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21  Re: First spin - have some questions. in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by AugustBell on: January 20, 2013 06:46:11 AM
Well I didn't have enough yarn to wrap around the legs of my chair so I used my husband's hands instead. After I tied it and put it down it kinked up horribly.



Is this how it's supposed to look? Did I spin it too tightly? It's in some hot water now and I stuck a long cup in the center of the loop so it wouldn't kink up in the water. Did I ruin it?
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22  First spin - have some questions. in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by AugustBell on: January 19, 2013 09:14:08 AM
Ok I got my first drop spindle yesterday and watched several YouTube videos while doing this. I know it's far from perfect, but I have a couple of questions. Firstly whenever I would first start spinning again after winding some yarn onto the spindle, some of the yarn I just would would pop back up into the hook. It's like I didn't have it anchored right or something. There's no notch in my whorl to hold the yarn so maybe that was it. I also had a lot of trouble keeping the thickness consistent. It's just different all over. I'm hoping that's something that will get better with practice. Ok, so here is a picture of my finished sample fiber that I got:



Is it supposed to be that fuzzy? Sometimes, no matter how much I spun it, there would still be fuzziness around some parts of the yarn. I tried to smooth it by hand without much change.



Does this look right? Also, how long am I supposed to keep it on the spindle before it's safe to take it off? Does it need to sit for a while to let the twist set in permanently?
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23  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by AugustBell on: January 17, 2013 07:46:04 AM
Class: Study of Ancient Runes
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Draught of Peace Mug Cozy
Project Page Link (if available): n/a yet
Brief Description: For my study of runestones I've used my crafty magic to commemorate not only a great witch, but a great act that she has done and continues to do in running this awesome Craftalong. In honor of PINKLEO I crafted her this Draught of Peace mug cozy as a part of a small swap I did with Jennie on her behalf. CHEERS!
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24  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by AugustBell on: January 16, 2013 06:06:44 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Sock Monkey Hat
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description:  I made this the weekend before Christmas for my little guy. He really likes it, and I think he's pretty cute in it  Wink This hat was just in time for the huge ice/snow storm we got Christmas day. I've used here Albedo - the whitening, and Rubedo - the reddening.
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25  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by AugustBell on: January 16, 2013 07:51:05 AM
OWL PROPOSAL
OWL Subject & Option(if available): Transfiguration: Option 1-Practice your vanishing and conjuring spells by taking a large amount of supply and crafting one piece.
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Granny Stripe Blanket
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques used, materials using, plan of action, expected timeline, etc.) I have 18 skeins of yarn that I am going to be transforming into a nice adult sized blanket...for ME! I will be starting with a foundation chain of 214 and working 68 rows in granny stripe pattern using 17 colors, then using my 18th color to edge the blanket. I'll finish by February 13th. Here's my supplies minus the white skein for edging:



Does this count as a large amount of supplies?  Tongue
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26  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by AugustBell on: January 13, 2013 02:30:50 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination - Tasseomancy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Frog Prince Lovey
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: This is a frog prince lovey blanket for a co-worker's baby shower. In Tasseography a frog represents fertility, abundance, or a disguised handsome/beautiful lover. The crown represents honor and recognition.
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27  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by AugustBell on: January 05, 2013 05:10:45 PM
Class: Arithmancy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Ripple infinity scarf and glove set
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=418505.0
Brief Description: This set of three items in three different colors was made for myself. I went to a fiber arts convention in early December where I purchased this wonderfully soft yarn in some cool wintery colors. The set took about 8 days to complete.
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28  Infinity scarf and glove set in Crochet: Completed Projects by AugustBell on: December 31, 2012 05:56:40 PM
I made this set for myself. I never get to crochet something for me, so this was a fun project! I did a ripple pattern that I got from Attic24.



Scarf in action. It's about 5 feet long.



Fingerless gloves with bobble edging.



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29  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by AugustBell on: December 31, 2012 08:17:16 AM
I took a break from last semester's craftalong because I was so busy, but I'm back  Cheesy
Challenge: Gemino
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Toddler Socks
Brief Description: We got a huge ice/snow storm this Christmas and were trapped for several days without power at my in-laws. I took lots of yarn and hooks and decided it was a good time to try my hand at sock making. These are crocheted with wool yarn.
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30  Toddler Socks in Crochet: Completed Projects by AugustBell on: December 31, 2012 08:00:33 AM
We were hit by a huge ice and snow storm on Christmas day and were without power from Tuesday - Sunday evening. We packed up and went to the in-laws who had wood stoves, but still no power there. Of course I took a big bag of yarn and hooks. I've never made socks before and was getting a little weary of the scarf I was working on so the thought to make socks was very spontaneous. Luckily I had brought a new yarn that was perfect for the job. I got on my phone and found a pattern on Ravelry. These worked up very fast. About 1.5-2 hours for each sock from chain to fastening off. They are for my two year old son.




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The lighting is crummy. We were on wood stove lighting by then  Cheesy



They were awfully snug, so we won't get much wear out of them, but I'm proud as they are my first socks. It was hugely satisfying and I can't wait to make more!
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