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21  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / More Mill End Creations - IMG HEAVY on: April 13, 2006 01:45:46 PM
I didn't want to totally sink the other mill end thread because I've got a ton of photos to post....
I did a pile of singles, all hand blended, and then one novelty out of some of the mill ends I got - I've still got a huge pile of Mill ends to go through!

As you can see, I was having a chocolate kind of day when i was doing my spinning....

First: Raspberry Caramel Cheesecake Brownie:

Second: Raspberry Cheesecake Brownie:
 (I took the Caramel out of the blend)

Third: Caramel Cheesecake Brownie:

Fourth: Mud Pie:

And finally: Fruits on a vine:
22  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi Gift Bearing Buns! on: April 13, 2006 01:12:38 PM
They're just like Carat - except instead of carrying Carrots, these guys are carrying gifts that were unique to their recipients Cheesy

23  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Jacques the Sea Turtle on: April 05, 2006 11:55:57 AM

I'm so happy Smiley This is my first published pattern (well other than my self published stuff Wink  )

He's published in the newly launched Knitting/Crochet magazine:
For the Love of Yarn

If you make him, I've created a public Flickr Group to share photos Cheesy

24  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Recycled Bag Bag! on: February 06, 2006 01:16:25 PM
I had a ton of those plastic bags from the grocery store and other places that were destined to be pitched....

So I chopped em up and turned them into a tote bag for the gym!

Inside, I had a side compartment to hold things like reading material and other stuff I wanted to keep separate

Not terribly glamorous, and a little bit oversized, but it seems to work well enough!
25  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Weekend Spinning on: February 06, 2006 12:57:36 PM
Well, I carried on and made 2 more skeins (it was supposed to just be one, but I ran out of room on my bobbin - darn those small bobbins!) of the supercoiled bumbleberry pie.

Tired of supercoils, I decided I'd try something new...

It's a beaded and sequined 2 ply - highly labor intensive.  Sequins kept hanging on my flyer hooks...this is a photo pre final bath - I expect the skein to be dry tonight or tomorrow.

Not sure if it's normal, but I am noticing wear marks on my flyer hooks already - do you guys notice grooves on your hooks?  If so, at what point did you replace them? (I assume it's as simple as unscrewing them and installing new ones)
26  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Bumps Slubs and Coils? on: February 01, 2006 03:46:47 PM
Alright - I've started trying turning out more interesting textured yarn, and am having difficulty going back to thick and thin spinning.

Any tips?

Also, one other thing I'm messing around with is supercoils and corespinning
My coils tho, are coming out like this:

I think I've decided a couple things:
1) I probably need to overspin the single more, as the finished product is barely twisted in the straight sections
2) My coils are not very fat. I suspect this is because I have problems spinning thick and thin to begin with.  Has anyone here messed with "knot" style spinning (similar to core spinning, but alternating which single is used as the "core") - I think I might mange bigger "bumps" or coils if I give that a try.
27  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Beans, Berries and Bonkers! Oh my! Img Heavy! on: February 01, 2006 03:32:33 PM
Well, I couldn't wait until Fiber Friday - I actually keep going bonkers trying to time out my yarn just right Tongue Then again, I suppose I could just hoarde my photos until then.  But I'm a mite impatient! 

Here is the first of my drumcarding experiments:

It's a bunch of different greens blended with firestar for a little bit of sparke.  I call it Bursage after a plant that grows here in the desert.

Of course, I had to go ply it with something other than itself, just to see how it woud turn out, and that's how this skein was born:

It's name is Southwestern Coral Bean - (see a trend here?)

Why yes!

And last, but not least:
I'm back to the space dyed Targhee:

This skein is called Supercoiled Bumbleberry pie - because that's what it reminds me of  Grin

28  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Introducing Ilion the Cat! on: January 30, 2006 12:32:23 PM
I'm getting more and more into creating my own little stuffed animals, and I was inspired by my cat, Troy, to create this little guy:

There's a photo of the two of them together on my blog if you're interested Smiley
click here!
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First Fair Isle - We Call them Pirates on: January 27, 2006 10:40:43 AM

I did the We Call them Pirates hat from Hello Yarn as my first fair isle project, and it came out quite well, if I do say so myself Smiley

I think I'm addicted to fair isle knitting!

Details on it can be found on my finished objects blog.
Direct link here

Because I did not use the yarn called for (I used a yarn considerably smaller in gauge) it is a child sized hat.  Unfortunately I have no children - nor do I have a small head  Tongue so I'm offering it up for swap on my blog.
30  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / color blending & Drum Carders now with photo! (on page2) on: January 23, 2006 05:56:03 PM
Alright, So I'm impatient. I have the Deb Menz book coming soon, but it's not here yet, and I have my drum carder and a pile of solid rovings to play with.

The questions/Concerns:
1) The carder is an Ashford Fine Cloth (72tpi) the roving is all merino (64s mostly, but I also love superfine merino) Is the carder going to ruin it?  I hear varying things about recommended tpi for merino.

2) Does anyone know of a good tut with info on blending or should I just wait for my book to arrive?  So far I know one thing: I'm not supposed to be impatient, and to only lay down a little fiber in the tray- but does this mean if I want blended colors, I need to feed in little bits of the various colors at a time?  (I figure this is fine if I want stripes on the batt, but what if I want the colors to stack up on top of each other thru the thickness of the batt?)

Thanks for your help!
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