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11  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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12  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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13  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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14  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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15  Re: 50 PROJECTS 2019, sign ups open all year. in Craftalongs by tendstowardschaos on: June 28, 2019 01:17:55 PM
It's been a while since I posted, but I have been loving everyone's awesome projects! The kids are on Summer vacation and our remodel drags on. Nevertheless, I have been productive.

I taught my nieces and nephews how to do freezer paper stencils (wish I had pictures of their creations, but I was too busy helping). These are the ones I did the next week for DS2 and myself:

I made my MIL a zipper pouch for the ergonomic crochet hooks my boys got her for Mother's Day:

DS2's seatbelt digs into his neck, so he got some quilted belt covers:

I made myself a project bag and yarn bag out of the last of this yarn:

I used up the custom fabric from spoonflower (that I had ordered to finish a quilt but ended up not matching) to make three tote bags:

More stash-busting and four more zipper pouches to go with the totes, or not:

Lastly, a Star Wars wallet and tablet clutch that have been sitting, half-finished, in my craft room for 3.5 years:

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16  Re: Re: 50 PROJECTS 2019, sign ups open all year. in Craftalongs by tendstowardschaos on: April 28, 2019 05:58:16 PM

Good tips! And good enabling!  Grin It's amazing to me how fast lint gets all over inside my machine's cryhole!

 Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy That graphic! Oh, my geeky heart!  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
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17  Re: 50 PROJECTS 2019, sign ups open all year. in Craftalongs by tendstowardschaos on: April 25, 2019 04:47:13 PM
Your vanity top looks great, pinokeeo! I love the tile that looks like wood. We've been remodeling our bathroom for waaaaay too long, hoping to finish up this weekend (because the second bathroom is being torn apart on Monday - yikes!).

I've been on a basket-making kick lately. Made the one, then my toddler monster demanded one (red) and I figured I should make one for DS1 (rainbow) while I was at it. The blue/purple/red ones and the blue one are Mother's Day gifts for my sisters-in-law. I still need to add a bit of leather to cover the end of the rope, but they're mostly done. I have plans to make at least one more - a Mother's Day gift for my MIL.

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18  Re: 50 PROJECTS 2019, sign ups open all year. in Craftalongs by tendstowardschaos on: April 20, 2019 06:37:26 AM
Love the boxes - especially the music one!

Your 'homebody' sweater is great, StudioANF. A crocheted sweater is on my list this year, too. The only way I knit is with a loom. Cheesy

CLM sent me the loveliest cards and envelopes for winning last month's challenge! I am going to a birthday party tonight, so my friend will be the first recipient of one of these beauties. Thank you so much!

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19  Re: 2019 Annual DeStashAlong! in Craftalongs by tendstowardschaos on: April 11, 2019 01:18:23 PM
I destashed a couple balls of cotton yarn and a bit of fabric to make two dishcloths, a dust mask (to keep lint out of my nose while sewing), and a little handkerchief for my toddler who wanted something for himself. Cheesy

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20  Re: 50 PROJECTS 2019, sign ups open all year. in Craftalongs by tendstowardschaos on: April 11, 2019 11:25:23 AM
I like the challenges. Gives me small kick in the pants to finish things here and there. This month's is timely since I'm working on a few surprise Mother's Day gifts for the ladies in my family.

Did some stash-busting and made a couple washcloths from what was left of my cotton yarn.

I also made myself a face mask to keep the dust and lint from my sewing machine from getting up my nose. And, my toddler demanded something from the left-over fabric, so he got a little handkerchief.

I'm making more of those coiled baskets (gifts!) and the rope makes so much lint! Ugh. Also, demanding toddler demands a basket of his own.  Cheesy Silly boy. He'll get his basket, though.
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