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11  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday - January 9th, 2009 on: January 08, 2009 09:57:51 PM
Well, one of my clocks says its Friday already!

Jude - 187 yds. Merino
2 ply

Abram - 4 oz. Merino

Cecily - 135 yds. Merino

Augustine - 120 yds. Merino

Aurelia - 4 oz. Merino
I did spin this one up this afternoon, but I didn't get any pictures yet. :-(

This is my first knit project (so far) from my handspun.  Its just a lengthwise garter stitch scarf.

I had the day off and spent approximately 14 hours on fiber. 

As we speak I am dying 3 more sets.  I am kind of having a blast with all of this!

I can't wait to see everyone else's work!

12  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday - 2nd January, 2009 on: January 02, 2009 02:15:28 PM
Yeahhh Fiber Friday!

My mom bought me a HUGE box of merino for Christmas, so this is what I've got so far!

(Bear with me; my pictures are not awesome yet)

No.  001  "Flannery"
249 yds. - Sport/Worsted

No. 002  "Ruby"
310 yds. - Fingering/Sport

No. 003 "Doris"
Not spun yet!

No. 004 "Griffin"
80 yds so far - 2 oz. to spin yet

No. 005 "Eudora" (this is my favorite!)
359 yds. - Fingering

13  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday November 7th 2008 on: November 07, 2008 08:22:15 PM
Thanks cloudlover and adirtyspoon!!  That's the problem; I didn't use any vinegar. 

Caedara, your pumpkin pie is GORGEOUS.  Just beautiful.  The gold really is the perfect finish.
14  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday November 7th 2008 on: November 07, 2008 12:14:05 PM
Yay I actually have yarn to show off today!

The first is a natural black Jacob wool... I believe there are 260 yards here?  I forget.
There is some blue sparkle that I threw in just for kicks, but there aren't that many

The next is my favorite, handdyed by me with my new acid dyes!!
I don't have the label for the fiber content... I feel like it is corriedale and some other stuff?  136 yds, sport weight,

And this is some more dyed roving... I haven't spun it all up yet, though.

Does anyone know of a good resource for learning how to best achieve vibrant colors using Jacquard Acid Dye? 
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Half of my face is paralyzed: I knit an eye patch! Also, Talk Like A Pirate Day! on: September 17, 2008 10:39:41 PM
I was diagnosed with Bell's Palsy last week, a temporary condition where one side of your face is paralyzed.  The doctor told me to wear an eye patch (to prevent things from flying into it), so naturally I knit one. 

Let me tell you, people, there has never been a better time to have the palsy.  It just so happens that Friday is Talk Like a Pirate Day, and I just so happen to look like a pirate when I try to smile:

Much better with a patch!

No, I am not ashamed to put these pictures on teh internets.

It is fully lined, interfaced, and weighted so that it actually hangs over my eye.  I haven't worked up enough courage to actually wear this in public.

I put the pattern on my blog!!!  And more exciting details!!!!!!
16  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday - September 5, 2008 on: September 05, 2008 10:03:52 AM

I dyed and spun these the other day.  I just plied them, and I really hate the result so I'm not going to post a picture :-(
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Oh My God! A Talking Muffin!!!!!!! And then some... on: July 20, 2008 09:02:15 PM

Everyone who knows me knows that my favorite joke is the Sausage Joke (the same thing, only two sausages are lying in a frying pan...).  I would have to do announcements for the kids while my husband was leading our youth group, and I would always start out: "Two (food items: steaks, carrots, muffins) are lying in a (place: grill, refrigerator, oven) and....." and all the kids would yell out the punchline:  "Ahhhhh a talking steak/carrot/muffin!!"


This shirt is beautiful!
18  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday July 11th, 2008 on: July 11, 2008 01:38:53 PM
Jazzybelle - I love "bellydance"

Ah, this is what I just did like ten minutes ago!

I haven't really been spinning anything worthwhile lately- what with getting married and moving and etc etc. 

But this is approximately 60 yds of PURE LOVE:

100% wool (probably merino but I just can't be sure),
Plied with magenta cotton thread and metallic gold thread

Originally when I dyed the fiber I thought it looked like sky colors at sunset- the white puffs were supposed to be clouds.
But when I finished, I realized that it is totally not sky-like... its actually more like a unicorn.  Yes, I named this yarn unicorn (see how the puffs look like unicorn horns??!?  Maybe not).
19  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Little Playing Card House in the Big Woods on: July 09, 2008 09:04:13 AM
In the clearing in the Big Woods somewhere in Wisconsin stands The Little House. 

The little house was in Pepin, Wisconsin, and I live in the next county over!  It still exists, and I have been there!
But, unfortunately, it is not in the woods anymore.  They cut all the trees down.

What a great project.  I loved these books when I was a kid.
20  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Where to get alterations skills? on: May 13, 2008 10:36:26 AM
I am a fairly advanced sewer, and have realized that I could put my skills to good use in the alterations business.  As far as clothing alterations go, however, I'm not sure I know what is what (especially if it were to come to a wedding dress or something). 
How exactly does one break into the business? 
Can I just walk into an alterations shop and say "Hey, I want a job, but you would need to show me the ropes first"? 
I guess I'm not looking to start my own business (though, maybe in the future), just some basic advice.
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