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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Mittens from handspun on: March 15, 2008 10:13:56 AM
This is the first thing I knit from yarn I handspun! So cool! I spun the yarn from BFL roving in Burning Bush from Spunky Eclectic. Next to the mittens is what is left from the yarn. I had about 1" left for each mitten at the top - I had to weave these 1" and felt them immediately in order for the mitten not to fall apart.

2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Knit from handspun- should I put this in the knitting category? on: March 13, 2008 07:56:22 AM
It's so cool to see stuff knit from handspun! Great job both on the spinning and the knitting!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Stormy Weather lace shawl - my first lace design! on: March 10, 2008 04:12:33 AM
Great design! I'm impressed that you created it yourself!
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 3/7/2008 on: March 07, 2008 05:08:30 PM
You guys are such an inspiration! I love Fiber Fridays!

Here is my second real yarn. It was spun from some BFL roving from Spunky Eclectic in the Burning Bush colorway. 92 yards, worsted to chunky. It should be self-striping.

The colors are slightly off. The green is more greyish, and the orange is more burnt than it looks in the pic.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Sahara Sweater for me! on: March 05, 2008 11:06:35 AM
Oh, I love this! It looks great on you!
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to spin silk cocoons? on: February 24, 2008 10:07:56 AM
How do you know if they're degummed or not? They feel like paper, not sticky at all. See this page: http://www.treenwaysilks.com/dyed_fibres.html (scroll down a little bit).

So if they are degummed, I would just need to boil them to soften them, find the end and spin from that end?

Thanks!  Smiley
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / How to spin silk cocoons? on: February 23, 2008 11:23:47 AM
Hi all,

I received 10 dyed silk cocoons as a gift. I have no idea how to process them to make yarn! I googled it but I'm confused... There seem to be several steps, and I'm not sure what is optional, what is mandatory, in what order to do the steps... In one word... HELP!!!!!!

TIA!  Grin
8  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Butterfly a-long (Rowan 37) on: February 18, 2008 06:03:32 PM
Ooh, it looks lovely!  Shocked
9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Butterfly a-long (Rowan 37) on: February 17, 2008 06:21:33 PM
I understand what you mean. That's what I started doing but I found it hard to figure out whether to do the pattern stitches on the "extra" edge stitches. Let's say you find the tip of the first diamond, and there are 4 stitches before that stitch, then deciding what to do with those 4 stitches also depends on the last "extra" stitches, ykwim?

I frogged the whole body (all 12 rows of it LOL). I delimited the number of stitches I need on the chart and before starting a row, I check if my yos and k2togs balance. So far so good, I have 16 rows done, but only 1 decrease row (I'm doing the vest). I'm crossing my fingers that it will be smooth sailing from here.

Here's my progress so far. I'm using Elann Silken Kydd in Clove, and I'm knitting with 3.0 mm (size 3) (!) needles.

10  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Butterfly a-long (Rowan 37) on: February 14, 2008 08:16:05 PM
diamonds are formed by the stitches.  Once I started the decreases I found that if I worked out where I was in the diamond pattern in the closest repeat, I could then count the stitches back to the start. 

That's what I've been doing - at least until I realized that I had made a mistake several rows down and had to frog the whole thing. How do you decide what to do with the edge stitches? When you count the stitches back, how do you know which stitches should simply be knit and which should be worked in pattern? (Does that make sense?)

Thanks for your help, it's comforting to know that others have had the same problems and have worked them out.
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