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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! on: June 10, 2011 02:46:12 PM
Well, I'm just barely starting out but I finally have my craft room set up so I took pictures of everything and might as well share my machines. Smiley

Here's my Singer I'm attempting to get started with. Came from a little lady down the street who loved it but couldn't lift it anymore so she finally broke down and got one of those new-fangled plastic jobbies. It does weigh a ton.
I remember my mom having one of these when I was little (except it was green) and that was the only sewing machine I'd every played with before.

And here is what I believe to be a Morse IV Fotomatic 4400. (Please correct me if I'm wrong... I have no documentation on it or anything.) I need to find a place to have it looked at because it hasn't been kept in under most pristine of conditions so I'm not sure if it'll work or not. Hasn't been used in a looooooong time. My mom said the person who had it before loved it but it always "broke thread" for Momma so she gave up on it and it has just been sitting around or in storage or who knows where, here and there since.
I haven't gotten up the courage to plug it in myself. I'm afraid I'll break it if it's not already broken because I don't even know where to start with "checking it out." :-P

2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Do you have a spinning blog? on: June 07, 2011 06:04:22 PM
My crafty blog is:

Lately it has been mostly spinning since I just got my wheel and got my spindles not too long before that. I also knit a lot and am experimenting with dying fiber in various states.

I would love more input on my stuff and whatnot. Smiley
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: any spinners that don't really crochet or knit? on: November 04, 2010 07:56:49 PM
I don't spin, knit or crochet but have sheep.  I wonder if I could do a round robin kind of swap?  I could send fleece to someone who spins.  She keeps some of the yarn for herself and sends the rest on to someone who knits.  That person knits me something and keeps the rest for her projects.  That way I get something knitted from my own sheep and everyone else gets handspun yarn.  Is that crazy?

Crazy awesome!  Cheesy
Could certainly be a bear to orchestrate but would be a really really cool collaboration. I would love to participate in a project like that!
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Learn To Spin 2010: Source your tools on: November 04, 2010 09:08:26 AM
I'm super late to the game here but I ordered my supplier this week! I got one of the etsy kits with the top and bottom whorl spindles, undyed fiber, and hand-dyed fiber. And then, because I couldn't resist, I ordered some Knit Picks Wool of the Andes bare roving. I figure I'll need all the practice I can get. And their new Turkish spindle because I was just too curious. I have a problem. Lol. But I figure that one should be useful for ball winding, at the very least.

Going to read ahead on the next lesson this weekend and brush up on my handspinning book I bought ages ago but never had the tools to use it. Hopefully I'll be up 'n spinning in the next week or so.

I'm thrilled to finally be giving this a shot. I've wanted a spinning wheel since I was really little. Well before I ever even pondered knitting. I was just fascinated by them. And I'm fascinated by the idea or making my own yarn. But I've finally come to terms with the fact that I can't afford a wheel yet and should learn the basics about spinning in a hands on manner so I can better justify the price of a wheel when begging for one. Lol.
I better get to learnin' if I want to be ready for my alpaca farm some day, right? ;-)

*so excited*
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: i want to knit this, but can i get around this...?? on: December 16, 2008 05:41:55 AM
I don't really see why you couldn't replace that cast on in this situation. But if you want to learn about the crochet cast on, i believe there is a video on KnittingHelp.com. Smiley
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: My hat died today on: December 09, 2008 02:14:01 PM
Awe! That sucks terribly! *hugs* And the fact that your mom doesn't seem to care just adds insult to injury!

Maybe you could still give the hat a good home. Do you have any cousins or nieces or friends with kids who like dolls and might like a lovely felt hat for their favorite doll or stuffed animal? At least then, it would still be loved and used. Smiley

Or hey, you could even knit a stuffed animal to wear the hat then you'd have a cute way to display your first hat or a really cute gift!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: easy and quick patterns!! and how they make me sad on: December 09, 2008 02:10:44 PM
Simple things and small things have their place. There's nothing wrong with a well designed "quick knit." Something that is attractive and functional or cute and fun or whatever and just happens to work up quickly due to its size or uncomplicated nature. Like a nice stockinette stitch or ribbed hat, or a pair of simple wristwarmers, or a little stuffie.

What I have a bit of a problem with is the stuff that is "quick and easy" just for that sake alone. Often these are poorly constructed, unappealing to hideous, and serve little purpose other than instant gratification. When I can get that from a cute pair of well thought out wristwarmers or an attractive but simple hat, why would I want to whip up some god-awful monstrosity on US50 needles that will never see the light of day once it's finished?
I look at many of those patterns intended solely to be "quick and easy" and just think "But WHY?"

There's nothing wrong with simple and/or quick... I just don't get the whole idea of knitting things just because they are fast and mindless, rather than because they are desirable.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: just learned to knit what to make socks? on: December 02, 2008 10:06:33 AM
I say go for it.

I can't find the link to the tutorial I used but those both look good.

Also, the videos on [url]www.knittinghelp.com[url] are wonderful for learning new techniques. You can find almost any technique you need there including using DPNs, turning a heel, short rows, picking up stitches... as well as the basics like casting on and off, knitting, and purling. That's the best place to go when you get stuck because you can see exactly how to do something, in action. Smiley
9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.) on: December 02, 2008 05:03:33 AM
I think I know what you mean there. I think that might also be one reason why it's less splitty.

Have you washed up anything made from Eco yet? I'm curious how it feels afterward compared to before.

I should have probably washed a swatch before I started my top but hey, I feel accomplished that I swatched at all. Lol. Wink
10  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.) on: December 01, 2008 09:35:12 AM
Here's where I am now:

Separated the sleeves after 25 increase reps. The body is about mid-boob-length now but it's really hard to take a picture of it on myself, by myself, so that's the best I could do.
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