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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches! on: February 23, 2009 09:38:24 AM
These are soo pretty.  You did a great job.  I absolutely love that white one.  The textures are so pretty. Great Job!
12  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday Feb 6 on: February 06, 2009 09:32:56 PM
I didn't do a lot of spinning this week.  But, here is what I did do:

3.7 oz and 148 yards of mill ends that I dyed up last week.  I plied this with some red thread. I think the red thread may be nylon, but I'm not sure.  I actually have a smaller 80 yard skein of this too.  But, it looks the same, so I won't post a pic.

"Ocean Park"  This one is destined to be a scarf for me to wear to my parents house at the beach.  It's a single with lots of sparkle and locks.  I LOVE this yarn.  I haven't set the twist yet.  It's about 4.5 oz and has 138 yards.

One more picture to show the roving, locks, glitter, and a super close up.

13  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fibre Friday - 30th January 2009 on: January 30, 2009 10:11:14 AM
So many wonderful yarns this week.  I was planning on commenting on all of them.. but there are soo many. My favorites though are:  pmpknpunk's All Spun Up SW Merino/Alpaca and the one on the far left from natashafatale.  I also love kathleenalice purple silk/merino and Jazzturtles "its in the bag".

I got a lot of spinning / plying done this week.  I spun up some caramel colored mill ends to ply together with the the other two brown mill ends that I spun into singles last week. It made up 1 huge skein with 60 yards and one smaller skein with 30 yards. It's a super bulky wt.  When I ran out of the caramel colored single, I plied together the chocolate and cream colored ones. This made a heavy worsted wt. yarn with approx 24 yards. Then when I ran out of the cream, I plied together the remaining chocolate. This one is worsted wt. with 50 yards.

"Surprise" Thick n thin 103 yards. Spun from a surprise Artclub batt.  I plied this one with gold thread.

Core spun Scrap Yarn:  Everything I spun last year. I used dog brushes (I don't yet have carders) and made rolags.   It's about 1 oz and has 29 yards.

Still on the bobbin.. I'm spinning some of the rovings that I dyed last week.  This one I'm calling "Valentine"  There is almost 6 oz to spin of this one.  I'll be spinning the rest of this when I'm done posting this post.

14  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 1-23-09 on: January 23, 2009 03:48:24 PM
Lots of pretty yarns this week!! (well... every week really)  It's been months since I've had a chance to spin.  I finally found some time over the last week.  I also dyed some mill ends with kool-aid. 

Yarns From top to bottom: 
Mill end rovings in brown still on the bobbins.  I'm planning on plying these together.
.3 oz with 58 yards of thin and thin Blue and pink silk. My second experience spinning silk.  I did better with this one, but it is still very hard for me to spin.  This came as a freebie from an order.
.3 oz with 81 yards of very thin lace wt.  Varigated purple silk. Spun from a silk cap.  This was my first experience spinning silk. 
1.1 oz with 31 yards of thick and thin.  Llama spun with a cotton thread.  The llama came to me in rolags.  My first experience with rolags as well as with llama.  I decided to spin it with some cotton thread to make it more stable.  I actually tried to do core-spun with this.  But, it looks more like a 2-ply

Mill ends dyed with kool-aid.  I'm hoping to get these spun up for next week.
15  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Who's Got An Ashford?? on: January 20, 2009 11:54:45 AM
bperry042, I love your wheel, did you paint it?? That is one of my favorite colors.  Your yarn looks fantastic!  Grin

I did paint my wheel.  Teal has been my favorite color lately too.  I still want to paint some sort of design on it that will look awesome when the wheel is turning.  But, I haven't figured out yet what I want to paint.

bperry042 Your wheel is beautiful. So is your yarn.

Is it easier to start with a one treadle wheel than a double for beginners? I'm starting to really research spinning wheels before I buy my first one.
Any users opinions will be so helpful to me.  Cheesy

Thanks!  I had never used a spinning wheel before I got my Kiwi.  I had no trouble with the double treadle.  I'm not that co-ordinated, so I would think you would be fine with either.
16  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Fabulously Fun Felt Foods - Tons!!! - New Items 1-4-09 & Tuts!! on: January 20, 2009 10:19:11 AM
Thank you all so much for your kinds words. I was sooo excited to see this thread on the best of.  I did make all these for my daughters.  They still love playing with them.  I do too!
17  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Who's Got An Ashford?? on: January 17, 2009 10:39:05 AM
I've got one!!  I absolutely LOVE my Kiwi.  It's very user friendly and makes gorgeous yarns.  This is my first spinning wheel and I would recommend it to anyone.  Here's my wheel and a few of my yarns from it:

18  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Fabulously Fun Felt Foods - Tons!!! - New Items 1-4-09 & Tuts!! on: January 04, 2009 11:12:53 AM
I made some new items for my daughters for Christmas.  I posted some pictures of them.  Scroll down until you see the "Newest Items" and the photos are there.  I'm still working on some other new items and I'm tweaking my patterns for a few of the things shown there.  Anyways.. enjoy!
19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Felt Christmas Pins on: December 04, 2008 10:06:11 AM
Every year my mom, her best friend and I go on an all day shopping spree at the local mall for Christmas.  As part of the tradition we wear a new Christmas pin ever year. Sometimes my mother has made them, and other times they have been bought. This year mom and I made them together. We wanted to make something with supplies that I have in house.

We wanted to make something that meant something and we finally found the perfect thing.  We decided to make the ornaments from our advent calendar into pins.  We used the original advent calendar Vogue pattern from the early 80's. My mom and her friend had each made this calendar when I was very little and I grew up using this calendar.  And, now my girls use it.  We choose 8 of our favorite ornaments and to spice them up from the originals, we did hand embroidery stitches and added seed beads to sparkle them up. I'm sooo pleased with how these turned out. They were so much fun to make.

Here is the original advent calendar and pattern.
As always... there is more info about this in my blog.  Grin

20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 16 Gallery on: November 14, 2008 03:03:13 PM
I received my last item this morning.  So, now I'm posting a picture!  I love love love all the items that I received.  This swap was so much fun.  I've checked off some christmas items from my list and I'm saving a few items for myself.  Thanks everyone!!

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