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1221  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Suggestions for multi ply multi color yarn on: October 24, 2005 02:34:19 PM
If the yarn is mostly wool, I'd go with felted garments or items.  Multi-colour/ply looks really cool when felted, kinda heathery.  And there's also the added value of how spiffy felted bags are right now.

But, I'm also big on mutli-colour sweaters and socks.  I'd let the amount of the yarn/(s) decide the projects  Cheesy
1222  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Optim Merino on: October 24, 2005 02:29:28 PM
The staple is so long I usually spin Optim the same way as silk.  Optim's staple is 6 inches on average!   (wow)

I would recommend that you very carefully predraft the roving/sliver well, before spinning it.  Because the staple is so long it likes to spin a thicker yarn than you may intend.  I always slightly over-spin silk, just enough so that it curls back on itself when slackened, but not too much so that it retains its softness and shine when plied - I've found this technique works for most other longer-stapled fibers, especially Optim.

Don't worry!  It turns out absolutely gorgeous, no matter what, it's so soft!  Great for baby garments, btw.
1223  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Just in time for Halloween! Let's make Hallowigs! on: October 22, 2005 03:02:06 PM
I've tried Walmart, the three near me all have muted yarns sadly or baby yarns.  I'll try Michaels, tho...Maybe Bi-Mart?  Thanks!

....and...ahha!  I found purple acrylic at Bi-Mart, here's the result:
1224  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dyeing Tussah Silk Roving on: October 22, 2005 02:00:04 AM
I'm a One-Shot Dye addict.  A friend taught me three years ago, and I never switched back to the other possibilities.  It's made by ProChemical, http://www.prochemical.com/catalog/oneshot.htm, and they sell a starter kit with 3 little jars and instructions and stuff... I now have close to a dozen different colours.  Yes, I am a spinning addict.

The best part is that all you have to do is add the powder to water and nothing else!  (I hate dealing with white vinegar, etc...)  It's colorfast and stable, and only dyes protein fibers like silk and wool.  It's really good for handpainting, too.  My Guild uses it for beginning roving painting workshops.

Hope this helps  Wink
1225  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! -Advanced spinning techniques for novelty yarn- Help! on: October 22, 2005 01:52:54 AM
Have you tried Spinning Designer Yarns by Diane Varney?  It's the designer yarn bible.  I taught myself boucle and curl yarns, etc, from it.  She covers everything.

Anything you can do on a spinning wheel you can do on a spindle, they were invented first - don't let the wheel fiends get to you!  They're constantly scaring my students, pfft.  Both have pro's and con's.  Spindles are best for yarns that require more precision and slower spinning  Smiley

Good luck!
1226  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Just in time for Halloween! Let's make Hallowigs! on: October 22, 2005 01:46:05 AM
Does anyone know where you can actually get neon coloured yarn??  I've wanted to make a HalloWig since I first saw the pattern last year, but my LYS's never carry anything likened to the funky acrylics.  Not even Ben Franklin!!!  <wail>.  I *really* want to do something like neon pink or green. 
1227  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Nightmare Before Christmas Hoodie/Coat on: October 22, 2005 01:38:50 AM
Too bad you can't find a way to have leaves sticking outta the seams  Grin ... but that might be more costumey
1228  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Rainbow Brite inspired costume (arm warmers and skirt)!!!!!! on: October 21, 2005 08:59:02 PM
Oh.  My.  Gawd!!!

That's so perfect!  I'm raiding your closet for this Halloween.   

For the shirt: maybe if you tie-dyed a peasant top and stole the sleeves and gathered them?  That would seem to be the easiest, and most colourful, way to add those scrunchy-like sleeves she wore...

You absolutely *must* post a pic of the whole costume!  pleasepleaseplease!!!
1229  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Nightmare Before Christmas Hoodie/Coat on: October 21, 2005 08:41:04 PM
"Spiffy" doesn't even cover it.  Are you/ have you had a matching Sally or Zero hoodie?  Zero would be soooooo cool.  But I love the more esoteric characters  Cheesy
1230  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / chemo caps and preemie garments needed in Oregon on: October 21, 2005 08:29:57 PM
The University Student Fibers Guild in the Eugene/Springfield, Oregon, area is collecting and making chemo caps for local chemotherapy patients and garments for premature babies being cared for by the March of Dimes.  We accept in-kind donations, etc: yarn, fabric, needles, hooks, etc.  We also accept caps or garments to pass along, either in-person or thru the mail!   Any type of chemo cap is okay: knit, crocheted, sewn, etc.  The baby garments *do* need to be nonflammable acrylic.

We have meetings every Sunday from 2 - 4 pm.  Drop by!  We love meeting other crafters.  Check our website for directions to our office and other workshop locations.  We have FREE knitting/ crochet/ sewing materials for participants and usually some sort of munchy snack at the meetings!  For more information, such as location, dates of other events, or our mailing address, please visit:  http://www.geocities.com/uohandweavers/

We've also put up free, basic patterns on our website:
http://www.geocities.com/uohandweavers/Patterns.html

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