I recently inherited a spinning wheel from my grandmother, and it is in need of some TLC. I'm trying to figure out how old it is and what company made it (there's no logo I can find) because I'm pretty sure I'll need to replace several parts. Spinning is still very new to me, and this is my first wheel. As far as I can tell, the connector to the footman is leather and everything else is metal. Pretty sure it's a single drive scotch tension?
From the side:
mother of all:
... which hinges down, I guess to adjust tension on the drive band?
Maidens rotate to allow bobbin/flyer removal:
Every piece of metal on this wheel is rusted and I can barely get it to turn, and it needs a new drive band and brake band. The bobbin and flyer in the photos are the only ones that came with it, and though my grandmother had several spinning books (with copyrights back to the 70s) and an Ashford brochure, we couldn't find anything about the wheel's purchase.
So I'm going to make the Baby's First Tattoo sweater for my incoming niece (due any day now!) but I absolutely loathe and despise seams, so I was hoping to rework the pattern to be knit all in one piece - aside from making and adding the sleeves, of course. I know that you're supposed to leave out seam stitches when adapting the pattern, so does that mean that I would take away one stitch from each side panel and 2 from the back? Will that mess with my shaping patterns later?
When I heard that the theme this month was Scrooged, I knew I had to do something couture for cheap - it would just be too awesome. I'd charted the Luis Vuitton monogram pattern a while ago for a different project (never completed) and knew it was perfect. So I headed out to my local craft store and scoured for cheap-ass yarn.
First things first, the receipt:
I bought 2 skeins each of Redheart Coffee and Cornmeal. Redheart is cheap enough but I got it on sale to boot! I wound up using just over 1 skein of the Coffee and less than 1 of the Cornmeal.
This thing took me for-freaking-ever. I've worked charts before but never for the entirety of a project. O.o Never. Again. If I'd had more time and more patience I'd have worked another repeat of the chart, as he scarf turned out shorter than I wanted. But oh well. It's done!!
Side note: I switched the positions of the L and V so it's not technically copyright infringement
 Some of you wrote to request the chart I used. Here ya go:
I used 4 vertical reps of the chart total and the width of the scarf is only one.
Ahh, not only my first EVER challenge entry anywhere EVER, but also my first knitted object of this size and complexity. I used this 1962 pattern I found on Glamarama here. I loathe and despise ponchos (no offense to those who love them, they just look terrible on me) so I sewed it into more of a sleeveless sweater. Someday I'm going to add a front kangaroo pocket but I'm quite pleased with this. I added a broken heart to it (hence the name) to make it a little more modern and less blah, and put some safety pins through it. I used iron-on patch stuff to make it after my sewing attempts failed. All in all it took me about 2 weeks to make and used just over 3 skeins of Plymouth's Encore.
From the side kinda:
With the hood up:
Hood from the side/back:
UPDATE After a rip through the washing machine, the iron-on patch heart, er, separated from the rest of the hoodie. So I did a little work and here's the update:
The heart is now surface-crocheted onto the vest. I like the right half better than the left But at least I don't have to worry about it coming off!
Since I'm now getting into yarn dyeing, I found myself in need of a swift. Rather than go out and spend bajillions of dollars on one, I followed these instructions and built one. Er, okay, well, my dad built it for me because I'm not to be trusted around power tools, but still...
It spins very very smoothly and the pegs pop out to fit hanks of different sizes. Yaaaay!
Okay, I had NO idea where to post this question but I figure out of all the yarn lovers here, you wonderful spinners would be the most knowledgeable.
I have started dyeing my own yarn (Kool-Aid, acid dyes, etc) and I want to know how to achieve a true white. I work with 100% wool which starts off rather off-white or cream or eggshell or natural or blonde or *babbles ceaselessly* ... sorry, I work at a place that only sells black and white, so I know alllll the words for all the shades of white or not-quite-white.
ANYWAY, I'm wondering what I should use to get a pure white yarn. I'm scared to just use regular laundry bleach because I worry it would weaken the fibers. I saw at the craft store they had "lighteners" but they were meant for cotton cloth, not wool. Heeeeeelp!!
My grandmother has this gigantic Saxony wheel (that's the one that looks like the fairy-tale archetype, right?) that has always fascinated me, and as I get deeper and deeper into knitting I find myself really wanting to learn.
Do you have any books or videos to help me get started? And what's, like, a "beginner's kit" of things I'll need? Please bear in mind that I have practically no money whatsoever so the bare basics would be much appreciated.
I took a break from Christmas socks this week (yes, I know, it's after Christmas, so shoot me) and knit myself a pair of Knucks. I used the Rowan Felted Tweed recommended in the pattern in "Dragon." I also ordered a ball of "Carbon" since I couldn't decide, and since my mom is now begging me for a set, it turned out to be a good idea. I don't know what I want to write on them yet, or rather, I have too many ideas. SNOR GLE! is one, or YARN WHOR, or DIET COKE ... those are my top 3 in no particular order. Feel free to recommend!
Work in progress, shortly after joining fingers together:
Work in progress, finishing up the thumb gusset shaping:
Some of you may be familiar with the iPurr kitty iPod case I made last year. I would like to introduce the first of a limited edition animal-print series: the pink iPurr leopard. She has all the features and huggability of the original iPurr but in a sassy new pink variety.
She's a prototype and has a lot of flaws, enough that I wouldn't sell her as-is, but her descendants will be swunderful.
What a precious faaaace!
The back, with full screen viewable and click-wheel accessibility through thin vinyl:
Opening in the bottom so you can charge or update your 'Pod without removing the case: