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11  Re: Keep Me Warm Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by dreadlocklove on: March 03, 2014 01:47:51 PM
I received my package from dharma_rebel today!  Fortunately, my son decided to shovel after school, the mailman left the package behind it.  I wonder how long the box would have sat hidden otherwise!

Sampling happened almost right away.  There's a slew of herbs in the "Evening in Missoula" blend.  Chamomile, rosehips, raspberry leaf, papaya leaf, peppermint, spearmint, strawberry leaf, vanilla, passionflower, red clover, star anise, wild cherry bark, damiana, horsetail, hyssop, lemon peel, plantain, wintergreen, lavender.  It's aromatic and so good!  The second is called Yogi Tea Radiance Blend, with cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and peppercorns.  The final one is a Red Rooibos and lavender blend.  Interesting, I can't wait to try it!  The lid was so tight on this one, I needed a knife to pry it open and almost took my eye out! 



Dharma's practicing crochet and included a few projects.  A mug cozy and rug:



A headband:



And an awesome wool hood!!  I love the trim on it, the hood is huge (good for my dreads), and the colour (green) is perfect!!:





There was some press and seal tea bags that I forgot to take a photo of but was included in the package.  And finally, a tag that was too cute not to share:



*clap, clap, clap*

!!!

Thank you so much Rachel, I love it!  I'm glad we were finally able to get to a trade.
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12  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by dreadlocklove on: March 01, 2014 08:31:38 AM
Huh, good to know about the bleach thing. 

I have more to share this week, some dark brown Welsh top.  I bought a pound of it during the Christmas holiday and finally opened the bag the other day.  One is a single-ply and the other, a double.  I'm so happy to see that there isn't so much overtwist with these two!  It seems like the learning curve has been absolutely crazy for me.

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13  Re: Fiber Friday February 28, 2014 in Spinning: Completed Projects by dreadlocklove on: March 01, 2014 08:29:44 AM
Drool-worthy projects so far, indeed. 

I have more to share this week, some dark brown Welsh top.  I bought a pound of it during the Christmas holiday and finally opened the bag the other day.  One is a single-ply and the other, a double.  I'm so happy to see that there isn't so much overtwist with these two!  It seems like the learning curve has been absolutely crazy for me.



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14  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by dreadlocklove on: February 25, 2014 09:49:09 AM
My partner in the Keep Me Warm Round 3 swap received her package today.  Here are a couple of the crafted items I sent her:

The worn item is a scarf I crocheted using bulky turquoise yarn from my stash as well as some wool I handspun a while back.  Just to change things up this time, I made some pompoms:



I was hoping the mug would turn out better, with more details and more to it than just an owl.  But my porcelain markers were drying up, only two colours were working, and not very well at that...  But here it is: 



Also included in the package is a handmade beeswax candle, some Kicking Horse coffee beans, as well as a big jar of local/raw honey.
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15  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by dreadlocklove on: February 18, 2014 01:39:44 PM
That concession stand is so cute!  My kids would be in heaven in there!

I'm down with a cold so it's been a day of sitting in front of the TV watching the Olympics and turning this:



into this:



More Peruvian wool that I dyed with Kool-Aid a few days ago.  That's the last bare roving that I have so I'm going to have to experiment with some wool yarns from my stash.  I haven't figured out the yardage for this one but it's probably somewhere around 100 yards.
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16  Fibre Friday - February 14th, 2014 in Spinning: Completed Projects by dreadlocklove on: February 16, 2014 02:37:16 PM
I call it "The Yummiest Yarn I've Ever Spun (Thus Far)."  It's 110 grams for Peruvian wool that I dyed with Kool-Aid and then spun on my new Ashford Kiwi 2.  There are some places that are a bit overspun, I'm still getting used to the tension (it doesn't seem to work quite like the manual states) but I did manage my highest yardage ever, at 116 yards.  Overall, this one is my favourite dye/spin job ever! 



It's being gifted to Pinkleo in the Ongoing Wish Swap 101.  I hope she's not looking...
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17  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by dreadlocklove on: February 14, 2014 02:53:40 PM
Wow, I haven't been around lately and have a lot of catching up to do over here!  I think there are about 40 pages I haven't seen.  A couple of completed projects, there are more but I haven't had a chance to take and upload photos.

Fibre Dye:  Peruvian wool dyed using Kool-Aid.  114 grams.  



Fibre Dye & Spin:  This one was dyed using Kool-Aid too.  Even though some parts are over twisted (still getting used to the Ashford Kiwi 2, and spinning in general), I love how this one turned out.  Peruvian wool, 114 gram into 116 yards.  

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18  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by dreadlocklove on: January 28, 2014 05:48:10 AM
I've been experiencing a lot of knitting machine woes, which lead me to the point of feeling that it's probably in my best interest to just learn how to hand knit.  I have a pile of knit goods on my wishlist and it's time to do something about that.  So here we go, another scarf to get me used to the garter stitch.

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19  Empty Bowls Fundraiser Pottery in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by dreadlocklove on: January 26, 2014 12:48:12 PM
These past few years I've been wanting to sign up for a pottery class, it was actually one of last year's 50 projects to complete.  It's been a no-go this entire time so this time, I wondered if it was even worth dreaming of the impossible.  Which leads me to today...  A non-profit I volunteer for, Anti-Hunger Coalition, is preparing for its 3rd annual Empty Bowls fundraiser event by teaming up with the college's pottery class instructor.  Participants pay $25 for their ticket and choose a handmade bowl to eat amazing soup (prepared by local chefs) and bread from.  There is also a silent auction that takes place at the same time, and we fit all donated items into a bowl theme.  With 200 tickets being sold this year, plus the donation items, that's a lot of bowls to make!  And today, I got to take part in one of the pottery sessions!! 

This is absolutely a new medium to me, I've never done anything sculpting-related before, so I just went with it.  It took me about 4 1/2 hours, but here's what I came up with, in the order they were created:









We have Wednesday evening scheduled to sand and glaze but I don't know 100% if I can see my projects through to the end yet.  Still, I felt like sharing.   Smiley
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20  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by dreadlocklove on: January 26, 2014 12:46:10 PM
These past few years I've been wanting to sign up for a pottery class, it was actually one of last year's 50 projects to complete.  It's been a no-go this entire time so this time, I wondered if it was even worth dreaming of the impossible.  Which leads me to today...  A non-profit I volunteer for, Anti-Hunger Coalition, is preparing for its 3rd annual Empty Bowls fundraiser event by teaming up with the college's pottery class instructor.  Participants pay $25 for their ticket and choose a handmade bowl to eat amazing soup (prepared by local chefs) and bread from.  There is also a silent auction that takes place at the same time, and we fit all donated items into a bowl theme.  With 200 tickets being sold this year, plus the donation items, that's a lot of bowls to make!  And today, I got to take part in one of the pottery sessions!! 

This is absolutely a new medium to me, I've never done anything sculpting-related before, so I just went with it.  It took me about 4 1/2 hours, but here's what I came up with, in the order they were created:









We have Wednesday evening scheduled to sand and glaze but I don't know 100% if I can see my projects through to the end yet.  Still, I feel that all four bowls deserve a "project complete" stamp for today's efforts. 
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