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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday November 7th 2008 on: November 07, 2008 05:47:18 AM
Happy Fiber Friday!
I guess I haven't posted in a while... I always forget it is Friday lol Wink

Here are my last few...

Sunset Lagoon, single spun from a Cloudlover batt

Moonage Daydream, corespun from a Rawfish batt & then plied with thread and sequins

Syren's Song, single spun from a Cloudlover batt

Cyprus, single spun from Cloudlover BFL roving

Off to work... TGIF!
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday - August 8th 2008 on: August 08, 2008 05:54:10 AM
Good Morning & Happy Fiber Friday!  Cheesy

I took last weekend off as a mini 5 day holiday and planned on spinning and dyeing the whole time... of course that didn't happen & we ended up spending several days reorganizing the house  Tongue but I did get a few things done first. I finished up spinning some cashmere for a friend... yikes that stuff is fine... I spent a few hours dyeing... & I knit a new tea cozy with some of my handspun!

Cashmere - approx 148 yds of 2-ply, 1.1 oz

Here are a couple of my dye pix, close-ups are on my flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/jadzeea-knits/

Superwash Merino/Nylon

Crazy Cozy knit with corespun singles, spun from TerraBellaSpun "Totally Loaded" batts

Hope you have a great Friday! off to work for me  Roll Eyes

et: fixed a typo I didn't see till now lol
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fibre Friday July 18th 2008 on: July 18, 2008 06:16:03 AM
Happy Fibre Friday!
I only have a few this week. I spun up a set of batts from Hobbledehoy called Whoa Nelly!
I haven't had a chance to set the twist yet.

These are the batts

My pictures aren't great this morning Tongue but you get the idea Wink
3 oz, approx. 82 yds, 71 yds & 98 yds.

I need a jumbo flyer! My bobbins fill up way too fast.
4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / More Wilton's on: April 04, 2008 01:44:46 PM
I wanted to finish up the dyes I had made so I could finally get the kitchen back in order.
I only had 7 colors left; neon pink,neon purple, red, yellow, sky blue, royal blue & black. Some of the black actually looks like black... I don't know if it was because it was the bottom of the jar or maybe I used more acid this time.  Here are the results, all superwash merino/nylon.



Orange Punch

I only had one tiny spill... (Black... turned a little bit of the counter magenta... Thank you Mr. Clean Magic Eraser!)... considering that he thought I would make a disaster in the kitchen... I think I did pretty well!
5  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / First Time Dyeing - Wilton's in the Microwave (lots of pix) on: March 30, 2008 01:31:41 PM
I've been reading the posts on this board for ages and just dying to try it out...
I finally convinced my boyfriend that he could learn to love the smell of wet wool in the microwave  Wink
(Ok, he complianed the whole time... but he thinks the results are pretty cool)
I used Wilton's dyes and citric acid, Ecru Merino Top, Superwash Merino/Nylon 80/20 Mill Ends & one skein of KnitPicks Bare Fingering weight peruvian wool. Oh and 2 colors of neon food coloring that I wasn't impressed with.

My first piece of top got a little muddied, but I quickly learned how to roll it up to not make that happen.
Other than that it was a pretty cool experience.  I made 10 - 250ml (8oz) jars of dye; 8 wilton's 2 neon.
neon Purple, neon Pink, Red (no taste), Lemon Yellow, Leaf Green, Teal, Sky Blue, Royal Blue, Violet & Black.

(Sorted by wool type... pix not in order of dyeing)

"Muddy Rainbow" Merino Top, Red, Lemon Yellow, Sky Blue

"Rainbow" Merino Top, Red, Lemon Yellow, Sky Blue

"Bruised" Merino Top, Lemon Yellow, Black, Leaf Green, Royal Blue

This is some Superwash I put in the middle to help soak up the excess dye

Superwash, Royal Blue, Teal, Violet, neon Purple
It really is thirsty stuff... this was the first superwash one, I had thought the dye would spread out more...

"Violent Violet" Superwash, Violet, Leaf Green, neon Purple
It was a really messy big chunk of the mill ends (and still is really messy)

So that was my fun adventure Smiley   I tried to use up all the dye I mixed, but I still have a little of a few colors...
All in all I enjoyed it... the wet wool smell didnt really bother me... and I will be doing it again  Grin
Now to spin it all!!!
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Fibrefest International - Abbotsford, BC on: March 08, 2008 08:10:32 AM
So yesterday I went to Fibrefest!  I've never been to one of those kind of shows before so it was kinda cool.
My boyfriend went with me Smiley he'd been awake for like 20 hours and worked all night so I didn't get to stay as long as I wanted.
It is still going on today from 9 - 5 http://www.fibrefestinternational.com/newsite/index2.htm
I met the lady that sold me my wheel and got to talk to her for a while.  She was really nice and very informative Smiley 
I got to pet a cashgora (cashmere x angora) sheep.... SOoooooo soft!
I also got to see some miniature llamas and Suri alpacas. They were really shy, but curious and adorable too. They kept moving just out of reach when we tried to pet them.
Not the best picture... I didn't use the flash because it seemed to scare them.

I didn't have very much money on me so I didn't get a ton of stuff; a new bobbin, 4oz of multi-colored corriedale, 4oz of 70/30 Alpaca/Merino superwash & 100g of sprinkle-dyed merino.

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Winter Fun! on: January 30, 2008 05:36:42 PM
I don't usually get around to posting my FOs, but today I made a snowman and thought it would be a fun model Smiley  The scarf I made near the end of December out of Mamma Mia by Estelle (discontinued Cry) in a basketweave-esque sort of stitch.  I love the scarf and wear it everyday Smiley The hat I made a couple of weeks back in an attempt to have something to wear with my scarf that didn't clash Smiley  It is made from Fusion (Wendy) in Allspice and Fenugreek.  The red in the ball of Allspice was a complete shock, it wasn't visable at all when I bought it. I didn't use a pattern for either one (& the hat fits me a bit better than the snowman). The hat was made to be loose and sort of slouchy, I stretched the band a bit to fit it on the snowman.

8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fibre Friday 01-18-2008 on: January 18, 2008 03:30:44 AM
This is my first Fibre Friday Smiley And my 2nd spinning project

I used Brown tones mill end roving from the sheep shed studio.  It was really nice to spin with.
I started out with an lb.  I'm not sure how much I used but here is a before and after shot of my bag of roving.

My spinning is getting a bit more even and I'm learning how to draft as I spin.
Here are my two bobbins.

I plyed them together (first time for that) and I think it turned out pretty well Smiley
Here are my skeins, together they are around 50m long.

I think I am going to make something out of it for my boyfriend, he really likes brown Smiley
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / My first singles :) on: January 07, 2008 02:58:30 PM
Here are my first two singles ever!
I got my new wheel in the mail on Friday and my wonderful boyfriend helped me to set it up.
It is my Christmas present from (mostly) him & it was his idea  Grin

Northern Lights Corridale from www.mudriverangoras.com where I also got the wheel.
(Loralee, who runs it, was awesome and very helpful with everything. Thanks Loralee!)

Here is my new Ashford Traveller Double Drive!

My singles were very much thick and thin... I managed to keep it even for a while here and there but something always went haywire after a while... I'm learning!  The first one I tried to predraft a lot but it was so much starting and stopping (frusterating) and the second one was more of a try to spin straight from top.

I don't know whether I should ply them together, or if I should try to ply them with thread (I think I have some silver thread somewhere that would look awesome).  Is it hard to ply with thread?

~ Jadzy

edit: Did I post this in the right spot?
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / First socks? on: December 12, 2007 12:15:03 AM
I was wondering if anyone could suggest an easy to understand sock pattern/tutorial for a first attempt at making socks.  One that is not "boring" looking... hehe Smiley
I've taught myself cables, colorwork, entrelac and a bit of lace without too much difficulty.  I can follow a pattern and usually "get it" without too much brain strain and a little perserverance  Cheesy

I know many knitters love making socks, so I thought that you wonderful Craftsters would be able to steer me in the right direction.

Thanks in advance
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