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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / clapotis on: December 07, 2009 09:02:36 AM
Here's my clapotis.  I knit it with fingering weight handspun on size 7 circulars.  It doesn't crunch up like the pattern shows, which I think is due to both the large gauge and the fact that I blocked it flat but I actually like it better this way.

Symphony, approx. 21" X 62" :

22  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday - November 20, 2009 on: November 24, 2009 07:39:42 PM
Frog's hair, methinks Cheesy

I took WPI of a thicker section and it was 32.  I haven't done it again since I skeined off...but I will once I start the lace scarf it's destined for.  I'm hoping it's not too fine for the pattern as it's gorgeous in its simplicity.  I can't really go down needle sizes as I will need just about every yard at the gauge the pattern calls for. 
23  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday - November 20, 2009 on: November 24, 2009 04:02:55 PM
I'm mostly completely late but here's my contribution for the week:

100% silk roving, 4 oz, 1122 yards, cobweb lace:

24  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 30 October 2009 on: October 30, 2009 10:00:06 AM
Well, looks like I get to start us out this week!  I don't have any new yarns, but I DO have new fiber!  So, here we are:

Dyed up for the following bags.

Dyed up for the following bags.

Also dyed for the following bags.

Dyed for the following bags, too.

Okay, this is the first of 5 colorways.  I got a bunch of fun goodies together and I mixed them all up and put them in a bag and I call them my "Fiber Porn Grab-and-Spin [FPGS] Bags."  They're a lot like batts in that there are lots of fun things and texture mixed together, but they allow for more control over which pieces go where.  I spun this yarn from an experimental grab bag I made last fall:

So.  A couple more of the colorways:

Hooray!  Can't wait to see what you've all got in store! Cheesy

EDIT: Oh, I almost forgot!  I also carded up some superwash/nylon blends with socks in mind.

25  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with quilt expansion on: October 11, 2009 09:25:37 AM
I love pinwheels as well, which is why I considered adding them to this quilt Cheesy

Hm, I didn't think of two borders.  That's a good idea!  I do want more blocks around the center, though...Two to four feet of border just wouldn't do it for me.  I think that two borders may be a better transition out from the center, though, depending on what I decide to add. 

I may add a round of blocks with silhouettes of instruments and other musical paraphernalia, followed by a round of (?), followed by a pieced piano keyboard across the top and bottom.  I would only add one round and then the keyboard but I think that blocks 1 foot square would be too big with the center (each rectangle is about 2.5" long).  I don't want the center to get swallowed up, and at the same time, I want to make sure the additions aren't too boring.  Smiley
26  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Help with quilt expansion on: October 10, 2009 11:29:23 PM
I'm new over here in the quilting side of Craftster Smiley So, hello everyone!

This is probably the first real quilt project I've taken on.  I decided to go simple for the first one.  Long story short, I started this quilt ages (think 5+ years) ago, and I finally bought my own machine and finished putting this together this evening.  It's about a meter square, and I'd like a quilt that's about 7 feet by 5 feet when I'm done.  So, I need to add a couple of rounds, and I can't decide what blocks to use.  

Here are a couple of pictures of the center:

I was thinking of adding a 1-2" border around the whole center in either solid black or something gold-ish (definitely leaning towards black).  I also was considering blocks with a solid or small-print background and a eighth note shape stitched on top.  I also have been thinking of pinwheel blocks such as this one: http://quiltstosell.com/pinwheel_block_0.jpg with red as the large triangle, black on the inner small ones and beige on the outer small ones.  

Any other ideas??  Thanks in advance Smiley

EDIT: My mom liked the visual of the center placed vertically, so here it is, if it helps.

27  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday- Oct 9, 2009 on: October 10, 2009 11:18:59 PM
Oooh, silverstah, you've got some rockin' stuff going on this week!

Here's the (meager) offering I have.  Somehow I didn't get a picture of the 2-ply I did and I'm too lazy to go take one ATM.  It's the "good" yarn this week.

So, the dyeing I did (my apologies for the pictures - I asked the SO to take pictures for me and I forgot that his idea of good pictures are ones where you can only see the whole thing, and I spun it up before I remembered to check):

This is the first batt I dyed.  I hated it at first, and I had intended to dye up the other batt the same way but then I didn't like it at all.  So then I dyed the second batt in complementary colors, intending to ply them:

Hoorah, mission achieved, right?  Well, then I spun up the first one thick and thin (it felted a bit in the dyeing process Sad ) and I got this GORGEOUS thing out of it:

And now I'm knitting it into a scarf for my sister, who loves all things pink.  It's striping itself although I didn't spin it with that in mind at ALL.  It's also got too much twist since I spun it with plying in mind, so the scarf is slanting to the right like mad Smiley

I'm going to (probably) get a drum carder tomorrow!!!  And, I placed an order from SSS Cheesy Fibery fantasticness on its way!
28  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday- Oct 9, 2009 on: October 09, 2009 09:27:25 AM
Stained glass is absolutely fantastic! 

I do have a couple of yarns and a couple of dyeings but pictures aren't uploaded to the computer yet so I'll be back later.  Consider this my placeholder Tongue
29  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday Oct 2, 2009 on: October 08, 2009 06:25:55 PM
Cyndi, in my experience, milk goes EVERYWHERE and sticks to all sorts of things but not to slightly rough skin the way silk does.  It got on my clothes, on my carpet, on my arms, but it didn't stick in the way you mean, where it catches every tiny protrusion.

I personally enjoy nylon because I love anything with a long staple, but it's easy to give yourself "yarn burn" with it if you're not careful (I hope that makes sense lol).  In hopes of better explanation: when I spin tencel sometimes I have a hard time drafting it because it's so slippery and because it's easy to get too much twist behind into the roving, and if I'm not paying attention, I try to draft the yarn roughly and it rubs my skin raw (usually in the first knuckle area). 
30  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: single to ply? on: October 07, 2009 04:36:52 PM
EDIT: This is not the thread I wanted to reply to!  Silly me Smiley
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