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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Bamboo should come with a warning label on: July 11, 2007 11:34:13 PM

Ok, so I just got some bamboo top in the mail from Hollyeqq Specifically the Rockstar Chic colourway.  And that stuff is like crack.  Seriously.  I have spent the last FIVE hours just spinning it.  Straight.  No rest breaks of any kind.  I am so amazed at how smooth and even bamboo spins.  And I am spinning it FINE like, not quite even as thick as sewing thread. And I got about a third of the 3.5oz spun up.  This is ridiculous.  I just had to share the amazingness of bamboo.  Everyone should try it. I really don't want to stop touching it.  MUST TOUCH MORE...

How about anyone else?  Share my love?  Hate it?  Experiences?  I'm kind of hoping that bamboo doesn't ruin me for silk... How does silk even compare to bamboo?  Is there anything out there that is better than bamboo?  I just can't fathom it at this moment in time.  Share your experiences with me people! Cheesy
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Should it stay or should it go? on: March 03, 2007 09:47:15 AM

So, I"m not really all that sure about this stuff I've spun.  It's the Chocolate covered cherries colourway (merino) by Spunky Eclectic and a chocolate brown shetland that I got locally.  I'm just not sure about the way it looks.  I'd like some opinions as to what you guys think Smiley

Full shot:


Closer:


Almost inside:


So, basically what I'm debating is to finish spinning the shetland and ply it with two strands of the merino, or just navajo ply the merino.  I was thinking of making THIS with it.

Thanks for any advice y'all pass on to me!
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / My first spun yarn! EDIT: better pics added on: January 28, 2007 09:46:27 PM
well, the first that wasn't a snarly mess.  But I'm so pleased with it!  This is just a little bit of what I spun... I think that there'll end up being almost a 1000m of it... it did take me the better part of a month to do.  Details:
Fibre: unknown... it wasn't nice to work with... there were a lot of felted blobules in it, which gave a lot of bumpy parts, and some of the actual "shouldn't be felted part" was in fact, felted and again resulted in some uneven spots. 

WPI: 30!!  Can you belive it?? 

Picture:

(the picture is really bad because I'm doing it at almost midnight and I think my shadow likes to be in front of me)

New Pics:




In the pic with the quarter, there are only two threads, the other two are the reflection.  These pics are a little darker than what the yarn is, but it's a lot closer than the previous pictures.

As for a name... I think that it should be called Burrberry Farm.  Because I think that this sheep was mostly composed of burrs and seeds and hay.  I need to vacuum my carpet because of all the stuff that flew off it when I was spinning. 

I just need to finish plying the rest.  The bigger skein has 670m on it, and the littler one has 280.  (I have to wind off after each bobbin gets full... only have three... must remedy this).  Once that's done I can start playing with the new stuff that I ordered from Rubysdaughter! *squee* Which would be this:


4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / zokni socks on: November 03, 2006 09:40:49 PM




The pattern is from here.  I made these socks using sockotta sock yarn which is 45% cotton, 40% superwash wool, and 15% vicose.  The yarn was such a dream to work with, and I'll definately be using it again.  I only did four repeats in the "leg" of the sock because I was afraid of not having enough yarn (I only had one ball... ~417yards), but I probably could have done five or six easily.  I <3 this lace pattern sooo much.  I think that with the left over yarn I'll make a headband incorporating the lace pattern.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / DNA headband **now with pattern** on: October 08, 2006 09:16:53 AM
Hey!

This was inspired by squeakyweasles DNA tank.  But as I'm in my final year of pharmacy I don't really have the time or attention span to finish anything quite that large.  BUt I NEEDED something knitted and DNA.  So I made this headband.

Somewhat clear pic on my dingy ancient carpet:


Very blurry action shot:


DNA Headband

I used worsted weight wool with 3mm needles to make it tight so the cables would really pop

Cast on 3 Stitches
Knit 8 inches of I- Cord
DO NOT BIND OFF

End:
Row 1: k1, yo, k1, yo, k1
Row 2: k2, p1, k2
Row 3: k2, yo, k1 f&b, yo, k2
Row 4: k2, p4, k2
Row 5: k2, yo, k to last two stitches, yo, k2
Row 6: k2, p to last two stitches, k2
*repeat last two rows until you have 24 stitches

Middle:
Work rows 3-38 from http://www.twosheep.com/helix/Helix5.pdf until length desired reached. 

Note:  You will have cast on an extra four stitches for the garter stitched edging.  The First four stitches on right side will always be k2, yo, p2tog and the last four stitches will be p2tog, yo, k2 to keep it straight and from increasing.  This will mean that the first and last stitch in the chart will be incorporated into the p2togs.  On the wrong side rows, there will always be one extra stitch on each side of the chart due to the previous yarn over.

End (starting on a right side row):
Row 1: k2, yo, k2tog, k2tog, knit to last six stitches, k2tog, k2tog, yo, k2
Row 2: k2, purl to last two stitches, k2
*repeat these two rows until there are only six stitches on the needle
Row 3: k2 tog, k2tog, k2tog

DO NOT BIND OFF

Work I-cord for eight inches. 
Cut yarn off, thread end through the three stitches and pull tight.  Hide Ends as you like.

Note: This headband will need extensive blocking due to the tightness of the fabric, and the way the cables want to scrunch up the back.

I've tried to make this as easy as I could to read, but as this is my first knitted pattern, please let me know if there are any errors so that I can fix them.  Thanks!
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