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31  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Saturday? Sure. Why not. on: April 26, 2014 12:31:26 PM
Friday disappeared! I don't know how that happened!  I swear it was there last week, but this week, friday was non existent in my life.  Does that ever happen to anyone else?

Enough nonsense, Yarn!

Neon Traffic light - wool firestar and cotton core

Galactic yarn. black wool (unknown breed) merino, silk, polyester and sparkle

Homework samples (Master Spinner stuffs)

Navajo Spindle spun Shetland, and Quill wheel spun Jacob.

Tahkli spun and plied cotton.

And currently on the jumbo bobbin, white merino. This one will end up being 7WPI, so bulky bulky! it'll be 3 ply.  I just wish I had the overdrive head for my aura so I could ply it without cutting it... I'm aiming for at least 500 yards.  I sure hope I get there!

What has everyone else been spinning lately?  And just incase you missed it, there's a fibre swap for all us fiberistas.  You know you want to trade great fibres!  

p.s. I have no idea why those pics are so small... sorry!  Fixed!!!
32  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Fibre Swap-May2014 (signups Apr.20-Apr.30/SO-May21) on: April 20, 2014 08:35:44 AM

image cred: me! belladune Smiley


Swap name:Fibre Swap-May 2014
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Belladune
Sign-up date range: April 20-April 30, 2014
Date to send item by: May 21, 2014

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):24 (lets aim high!! lol)

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country? n/a

Additional Age requirement? n/a

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:
This is a fibre for fibre swap! Be it roving or top or batts or locks or clouds, we will be swapping 4oz of fibre. I'm not putting a fancy fibre vs wool option, let's just send our partner something they will love to receive.  You may discuss with your partner what types of fibre you'd like to send. The fibre should be prepped by you, in some way. Be it dyed, carded, picked, faux-lag'd, rolags, or any other fibre prep you can make with the tools at hand!
Any extra's are to be discussed between partners, and are definitely allowed!

To keep lines of communication open, I'll be asking weekly questions.  Please respond to them promptly.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer: Belladune

Name of swap Fibre Swap-May 2014
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name & Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)

What are your favourite fibres?

What types of preps are your favourite (batts, top, clouds etc.)?

Colors! Which do you love?  Which could you live without?

What kind of tools do you have to prep your fibres?



Anything you may want to add that I've missed?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


1. Belladune
2. meleriffic
3. honeyd
4. Rodelphia
5. Pollyprissypants
6. .:dollface:.
7. hazelly
33  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Spin some nuts on: April 01, 2014 01:36:13 PM

Nuts! Yarn!  two of my favourite things! Why not combine them!
 "But how?" you say.  "like this" I say:

What you'll need:
Nuts. Lots of nuts.
A thread of some kind (I used Crochet cotton)
A needle
Different types of yarn, spun or otherwise
A spinning wheel or spindle

Step 1- String your nuts
Step 2- Get every yarn hooked up to your wheel.

Step 3- Start spinning and when you get to your nuts, attach them thusly:

Here, we are coming to our nut:

And here, we are bringing the string up over our nut, and the body. of the yarn:

And then wrap the thread around our nut and the body.  of the yarn.

And lastly, bring the thread back in line with the main part of the yarn.

No you ask "Well, why not just string up my nuts in line, and not just skip wrapping my nuts up like that?"
Well, Because if you you string your nuts up in line, they hammock.  Nobody want a their nuts just hammocking.
See,  Not attractive.

This method helps your nuts stay snug. Everyone like their nuts snug and safe. Like this:

Side by side.  See. that left nut's a happy nut.  The right one will shift around all crazy like.  when the yarn is worked up.

So yeah, go forth, stick nuts in all your yarn.  You'll love it.
34  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fibre Friday March 14th 2014 on: March 14, 2014 09:53:52 AM
Hurray, more yarn!

These are all homework yarns, so all are 10 yards.
 First up, a lovely thick and thin, plied.

A three ply woollen spun from hand carded rolags, shetland wool from a lovely sheep named Trufle

A 2 ply 100% silk.

This one is a 2 ply cotton (yes, cotton!! yikes, this stuff is a nightmare to spin)

This is a 50/50 blend of Polwarth and silk that i blended up on my drum carder. It's dreamy. Soft, and smooth and just a little springy.  I started to spin it up a bit on the thick side, and was aiming for a certain TPI, but I could tell it wouldn't be a nice yarn if I spun it that thick with that TPI. So, I started over, and kept with my treadle counts and make lengths, but drafted thinner. They are the exact same TPI, but they are two totally different yarns!

On the left, the thinner, nicer hand yarn.  On the right, the thicker, harder hand yarn.

Currently on the bobbin, not Master Spinner related, but Golden Fleece related some golden pulled sari silk. It's almost like silk noil, but nicer.  

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Back at it, more cotton needs to be spun!  What have you been up to today?
35  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Fibre Swap # whatever on: March 12, 2014 10:42:27 AM
We haven't done a fibre swap in a while.  Anyone up for something like that?  This may be cost prohibitive, but I wondered if we all sent a ziplock sandwich bag of fibre to each other (maybe to max of 4 people? or we could group it up how ever)  and keep one to ourselves, then we all mix and spin as we see fit, then share our creations?  Otherwise, a simple 3 point straight up fibre for fibre swap might be fun.
 who's in?
36  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Affirmation Book for the Affirmation swap! on: March 04, 2014 01:30:35 PM

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Kittykill hosted the best swap, the Affirmation swap in January/february of this year. I made my partner (vgnmom) a whole book of affirmations!  I water-colour painted some card stock (would way have preferred water colour paper, but, everywhere I went in town had nothing but card stock!!) folded them just so, cut out the windows, and printed off a bunch of affirmations. Once I'd inserted them into the windows, I noticed it looked unfinished, so I bravely set at the frames with my sharpie marker.  I think the results speak for them selves. I was pretty happy with them!  I used coptic stitch binding to hold them all together, adding a few beads for a little bit of blingy sparkle.

Here are all the pages:

Once I bound it, it looked kind of pretty just sitting there.

An off shoot of this project, that a few of also made it into that swap package (and a few other swap packages) were this little affirmation windows. Just tiny little pocket sized pick-me-ups!

Thanks for sticking through it all! that was a lot of pictures. Cheesy
37  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Hand spun, Hand braided wrist distaff on: March 02, 2014 07:47:33 PM
One of the modules for my Level 3 master spinner course asks that I spin a cable plied yarn, and turn some of it into a wrist distaff. As i had mentioned in the 28th of February Fiber Friday, this yarn took me all day to make 40 yards. I did not end up needing 40 yards, but it's always better to have more then enough, isn't it?

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

How it looks on a human wrist:

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Method:  I took 3- 5 foot lengths of the yarn, and braided them in the center. From there I had 6 (more or less) equal lengths of yarn to braid.  I used this flat braid (method 2) tutorial for about 6.5 inches and switched to this round 6 strand braid tutorial for about 7 inches.  I added a bead, and tied some knots, and voila. done.  It took significantly less time to braid this thing then it did to spin the required yarn.  But I can check that one off my list! Hurray!

38  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday February 28, 2014 on: February 28, 2014 09:11:22 AM
Horray! spun yarn!

This is approximately 40 yards of cable plied shetland wool. It took me ALL DAY. No word of a lie, ALL DAY.  Any minute between waking up, feeding kids and self and going to bed was spent spinning this yarn on Monday. It was ridiculous. But it's done.  And it was homework, so I had no choice but to finish it.

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And this one is a small sample of boucle, with handspun silk singles as the base and binder, and gotland as the boucle.

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And that's about it for me this week.   What have you been up to?
39  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday February 21, 2014 on: February 21, 2014 05:00:25 PM
Woohooo! Fibre Friday!
Big skein! 100% merino- Unspun Single. For this you beat the ever living snot out of your single while washing it, let it dry and take the twist out. It's interesting, but makes the most yummy swatch! It's white and black and pink, but there's not been much sun lately, so my pictures are crappy.

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Little pile of coreless core spun, in the same colorway

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

(Another terribad photo... I wish the sun would come out!!) Homework! One module for the Master Spinners level 3 course asks for novelty yarn! hurray! less monotony!  These are my attempts, only one is a success. (balance, and achieving the affect I was aiming for)

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Some more homework. Skein for outerwear. 3 ply woollen spun,merino wool

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And I finally had success re-creating a commercial yarn (or at least as close as I"m going to get, and I'm happy with it.)

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

A galactic batt, inspired by all those pretty pictures of galaxies far far away. It has merino, silk, holographic sparkle and glow in the dark fibres

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And finally.... (thanks for keeping up til the end!!)
My Module 2 - Road of Trials - Journey to the Golden Fleece Fibre Creativity course - This was fun to come up with. I won't bore you all with the words right now. But here's the picture.  It's not finished. it to ally need to be set and blocked, but It's all spun so I'm sharing it now.

Journey to the Golden Fleece module2- Road of trials by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And that's what I've been doing. And I've been getting calf cramps at night from spinning so much.. lol
40  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cabled chunky cowl from Handspun on: February 20, 2014 06:32:21 AM
I made this cowl for a friend as a trade in services, she made me something I can't make, and I made her something she can't make! win/win!
I've shared the handspun yarn here
Here's the finished cowl:

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And here it is on me, so you can see just how chunky it is!!

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Thanks for lookin'!!
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