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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Spinning classes on: May 03, 2010 10:04:26 AM
I'm relatively new to spinning, and my wonderful bf got me a beautiful Ashford traditional wheel for my birthday. I've been searching all over the web for tutorials and other info, and I'm able to make some decently even singles, but I feel like I still don't really know what I'm doing as far as overspinning, etc. I live in Houston, TX, and apparently no one spins there, or maybe there's a secret society of underground spinners, cause I can't seem to find any help or supplies locally.   Undecided   Any other ideas on how to improve my skills?
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lucky Clover Shrug on: January 24, 2009 09:21:58 PM
So I've had this http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=45597.msg412877;topicseen#msg412877 pattern on my To-Knit list for quite a while, and I finally found the inspiration to get working on it. The lace pattern I found on about.com somewhere in the knitting section, and the yarn is Caron's Simply Soft in Sage.
Here's the front:

It's hard to take a pic of yourself. I haven't exactly thought of how I want to close the front, so I just threaded a couple pieces of scrap yarn through each side and tied it to take the pics. Any suggestions?

The color in this one is off, but this is what it looks like from the back. I haven't blocked it yet.

Pretty accurate color, and a better shot of the lace.

It's really a circle, I just didn't feel like taking the time to lay it out exactly. Ignore my toes.

Comments are appreciated! Thanks for looking! Grin
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Altered Irish Hiking Scarf on: August 25, 2008 02:22:21 PM
So, I've finally finished my IHS; it seemed like no matter how much I worked on it, the thing was never long enough (I think it was secretly frogging itself while I wasn't looking Tongue). Anyway, I got the thing done today

and decided it was too dense for my taste

so I dropped the stitches around the cables to make it wider and more airy.

Binding off with dropped stitches was fun to figure out, but I like the finished product. I can't decide if I want to block it, or if I like the drop-stitches better more loopy. Any input from the peanut gallery?
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Ideas of how to bind a positively unruly t-shirt quilt? on: October 12, 2007 10:40:17 PM
I'm having such trouble binding my first quilt. I don't know whether it's the stretch of the jersey cotton,  or my edges aren't exactly straight, or what, but I've had to start and rip out the binding four times already. It's puckering and ruffling instead of laying flat. Is that something that washing and ironing might fix? If not, anyone have ideas of how to bind this darn thing?
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