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21  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / spawn stencils on: December 20, 2007 12:38:51 AM

pillowcase--centered spawn logo

pillowcase--bottom left spawn

same spawn stencil on the bottom left of a teeshirt

all for my BF

22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / felt hair bows on: December 20, 2007 12:35:28 AM

polymer clay on some, mostly embroidered felt, but I wasn't sure where to put them. The skull is the monkey-skull from the BBC3 comedy "the mighty boosh"
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / christmas FOs--clapotisIII, pithy hat IV, quickie cowl, knit cupcake, chemo cap on: December 18, 2007 03:08:34 PM
in reverse order... haha

lace edged chemo cap from headhuggers
made with blue sky alpaca organic cotton
for my neighbor who is going through chemo for breast cancer

cupcake hat turned stuffie
made with dark horse yarns fantasy
for a swap

stuffed with ugly-colored wool roving hah

my third clapotis
for my mom
made with handspun silk and merino blend. took me forever to find the perfect color after not being able to find a yarn that I thought my mom would like. this one is HUGE. when i blocked it the whole thing nearly spanned my (tiny) studio.

my fourth pithy hat from little turtle knits
for my bffl
made with leftover handspun (both colors handspun by me)

the quickie cowl from f.pea
for my other bffl
made with handspun merino

more in my flickr: http://flickr.com/photos/21063318@N05/
24  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / my first, real yarn on my wheel on: November 20, 2007 11:04:41 PM

fleece artist merino silver

sakina needles merino

the 2nd one is for the woman who is lending me the wheel!!!
25  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / jumbo flyer and bobbin help... is this really a double drive? on: November 11, 2007 11:17:58 AM
I am borrowing an ashford traditional and I'm still getting used to all the  lingo and stuff, so bare with me.
you can see here that there are two drive bands, since there are two grooves in the bobbin (or the bit that goes outside the bobbin)

but the wheel itself doesn't have two grooves, so I could easily get the jumbo flier for a SINGLE drive, no?

the price difference is huge: http://www.woolery.com/Pages/ashwheelsfr.html#ashfordaccess

ASH-T3011 - Jumbo Flyer / Single Drive... $77
ASH-T3012 - Jumbo Unit / DD... $132

So, i guess my question is: the only thing that MAKES this a double drive wheel is the fact that it has TWO drive bands... right?

26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Secret Garden Tam **with pattern** on: September 05, 2007 05:43:24 PM

2 skeins of bernat alpaca chunky  (i would NOT suggest this yarn to anyone, it sheds like a horror) or any chunky yarn about the same gauge:
      3-1/2 ounces (100 grams) 120 yards
      4"=15 stitches on size 10 needles

-CO 80  sts on size 4 circs(this was for a friend with thick hair and a big head, so i would suggest starting with any needle/hat band that you know works for your head or subtracting like 10 stitches from this for a smaller head)
-K10rows in 2x2 ribbing
-Switch to size 8 circs K1 M1 all the way around
-Knit 3 rows
-**P15 K1 ** Repeat between asteriks for infinity rows. basically you are making a verical rib with the knit stitch and large patches of purl between them.
-knit 3 rows and switch back to p15k1
-work for about 8-12" depending on how big you want it.
-k2tog all around for 2 rows
-break yarn leaving a 12" tail. weave tail through live sts and pull tight.

-sew on a big fat pom pom (i used patons shetland chunky for it)

-be contrary and find a garden
27  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / plying with thread questions (a few pictures of the WIP as well) on: August 20, 2007 12:19:52 PM
so, i started a new spinning project (merino and silk) and decided to spin it thin, like a Dk with some slubs and fun throughout. As I spun i realized this would be PERFECT for a clapotis for my mom (i have enough roving to make the desired yardage and she would adore the color) Of course this would mean keeping it as singles. I have never done this and am afraid of it just disintegrating, especially where the slubs are. so i am toying with the idea of plying it with thread.
my question is:
is this a good idea and if so what kind of thread should i use?
can someone assure me that this will not just fall apart in the middle of my clapotis?

and some pictures so far

28  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / >3000 yards of alpaca on a drop spindle? yes... on: August 14, 2007 02:18:29 PM

the finished, plied yarn was just around 1300 yards.

woof. It's 100 % alpaca from ebay user anniemay123

click for bigger pictures
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / "our lady of perpetual knitting" painting (tons of pictures) on: July 21, 2007 11:05:52 AM
didn't know whether to post this here or in paintings, but i figure you guys would enjoy it more.

finished it last night Smiley

30  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / my 1st spinning project, drop spindle on: May 10, 2007 10:06:20 AM
my friend taught me to use my drop spindle 1st with some terrible, stiff, bubblegum pink roving that i HATED. After i used that I bought a large ball of wool/mohair roving and went to town.
three days later this is what i had. I spun small peacock feathers into it as I went Wink

Now i am currently spinning a merino/silk blend that is like buttah. My boyfriend truly loves me and feeds my new addiction

i thought people gave me weird looks knitting on the bus.
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