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1  Re: Fiber Friday 30 March 2014 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Alexus1325 on: May 31, 2014 07:32:31 AM
Woohoo Fibre Friday! I was at the in-laws all day yesterday, so I didn't even see that we had one!

Oooh, jexxican, how could you let such a pretty batt sit for so long! And yay for alpaca fleece! I LOVE alpaca fleece!

Yay puppygirl! I love your ice cream yarn! It definitely makes me think of summer :-)

I got some yarny things finished this month :-) First up is some crapaca spun on my new fave support spindle from Ghstworks. I call it crapaca because it was the hairiest, greasiest, nastiest alpaca roving ever. I don't know why I thought I could pull the hairs out at a 50/50 blend of hair and fluff. I suspect it was processed on equipment designed for wool, as the soft stuff was short (shredded?) and the whole thing was tacky feeling. I tried from the end on a drop spindle, from a rolag on a drop spindle, and eventually had a brilliant moment where I tried spinning from the fold on a support spindle. This is destined to be a purse or something. 2.8 oz, 197 yards and around fingering weight. Shown unwashed.

I also FINALLY finished plying my 6 oz skein of alpaca/silk from World of Wool. I spun it supported and put the whoooooole top onto one spindle. What was I thinking?!?! That said, it was a beautiful spin, and I now have 348 yards of fingering weight deliciousness! Shown unwashed, and I have a feeling it will bloom huge and end up DK or even light worsted.

And lastly, I challenged myself to make the fattest yarn I possibly could. I used alpaca I washed and dyed myself with onion skins and spinach (the spinach was a fail, it's very pale). Spun and chain plied on a 3.9 oz ginormous vintage Turk I call The Beast. 5.3 oz, 57 yards, super bulky. It's very rustic, with lots of slubs and wispy bits. It bloomed a lot after washing.

LOL, why do I have so much more to say about a yarn I hate, than I do about the pretty ones? :-P

EDIT: oh, hey, jexxican, the thread title says March instead of May :-P
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2  Re: Random Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Alexus1325 on: May 24, 2014 11:43:13 AM
Yesterday was one of the BEST DAYS EVER!!!! Dreadlocklove and I met up at a fancy coffee shop where I had my first chai latte in 5, yes 5 years. It was almost surreal, sitting in such a nice environment, chatting with a fellow Craftster (so nice to talk to someone who understands those crafty urges!) for over an hour while we took turns pulling goodies out of our boxes :-) And oh, the spoilage!!!! She's off to the cottage this weekend, so you'll have to wait to see her goodies, but behold the glorious craftasticness of Dreadlocklove!!!!!

First up is this gorgeous little bowl made in a pinched technique in shades of purple. It has a spiral of dots around the base that reminds me of Australian Aborigine art. It's sitting on an issue of Felt magazine, chock full of inspiring projects, and holding beautiful fabric beads made from scarf scraps and thread, and one of the flower hair doohickies she made for me. The other one that I was wearing is in my fiance's car, so I cant get it back until tonight.

Can you believe that Dreadlocklove rates herself as a beginner spinner??? My early yarns didn't look this good! She has such a gentle hand! From left to right are a scarf scrap yarn, a Karakul single (which I'd never seen before! It's all wiry and crunchy, such a fantastic texture!), and an alpaca blend single in green, brown and orange, one of my fave combos!

Fibre goodies!!!!! She hand dyed the two ounce braid herself in the yummiest shades of pink, purple and blue! I couldn't help myself, I started spinning it when I got home from work :-P And I didn't even know you could buy hemp fibre! She gave me an assortment of colours that's sure to keep me amused for awhile. It's so fine, like tussah silk.

The photo does not do justice to this piece! I cried. I had to pant and wave my hands, I was so overcome! I'm feeling weepy just thinking of the love and care that went into this amazing spirit doll. Her serene face is polymer clay, with a halo of hemp fibre, wool, feathers and eyelash yarn for hair. Her body is a twist of a scarf, tied with embroidery thread and decorated with other scraps of scarf and a blue-green bead. She has such good vibes!!!! So calming, just to look at her. I've had trouble sleeping for as long as I can remember, so she's propped in the purple bowl beside my bed, where she'll be the last thing I see at night and the first thing I see in the morning :-)

*sniffle* BEST SWAP EVER!!!!!!


I've prettied up my doll's new home :-)

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3  Re: Random Swap Round 5 (signups March 2-15, 2014; sendouts May 17, 2014) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Alexus1325 on: May 20, 2014 02:49:43 PM
Eeeh! My stuff from China finally came! I'm so glad dreadlocklove and I are meeting a week late, because there's stuff for her in there :-)

Also, my weekend was AWESOME!!! I went to Lake Abitibi, froze at night, caught fish by day, and took lots of pictures :-) Urk, I went to link my photobucket album, and they're all messed up in the wrong order. I'll be fixing that shortly, but you can still see them here.

As a teaser, here's me and my 3.5 pound pickeral aka walleye :-)

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4  Re: Fiber Saturday? Sure. Why not. in Spinning: Completed Projects by Alexus1325 on: April 27, 2014 08:01:45 AM
Melerific's nests made me do a double-take because I'm working on these Tongue

For finished yarn, I only have two to show off, but I can share some gratuitous spindle pix Cheesy

This is Cookies and Jam, one single being spun from an alpaca-merino-sparkle batt from a semi-local alpaca farmer/fibre enthusiast, and for the other single, I rolled up some 'lags from an alpaca sample and random fibres in pinks and purples. I got 169 yards out of it, but I'm sure to lose a few once I wash and set it.

You guys'll LOL at this one! Over at Spindlers, the monthly challenge theme was "Science Fair," and I chose to make an Electric Potato. Disaster-dyed alpaca (freezer-burnt strawberries give you a light grey-brown, not pink Tongue), steel grey thread and glow in the dark fishing lure beads, 133 yards unwashed.

And Belladune, can I just say *DROOL*!!!! I'm looking forward to the day that I can spin half as well as you!
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5  Fibre Friday - April 11 2014 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Alexus1325 on: April 11, 2014 09:14:17 PM
Hey, where's all the yarn??? Other than that stunning nut yarn, I mean :-P I've only got two finished yarns to show, all my others being still in progress. Feel free to check out my handspun projects over on Ravelry for random balls of not-yet-plied yarn (I have the same username over there).

Here's a fingering weight superwash I dyed myself as top. It should become socks for my fiance before next Christmas. Or it will sit in my stash looking pretty...

And this is the only picture that really shows off the colours of my first successful singles yarn, and support spun to boot! It turned out laceweightish, made from batts that reminded me of Japanese maples in autumn. I just let the fibre do whatever it wanted with minimal futzing over lumps. I had to knit with it right away :-P

What have you guys been working on?
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6  Re: Random Swap Round 5 (signups March 2-15, 2014; sendouts May 17, 2014) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Alexus1325 on: March 31, 2014 07:22:15 PM
LOL, Smeddley, your whole post made me laugh!

Who wants to see my shiny?

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7  Re: Fibre Friday March 14th 2014 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Alexus1325 on: March 15, 2014 04:08:52 PM
OK, now that I'm not half asleep from a melatonin tablet, I can properly express how AWESOME belladune's yarns are! Your purple yarn is scrumptious and it's really neat to see the side by side comparison of the two different TPIs.

I'm really happy with how this rainbow yarn turned out. I started the rainbow merino singles back in August and somehow managed to put two ounces of black superwash onto a half ounce spindle. The colors really are that bright!

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8  Wet Felted Tablet Purse in Felting: Completed Projects by Alexus1325 on: March 07, 2014 10:39:30 AM
A friend's girlfriend saw my Phoenix purse while my tablet was living in it and told me she'd absolutely love one for hers. She has the exact same tablet, so the math was easy :-) With purple and blue being her fave colours, I dove into my stash and found some fluffy goodness. She was very excited for her early birthday gift, and now her tablet has a safe new home :-)

The base is white alpaca with dark purple shetland, lilac polwarth, and some random blue locks for the toppings. The button is a blue marble. The close up has the more accurate colours.

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9  Re: Fiber Friday February 28, 2014 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Alexus1325 on: February 28, 2014 09:16:56 PM
DROOL! That boucle is delicious!!! Am I strange for wanting to rub it under my chin, or is that the yarnie in me?

I have stuff to share, holy cow! I think I missed 3 FFs?

Mostly merino in various greens and blues, but a smidge of shetland I suspect, plus allllll that rainbow firestar! NOMNOMNOM! Chain plied on the fly to DK weight, and will someday be socks for me Cheesy

Brown superwash, cinnamon alpaca, and a touch of lime merino and lime firestar. 2 ply DK and the first project I did on a Turk. Hopefully this will be boyfriend socks by next Christmas. I picked a complicated pattern Tongue

And I just finished this alpaca/merino/firestar yarn for a challenge over on Ravelry. The colours of the batt reminded me of Poison, one of my grandmother's favourite perfumes. It's 70 yards of 2 ply aran. The progress photo has more accurate colour.

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10  Re: Terribly Important SOB - The Return GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Alexus1325 on: February 26, 2014 08:39:23 PM
Soooo drooling over the rainbow scarf!!!

Aaaand, I got a box in the mail today! YAY! I felt very important when I saw it and danced up the porch into the house, humming my little "I'm so awesome" song. Be prepared for EPIC OVERLOAD OF CRAFTACULAR AWESOME (ybunnygirl and I agreed to ignore the swap stipulations Cheesy)

How funny that she sent me a purple envelope! I sent her a purple envelope Cheesy And how did she know I love Japanese bunny rabbits???


Here we have two placards and a chatelaine-style necklace proclaiming my crafty fortitude. The larger sign is already on my craftroom door Cheesy

OMG PRETTIES! Not only do I have two glittery flower hair fancies, but I'm SOOOOO important as to merit TWO brooches! You know, so I can make it really obvious that I'm craft royalty Cheesy The pink bow brooch is now on my coat, and the kanzashi style brooch is going to get a lot of use on my work uniform Cheesy

But BEST yet is my fabulous crown! If this doesn't proclaim my awesomeness to all and sundry, I don't know WHAT will! And you better believe I'll wear it at work! We don't have a dress code regarding accessories, and I've already worn birds and trees and tiny tophats. They expect my strangeness Tongue

And she signed her letter to beware the cheeky monkey Tongue

Sorry for the photo album, but I'm soooo excited by the incredible package that she sent me and can't wait to show my goodies off to the commoners Cheesy
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