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31  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Best portable wheel? on: May 08, 2007 04:50:46 PM
What do you think is the best portable and/or folding wheel in terms of ease and versatility? I am sure a lot of people are interested in portable wheels but want to be able to spin a variety of different weights.

If you have a portable wheel I would love to hear what kinds of yarns you can spin on it and the positive and negatives of it.

thanks in advance Wink
32  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / SOAR retreat!!!! on: May 08, 2007 12:29:44 PM
I just discovered that there is a spinning retreat within driving distance of my house!!! I am really excited but the page is kind of confusing... I don't understand what the difference between the workshops and the retreat is. What does each include? I want to be able to go to the market, check out supplies, take lessons, and participate in the spin-in. Has anyone attended this in the past? Was it amazing? I'd love to hear about your experiences. Also, I wouldn't want to go by myself but I have no friends that spin. I was thinking maybe my mom could go. She dabbles in knitting, do you think it would be fun for her too?

http://www.interweave.com/spin/events/soar/default.asp
33  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Double it up! Craft + ???? on: May 06, 2007 09:47:08 PM
I feel like I am running around like crazy all of the time. I love to make things and I spend a lot of my time doing so, but there are a lot of other things I want to accomplish in life that I just don't have time for between family and friends, college, and crafting. I have been trying to think of things I can accomplish while I craft to make better use of my time. Here's what I have been up to-

Documentaries- I feel like I have learned so much from these shows. I bring up things I learn in conversations and think about it in everyday life. Plus most of the time these shows are very entertaining. I like to watch Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, or National Geographic Channel. I also like to go to the movie rental store and browse full length movies.

Some of my favorite shows and movies are-
Meerkat Manor
http://animal.discovery.com/fansites/meerkat/meerkat.html
Planet Carnivore
http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/planetcarnivore/
Deep Blue-
http://www.miramax.com/deepblue/
March of the Penguins
http://wip.warnerbros.com/marchofthepenguins/

Another thing I have been doing is audio books. I have found so many great resources and many of them are free. Now I am going to be crafty and well read. There are tons of online sites that sell audio books in many forms- podcasts, tapes, cds, you name it. They also have tons of free resources. check out- http://www.learnoutloud.com/
it's my favorite.

What do you do while you craft?

34  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Spinning your own yarn? on: May 01, 2007 06:09:14 PM
Hypothetical question- but please answer beacause it does have more than hypothetical meaning to me.

If you went in to your LYS and someone was spinning yarn with a spindle and showed you how they do it and how simple it was and offered an inexpensive class would you want to learn?

Or- if you could magically have super spinning talent would you be interested in making your own yarn?

thanks
35  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / wilton cake dyes on: April 29, 2007 04:25:28 PM
where can i find these? i send my boyfriend out on an endless search tonight.
checked-
party source
kroger (a big grocery store)
dollar store
IGA (small grocery store)

I really want to dye with these but where do I get them?
36  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / lining irish hiking scarf? on: April 29, 2007 02:13:18 PM
I am making my boyfriend an irish hiking scarf using noro kureyon for our two year anniversary. I want to line it with something on the back to cover the wrong side and make it warmer, what kind of fabric should I go for?

thanks... Smiley

ps- is lining this scarf a bad idea?
37  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Dyed Yarns on: April 25, 2007 06:29:55 PM
Here are the some yarns I dyed this week-

I call this one 'little star'



This one is for a swap- "natural teal" (not very creative I know)


This is one of the first yarns I spun myself. I also dyed it!



You can't really see this last one- but I have no idea where my pictures of it went. Its the blue and blue on the bottom left of the following picture.


You like?
38  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / My first yarns! on: April 23, 2007 12:57:50 PM
I learned to spin this week and I am officially addicted.

This is an unknown kind of wool that I spun and dyed and turned into an ipod cozy for my friend.


This is my tiny little sample ball of alpaca.


This is a mix of random (really crappy) fibers that I had a hard time spinning because of the bad quality of the fiber.


This yarn started out as a big bag of fluff, it wasn't stuck together or anything like roving it was just a curly fluffy mess, but I tried to spin it anyhow, even though its out of my league. It doesn't look all bad.



I love spinning so much that I spun ALL of the fiber that I bought to learn within two days! I have 20 lbs in the mail on its way and I can't wait to get spinning some more and experiment with plying and different techniques! I am spinning with a drop spindle right now, but I am taking classes at my local weavers guild where I get to learn to use many different spinning wheels!


39  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / DON'T LOOK YARNMAFIA!!!!!- everyone else- LOOK!! on: April 21, 2007 02:07:59 PM
I have been knitting for 7 years now. I learned to crochet at the start of January. Since then I have been obsessed with it. It is very different from knitting and I really enjoy being able to do both. One thing that bothered me was stitch markers. I love using stitch markers in my knitting but in crochet the only stitch marker I could make use of. I decided to make a stitch marker that would work well with crochet and knitting. I saw a tutorial for it somewhere online but they were advertised as being for knitting. I think they work well for crochet because you can use them like you would with a safety pin, but they are cute and your work won't get snagged on them like it does with a safety pin.

Sorry if its too image heavy- I just got a new camera yesterday and I am going a little overboard!






40  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Fiber Friday on: April 20, 2007 06:51:53 AM
On the spinning boards they have "Fiber Friday" every one saves what they made during the week and posts pictures in one thread on friday. It makes it easy to keep track of (see the fiber friday archive thread) and it's fun to participate in. I submit that we need to have fiber fridays on the dyeing boards.

What do you think?
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