Backstory: I am a 2nd year Uni student studying Design for Theatre and Television (costume design). At my Uni, there is an area that is sort of isolated called TV Land, made up of my course, the actors and the TV Production students. It's almost the end of the University year here in Australia, and at the end of each year, the lovely ladies and gents of TV Land gather together for the Oskars - our version of the Oscars, with lots of booze, food and of course awards. I've been nominated this year (for 2 categories! woohoo!), so I needed a fab dress to wear.
I rifled through my (considerable) collection of vintage patterns, and decided upon a simple but classy 1960s empire waisted dress, with a deep v neckline.
Of course I opened the pattern packet and discovered that all of the pieces for the dress that I wanted to make were missing. I had to draft the bodice pattern, and although I'm pretty good with a sewing machine, I'm a complete noob when it comes to drafting. Thank the almighty cheese that it fits!
(Looking squinty and vaguely pregnant here.)
I'm planning on doing my hair in a sleek french roll with a diamante pin (go the fake diamonds!), and long shoulder duster diamante earrings. I'm so excited! Here's hoping that if I get an award I don't end up tripping over the skirt and ending up on my face. That'd be fun.
I have an in action photo - it's not the best, but sadly no one thought to take a full length photo of me on the night (what is with people, anyway? )
This is me and my buddy Aleatta (who won best dressed, and no surprises there - you can't see it, but she was actually wearing a hoop skirt under her dress!).
Dirty Rainbow (2 ply, merino, sari silk, alpaca, rayon thread)
I actually finished these earlier this week, but oh well - I'm a big, fat cheater!
Also, I dyed up and spun this roving:
This is for the Handspun/Handcrafted swap, and I dyed it with my new Wilton's food colouring gels. Boy is it bright! It's still on the bobbin, but the colours HAVE quieted down somewhat (thankfully). This yarn is gonna rock my world when it's done
Anyway, enough about me! What did you guys spin up this week?
What better thing to do on a Sunday afternoon than spin coily yarn? This is only the second time I've spun coils, and I'm so pleased with myself! I had a bit of a battle pulling some of them through my orifice (oh my god that sounds so wrong), but uh, yeah.
Anyway, here's the yarn:
This is 100% merino, plied with a gold coloured rayon thread. Sorry about the photos - the colours aren't QUITE right, but it's dark outside and I had to take photos right away!
I took misshawklet's advice in my post earlier this week and ended spinning this one up as super bulky thick n thin singles. I'm actually really happy with it now, and I think it'll look super fun knitted up!
This one is amazingly soft, and although I know it doesn't look like much, it's got a wonderful pearly sheen in person. The colours aren't captured perfectly in the photo, either - it's a pretty blend of pale lavender, white and pale sage green.
These two are from the same singles - the first is self plied, and the second is plied with a non metallic gold thread. I wanted to ply all of the singles like the second lot, but I discovered belatedly that I had very little thread left on the spool! Oh well...
This is currently my favorite yarn. I actually have two skeins of it (a bit over 100 metres). It's a light, slightly desaturated raspberry red with long coily bits of bright orange-red. This was my first time doing coils, and although I found it really challenging, I'm so pleased with myself!
A couple of weeks ago I ordered a kilogram of white merino roving, in preperation for the shop that I am in the process of setting up. Anyway, this weekend I finally got around to dying the lot, and have started spinning it up. There is one bunch of roving that I'm not entirely certain about, though, and I need some opinions...
But first, some blatant fiber porn:
(The top bunch are all approx 100g lots that I dyed in multiple colours, and the bottom bunch are smaller batches that I dyed in solid colours.)
Now on to the fiber that's concerning me:
The effect I wanted with this was bright crimson contrasted with electric aqua, with spots of dark blue. Sadly, it ended up a bit more of a muddle of slightly muted tones. I'm not sure how I should spin this up. I know I want it to be somewhere between a worsted/heavy worsted 2 ply. I spun up, plied and knit 2 samples, one spinning from the fold and one spun from long strips. Here's how they looked (click any of the photos for larger views):
(Left: From the fold. Right: strips.)
This is the first one knit up (from the fold):
The second one (strips):
Thoughts, opnions, cries of horror at my apparent colour blindness?
This was my first time spinning Coopworth. I found it a little bit trickier to spin than the wools I had previously spun, because of the long staple. I also found that it wasn't as slippery as I would have liked - it wasn't the perfect project for my drop spindle, as it's quite light. I'm going to try spinning some more of this on my wheel and see how I go!
Anyway, this was spun and Andean plied on my new drop spindle. So shiny
Alright, all you fabulous spinny dudettes, I need your help. I have me a bunch of tussah silk, and a bunch of alpaca, and I want to blend the two together as a christmas gift for my mom. BUT -- I don't have a carder of any sort. Up til now I've been spinning either from roving, from the lock or using a wire toothed brush to draft and straighten my fibres. My point being, I have no blending experience!
So my question is -- have any of you tried blending fibres minus a carder? And if so, what was the result and your method?
I know it's not ideal to try to blend without the proper equipment, but realisticly, this equipment just ain't going to be available to me. I guess maybe I should just experiment!
So, I had a bit of an earring-a-thon today, For some reason, I was expecting to be able to just churn them out - ha! I realised too late that I had run out of wire of a gauge that was heavy enough to be of any use for beading (gol durn it), so I had to be creative with jump rings and little wire scraps. Here's what I came up with: