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1  HEXAGON COAT-MY 1ST EVER HAND KNITTED PROJECT (I Spun & Dyed the Fibers too)!!! in Knitting: Completed Projects by caprig on: September 22, 2009 03:46:20 PM
Okay, I am so proud.  I HATED knitting.  I mean HATED it.  I tried over and over since I was a little girl but I just could not knit.  I would crochet from time to time, but lost interest in it because it did not look quite as cool to me as hand knitted items did.

A few years ago I went to a fiber festival to keep my daughter busy and long story short, ended up after two years of going the third year I got a small spinning wheel. Before this, I had no desire or interest in knitting or working with fiber at all.  It bored me.

This coat is the 2nd thing I have ever knit (the other rainbow coat was partially knit on an ancient needle bed) but the first entirely hand knit anything I have done and finished.  I also hand dyed all of the fibers and hand spun as well on my wheel.  The wool is superwash merino.

I loved the artistic hand dyed and hand spun yarn look so I just HAD to learn to knit to make the fibers look as cool as I wanted them to.  Bamboo needles helped too.

These photos were taken when it was almost 20 degrees below zero windchill so they are not too good but I did not take any other photos of it yet.

The coat did not win at the festival I competed at- but it did get a white ribbon.  (in 4-H that usually meant that you could not go any lower, so I am not sure what that means in a fiber arts festival)

 Considering that it is my first ever project entirely handknit, I am very proud of it regardless.  

Oh yeah, and the buttons are made of dichroic glass- which I LOVE.  And the pattern is an oversized take off on the Vogue Holiday Issue Hexagon Coat from a year or two ago.  I like my coats big so I put elastic in the extra long sleeves to keep the wind from blowing through them and I also reinforced the waist and collar with elastic too since these photos were taken, which keeps it in place much better. Grin








In case you don't remember my rainbow coat- I posted this quite a long time ago somewhere here on Crafster, but it was stored on photobucket.  Now it is stored here on Crafster.  I am reposting so you can see the first ever knitting project I am talking about above.  Smiley

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2  I WON a PRIZE! I am so excited in Spinning: Completed Projects by caprig on: September 22, 2009 03:36:51 PM
I just entered my coat in a festival competition and as a last thought I entered a novelty yarn I did.  

My coat was very intense and my first ever entirely hand knit ANYTHING and only my second knitting project ever.  

I was shocked when my yarn won!!!


Here is a photo- the top center is the winning yarn.  I also did the other two, but did not enter those in the competition.

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3  My Party In A Bag and Aqua Dreamy Silk I got at the Fiber Festival this weekend in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by caprig on: September 22, 2008 06:27:57 AM
Oh this is so gorgeous.  I just got to go to the Finger Lakes Fiber Festival this weekend and look what I got !

For felting- I have never felted on silk before so this oughta be interesting.  This is a silk/wool mix roving to use on the silk scarf.






PARTY IN A BAG- I can hardly wait to spin this up- what should I make with it?





















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4  Re: My New Design Idea is driving me wild *grabs hair in emphasis*!!!! in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by caprig on: September 26, 2007 09:23:20 AM
I cant wait to see the first ball of yarn! the concept sounds awesome Grin
Okay, I just posted photos of it in the finished projects category.  I could not wait for Friday.

I had to take quite a few photos because it was really hard to capture the vibrance of this yarn on camera. 

Here is one of them.....  The rest are on the finished project section.  Cheesy

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5  *tigger bounce* My First Skeins of Peacock Feather Yarn for new Coat Idea in Spinning: Completed Projects by caprig on: September 26, 2007 09:01:49 AM
Well, you all, I could not wait for Friday to post these.  I just HAVE to show you all now.

I finished two skeins of my peacock feather spun yarn for my new coat idea that I am working on now.

The idea is to have a jacket with oversized dramatic collar.  The jacket will be made with peacock feathers spun into superwash merino dyed to look like the base color of peacock feathers.  Then to mimic further the feather aspect, I put lime silk strands through it as well.  A little touch of peachy red and turquoise here or there to add interest rounded it out nicely.

Anyway the three color strands on top of the ball are three of the colors I was playing around with for the collar which is going to be the *eye * of the peacock feather.

I could not get really true photos, so I took quite a few to show different aspects of the yarn.  Hopefully you can see what it looks like through the combination of them.

I used 8 different hand dyed colors in the superwash to blend for this color so it is very vibrant in person.  Also you can see flashes of iridescence from the feather fibers that stand out here and there.










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6  WOO HOO My very first official spinning project is FINALLY FINISHED!! in Spinning: Completed Projects by caprig on: August 23, 2007 05:03:33 PM
As some of you may remember, I have been working on my first official spinning project- besides just ambling through a ball or two of yarn.

This is the rainbow coat that I have told you all about since about February.  I had based it upon a photo in CROCHET magazine that I saw (Photo at the bottom for comparison's sake), but I hated the way it looked crocheted, so I had to start from scratch designing it up.  I also changed the form of it, making it fuller and nicer shape to it. 

 I have only knit about three official projects in my life- two of them being 15 years ago.

This is the first thing I have done in many years, but I loved my rainbow idea for the spinning yarn that I decided I would force it to work.

All of the yarn in this was hand dyed by me with Kool Aid, Cheap dollar store drinks, and Jacquard Acid Dyes.  I spun it all together, and then just used a little Fun Fur (dollar store find- can you believe it?) on the collar and cuffs mixed in with my multicolored tufted black yarn that I spun up as well.

So, here it is!

I am so excited. I never could start small on anything I am learning to do.  I have only been spinning since September so this is HUGE for me.

Thanks for listening to me gush about it.  I am just so excited I actually FINISHED this.  I actually have to readjust a couple of buttons (so the stripes line up) and then bind up the shoulder seams so that the sleeves sit better, but that is just minor stuff. 




This is the original photo that inspired me to make this coat:
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7  Re: Fiber Friday 2/16/07 in Spinning: Completed Projects by caprig on: February 18, 2007 09:40:58 AM
 Angry
I could not get onto the site for the last couple of days, so today when I did, I was thrilled .  Grin So I am posting these late, but better late than never!

Here is the collection of yarns I have dyed and spun and balled up for my rainbow coat that I am going to make.  I decided to do the black with tufts of rainbow coloring in it so that the collar and trim will look like it blends with the coat.  I plan to trim the entire coat with crocheted black edging.

This yarn is all dyed with either, Jacquard acid dyes or koolaid, or bottled drinks, or a combination of them all.

It is very hard to get these photos to turn out well- the green is actually a lime/kelly/yellow combo and the orange is a dark orange/light orange/ yellow combo....It is really hard to see in these photos, but hopefully you can see it all right. 

Wait- I was able to take a close up of the green (with a little orange in the corner)





and the black











I also wanted to say that I absolutely love what all of you guys have done with your wool- the colors are absolutely delicious and you really have me wanting to dye even more wool! 

This is so wonderful to see what everyone is doing- I don't have anyone locally I can talk to about it, so who cares if I dye wool or spin or whatever.  Thankfully you guys understand!

I want to point you all out by name and colors, but it would take so long- I am just happy to be able to get in here today- so I don't want to push my luck!

Keep up the wonderful work- you are all so inspirational!!!!!









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8  Re: FIBER FRIDAY! 1/26/07 in Spinning: Completed Projects by caprig on: January 26, 2007 09:13:27 AM
These yarns are all so wonderful!

If you guys get the chance, can you tell what you used for the colors?  I am really new to spinning and dying yarn, so learning what kind of dye turns out how is really helpful to me........

Here is my project for the past week.  I dyed these batts of wool a few weeks ago and have been working on spinning them up for my rainbow coat. 

Here are the batts that I dyed using a combination of Koolaid and Jacquard Acid Dyes.....




Here is what I am going to make from it with the purple starting at the bottom and working to red at the shoulders.......I plan on making it fuller at the bottom though.




So far, here is what I have spun up this past week....

The purple is a combination of fuchsia, turquoise, bright blue acid dyes with grape and blue  koolaid.

The blue is a combination of turquoise, bright blue, and the two blue koolaid colors. 






This next combo is as follows.

Ice Blue Raspberry koolaid, sun yellow Jacquard acid dye, turquoise Jacquard Acid dye, and a bit of the other blue koolaid (I keep forgetting the name of that one) with a touch of lime.  I also used a blue sports drink for the base liquid along with water.

The orange is all koolaid and a cheap sports drink from Dollar General.  I used it from the bottle so I could use the squeeze bottle later.   I also used a touch of sun yellow from Jacquard and cheap cherry koolaid dupe from Dollar General for the darker oranges.




The goal is to have vibrational colors so that the rainbow is visually fluid and not blocked colors. 


Here are a couple more photos.....





















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9  FIBER FRIDAY!!! 1/12/07 in Spinning: Completed Projects by caprig on: January 12, 2007 07:57:54 AM
wow, I am freaking out - no fiber friday for today yet?  I hope I did not just miss it and double post.

Here is what I have done the last week...

Taken with flash



No Flash



And here is what I have been dying all week- I just did some more today that I will post later, if I can get a decent photo of it.




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10  Dying for Rainbows in Dyeing: Completed Projects by caprig on: January 11, 2007 08:08:43 AM
I went nuts last week in the nice weather dying every piece of superwash that was not nailed down......

I plan on making a coat from this (with a wider flare on the bottom).....


The red and orange here was dyed with koolaid and a cheap soft drink from General Dollar stores, and the rest was with combinations of Jacquard Acid dyes, and occasional spatters of koolaid for effect.





I am going to dye up some black/blue with tufts of rainbow color in it for the collar and the trim on the coat.  I hope I actually DO this and don't just plan it.


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