So, I haven't been on craftster in a few years, but I felt like I really should share this. I finally spun up some rolags I received in my first ever craftster swap from nicolassa. I remember when I got them I thought they were too pretty to spin, so they've been sitting in a box for the past 5 years! I believe it's merino, bamboo, silk noil, and angelina, 190 yards.
I also spun this one this week. Not from the swap, but gifted to me a long time ago. It's 80% angora/ 20% merino, 180 yards.
I received a great package from FinRaziel last week. We have both had busy summers and had to send late (I am actually still working on my package 2 which I hope to have out soon! eek!) but I love her package and it totally made my day.
First we have my cat May modeling an adorable felted purse. I've just learned to felt, so I'm really impressed. Also, the little flowers are so cute! I love little purses and this will be very useful for me.
Next we have 5 things to add to my stash...and clearly this is way more than 5 things. There are 6 skeins of Knit Picks Shine Sport, 3 skeins of 100% cashmere(!) yarn, and a skein of a silk/cotton blend. All good yarns for summer knitting! Also, I swear that I did not put my cat in these pictures. As soon as I took my camera out, she would walk into the shot and I couldn't really make her leave.
It was a lovely, well thought out package, thank you so much!
I received my package from FinRaziel on Saturday! I feel like we have a lot in common, and it was fun getting to know more about her. Here's what I got!
Here is a picture of everything neatly wrapped and numbered.
Something that helps you stay organized- This adorable pincushion. I love that the pins look like sprinkles!
Something with your favorite animal on it- Her favorite animal is a cat, so she got me this cute Hello Kitty beanie baby. I <3 Hello Kitty. Something related to yarn or thread- Sari silk yarn! So pretty! Something that reflects your personal style- She wears a lot of black, but still dresses femininely, so she got me these pretty barrettes. The fluff in this picture is my cat May who insisted on being in this picture. We'll get back to her later.
Something edible- She lives in a Polish neighborhood, so she bought me these Polish chocolates that I've already started eating. My grandparents were from Poland, so this was actually pretty cool.
Something related to your non-craft hobbies- reading is her favorite non-craft related hobby, so these are bookmarks from her favorite local bookstores. Something local- Chicago magnet. She picked one out that showed Lake Michigan because I used to live a hop, skip, and a jump away from the lake and miss is terribly. Kitchen staple- Sandwich container! I actually really needed one of these, haha!
Something with your favorite color on it- gorgeous knit flower headband. The blue of the flower is her favorite color...which sadly didn't photograph true to color.
Something related to reading/literature- The golden snitch from Harry Potter stuffed with organic catnip! She has recently started reading the Harry Potter series (so no spoilers!) and also has cats. My cat May absolutely went nuts for this! I wasn't able to photograph the package right away, but May managed to fish it out of the box on her own. I didn't want it to be ruined before I got a picture, so I had to take it away from her and put it on top of the bookshelf. She managed to get to it way up there too! Anyway, she loves it so much, that I decided to make a little photomontage:
I have pictures of my package finally! Sorry it took me a while to get them up.
Before I start with the pictures, I should mention some background info. I lost my job of 6 years about a month ago. Dress code was very strict and I really felt like I was loosing a big part of what made me unique. I'm going back to school next month, and so I'm excited to have the freedom to wear whatever I want now. Everything Dolly Mixx made for me has helped me to feel like my old self again. It's a great feeling! Dolly Mixx and I decided to over craft for each other. She really went way beyond the requirement and put a lot of thought and consideration into each object she made. I was very lucky to have her as a partner and I absolutely love everything she made for me!
First is a pair of hair sticks. They have little clear hearts on the ends. I have my hair in braids now, so I couldn't get a picture of them in my hair.
Next is a pair of dangly earrings. They have little hearts on the ends and they make a soothing jangly sound when I walk.
This is a necklace with an adorable little bunny charm. The length is perfect and I really adore it!
This is a bracelet with little iridescent rose charms. So pretty.
Next is a crocheted hat. This is so adorable! It's hard to see in these pictures, but there is a little bow in the front with a red heart in the center!
Now on to the clothing! This shirt is so me...it's a kitten playing with a ball of yarn on the bottom. I wish I would of gotten a better picture of the cat. It's very detailed, and I'm not really sure how Dolly Mixx did it, but wow!
This next shirt is so fun. The bunny is so so cute and with all the carrots around it! I love it!
These last 2 items are my very favorite. First is this adorable halter top. I've never owned a halter top before, but now I'm not sure why not! It makes me feel like listening to The Smiths or going to a Rockabilly show or like I'm from the 50's. It totally matches my glasses too. Dolly Mixx did an impressive job sewing this. The seams are very neat!
There are 2 little bows on the back:
Last, but not least is this skirt. The length is perfect and I love the print. It also matches a sweater I already own!
There is also a bag of candy which I didn't get a picture of before I started snacking. The Freddos are delicious!
******* Thank you so much Georgina, you were an amazing partner!
This is a few weeks worth of stuff, but I haven't posted to fiber firday in a while.
This is merino from hand painted roving:
This was spun from batts I got at WI sheep + wool festival. BFL, silk, bamboo, and glitz. I'm knitting them up into a striped scarf now:
This is 500+ yards of merino/seacell blend also from WI sheep + wool festival. It's too much for a scarf and not enough for a sweater, so I have no idea what to do with it. Ideas anyone?
This is a finished scarf made from 70% cashmere and 30% merino. I tried to dye the yarn black, but it came out a kinda tweedy dark purple/grey which is even better than black. It's sooo soft. I made it for a friend of mine that gave me a spinning wheel. The wheel was her mother's and the yarn was all spun on that wheel. Her mother has passed away, so when I gave it to her, she started crying because it was like a gift from her mom.
I received my package from RhymeswOrange yesterday. My boyfriend was expecting some software, so when 2 packages came he just assumed they were both his software packages without checking who it was addressed to. So he opens my package and says "well that's an interesting way to pack a package..." then he starts to pull things out and goes "What the hell?" I came over to see what was wrong and then realized he had my package! He feels bad about ruining my surprise, but I think it's kinda funny. Anyway, on to the package!
My small item was a lap blanket! It blows me away that RhymeswOrange was able to figure out I loved cats without me even saying anything! Anyway, as soon as I spread out the blanket to take a picture, my cat hops on it! How appropriate that it says "What cat hair?" haha!
Here is a closeup of the awesome cat applique. She seriously has amazing applique skills!:
Here is the fiber, an etsy find called "Jellybeans". It's 4oz of Romney wool. I absolutely love the colors and I almost want to eat it! I can't wait to spin it!
She also included this neat shapeable vase. It's a small piece of plastic and you fill it with warm water to shape it into a vase. Can't wait to try this out too!
I received from Apostice quite a while ago, but I've just now been able to take pictures. Sorry about the delay!
Anyhoo, this is Ollie.
He is a robot that was supposed to be programed to love mushrooms so he could work as a taste tester, but there was a mix up and he wound up with a love for music instead! He even came dressed appropriately for the weather we've been having around here lately with a nice warm scarf.
Apostice also sent along some candies (which I am eating as I type this. lol) and Hello Kitty stuff!
When I opened the box, there were 2 very large and heavy balls of Lion Brand Homespun. After a bit of poking, I realized they were magic yarn balls! I've never received a magic yarn ball, so this was a great treat for me. I didn't take any pictures before unraveling, so here are the balls of yarn:
After much unraveling I found all kinds of treasures (seed beads and some pretty novelty yarns):
Rolags, predrafted fiber, and a bar of wonderful smelling soap:
This is my favorite part- lots and lots of beautifully dyed cotton! I have never liked the way cotton feels, but this actually feels really soft and really nice. I haven't had much success spinning cotton yet, so this is going to be a fun adventure for me:
A hank of very nicely spun soft wool:
My cat was very interested in this box and spent awhile playing with the yarn, so I let him wear the hank for a while:
Finally at the bottom of the box were several PVC pieces. I believe I assembled this correctly, but please let me know if I did something wrong! Also, I'm pretty sure tat this is for plying, but i think I need a quick lesson. Anyway, here it is assembled:
So I was so excited to unravel the magic yarn balls and find my goodies that I didn't bother winding them back into a ball as I went. So of course when i was done I had a huge mess of yarn knots to sort out, and it took me like 3 hours, but I wound them back into balls! theres something very satisfying about untangling knots.
Anyhoo, thanks again so much Natasha, I love my package!
I got my spinning wheel yesterday!!!! My coworker gave it to me, and it used to be her mom's back in the 70's. It's never been used except for a quick demo when they bought it in Iowa. Anyway, I was expecting a half broken, old, no-name wheel that needed alot of work, and alot of cleaning. Well, this is what I received:
It's handmade by Rick Reeves (ala Schacht-Reeves before teaming up with Schacht). It's in great condition, it's clean, and it works! My old Babe wheel is a double treadle, and this is single, so learning to treadle has been an adventure! I can almost treadle and spin fiber at the same time now, but not quite. I feel like I'm learning to spin all over again!
Does anyone know what the distaff is for? I know the pointy kind are for spinning flax, but what is with all the fanciness on my distaff?