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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Better/tighter plying? on: December 07, 2010 11:41:58 AM
I just started trying to spin a couple days ago, but I've been working hard at it Cheesy I've got my singles looking pretty good now, but I'm having some difficulty with plying. It turns out decent, I guess, but not nearly as tight as I would like. How can I make it ply tighter and look better? Do I just need to spin my singles tighter? Any advice would be appreciated Grin
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Another Katwise-inspired sweater recon on: November 02, 2010 07:18:08 PM
Hey all, this is my first post (longtime lurker) so go easy on me!
So, www.katwise.com has some of the most incredible sweaters/cloaks EVER, but I can't even come close to affording one... not to mention it looks like she has stopped selling them now. What's a poor crafter to do? Well, how about THIS:

Front:


Ignore my gross messy hair, I was sick at the time so I was in full-on grunge mode.

Back:


It's much simpler and smaller than Katwise's, but it's a start, right? The hood is nice and roomy, but I kept it short because... well, because I felt like it! I'm really happy with the way it came out, and it was very simple to make once I got started. All the sweaters came from various thrift stores. Next time, I'll get more ambitious with it Cheesy

The only real issue I had while sewing it all was the buttonholes. What a pain in the butt!! Something about the thick knit sweater material messed it up. I ended up pinning paper on the back of the fabric just so it would feed through the machine properly! Next time I think I'll try to find a sweater that already buttons up, and just use that.
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