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21  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?
22  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Shop the Swap 62 **Discussion Thread** on: June 01, 2012 08:10:57 AM
Since I can't comfortably get ready in time for this next round, but I will have more time toward the end of the month, I went ahead and joined the Tour de Fleece. I will have a bunch of yarns when we start up again!  Grin

I'm on three teams, Team Craftster, Team Rookie (first year in TdF), and Team Breakaway (art yarn spinners). That's a LOT of spinning! Here is the Rav link to our C'ster team:
Since we will be on vacay from this swap, join us if you spin, or are thinking about spinning.
23  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tour de fleece 2012 on: June 01, 2012 07:53:58 AM
I just signed up. Still unpacking, but I know where my wool is, and I'm spinning again. Grin I'm  also in Team Rookie (first year) and Team Breakaway (art yarns).
24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Shop the Swap 62 **Discussion Thread** on: May 31, 2012 05:12:08 AM
I'm bummed that I don't think I can reopen in June. Sad Just too much to do here, and I'm still worn out from the house hunting process. We were super-lucky to get this place. Oh, well. We will all have great new stuff in the fall. For now, I still haven't had the time the make my new craft room functional. Once I do, it will be awesome, though. In our old place, there were not enough outlets in any of the rooms to set up my machines/have adequate lighting/etc. I had to unplug my serger to use my normal machine, etc...it was annoying. There is only so much you can put on one power strip. This house is just as old, but has updated wiring. Yay for being able to plug it all in!

LxM, I'm sorry about the house. Hang in there, it will work out.

25  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Shop the Swap 62 **Discussion Thread** on: May 11, 2012 11:41:16 PM
Hi everyone. I'm here, in the new house.  Grin Still have an unfathomable amount of unpacking to do, and need to figure out window treatments, etc, etc. This house needs some girly touches-- it was inhabited by bachelors for many years. And parts of it are extremely dirty.  Basically, it was cleaned up regularly, but the stove was never wiped down. It's a black stove, so you don't see the grime at first, but the stove top has a thick, greasy buildup that is really hard to remove. It's one of the worst stove tops I've ever seen, and we have owned rentals for years. Every room has a working ceiling fan, and we need them this time of year, but they are furred with thick dust. It takes years and years to get that much dust on something. I will need to wear a face mask and lay a tarp under each fan to catch the falling dust bunnies. Never seen anything like it, and I myself am a slob.  Cheesy

Sorry about the funky house, LxM. Hope you get the farmhouse. We also had been inches away from buying a super nice house before we found this one, and our deal also fell through. This one has less space, but is right near hubby's new job, and the neighborhood is both quiet and friendly. There are also plenty of birds. I will enjoy all the singing when I spin outdoors. We love this house, and the cats approve, too.

 Time to get back to bed. I hope to be back next round, depending on how it goes with the unpacking. I have to downsize a lot more, I think. I'm overwhelmed by how much stuff we have, and the former owner left lots of things behind in storage areas. There are at least seven dead computer towers, and I keep finding more. Have to find out how to dispose of them. I can Freecycle out some of the stuff here, but not the dead computers. I will be making regular trips to the Idea Store to donate from my largess of craft supplies, and also to shop, of course!
26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Shop the Swap 62 **Discussion Thread** on: May 09, 2012 01:11:18 AM
Stress! Today is the day of the big move. We have a U-Haul truck out front, and we are waaayyy behind schedule. Ack! It may be a week or two until I'm back online, depending on how long it takes to get internet squared away. Soon, I will be reunited with my wheels, looms, and supplies. On Mother's Day, I'm not unpacking a thing---I have a date with my spinning wheel. Happy Mother's Day, and I'll be back as soon as I can.  Smiley

27  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Shop the Swap 61 **Discussion Thread** on: April 25, 2012 04:59:57 AM
Our move begins today! Hubby is stating to take van loads up to the house, and I will stay here packing and having rummage sales to clear our junk out and offset our gas expenses. Keep your fingers crossed that it will not rain on good yard sale days for the next couple of weeks.

The packing process has done wonders for giving me ideas on what I want to make once we are settled in. I'm hoping it will be realistic for me to re-join the swap in June. May won't be possible, because we will need to get internet and unpack first. We can't pull the kids out of school until the middle of the month. I'll miss you guys and I look forward to being back as soon as I can.

Yeah, we do need to advertise the swap in some way. It's the best swap EVER!  Smiley
28  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Shop the Swap 61 **Discussion Thread** on: April 14, 2012 04:12:54 AM
Good luck, TSM! That is exciting news! It will be fun to make new clothes for yourself, and you make such lovely clothes. Smiley

I'm hoping that after we are done with this move, I can try weight watchers or something. I need to lose at least 50 pounds. I think just getting out of here may help. I never really belonged in the Ozarks. It's pretty, but I've felt really isolated here.

I wish I could participate in this round more, but the packing has me overwhelmed. I didn't realize I was a bit of a hoarder until I had to start figuring out what to do with it all.  Grin
29  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Shop the Swap 61 **Discussion Thread** on: April 11, 2012 01:46:05 PM
Hi everyone! Making headway (sort of) on the giant amount of packing and sorting to be done here. While taking a coffee break just now I checked to see which of the 5 post offices in Champaign would be the closest and found one that is seven minutes away from our new house on foot according to Google maps. That will be reallyhandy for the swap! Cool
30  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday April 6th 2012 on: April 06, 2012 06:09:10 PM
No thread yet? I'll start us off.  Grin

This one is called Early Seedlings, and it is made from  a 75% silk, 25% cotton sweater. I shredded the sweater, then dyed it.

 And this one, for lack of a better name, is called "When Two Ugly Sweater Vests Love Each Other Very Much, They Get Together and Make a Yarn!"  Cheesy Both the vests are acrylic and cotton blends. I like the denim-y colors, and I was curious about what I would get spinning with them. Acrylic sweaters that have already been through the consumer stream go to the landfill and stay there forever. Might as well see if they can become fun novelty yarns.

I probably won't be able to spin much in the coming weeks. We are moving. Hubby has the job! I will be here as much as I can to cheer you on. Happy Easter and happy spinning!  Smiley
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