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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 10/26/07 on: October 25, 2007 09:43:42 PM
It's friday again! (it's 12:34 am.. it's officially friday for me anyways)

And since I borrowed my mom's camera, I actually have stuff to post this week. Cheesy


Mermaid
Silk hankies from stickyfingers.etsy.com (Star217)
I uh.. tangled most of the singles.. still trying to fix that so I can ply the rest.. Sad


Granny Smith
wool and bamboo batt also from stickyfingers.etsy.com


Caution Tape
merino wool from Abby's Yarns



bamboo from fiberlady on ebay


Xmas Explosion
wool and sari silk batt plied with red thread also from stickyfingers on etsy


I can't wait to see everyone else's lovely fibers! Cheesy
2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / 1st big batch of dyed roving - kool-aid and wiltons (IMG obese!) on: August 15, 2007 02:11:46 PM
I have NEVER even thought about dyeing this much roving before.. and to some people, it's probably not a lot.. but it is to me. I've only done one skein of yarn.. then maybe two ounces of roving before. I don't even know how much I have total honestly.. I'll have to wait til it's dry then weigh it.

Anyways.. onto the pics!

This is where most of it came from.. I ordered 1 lb of superwash/nylon and 1lb of a brown mix from the Sheep Shed



And here's what I did with it! Cheesy



Kool-aid and walmart brand kool aid - superwash/nylon



more kool-aid - superwash/nylon



and more.. but the blue and green in the middle is food coloring - superwash/nylon



and yet more kool-aid - superwash/nylon



wiltons - superwash/nylon



more wiltons - superwash/nylon



kool-aid - left is hibiscus colorway wool blend from spunky eclectic.. I didn't really like it so I decided to overdye it - right is brown sheep mill ends in black tones I got on ebay, overdyed



brown sheep mill ends from sheep shed overdyed with blue and green food coloring.. the blue didn't really come out that bright.. but I really like the way it came out. Cheesy



I had a lot of fun trying this today.. but I am beat after all that dyeing and cleaning up!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Is Patons SWS suitable for a baby blanket? on: August 08, 2007 09:53:51 PM
Forgive me if this is a dumb question.. but I have no idea what's suitable for babies.. My friend is due in December and I wanted to try to knit her an etrelac baby blanet.. I love the way Patons sws looks in entrelac.. but is that yarn ok for a baby blanket?

I know it's not machine washable.. so that's a downer, but I didn't know if it would be too itchy/heavy for a baby.

If it's not a good choice, does anyone have any suggestions for a yarn that would not only be good for a baby, but would look nice in entrelac? Something that stripes well and isn't just variegated...

Thanks for any help! Smiley
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Plying from a center pull ball - how do you do it without tangles? on: July 18, 2007 04:59:25 PM
Like the subject line states.. how?

I don't think I've had a single instance when I've tried to ply from a center pull ball and NOT had it tangle in some way...

I'm currently spinning a fairly fine single from a batt on my drop spindle, and I really don't want to make a mess of it. It seems the thinner I spin, the easier it is for it to tangle.

Any tips on this?  Or is there an easier way to ply a single on itself other than a center pull ball? Well, I've seen andean plying and tried that once or twice, and that is more difficult and seems to tangle as well...

I've searched here and on the net and I can't find any tips or helpful hints.. anybody?
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / best way to add beads when plying? on: June 11, 2007 08:17:17 PM
I just started spinning some gorgeous roving I got from Spunky Eclectic on my drop spindle..and already I'm trying to think of what I want to do to finish it off.

The single that I'm currently spinning is appx 36 wpi. I'm either going to make it a 2ply or navajo ply... but I wanted to add beads to it. Which I've never attempted before, and I'm not really sure how to go about that...

Should I ply with thread and string the beads on the thread?

Or is it possible to string the beads directly on the single and ply it on itself?

Thanks in advance for any help! Cheesy
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Band tee to cute halter top.. 1st tee recon! on: May 24, 2007 09:50:40 PM
So, I'm going to see Godsmack tomorrow night (so excited! even though I just saw them sunday.. lol) and the opening band is called Fear the State...   me and the bf got t shirts to wear to the concert friday.. ( promote your local bands!) but how flattering is a men's tee really?

I of course went into cutting it up with no plan what so ever in mind.. silly of me really.. but I'm rather pleased with the result. Cheesy As long as it doesn't fall apart tomorrow, I'm all set! Cheesy

Before:



After:

front


side


back


I used a string from an old halter that no longer fits for my neck string, and some random black fabric for the black parts. I had some eyelet strips and used that for the back which is attached with safety pins instead of cording.. just cause. Cheesy   I miscalculated when cutting and made it too tight which is why there's a random black strip on the sides.. but I kind of like it like that.


Let me know what you think and how I did! Cheesy  (this took me appx 3-4 hours to complete)
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Help me choose my first wheel.. please? on: March 19, 2007 10:00:53 PM
Hi all!

I've come to the conclusion that I really must move from drop spindling to an actual wheel. My birthday is coming up soon and I'm hoping to convince my family to give me money towards a wheel (and tax returns shall pay for the rest!)

I've tried to research as much as I can.. but I don't understand half of the info.. or it may be that I'm tired and that's why nothing makes sense.. But I've decided that I need a smaller wheel, preferably something folding because I don't have much space and I want to be able to put it away so the cats don't scratch it up or anything.

But there are so many choices and I'm feeling overwhelmed!

I've got it down to either a Kromski Sonata or a Majacraft Little Gem2... the price range is higher than I'd like, but I'd rather spend a little more money and get something that will be of good quality and last, right?

Now, can anyone offer any advice? What might be better for a beginner wheel? If I should purchase from an ebay store, or a place like the Woolery? Or are these just bad for a beginner and should I aim for something else?

Thanks in advance for any help!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Kitty hat (for a kitty) on: February 21, 2007 11:17:32 AM
Well.. I don't have a baby to make a hat for.. and me myself and I wouldn't really wear a hat with animals on it.. or maybe I would, but the ones I started working on were awful.. so I made a hat for my kitty!

Crocheted from Paton's merino and with fun fur trim, it's just a simple little hat I kind of made up as I went along.

flat:


And on kitty!






As you can see, she's thrilled with her newest wardrobe additon. Wink
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / any tips on spinning mohair? on: January 15, 2007 09:27:20 PM
I bought 2 oz of pure mohair on ebay and I tried spinning a teeny bit of it on my drop spindle.. and it's so hard! The fiber is just so silky and it's difficult for me to try and draft evenly.

I'm a newbie spinner anyways.. I've only done 3 teeny tiny bits so far with wool roving (so tiny I can't even really call them skeins.. lol) but I really wanted to try the mohair.. it feels so silky and soft!

Would I have better result, or a better chance at spinning if I mixed it with regular wool roving?

Or are there any tips on how to spin just the pure mohair? I want to aim for a thinner yarn.. maybe a sport weight?

And can I spin a single? Or does it have to be plied?

Thanks for any help!
10  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Stitch 'n Bitch Page-a-Day Calendar!!!! on: December 27, 2006 07:22:35 PM
Have you seen it yet?!
I happened to see it in the calendar store the other day in the mall and I picked it up today for 50%off. Cheesy

It's fantastic! It has patterns, tips, techniques, websites, and a yarn of the week!

I can't wait til the new year just to see what each day brings! lol

the box:


the calendar! Cheesy
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