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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Purple Haze All Round My Head! (pic gargantuan) 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
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Sheep to Shawl Challenge- Fan Tail Shawl- (pic obese) 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.


3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Alpaca Fleece Source! 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.

4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Spinning Wheel Identification 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!

5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Pricing a Big Fixing Project on: September 27, 2010 11:25:22 AM
Okay, so a lady came to me a couple weeks ago wanting me to fix a coverlet her Husbands Mother or Grandmother had made. Its all done in Thread and its gorgeos, but it is coming apart in places. It is old, and she washed it in the machine, and it just made the problem worse. It is a ver sentimental object, and I am sure I can fix it, but it will be a lot of work, because there are several places that are coming apart.

My question is, what should I charge her to fix it? I really want to do this, and I want to be fair. But it will be a lot of work. I think I should charge her based on the number of places I have to patch and work my magic, but I don't know what to charge exactly.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I have already told her never to wash it again, to have it drycleaned because they are much gentler than the machine. And I am going to suggest she invest in a space bag, because her cats have left stains on it.
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Plying yarn on a drop spindle- Fantastic Tip on: September 21, 2010 01:39:53 PM
Hello All,
I just finished plying the first ounce of my first reasonably well spun drop spindle yarn, and I debated for a long time how I was going to contain the yarn before I actually did it, and I came up with a super frugal easy way to do this.

After I had spun up my first ounce I wanted to put my yarn on something. Not a ball, since with everything I have read they can get tangled, and cause more problems. And I don't have a Niddy Noddy yet, and I didn't want to set the twist. Plus I have less than no money, so I needed a solution that was free, or very very low cost.

Enter free bobbins, that I am sure you all have at home. I took an empty toilet paper tube, and cut a slit in one end, into which i can wedge the end of my yarn. Like the little slit in the end of a spool of thread. Then I just wind the yarn off of my spindle onto the tube, using the well know, "Rollin on the river" move. Works quick, its free! And then I can just use a knitting needle stuck through a shoe box to allow my "Bobbin" to roll easily.

Hope this helps those out there that are just starting out, and have a limited budget like me!
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Kromski Mistrel Wheel- Anyone have one? on: September 10, 2010 12:51:19 PM
I have been saving up for a wheel and after looking at all the different wheels I think I want a Kromski Minstrel. But I would like to hear some feedback from those that have one.

I would love to get a Spinolution Mach 2, but it is out of the budget, and I think is something that I will need to work towards.

Here is what I am looking for in a wheel, so if anyone has any suggestions on other wheels I am open to those as well.
Double Drive with Scotch Tension option
Double Treadle (I have arthritis in my hips and knees)
Castle Style (I don't have a ton of room)
Different options for ratios, and expandable
Prices not above $600 or so
Something pretty (the babes are okay, but I want something that will blend with the decor, and I think the minstrel is gorgeous)

I am sure I am missing something, but this is a good start
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 50 ENTRIES / Ami Craftster Gang 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!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Casette Tape Clutch 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!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My version of the Record Purse Picture Fat 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.
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