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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Skirt --> Pants on: September 21, 2010 07:37:39 AM
Thrifted skirt, to lounge/summer pants (just in time for winter. ha!) Is anyone interested in a tutorial? It's fairly simple, but there is no such tutorial anywhere on the interwebs (that I've found). and all of the "professional seamstresses" on Yahoo Answers (and such other sites) said it's impossible to do. Pshaw!!


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There is only just enough room for my bum, so I'm thinking of redoing the waistband so that it's a bit higher in the back.

Thanks for looking!
12  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday?!?! 08.20.10 on: August 20, 2010 09:10:25 PM
it IS Friday, isn't it?

Roses in June fiber from Freestyle's Fiber Club (hehehe alliteration!)



I only spun up a tid bit of it, because it was my first core-spinning project in months! remember when I would ONLY core-spin, always? yeah, well I'm still in love with the technique, but it's taking me a bit to get back into the swing of things.

Lilliac (pronounced lil-eye-ack). cormo, bamboo and coopworth from a batt I conjured up ages ago. so stinkin' soft.


where is everybody? it's already Saturday! I might be back with more later if nobody else posts Wink
13  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / painting stones with wool on: April 20, 2010 09:37:56 AM
hey there lovely felters! I'm vending at the Kite Day event at my college in... a week and a half - ah! as I was thinking of more kid-oriented felty things to offer, I stumbled upon the idea of felting stones (I remember someone did this for the international day of felt) . I searched the interwebs for other rock-felters, and came up empty. is this something other people will find neat? am I just nuts? (well, don't answer that...) would you wear a keychain / ring / bracelet / necklace made of a felted river rock?






this one had a rock in it at one point, but it was before I figured out the best way to make a peek-hole. now it's home to a few buttons and a jingly bell.


let me know what you think! Smiley
14  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / all about the core on: February 09, 2010 08:38:35 AM
core SPINNING, that is!

as you all know, I'm on a crazy core spinning kick. so naturally, I dug out the drum carder and threw some fiber in.

I spun one of the three batts that I created. annnnnd I just now realized that I don't know where the others went. oh no! I lost fiber! must go on a fiber hunt after I post this.

no picture of the batt cause I was far too excited to spin it up.
grey mill ends, orange cormo (both processed and dyed by moi), and pepto bismol pink cotton for texture.


this is actually two yarns that just might knit itself into a cute hat some day. one was spun from "tequila beach" batts (thanks lapoli!) with ribbon add-ins. the other was spun from a roving I pulled on my hackle sometime ago.



I had a hard time photographing this puppy. the colors blend from a purplish blue, to navy blue, to green.
commercially dyed (I think) shetland from NYsheep'n'wool, with stripes of hand painted green bamboo.


this yarn was a learning experience. I learned that I'm not too fond of icelandic wool. I learned that when I watch a tutorial video, it wouldn't hurt to actually follow the advice they give, as they probably know a thing or two about the certain technique they're explaining. and I learned that my boything really does want a hand knit hat, although that's irrelevant.
dark brown icelandic wool also from NYS&W, core spun and occasionally thread wrapped, with felted naubles strewn about.



being knit:


and all knat up! (yup, totally just made that up and think I'm gonna say it all the time now haha)
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / handspun hats! [update 03.13.10] on: January 27, 2010 01:10:34 PM
update 03.13.10

lovely corespun



transformed into hat



ps, my love is cute Grin
pps, hat season is almost over Sad

update 02.09.10
this yarn was a learning experience. I learned that I'm not too fond of icelandic wool. I learned that when I watch a tutorial video, it wouldn't hurt to actually follow the advice they give, as they probably know a thing or two about the certain technique they're explaining. and I learned that my boything really does want a hand knit hat, although that's irrelevant.
dark brown icelandic wool also from NYS&W, core spun and occasionally thread wrapped, with felted naubles strewn about.



being knit:


and all knat up! (yup, totally just made that up and think I'm gonna say it all the time now haha)


I used this hat as inspiration. and winged it as usual. it turned out okay but I might line it with fleece cause the Icelandic wool is a tad scratchy.

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hello knitters! I haven't posted to the knit board in quite a long time.

these were my first attempts in quite a while. I knit my first hat nearly 4 years ago, and have not knit one since (with the exception of a few baby hats). so they were pretty much trial and error. I looked over a few patterns first, and then I just 'winged' it - knit it how if felt like it should be knit.

this was knit special for my momma. I have been totally slacking in the hand-made gift category. I make tons of things for people, but not nearly enough for my family. especially my mum. so how's this for a birthday surprise? I corespun all the yarn in her favourite colors. oh and that chartreuse green yarn? one of my first-ever-hand-spun yarn! I have a few mini skeins of my first-ever-spun that are used only in the most special projects - like this one. but since I jumped in without a pattern, I made it far too big and had to felt it.

before felting:


after:

you can't see a big difference, but you can definitely feel it.




also knit with corespun yarn. reduced the amount of stitches and tried a different decrease technique. I rather like it!

kay, now I need to make more yarn.
16  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / sw/nsw fiber blending? on: January 16, 2010 07:54:32 AM
I've seen people blending superwash wool with feltable wool into batts.
so I'm just wondering, is there a point to this?
are there any benefits to blending superwash and non superwash fibers?
has anyone felted with yarn spun from this blend?
did it turn out wonky?

I have a pound of SW millends from the sheep shed, and no other SW fiber. so I'm just trying to figure out what to do with it haha I might just split it up into 4oz sections, overdye them (it's a vibrant blue right now) with different colors, and then do some blending. thoughts?
17  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday! Jan 15, 2010 on: January 14, 2010 10:33:53 PM
my first time ever starting ff - and I've got lots to share (for once lol)!!!

mmm corespinning is my friend Grin
"sugar skies" fiber from lapoli and my local fiber mentor at CatskillMountainFibers


alpaca/merino blend

this one lived through some horrible bunny kicking from a slightly insane kitten:


various blends of alpaca & wool that I blended on my hackle. soon to be an earflap hat for my momma's birthday! (if I can find the right pattern in the next two weeks... bah!)



mill ends plied with merino. not a very good picture of the colors (any one else have a hard time photographing mohairy things?) this will be sent to the loving home of A2K when I finish the other skein!

"peakin' through the trees" super yum-tastic merino plied with thread


can't wait to see what everyone else has!
18  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / bunches of dyed top/roving! on: January 01, 2010 11:03:23 AM
I've been on a dyeing spree the last few weeks!


more pictures (newest ones towards the bottom of the set)

there's merino, domestic, romney and bamboo. all dyed with jacquard acid dyes. oh except one. but I didn't get a picture of it. darn! it was my first time dying bamboo so I was experimenting with different methods and different dyes. the Dylon dyes produced more vibrant colors than the jacquard, but I really like the muted effect the jacquard dyes had.

lemme know what you think!
19  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / felt cowls and some other things on: January 01, 2010 10:45:32 AM
so, wet felting has kept me sane the last two months. it's so great for relieving frustration! all that rolling, rubbing and beating does wonders at easing my mind haha. especially when I get to beat the hell out of it in the fulling process (ok so I'm not THAT rough with them...)

anywho, this is what I've been up to! I'd love to know what you think!

more pictures

they're all seamless except for the one of the top left which closes with a button made by loudxmouse Cheesy
oh and they're reversible so you can have two different looks with one cowl. I made them with merino, bamboo, silk, and some have alpaca (which I found out is a bit scratchy when felted) anyone else felt with alpaca and find it less scratchy?

edit:
these were made for the shop the swap secret santa. I was crafting for the awesome sheepblue!

cell phone case made specifically for her phone (I'm sneaky Cheesy) it's made of 19 micron merino so it wont scratch her phone.

tampon cozy! lined with houndstooth. I made the felt, sewed it to the fabric, then hand stitched it into a pouch using blanket stitch.
20  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / NY sheep & wool! on: October 16, 2009 09:45:27 PM
I absolutely meant to ask this earlier, but I kept getting distracted by pretty wool things, and Alton Brown.

so anyone going to the NYS sheep and wool festival tomorow?
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