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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Setting twist on a single? on: February 04, 2013 03:11:03 PM
Hi!

So, I just finished spinning my second yarn, which I intend to keep as a single because I looooove singles. But, I don't know how to set the twist on a single. Do I just keep it on the spindle for a few days? Do I skein it, put it in warm water for a while and then hang it out to dry? I don't want them to be energized singles, so I don't know if just leaving the yarn on the spindle would yield the type of yarn I want. Smiley

(I will post pics of the yarn tomorrow Cheesy)
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / First handspun yarn on: January 15, 2013 10:08:47 PM
So, I just finished spinning my first single:



It's sort of thick-and-thin (still haven't gotten the hang of drafting evenly Sad ), but oh well. I'm thinking of plying it with this other single I'm spinning now:



(That one's even thicker-and-thinner, I think)

Do they look okay for a total n00b? (I know the pics are kinda iffy, but it's the best my iphone could do).

The white was spun on a bottom-whorl spindle, and the purple/pink one is being spun on a top-whorl spindle. Right now, I'm liking the bottom whorl better: it doesn't wobble as much, and the top-whorl doesn't have a notch so I'm having a hard time getting the yarn to stay where I want it. Sad I'm considering making a notch on the top whorl, but I'm afraid I'll ruin my pretty spindle. Hee hee.

I was inspired to give spinning another try (the first one, a few years ago, failed miserably) thanks to the spinning tutorial in this forum. Smiley I only wish the class had gone on to plying! Smiley
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Umbilical cord hat on: January 12, 2013 10:53:08 AM
I made this hat for a swap. Cheesy It's the Umbilical cord hat from Stitch 'n Bitch, only I sewed the i-cord on the top to look like a heart.






4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Buttoned-up fingerless gloves on: October 09, 2005 03:53:21 PM
I'm making these fingerless gloves, but since I'm kinda a beginner, I feel there's something wrong with the pattern. (http://www.straw.com/cpy/patterns/mikado-buttonup-gloves.html)

Right Hand:
CO 50 sts.
Row 1 (RS): p1, k1, p1, k1,p1, (k3, p2) 8x, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 2 (WS): p1, k1, p1, k1,p1, (k2, p3) 8x, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
Repeat these 2 rows for 1.

Make buttonholes:
Row 1 (RS): p1, k1, p1, k1,p1, (k3, p2) 8x, BO 2 sts, work pattern to end of row.
Row 2 (WS): p1, k1, p1, CO 2 sts, (k2, p3) 8x, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
Work initial 2 rows for 1.5. Then, work second buttonhole as first.
Work initial 2 rows for 1 more.
Next row: BO 5, work (k3, p2) rib pattern to end of row.
Divide sts evenly over 3 double-pointed needles (15 sts on each needle). Join and continue working in the (k3, p2) rib pattern for 4 rnds.

Begin Thumb Gusset:
First Rnd: (k3, p2) 5x, k3, inc one st by working (p1, k1) in next st, inc one st by working (k1, p1) in next st, work rib pattern to end of rnd.
Next Rnd: Work even in rib patttern.
Next Rnd: k1, inc one st by working (p1, k1) in next st, k2, inc one st by working (k1, p1) in next st, work to end of rnd.
Next Rnd: Work even in rib patttern.
Next Rnd: k1, inc one st by working (p1, k1) in next st, k4, inc one st by working (k1, p1) in next st, work to end of rnd.
Continue increasing in this manner at thumb gusset until there are 16 knit sts of gusset between the purl sts.
Next Rnd: (k3, p2) 5x, k3, thread the 16 sts of the gusset onto a scrap piece of yarn and tie loosely (these sts will be worked later), CO 4 sts, work in rib pattern to end of rnd.
Next Rnd: Work even in rib pattern.
Next Rnd: (k3, p2) 5x, k2, sl 1, k1, psso, p2, k2 tog, work in rib pattern to end of rnd.
Work even in pattern until entire piece measures 7.5.
Next rnd: (k3, p2 tog) 9x
Next 3 rnds: (k3, p1) 9x
BO in rib.

I don't think the two increases in blue match, or do they?
Can someone enlighten me?
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Question on needle sizes on: October 08, 2005 12:18:18 PM
I was wondering, if I have a pair of needles of unknown size, how can i find out the size? Is there some kind of accesory to "measure" the needles?  Huh
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