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1  Butterfly Wings in Halloween Costumes by subloke on: November 01, 2008 10:26:06 AM
My coworker was talking about wanting something homemade for her 18 month old to wear for Halloween.  Of course this got me thinking and we started talking about dressing her as a butterfly.  2 wire hangers, some duct tape, a pair of nylons and some paint later:

My coworker and her husband loved them and after some initial hesitation so did the little girl.  She stopped by the office to stock up on loot and show off her wings.  Cheesy
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2  Re: Fiber Friday 7-25-08 - Tour de Whoops! Edition in Spinning: Completed Projects by subloke on: July 25, 2008 05:58:50 AM
lufah, beautiful yarns as always.  I especially like Tropic of Cancer.  I need to figure out how to spin bamboo more smoothly.

Here's my one yarn for this week.  Not terribly exciting but I'm very pleased with it because it was exactly what i was hoping for! 

4 oz, 290 yards/265 meters, Merino/Tencell blend.  It's about a DK/sport weight and it is "navajo"/chain plied.  I have another 4 oz to spin and I'm hoping to get the same-ish results.

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3  Re: Fibre Friday July 18th 2008 in Spinning: Completed Projects by subloke on: July 18, 2008 10:42:00 PM
Beautiful yarns again this week as always...  I managed to get mine in just under the wire (MST anyway)... 

Flowering Weeds, the June offering from Spunky Eclectic FOTM.  318 yards/291 meters, 3 oz, approximately a sock weight-ish.

I could not seem to get a good picture of the colors in this yarn.  I spun it as it was in the roving and it has long stretches of purples, blues, browns, cream and yellow.  I love it.  Now I just need to decide what to make with it.

One of these times I'll have to branch out and try something more creative and spin an art yarn...  one of these times.  You guys are so inspiring!
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4  Quilted Seatbelt Cover in Completed Projects by subloke on: July 02, 2008 07:59:42 PM
I hate how my seatbelt cuts into my neck while driving.  Especially when it's hot or on long drives...  so:

Scraps of fabric and batting, sewn together like a pillowcase and turned rightside out and quilted, velcro close...  tada

The squiggly end was a rather unsuccessful attempt to use my quilting foot. 
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5  Recycled Aleita Shell in Knitting: Completed Projects by subloke on: June 22, 2008 12:42:27 PM

I finished a summer top before the first day of summer!  This is an accomplishment for me, as I seem to usually start and set aside many many summer tops and never actually finish them.  Sigh.  Startitis, I guess.

Pattern: Aleita Shell by Bonne Marie Burns in Interweave Knits Spring 2008
Yarn: recycled from a thrift store sweater. I have long since lost the tags, but I remember linen and cotton in the fiber makeup.
Mods: I made the body longer before the split but other than that I followed the pattern (I think). Now that I've worn it, I think I should have knit another 1" - 1 1/2" on the ribbed top portion before splitting for front and back, but it's not something that will keep me from wearing the top.  I'll definitely be making another one or more... 

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6  Handspun Alpaca scarf in Weaving: Completed Projects by subloke on: June 14, 2008 11:08:47 PM
Just in time for summer! 

I made this to work on my consistency and just to generally practice.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.  Both warp & weft are my handspun alpaca.  I had dyed one batch a deep green before spinning.

The alpaca comes from a former coworker.  They have six alpacas and this was from the first batch of fiber they had processed.  I'm getting closer to sheep-to-shawl!  Next step:  figure out how to keep a fiber animal in my apartment.  (note to self:  research miniature sheep or alpacas...   Grin )
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7  Re: Fibre Friday - 6th June 2008 in Spinning: Completed Projects by subloke on: June 06, 2008 06:37:53 PM
Everything is SO beautiful this week (as usual but...  wow).  Too many to begin listing off favorites.

I realized this week I hadn't spun in a long time, so... 

"The Perfect Storm" - April 2008 Spunky Eclectic FOTM  4 oz about 400 yards.  Probably about a sock weight or so.

The colors were really intense and beautiful in the roving but really muted in spinning.  I love how it turned out.

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8  Re: Circles & Squares: Quilted Duvet Cover in Quilting: Completed Projects by subloke on: May 25, 2008 01:56:07 PM
Thanks for all the nice comments everyone! 

Can you explain how you did the circles? Did you just tuck the edges under and sew it on top?

I used a lazy quick method to attach each circle to the light colored fabric squares, and then to attach the light colored fabric squares to the large squares.  I just zig-zagged around the cut out piece and then went back after the pieces were attached to the large squares and quilted each one in a spiral.

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9  Circles & Squares: Quilted Duvet Cover in Quilting: Completed Projects by subloke on: May 21, 2008 08:35:38 PM
This is the biggest thing I have EVER made!

I'm really happy with it.  The top of the duvet cover is backed with a sheet and quilted in the ditch.  The back of the duvet cover is a 100% cotton sateen sheet.  Fabrics for the top are all from stash (yay).

My small apartment leads to some creative maneuvering for this big of a project:

I had to sit on the top as I pieced it to pin the next row. 

And, the duvet cover goes nicely with the new "art" I made for my bedroom walls:

(I seem to be a bit stuck on the same color palette lately...  Cheesy)
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10  Re: Upholstered Toby Step in Weaving: Completed Projects by subloke on: April 18, 2008 10:30:46 AM
Now I've just got to get her to weave some fabric to upholster the new bench  Grin

i've seen your weaving...  what's stopping you?  Cheesy  (just sayin')(haha)

We're about to get another blizzard (it just started snowing) which may be the only thing preventing me from going loom shopping tomorrow.  I want a "real" one!!  I have so many ideas that need to get woven!
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