterday, when I only got 2. It is starting to hurt my pulling finger, though. Maybe I need to wear some protection? *snicker* I think a bandaid might do the trick, so I'll try that today. If not I don't know. gloves will NOT work, I'm too tactile for gloves.

I'm also saving all my "waste." We decided it would work great as stuffing, so I want to make a BIG dragon to stuff with it, because it would be fitting. Dragons eat sheep right...? I have so much already!

I don't know how I'm doing on my over all goal this month, Each time I pull some wool out of the box I have it in, it just expands to fill the gap! That's what happens, eh? And I didn't weigh it so no help there. I guess if I really wanted to be difficult I could weight the bumps, the waste, and what I Have left to do but meh, I'm not too worried about it. I don't think I will get it all this month. Can I live with that?
3096  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Embroidery Hoopla R4 - Diptych Round!! (SU CLOSED, SO 3/21/11) on: March 11, 2011 07:45:51 AM

But, but, but I don't want to! I really want to hook right now, not hoop!

Umm Hook huh..well darling with the twisted humor here hope you make lots of money for supplies in your hooking adventure Wink Cheesy
Actually, I'm hooking FOR supplies... Play with that one if you want.

jexxican - if you want to hook and you actually do hook...  does that make you a hook.... er?  
Proud and Happy hooker yes!

Sorry about your gma. But you can't experience happy without knowing sad, no? (Butters taught us all that, aha. Cookies if you get the reference!)
3097  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday: March 11 on: March 11, 2011 07:35:19 AM
Idlers- That's beautiful! I'm pretty sure spinning before you wash is called "spinning in the raw" and seeing a video about that is one of the things that got me interested in spinning in the first place. I've already decided that when I get my 3 fleeces in May (fingers crossed) that one of them I am going to spin in the raw, then maybe try using a knitting loom to make some over-sized hats, then washing them to felt. I am excited!

I have started 2 yarns this week, one of the spindle and one on the wheel, but I think I will wait until I think they are done before I post them.
Last weeks yarn that I spun with the yellow even though I wanted to spin it with balck, I think I may ply again with black, because I realized that I DO have black, I have 4 serger cones full of black! I was an idiot to overlook them.

But my real accomplishment this week was 26 more bumps of cleaned fleece. Here is a shot of all 35 I have done this month. I will post more about them in the CAL.

I bought a trio of books on Amazon. Respect the Spindle, something about spinning in general, and a hand dying book. I know I don't need the first 2 since I already know all the basics and I can always gather more info online (my favorite resource of late being Crafster, those spinners are crazy!) but I wanted some good resource books.

HOLY CRAP! In the time it took me to write this post there have been 4 other posts!
TCMatteson: I know what you mean about slippery roving. The stuff I have on my wheel right now is a merino/bamboo blend. Talk about slippery! It wants to be spun thin, I can't get it any thicker!
Belladune, you are always an inspiration to me. You know that, right?
3098  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Embroidery Hoopla R4 - Diptych Round!! (SU CLOSED, SO 3/21/11) on: March 11, 2011 06:47:20 AM
Have I checked in here this week? I know I've been reading most of it. Is it bad though, if I skip a couple pages?

Finally found the perfect finishing touch for my design, now I just need to get them started! But, but, but I don't want to! I really want to hook right now, not hoop!
3099  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Corespinners -- where do you buy your core yarn? on: March 09, 2011 08:31:01 AM
A friend of mine has an ebay store and she found some cones of [thread?] [yarn?] [something somewhere in between] and was asking me what I thought it would be used for. Looking back on it I think they might be great for core spinning since you're not usually supposed to see the core, right? I should ask her about them again. Maybe I will get a cone and if it works then I will find out her store and let you know?
3100  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Great Big Swirlie Swap Gallery on: March 08, 2011 03:57:15 PM
I told my dad he had to buy the David Tennant seasons so I could watch. He's definitely drool-worthy!
What?! NO he's not! I just did a Google image search for that name and no, his nose is crooked. No drooling in the good sense of the word here!
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