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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: kitty + roving = $%$^#$ on: May 27, 2008 02:58:58 PM
thank you everyone for the replies! So I'm not the only one! I think I might just have to make her a felt ball that she won't be able to chew pieces off of. Our living space at the moment is very limited(2 bedrooms with boyfriend's brother & family) so hiding my woolies from the cat isn't really possible. I've tried plastic bags but she chewed right through them to get to the wool.
cottondeer, thanks for the health warning. I try to keep a close eye on all the felines here when I actually do my spinning.
hobbledehoy & cloudlover, this is what happens any time I try to knit:

I have an entire folder of similar pictures for all the times she has decided that my project is her pillow.
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / kitty + roving = $%$^#$ on: May 26, 2008 06:20:28 PM
Hi everyone! Silly question: Does anyone else have trouble with pets eating wool? My monster, I mean cat, has decided that the wool that I got from Miss Babs is her preferred snack. Every time I walk away she mows down on it. She hasn't touched it once its been spun. Anyone run into this?
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: koi fish polymer drawing ^^ on: May 21, 2008 07:05:34 AM
This definielty rocks! I'd love to see more variations of this technique but the koi is beautiful!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: the zipper on: May 19, 2008 08:06:18 PM
thankyou everyone for all your positive replies! My boyfriend's dad loved it. We gave it to him a couple days after he got out of the hospital. He changed right into it and wore it the rest of the night Smiley He's doing really well. Still ticking though.
I think this sort of thing would definitely work for kid's clothes. It was easy over all. The tricky part was folding and stitching the heart in place so it would lie flat when zipped but open up easily when opened. But seriously, it took me like 10 minutes to place and pin and another 10 to stitch.
If anyone comes up with variations on this I'd love to see them. I'd do more but I'm on the awful job hunt(just moved) and I lack the time to do a lot of crafties. I'm glad you all enjoyed it!  Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / the zipper on: May 19, 2008 07:46:48 AM
Hi! This is my first clothing post, more of a modification on an existing t shirt but here goes. My boyfriend's dad had to go in for heart surgery last week. In the weeks leading up to it he told us that he was going to have a zipper installed. So. Needless to say, we got to work.

installation of the zipper

and now he can show off his repaired ticker! He actually ticks too. Until his heart repaires the surgical cuts, we'll be able to hear it beat from a couple feet away.

All done in an afternoon with sharpies and fabric markers, a t shirt, a zipper and needle and thread. Comments welcome! thanks for looking.
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Yay for Mom! on: May 16, 2008 10:07:00 PM
mullerslanefarm, thank you for the compliments:) Thanks for the info on wheels too!
I have to say, I'm really very new to spinning. This is second wheel I've ever used, the first being when I was maybe 6 or 7 so I have never had the chance to test run anything else. Thus far, this Louet is working well for me. All the parts seems to be working correctly and I've slowly figured out how to use it correctly. My mom got a fleece and sent it out to be cleaned about 10 years ago and that's what I've been spinning up. I don't know the weight of the roving, only that I"ve been splitting it in half before spinning each piece. If i don't I end up with a tangle for some reason. As for how much it holds, I don't have a niddy noddle or anything close to it (I wrapped the yarn around the end of a ladder to keep it organized) but I"m going to guess I have about a pound, maybe a pound and a half of 2 ply(worsted to heavy worsted weight). I have enough roving to do about the same amount over again. I've just moved so I'm winging it in my spare time and trying to research spinning info online.
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Yay for Mom! on: May 16, 2008 04:00:51 PM
I got the pictures to load!  Smiley So here is my first finished yarn:

and here's my hand for a size reference

at the moment I don't know how much yarn I made (no niddy noddy) but i think it's enough to make a blanket or sweater(as long as I waste nothing!) Please let me know what you think! Thank you for looking  Smiley
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Yay for Mom! on: May 15, 2008 10:48:20 PM
I love my mom! I love that my mom is too busy with other projects to use her spinning wheel! I love that she loaned me said wheel and sent about 2 pounds of fluffy lamb woolyness that she's had for at least 10 years! No, seriously, I can't believe how lucky I am. The wheel is nice:) I don't know much about it, just that it's stamped "Louet". Anyone seen or used this kind lately?

I've spent the last few weeks teaching myself to use it and trying not to waste the roving that she gave me...and for some reason the pics of my yarn won't show up...phoey:(
I was successful in spinning two bobbins of fairly consistent singles. I plied those together and now have quite a bit of useable yarn. I'll try again to post pics of the actual finished yarn soon. Thanks for looking!
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: bagels! on: May 05, 2008 04:21:22 PM
yay for bagels!!  Smiley I just made a batch myself this morning but baked it as a loaf rather than rolling each piece. It makes great toast. I've had similar results with the wheat flour but mixing normal flour and wheat flour 50/50 worked well for me. Have you tried molasses in the hot water bath? That gives mine the shininess instead of doing the egg wash. I think I went with 1tbsp molasses to 2 quarts water and boiled the dough in it for about 30 seconds or so. Beautiful work! The look delicious Smiley
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: odd question about plying... on: April 29, 2008 06:32:00 PM
Thank you for the replies:) I think I will try to add more twist to my mom's yarn as soon as I've got my own bobbin filled. I'm in the process of moving so I don't get to play with it as much as I would like. I'll be sure to let you know how it turns out. Thanks again!
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