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1  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / DORMANT: Anthropologie Tessellated Headband CAL on: April 08, 2007 06:17:15 PM
I am going to be starting a knockoff of this (no longer available) headband this week, and thought I'd open it up for CAL, since there's lots of Anthropologie fans here.

The cover on the elastic is obviously knit, but it could be crocheted by either crocheting rounds or crocheting a rectangle and sewing it into a tube. It looks pretty easy and fast, too... seems their version only has sixteen hexagons.

Anyone up for a quick CAL?
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where to buy Roving? on: April 02, 2007 05:33:56 PM
Excellent chart; thanks for the link!
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Determining Yardage? on: March 30, 2007 08:33:09 PM
I use a niddy noddy. It's accurate enough, and you don't really need to keep count; you can just count the wraps after you have finished. They do make electronic counters, and they are pretty inexpensive, if you'd be interested in something like that.
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: DIY drum carder? on: March 30, 2007 05:11:20 PM
Unfortunately, dog brushes are probably the easiest, cheapest and quickest way to get something similar to cards. I can't really think of anything around the house that would work (hair picks work for combs/hackles, though). The teeth on cards is pretty much unique to fiber cards and pet slickers, since it's bent at an angle... human brushes won't work, nor will any other brushes that have metal teeth.
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday - 30th March on: March 30, 2007 02:52:15 PM
Hope you like 'em. And if anyone has any suggestions on naming my wheel, I'm open. I can't think of anything! =0) who would have though it would be so hard?

How about a name from spinning mythology? That site has a list of spinning goddesses.

I named my blog after Frigg. Wink

Everyone's yarns look fantabulous this week, as always. I'm always amazed at the fantastic colors! I think I'm on week 2 or 3 of sitting out. I've been spinning a little, but so busy prepping fiber. I miss it!
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Undyed merino/tencel blend roving? on: March 30, 2007 11:34:51 AM
I found some on eBay: there's seven available.
7  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: black easter egg dye? on: March 29, 2007 09:45:17 PM
I wouldn't recommend Wilton's black paste, because you need vinegar to dye eggs, and the Red #3 in Wilton's black will glob up and leave you with green eggs (since the black is red+blue+yellow). Try McCormick's black liquid food coloring; it's made with Red #40 which dyes at the same acidity that blue and yellow dyes take.
8  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: What kind of dyeing you do? on: March 29, 2007 02:42:11 PM
Cool, I love the new board!

I dye fiber for spinning. I use Wilton's food coloring for protein fibers and Rit for plant fibers. I hope to start playing with natural dyes this summer.

Edit - I just dyed a batch of silk today. It's not any harder than dyeing wool! If you're scared to try on expensive silk top, you can always try on silk hankies or bells. Dyed silk is gorgeous; the green batch I dyed today looks like emeralds.
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: My 1st all coil yarn! EXCITED! on: March 27, 2007 07:49:19 PM
That's awesome! It would make a really cool rug.
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fleece Cleaning with Kerosene? on: March 27, 2007 07:42:47 PM
I'm willing to bet that the kerosene was recommended to cut the grease. Kerosene will strip the oils right out. I imagine it would be stinky and bad for the fibers, though. Some fleeces are positively slimy with lanolin. I like this post
http://www.spin-list.com/scouring.htm
It's about the actual chemistry of how most of the scouring agents we use work.

Thank you! That makes a lot of sense. And thanks so much for the link. I have a whole fleece that needs to be scoured still, and that page will be good reading for prep (my last fleece scouring didn't go so well).
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