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21  Re: Fiber Friday Feb 27th 2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by knkurz on: February 27, 2009 07:04:03 AM
I've been busy this week!

First up-

Tumbleweed, flax with beads, 92 yards:


Chocolate-Dipped Chestnuts, wool with mohair, navajo ply, 72 yards:


Seaweed Wrap, 80/20 merino/silk, navajo ply, 78 yards:


Fairies and Dragons; superwash merino, Wensleydale locks, glitz; 34? yards:

And a recap-

Fingerpaints, superwash merino, 182 yards:
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22  Re: Fiber Friday 2.20.09! We love Fiber, yes we do! in Spinning: Completed Projects by knkurz on: February 20, 2009 07:33:33 PM
WAIT WAIT WAIT!! Does it count if I finish it on Friday?  I say yes, so here's "Fingerpaints":

It goes from this:

To this:

And what do you know?  It looks like a neckwarmer to me...

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23  Re: Dog Hair Yarn (Image heavy!) in Spinning: Completed Projects by knkurz on: February 19, 2009 08:04:52 AM
Thanks guys for all the encouraging comments Smiley

Here are a few pictures of the in-progress sock.  I'll put a finished picture in the first post when one is totally complete.  It's looking like I'm going to need about twice as much yarn as I have right now (weird, but whatever) so I'll have to call up the groomer again.   Undecided

This is the top of the sock down to the heel.  I'm almost done turning the heel.  Then the instep and the toe.  And then the other sock Tongue So I guess I'm about 1/3 of the way done.

Looking down on the front of the sock (where the foot part will come out).

Here you can see the halo that the yarn has.  They're pretty fuzzy socks!  Every time I knit, small bits of dog hair go everywhere, because a little bit of the halo works its way out for some reason.

Belladune: Making a sweater out of dog hair for a dog?!  What a cute idea Wink

Oh, and I almost forgot.  Persephone: I personally find it hardest to spin short hairs, but it can be done.  Cotton is a fiber spun by a lot of people, and its staple is SHORT.  Really grossly short.  Like 1/4" short (maybe I'm exaggerating a little, but I don't think so!).
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24  Dog Hair Yarn (Image heavy!) in Spinning: Completed Projects by knkurz on: February 17, 2009 06:42:24 PM
A friend of me has hired me to make him socks.  He said he wanted "warm socks" so I suggested dog hair.  He agreed, since he'll be wearing them outside of other socks anyway, and the project commenced.  I had to call around to just about every groomer in town to get one that answered the phone, but I got them to hold a bag of dog hair for me.  I picked it up the next day, and it was FUUUULLL of trash.  Dog nail clippings, potato chips, gravel, wrappers, and all sorts of gross stuff.  On top of all that, the dog hair in the bag was pretty grungy.  It was also full of second cuts and unusable pieces.  So I dutifully sorted through it, and here's what was left:

There were about 8 or 9 ounces here, which pretty much filled a Safeway bag.

I carded it and spun it:

And dyed it [he wants blue socks]:

And here's the first sock!!

(Just for size reference, my hand is 7" from the base of my palm to the tip of my middle finger)
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25  Re: 2009 12" Squares- February in Crochetalongs by knkurz on: February 16, 2009 08:15:43 PM
Here are my first and second heart squares of the month:

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26  Re: Fiber Friday 2-13-09 in Spinning: Completed Projects by knkurz on: February 13, 2009 06:34:20 AM
Eep!  It's friday already!  And look what I've done [not a lot, by the way]:

I call it Underwater Masquerade.

This week went by quickly.  I'm disappointed that I didn't get more things done.  Happy Friday everyone!  Great yarns so far.
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27  Re: 2009 12" Squares- February in Crochetalongs by knkurz on: February 12, 2009 10:57:10 AM
For those of you asking about fillers, I'm not using any.  I'm just making four of each month's block.

Here's my first of four for this month:

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28  Re: 2009 12" Squares- February in Crochetalongs by knkurz on: February 06, 2009 03:39:02 PM
Okay, I tried for the border.  I might have to frog everything but the heart in the center.

As you can see, it's curled.  Somehow, I'm not putting enough stitches, and the rounds are getting smaller (or at least not increasing).

Here you can see that the top of my center is 1-2 inches longer than the bottom of my center.  Therein lies the first of my problems.

This is the best overview shot I could get.

Help?? Huh
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29  Re: Fiber Friday Feb 6 in Spinning: Completed Projects by knkurz on: February 06, 2009 07:09:51 AM
Well, here's my contribution this week.

This was my first attempt at cotton.  I had trouble finding the right balance of twist.  Too little and it drifted apart, but it was really easy to get too much.  I haven't set the twist yet, and I'm hoping that helps some.

This is superwash merino which is featured in the background of the third cotton picture.  I think it's next...it was an utter failure as far as dyeing went, but I'm hoping I like the yarn a lot more.  If not, I can always re-dye it...

I also discovered flax!!  I absolutely love anything with a long staple length.  This particular color is hard to get a good picture of with the camera I have, it seems.  I will try again when the sun is out. 

And a quick repost of my first art yarn (because I'm so darn excited about it!).  I ordered some more locks so that I can make more fun stuff soon.  Hooray!
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30  Last night's unexpected productivity! in Spinning: Completed Projects by knkurz on: February 02, 2009 07:01:54 AM
I can't wait for next fiber friday to post this Cheesy

Also, I think it deserves its own post.

This is my first funky art yarn.  It's an equal mix of Cotswold curls and corriedale roving, with angelina thrown in to make it sparkle.

I found that in a couple spots, there was just not enough twist.  The problem with that is that I had been overspinning in other spots.  Guess that's what setting the twist is for?  Anyway, it drifted apart in a couple of places, but I fixed it with little knots.  In a chunky and fun art yarn, I don't think they matter. 

Anyway, here's Pumpkin Pie Spice:

It started out as this:

Oh, and here it is on the bobbin:
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