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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Scarf from Knitwit's Handspun - Hawaiian Dreams on: January 29, 2008 09:34:40 AM
Wow!!! I can't believe it's been that long either. Your scarf looks great - you did a very good job of it  Grin
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: January Jamboree! - IYP5 Gallery on: January 28, 2008 05:20:12 PM
I only wish everyone could get flaked on in this manner (!) I am totally blown away by this beautiful and thoughtful package... thank you so much animegirlie!

I got very very spoiled in this swap  Grin
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Homecoming // IYP7 Swap Gallery on: September 08, 2007 05:13:07 PM
This gallery is really fantastic! I couldn't even list everything that blows me away... but I want to say well done so far!  Grin

I'd like to show off what the lovely Jazzybelle sent to me. I feel really lucky because shortly after this swap started my life got sort of hard and I didn't do as much as I wanted to for her... and yet, she was there for me and did a great job anyway. Everything suits me well - Thanks Jaz!  Kiss

Cute bicycle fabric and homemade knitting needles:

art! Bicycle art! yay!

A really sweet hand knitted bag:

A bike cube, a wallet and matching coin purse, and a stunning mixed paper journal that ties with ribbon that's too nice to use (!)

Homespun. Beautiful - THANK YOU. It's a big treat to be able to knit with someone else's homespun:

I'm just loving everything - thanks for making all this great stuff Jazzybelle! You really did a great job!
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Tour de Fleece 2007 on: August 05, 2007 08:56:25 AM
Soth - that is truly amazing! Congrats on a job well done!  Smiley

I have a bit more info on the feather yarn. I first looked up some technique in the book: Spinning Designer Yarns by Diane Varney. The book confirmed what I thought: 2-ply yarn, trapping the stem of each feather in a coil during the plying process.

I spun a single of natural light grey wool first then plied it with a rainbow strand. I made a coil with the grey yarn (which was more woolly) to trap each feather in place. Side note: I used a red feather at the point where the contrast yarn was red, and so on. I got the crazy dyed feathers at Michael's, btw.

My advice: way over-spin the single first, so you don't over-ply while doing your coils. That is if you desire spinning with feathers.

I was nervous about setting the twist. I didn't want to ruin the feathers by getting them wet. I just misted the yarn while it was on the niddy noddy and let it hang out in a hot place for a few days. It seems okay.

The feathers are locked in pretty tight too. I'll try to get some more pictures taken, but it may be a while. I'll try to get a detail of how the feathers are locked in. I already posted one other picture in this thread when it was still on the bobbin - that may help. Anyway, thanks for the kind words. This has been fun!
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 8/3/2007 on: August 03, 2007 04:52:41 PM
Hi everyone! Happy fiber Friday! Yay! I didn't want to double post yarn pictures on Craftster so here is a group shot of what I spun this week. Detailed pics are in the Tour de Fleece thread. Yes, now that it's over I won't have this problem again for a while.  Wink

I love this week's yarns - I can't even list them all but I love them!  Smiley
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Tour de Fleece 2007 on: August 03, 2007 04:43:20 PM
I'm totally blown away by all of the amazing spinning here! Good job everyone!  Grin
Here are the last yarns I've got for the Tour...

Feathers: 69 yards, 2.2 oz. I spun this on challenge day.

Small box: 85 yards, 1.8 oz.

Woodland sprite: 1.8 oz, 77 yards.

Neapolitan: Chocolate, vanilla and strawberry inspired yarn with ice cream cone charms! The charms were made by Laughing Lark. 78 yards, 2.9 oz.

This last yarn was spun on the last day of the Tour de Fleece, 2007... while watching the last day of the Tour de France on TV. It's a tribute to the yellow jersey on the cobblestones of Paris. It's a single yarn made from natural merino, hand-dyed yellow mill ends, and recycled sari silk. 81 yards, 1.9 oz.

Again, well done spinners!  Smiley
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 7/27 on: July 31, 2007 07:47:24 PM
That seaweed yarn is AMAZING!  Grin YUM!
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Shop the Swap Round 4 - Discussion on: July 29, 2007 08:48:12 PM
I appreciate the discussion here about how to handle our problems and also say thank you to our organizers!

I've been quiet on these issues because I'm having internet access problems as well as personal problems and am simply trying to stay afloat. I managed to get online now, so I'm going to add 2 cents... warning, this may be a terrible and much hated idea!  Cheesy

There are a few problems here that are related. Too many points in the economy, and people leaving the swap with less points than they started with.

Craftster has a rule actually, that you can't receive in a swap without sending. If people are leaving this swap with less points than they started, they are technically in violation of this rule. This should probably be addressed.

Here comes the crazy idea: (which addresses both problems)

Now that we are in round 4, going on to round 5, we have a lot of people who just roll from month to month, taking points with them, why don't we say all new swappers who join start with 0 points. That way, they can't spend until they sell something. They can leave anytime, with 0 points. If they want to shop, they have to sell. But there is no pressure, they can play as much as they are motivated to. In the beginning this wouldn't have worked because we needed points to get things rolling. Well, the economy is really rolling now, with more than 3 points per person on average.

I'm okay if this idea gets trashed. I don't even know if I'm coming back.  Smiley  But it does sound like taking points away from people who earned them is really unpopular.

Thanks again organizers, this can't be easy!
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 7/27 on: July 27, 2007 07:09:45 AM
I love all the rich yarns posted so far. I've got some that I just posted in the Tour de Fleece thread. Here is a group shot:

10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Tour de Fleece 2007 on: July 27, 2007 07:06:34 AM

Okay, here are the week's yarns:

Contador: Here is a yarn made in honor of the young cyclist Alberto Contador. This was spun on the day he won his first stage ever in the Tour de France. The colors of his Discovery team (blue, green, black) are here with white for the best young rider jersey he wears and one yellow stripe for the sleeve the Discovery team has in honor of Lance Armstrong. The whole deal is plied with wasabi green crochet cotton. 138 yards, 4 oz.

Montpellier: I spun this while watching the Tour de France wind it's way to Montpellier. Bold, bouncy colors plied with steel grey thread. Mixed wool, merino/tencel. 2.9 oz, 116 yards.

Velouria: some purples, wine, honey, mahogany, and peach plied with steel grey thread. Mixed wools, merino and tencel. 2.8 oz, 107 yards.

Sea Change: 2-ply wool progressing from blue to green to yellow.  3.5 oz, 99 yards.

Red Buttons: This yarn is hot! All shades of red, orange and yellows, plied with black thread strung with buttons. 3.2 oz, 142 yards.

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