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1  Re: Fiber Friday the 13th, 2007! in Spinning: Completed Projects by princesakati on: July 13, 2007 02:57:12 PM
OMG!  I can finally participate in Fiber Friday!
Here's my contribution:

It's pretty much my first yarn EVER, spun on a drop spindle.  I described them in more length in a seperate post, but I was just so excited to participate in FF that I had to post them here too!
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2  I got a drop spindle and I made some yarn! in Spinning: Completed Projects by princesakati on: July 13, 2007 02:51:27 PM
So I told my mom I wanted a drop spindle, and randomly enough, she found one a few days later cleaning her basement.  That was pretty cool!  And since I had some roving for needle felting, I got started right away:

From left to right:
1. This is the first yarn I made. Yarn is kind of an exaggeration, it's more like a blobby and randomly twisted piece of roving. I plied it with some white Lamb's Pride to make it look a little more convincingly yarny. I think it could be passed off as an art yarn... Incidentally, the mohair/merino roving is an excellent demonstration of color theory -- it looks brown, but is actually all different colors mixed together -- I don't even think there's actually any brown in it! It's really cool because every now and then one of the colors will show up dramatically.

2. This is a demonstration of my insanity. I am incapable of getting rid of things (I am going to be one of those old ladies found dead in a filthy house beneath a giant heap of newspapers that toppled over on me)* and I save the little scraps of yarn from all my projects. Well, I knew they'd eventually be good for something, I tied them all end to end and twisted them together, then plied them with a novelty yarn. It looks really fun and fringey and colorful -- I like how it turned out!

3. This is my masterpiece so far! It's made mostly out of the merino/mohair, but has little bits of the Cherry Tree Hill puffs joined in randomly. It's not perfectly even, by a long shot, but it's starting to look like real yarn!

It's not quite the first time I've spun with a drop spindle; many years ago, at hippy school in Vermont (Hi, Holly!) I spent an afternoon making some very nice wool rope.

Anyway, I have no idea what I'm going to do with these things now. Any suggestions?

Also, just for fiber porn purposes, here are some really awesome batts I got from Miss Hawklet:

*probably ought to keep that to myself.
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3  Christmas M&P soaps! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by princesakati on: December 16, 2006 10:51:33 AM
From least to most interesting.

1.  Christmas soaps.  Clear red with purple opaque stars and gold skin-safe glitter.  Scented with a mix of orange, tangerine and lime oils that maybe aren't quite skin safe but smell extremely good together, like fruit punch.  Oh, and the stars are left over from another project and are scented with ginger, but you can't really smell them over the other scents.  these will go to my parents and godmother.



the next 2 projects are more complex and require a little explanation.  my sister and I (and I do hope she's not lurking here now that i think about it) were very taken with the steak soaps and she mentioned that she thought it would be funny to see a cake of soap that actually looks like a cake.  and so I bought a mini cake pan and the layered lemon/poppyseed cake was born:

scented with lemon oil, with honey and poppyseeds added.  the icing is white opaque soap with honey added.  I made it in layers, there is actually a layer of "icing" between 2 cake layers.  you can't really see it in the picture, but I also sprinkled sea salt on top to look like sugar.

now before I post the next one, I have to explain that my sister has this issue with lime jello molds -- when she was 5 or so, she liked them, and my grandmother mistook a youthful phase for a lifelong passion.  she's 18 now, hates jello, and my grandmother continues to force lime jello molds on her. 
so to annoy her, I made the following soap:

first i made some small bars of opaque soap in lemon and orange scent, colored yellow and orange and pink.  then I chopped them up, put them in the mold, and poured clear green lime-scented soap in.  I did it in 2 layers because I didn't want all the "fruit" sinking to the bottom.
Alas, when I pried it out of the mold, the layers came apart.  I was breifly upset, then realized that my sister retains an odd fondness for kool-whip.  so I melted some opaque soap and used it to glue the "jello" layers together.

I can't even look at this soap without laughing, I think it's so hilarious and I'm so ridiculously pleased with how it turned out.  I'm going to post a couple more photos because I get such a kick out of it.

Isn't it alarmingly realistic looking?
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4  snape bag (my first stencil EVER) in Stenciling: Completed Projects by princesakati on: December 16, 2006 10:37:56 AM
For Christmas I am almost exclusively making home-made gifts (because I am pretty broke...) and was running out of ideas to make something for my sister.  Then another craftster posted a card she had made using a kittybuttons stencil in the stocking swap gallery and kindly posted the link to the site (http://www.kittybuttons.com/wordpress/).  I looked over the tutorials, downloaded the snape stencil, blew it up and printed it out on cardstock, et voila!

I was always frightened of stenciling for some reason but now I've tried it and see that it's really quite easy, suddenly I see endless possibilities!
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5  Re: Christmas Stocking Swap 2 in The Swap Gallery by princesakati on: November 27, 2006 04:17:24 PM
Yay!  I got my package from Petunia today!  

Check out the crocheted detail on the stocking!  

Here is a picture of all the loot together.  Shainna picked up on the fact that I have an unhealthy obsession with purple... even the box is purple!

the gifts are an AMAZING felty scarf (which I am wearing right now!) (it's very soft and smells nice too) and flower pin, a treasure box, sparkly earrings, candy, a croched snow flake, a m and m guy, a card with cats on it (which is appropriate, as I have several), purple playing cards (where did you ever find such a thing?), a purple beaded angel, and my 2 favorite candies, maple sugar and a chocolate orange!

here is a close up of the scarf, the earrings, and the little box.  The box is so cool, the lid is full of beads, so it's like a kaliedoscope.  I love shiney things and could play with it for hours.

Thank you so much Shainna!  I couldn't have asked for a better swap partner!

And thank you sevsonlygirl, you did a great job pairing us up!

edited to replace miniature pictures.
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6  Re: Swat Team kitties! Knitted amigurumi-along! in Knitalongs by princesakati on: September 22, 2006 02:51:43 PM
Here is my first kitty!  His ears turned out a little wierd (on my second kitty, which now lives with my sister, I cast on 11 rather than 9 and the ears turned out much better), but he is the first stuffed animal I have ever knit, so I'm pretty pleased with how he turned out.
here he is sitting on my knitting basket:

and here he is with his proud owners!

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7  Re: Katamari/Amish Puzzle Ball Craftalong! in Craftalongs by princesakati on: September 22, 2006 02:42:29 PM
ok!  here is mine: (on my newly CLEAN craft table!!!  woo woo!)

I cut the wedges 3" by 1.5".  Next time I think I will make them wider.  My stitches don't look great either, Marmota -- I guess I could sew on some buttons to disguise them, but I think I'll give this to my friend's baby, and she probably shouldn't have buttons.

I'm not super crazy about how it turned out -- but now I know how to make it, my next one will be AWESOME.  My husband likes it and wants me to make him one the size of a soccer ball.  I don't really know why, but OK.
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8  Dragon pillow (don't look e.b.!) MANY PICS in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by princesakati on: September 22, 2006 02:34:28 PM
e.b. is my sister.  She just started college.  About 2 weeks before school started she informed my mom that she wanted a quilt and presented her with a whole bunch of swirly lines scribbled on graph paper.
Somehow my mom was able to translate that into an appliqued quilt.  Here it is.  (it's all wadded up on a chair.  That's ok because it is a remarkably ugly quilt.)

Fortunately she's going to school in Georgia so she won't need the quilt for another month or so...
Anyhow, I decided that she needed a pillow to match!  So here's the front: (hmm, it's much more centered in real life than it looks in the photo!)

close-up of the dragon:

and here's the back!  to keep it from being boring despite the overwhelming swirliness, I added this little skull:

and here's a close up of the skull

the pillowcase is a little bit small for the insert, which is why it's a little bit bunchy looking, but my experience has been that inserts tend to squish down fairly rapidly, so I'm hoping it'll look a little better after she's had it for a while.

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9  Hula Doll! in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by princesakati on: September 22, 2006 02:24:37 PM
I embroidered the hula girl a while ago and then she was just hanging out on a piece of muslin.  The french knot chain was inspired by someone here, but like I say, it was a while ago so I don't remember who (sorry!).  Anyway, I felt bad for the poor thing so I turned her into a little doll!  I had a fit of fevered inspiration and whipped it up, if I'd taken a little time and planned I probably would have put a gusset (I think that's the word) on the bottom so she had a base and filled her with pellets so she could stand up.  As it is, she leans against my printer and amuses me while I type!

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10  Re: desperately seeking cowgirl in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by princesakati on: September 22, 2006 02:19:50 PM
Here is doula-do's cowgirl!

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