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1  CANADA / British Columbia / Re: Victoria FIBRE FEST! on: June 07, 2007 04:23:02 PM
I'm going to be in Victoria for the fibre fest. Yay!!

Unfortunately though, I won't have a car so I won't be able to get to a lot of it.

Any suggestions for crafty things to check out in downtown Victoria?
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Blog Publishers on: May 21, 2007 07:12:44 PM
I'm thinking of starting up a blog. What blog publishers do you use / have you used? What did you like/dislike about them? I'm hoping to eventually use this blog as a means of crafty promotion and also to maybe add some other authors.


Any feedback would be awesome. Even if that feedback is "there's no real difference, just pick one."

Smiley
3  CANADA / British Columbia / Re: Yarn stores in Vancouver? on: May 18, 2007 09:55:27 PM
Yes, they have some gorgeous yarn. Watch out though, they're not open Sundays and tend to close a little early other days. Worth checking out if you can make it though. I always end up spending money when I go.
4  CANADA / British Columbia / Re: Yarn stores in Vancouver? on: May 08, 2007 04:20:24 PM
They have yarn at Safeway now !!??!! I guess this knitting thing is really taking off.
5  CANADA / British Columbia / Re: lessons at Birkeland on: May 08, 2007 04:19:03 PM
You must be in our spinning class!!! Starpiste and I are the ones getting the alpaca . . .

I'm really liking the class too. I can't wait for Wednesday . . .

p.s. BF's are silly.
6  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dyeing Roving on: May 07, 2007 02:05:35 PM
Thanks so much for your reply thegoodsheep!

That's actually the tutorial I was using. I think one of my major problems was that I was not laying the roving out flat enough. I think it was twisted.
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Plying with a Drop Spindle on: April 28, 2007 12:13:34 PM
I have two things I'm still kind of unsure about. any help would be awesome. Smiley

1) Is it OK to wind your un-set singles into a ball right off the spindle? Won't they get all crazy twisty and tangled?

2) When you're plying, do you really need to spin the spindle? Wouldn't the force of the existing spin in the yarn drive the spindle? I'm thinking just letting the spindle hang until it stops spinning on it's own would give you perfectly balanced yarn. Am I not considering something?

Thanks in advance.
8  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dyeing Roving on: April 28, 2007 12:09:35 PM
Ooops, I thought I had posted last week,  but I guess it didn't go through. hmmm, anyways . . .

I've bought some rubber gloves so I'll try that.

I do soak the roving with vinegar before. I was wondering if I was not squeezing enough water out or squeezing too much out.

Thank you so much for your help. I'll keep working on it.
9  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How much Jacquard acid dye to use per fiber? on: April 17, 2007 02:44:26 PM
misshawklet, whaen you do what you describe above, how much water do you have in your pot. i.e. does it cover the roving? How do you prevent all the colors bleeding together?
10  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dyeing Roving on: April 17, 2007 02:37:08 PM
What I have been doing is laying out my roving on strips of cling wrap and then squirting the dye on using ketchup bottles. My problems are working the dye into the roving before it pools off in places I don't want it to go. Right now I'm using a spoon to work the dye in and I'm a little worried about it felting the wool. Also, when I wrap up the whole thing into a bundle to steam it, the wrapping action pushes all the dye along and it all bleeds together.
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