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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: The Grim Squeaker! on: December 04, 2007 03:23:25 PM
So cool! Gotta love the Death of Rats Smiley
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Socks.. am I missing out? on: October 28, 2007 04:11:54 AM
Why not try a pair? A ball of sock yarn isn't too expensive, and if you decide you don't like knitting socks you won't have wasted months of knitting time as they are a relatively small and quick project.

Knitting is pretty stretchy, so a generic pattern will usually fit most feet. You can measure the widest part of your foot and check with your guage swatch to make sure they'll fit, and you can always rip back and reknit the toe (provided you knit your socks from the top down) if they turn out too short or long.

Socks were actually my first project after I relearned to knit, I like them because they are portable and useful.

Give it a go! It's always good to learn something new.
3  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: Rainforest yarn! on: October 16, 2007 07:28:13 AM
Great idea and such great results! I especially loved the orange and blue frog inspired one (don't know the name of the frog).
It reminded me a bit of these butterfly inspired palettes: http://www.colourlovers.com/blog/2007/06/01/colorful-beauty-in-nature-butterflies/
4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: devore color challenge on: October 16, 2007 07:19:37 AM
Love the scarf, it looks gorgeous! Great experiment.

But what I actually love even more is your Wumpus icon!
5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Felting raw fleece? on: September 25, 2007 09:13:20 AM
Hi all,

First of all, I know nothing of felting, being more of a spinner and knitter myself, but I do visit this board ever once in a while to look at the beautiful projects here, so I would like to apologize in advance if I use the wrong terms for things.

A friend of mine would like to try his hand at wet felting. Now, he's got plenty of access to raw fleece (he goes to a local farm where he can shear a sheep and take the fleece home for free, you can imagine my delight as a spinner), but no drum carder or anything like that (unfortunately I don't have one either).

Question is, can you make felt out of a fresh, raw fleece? How would you go about that? Or do you really need prepared roving or batts for this?

Thanks in advance!
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: I want to spin but I'm in Australia on: August 05, 2007 08:30:22 AM
I was actually first taught how to spin in Australia, on a farm in Tasmania. The lady there saw me knitting and decided I needed to learn to spin as well and taught me the basics.

When I lived in Melbourne there was a spinning guild a coulpe of blocks away from my house. I've got to admit I never went there though. I don't know where you live at the moment, but there's this list http://www.interweave.com/spin/resources/spinning_guilds/default.asp?country=AUSL of guilds alll over Australia. Maybe there's one closeby?

Good luck!
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Book suggestions? on: August 04, 2007 12:53:16 PM
Hi all,

Since my library has no books (not one!) on spinning, I thought I might buy a good book myself.

Can anyone recommend a good book on spinning (with a wheel) to me? I'd like it to at least have some sort of problem solving question/answer bit ("Yarn overspun? You might be treadling too fast, or check the tension on the flyer" type of stuff. Things I can learn from. The book I found at my mum's didn't get much further than explaining every problem away with "that's because you're not experienced enough". Well, duh.)
Ideally I'd like it to be as comprehensive as possible, so I'd still use it to refer back to when I'm getting more experienced.

Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance!
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: How Expensive is this gonna get? on: August 04, 2007 08:50:29 AM
Have you looked at second hand wheels?

I bought one once at an auction for AU$50, a lot less than the couple of hundreds of dollars I've seen it priced new on the internet.
Unfortunately I couldn't take it with me when I moved continents (the shipping would be way too much). I was going to look around for another second hand one, but I was luck enough to have parents with a wheel they weren't doing anything with anymore.

Could be worthwile to look around if you are still thinking about buying a wheel.
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: What do you guys do while you spin? on: August 04, 2007 08:31:00 AM
I usually just spin. I'm still new enough that I have to keep my attention on my hands, otherwise I watch the world go by from the window. Or talk to the housemates if they're around.
I like the idea of listening to music while I spin, don't know why it hasn't occured to me yet.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Spocks (button-up socks) for my SIL on: August 04, 2007 06:40:24 AM
Congrats on selling the pattern! Those socks are great, I would love to make them myself.
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