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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for a first spinning wheel. on: February 24, 2013 05:10:02 PM
I bought an Ashford Kiwi II from the Woolery (http://www.woolery.com/Store/pc/Ashford-Kiwi-c104.htm) about a month ago.  And I love it.  It definitely isn't the most expensive wheel out there, but at close to $400, I wouldn't call it cheap, either!  However, by delaying my purchase a couple months (to save more $$ each month) and asking for "donations for a spinning wheel" instead of presents for Christmas, it was within my reach. 

It is a fantastic wheel.  It's smaller and lighter than I thought it would be (which is a good thing!).  It came un-assembled, and the hardest part was waiting for the antique oil I finished the wood with to dry.  I found the assembly instructions very easy to follow, and it came with a "Learn to Spin on an Ashford Wheel" booklet (very nice-- full color, glossy photographs!), and a copy of "the Wheel: Ashford's Fibrecraft Magazine."  It also comes with a threading hook, a built-in Lazy Kate, and THREE bobbins.  I opted for the Free Mini Beginner's Spinning Kit (see the link above), which included 1/2 lb (I think, I didn't weigh it...) of really soft wool roving and a Kromsky niddy noddy. 

I'm no expert, but I also liked that, for the price, I got a double treadle and a sliding hook flyer. 

I really feel like I got my money's worth.  And I was spinning within five minutes of putting it together.  My boyfriend took pictures of this, but you won't get to see them, since my mouth is open in absolute awe and joy in all of the. lol.

You can see pictures of it spread out on the floor in pieces, and of the third skein I spun on it!

2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: First spin - have some questions. on: February 24, 2013 04:39:16 PM
That is your first try?!  It is lovely!  Look how fluffy and soft and squishy it looks! I just want to reach through my monitor and *squooosh* it!
3  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: Yarn dyed with RIT Liquid on: September 23, 2012 07:56:51 AM
I would appreciate a tutorial!
4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: Alpaca + Food Coloring on: September 23, 2012 07:54:03 AM
Thank you both for your feedback!!

Juliettesjules, because I suspect a large portion of the population is suffering from some degree of caffeine deficiency, I changed the title of the post. Smiley  
5  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Alpaca + Food Coloring on: September 22, 2012 02:50:01 PM
A couple of weeks ago, I played around with dying some of my hand spun alpaca with regular ol' food dye.  The colors are not exactly what I wanted, but I'm pretty impressed with the results, given the dye was only a couple dollars.

There are a few more pictures on my blog, if anyone is interested: http://tengocrafty.blogspot.com/2012/09/fluorescent-gryffindor-experiment-in.html
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Finding an inexpensive drum carder or hand carders? on: September 10, 2012 03:45:03 PM
I bought a Brother drum carder in April of this year and I love it.  They have a shop on Etsy.  The one that I bought was under $300 and after tightening up a few bolts, I was carding within minutes of getting it out of the package.  It is soooo much easier to spin with fleece that's been carded on my drum carder than what I did on my hand carders.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Another take on DIY pet litter! on: April 30, 2010 03:45:33 AM
I was trying to make paper mache pulp a few months back and realized that with a bit of manipulation (ie- squeezing it in my hands to drain the water), it looks a lot like Carefresh and it works like Carefresh!  Although my primary set up is a grate over wood pellets in a litter box, I like to think that my rabbits appreciate a layer of the softer litter on top of the grate.  Added bonus-  it's compostable!

The tutorial, with, pictures, is on my blog---> http://tengocrafty.blogspot.com/2010/04/diy-small-animal-litter.html

And comments, test-runs, reviews, suggestions, questions would be welcome and can be left either on the blog or as a reply to this post.  
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: cubist forest quilt on: April 17, 2010 06:38:01 PM
Oh my! This is gorgeous! You have an unbelievable wealth of patience and creativity! 
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilt-esque attempt on: April 17, 2010 06:36:49 PM
My mom-mom has been quilting for a while now; she's part of a quilting group that each does one or a few squares per person and then assembles the finished product and raffles it off for charity.  Having recently exorcised my sewing machine (who knew that tension issues could be so *!#% frustrating!), I need a quick project that would satiate my long repressed sewing urge.  I'm not even sure if this is really quilting, I basically just straight stitched random patches of fabric together and then sewed it into a pillowcase. Holy crap though, is that fun!

I am planning on making a sewing machine cover in this fashion, since the crappy one that came with the machine is starting to wear out.
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Painted Paper Peeps! on: March 12, 2010 07:02:10 AM
(Hooray for alliteration!)

In a fit of cabin fever, I made these birds a few weeks ago during one of the snowstorms that walloped the east coast.  They were pretty easy to make, the hardest part was waiting for the glue to dry in between layers, but it was worth it to have something bright, cheerful, and reminiscent of spring perched in my kitchen even though it was cold and gray outside. I took pictures of the process and posted a tutorial on my brand new and already neglected blog: http://tengocrafty.blogspot.com/2010/03/paper-mache-peeps.html.  =D

I know they look pretty rough (it's my first time doing paper mache since middle school!), but I think I like that.
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