Huzzah! A fiber Friday that I'm home for and can post!!!!
Love that blue yarn, Bella, it's gorgeous!
Nothing special going on, fiberwise, for me. I got a Kromski Fantasia as an early Christmas present (and as True Blood fan, I keep calling it a Kromski Fangtasia, totally on accident!), and two pounds of wool came with it. I've been spinning that and playing around with Kool Aid dyeing. The wool was just marked 'domestic wool'. I'm new to this still, so someone help me out- that just means it was from an animal raised/shorn here in the US, right? What on earth else could the domestic mean? Does it wear pearls and make dinner, possibly fold some laundry? 'Cause that would be a big help.
Anyhoo, here is my yarn dyed with Lemon-Lime Kool Aid:
I wanted to try food coloring for dyeing, but I don't have the propane setup for the turkey fryer so I can boil stuff outside. Heated vinegar is stinky, plus we just got an influx of mosquitoes (late in the season, but it IS Texas). Those sneaky bastards find their way in when I open the windows, even though they all have screens. So much for in-house vinegar based dyeing.
I made these wristlets/wristwarmers/whateveryouwannacallem today. They're pretty run of the mill, I guess (just puff stitches and single crochets), but what makes them awesome to me is that I also made the yarn! I was so happy with how the yarn came out, and now I'm really pleased with this project. Woohoo!
I got a spinning wheel last weekend, and I've been obsessively spinning ever since. I'm feeling a little Rumplestiltskin-y over here. Anyhoo, I wanted to make something I could use out of my first yarn I made. If you spin, you know first yarns are... well... interesting and art yarns . They're cool for looking at, but not cool for making something you can wear (aside from a scarf or something along those lines). I decided their lumpiness would work well with socks, so that's what I went with. Now, I've tried to crochet socks so very many times now; I've never had any success until these. So this project is twice as awesome for me- the first time I've successfully crocheted socks, and I used the yarn I made! I'm so excited!
I typed out a pattern, then closed the browser (because I'm cool like that). So if anyone wants the pattern, no prob- let me know and I'll add it. If not, ain't nobody got time for typing out patterns!
I have been DROOLING over spinning wheels lately. A friend let me borrow one of hers, so I was able to learn and get going. This yarn is the very first wheel yarn I've done- it's blue face leicester that I picked up at a local yarn shop, and I plied it with more of itself (this is actually only my second time to ply, EVER! I learned how to ply from Belladune's awesome tutorial).
I'd love to hear what you guys think- the good, the bad, and the suggestions. I love spinning and I want to get better, but I know most of my mistakes will get better as I practice.
Hey guys! This is my very first plied yarn, blue merino plied with pink merino (roving from Etsy).
I joined a spinners and weavers guild this last week, I'm hoping it will improve my skills. A very nice lady from the guild is going to give me a wheel lesson tomorrow, then let me borrow one of her wheels so I can see if I like it. <-- who am I kidding, IF? I know I'm going to love it!
Hey y'all! My bestie and I are big ole hippies, so I crocheted this up for her. It was meant to look like tie dye, but that's okay; I'm still happy with how it came out. It's just a basic spiral granny blanket.
Hey gang! I knit this for my best friend's son who loves Doctor Who. He's going off to college this year, and is leaving tomorrow for orientation. I wanted to make him something fun to take along. We live in Texas, and he'll be going to college in Corpus, but he loves it even though it will literally never be cold enough to warrant this kind of winter getup.
I'm not a Who fan, I've actually never seen an episode, so pardon my lack of Who-isms in this post.
I know there have been lots of Who scarves on here over the years, but I'm really proud of this! I don't like to knit very much, I prefer to crochet, so this was a lot of work for me.
I got the pattern from Ravelry, but the link claims it to be the official BBC pattern. Who knows? Either way, by the end, my carpal tunnel was acting up so badly that I cut a few stripes short of their designated stitches. Le sigh.