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131  COOKING / Dessert / robo cake - Gluten free AND good. All at the same time. on: January 15, 2012 04:58:00 PM
My middle child is 4 today!  And despite his request for any number of things to have on his cake, I chose a Robot, because I had really cool robot candles.  My piping skills are mediocre, but he loves it none the less!  And so do I.

Happy baking!

oh!  It just occured to me that I should share that this is a gluten free cake!!  And would be refined sugar free, had it not been iced with buttercream icing. I shall link the recipe.

Tastes like cake, feels like cake, it's CAKE!  I was very impressed with it, and it's now my go to cake.  I've also alteredd it a few times, once to make it vanilla, and once to make it strawberry,  and if anyone is interested in the alterations, I'll be more then happy to post them!
132  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / weave along or weaving challenge? on: January 09, 2012 06:57:34 AM
hello weavers! 
Are you folks interested in either a challenge or weave along?  I'm trying to get a little more life ont his board and think either of these moight work,  What do you all think?
I was thinking I might whip up a quick tute on how to weave a simple scarf on a homemade 2x4 loom.

~Belladune, you friendly neighbourhood moderator Cheesy
133  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Fiber To Fashion Challenge (winter 2012) on: January 04, 2012 10:55:31 AM

 ~Take a naked fiber - It can be any fiber, in any form.
 ~Dye said fiber - Your finished yarn must be at least 75% dyed.
 ~Spin the fiber into yarn
 ~Make something, Anything! out the yarn you've spun.
 ~One Entry per person

Length of time to make your item:  January 10th- March 10th
Posting of finished items will take place from: March 10- March 18

Again, I'm still waiting to hear back from a few people on prizes, but I promise it to be a good one!

Let me know if it's not clear!

Voting closed! Theme chosen:  Fiber to Fashion!  
The wonderful Colleen at Flannelberry Fiber has donated our prize for this round!
She's one for choice, so she's offering your choice of one of the following:

a 25$ gift Certificate
a Grab bag of exotic fibers!

I know what I would choose, which would you pick?

134  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / It's Vote time! on: December 22, 2011 04:40:15 AM
Time to vote!   Grin
135  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Free form cowl(ette) on: December 19, 2011 04:45:05 PM
just something I whipped up really quickly the other night.  

In process,  This is a good color photo.

And on:

I love freeform crochet!
136  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / A topic of discussion: Art yarn on: December 13, 2011 07:45:46 AM
What makes a yarn art?
Who decides it is art and no longer craft?

IMHO, Just because it is spun thick and thin does not necessarily make it art.  Art is either created with intent, or is a form of expressing emotion or thought.   But even with that being said, even if I spin something creatively, using non traditional methods (traditional as in: woolen vs worsted, different types of plies)  does that constitute art?  Or is it just a yarn spun creatively? 
I think the term has also become synonomus with poorly spun, and something that would fall apart if you were try to use it traditionally (weaving, knittng, crochet).
I also feel the term is way over used. A quick etsy search for the term brings up this yarn that is a traditionally spun yarn, with a few different colors and some sparkle.  And far to many like it.  Does this really constitute art? 
And also this yarn which is waaaaay closer to art, but can still function as traditional yarn.

So where is the line?  Is there a line?  is it a thick bold line, or is it blurred and skewed? 

Okay, your turn.  Discuss!   Grin

137  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Time to think about the next Sheep to Shawl Challenge! on: December 09, 2011 07:29:35 AM

Okay Ladies (and gents if you're out there.  I know there are male spinners in the world!)  time to think of themes or concepts for our next sheep to shawl challenge!

A few ideas:

Fleece to fashion - Make what ever you please, from what ever you please!
specialty fibers/blends to socks
spin it lace and make something delicate
spin it funky  and make something cool/artful
Should we go color themes?  
Should we stick to one fiber?
Should we all be making the samething?

Rules will be:

~You must dye your fiber. (either before or after spinning or knitting/crocheting/weaving)
~You must spin your fiber.
~You must make something with any yarn craft.(what ever theme is chosen- make something appropriate to your yarn)

Any more ideas/themes/concepts?  What time line would be appropriate?  Was 2 months plenty last time?  or to much?

Voting for theme will start on the 1st of January.  So speak now, or forever hold your peace!  Theme voting will last 7 days, then the challenge will be posted!
138  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday Dec 2, 2011 on: December 02, 2011 07:53:17 AM
Happy Fiber Friday!

This week I was inspired by something Pluckyfluff posted on her facebook page this specifically  I thought I had chenielle, but it was mostly eyelash in the bag, so I opted for eyelash instead.  There were the results:

Miscelaneous singles plied and wrapped with eyelash by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Miscelaneous singles plied and wrapped with eyelash by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

This one will be turned into a toque (aka beanie, for those who aren't canucks) for my daughter!

BFL wrapped in eyelash by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

This one was a painted merino top I attempted to spin fractally. But I must have split the top to heavy to the one side, as I ran out of the short color runs before they got all the way through the long ones. It's still pretty.  

attempt at a fractal spin!  Merino by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Thats what I've been up too, what about you?
139  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber friday, November 18, 2011 on: November 18, 2011 10:12:45 AM
 Grin  Yay for Friday's!  Yay for Fiber!!

Here's the brown with blue nubs from a couple weeks ago, all finished up:

wool, bulky with nubs by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And it's companion:

Wool - bulky by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And a squishy merino single:

DSCF4028 by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And a bamboo corespun:

corespun bamboo by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And a merino 2 ply, sport weight. 8 oz.

Merino handspun 2ply, 8oz by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Okay I think that is it for now.. I do have a fail yarn, and some more dyed stuff drying, but I forgot pics of those.  But I'll be taking pics again later, as it's -18'C out there, and I can only handle so much picture taking at that temp Wink   Tongue
140  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday, November 4, 2011 on: November 04, 2011 11:16:58 AM
Wewt!  What's everyone been up to this week?

all lined up by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

The red and orange are from the sheep I got to help shear!  So fun to beable to take it straight from sheep to yarn!  I might ply them together, or just ply them upon themselves.

Dorset Cross by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Dorset Cross by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

This brown/blue one will be plied with a single of the brown, hopefully by the end of the weekend.

Wool with wool coccoons by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And this is silk I've been working on for months.... I keep getting distracted.

Silk by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And this is some yarn from the sheep I helped shear, as well.  It's for a project for the farmers!  The skein on the left was plied by me, and the skein on the right was plied by my son.

Dorset cross by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Anywhoo, Happy Fiber Friday!

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