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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Can You Make Yarn Out Of This? Handspun Art Yarn Swap on: January 01, 2008 10:46:28 PM



Let's see if this works. MJ posted pics in her flickr of the finished yarn. It turned out really pretty. Cheesy

2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Can You Make Yarn Out Of This? Handspun Art Yarn Swap on: January 01, 2008 12:31:04 PM
ooh, the purple looks really good! Smiley

I'm glad you liked it; I tried really hard to coordinate the purples when I sent it out. Smiley
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Can You Make Yarn Out Of This? Handspun Art Yarn Swap on: December 31, 2007 06:59:30 PM
This was my box o' goodies from thenutmeg ...




and here's the yarn on my bobbin.. that's the jumbo flyer on the Lendrum, chock full of beads and locks and spinny bobbly things...



I'm hoping my friend MJ will have a pic of the finished yarn -- I thought I did, but was obviously mistaken, and she claimed it as soon as I brought it to my knitgroup. Cheesy

This was a lot of fun, and got me out of my comfort zone a bit. I normally spin 2-ply or 3-ply yarn that's fairly normal (although I have been putting beads into my handspun lately). This was a great way to experiment with "art yarns" without committing to them full-time. Smiley
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: I have the supplies But I can't find any info on: December 11, 2007 01:09:03 AM
Spin Off has a good 'learn to spin' article on their site... http://www.interweave.com/spin/resources/spinning_brochures.asp
http://www.interweave.com/spin/Spinning_Basics.asp

There's a 'spinning on a spindle' pdf close to the bottom of the page for spinning basics.

What I do when I teach people to spin is tie a piece of yarn around the shaft, pull it up to the hook, and have them spin that bit of yarn until they get used to spinning the spindle, then I attach fiber and have them start drafting and spinning.

5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! Started to felt roving.. on: November 23, 2007 09:52:14 PM
IF and only IF it's dry, separate it and pre-draft it. You'll end up with usable fiber, it's just going to be harder to draft if it's super-duper felted. Smiley

I bought some roving online and I spun it thick and thin because it was terrible to draft, and it was felted. It's just fiber, keep telling yourself that, and as long as you can still get a decent staple's worth of fiber out of it, you can spin it. Smiley

Edited to add: ask me how I know not to mess with it while it's wet. It's just not a good thing. Cheesy
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Can You Make Yarn Out Of This? Handspun Art Yarn Swap Sign-Ups 11/14/07-11/2 on: November 23, 2007 06:30:15 PM
one more day for signups! woo hoo!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: The Bearded Cap on: November 22, 2007 11:49:20 AM
I told my husband I need to knit this so we can match. That's almost his hair color (and he has a mustache and goatee). Cheesy
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: i don't understand slipped stitches. on: November 21, 2007 11:11:39 PM
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"slwyif: bring yarn to front, slip 1 st purlwise"

This brings the yarn in front of the slipped stitch; it's a decorative treatment. Sometimes it's used for a "wrap and turn" type of short-row (this is how you wrap a knit stitch at the end of a row). Smiley
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Can You Make Yarn Out Of This? Handspun Art Yarn Swap Sign-Ups 11/14/07-11/2 on: November 21, 2007 11:05:55 PM
sent my info in, too. This sounds like tons of fun! Smiley
10  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: dyeing blinds? on: November 14, 2007 07:59:23 PM
they make wood stains in colors that won't hide the grain of the wood. They're usually brush-on-wipe-off.
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