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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday the 13th, 2007! on: July 12, 2007 09:29:16 PM
Happy Fiber the 13th! I stayed up late and am jumping on right away. This is the best place to be on Fridays.  Smiley I've been spinning a lot for the Tour de Fleece and here is what I've got to show so far.

Three of the four of these yarns were spun from the same hand-dyed roving I bought at the Black Sheep Gathering. This stuff was dyed by Ronnie's handspun's nine year old grandson. I loved to story and I loved the colors. I decided to try spinning it in different ways as an experiment. A sport weight, a worsted to bulky, a boucle and a single (TBA - next week?)

First one here is called "Canterbury" since that was the stage of the Tour de France I watching while spinning. It's that very roving, spun into a single a plied with steel colored thread.

The second yarn here is the same roving spun into a 2-ply sport to dk weight yarn. 3.9 oz, 160 yards. It's called vegetable garden.

vegetable patch. Yes, the same roving spun into a 2-ply worsted to bulky weight yarn. I like how the colors didn't blend as much in this one compared to the one above. Would you believe it's all the same roving?

The last one here is called spring cleaning. It's a lemon-lime boucle style yarn with a great deal of bounce. It's hand-dyed mill ends and mohair locks spun up and plied with wasabi crochet thread.

I can't wait to see this thread fill up with lovely yarns from all the talented craftster spinners!  Grin
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Tour de Fleece 2007 on: July 06, 2007 05:33:14 PM
This is the place to show off what you are spinning during the Tour de Fleece.

I'll get the ball rolling with some fiber I picked up recently at the Black Sheep Gathering. I'll be spinning some of this haul for sure. (Ignore the yarn for now) You're looking at a big white ball of merino-targhee-rambouillet blend, a braid of hand-dyed yarn from a nine year old boy, fluffy wine-colored wool, soysilk and a latte colored blend of merino and tencel. And I have more. But this is the picture for today!

I can't wait to see what everyone will share!  Smiley
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Tour de Fleece - 2007 on: June 13, 2007 09:56:46 AM
Ready for a spin-along? Welcome to the second annual Tour de Fleece - an online spin-along for people who spin yarn and play with fiber.

The Tour de France is coming! It begins on Saturday, July 7th. I can hardly believe it's been a year but here we are again and I am really excited. Of course, you don't have to be obsessed with the 'Tour' like I am to spin-along.

The first Tour de Fleece was in 2006. Here is the original discussion thread. We had 16 spinners but I hope to have even more this year. The concept is simple, They spin, we spin. A real spinning themed spin-along.

Want to participate? There are three ways. You choose - do one, two or all three:

1. Sign up here. I will create a completed objects thread to show off your spinning.
2. We also have a Flickr pool here. Join the group and show off your homespun in the pool!
3. My blog. (I know this is a sensitive area... you do not have to go there to participate)

Guidelines (NOT RULES):

1. Spin every day the Tour rides, if possible. Saturday July 7th through Sunday July 29th. Days of rest: Monday, July 16th, Tuesday July 24th. (Just like the actual tour)
2. Spin something challenging Wednesday July 25th. (The last hard climbing mountain stage in the Pyrenees - Col dAubisque)
3. Take a button if you want one. Then we can use the button on our blogs in show of solidarity. Take it from here or grab a clean one from the flickr pool.
4. Wear yellow on Sunday July 29th to announce victory. Why not wear yellow on any day you feel particularly successful? (Yellow is the color of the race leader in the Tour - but here we are all 'race leaders')
5. Other colors if desired: Green (sprinter - think FAST), Polka-dot (climber - as in uphill), and white (rookie)
6. In the event I am the ONLY person doing this, no public mocking.

Since last year, there are new rules on Craftster about advertising blogs. To be clear, no one has to visit my blog to participate. You can spin along strictly on Craftster if you'd like.

What do you think?
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday - April 20th on: April 19, 2007 10:59:59 PM
Happy Fiber Friday everyone! Because I am staying up late, I get to start it off this week  Grin

I've got 8 yarns to share! They went to alwaysinmyroom in a swap and she's received, so no spoilers. I don't know why I think other people would worry about me spoiling a swap, but there it is. Now, on to the yarn!

Here's a bumpy jewel-toned yarn: 2.9 oz, 107 yards

Another Rainbow: Two singles spun in rainbow order, then plied together. Will make a rainbow striped something when knit

Another in the crayons series: 2.3 oz, 105 yards

Another in the mangowood series: 3.3 oz, 138 yards

I'm not sure what to call this: 2.9 oz, 159 yards

This one was meant to be pretty: 2.8 oz, 65 yards

Blues, white, holographic thread and real pearls: 2.4 oz, 79 yards

Always In My Room: (that's what the beads spell out) with coils, 2.8 oz, 90 yards.

Thanks for letting me show off! I can't wait to see what else is out there today! TGIFF
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Anyone know a good place to process fleece? on: March 23, 2007 04:54:58 PM
Okay so I got this major score almost 6 months ago - about 11 pounds of raw merino. Perhaps some people here remember me bragging about it, lol. It's really really greasy and dirty, but with a lot of potential. I finally got to cleaning it yesterday and...

Washing this fleece is a major drag!

It took all afternoon and I haven't even made a dent in the box. The fleece isn't that clean yet either, after repeated washings. And I had to disinfect my whole kitchen afterwards. (manure tags, yummy) Well, I'm OVER it!

I've heard that some places can screw up merino and it comes back all dried out and I'm terrified. Anyone ever send fleece out for processing? Any recommendations?
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Yarn Swap for Rapunzel Scarf Gallery on: March 02, 2007 09:21:22 PM
Welcome to the gallery!

Swap name: Yarn swap for rapunzel scarf
 Craftster member who is organizing this swap: knitwit
 Sign-up date range: 2/12/07 2/26/07
 Date to send item by: March 12th, 2007

The original swap thread is here:

Here is a link to the famous Rapunzel Scarf:

Post your yarns and your completed scarves here!
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 2/16/07 on: February 16, 2007 12:15:54 AM
It's finally Friday! I've got four yarns to show off this week. All of them different. First is Coral Reef, strung with real pearls. 2.9 oz, 149 yards.

Next up: Mangowood. Mostly brown with bits of different oranges here and there. It's a worsted single, 2.9 oz. 121 yards. I'm happy it seems well balanced.

Third we have Chaos: 2.5 oz, 86 yards. Lots of odd bits of cotton yarn spun into it.

Finally... Oil slick. This was fun to do. I took small amounts of different wool colors, (The black is alpaca) and spun two singles and plied them together. I also used a crazy batt I carded with bamboo and silk bits for shine. It's really fun to change colors often. 2.7 oz, 66 yards.

I can't wait to see the yarnahol!
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Yarn Swap for Rapunzel Scarf on: February 12, 2007 09:27:10 AM
Swap name: Yarn swap for rapunzel scarf
 Craftster member who is organizing this swap: knitwit
 Sign-up date range: 2/12/07 2/26/07
 Date to send item by: March 12th, 2007

 Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no

 Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

 All ages allowed? Or 18+? All ages!

 Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
 - Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
 - Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
 - Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
 - Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

 Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
 - Has been a member for at least one month: YES
 - Has posted at least 15 times: YES
 - Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
 - Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
 - Does not have any negative feedback: YES

 Details of swap:

The idea is to swap different bits of yarn (and ribbon and strips of fabric) out of your stash around to multiple people, and in the end we all have enough to make Rapunzel scarves.

Here is a link to the famous Rapunzel Scarf:

The basic scarf is made from 30 pieces of ten foot yarn. (ribbons, strips of fabric, etc.) To participate in this swap, you will need to send 6 different pieces of ten-foot lengths of yarn (etc) to five partners. (Total = 30 pieces) Depending on the number of people who sign up, this number may need to be tweaked a bit, so please remain flexible on the matter. You may need to send a little more or less to make everything fair and even.

This swap is a little different from other swaps in that you will be shipping to multiple partners. The good news is that your yarn (etc.) can fit in an envelope and will weight very little.

Because of multiple shipping addresses you will not need to get DC numbers. Note this is different from other swaps. However, a receipt from the post office is required. This will be the only way you can prove you shipped if anything goes wrong with the mail. If you cannot produce a scan or copy of this receipt if your package goes missing, you will get negative feedback.
If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

 Name of swap
 Craftster username
 Email address
 Your real name
 Mailing address including the country
 Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? (Please, please, please be willing to do this we are using envelopes and the weight is very light)

Depending on the number of participants, we may get to express a few preferences. (I will try to match up people with preferences, but it may not be possible)

What sort of yarn (ribbons, strips of fabric, etc.) would you prefer to send?
What sort of yarn (etc.) would you prefer to receive?
What are your favorite colors/what colors would you like to recieve?
Would you rather have everything be the same color/colorway, or would you like smaller amounts of different colors?


 Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

Here is our gallery:

Strikethrough - Feedback received

PARTNERS: (Name > sending to)

1. knitwit > Yellowblanket, crazy_girl, LUBEE, lyler523, jezebel_1982

2. Zaftig Momma > yellowblanket, kristieb, ellie.henry, Craft-matic, jezebel_1982

3. Velvet Rose (formerly enchanted_wool) > Zaftig Momma, kristieb, peachcake, TwiztidBlood, LUBEE

4. yellowblanket > AMondernMantra, crazy_girl, moonlightbliss33, iloveoctopus, lyler523

5. kristieb > Velvet Rose, peachcake, TwiztidBlood, valsped, jezebel_1982

6. AModernMantra > skitterflex, Tadiera, Highway16, TwiztidBlood, Leeska

7. crazy_girl > moonlightbliss33, iloveoctopus, chipper, valsped, lyler523

8. ellie.henry > Zaftig Momma, AModernMantra, Highway16, chipper, LUBEE

9. skitterflex > ellie.henry, DarthSqurl, moonlightbliss33, iloveoctopus, craft-matic

10. DarthSqurl > Zaftig Momma, skitterflex, Tadiera, Highway16, iloveoctopus

11. Tadiera > ellie.henry, Highway16, peachcake, craft-matic, valsped

12. Highway16 > knitwit, skitterflex, Tadiera, peachcake, Leeska

13. Moonlightbliss33 > yellowblanket, crazy_girl, DarthSqurl, Highway16, craft-matic

14. peachcake > knitwit, Velvet Rose, chipper, Leeska, LUBEE

15. iloveoctopus > yellowblanket, AModernMantra, chipper, craft_matic, valsped

16. chipper > Velvet Rose, ellie.henry, peachcake, Leeska, LUBEE

17. TwiztidBlood > kristieb, AModernMantra, skitterflex, DarthSqurl, jezebel_1982

18. Leeska > knitwit, yellowblanket, kristieb, Tadiera, moonlightbliss33

19. Craft-matic > knitwit, Zaftig Momma, Velvet Rose, chipper, TwiztidBlood

20. LUBEE > knitwit, AModernMantra, skitterflex, valsped, jezebel_1982

21. valsped > crazy_girl, DarthSqurl, Tadiera, iloveoctopus, lyler523

22. lyler523 > crazy_girl, ellie.henry, DarthSqurl, moonlightbliss33, Leeska

23. jezebel_1982 > Zaftig Momma, Velvet Rose, kristieb, TwiztidBlood, lyler523
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Ashford wheel cheap on Ebay on: August 29, 2006 08:36:13 AM
It has nothing to do with me but I like to see wheels go to good homes! I've seen a lot of spindle users are saving up for wheels and I just saw this listing on Ebay:


It's cheap because you have to pick it up in CT. For $25 she'll deliver it to Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachuetts. Just spreading the word, good luck!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Dice stitch markers on: August 18, 2006 04:32:23 PM
Here are some little dice stitch markers for noting one's place in knitting projects, and I just made a whole bunch! I never made these before but I've been inspired by some that I've seen here on Craftster lately and thought... I should try that!

If you have some pliers and basic findings, you can make them too! Believe me, I didn't know what I was doing and they came out great!

The clever thing about these stitch markers is that they are convertible to 2 sizes! The second ring is smaller, and fits best around size 0 through 5. The top ring is larger, and fits best on sizes 5 through 10.5...Can you tell how pleased I am with myself for thinking of it? I'm just hoping they won't get themselves into trouble as much, now that they fit better.

PS - this photobucket widget really rocks! Posting photos was a snap!
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