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11  Re: Harry Potter Swap 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by SpecialKRJ on: September 14, 2009 06:55:41 PM
Well, I took my package to send it off, and when I got home, there was another box waiting for me from cursivequeen. Yay! So many goodies!

I had to take this picture first because these aren't going to last very long around me. If you can't tell from the picture, that's a bag of blood pops, some fudge flies, and a package of Drooble's Best Blowing Gum (which says it'll turn my mouth blue! Mwahaha!)

What you can't tell in the picture because I am a horrible photographer is that the bottles have etched onto them "Felix Felicis" and "Polly Juice Potion." Yay!  (By the way, luck tastes very much like food-colored lemonade. I don't recommend the Polly Juice, though. It tastes like it came from some dye solutions I had left over. Probably because it did.)

My partner's mom isn't a Potter geek, but she crocheted me these cute little potion bottles and trinket boxes. My mom threatened to steal the pink one from me, so it's currently in hiding.

School spirit for the win! Crocheted Gryffindor scarf and Gryffindor crest gloves, heck yeah!

Hogwarts Journal! This is cute, it's got little pages with stuff for you to fill in.

Hogwarts students gotta study! Good thing someone wrote little helpful notes in this copy....

This's just an awesome idea. It's a hogwarts cook book, with awesome recipes. Treacle tart, ton-tongue toffee, and my personal favorite... Volde-torte.

This is probably one of my favorite things that I got. I told cursivequeen that I loved the third book of the series the best, and that my favorite scene was the false climax in the shrieking shack with Snape and Lupin and Sirius. So what does she do? She makes me this gorgeous tote with an absolutely beautiful image of the Shrieking Shack on it. <3 LOVE it. So much.

So there's me posted! And now, I'm going to go spoil my dinner with some fudge flies!
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12  Is this a dropped stitch? (Picture included) in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by SpecialKRJ on: September 13, 2009 07:43:52 PM
So I've got the basic idea of how to fix a dropped stitch, even if it's back several rows, but what confuses me is knowing when I've actually dropped one. I'm knitting something now, and I think I may have dropped a stitch, but I'm not sure, since I didn't actually cast on a certain amount of stitches or count how many there were, as much as measuring the length as I went. I'm kind of flying by the seat of my pants. So when I saw this, I thought perhaps it was a dropped stitch.

Is this a dropped stitch? It's not as obvious what it looks like as in real life, but the edge of the fabric is nice and even, and then there's this big loose loop that looks out of place. Should I go ahead and draw that loopy thing up, in and out of the stitches above it? I haven't gotten very far, so I don't mind frogging the whole thing and starting over, but I think I should probably make sure to find out what a dropped stitch is when I have one. For future reference.
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13  Re: Fiber Friday Sept 5, 2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by SpecialKRJ on: September 04, 2009 12:35:03 PM
My first attempt at soft-spun singles, didn't work out so well. Came out more like...regular singles. Oh well

My first attempt at navajo plying was much more successful. Tada!

Okay, now it's everyone else's turn. Pics time!
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14  Re: INSUBORDIKNIT WORKSHOP BOOKED: SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS!!! in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by SpecialKRJ on: September 02, 2009 02:34:39 PM

Good news, everyone!

Dad: I will try to give a deposit on the whole weekend version.  You'll have to help me.
Dad: Or I could just send mom to the one in Holland and she could teach you when she gets back.
Me: I'll do my best to pay for the workshop and the wheel. what i really need is just someone to get me out there.
Dad: To San Antonio?
Dad: I think we can arrange that.
Me: Cool. Think we could arrange to go to the fiber festival in boerne in november? Out of curiosity.
Dad: Maybe.  Will have to see.

YAY! I might be going! And that means I have another excuse to really push getting a wheel! Oh, man, oh man oh man. I'm gonna start selling all my belongings to pay for it... If I do go, I'm totally going to wear a t-shirt that says my forum name. ^_^
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15  Fiber Friday, August 28, 2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by SpecialKRJ on: August 28, 2009 02:15:55 PM
It's almost 4pm here, and no fiber friday thread? :O I'm shocked!

Alrighty, here goes. I didn't do a lot of spinning this week, but I did spin up a little sample of the roving I dyed last week. Again, the colors are a lot paler and more muted here than in real life.

I also dyed up a bunch of roving. I was intending to make it look sort of like yams, but it wound up looking more like a dreamcicle. If you can't tell in the photo, there's a lot of white streaks as well as darker spots. It was really crazy before I attacked it with my DIY hackle. The shorter bits that were left on the hackle, I took off and carded. My mom says they look like carrots and I have to agree...

I went to Goodwill and Ross the other day looking for a dress for my mom and an ugly sweater for a project I'm doing. I didn't find an appropriate sweater, but I did find this little gem. For 99 cents! It was originally a funnel-neck, but I forgot to take pictures of it before I took off the neck. The tag reads, "40% merino, 30% viscose, 20% angora rabbit fur, 10% cashmere". I put the sweater on after I took off the collar, and it still looks pretty good. It's ridiculously itchy, too, so I guess I'll stick to hats and such with this yarn.

Half of the funnel neck, next to the other half in cake form.

Close-up of the yarn

I also grabbed this pretty little scarf. I wish I could've gotten both of them. The other one had slightly lighter tones of pink than this one, but the scarves themselves looked almost identical. I'm in love with it, not only because it's a pretty scarf, but because I'm going to cut it up and steal all the lovely yarn out of it. Cheesy

And that's it for me this week. Nothing particularly noteworthy. I need to finish up some other projects, so I won't really have time for much in the coming weeks, but I'll post what I do get done!

Now someone else post some pretty yarns! I need my weekly yarn-gazing fix, dangit!
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16  Fiber Friday 08/21/2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by SpecialKRJ on: August 21, 2009 01:55:39 AM
It's almost 4AM here, and I'm way too excited to wait for someone else to start the fiber friday thread!

This's a yarn I started ages ago and only recently finished. It was inspired by my favorite shampoo. Because my shampoo smells good and it says it's pomegranate and green tea. So that's what this is. Pomegranate & Green Tea.

And this's some roving I dyed ages ago. The colors are more pronounced in real life.

Let's see your stuff!
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17  Re: DIY Hackle in Spinning: Completed Projects by SpecialKRJ on: August 18, 2009 08:53:34 PM
Eek. Just out of a safety point of view, I would sand the points down some so that if a kitty does happen to attempt seppukku, the worst they'll get is an uncomfortable poke.

I got the hang of it a bit more last night. I was blending some BFL I'd dyed with some fire-engine-red roving from JoAnn's. I used one of those thingies that you put on an eyelet and whap with a mallet to put it into place. It has a hole. Yeah. I used that as a diz. I put the fiber back on the hackle three different times to try and blend it better, because it was kind of like I'd just stuck the rovings side by side the first time. Pics comin' right up!

This's the roving I dyed.

My mini-hackle (two combs screwed onto the handle of a breakfast tray XD)

The resulting roving

The colors aren't very accurate because my camera doesn't like me. In real life, it looks like watered down red kool aid with streaks of deep red here and there. I like it! I'm going to continue using that same roving for practice before I try to blend anything important.

AND! I was getting fed up with not having a proper diz, sooo I made one. It's pretty cool, actually...

Hope that wasn't too pic heavy. D: If it is, let me know and I'll change them to links. ^_^
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18  Re: The random SPINNY babble thread :-) in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by SpecialKRJ on: August 09, 2009 05:11:54 PM
Just got done dyeing some roving. Colors turned out awesome, and I put it through the spin cycle and it came out all fluffy and nice, almost completely dry (if it wasn't a bit cool to the touch, I wouldn't have known it was damp at all). I tried drafting it, though, and it's next to impossible. I sat for about fifteen minutes just fluffing the roving out, pulling it width-wise to separate the fibers, and it was still almost impossible to draft. I even tried whip-cracking the roving like I'd read on some blog somewhere. Still can barely get it to budge. I hung it up and figured I'll let it dry out a little longer and see if that helps.

So, pardon the noob question, but is it felted when it looks really wavy, kind of like when you crimp your hair? 'Cos my roving looks kind of like that.  (Picture included in case that sounds really weird. I would show the roving, but my dad's got the camera hidden somewhere.)

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19  Re: The random SPINNY babble thread :-) in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by SpecialKRJ on: August 03, 2009 11:38:19 AM
Weeeell, you inspired me to stop fearing my fiber. XD

I spun up a little of the gorgeous green painted roving sample I got with my blarney yarn order, and it looks aaaawesome! I haven't decided if I'll go ahead and spin up the rest of the ounce or save it for when I make my hackle. As for this little scrap of yarn, I've decided that it will be my first named yarn, even though there's probably not even enough there to interest my cat.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you... Herbal Remedy.

It's 4 yards of BFL, fingering weight, and I'm rather impressed with how it turned out.

The roving:

I need a wheel. ._.
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20  Re: Fiber Friday - 24 July 2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by SpecialKRJ on: July 24, 2009 06:13:36 AM
My picture's as bad as my yarn. Sad Sorry. I can't find the good camera, so I had to settle for my webcam. Ignore the crazy person in the background. I haven't been awake very long. >.<

Teeeny tiny ball of nondescript pill bottle cotton yarn that is way too thin and nubby to do anything with:

On the plus side, my cat doesn't mind how bad my spinning is. She'll steal it anyway.
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