aah. Dollbaby and Ice were my favorites this week. looovely. I pretty much love everyone's yarns this week. so much gorgeousness.
here are mine, finally! didn't get the wheel up and running yet [last part is on it's way, I think, though! yay!] but I couldn't wait any more, so I spun up what I had. I honestly don't know how anyone has a fiber stash..must have more money than I do. I run out of fiber far too often.
this week's three are all natural, yay [I'm in love with natural colors at the moment]:
first we have chocolate baby:
a bit blurry, sorry about that. I was eager to share and missed the sunlight, so these pictures will have to do. chocolate baby is dark brown llama from a baby llama's first shearing. it's wicked soft and so light! it's a very airy yarn, about sock weight though it varies a bit more than I'd like. haven't set the twist yet, and I'll probably try to get it to felt up just a bit so it's a little stronger...the roving was so airy I'm kind of afraid it will break.
next we have hay and snow:
that's what the colors made me think of, anyway. hay bales covered in snow. this is light brown baby llama roving plied with some of my natural white that's been laying around begging for something to be done with it. so I used part of it to attempt cabling for the first time, and the rest to ply with this. it's very squishy.
and the last one is mystery grey:
so named because I ordered a wheel part [one of a couple necessary to fix my baby!] and this was thrown in as a freebie. I've no idea what it is but it's lusciously soft and spun up really really evenly and smoothly. I adore it and want more, so I'm going to email and ask! I would imagine it is merino, but I'm still limited in my fiber experience, so who knows? it feels a bit lighter than merino. ah well, we shall see. love all the yarns this week and hopefully by next fiber friday I'll have wheel spins to show you guys! I love my little spindle but I'm ready to upgrade.
okay, so my hair is "virgin" hair, so I don't have amazing dye jobs to show all of you. but my hair's gone through some interesting reincarnations, so I thought I'd share. goody! [lots of images, sorry]
first off: May, '06 I donated my hair for the second time. [the first time I did it I was twelve.] this was right after I turned fourteen.
it was down to about my hips. I liked my hair long but it didn't really have layers or anything b/c it had to be a pretty even length to donate it. [I had to make two ponytails there was so much hair.] anyways, most of the blonde part got cut off because it was all the hair from two and a half year's worth of growing. [according to the hairstylist, in two and a half years after donating my hair the first time, I grew out six year's worth of hair. my hair grows FAST.]
then I had this haircut. and, I must be honest, I really didn't like it. I hated having to style it, I didn't feel like it was flattering, blah. So I let it grooow...and didn't cut it for a year. [I can get away with stuff like that. ] so fast forward about seven inches later, when I felt like I could cut it without killing myself:
the current cut. I <3 it. I love everything about it. and since my amazing hairstylist [I paid a little more, but it was sooo worth it] took out a lot of the weight in my hair, it curls! evidence:
everybody thought I curled it because my hair has lots of body and wave but doesn't ever curl like that. but it is natural, tee hee. that cut was in June. I've had to trim the bangs myself since then [I "textured" them a little so they'd look like they did when I got the cut, and it looks just like it, to me, anyway.] I'm gonna keep growing it out until it's long again and get something really funky and similar to what I have now, just longer, because I love the look. okay, I'm done freaking everyone out with my long obsessive hair stories. oh, and I'm hoping my sun time will lighten up my hair some more. this honey brown color is nice, but I miss being a golden blondeish color. additionally, I haven't ever dyed my hair. so that's completely my natural color.
okay, so like, I did toooons of dyeing this week. gosh, felt like i had something on the stove every few minutes. [okay, it wasn't thaaat much, but after a long hiatus from what is quickly becoming my favorite hobby, well, it seemed like a lot].
anyways, this was the week of "unsatisfying singles turn into bee-yu-ti-ful plieds. here we go:
yin and yang thick'n'thin singles: white on black and black on white yarn
[this is one of those times the pictures realllly don't do justice]
white on black: [not my favorite. it was messy and ugh. the black fiber i was using just didn't cooperate. sigh.]
the close up:
black on white: [i love this one, and pictures do no justice]
the close up:
and my personal favorite: i was gonna call it watermelon, but the color combinations came out much more bold than i figured they would. so, i deem this The Wizard of Oz. and the reason is because I did a production of the wizard of oz in children's theatre, and i had a green and pink costume like that, and then i wore a black/pink outfit to the cast party. so yeah. The Wiz it is.
Okay, so with a title like that, this hat has lots to live up to... and believe me, it does.
the construction of it is mind numbingly simple. actually, the yarn is about 80% of what makes this hat so crazy.. [the other 20 is me. ]
I wish I could remember the brand of yarn I used....I'm pretty sure I've got another skein lying around. so anyways, I made a scarf for my cousin [very wide and long, just like I like my scarves. tres dramatic, no?] with this yarn in a blue/purple colorway, and it was fantasmic in every way. [i was sort of sad to give it up, but oh well.] I saw some of it for like, 1.50 a skein in the pink/yellow/dark pink/purpley colorway, and was like "heck, why not?" then i started thinking....hat? no hat? hmmm.
I finally [obviously] decided for making a hat. This was in the middle of a forensics [AKA speech and debate] tournament, therefore I was surrounded by people much like myself who admired the idea and encouraged it greatly. yays for support. anywho, here it is
[and yeah, that's me. ]
ackshun [< ain't my spellin' superb?] shot:
wearing the hat, making something else:
the boyface in this picture is my good friend Hudson, who willingly holds and unwinds my yarn. yay for nice boys.
so yeah. instructions on making are..well...
measure your head. cut that in half. gauge the stitches of the yarn [i used huuuuge needles] and then figure out how many stitches you need to go around plus one or two for binding up the sides. knit it up until there's a little loose on top when you attempt to fit it to your head with the knitting needle still in it [this is pathetic]. bind off, and sew up the sides with a yarn needle. [the squarey shape is intentional and awesome] the strings [mine reach to the floor untied when i'm standing] are just chain stitched [aka: crochet, for all you knitters] to give them a little more weight.
questions? comments? fried eyeballs from the crazyness?
FINALLY. pictures here of my fabulous package from casslyra, which contained a skirt, a petticoat, a blouse, a jacket, and a purse. whew!:
the whole enchilada
the back of the skirt/back of the shirt [my favorite part, gasp gasp]
and a close-up on the blouse without the jacket [probably the clothing item that wowed me the most!]
sorry about the hair and weird face. No make-up that day, and I am loathing short hair because I actually have to style it. thank goodness it will all be back soon. Plus with short hair, I look about ten. gr.
Ok: quick swap-partner-brag: Everything fits me like a positive CHARM. and if you could only SEE this stuff. Kendel, I'm not sure how long it took you, but I only know is that I could not have completed this same design with twice as much time as we had. the intricate stitching..everything's so well planned out and lovely. It's all lovely and elegant and sooo Fruitsy/Lolita! yay for a good swap experience. I'm feeling the long end of the stick over here!
I cannot find a picture of it to SAVE.MY.LIFE. it's annoying me profusely. at any rate, I am dying to make this dress. Just to remind you what it looks like: it's a babydoll dress, the material looks like gold lame [I've got something cuter to use]. the top is empire waisted, just basically a thick band with a halter. The skirt is very, very gathered. one thing I'm puzzling about is that the top comes to an upside down V in the front, and I'm trying to remember if the fabric was all the same length and just came up in the front or if she adjusted it so that it would all be the same length on the bottom. first question: does anyone remember? second question: how would you go about doing that with fabric that is very, very gathered?
EDIT: yay, ok, found one, albeit a very very small one..but still a picture, right!
hopefully this blogger person doesn't mind me using him as a host for my picture. anyways. now that I look at the dress again, it looks rather gently pointed upward. What do you think? did Chloe have to change the skirt length in the front any?
Well, after a loong, hard struggle with myself, and two canceled hair appointments due to cold feet, I chopped [for the second time]. Before:
[the profile picture also contains a nice view of this] Being silly in the chair [my hair had been chopped off already, no cut yet though]
and the end result, though I don't generally style it like this much:
I like it flipped out the best, and I generally take my annoying, almost-chin-length-swoop-bangs and bobby pin them back to about where my ear is, which leaves the longer pieces to swing forward underneath. the back was thinned a lot, and I have quite a few pieces of razor thinned hair on top, which pouf up and look really cool and make me look like Twiggy. the cut, in case you can't tell, is shorter in the back/longer in front, though the edge isn't QUITE as dramatic as I wanted. The actual cut is called a "Swing line cut" if you like it and want it done. there are very few layers in the front, so next time, I may have a few more put in for some more depth, but overall, I'm happy. [in case anyone was wondering: I donated the hair I cut off, which was about eleven inches. I've donated before, when I was twelve.] The hairstylist told me I'd grown six years worth of growth in two years. what can I say? my hair grows like a weed. no clue why.
I wind mine on my bedpost, or the back of a chair, then do the twisty thing. so, I leave out the first end I used to start winding, I leave about six inches hanging out of that. when it's all winded, I take another six inches, and wind it around the "band" of yarn, and then pull it through the loop around the yarn I made so the loop will stay. this also helps the yarn to stay together in one loop. I do the same with the other end. Because I'm feeling nice, here's a little paint tute on it. ;-)
EDIT: whew. I realized that was not at all clear. jsut for clarification: I don't actually CUT a six inch piece out of my yarn. I take the end of the yarn, pull it out of loop about six inches worth, then wrap it around the loop and secure it that way.
I'm the one on the left. [another good place to look at for the length of my hair is my profile picture] it's a wee bit longer. it very much does it's own thing. I shower at night, go straight to sleep without brushing, and when I wake up that's what it looks like. My hair is medium textured, on the light side, though pretty thick. I'm supposed to be chopping it off, I'm going A line, I think, and my air might even be a bit more curly since it will have massive layers. I've never dyed my hair, I'm going to donate it. My hair has never been touched by blow dryer for longer than...about ten minutes, and not at all regularly. I haven't even touched a hair dryer in years. I don't cut it hardly ever, but my hair doesn't split easily. I haven't had a haircut in about six months. the only problem I tend to have is it's a bit frizzy usually, but as long as I condition it enough it's fine. I loooove my long hair. I want to clear something up about wool dreads [I've been longing to try them with my hair]: Is it true there is a method where you wrap the wool around a braided piece of hair and felt it while it's on your head? The only problem with that idea could be that you'd probably get bits of wool stuck in the higher part of your hair, and that you probably would have a few inches of hair hanging out that's a normal color if you were doing braids. I personally think that would look cool..:grin: