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21  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / My First (Wearable) Woven Piece on: January 21, 2008 06:48:46 AM
I had the pleasure of visiting "In Sheeps Clothing" in Torrington CT. The shop is owned by "Ginger" a wonderful weaver and spinner who was so excited to hear about my tiny dinky Beka loom that she picked out some yarn to make a lovely simple scarf

The warp is Brown Sheep Worsted and the weft is "Jewel" by Universal yarns
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2017/2206583873_7d5d5e2e24.jpg
Because both are such thick yarns it was easy to do and since the Jewel yarn is both fuzy and sparkly it created an interesting look.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2066/2206576697_f8431b2bdd.jpg
I need to work on my edges but this is one scarf I'll probably make more of.
22  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Wet and needle felted wall hanging. on: January 21, 2008 06:43:58 AM
So I was looking around my apartment this weekend and now that all the holiday decorations are down things seem a bit naked...So I dove into my crafting closet and came out with bunches and bunches of fiber this is what I came up with, its my first foray into a large felted piece and I like it.

The background is blended wool from a gray roving (I don't know why it looks brown in these pics)
The dark blue is from BLF roving and the purple is the left overs from a batt I carded up for spinning. The light blue is corriedale locks and the orange is Romney locks (which seemed to not want to wet felt so I attacked them with the needle later on.) I then needle felted anything that wasn't completely felted down and added sparkly angelina in gold and pearl. Then I felted on the design in white wool and the green dot is some firestar (nylon) that needlefelted quite well, you can't tell from the pic but the firestar is very shiny in person. I like it and even though I made a huge mess in the bathroom wet felting this thing I had a lot of fun!
23  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Wiltons Dyed Wool Top (A Study in Breaking Dye Baths) on: January 18, 2008 07:22:26 AM
I have been using professional acid dyes since I picked up a whole bunch super cheap at Rhinebeck but my poor neglected wiltons were calling out to me. I started with two tops of different fibers and base colors and then I created a dye bath with my container of black wiltons, water and citric acid. Both these tops were submerged in the same dye bath but LOOK at the difference

Cormo (Corriedale Merino Cross) started out white



Superwash Merino started out yellow




Here's what I think happened. The dye broke (black wiltons almost always breaks) and the superwash with its super dye absorbing abilities took most of the color what was left was the pinks/reds which take a higher temp and the cormo got those as left overs.
24  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / The PDQ made with my own handspun yarn on: January 04, 2008 07:33:57 AM
I organized my crafting closet last weekend and I came across some alpaca I had spun which I decided to make into a hat. Well 9PM last night I figured I could crochet a hat to wear the next day and the only suitable pattern I could find was The PDQ. I finished by 11PM and when I tried it on I almost cried, the flaps stuck out funny and I didn't like the way it looked at all, I blame my own stupidity for not remembering alpaca is not elastic like wool or acrylic. Well I wasn't gonna frog the damn thing so this morning I added braids to the flaps and viola! A hat I will wear, the best thing is the alpaca is so warm the holes in the pattern don't make my head cold.



And the yarn I spun that it was made out of
25  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 1/4/08 (Happy New Year!!!) on: January 04, 2008 07:13:32 AM
How-do all my fiber addicts, its the first fiber Friday of '08. I have three to share this week
280 yards mohair worsted weight singles spun using a modified long draw
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2316/2152317160_4b3d0d4fff.jpg
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2388/2152317506_5446532214.jpg

I love the way it looks but hate the feel of mohair any ideas on what to do with it?

300 yards of Merino/Tussah Silk 50/50 spun short draw and 2 ply.
"Tactile" - Named for the feel, not the look
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2136/2151525889_28a4e065a0.jpg

I love merino/tussah and would sleep and snuggle up so warm in tons and tons of it.

160 yards 2 ply Merino X from batts from Mandalinn pulled into roving and spun with a modified long draw
"Mermaid Dreads"

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2255/2151528245_d7d9cedd41.jpg

And finally a FO crocheted from this alpaca that I spun cleaned and prepped myself awhile back
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2311/2165341355_74162fb8cc.jpg

Even with the holes its super warm cause its alpaca!
26  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Look at me! I'm weaving! on: January 03, 2008 01:34:35 PM
My Christmas prezzie to myself was a cheapo 10" rigid heddle Beka Loom. My first project is still on it but here are some progress shot so you can pat me on the back and tell me what a good weaver I am (please I need validation here  Tongue )



The warp is cotton crochet thread and the weft is some cheapo acrylic novelty boucle. I like weaving cause I can do it while I watch my Law & Order marathons!
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Thrummed Mittens on: November 30, 2007 12:07:32 PM
I knit these with DK handspun and hand dyed wool for the thrums. The pair used about 150 yards and 3oz of wool. The wool was dyed using brazilwood (a natural dye) and the yarn is spun from a 70/30 Coopworth Silk blend. The most difficult part of this pattern were the steeks which need to be cut in a row between two rows leaving no room for reinforcement  Shocked
The pattern can be found here and I did a complete post on my blog which can be found in my siggy
pic with flash

without flash

Thrum side out

28  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Can You Make Yarn Out Of This? Handspun Art Yarn Swap on: November 26, 2007 03:28:18 PM
With one of the quickest swap turn arounds I've seen Jane Doe has forced me to create a gallery already  Grin

Post em when you get em!
29  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / New Spinning Swap on: November 14, 2007 09:06:28 AM
Hey my fellow spingals and spindudes I started a handspun art yarn swap today
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=208021.0
You would send a whole bunch of fun goodies to your partner and they would spin and awesome art yarn. It will be fun fun fun!!! (Do you think it will be fun?) And minimal crafting, just gathering of fun spinny things.
30  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Can You Make Yarn Out Of This? Handspun Art Yarn Swap Sign-Ups 11/14/07-11/24/07 on: November 14, 2007 08:33:11 AM
Swap name: Can You Make Yarn Out Of This? Handspun Art Yarn Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: star217
Sign-up date range: 11/14/2007 - 11/24/2007
Date to send item by: 12/11/2004

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): Nope

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO


All ages allowed? Or 18+? All Ages

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month:
- Has posted at least 15 times:
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time:
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps:
- Does not have any negative feedback:

Details of swap:
Inspired by the wonderful Lubee this craft swap will ask you to send your parter an assortment of wild, wonderful, wacky, fibery, silly or just plain daring items to be spun into an art yarn. I am requesting that you send a minimum of 3oz of fiber and 1 oz  "extras" so that your partner can spin a sizeable yarn. Items sent can include but are not limited to, batts, rolags, roving, locks, combed top, commercial yarns, beads, feathers, fabric strips, felted nubs, thread etc...

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
What are your favorite fibers?
What are your favorite colors?
Do you smoke?
Do you have pets?
What items would you love to work with?
What items would you prefer not to work with?
Do you spin on a wheel or drop spindle?
How long have you been spinning for?
Any allergies/special needs your partner should know about?



IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

Partners
Feedback info green means sent purple means recieve yellow is sending late with communication and Red means contact me ASAP!! (Don't make me use red font please!!) strikethrough means feedback given

1. Star217 - Lubee
2. Frankierevolver - artistrachelmarie
3. Nicolassa - Mandalinn
4. laminathegreat - Maziemamma
5. Loudxmouse - Adriennec
6. lizziemcguire - purpleheather
7. Yarnisfun - JaneDoe
8. Thenutmeg2000 - Christy_cooper
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