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11  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: FOC Second Chance Wishlist Round 3 - Sign-up through Nov 5 on: October 13, 2012 07:51:21 AM
Hi, my name is Kris, and I share my home in Illinois with my husband of 25+ years, 3 boys, 2 fluffy cats, and one goldfish. For years, beadwork and jewelry-making was my first love, but in the last couple of years, Ive become smitten with the fiber arts. I spin and weave, and my favorite yarns to make are crazy art yarns. I love the concept of Saori weavingthe imperfection of the pieces gives them their beauty. I also enjoy crocheting and some knitting, and want to get better at both this winter. Creative re-use and keeping stuff out of the landfills is important to me as well.

Allergies: Some perfumes have chemicals in them that can give me asthma attacks. Since I dont know which they are, its best not to send me anything that has floral notes, or has been sprayed with Febreeze. Febreeze is one of my triggers. I can also be triggered by cigarette smells, if they are strong. If you like to make soaps or scented things, its pretty safe to send me anything food-scented (fruity, spicy or baked goodie smells). Just no floral anything. I also need to avoid angora, even thought I love it.

I really miss swapping. I have had to stop for a while due to some hiccups in our business from the economy. Its getting better, but our income is still not reliable and we have catching up to do, so Im concerned that I could get into a swap and then not have the cash to do a good enough job. Im currently looking for work, and once I find a job, Ill be back to swapping. We just have too many people not paying us for me to take the chance otherwise. I love making and receiving wonderful handmade surprises. I would be thrilled if you pick me, and I am quick with the communication, so I can help you clear your negative in a hurry. Being picked would be a huge treat for me right now. Smiley

I love koi, anything to do with wool and spinning, and learning new crafts. I want to learn needle-felting and wet-felting. We just moved to a new house in a new state right before we had a flurry of money trouble, so I have not been able to get as much art on the walls as Id like to have. Id have to say that hang-able decorations are my biggest want. My style is cheerful and bohemian, with lots of color. Think old hippie or quirky, and youve nailed it!

I do not like knick-knacks or anything that requires shelf space. Life is too short to spend it dusting curios. In our new home, we have less space, so any horizontal display areas are already pretty crowded. Im also not a fan of dark things or depressing colors. Day of the dead stuff is fine, because its bright and festive; however, gore and goth is not my thing.

Wall art you could make for me could include painting, textile arts like weaving, wool art, altered art, quilting, you name it! Surprise me! I would even enjoy a tye-dyed hippie wall hanging for my sons bedroom.

Another HUGE wish I have is for warm shirts for my youngest son. He is only in kindergarten, but he is in size eight, and growing! I cant keep up with him. If you want to make decorated shirts for him, his tastes fall pretty much in line with the average six year old boy. Hes not hard to please. If you want to start with a thrifted item, thats cool. Im very big on creative recycling.

Ive started a Pinterest board to give you some ideas, big and small, of things Id like. If you have the time and want to stalk my other boards, you can also get a feel for my aesthetic that way...
http://pinterest.com/laughinglark/craftster-swap-inspiration/
Crafted Wishlist:
---Cheerful wall art
---Wearables for son
---Useful things for my home, like potholders, soap bars (see allergies), socks for my chairs! http://pinterest.com/pin/61361613644326084/
---A needle-felting kit would be aewsome!!!
--- Backstrap loom about 18-19 inches wide.  If you can figure out how to make all the parts for a backstrap loom, Id love one. I have warping pegs already, I just need the basic loom parts. You might be able to have your hardware store do the cutting. The flat wooden parts could be made with long paint sticks or yardsticks cut down and sanded. Ill hunt for links, and add them here. If you speak Spanish, you may find better links that I can, though. The loom is basically a group of  dowel sticks and probably not hard at all to make. I just cant buy wood at the moment. Ive locked down my craft spending tight. I can provide my own backstrap--just need the wood parts. If you want, you could sew a backstrap to go with the wood parts, then I won't need to make one.
http://backstrapweaving.wordpress.com/2010/01/05/backstrap-weaving-the-backstrap-loom-all-those-sticks/
This one is helpful: http://weavezine.com/content/backstrap-basics


---A peg loom for rag rug weaving. This is a long shot (it could get heavy to mail), but I have wanted one of these looms for AGES. If you have access to a drill press or a good set of spade bits, this would not be hard to make. With one of these looms, I could knock out all the rag rugs I need to keep our feet off the cold floors in a hurry, and also use it to make Christmas presents. I would like to be able to weave areas up to 24" across, and don't need any clamps, just the wooden parts. I don't care if it's not perfect-looking, so long as it functions as a pegloom and the pegs are evenly spaced. Use stuff from your garage if you have lumber and dowels lying about. If you can do this, I would be beyond thrilled!
http://pinterest.com/pin/61361613644326459/
A pegloom in use:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAC1wX7-9gM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvzFxvVJ9bU

---I need 2 sewn plastic bag holders to contain the bags near where I use them. The holders need to be hang-able, and a fun retro print fabric would be awesome.
---Shopping bags! I always need shopping bags!
---I need a crossbody style sewn purse in colors that would go with a chocolate brown winter coat, but are somewhat cheerful as well, to help me thumb my nose at winter. Only thing to keep in mind is that Im almost fifty, so cute or kawaii prints might not be the best for me. Hippie, retro or sophisticated fabrics like velvet or brocades (or a combo!) would be great. The purse needs to be close-able, since I sometimes have to ride very crowded public transit and could be bumped and have things knocked out. I also need at least two pockets sewn to the inside for easy access to small items. The crossbody style is important, so I can keep my hands free to hold bags and hold onto the bar on the bus while standing.
---Top whorl drop spindles with a notch or two in the whorl edge. I always have several spindles goingthe more in my collection, the merrier!
--- Stenciled project bag that says: "Spinning:
                                                   Because knitting isn't weird enough!"

 About the size of a grocery shopping bag, and maybe with an image of a spinning wheel on it as well, but the words will be just fine by themselves. Choose a strong fabric or decorate a sturdy purchased canvas shopping bag for this project--I will use this bag for years! I spin in public all the time, and people sometimes wonder what I'm doing, and why. Cheesy

Supplies and extras:
Dye. Either acid dyes for wool or cold water dyes for cotton. If you tried dyeing and did not like it, partial jars are fine with me. I cannot use Rit or Kool-aid, though.
Spinning fiber, natural or vegan: Anything but angora. Even raw stuff is fine. I can clean it if there is not too much VM in it. I have an old drum-carder and hand-cards.
Wool, mohair or other fancy or novelty yarnI can use any amount. Even really tiny balls. Im going to learn freeform crochet this winter.
Sugar and Cream or other brands of cotton yarns, even smallish balls of them. I'm making dishcloths and tawashi as part of my Christmas gifts this year. Any colors!
Soft acrylic yarns. Any size balls. They have to be soft, though. Im making some hats for the kids at my boys schools. The schools keep a box of hats and mittens on hand for kids who need them. Red Heart is too scratchy for most of the kids and gets left in the box. If it feels soft on your face, it will probably be okay and will end up warming a child. Small balls are finethe kiddos like colorful things and I can make stripes. Any thickness of yarn-- I can crochet some strands held together to get my desired gauge if it's really thin yarn in colors school-age kids would like. Yarn that is obvious baby colors might not be the best for these kids.
Bits of yarn and fiber to feed to my drum carder. If you have really short bits of this and that, I can use them. I mean, even two inch bits!
Chenille yarn. Weavers love to throw in some chenille for texture. Any amount would be welcome. Same goes for fun fur and the like
Angelina sparkle fiber.
Tube watercolors. I want to start painting again. If you have a used set you dont need, sent it my way.
Circular knitting needles. Any kind, any size. Longish ones would be really great so I can learn the magic loop, but I also need some shorter for hats or cowls.

Thanks for reading this enormous post!
12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Shop the Swap Winter Market-Discussion Thread! on: September 23, 2012 12:09:55 PM
Hi everyone. Popping in to say hello. I'll have to just hang out as a window-shopper this round.  Cry We have a financial mess on our hands and I can't be sure I would have money for postage. I thought we would be through the worst of it by now, but we had a series of bad things go on with the rentals that wiped out all of our progress, and then some. This will be a 100% hand-crafted Christmas at Chez Lark, so I will be around Craftster a lot, and following this thread, too.

Crossing fingers for you on the house, LxM! Smiley
13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Shop the Swap 63 **Discussion Thread** on: August 17, 2012 05:03:43 PM
Hi everyone,

I'm loving all of the projects in progress.

I can't wait until I have time to get back to my crafts. My son and I are making a music room/bedroom in the basement. Finishing a basement is a pain. He moved up here shortly after us, and his music career is already starting to take off a lot more then it could in Missouri. He will be on a live and local radio show next week. Indie performers get more exposure here.  Smiley We are also building some kind of recording booth downstairs. Once that is all done, I'll have my craft room/office back. I got some wool as an early birthday present. There will be yarn in my shop!

14  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tour de fleece 2012 on: July 03, 2012 01:26:50 PM
Thanks, Belladune. I was multitasking when I tried that.
15  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tour de fleece 2012 on: July 03, 2012 07:42:16 AM
Thanks, Belladune!
This:
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/15935808@N00/7471970210/" title="Tour de Fleece-Team Breakaway-Materials for a fabric based yarn by Beadycat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8151/7471970210_52793892b0.jpg" width="500" height="370" alt="Tour de Fleece-Team Breakaway-Materials for a fabric based yarn"></a>
Became this on day one:
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/15935808@N00/7475881906/" title="Flowers and Lightning close-up by Beadycat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8005/7475881906_61c51a0a35.jpg" width="500" height="442" alt="Flowers and Lightning close-up"></a>
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/15935808@N00/7475881798/" title="Flowers and Lightning yarn on bobbin by Beadycat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7250/7475881798_565ac68296.jpg" width="500" height="329" alt="Flowers and Lightning yarn on bobbin"></a>


<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/15935808@N00/7486740366/" title="flowers and lightning detail by Beadycat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8027/7486740366_74e49d596e.jpg" width="272" height="500" alt="flowers and lightning detail"></a>

This:
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/15935808@N00/7471969670/" title="Tour De Fleece-Team Breakaway-Felted angora blend sweater and dyed angora blend reclaimed sweater yarn to spin into something.. by Beadycat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8008/7471969670_2b2db950e8.jpg" width="500" height="413" alt="Tour De Fleece-Team Breakaway-Felted angora blend sweater and dyed angora blend reclaimed sweater yarn to spin into something.."></a>
Became this on day two:
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/15935808@N00/7486744186/" title="recycled felted sweater yarn by Beadycat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8018/7486744186_14ca0e5245.jpg" width="218" height="500" alt="recycled felted sweater yarn"></a>
Ive been working on this one a little bit daily. I got the fiber a couple of years ago from MullersLaneFarm, and promptly turned it into newbie rope. Now I'm re-spinning it thinner.  Grin
Before:
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/15935808@N00/7471970390/" title="Tour de Fleece-Team Rookie- Superwash roving and a beginner attempt to unwind and re-draft thinner if possible by Beadycat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7259/7471970390_f6e2f9a1dc.jpg" width="500" height="450" alt="Tour de Fleece-Team Rookie- Superwash roving and a beginner attempt to unwind and re-draft thinner if possible"></a>
After:
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/15935808@N00/7481742088/" title="Tour de Fleece 2012-Team rookie- re-spun yarn close up by Beadycat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7249/7481742088_794f9967f3.jpg" width="500" height="470" alt="Tour de Fleece 2012-Team rookie- re-spun yarn close up"></a>
And I also did a tiny amount of work on this one yesterday. I'm trying to do long draw. There is some swearing involved.  Grin
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/15935808@N00/7481743364/" title="Tour de Fleece 2012 -Team Support Spindlers- Mother Marion kick spindle with some mystery merino by Beadycat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8143/7481743364_a90e565d70.jpg" width="500" height="251" alt="Tour de Fleece 2012 -Team Support Spindlers- Mother Marion kick spindle with some mystery merino"></a>
Today's spinning project will involve these ingredients in some way...
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/15935808@N00/7471968832/" title="Tour de Fleece-Team Breakaway- chiffon scarf to spin by Beadycat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8148/7471968832_c52f6b0d6b.jpg" width="500" height="445" alt="Tour de Fleece-Team Breakaway- chiffon scarf to spin"></a>

Edited to add: Crap, I'm still having trouble with Flickr. I'll edit in these pics on Photobucket later. Sad
16  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tour de fleece 2012 on: July 03, 2012 04:10:04 AM
Sarah and Belladune, those are lovely!

I'm plugging along in the TDF as best I can. My oldest son is coming home to live with us, and we have to reconfigure our space and do some remodeling. He'll help with all of that, but it will be time consuming. We also will be having company come in from out of town for a brief visit. The heat wave and inadequate air conditioning is also kicking our butts right now, so everything is happening at a slowed-down pace.

Here is a link to my TdF photo stream so far. I still need to upload them to Photobucket from my other computer so I can show the finished yarns here. I've had trouble getting Flickr images to post here in the past. I don't know if it's still a problem or not. I've used Photobucket exclusively for Craftster stuff for the last few years.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/15935808@N00/sets/72157630354398662/

We are having a terrible time financially right now, but that doesn't mean I can't spin.  Grin My focus will be on creative re-use. I'm having a lot of fun with it. Yesterday, I was going to make a yarn using that multicolored chiffon and the red crochet thread (plus whatever else I feel like adding), but I wasn't able to get to it. Today, I'll get to work on that, and then next I'll make something with that shredded silk sweater. Smiley
17  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fast and cheap spindle on: June 24, 2012 06:52:10 AM
Thanks! The bangle spindles have taken a beating, since I carry them around with me and spin on them a lot at the park. Still going strong. You'd be surprised how sturdy cardboard can be. Hoping to have the time to make some more spindles soon. If any of you have made spindles, I would love to see them!  Smiley
18  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: May I Fiber Friday? on: June 22, 2012 06:39:16 PM
Miloknows, those yarns are stunning! I especially like the last two. I'm kind of on the same wavelength with recycled fabrics; I'm getting some strips of chiffon ready for an experiment I will do during Tour de Fleece, if I can wait that long.  Smiley

Puppy_girl, I do remember that roving! You did such a great job both with the dyeing and spinning it.

Here is mine. This is frogged and kettle-dyed yarn from a thrifted sweater. I'm going to use some of it as is, but some will be spun with other things to make accent yarns for weaving.


I took some of it and added extra twist while also auto-wrapping it with gold lurex. Then I plied it with a woolen yarn, and had fun doing random coils and turkish knots for texture. On the bobbin:


And on the swift:


 Glad to see a Fiber Friday thread! Once the Tour starts, I hope to be unloading on y'all with a bunch of yarn pics. Grin
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Shop the Swap 63 **Discussion Thread** on: June 22, 2012 05:06:08 AM
Fart jokes abound here as well. I live in an all-male (except for me!) household, and the humor can get pretty earthy.  Smiley

20  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Franken-spinning wheel! on: June 08, 2012 06:22:44 PM
 What a fantastic contraption! I would love to learn how to do this. I love creative re-use, and I have been wanting to make a great wheel for spinning long-draw. Do you use it on a table top?
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