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1  Re: "too old fashioned even for us."..... in Spinning: Completed Projects by A_WRIGHT on: September 19, 2011 08:55:38 AM
Jexxican, here's a few pictures of the yarns themselves. Hope they make you happy!  My three year old usually wears mine for a minute or two as a necklace or a shash when they come off the skein winder, lol.

The first one is 50/50 19 micron Merino and Tussah silk that I made for my mom.

This one is black 19 micron merino plied with thread and with grey supercoil sections.

& thread plied merino with beehives in nearly neon colors.

The black & grey is the only one that recieved a blue ribbon, red ribbons for the other two.
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2  "too old fashioned even for us."..... in Spinning: Completed Projects by A_WRIGHT on: September 18, 2011 07:40:37 PM
So I finally entered some of my things in the county fair and I won a couple of ribbons (Woot)!  I had to post this first to toot my own horn and secondly to tell you about the craziness that I encountered.

Woohoo me for winning some blue ribbons my first year!!  (There, no more horn tooting.  Grin)

When I brought my big ole bag of goodies up to the desk to enter in the Household Arts category I told them my list of things to enter ".....knitted and crocheted hats and scarves, sewn knitting needle rolls and crochet hook rolls, and some handspun yarns I made" .  "Whoa, did you say you spun some yarn?  That may be too old fashioned for even us."  the lady said to me with a straight face!  Shocked  Can you believe she said that? For real!  So what did I do?  I reached in my big ole bag of goodies, whipped out a squishy jet black thread plied skein with lengths of grey supercoil, slapped it on the table, and said right back to her "Does that look old school to you? My grandma never knit anything like that."  As they reached out to touch and started with the oohs and ahhs that we all did the first time we saw handspun I looked at her and said with a straight face "Yes.  That's how I roll." 

Course after my "Oh yeah, I'm a yarn pimp" moment,  they said they had never had handspun entered in their lifetimes.  So they didn't know where to put my handspuns for entry, lol.  I ended up with one blue ribbon and two red ones from my three skeins entered.  When I picked them up today the lady who returned them to me actually apologized to me and said they all agreed I should have had a purple best in show ribbon but the judge had no idea what handspun was, lol.  She told me she was there when the judge picked up one of my skeins and said something to the effect of "well, look at that. It has pieces of yarn hanging out the bottom".  She told me she tried to explain it was where some lookey-lou pulled a few strands loose from the wound skein but she said the judge had no idea what she was looking at anyway, lol.

Overall, I feel proud of my ribbons but shocked that by the reactions to my yarns.  I think spinners rock personally and the more people think it's too old fashioned the more fiber there is for me to buy up and spin!

Anyone else ever entered your handspun in the county or state fair?  If so, what was the reaction to yours? 

Oh yeah, here is the stuff I entered and the ribbons.  I barely made it all fit in my lightbox, lol. 

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3  Hand Painted Bamboo *IMG HEAVY* in Dyeing: Completed Projects by A_WRIGHT on: September 09, 2011 09:55:51 AM
So the munchkin and I got brave and decided to hand paint some bamboo this past weekend.  Bamboo is sooo slippery & I was really nervous about trying to handle it enough to hand paint it instead of just dying it one shade by immersing it.  I only had one braid pull apart on me so I'm proud of myself and I think the colors are much better with the hand painting.  If you haven't tried hand painting you should!  I love it because my 3 year old can wield a little squirt bottle like nobody's business around fiber, and it's FUN (read messy) for us to do together.  Course she loses interest when the dye is gone each time, I'm on my own for the drying, braiding, and labeling, lol.

Each braid is a little over one ounce so I can get alot of color movement in each one. 

My two favorites!

Hope you enjoy the eye candy!
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4  My recent yarns *img heavy* in Spinning: Completed Projects by A_WRIGHT on: August 04, 2010 11:14:18 AM
Thought I'd share a few yarns I've worked on over the summer months.  Some of them were me experimenting with different techniques.  Seems a shame to not be able to show anyone because I've been too lazy to get them listed.  Hope you like them!

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5  Hand painted Merino *img heavy* in Dyeing: Completed Projects by A_WRIGHT on: August 04, 2010 10:42:12 AM
I thought I'd share some things I've been dyeing this past week.  Several of these were dyed by my little girl who is almost three.  We had tons of fun and I ended up with several braids for myself because they came out with 2-3 tails hanging off in random places from little hands helping me fish them out of the soaking tub, lol.  

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6  Re: Fiber Friday - August 14, 2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by A_WRIGHT on: August 14, 2009 09:50:19 PM
First time posting my yarns on here, I admit I've been a lurker.  Kinda intimidated by all the great yarns everyone posts each week, lol.

So here's this week's yarns for me....

100% Superwash Wool can't remember where I wrote down the yardage, 2.6 oz

100% Superwash Wool, 2-ply  85 yards and a whopping 4.5 oz

My first supercoil, went from like 70-80 yards to 14  Roll Eyes  2.4 oz

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7  Boppy type pillow in Completed Projects by A_WRIGHT on: January 11, 2008 05:18:23 PM
I made a nursing pillow for my daughter in strawberry shortcake flannel and everyone loved it so I'm making some for all my family that have babies or are pregnant.  I'm hoping to start selling them as soon as I figure out a price.  Just wanted to show them off since I'm so proud of them =) This one is for my sister-in-law who is having her shower tomorrow.  What do you think?

And of course my daughter the little helper & model.
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8  NURSING PILLOWS. NEED HELP PRICING PLEASE in Get Product and Website Opinions by A_WRIGHT on: January 11, 2008 04:36:38 PM
We were given a Boppy pillow at our baby shower and it was wonderfull except I hated the fabric so I bought some poly-fill and fabric and made a better one in my opinion.  I'm making them for the other new moms in our family and figured why not try selling them.  I was thinking anywhere between $15 & $25 dollars.  They are made of premium 100% cotton flannel.  There are nursing pillow covers without thg pillow itself on ebay between $10 and $20 so I want to price them so that I can keep making more and put the profit in my daughter's college fund but still make the pillows affordable for parents who might not be able to buy one of the expensive brand name ones.  Please let me know what you would pay for them.  Thanks in advance. 

Here's a cute one to give you and idea.

Please note: Loralai is not for sale Grin
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9  FIRST POST & FIRST SWEATER BAG! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by A_WRIGHT on: January 06, 2008 12:14:53 AM
Originally intended for my sister in law for Christmas but I liked it too much and it fits all my stuff and doubles as a diaper bag with room left over! Don't worry sister in law got something else she liked better anyway so it worked out perfect.  I used a sweater that I can't wear b/c I breastfeed and it's too thick to bunch up under my neck for easy access lol.  Inside is an old super soft cotton Levi's shirt in a pretty grey (hides ink spots if i let a pen get loose in there). Hope you like it and I'll have more projects posted soon.

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