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1  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?
2  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.
3  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!
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / odd question about plying... on: April 28, 2008 07:14:52 PM
Hello all, forgive me if this isn't a good place to post this. I've recently acquired my darling mom's spinning wheel as well as her stash of wool, both of which have been laying around for a good 10 years. So this week I've finally figured out how to use the darn thing and am currently filling up one of the empty bobbins. Now my question is: is it a bad idea to try to ply the stuff I've spun today with the bobbin she sent me? I have no idea when she spun it up but I want to say it's been at least five years. The singles are pretty close to the same size, hers maybe a bit looser, but it's all wool from the same lamb(I met him once Wink ). Thanks in advance for any thoughts or advice-
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / blocking cotton? on: March 19, 2008 08:23:27 PM
So I've blocked one lace knitting project that was made with wool yarn. It turned out fairly well but I didn't like my yarn choice(it didn't show the stitches because it was too dark). So I've made the same project again using knitpicks shine worsted 60% cotton 40% modal. It knits beautifully and the stitches look great. And now I'm scared. What would be the safest method of blocking this kind of yarn? I soaked the last project in soapy water, rinsed it, blotted it and then pinned it out on some towels. Would that work again? Any comments or ideas would be much appreciated! Smiley Thanks-
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / dog sweaters? on: February 27, 2008 03:44:02 PM
I have a question(and I feel silly asking Tongue). I'm trying to get a jump on next year's christmas gifts and was thinking of making a doggie sweater for a jack russell terrier(boyfriend's sister's). I don't have access to the dog and was wondering if anyone out there had any good pattern ideas that would fit an average size jack russell? And what kind of yarn would be safe to use? Still a newbie at knitting for others (most of my experiments reside with me for a reason Wink) and so I don't want to make a gift that they won't be able to use. Any ideas would be wonderful! Thank you!
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / bobble heads on: February 13, 2008 06:23:45 PM
here is one of my attempts in polymer clay. My sister begged me to make a bobble head of her boss and after months of me putting it off, it finally came together. He turned out more like the family guy instead of her boss but it worked.

so then I started one of my own boss for laughs but he quit before I could make the head!  Angry

so now I have this headless applebee's manager standing by my desk and I'm not sure what to do with him. Any thoughts? Hope you enjoy!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / shell on: February 13, 2008 03:49:27 PM
I hope this is the right place to post this one...
I somehow happened across this wonderful nautilus shell pattern by Hansi Singh and attempted it a while back. I am in awe of her work and inspired every time I look at it.

unfortunately it didn't fare well after being stuffed with catnip and offered to the monster...

the culprit in action...

but it's okay, I've got a new one almost done. This time no catnip Wink Enjoy!
9  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / snb rolled needle case on: February 13, 2008 07:24:05 AM
okay, this is my first post so here goes...
I finally put together a home for all my random needles using the pattern provided in the first stich'n bitch book. I used to same structure and dimensions but finished the edges with bias tape rather than sewing the thing inside out and then inverting it(couldn't wrap my head around something that complicated)

here's a full view

and a slightly blurry closeup

a view of the deeper pockets

and the finished roll

I used some fun flannel that was on sale at joanne's fabric and handstitched the bias tape edges. Enjoy! Smiley
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