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151  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 5 May 2011 on: May 05, 2011 07:47:36 AM
I'm always afraid while I'm writing this post someone else will post a FF thread as well!
I was on a roll this week, or would that be more appropriately a "spin?"

Diamond Batt from Knit.etsy.com. Decided to go with singles. A little overspun, but I think they will work up nice.

Next up, more blue and white self striping from Sheep Shed. I need to buy more from there but how much is always so hard to figure for me.

Then I spun up some cocoons because I of an article in the new Spin-Off mag. I haven't photoed it yet because I need to set the twist and hang it with some weights first. Again, though, my singles are way overspun. I'm just so used to spinning for plying!

And finally, I got my 11 braids and batt this week including my black roving so I could finally play up that batt I have had on my spindle for almost 2 months:

And just for Nikschaf, a photo of it with the rest of the batt that I plied with the yellow thread. I think I might take out the thread, spin more black, and ply it to be like the one I did this week. Opinions?
152  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Dem Bones on: April 20, 2011 02:29:28 PM
I made these for the Ami Addiction swap Round 2 and wanted to share them here. My partner loves Halloween and her favorite colors are pinka nd orange so I thought these were called for:

Individual shots:

I got the pattern from Yarn or Fabric and it's the only pattern I have ever bought not in a book. I think they came out a little too Day of the Dead, but I still they they were fun. I was thinking about making a blue one for my nephews birthday but then I found a really cool monster book and that idea went right out the window. Oh well, now I have the pattern forever and can make one for future nephew birthdays, right? I mean, I do have 3 nephews, not to mention my own 4 year old.
153  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?
154  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.
155  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Pureed Strawberries? on: March 25, 2011 02:36:55 PM
I bought a 4lb box of Strawberries (for $5) at the store the other day thinking I would use my dehydrator on them and make chips, but when I got home I realized I hate cutting things for that. I am not good at making things uniform. So they sat there with the kids nibbling at them everyday and today I realized, oh they might be going bad soon so I cut off all the yucky parts (to be composted of course) and tossed them in my Mag Bullet and ended up with about 3 cups of Strawberry puree. But now what? Any thoughts before that goes bad? Thanks!
156  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 25 March 2011 on: March 25, 2011 10:25:02 AM
How is this not started yet? I don't want to start but I do want some other fibery goodness so I guess I will be the first.

This is all I have. It is the rest of the Diamond Batt from February. I think it needs to be plied with some black, but I need to order the roving from Sheep Shed first so it is going to stay on the spindle for now. I spun the other 1/2 on my wheel and plied it with yellow thread (posted a couple weeks ago) and I really liked the feel of the merino going through my fingers on that one; it's a very rough wool for some reason. While this way wasn't as nice in way of my senses (sensually? Yeah, I would call it sensual!), I like the way the color blended on it better.
157  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 18 March 2011 on: March 18, 2011 08:05:01 AM
I finished the bamboo/merino blend I was working and I can finally post pictures! I am so happy!
I had 4 oz that I split in 2 and spun different. The first was spun thin and then Navajo plied to make 56 yards:

And the second half I wanted to spn thick but it wouldn't let me so it came out thick and thin. I plied it with white sewing thread to make 72 yards. I love how it is so different from the above

and then I just really wanted to spin something so I broke into my  pounds of Sheep Shed roving and alternated between chunks of blue and chunks of white to Navajo plied into 75 yards of this:

In other news, I did not get my quota combed for the Craft along this week because i had to wash it some more, but now that it is cleaner I am combing much faster so maybe I can get through the rest of the fleece before the months end? AFTER I finish these swaps?!
158  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / storage hammocks on: February 18, 2011 01:48:07 PM
I made these a while ago because I remembered having them as a kid but had no idea where I would find one AND I was on a mesh kick. They are a little warped because they have been in use and let's face it, crochet is supposed to have stretch, right? I used yarn that I stole from some sweaters.

Action shot:

Then I realized why make it white? They are all white! I made the one for my baby's room in pink chenille (again, STOLEN!)

I just learned that they are actually called "storage hammocks" and when I did a Google search, I found out that I was right, they only come in White! Good thing I make my own, eh?

I am only using push pins to hold them up, though I'm thinking if I make more then maybe I will need some D rings? I'm also thinking about using some bias tape on the sides so they don't sag so much. What do you think? Would that work? Any thoughts on a way to do it better?
159  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 11 February 2011 on: February 11, 2011 08:23:25 AM
Not much to share this week but I figured I may as well get this started, right?
I finally got some wool combs to help me process the fleece that one of the ladies from my MOPS group gave me last year! I already had to rave about them to Belledune. I got small basket full and ecided I was done with that, I wanted to spin! I was going to take a picture of the basket full but got a little impatient so here's the first little "nest" I made with some of the fleece for reference:

And What I have spun so far:

I think I'm going to try to Navajo ply (?) it after I spin a bunch more and watch some videos on that technique.
I also got my first Niddy Noddy this past week. Haven't used it yet, but I'm excited!
160  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilted Boxes? on: February 04, 2011 02:51:09 PM
I found this tute a while ago and made my mom and her sister some bowls for Christmas 2009. Sorry I don't have pics of those, but that's the inspiration for these boxes.

I needed storage for my son's room, and within a week found the perfect shelves. Then I remembered the bowls I had made and how easy it would be to make boxes like them, so I cut out enough fabric and batting to make 12, 2 different sizes, and made these 2, complete with handles:

Learning experience #1: They don't work very well. The smaller one is better, but they are way to flimsy to hold toys. So I figured adding some paper board int here would work, but holy crap, making the handles would be hell! And I was already done with my cutting! I didn't want to cut more. So I set the pieces aside and waited. Then a few days ago I had an epiphany: they don't NEED handles! So I cut up some cardboard 1/2" smaller than the fabric pieces and attempted another.

Learning experience #2: If I'm not willing to bend the cardboard, it won't go through my machine when I want to connect them. Half the connections on that one were hand sewn. Killer on my fingers, but like they day, it's not made with love if you didn't bleed, right? So I despaired again, until I called my mom today (to help with a cooking problem) and while we were talking, the boxes came up and I knew immediately how to do it: don't sew in the cardboard until after they pieces are connected! AHA! So I made this one pretty quickly today:

And now I am happy. Well, as happy as I can be. I was hoping to make them reversible but with the cardboard it doesn't really work. But that's not what's important! We now have boxes for his shelving!
Only 8 more to make. I can do it before the paint cures.
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