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31  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: JUNE Birthday Month Swap Sign ups June 1-30 2006 on: June 09, 2006 06:47:53 PM
Another june 1st baby! I just turned 29, and although I don't feel old until I get to my kids birthdays, 30 is looming awfully close! I have 2 kids and a slightly used husband (all for sale. CHEAP! will consider craft swaps!  Wink ) I live in VA and I like my graden, my chickens and my craft room. I usually sew knit or spin. I do other crafty things too, but not as often. here are my wishes!

-Mostly I'd like a surprise, something neat or unusual.

-some funky stitch markers for knitting

-Yarn, roving, or retro print fabrics are always welcome!

-sushi anything. I love all the sushi stuff that's been floating around

-Books or info on homesteading

I guess my list is pretty short. Really, I'll be happy with anything some nice craftster is willing to craft! I like all colors, but i'm not for foo-foo girly things really. i like kitschy retro stuff, I love DIY anything. Eventually hubby (still for sale! Get it while it's hot!) and I would like to move onto our own land and homestead, so I like things to be useful and sensible, but still fun.

Thanks so much!
32  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Spinning with Pet fur/hair on: June 07, 2006 04:44:58 AM
That's a good question, lothruin. I was wondering something similar. My mothers groomer brought me a bag filled with the most beautiful and softest clippings from my mother's dogs and a few other dogs, including a standard poodle and a husky. Then she called me from a trip in washington and informed me that I should soon be getting a shipment of several pounds of wolf fluff!

I'd love to be able to spin some of that up into wolf mittens, but I'm really thinking that getting it processed with some wool is going to be the best way to go. Let me know if you find out whether your processor with put them together. If they will, I'll have to look into investing in a good fleece!
33  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Knit/sew/crochet 3 swap? on: May 23, 2006 05:04:28 AM
I would be interested too. I can sew, knit and crochet,I sew and knit better than I crochet, and lately my sewing machine has gotten dusty from my growing obsession of yarn. I'd love a nice knitting bag or a roll for my DPN's though!
34  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday May 19 on: May 19, 2006 03:29:55 PM
Thanks Brambled Sheep and sweetestangel!!!

Btw, I bought the same colorway of roving from bush creek. I've been saving it for when I cure my slight overtwisting issues, but it's so lovely spun up, I may not be able to wait!!!
35  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday May 19 on: May 19, 2006 12:34:46 PM
Here are this weeks efforts!

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Tequila Sunrise Mill ends dyed with Wilton

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Polar express. This is spun from some roving I picked up at Limerick Fibers in Gordonsville. It's called "beast" and is aptly named. It's pretty rough, and have lots of vegetable matter, but it makes a lovely rustic skein.

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Canyonlands. Unfortunately the camera didn't pick up the lovely orangey hues that remind me of canyonlands at sunset. again, mill ends with wilton dye.


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As yet unnamed, but my first skein over 100yds!!!! Woot! Brown sheep mill ends dyed with wilton.

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Drag Queen. 68 yards of a mix of everything! I bought the roving at MDSW from puckerbrush farms. It was labeled "Party in a box" I opened the bag to show hubby and he informed me that it looked like a drag queen. THis may become the only scarf I can see myself wearing.


Please let me know what you think. The only people I've shown this to so far are family, and they are all obligated to like it.  Wink



36  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Wool of the Andes: softness on: May 18, 2006 08:24:47 AM
Any comparisons to how it feels next to Cascade Eco-wool? I'm looking to knit an aran sweater this fall, and I was thinking of using wota just for the economy of it. I love the eco-wool, but I'm trying to avoid spending near $80 on the wool.
37  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Wool Loving dog on: May 17, 2006 11:34:08 AM
I have a aierdale/retreiver mix who absolutely flips anytime wool enters the house or whenever I spin. His greatest joy is to snatch a chunk of wool fluff away from me and sniff/chew it to death. Whenever I bring home wool he is right there to inspect every bit of it that is removed from bags or boxes, and I find him sniffing at my fiber stash from time to time too.

My mother's Bichon is the same way. oddly enough though, the maltese and the shelty mix (who I would expect to flip for that sheepy smell) couldn't care less.

Does anyone else have a fiber hound or are mine just weird?
38  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: A Spinning-friendly LYS? on: May 13, 2006 09:53:39 PM
My suggestion is to look up the local spinners/weavers guild.
39  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday May 12 on: May 12, 2006 06:09:46 AM
I get to add my first (successful) wheelspun to fiber friday! YAY!

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67 yards mill ends wool dyed with leftover easter egg dye

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92 yards of wool/silk/mohair that I got as my bonus when I bought my mill ends.

Sorry for the pics, I should take some better closeups, but had nowhere dry to lay it out. I'm so tired of rain!!



40  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Handpainting fun! on: May 11, 2006 11:20:11 AM
I think I must have been made to work on a sheep farm. I love the smell of wet wool. Recently I bought 30 lbs of fleeces (five different fleece) and they were all piled up in the living room when my husband got home from work. He said, "Gross! It smells like a farm!" I said, "I know, isn't it great?" Unfortunately, I live in the middle of the city. Oh well  Smiley

I just had a similar experience not 5 minutes ago .I'm sniffing the wet yummy wool smell and hubby comes in and tells me that I made the house stinky.  Grin
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