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1  Purple Haze All Round My Head! (pic gargantuan) in Spinning: Completed Projects by YarnWranglerC on: March 17, 2012 11:25:35 PM
Hello All!!! Shocked

I am here to show you the hooded collar (Purple Haze Hood {I love Jimmy}) that I made for this challenge. I started out with some white fiber from Sheep Shed, and spun it all up. I only used about half of the yarn I spun. I used the bluer of the purpleyarn, which was about 403 yards, at about a sport weight. My spinning is much more consistent now than when I made my shawl. The left over yarn that I did not use is about 468 yards.

Spun and Plied yarn soaking to set the twist

Three of the skeins hanging to dry before dying

The other 4 skeins hanging to dry

Dye bath before adding yarn. I used Jacquard Acid dyes in a mixture of Sky Blue and Fire Red to get a purple.

Yarn in bath after sitting in crock pot for about 40 minutes.

Four of the skeins drying.

All of the skeins drying. I measured my fiber, my dye,my vinegar, my water everything and still did not get dependable results. So you can see the difference in the colors.

The skeins and balls. You can really see the color differences here. (yay fuzzy pink slippers)

Cool pic of yarn for all you fiber junkies out there needing a fix. Yummy.

Now to the project. I have been wanting to make a hooded collar type thing for quite some time. I always seem to have the problem that when I wear a hat/scarf combo I still get a cold spot on the back of my neck, and can never quite seem to cover my chest all at the same time. Hence a hooded collar. I searched for days (literally) all over ravelry for something that I liked, that fit exactly what I was going for. The closest things I could find were a hooded collar from Vogue Knittings winter 2011 magazine, and the Katja Collar on ravelry. But the hood was to big a bulky and didnt cover enough neck, and the collar didn't have a hood and didn't cover enough chest.
So I studied photos of different things, made swatches, lots of math was involved, and eventually I came up with my own pattern. There are still some glitches that need to be worked out, but all in all I am very please with it. Above picture is when I was done knitting.

Blocking on the bed. You can really see the cables here and the lace decreasing panels.

This best shows the colors that it turned out. Somehow I got a very definitive blue-ish stripe in there, but it is not nearly as visible when its on. I blocked it flat so that I could really get those points done right, and get the bottom edge stretched correctly. I then grafted the top seam and blocked that. I steam blocked it because I didn't really want my needles to sit in the water, and I didn't want my extra little ball to get wet either.

Back. Designed to have a point at the middle back, on each shoulder and two mini points in the front.

Side view.

Front with six buttons. I can button it up more if I want more chest coverage.

Back side cable and lace detail. I used the firefly cable pattern from Lion Brand's stitch library. I wanted each element of the item to shine. I didn't want the cable to detract from the yarn, and vice versa.

Hope ya'll like it. And I love the other entries! Let me know if you have any questions. It has been a rough couple of weeks. Two deaths within five days, thus 2 funerals in 2 days. Finding out the bank is foreclosing on the condo we are renting. Fun fun and more fun. (Yarn helps though.)

And happy Saint Patty's day! Kiss
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2  Sheep to Shawl Challenge- Fan Tail Shawl- (pic obese) in Spinning: Completed Projects by YarnWranglerC on: September 02, 2011 07:16:52 PM
Here is my Sheep to Shawl challenge entry. I have named it the Fan Tail shawl as the color inspiration was a peacock's colors.

The pattern is the Monongahela Shawl on Ravelry by Gabrielle Marsden. I learned a lot with this shawl. I cord cast-on, i-cord selvedge, and i cord bind off. Plus lots of shaping and other tips. It was interesting because at the end of each lace bad there were short rows to make it hug the shoulders.
I made the 4 repeat, 9 lace band version and used 760 yards of yarn. Yarn is an average fingering weight, some thinner spots and some thicker, 2 ply. The only portion I did not dye was the black, as my fluff was already black.

My wool came out of my gigantic space bag of Sheep Shed Wool.

Dyed 4 times. First with Easter Egg Dye Pellets, then twice with Wilton's dyes. Then after spinning was dyed with liquid food color. This is after three times and dried.

Spun Singles in Green

Plied Green on the wheel

Blue yarn getting its 4th dye bath

Spun, plied, twist set, and dyed. This picture shows the truest colors.

Black wool also from SS.

Black yarn spun and plied.

Almost done knitting!

Before blocking.

Blocking in progress on a queen size bed.


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3  Alpaca Fleece Source! in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by YarnWranglerC on: August 04, 2011 09:51:29 AM
Hello Everyone!

I have been lurking for quite some time, and enjoy reading about everyones adventures, and seeing all the Yarn Porn.

I recently found a lady on kbbspin.org who is selling whole Alpaca fleeces for $20 a pop! I know right!?

Anyway we have been emailing back and forth, and the $20 price is for the whole fleece, mine weighed 3.8 pounds, unskirted, and she charged me $2 to skirt it, and shipped it out to me. I am waiting for it to arrive and will see what it looks like. But the pictures she sent me of it are gorgeous.  

Check it out! Head on over to kbbspin.org, go to the link on the right for Fibers, and you will see her ad in there.
I will update when I have the actual fleece in my hands to let you know all about it!

This is Lily, the alpaca that my fleece comes from.

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4  Spinning Wheel Identification in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by YarnWranglerC on: December 03, 2010 09:54:07 AM
Hello All, been a while since I was here, but I have great news. My in-laws have a wheel that they are giving me (I know Right) and they sent me pictures of it.
I have to wait to actually get it, i'm in California, and they are in Idaho, but we are going up there for the holidays. In the meantime, I am working on getting parts and things to go with it, but I am having a little bit of trouble identifying it. According to my father in-law, who took the pictures, there is no manufacturers information on it.
After doing research of my own, (ie- Google) I believe this is an older version of the Ashford Traditional. Simple, no frills, but still works!
I would appreciate any help you may be able to offer in helping me identify this wheel, so that I can get the correct parts and pieces for it. It has 3 bobbins, a lazy kate, and the flyer, so it looks like all it needs is the Drive Band, Orifice Hook, and some cleaning and oiling.

Thanks again for your help! I am soooo excited!

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5  Re: Fiber Friday Sep 24 in Spinning: Completed Projects by YarnWranglerC on: September 24, 2010 04:38:57 PM
What beautiful yarn Nutmeg!! I have been taking pictures, otherwise I would have started this earlier.

This is my third spun yarn on a drop spindle. My first two attempts are not worth sharing.
I got this roving from loves2experiment in the Spring Fiber Swap.
http://And this is the resulting yarn. I love the colors. I plied it with some brown shiny upholstery thread.

It was still really kinky when I unwound it, but I let it soak for over 4 hours, and it turned out perfect!

Let me know what you think!
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6  Ami Craftster Gang in CHALLENGE 50 ENTRIES by YarnWranglerC on: May 09, 2010 09:04:34 PM
Here is my entry for the Craftster Challenge. This is my first challenge and I am super excited. I was kind of surprised to see that nobody did anything with yarn for this challenge, so I decided to try my hand. These didn't take me long at all, but I had the most fun with Sewey and Cutty. I had a lot of trial and error with Yarnie.

Its the Crafster Gang!
Please meet Cutty, Glooey, Sewey, Yarnie and Thready!

Please vote for me!!!!!
C&C Welcome!
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7  Re: NCIS swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by YarnWranglerC on: May 08, 2010 10:57:03 PM
I'm soooo glad you liked it Mandamouse! I really wanted to keep the Bag.
It's reversible so you can use it either way depending on your mood for the day! And the hats are a-la Ziva/Lieutenant Sanders.
Here are a couple other pictures of the T-Shirts!

It's Tony South-Parkized!
And the backs

Enjoy your items! Did you check all of the pockets on the bag?

I wore one of my cuffs all day today! And the hubs wore his shirt as soon as I opened it!
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8  Re: NCIS swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by YarnWranglerC on: May 07, 2010 05:31:16 PM
I received my package from Mandamouse123 today! Awesome! I was sorely tempted to leave work early so that I could get home and open everything, but I didn't!

On to the pics! I have come to the conclusion that Mandamouse is a fantastic seamstress!

Here are all the items fresh out of the box! She wrapped them all!

Unwrapped! The whole lot!

The SUPER FANTASTICAL reversible Apron- Side 1 is Navy with NCIS on it, and Side 2 is black with GLITTERY fabric to represent Abby!

T-Shirts for the Hubs and I, or as Amanda called him- Mr YarnWranglerC!

NCIS Marble Magnets! Boy did I have a hard time taking these puppies pictures!
From the top left: The letters N C I S, McGee, Gibbs, Vance, Abby, Ducky, Tony and Ziva! All in an Altooids Tin

Bert Keychain- Non-farting!

A wrist voodoo pincushion! I have been meaning to make one of these for a LLLLLLOOOONNNGGG time!

And in Action!

Abby cuffs!
In action! I wish I could wear all of them at once!

And the card that came with it, the message on the envelope said "Open me last so you don't spoil your surprizes!" The card says "They that go down to the sea in ships 1623-1923"
Inside cracked me up when she talked about "The most awesome kick-ass apron there ever was! With sparly goth goodness! And reversibility!" Tee-hee! (I may have to frame this one!

I loved everything! Amanda is a fantastic partner, and the Hubs said I was like a kid on Christmas, there is still tissue paper on the floor! And... she wrapped a couple of the items in fabric remnants, and she included the pattern that she used for BERT!

How awesome is that!?
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9  Casette Tape Clutch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by YarnWranglerC on: July 27, 2009 02:25:08 PM
I made this clutch for my cousins wedding. I used casette tape and knitted with it, then used a cereal box and covered it with blue duck tape. You can see the blue through the tape part and its really sparkly in the light.

C&C Welcome!
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10  My version of the Record Purse Picture Fat in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by YarnWranglerC on: July 27, 2009 02:20:45 PM
So Here is my version of the record purse. I made it for my little sisters 19th birthday. And she loved it! To quote her "It's FREAKIN AWESOME!" and "It's my new favorite purse!" She loves music and records, and she loves purses too, so I knew she would love it. I had to do the handles differently than the tute because I had tons of trouble with the handles, so luckily I had grabbed this from the remnant bin at Joann's. It's polyester with stitching and little black sequins.

On to the pics!

I love the fabric and since the the music notes in the fabric are rainbow colored I used rainbow colored thread to stitch it all together.
C&C Welcome
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