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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 06/14/2013 on: June 13, 2013 12:53:55 PM
Okay ... so it's Thursday ... it has to be Friday somewhere!!

This is a brown Shetland plied with a purple Mohair/Alpaca.  250 yards

And a electric green 2-ply Corriedale (30 grams / 130 yards).  I dyed this roving a couple of years ago & just found it!!

Next up is another hand dyed Corriedale 44 grams

2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / My week of fiber on: April 04, 2013 11:46:53 PM
I've been busy spinning and dyeing this week (besides getting caught up on my soapmaking.)

Canadian Wool (from the last Canadian fiber mill ran under a water wheel power).  Crock pot dyed

Some local Coopworth
I am currently spinning more of this red coopworth for a two ply.

Yarn from the 'leftover' of the above two yarns

Local Icelandic indigo dyed loosely plyed with very thin Shetland

Also, crock pot dyed this local Cormo turquoise, red & purple

3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / This weeks milk soaps on: April 04, 2013 03:59:15 PM
Finally forced myself away from the spinning wheel to make soap this week.  Monday was preparing a 55 lb of master batch.  Only got 3 batches made on Tuesday when I realized I was out of lye.  Lye was delivered last night, so more soaping today.

All of these are Jersey milk soaps

OMH (unscented) toasted oats, honey from our hives

Cotton Blossom (TD & silver mica swirl)

Lily of the Woods (lavender, patchouli with touch of lily of the valley)

New to me EO blend.  Rosemary, sweet orange & tea tree (no colorants)


Citrus Basil

Lemongrass & Sage

Last of this particular EO blend

Back to the spinning wheel I go!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Different type of heel on: February 14, 2013 09:51:58 AM

Pattern from Knitty  The heel construction of this really intrigued me.  One down, one to go!

It fits amazingly well.  The only recommendation I'd give is to complete the heel before the foot & toe so you know how far to knit.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / what's wrong with this sock? on: February 13, 2013 01:24:23 PM
Why there's no heel in it yet!!

This pattern intrigued me because of the different way to construct an after thought heel.  I don't like the way the 'regular' after thought heel feels/fits my foot.

this is what I knit up last night.  I'll be putting the heel on it tonight.

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Socks on: February 08, 2013 07:22:17 PM
While down with knee surgery, I knitted a couple pair of socks.  The yarn is Brown Sheep WildFoote handdyed Lilac Desert & Ragtime.  

The pattern is Spring Forward

I took a couple liberties with the red/purple pair.  I purled the 2nd stitch of each pattern repeat and knit through the back loop of the yarn overs.
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / SOAR 2013 on: January 29, 2013 09:44:24 PM
Do you ladies know about SOAR??  It's the InterWeave's magazine Spin-Off Autumn Retreat

This year it will be held just a couple hours away from me.  I sure would like to go, but (insert :sob: here lol) I am financially strapped since my work lay-off and disability.  I am going to try for the SOAR scholarship ... full ride.

Why??  Because I really do consider myself a Fiber Enabler.  I know there have been folks on this board that have ventured into the fiber arts because of my encouragement.  They've always asked how they could ever repay me for this wonderful adventure ...  well here is the way.

To complete the scholarship, I need at least 3 letters of recommendations>

Three letters of recommendation:

> These should be from persons familiar with your abilities and interests, such as guild members, mentors, and fellow spinning enthusiasts. (We advise against asking family members to write your letters of recommendation.)
> Recommendation letters are to address experience with you as a spinner and why you would be a qualified recipient.
> These letters may be sent separately via email (to [email protected]) by your recommenders or included with your application. If they are being sent by someone else, have them include your name (first and last) in the subject of their email. All letters of recommendation must also arrive by March 6, 2013.

So ... my sweet fiber 'pupils' from years ago who have now made a name for themselves ....  Could you, Would you, do this for me??

Please PM me

I appreciate it more than you know!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Another Shawl on: March 10, 2012 08:33:17 AM
A shawl I knitted yesterday.

You know what they say!  Housework comes before knitting only in the dictionary!!  LOL!

It is a simple elongated garter stitch with a picot edge.  Pattern is Storm Cloud by Hanna Breetz

I altered it a bit by using Aran weight yarn and size 10-1/2 needles.

After the increase on row 72, I knit 3 rows then finished with a picot bind off. (Bind off one stitch, * cast on 3 stitches using cable cast on, bind off 7 stitches*. Repeat from * to *
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / February Sock Porn on: March 07, 2012 06:13:37 PM

Double Agate:


Meadow Land:

Twisted Rib:

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Shawlettes on: March 07, 2012 06:07:55 PM
A couple of shawlettes I made last week:

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