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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Loving my wheel on: January 29, 2013 06:58:31 AM
I started spinning with a drop spindle and really enjoyed it, but I wanted a wheel so I would have both hands to work with the fiber and better control. I asked for money for Christmas so I could buy a wheel, and I got a MerlinTree Road Bug. It is small and affordable and just what I was looking for. MT is up the road from me three hours so I took a road trip and went to pick up the wheel directly from them. It was a nice drive through Vermont to get there and we stopped at a nice pizza place in the back of a country store for lunch before heading home.

I immediately started playing with it when I got home (it was already assembled) but did not get any really spinning done that night. The next day I went at it again and finally got the hang of it. My first yarn came out like my first spindle yarn; very thick and thin. I bought a niddy noddy so I could measure and the first skein came out to just 40 yards. I don't have a scale yet so can't weigh anything. 100% Merino top. I love this fiber. It is so soft and easy to spin.

While that first one was drying, I started my second one. This time it came out much more even but still had thick and thin spots. Plying helped even it out a bit, but I am very happy with how it turned out. The first yarn is on the top and the second is on the bottom so you can see the difference.

My next yarns I decided to spin some of the new fiber I got over the weekend. It is still 100% Merino top but this is superwash (which I actually didn't realize it until I was going to spin it and was reading what the bag said). I did not notice any difference in spinning it at all.  This yarn came out even better and again is more even though not perfect. This one is 207 yards.

The one I did next I decided to leave as singles instead of plying it. It is thick and thin with the intentions of weaving with it. this one is 212 yards.

I still have some of that purple fiber left (which is what I bought when I first picked up my spindle!), but I went right through the 8.5oz of that green/yellow/blue mix in one day because I couldn't stop spinning! I have more fiber to play with and I'm very excited to get to it. I already have a project planned for the thick and thin green mix, but not sure about the others just yet.

I need to buy myself a jumbo flyer and bobbins. I'm filling up what I have so fast I can't keep up! Cheesy
2  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Clothespin dolls! on: October 15, 2012 07:17:42 AM
I wanted to try and make some of these, and so I did. These are my first attempts but I really like how they came out. They are made using old fashion wooden clothespins. You can find them and the stands and heads at Michaels and probably other craft stores as well.

100_0089 by Lucky XIII, on Flickr

100_0076 by Lucky XIII, on Flickr

100_0080 by Lucky XIII, on Flickr

100_0091 by Lucky XIII, on Flickr

Very fun to make. I already have ideas for more, and my aunt asked me to make her some as well!
3  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Got a Cricket! First project NEW 9/8 scarf #3 added! on: August 30, 2011 07:43:30 AM

completed scarf by Lucky XIII, on Flickr

So last week on Wed I finally ordered myself a Schacht Cricket loom through Lionbrand since it was on sale and a bit cheaper from there anyway. It arrived Saturday morning before the storm hit. After making sure everything was ready for the storm, I unpacked my loom and put it together and warped it. I finished it up on Sunday. I made the warp a bit too short but I'll get the hang of that eventually.

The yarn I used for the weft is Wool-Ease in the color Autumn. The weft is in the color Fisherman that came with the loom.

Lionbrand Wool Ease - Autumn by Lucky XIII, on Flickr

First weaving close up by Lucky XIII, on Flickr

My first weaving on Cricket (wip) by Lucky XIII, on Flickr

completed scarf by Lucky XIII, on Flickr

Completed scarf by Lucky XIII, on Flickr

I already have another one started and hope to finish it tonight  Cheesy
edit; it's done!

Cricket scarf #2 by Lucky XIII, on Flickr

Cricket scarf #2 by Lucky XIII, on Flickr

Cricket scarf #2 by Lucky XIII, on Flickr
4  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Weaving practice (clipboard loom and picture fram loom!) on: August 08, 2011 05:13:38 AM
I have wanting to do weaving for awhile now but have not purchased the loom I've been looking at yet (Cricket). To get some practice in, I through something together on a clipboard.

weaving on a clipboard by Lucky XIII, on Flickr

Wanting to do something bigger so that I could destash some of my yarn and also use the yarn that I spun, I bought a wooden picture frame from Michaels. It was on clearance for $8. I found some nails and put them in at half inch apart around all four sides, and then after supper I went at it.

Handmade frame loom by Lucky XIII, on Flickr

Close up by Lucky XIII, on Flickr

The weft is yarn that I had a hard time spinning on my drop spindle and it came out very thick. It is a bunch of different fibers mixed together but very pretty. I had no idea what I was going to do with it since it didn't give me too much, but it turns out that it was perfect for this project. It has lots of different texture to it and it looks a little like stained glass.

I'm very happy with how this turned out and am not trying to figure out what to do with it. First I need to get it off though!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Punchneedle Cardinal on: December 13, 2010 07:52:36 AM
This is my second completed one but much bigger than my first. It is about 6x6 in a 8x8 frame. Made for my grandma for Christmas. She loves cardinals.

I've been working on it off and on for a couple months.I spent three movies worth of time yesterday doing all the blue. There are a few small gaps but they are not noticeable in the frame.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My first punch needle on: September 28, 2010 07:54:17 AM
So on Saturday I went to the Fiber Twist and picked up a punch needle set because it looked really fun. Last night I finished this pumpkin. I only had enough money to buy two colors so no leaves or anything spiffy like that. This was done with single strand.

I already have more ideas floating around in my head and can't wait to get started.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Charity Scarf Project on: August 20, 2010 07:14:51 AM
I have decided that I want to make up a bunch of scarves and donate them later in the year to one of the local shelters. I thought that it would be a good way to destash some of my yarn that I've had sitting around forever. I will either be knitting with needles or using one of my Knifty Knitter looms (it goes faster!) to make them. I'm trying to work on them quickly as I'm easily distracted, lol.
So far I have made two and just started on the third last night.

As you can tell, this green one is pretty short, but it's really thick and will be nice and warm. I wish I had made it a little narrower but I hate restarting so just went with it.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Cat lovers swap on: June 03, 2010 07:30:15 AM
Would anyone be interested in doing a cat themed swap? I know I'm not the only cat lover around and I have lots of ideas! Also, I would not be looking to be the organizer as I'm just finishing my first swap.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Chainmail and Shrinkies on: May 31, 2010 03:08:53 PM
Here are just a couple things I made this weekend. The bracelet is the first thing I've done so far with chainmail. I made all of the rings by hand on Thursday and put the bracelet together yesterday before I rushed off to a picnic. The pendant was from an old necklace that I've kept and knew I'd do something with it someday.

The charms are decoupaged Shrinky Dinks. I got the idea from this thread and wanted to try it out myself. I had actually been trying to think of what to do, so it kick started my brain. I used origami paper on the and think it looks nice. The paper on the heart is more like fabric and I can't remember what type it is. Pretty though.

10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My ATC Gallery/updated 8-20-10 on: April 18, 2010 11:07:12 AM
Here are a few that I've done. The checkerboard one is not finished but i did not have anything I wanted to put on hit yet. They are super basic since I am just starting and have nothing to use except for what I've cut out of a magazine so far. Anyway, here they are.

This one curled a bit so I need to weigh it down again.

I have a bunch more blank cards to use up so I just need to find more things to use with them. Cheesy
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