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141  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!
142  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.
143  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?
144  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
145  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.
146  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.

Marc's:

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.

Kathleen's:


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?

Jenny's:

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:
147  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Chair Reupholstery: Sales People Lie on: July 12, 2011 02:36:25 PM
I'm a sales person's wet dream. They lie, I suck it up and buy whatever it is they want me to.
That was the case when we needed a new dining set a couple years ago. We didn't really want covered seats because we had a 2 year old at the time (and now a 4 year old and another almost 2 year old) but OH! These seats were covered with "Microfiber" and it cleans "so easy!" She even did a demo by spilling Coke on it. So we got the set, all 6 chairs and the table for... I won't tell you how much. Well, the Coke example didn't explain how to get out the RED dry erase marker that came 2 days later... or the cat's scratches... or the Mod Podge... AND the nails kept falling out. Yeah, we paid too much. 2 years later, at my wits end of my kids falling through holes in the chairs because got too lazy to keep re-attaching them, I decided to do something about it. I know. I'm lazy.

Before:


This is "clean." It's actually one of the nicer ones. Scrubbing this "easy to clean" microfiber was a bitch, and it left like rings around the sides, yuck! And you can't tell but the seat's not even screwed up right here. If you tipped it, the seat would plop off.

Solution:


NO MORE SCRUBBING! Hobby Lobby had their expensive fabrics (the ones on rolls, what are they called again?) on sale 30% off including the cheap vinyl covering so instead of just covering them with something I would have to scrub again, I topped it with EASY WIPE SH*T! Now as long as the cat doesn't attack I think we should be good. I did all 6 chairs yesterday afternoon. And since I got my side done, my husband decided to get some longer screws and actually do his part, too. He was afraid they would get messed up if he didn't. YAY! New dining chairs!

Now, how to get the teeth marks out of the table so that doesn't look like crap, too?
148  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Woven Crochet on: July 03, 2011 09:31:30 AM
So this doesn't really go here OR the FO board, somewhere in the middle. It's more of a swatch.
Has anyone else every done Woven Crochet? A lady in my fiber guild called and told me she had a whole bunch of Spin Off Mags that she had no use for but when I got to her house to pick them up, she had so much more than that! Book about weaving, knitting, and crochet, looms, acid dyes, blah blah blah! In all this mess was a book, 2 of them actually, Mon Tricot Knitting Dictionary  and the "updated" version, that are actually 1/2 knitting stitches, 1/2 crochet stitches. Flipping through I found Woven Crochet and had to try it. Well, had to swatch it to see if I would like it. Have you guys tried it? I think you should. It's amazing. I have another project planned with it already but I can't tell you what it is yet.

LOOK!


It even came out good in variegated yarn!
I just googled it and feel the need to tell you: It's not just a pattern with drop stitches, it's actually a net (like fillet crochet) that you actually weave into!
149  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / July 1 2011 Fiber Friday on: July 01, 2011 02:13:58 PM
REALLY? How is there not a a FF thread yet? Did I miss it again? I hope not. Here's what I have spun recently:

This is stuff I was going to use for my Sheep to Shawl entry, then after I started crocheting I realized it didn't count as a shawl! I spun this mostly really dirty and greasy, even though I had washed it several times. Used about 5 1/2 bobbins worth for my "sweater."

So after it was spun, I threw it in the washer for a good hot agitated bath, felting it and cleaning it really good into this:

It is very rough and bumpy and uneven and I love it! I love the worked up texture! But man, that was a real bugger to pull apart/unwind. I wish I had a swift!
Since all of this, I have completed the sweater and even dyed it. But none of that goes here!

After spinning all of that I needed a break from my Local fleece and spun this from a "garden" batt:

~200 yards (even though I could hav e sworn it was more like 160) SW Merino, tencel, and angelina, 2 ply.
150  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?
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