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11  Photo dump (pics galore!) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Lufah on: December 08, 2008 06:35:32 AM
It's been a while since I've had anything of interest going on, photowise, so here's a backlog of random goodness.  We took a vacation in Wisconsin in October, and here are some pics from that:











Those were all taken with my Nikon D40.  Love the Nikon!

Here are some others, taken with this camera:



(The film I used was old crunchy Ilford PanF Safety film that we found at an antique store.  The backing paper left ghost images on the film!)





Taken with this camera...





And taken with a Brownie Hawkeye, using a red filter and some Ilford SFX 200 film (which is infrared-y!):







The black and white photos were all developed by me, and since I don't have a proper negative scanner, I'm either scanning them in on my flatbed (and that's what gives me a lot of the dust speckles) or holding them up to the computer monitor and taking a picture of the negative with my D40 (which gives me a screen and a little blurriness).  So, the pics look slightly better in real life than they do here.  Smiley

Also, here's a picture from an old (probably 40+ years) roll of film.  It was in one of my Brownie Hawkeyes when I bought it, and when I gave color processing a go earlier this year, I tried developing the film.  Here's what the negative looks like:



My scanner couldn't read this at all, so I had to do the thing where I held it up to the monitor and took a picture of it (hence, the screening and blurriness).  However, when I threw it into photoshop, inverted it, and normalized the cyan, here's the results I got:



Actual color!  From a 40 year old negative!  I was so excited I squeed all over myself.  Smiley  Squee!!  Very excited about this, and it gives me hope for my next round of trying to recover images from old negatives.

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12  A few new weaving projects in Weaving: Completed Projects by Lufah on: December 02, 2008 11:10:29 AM
So, this summer I put this insanely long warp on my loom, with the intention of weaving a really long piece of fabric using some handdyed alpaca yarn.  Of course, I instantly got bored with it and set it aside until a few days ago.  Sick of having my loom occupied with this stupid project, I decided to go ahead and finish weaving with the weft that was loaded onto my shuttle.  So, I did that, and wound up with a wrap sized piece of fabric.  I forgot to measure it, but it's probably about 18 inches wide or so.





After I finished up with my alpaca yarn, I still had a ridiculously long chunk of warp left.  So, I got out some handdyed yarn samples I dyed a long time ago, when I was first experimenting with dyeing yarn.  The yarn is all various Henry's Attic yarns, from cotton to rayon to silk, alpaca, wool, etc.  I tied a bunch of the samples end to end, and then started weaving with that.  I wove until I used up the rest of the warp.  Here's the end result:









You can see in that last pic that I didn't get nice straight edges like I did with the alpaca, but I assume that that's because I was using so many different varieties of yarn.  Anyway, it's all good.  I really adore the way this came out (and I quite like the alpaca one, too!).  It was a lot of good food for my ADD soul to be incorporating so many different types of yarn into one piece.  It was also nice to be able to put these samples to good use.  I have a lot more of them, too, so I see more crazy yarn sample weaving in my future!

Oh, just in case anyone cares, these were both woven in plain weave on my 32" Ashford rigid heddle.  I just love plain weave.  It makes all my fancy, loud, obnoxious yarns happy.

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
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13  Re: My Fancy Kitty in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by Lufah on: November 28, 2008 07:09:42 PM
Just wanted to chime in with the Fancy Kitty love.  I bought their bench picker because I wanted a picker, but didn't want one of the big scary swingy ones.



It was shipped within 24 hours and we were able to assemble it in under 10 minutes.  And it's totally easy to use and super efficient.





Anyway, just count this as another big thumbs up for Fancy Kitty.  I'd definitely recommend doing business with them.
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14  Re: Fiber Friday - November 28, 2008 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Lufah on: November 28, 2008 05:43:11 PM
Errrm, it's been about 12 million years since I posted anything here (because I haven't really been spinning at all the past few months), but this evening I spun up some of my roving balls and got a bunch of older handspun off the bobbins and skeined up.  Of course, cuz I'm a freak, I didn't feel like taking normal pictures of my yarn tonight, so I put my Lensbaby macro lens on the camera and took some macro shots of it.  Apologies in advance if any of the pics make you dizzy.  Smiley

This is the one I spun tonight.  It's called Mai Tai and was combed together from wool, alpaca, ramie, nylon sparkle, soy silk, and mohair.  Super low twist single.





This is from a yarn I spun up from a crazy batt with a bunch of weirdness in it.





And here's some close up shots of a different skein, that I spun together from samples of a bunch o' roving balls:





And, finally, yesterday I knit a hat from a handspun yarn made from a crazy batt.  I don't have a picture of the entire hat, but here's the top:



Camera special effects:  I has them.  Smiley

Also, kathleenalice, I adore the way your yarn looks all fat and snuggly in their wrappers!  And the rainbow yarn is sheer happiness.  Smiley
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15  Fiber Friday 7-25-08 - Tour de Whoops! Edition in Spinning: Completed Projects by Lufah on: July 25, 2008 05:01:56 AM
Um, yeah.  I fell off the Tour de Fleece.  Oh well.  I have been spinning, though, and here's what I've got for this week's Fiber Friday:

Corespun Locky yarn - Corespun and spun from locks! Hence the name!  Smiley





Battacular - Travis and I got to play with a drum carder a few weeks ago, and here's one of the yarns I spun up from some of the batts (115 yards and 11.7 ounces for the two skeins):





Tropic of Cancer - this was the first time I dyed and spun bamboo!  7 ounces, 242 yards.





And Beachybun, a 4 ounces merino superwash singly ply spun from some Lovesticks roving:



Yay for spinning, albeit not so much with the whole organized event thing.  Smiley
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16  Re: Fibre Friday - 20th June 2008 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Lufah on: June 20, 2008 08:36:20 AM
Corespinners of the world, unite!  I'm completely in love with corespinning right now.  There's a ton of goodness this week, too.  Current favorites:  Stormy Skies, Repo's Hobbledehoy yarn, Turk, isamax's corespun (which reminds me so much of a Berenese Mountain Dog I expected it to sit up and bark at me!), jazzturtle's beaded goodness, feral's big-ass box o' handspun...  I'm in fiber overload right now.

I've got three for this week (I hope one isn't a repeat - I think I missed last Fiber Friday).  The first is my Bjork 2 yarn, which is a thick and thin single of wool, soy silk, hemp, etc, plied with a commercial feathery yarn:





Next is Fuzzy Tomatoes, which is a red and green Wensleydale corespun yarn plied, and then boucle plied with some leftover soy silk and alpaca.  Travis dyed the Wensleydale and thought it was... odd, but it turned out to rock being corespun:





And finally, all of my bobbins had leftover singles on them, so I wound up doing another Bobbin Cleaner skein.  I really like this one:




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17  S'more Banana Scallops in Dessert by Lufah on: June 16, 2008 01:16:26 PM
Hi, cooking people!  /waves.  I hardly ever get over into this part of Craftster except to ooh and ahh at everyone else's food (is it just me, or has the cupcake world gone crazy lately?!), but I made something pretty nummy so I thought I'd share.

I'd been watching Top Chef this season, and when my dad came to visit me this past weekend, we decided to try to replicate Richard's banana scallops.  I wound up making these 4 times in 4 days, improving on them every time.  They've kind of morphed into something else besides the basic banana scallop that Richard made.

Basically, I cut a banana up into chunks about 1 - 1 1/2" thick.  Then I dipped these in orangecello (an orange liquor) and then into finely crushed graham cracker crumbs.  I placed them on a cookie sheet and then topped each banana scallop with a wee bit of muscovado sugar.  I smashed the sugar down into a thin layer, and then added a 1/4" slice of chocolate marshmallows on top of some of the bananas (some I just left with the sugar topping and no marshmallows).  After this, I either charred the tops with a torch - we had to use a propane torch since we don't have a little kitchen one - or threw the bananas into the toaster oven on broil until the tops were crispy.

Here's the result:





The recipe proper is posted here:  http://yarnzombie.net/craft/?p=90, but there's a lot of room for playing around and making up something really tasty using a similar idea.  All I know is that banana + marshmallow + caramelized sugar = love.  Smiley
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18  Re: handspun warp and weft question in Weaving: Discussion and Questions by Lufah on: June 07, 2008 05:10:51 AM
I've never done inkle weaving, but I just finished my first woven project that uses handspun warp and weft yarns:



I was nervous about doing so, since I was afraid the back and forth motion of beating the weft would start to degrade my warp yarns.  What I wound up doing was using my heddle (or reed - whatever those things are called) with the widest holes and slots.  The one I used was 5 e.p.i.  The only other adjustment I made was to beat down on my weft extremely gently.  The handspun warp looked like it worked just fine.

I'm not sure why your threads would be sticking together.  Did you use a fuzzy fiber, like alpaca or mohair, in your yarn?
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19  Re: Fibre Friday - 6th June 2008 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Lufah on: June 06, 2008 03:58:53 PM
Lamina, I have an Ashford 32" rigid heddle loom.  I got the biggest size there was in order to be able to do rugs and shawls, but I wouldn't mind having a skinnier loom that was devoted primarily to scarves.  My storage space is pretty limited, so we put up a little pegboard thing on the wall where I can hang the loom when not in use:



Hooray for vertical storage!
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20  Re: Fibre Friday - 6th June 2008 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Lufah on: June 06, 2008 09:37:04 AM
I am loving the shiny/matte combos here lately, and am in awe of the cotton spinners (especially spinning cotton big and fat?  I cannot even comprehend that).  I've got two skeins and 2 FOs for this week.

First yarn is a corespun called 'Bally Ho!'.  I combed up some of my crazy roving balls with a million different fibers in it:





And then wove this scarf:





Then I dyed up some fiber earlier this week, and set to work on a 3-ply boucle.  I had a skinny ply each of neon green suri alpaca and red/orange/purple soy silk, but I had to comb up some black merino with nuclear green sparkle:



The finished yarn is called 'My Favorite Candy Coated Nightmare' and is only 89 yards, but over 7 ounces:





Finally, I just got done weaving a scarf out of some of last week's yarns (these are the wool/seacell blends).  This is my first woven project where both the warp and weft were handspun:





Yay for getting stuff done!  Jazzturtle, good luck with the closing!
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