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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / "too old fashioned even for us."..... 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. 

2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Hand Painted Bamboo *IMG HEAVY* 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!
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Finding Blogs to host Giveaways on: August 31, 2011 05:51:15 PM
I'd like to find a couple of blogs with a decent sized following to host some yarn or fiber giveaways.  Where I donate the items and they can give it away to their followers with maybe a discount code exclusively to all their followers.  I'm hoping this will help with some awareness for my shop while also being beneficial to the blogger as well.

The problem is that even though I've randomly stumbled upon several great blogs in the past that are fiber related, now that I need to find some I have no luck.  I'm hoping you guys could give me some pointers on how and where to search to find fiber related blogs. 

Maybe it's one of those things where I'll go "Oh, duh..." afterwards but I'm really coming up short here.  I know there has to be a simple way to find blogs that would match my product lines but I'm just not getting there.

Thanks in advance for any help!
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / My recent yarns *img heavy* 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!

5  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Hand painted Merino *img heavy* 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.  

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Boppy type pillow 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.
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / NURSING PILLOWS. NEED HELP PRICING PLEASE 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
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Setting the twist? on: January 08, 2008 01:35:43 PM
Could someone please explain to me the process for setting the twist in your spun yarn?  My understanding is that you take it from your spindle to your niddy noddy and then just wet it, slap the water out, then hang it to dry all the way (adding weight if it tends to twist up).  I'm armed with my new spindles and niddy noddy and I have my first bag of roving coming in the mail next week so I'm trying to figure it all out so I'm ready to jump right in there when it arrives. Is this all I need to do after spinning it to be ready to crochet with it?
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / FIRST POST & FIRST SWEATER BAG! 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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