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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 6/12/2009 on: June 12, 2009 07:53:40 AM
Yay, it's friday!! i think. let me check...yep, yep it is.

this week I made up a new way to make yarn. i call it "a zillion little pieces", i just grab a pinch of every single fiber in my stash, crank it through the carder and spin! Grin i really like the results so far:







this one is called "close encounter"


TGI freakin' Friday  Smiley
2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Dyeing Yarn with Mushrooms! on: November 05, 2008 09:18:08 AM
I recently took a workshop on dyeing with coastal mushrooms and i took some photos to share...

The top yarns here are dyed with a fungus called Dyer's Polypore and the bottom is dyed with Sulfur Tuft mushrooms, the different shades are from the different mordants used. we did a dyebath of fresh mushrooms and dried mushrooms for each with different results.


In the pot is a dyebath of Lobster Mushrooms with the first two hanging in the tree.


Lobster Mushroom dyebath cooking..there was a quilter taking the workshop and she had some fabric samples in there.


Yarns dyed with Lobster mushrooms


we also did 2 more that i didn't get photos of- one with Velvet Pax that came out dark brown and one with Red-gilled Dermocybe that came out pink.

It was really cool...the mordants kind of scare me though, I want to learn more about them. I'm in BC Canada on the sunshine coast...but there are different mushrooms you can probably use in all parts of the world. A woman called Miriam Rice from California has written a couple books about mushroom dyeing.



3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / my camp pluckyfluff spinning experience -LOTS of pictures! on: September 22, 2008 11:30:01 AM
I just got home from camp pluckyfluff Vancouver, it was incredible!! i highly recommend it. It was so inspiring and fun and it was wonderful meeting Lexi Boeger and everyone else in the group.

A few pictures from the workshop:




and my finished yarns made during the workshop:


puff-tastix:



felty baubles and add-ins:




seaweed twist:



crazy carding:


coils n granny-stacks



mohairy:



crescents:


spun fabric
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Handspun aqua fresh scarf and baby booties on: August 25, 2008 08:05:24 PM
After spinning a toothpaste themed yarn(I know, weird) I knitted it into a in a drop-stitch wave pattern scarf. I'm pretty happy with it! Now I have something to wear that's made from my handspun.  Smiley
The yarn is Border Leicester, merino, Romney and silver angelina.




and here are some 1 hour baby booties I made for a baby shower gift  Smiley:

5  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / sweet handspun 1 hour baby booties on: August 25, 2008 01:26:58 PM
I made these for a baby shower gift. what a lifesaver! such a quick and easy pattern (once i figured out what inc1 means). i used some of my own handspun yarn to make them extra special.



view of the cute green buttons:
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / my new socks on: August 13, 2008 09:08:32 PM
I finished these last night and they are my first pair of adult socks! I'm in love with them...they are sooo cozy. It is so satisfying to knit your own socks for some reason.  Smiley

I used the 2 circular needle method from the book, "socks soar on two circular needles" by cat bordhi. i love it, i think it's much less awkward then using dpns.

And also, they match my favorite pair of purple cords!



7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / the frog prince on: June 04, 2008 11:12:46 PM
I just completed this with my trusty kiwi and new jumbo flyer.  Smiley




It's made from my own drum carded batts, with romney, border leicester locks, and angelina. plied with metallic gold thread. too bad the pictures don't show all the sparkles!
It's only 43.5 yards but super bulky! I'm really happy to have the jumbo flyer for just these kinds of things.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Is it the pattern or me? cable pattern help on: January 11, 2008 07:59:06 PM
I'm trying to knit these fingerless gloves:
http://thegivingflower.de/patterns/Cabled_Fingerless2.1_20060304.pdf

I'm having trouble with row 1 of the cable pattern, the stitch explanation is different than the chart.
 
Is this a mistake in the pattern or am i missing something?  Huh




9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Romney fleece-what can you tell me? on: October 12, 2007 10:13:48 PM
I bought two romney fleeces in the spring, before i started spinning. I really know nothing about this kind of fleece, except it is fairly coarse i think. Does anyone know what it is good for, how it felts, or anything?
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / How do you measure the yardage? on: August 06, 2007 08:33:33 PM
because right now what i do is wind it around a 2 foot long tote lid-i have no niddy noddy. then i count how many strands are in the loop and add them up.

is there an easier way?
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