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1  Toga! Toga! Toga! in CHALLENGE 128 ENTRIES by tendstowardschaos on: November 08, 2019 10:44:46 AM
We were invited to a toga party for Halloween. The theme was an Animal House toga party, but I went for a more historically accurate Greek chiton...but, still made from bed sheets. Cheesy

The 'togas' and wraps are made from cheap flat sheets, dyed with RIT dye...red, purple, and peach. Our belts are just gold ribbon and cording. My DH's headband is three strands of gold leaf ribbon stitched to black ribbon. There's a bit of elastic in back to make it a stretchy. The brooches are faceted glass gems sewn on black felt.

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2  Fiber Friday in Spinning: Completed Projects by tendstowardschaos on: November 08, 2019 10:08:31 AM
I know there haven't been Fiber Friday posts for quite a while, but, it's Friday and I have a few finished skeins. Wink

My boys bought me some roving for my birthday last month and I've been happily spending a lot of time with my wheel.

I got a grab bag of random bits of dyed Merino and some of it ended up in this fractal-spun rainbow. (105g, about 158yds of worsted-aran weight)

The boys wanted new Winter hats - Mario power-up mushroom earflap hats in blue and red, to be specific. I spun up some Merino in red, blue, and white. Some of the white I then dyed with coffee (not pictured). It's about 450 yards in total, bulky and so squishy!

Thanks for looking, and happy Friday!
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3  Re: 50 PROJECTS 2019, sign ups open all year. in Craftalongs by tendstowardschaos on: November 08, 2019 09:54:30 AM
Cute ornaments, BigBangMama!

We went to a toga party this Halloween, sadly, I didn't get a picture of my DH's. They're made from cheap sheets, dyed with RIT dyes.

I made a cozy bandana cowl for my nephew. The yarn is an alpaca/acrylic blend and so very soft.

My SIL's birthday is coming up, so I made her a tote bag.

My boys got me some Merino roving for my birthday so that I could make them some new Winter hats. Here is the yarn I spun up for that purpose.

They also got me a grab bag of random colors, so I spun some of it up into this fractal yarn.

I've had this handspun in my stash for years, spun from roving I received in a swap. I finally used it to make a hat and neckwarmer set for DS2.

It's been snowing here all week, so I'm all about crafting warm and cozy things.  Cheesy
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4  Re: 50 PROJECTS 2019, sign ups open all year. in Craftalongs by tendstowardschaos on: October 09, 2019 10:37:14 AM
Sorry to hear about your mom, anitacj.  Sad

I finished another shawl for my other niece whose birthday is this month. I used Red Heart Roll With It Tweed in Marine (about 1.3 balls) and Caron's Go-To Shawl pattern. I used a larger hook than the pattern called for to get a better drape to the fabric (it also served to make this a quick project). It's seriously cozy.  Cheesy

Finished up some more yarn. The brown is alpaca/wool (188g) and the blue/brown is wool dyed with indigo and coffee.

I had a benefit dinner to go to on Monday. It's kind of a big thing and there were judges, US Congressmen, Bishops, and Senatorial-hopefuls in attendance. I realized the day before that I didn't have a purse that was fancy enough (and big enough for my phone), so I made one from stash. Crisis averted. Cheesy
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5  Re: 50 PROJECTS 2019, sign ups open all year. in Craftalongs by tendstowardschaos on: October 03, 2019 11:56:00 AM
Your table is really cool, JS!

Cute pouches, CLM!

My older son came up with a project for me this week - a Super Mario Power Up Acorn. He originally wanted to make it out of cardboard, but I reminded him that he had some felt in his craft supplies and he asked me to make it. Of course, he now wants the whole collection of power ups.

For reference:

Two of my nieces' birthdays are this month, and they're each getting a shawl in their favorite colors. I only have one done so far and the other started.
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6  Sunset Dreams Shawl in Crochet: Completed Projects by tendstowardschaos on: October 03, 2019 11:53:16 AM
I made this shawl for my niece's birthday. I chose a simple pattern and a thick yarn because it needed to be a quick project. The pattern is Caron's Sunset Dreams Shawl and the yarn is Lion Brand Just My Stripe in Berry Blue (3 balls). Though I did run out of yarn for the tassels, so those are from a conveniently coordinating Caron Cake.

It worked up very quickly and turned out nice and cozy. The tassels are removable, just in case she doesn't like them.

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7  Re: 50 PROJECTS 2019, sign ups open all year. in Craftalongs by tendstowardschaos on: September 13, 2019 08:15:31 AM
I love the tiny wheel! It has its limitations, but I love being able to spin so much faster than on a spindle.

As to the Noro, it's more difficult to spin consistently than most fibers I've tried. I think it's because the fiber is slubby and slightly felted here and there...makes for rough drafting. I did a rainbow roll with my drop spindle, too. I never tried plying with my spindle because I only have one and rigging up makeshift bobbins just seemed like too much work  Cheesy (and I like singles).

I didn't know about WW Spin in Public Day! Shocked That sounds like fun. I'll have to check and see if any LYSs in my area are participating.
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8  I Believe I Can Ply in Spinning: Completed Projects by tendstowardschaos on: September 12, 2019 02:25:12 PM
This is the first plied yarn I have spun, and I'm so excited to share!

The first pile of hanks is about 100g of Noro wool. It came as pencil roving, and full of little slubs. It came out pretty thick-n-thin, fingering to worsted. I'm not sure on the exact yardage - 250-ish? - but, it's enough for a hat.

This is a 70/30 alpaca wool blend with bits of metallic copper tinsel. So soft! This is about a quarter of what I have, so I'll eventually have enough for a project. This is 50g, roughly 75 yards, averaging about aran weight.

I've been a spindle-only kinda girl forever, but I took the plunge this year and bought a wheel.  Cheesy

It's an Electric Eel Wheel Nano. It's a bit touchy, but who isn't, really?  Wink I'm enjoying it so much that I'm thinking another (larger) wheel might be in my future.

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9  Re: 50 PROJECTS 2019, sign ups open all year. in Craftalongs by tendstowardschaos on: September 12, 2019 02:01:44 PM
Pinokeeo - that is an epic project! Beautiful work!

JS - excellent mom-ing skills. <3

Kartiana - gorgeous bag! I love all the fabrics and how you pieced them.

AlishaMisha - your stamps are mind-blowingly good!

T - Congrats to your DH on the new book! Your tribute is absolutely perfect, I can totally see it as the cover of a book.

Whatthepuck - fantastic projects! The quote is hilarious and I'm sure the scarves will be much appreciated. <3

I got myself a new toy and it's been more than a bit diverting. It's a mini electric spinning wheel. So, after a decade of spindle spinning and only making singles, I finally taught myself to ply. There's about 100g of the Autumn-colored yarn (Noro, 100% wool), about DK weight, and roughly enough yardage for a hat. Haven't weighed out the brown alpaca/wool blend, but I will once I have it all spun up. It's got a bit of metallic copper running through it. Came out worsted to aran weight, around 75 yards.

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10  Re: 50 PROJECTS 2019, sign ups open all year. in Craftalongs by tendstowardschaos on: August 21, 2019 06:20:05 AM
Your dreamy painting of Paris is just lovely, JS. Those wine and canvas nights are a blast.

I've been trying to use up stash. Mostly succeeding, but still managing to add to it here and there.

I made this wool hat for Operation Gratitude...then bought some closeout superwash to make a few more.

I made some dishcloths for our new camper.

I also whipped up this plastic bag holder for the camper from a FQ that's been in my stash for a couple years. I love this fabric.

My boys requested sleeping bags for their teddy bears (I only took pictures of one before they disappeared into the chaos of toys), they're pretty much the same excepting color. Both totally from stash.

I had quite a bit of one type of acrylic yarn with no intended project, so it got turned into this giant granny square baby blanket. I've never done a granny square before - it worked up so fast! Love that!

I'm also working on 3 quilts from stash. Darn JoAnn's and their FQ sales. Wink A year or so back, I had bought a ton of FQs for about US$0.80 each and all the sashing/backing fabrics and batting on sale, so these quilts were a bit irresistible. Finally got around to making them. Here's some in-process pics:

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