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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Ok, so I'll felt it... on: October 28, 2011 04:53:34 PM
So I have this beautiful alpaca fleece. It's a grey, chocolate brown, black fleece and it's really beautiful. Unfortunately it's not very soft, and it refuses to become yarn for me. I'm done fighting it, and so I'm going to felt it. I want to felt it maybe into a rug? a blanket? Something. I've got A LOT of it, and I just want to use it up and be done with it. I've never successfully felted something from the fiber stage (the only felting success I've had was with a spun and crocheted BFL).  Suggestions? Methods? Tips? Links? Anything?
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Minty Fresh on: September 01, 2011 04:27:14 PM

Once again I started with natural merino roving from R. H. Lindsay

Which I spun into singles and dyed mint green (my camera is showing it blue, but promise, it's mint green)

Plied my merino with cobweb bamboo singles (the colors look different for some reason, second is more true to color)

Knit it (my first lace, and biggest knit item yet)

Blocked it

Here is the end result

3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Shunshine Shawl on: September 01, 2011 04:02:59 PM

So I started off with natural merino roving from R. H. Lindsay.

I dyed it in the Microwave with yellow food color (I don't have a picture of the dyed roving by it's lonesome, but here it is while it's being spun)

Here is the spun yarn which I left as singles

I crocheted it

Blocked it

Here's the end result


Special thanks to my mom for modeling wool shawls for me in 104F heat.
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / July 15 Fiber Friday on: July 14, 2011 09:56:53 PM
I haven't had a whole lot of time to spin lately, and with the weather being as hot and humid as it is I don't really want to spend the time I do have trying to draft wool with sweaty clammy fingers- ick. I did however, get this skein of merino singles spun up. I dyed the roving, spun it, and now I'm thinking about what I want to make with it. I'm leaning towards a shawl or shrug.
682 yards of merino singles
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / June 10th Fiber Friday on: June 09, 2011 06:23:55 PM
My first time starting a Fiber Friday!

So I went 2 months without spinning anything but yesterday I really got back into it and dyed and spun up 4 skeins.

My very favorite yarn- Merino and bamboo. 175 yards of the softest squishiest prettiest yarn I've spun yet. I don't know that the picture does it justice.

Mint Merino. 200 yards of Merino singles. This is the same as 1 of the ply's in the previous yarn.

Handpainted Merino 2-ply. 175 yards This was really really hard to get a good picture of. It's more of a teal/blue/mint color than it wants to show on camera. 

Domestic Gray/Fawn and Bamboo. I have no idea what sort of wool the gray/brown is but it's super scratchy. I love the contrast of dark scratchy wool and silky soft bamboo. 100 yards.
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / What to do with small amounts of yarn? on: October 21, 2010 02:21:50 PM
So since I've started spinning I have a few small skeins of yarn that don't have enough yardage to do much with. I can crochet pretty much anything, and knit a basic garter stitch. I want to be able to make something with the yarn but I'm really not sure what I can make. There's not enough of any to make a hat or scarflett. I've thought of maybe making a bunch of squares (probably knit because it uses less yarn) and then piecing it all together to form a quilt after I eventually have enough, but I'm worried that it would look bizarre because it's all different fibers and colors and weights and some of it is plied and some isn't. So honestly if anyone has any idea of what to do with the yarn I'd love to hear it.
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Dorset on: October 18, 2010 06:25:33 AM
So I got 2 huge feed bags full of Dorset wool. It's short and stained yellow and horribly, horribly dirty, but it doesn't wet felt, and while it's apparently not the easiest to spin I'm really excited to process it myself.
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Can I make roving without a drum carder? on: October 12, 2010 08:24:55 AM
If I use a dog brush to flick the wool open, is there a way that I can take that and make it into roving? Or is roving solely from a drum carder?
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Do I HAVE to ply? on: September 27, 2010 07:55:03 PM
So I just spun up my first yarn (4 oz. Teal 70% alpaca 30% silk from Abstract Fiber) and I love it, I'm so excited to crochet it into something. I set the twist and it's drying now, but do I really need to ply it to use it? and if so what do I ply it with? I only have 40ft (est.) so plying it back on itself really isn't an option. Any opinions would be great!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / nanny scrapbook on: September 01, 2009 09:40:57 PM
I'm going to be nannying for a family with a 3 y/o and since I won't be meeting them until I start work, I'm sending a scrapbook to sort of introduce myself to them. I'm not great at scrap booking, but so far I have:

The very last page will have a very simplified can't wait to get to know you letter.  The pictures aren't great, and I know I shouldn't just leave the background of the pages white, but oh well.

I really need ideas for what else I can put on the last 3 pages. I don't want to use pictures of me with other kids I've watched, and I'm trying to spend as little money on this as possible.
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