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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Apple Bloosom Shawl on: June 29, 2009 06:46:33 PM
Oh, so pretty!  What a great use of handspun yarn  - I never know what to do with my yarns that are more 'art yarn' and less traditional.  Thanks for sharing!
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fibre Friday - 30th January 2009 on: February 01, 2009 06:16:54 PM
There are so many gorgeous yarns this week!  I just watched the Sit and Spin video by Jacey of Insubordiknit, and I feel so inspired!  I haven't done any art yarns before, but I can't wait!

I'm totally late with this, but I actually finished some yarn this week!  It's merino/tencel from Juliespins (on etsy), and 4oz ended up being close to 100yds.  It's a gift for a swap I'm doing (not on craftster), and I just hope the recipient likes it!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: what would you do??? on: December 28, 2008 01:22:20 PM
Alpaca's funny.  It feels gorgeously soft to my hands (and even my face!), but my neck and my wrists won't tolerate it, even in blends.  (even like 10-15%!)

I think it would be fine to contact them, but it's also possible that to the salesperson, it is lovely yarn for a scarf.  But she should know that many people have issues with alpaca.
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: How much roving do I need??? on: December 28, 2008 12:35:10 PM
I normally buy prepared fibre in 100g or 4oz quantities - that way I should have enough for a hat, mitts, or socks.  But I usually spin with my wheel - so 4oz might take a while on a drop spindle.  For raw wool and fleeces, I don't know how much to get.  I know you would lose a lot of weight after washing and prepping the fibre, but I don't know how much.  It's probably easiest to start with prepared fibre like roving or batts, though.
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: What's your dream wheel? on: December 28, 2008 12:28:38 PM
My dream wheel is the Majacraft Rose.  I own a Louet Victoria right now, but am planning to sell it to finance my dream Smiley  My Victoria is great, it's smooth and easy to use.  But the Rose, it was love at first spin.  I always suspected it was the wheel I wanted, but wasn't able to try it until recently.

But honestly?  Just try as many wheels as you can!  I was lucky enough to try a few different wheels before buying my Victoria, and it was very good that I did!  I had such strong negative reactions to MOST of the wheels (I hated everything but the Victoria!)  that I would have been out of luck if I'd just bought something without trying it.
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday - December 26, 2008 on: December 27, 2008 04:40:05 AM
tdrios, that is so cute!  What type of dog is Chloe?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Merino Wool! What the heck...?? on: December 20, 2008 03:44:35 PM
If it's commercial yarn, it looks like it might be Rowan Big Wool Tuft.  The picture's not great, but if you google, I'm sure you can find some projects and things to see it a bit better.
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 10-10-2008 on: October 14, 2008 05:53:37 AM
Squeeee - I had wondered what the final batts would looked like all spun up!
Gorgeous AdreinneC!
Smiley
Holly

Not at all like I'd expected, but I am in LOVE!  I've had so much fun spinning up the batts from your batt club Smiley
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 10-10-2008 on: October 10, 2008 03:59:04 PM
Everyone's yarn looks great!  So many awesome colours, and I'm jealous.

I haven't spun much lately, because my wheel needed fixing.  But I've finished some stuff recently, and I love it!
Here's "oh, sari!", spun from a Hollyeqq batt, about 160yds, 5oz.

And here's "the killing joke", spun from nerdclub2000's Slytherin roving, about 230yds from 4oz.


(my pictures are less than awesome.  I think I need a new camera Smiley )
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 9/26/08 on: September 26, 2008 03:28:17 PM
So much awesomeness this week!  I'm loving everything, but the colours in Inchworm are just awesome.  My wheel was out of commission for a month (!!) while I took my time replacing a part..  But as soon as I got it replaced, I spun up a bobbin of singles from my last HollyEqq batt club batt.

I've only spun about half, so I should have a good amount of yarn when I'm all done, yay!
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