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141  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Lets go dancing on: October 14, 2011 11:21:24 AM
I made these for the Sock Monkey Swap. Usually I don't re-post what has already been posted in the swap boards, but I love these guys! I've made SMs before but I've never dressed them. For this lovely couple, I bought a 3 pack of socks and pretty much used all them. Very little scraps involved (happy!). I made them brown because redrinnie prefers natural woodsy colors. And one of the themes she wanted was Roaring '20's. It was her first swap. From the photo shoot she did with them I think she liked them. She named them Bradford and Olivia so here they are.

My fear of the hat was what kept them from getting out sooner. I think it came out OK. My husband think it makes him look like a hobo.

She looks super skinny, but that's cool because that was totally sexy back in the '20's. I know, I took a class on it.
The happy couple together:

I'm really happy with how they came out. Except the eyes. The eyes have no personality or feeling. I think if I had made the eyes better then they would really have come to life.
Thoughts? Q&C&C?
142  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / I got me some free stuff! Now what to do with it? on: October 07, 2011 08:52:20 PM
Hey you guys, we had a Fiber Guild meeting this past Monday and wow, we have some amazing people here. Z, the lady who has been in charge of the guild for years, was given some some bags of stuff that she brought for us. I got  a bunch of stuff! Let's see some of it:
2 pair of hand cards. This first pair is really nice, but a bit small for my liking. Also, I think it's for a coarser wool than I usually card.

The second pair is a bit bigger, but curved and while the pads are stapled on them pretty good they seem a little loose like the glue that underneath let go or something. They still work fine. I was going to ask for some tricks on how to clean out the old wool but I got most of it. MOSTLY. If there are any tricks to be shared, though, please do.

Then there was a bunch of very beginner yarn in there. VERY beginner. At one point I found a spot where I guess they didn't know how to join so they just tied the roving together. EEK!

That black/white/brown stuff in the second picture is less than what it was when I got it because I un-spun 2 "hanks" worth, re-spun it thinner, though still thick and thin out of necessity, and plied them together. Got 2 over-full bobbins from it. Not as bad as I thought it was going to be. I will post pictures next Friday in the FF thread.
Oh, I also got a swift! Yay! Umbrella swift! And some more balls of roving. Nice, I just sent some out in a de-stash attempt and them got more than I sent that same day that I went to the PO. Bah.

So here's the question: what to do with it all? Not all of the yarn is that bad but most of it is. And I really don't want to keep doing the un-spin, re-spin thing on it. While the product was nicer than I thought it would be, it gets repetitive. Should I just finish out the brown/white/black? And what about those hand cards? Maybe I should give some to the weaver-lady who is learning to spin and is hopefully going to be taking over the guild before too long...
Thoughts? Thanks you guys!
143  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 30 September 2011 on: September 30, 2011 06:59:59 AM
I made this almost 2 weeks ago (should have been on last weeks FF but I'm lazy) at the market.
It was a "summer peaches" merino roving that I spun thick and thin and plied with some yellow Sheep Shed roving that I chain-dyed yellow and spun decently thin. Did I post the dye job? I thought I did but who knows. Who cares?

~185 yards

And I had so much left over yellow on the bobbin that I spun the rest of what I dyed and chain plied it for

And last week at the market I took a "fall garden" BFL roving, carded it on my hand cards so I could spin it woolen (LOVE WOOLEN!) and then N-plied it for this:

~120 yards. I like it better in person. It is so squishy! But not as squishy as...

My Sari silk strips plied with a t&t tencel/merino/tussah/angelina batt. I used the border of this Sari wrap as the edges on a pink scrap quilt and decided I needed to cut the middle of it into 1/2 inch strips. I couldn't rip it so I had to cut all 6 yards by hand. It was definitely a "Mindfulness" exercise.

So it came out as an eyelash yarn! OH MY GOODNESS! I love it. I'm gonna have it on the table at the market this week and the next and the next (read: last) and then the next week at the "fall festival" but I really hope nobody buys it because I love it. I mean, if they want to give me $40 for it cool but Whatever, man.
Gratuitous closeup!

Got ~ 215 yards total, 4 1/2 bobbins! I really need the bigger bobbin kit for my Traveler.

So, what did you guys do this week? OR however recently? LET ME SEE! LET ME SEE NOW!
144  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Post about Scraps (I think) on: September 22, 2011 07:38:11 PM
My stash is spread around my house. Mostly it has been in my room under the window, but one large box was in my baby's room on the buffet like thing we had in there. Since we are expecting another small one, I thought I needed to consolidate it. Here it is altogether:

And here are the scraps:

See that little grocery sack on top there? Well let me tell you a little story.
I've always wanted to get into quilting. With everything else I've done it has always seemed like a logical place for me to go next. My mom told me stories about how her grandma used to make quilts out of scraps, some of them only an inch wide. I thought that sounded cool and neat way to NOT throw things away. I always feel guilty about throwing things away. So any scraps that were an inch wide or bigger I saved. At one point I had so many I decided I wanted to segregate a certain color, so I chose pink. Why? I have no idea! I've always hated pink, but I had scraps so I pulled all the pink one and left them in a bag. Years later...
Enter Melissa Corry and her Wonky Stars Quilt-A-Long. I think I started following her because Sew Mama Sew told me to and kept following her because she kept having giveaways. So I figured I would make her Wonky Stars full size quilt with my pink scraps, and guess what? I pretty much did the whole things with JUST PINK SCRAPS! I threw in a little purple to *pop* but I didn't need to. That should put it into perspective just how much scraps I have.
Sneak Peak

Those first 2 pictures I posted are after I did the quilt, and after I went through my scraps again pulling what really might be too little to work with. That was an experience. Many thoughts of "Hey, I remember this fabric! I got it from...." and "Oh, look, Uncle Mike's pants! What did I do with the other leg?"
This is where the grocery sack on top comes in: That's all the stuff I decided won't work for future quilts. But there is so much of it I can't just throw it all away, can I? I mean, I saved it all because it is big enough to sew onto something, but man, that's just too much. And no, fabric scraps don't work very well as stuffing for toys. Tried that! What do I do?
Also, I told you I'm trying to make more room in our house by consolidating our spaces. I'm thinking about going insane and ironing all of my scraps. I know that would help a lot. I mean, after I finish the first set of wonky stars, I ironed all of my pink scraps and WOW! They took up only like 1/2 the space that they did before. Check it out:

Am I nuts for wanting to do that will ALL of my scraps? I mean, really, iron them all? Or a I just becoming more space conscious? Or am I just being OCD to the extreme?
I did go through the the wooden toy chest and the plastic tub after those pictures were taken. I folded everything, though I do need to organize it, I'm thinking by color. But there is more space in there now. I even put some of what's in the cardboard box in there and found, who'da thunk it, another box of scraps!
And that big plastic bag on top of the toy box is ALL clothes I want to get use in my sewing and won't give away because a) they have sentimental value (but can't be worn anymore) like my Grandma's bowling shirts or b) they are stained or c) I only bought them/kept them because of the fabric. I should consolidate that too. Any tips?
I know there is another thread on organizing your stash so I'm not really going there... Where am I going?
I decided it would help to put some of this in the bottom of my closet but then when I cleaned that out I learned that the pipe from the bathroom that my closet shares a wall with is so old that it has started dripping out through my wall... Gotta wait at least another week to get that fixed. So what do I do with it all? I really want my room back. Maybe we should just buy a bigger house?
145  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Cat pee! on: September 12, 2011 09:49:10 AM
Remember this? Well, while I had it pinned to the floor, my lovely cat decided it would be fun to pee on the towel I had over it to "protect it" and well, I'm pissed. It's been like 3 months but still, I am mad! All that work! Started with Raw wool! Here's the Question: How do I get the pee stink out of it? I mean, if I wash it like I would for anything else that has been cat-peed on then felting will occur and Hell no, I don't want that. Any thoughts? Any of you smarter than I am? Thanks in advance!
146  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday September 9, 2011 on: September 09, 2011 06:44:47 AM
I'll start! I spun at the market last week for the first time in a month and here is what I made:

~95 yards Merino/tencel, Navajo plied

~111 yards total Sari strips, 2 ply. 4 bobbins full! I need a bigger orifice if I'm going to keep doing Saris! The Sari was red and green, so I like the way it variegated. Green on the outsides, red in the middle...

This was the end that had the pattern on it.
147  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?
148  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
149  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 22 July 2011 on: July 22, 2011 07:11:16 AM

Spun this last week. Finished Friday night I think. Merino/Bamboo, N-ply.

Spun this at the Farmer's Market Saturday. BFL, 2 ply.

Ooh, lux batt! 2 oz, plied with blue variegated cotton thread.

The other 2 oz of the same batt, plied with pink variegated cotton thread.
150  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Dear Dead Sister: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! on: July 12, 2011 03:00:59 PM
 My sister's birthday is on Sunday. She died of ALS last April at the ripe old age of 31. I can't bear the thought of not getting her anything for her birthday, but what to get a dead girl? So last year I decided to get something for everyone else in our family instead. She loved Ladybugs, our ALSA fundraising team has always been Kimmy's Ladybugs. She had a very small tattoo of a ladybug on her hip. When she died the rest of us (my other 2 sisters, our brother, and I) went to get matching tattoos (though not on our hips). Last year I bought all the girls including Mom ladybug necklaces and Marc a t-shirt with a ladybug/peace sign on it. This year I was better! I made each of us a hoop with the tattoo design. I always pencil my pattern onto the back of the fabric when I'm stitching, and Jenny's is the only one that I remembered to reverse so it actually matched the direction of our tats OOPS!

Group shot:

Oldest's to youngest's
Mom's ('cause she's really old):

I actually used the picture of mine for mom's. Everyone else's was roughly done off the pics I took of theirs.


This one is kind of wonky because I only had a full body of shot of him rather than a close up like I had for everyone else's. I still like it.


This would be where I post a pic of Kim's but she's the one who died and while I haven't made her's yet, I think I might make one for the silent auction the ALSA South TX Chapter puts on each April. Bundle it with some red and black art yarn, what do you think?


The best one, I think.

Mine, I'm the youngest:

Ooh, sloppy, but whatever. I don't like repeating things.

And the Tattoo for reference:
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