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21  COOKING / Dessert / Re: 1st try cinamon rolls from scratch on: May 06, 2009 04:52:09 AM
God, my mouth is watering!
22  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Overspinning like whoa on: April 23, 2009 01:08:28 AM
Are you using combed top while trying to long draw? 

....yes. I feel silly, yet so much better, now that I've isolated the problem. So let's say if I have combed merino top, I should use a worsted draw and maybe spin a fine yarn? And if I have a nice airy batt, I should try the long draw?
23  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Overspinning like whoa on: April 22, 2009 12:10:28 PM
As for the soft, fluffy part of yarns...once you get the treadling/drafting under control, spin with less tension.  Of course, make sure the wheel is still drawing in.  Also, make sure you're spinning from something carded or fluffy.  Combed top is exactly what you don't want. 

Interesting! I did not know that.

Thanks so much, it makes me feel better to know what the problem is. I don't know anyone that spins irl, so I can't have someone stand over my shoulder and show me what I'm doing wrong. I think another part of the problem is that I'm trying to do the wrong thing with the fiber. I've heard that merino is hard to spin, but it's pretty much all I've ever spun because I love it SO MUCH. But it may be better to try the long draw with a more forgiving fiber. I've watched spinning videos all day and noticed that my drafting is pretty jerky, so I guess I'll just start slow and take little baby steps until it's smoother.

I was just getting so mad earlier that I had to walk away from my wheel before I kicked it.   Lips sealed
24  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Overspinning like whoa on: April 22, 2009 03:05:55 AM
This is something that has been driving me absolutely insane since I started spinning on a wheel. How on EARTH do you avoid overspinning?! I don't know what I'm doing wrong!

I would love to be able to spin fluffy airy singles, but I'm having to ply everything because it's coming out so thin and... hard, really. When I deliberately spin thinner yarn, it's pretty good because then the twist is more appropriate, but I just haven't been able to manage a nice, soft singles. This is particularly frustrating because I've had my wheel for over a year now.  Embarrassed

I will admit that I learned to spin entirely from one youtube video, so...

I suspect that part of the problem is getting my hands and feet to work at different speeds. I tend to want to treadle really quickly, and I draft at the same speed. When I consciously slow down, my drafting slows down too. When I speed up my drafting, my feet speed up as well. I'm also spinning with more of a worsted technique which I'm trying to break myself of, at least for now, since I'm really, really wanting to make something nice and squishy.

I read somewhere that if your give your yarn slack, and it twists back on itself before the orifice, then it's overspun. If that's true, then mine is... horribly overspun. It tends to twist on itself every few inches or so. I think the twist is building right in front my hand, where I pinch the fibers as I'm drafting, then the section of newly drafted fiber is good, then as I draft the next section, it builds up again, if that makes sense. I also have a problem with... lumps, spirals? forming, because of the amount of twist. This USUALLY disappears when plying, but not always. Maybe I need to be drafting more fluidly?

My wheel is a Louet Victoria, and I'm spinning on the lowest ratio. I've never needed to change it, because I'm getting so much twist. Grrrrr!

I'm really not having a lot of luck finding information on how to avoid overspinning your yarn... is this not a common problem? Has anyone dealt with this? How do you get a nice, balanced single? Also, how did you maintain an even amount of twist through the whole yarn? I wonder if my drafting is the problem.
25  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Child's woven Easter basket on: April 06, 2009 06:40:38 AM
So this wasn't actually made by me, but by my 5 year old daughter. We were both bored yesterday, so I googled "easter crafts for kids". I wasn't very hopeful since we've just moved and I have no idea where all her art supplies are. Fortunately, I found this tutorial, which was perfect.

http://jas.familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts?page=CraftDisplay&craftid=11094

We didn't have poster board, but I had a whole box full of cardboard to be recycled, and we didn't have egg dye or a white shirt, but I knew my husband and I both needed to clean our closets out. We found 3 pastel t-shirts and I found some thin cardboard that was the perfect size, so my daughter and I got started. After about half an hour, she had finished this:



I'm so happy that I found the link - we moved to Norway last year, and Easter is celebrated differently. Instead of a basket, children receive a cardboard egg that's filled with candy. That's just fine with my daughter, but she wanted to know what she was going to use to put her eggs in during the Easter egg hunt, which also isn't done here. My husband and I looked everywhere for an Easter basket last Saturday with no luck, so I was going to cave and buy an expensive decorative basket so she'd have something to use.
Instead, she had a lot of fun making this herself and is very, very proud. She told me that she thought the Easter bunny was going to be very impressed and wonder where she managed to buy such a nice basket.  Wink

To make the handle, I braided the hems of the three shirts we used and then tucked them down into the woven inside before hot gluing them. The strips cover the sides of the cardboard really well, but the bottom is exposed, so I cut a circle of pink fabric and glued it inside.  I also glued a yellow strip of fabric around the top to finish it after we were done weaving. I went through a lot of hot glue but it seems really stable. We'll certainly be doing this next year!
26  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: CHILDREN'S HOODIE SWAP(SIGN UPS CLOSED SEND DEC.13th) on: December 04, 2008 01:04:04 PM
I received my hoodie yesterday and it is sooooo frigging adorable. I can't wait to get pictures up so you guys can see how cute it is. My daughter was about to explode from happiness.
27  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: CHILDREN'S HOODIE SWAP(SIGN UPS CLOSED SEND DEC.6th) on: November 27, 2008 02:17:30 PM
Finally got a hoodie... but I had to order from the UK. Hoping hoping that I get it on time, but I'm feeling pretty optimistic. Jesus, who would have known that getting the hoodie was the difficult part?


HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!
28  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: CHILDREN'S HOODIE SWAP(SIGN UPS CLOSED SEND DEC.6th) on: November 20, 2008 03:11:08 AM
STILL trying to find a plain hoodie. Geez, you wouldn't think it would be so hard, would you?
29  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: CHILDREN'S HOODIE SWAP(SIGN UPS CLOSED SEND NOV.29th) on: November 11, 2008 05:04:24 PM
Anyone else having a hard time finding a plain hoodie?  Huh

I live in Norway and there's no Target or Old Navy or anything. Grrr.
30  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: CHILDREN'S HOODIE SWAP(SIGN UPS OCT.23rd-NOV.5th SEND NOV.29th) on: November 04, 2008 10:30:30 AM
Aww! For some reason, I was thinking we would get our partners today... I don't know WHY I got that into my head. Sigh, I guess I'm going to have to be patient longer...
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