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11  Fiber Friday- March 26, 2010 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Catielove on: March 25, 2010 09:39:18 PM
Woo! First time starting off FF!

"OH YEAH!" koolaid dyed merino, 102 yards, navajo plied.

"Lagoon" 65 yards, navajo plied, falkland (Focus is terrible in this pic. I blame the lighting. lol)

"Silent Storm" 105 yards, navajo plied merino (It's a tealy blue and grey.)

My pride and joy this week, "Hippy Skippy" 90 yards corespun merino. I set the twist while it was still on my niddy noddy, and it's perfectly tensioned. (Will be doing this more often.)

I can't wait to see everyones contributions this week!
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12  A purse for Mom. in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Catielove on: March 20, 2010 12:58:10 AM
Two and a half years ago, I told my mom I'd make her a purse for her birthday. And then the procrastination started. lol. I finally finished it two days ago, here's the finished product!

My mom is a pocket lover, she NEEDS pockets. She asked for one on the outside to put her phone in. (And her cigarettes, but she's supposed to be quitting, so we'll see. lol)

Inside, the center pocket is only attached to the sides, so it moves back & forth, and stuff can go on either side. The other pockets are sectioned, and one has a pen holder.

And here's the outside without a pocket.

She used it that night when she and my dad went out, I got a text later that said she loved it. Cheesy
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13  Re: Fiber Friday -- March 19, 2010 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Catielove on: March 19, 2010 11:03:29 PM

150 yards of blue/green/grey merino goodness, navajo plied.

"Aphrodite" 170 yards, 2 ply, superwash merino.

Juno 1, 69 yards, thick and thin singles, merino, bamboo, nylon.

Same mix, Juno 2, 109 yards, navajo plied.

Bamboo and merino, 80 yards, about worsted singles. Squooshy!

"Ugly yarn" a mix of a little of everything. Superwash merino, bamboo, nylon, tussah silk, mulberry silk noil, you get it. lol. Carded with hand cards into rolags, then spun and navajo plied to make it super wacky. Cheesy

I've been busy this week. lol
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14  Re: Fiber Friday - March 12, 2010 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Catielove on: March 12, 2010 10:22:43 PM

165yd Superwash merino.
Sport to worsted weight. I drafted it all into pencil roving first, then spun from little puffs of roving. Cheesy

50ish yards of merino
Spun from the fold, mostly sport weight.
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15  Floral-y & Stripe-y Wallet in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Catielove on: February 15, 2010 10:39:01 PM
I got a new sewing machine. It works great for straight stitching, but not so well for zig-zag stitching. Which is frustrating! But, at least I got to finish this wallet before giving up on it, right? Smiley

It was made using two of the quick cuts (1/4 yard pieces) from Walmart or Jo-Ann's. Super super easy. I'm going to make a purse to go with it soon.

Thoughts? Comments? Criticism? Beuller?
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16  My first cloth nappie making adventure. in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Catielove on: November 08, 2009 08:57:37 PM
My dear friend Katie is expecting her first baby, and she wants to use cloth nappies (It's a great idea. Disposable diapers pretty much never decompose.) but she doesn't have a lot of money. Sooo, instead of letting her just use prefolds and nappie pins, I had to make her some other options! Of course, I'd never made a cloth nappie before, so I used my google fu and found a free pattern, the Rita's Rump Pocket nappie. (You can find that here. It's free to download, make and then sell what you make as long as you don't sell the pattern.)

A few notes:
1. When the pattern says to add seam allowance before cutting, please do it. Trust me.
2. Fleece is a great outer layer because it locks in moisture, but still allows air flow. (I tested it under a running faucet, it was fun. lol.)
3. Wool would be better, just because it's the best choice for cloth nappies. But it's expensive.
4. Buy better elastic than I did, or be better at putting it in than I am. Mine aren't too stretchy.

NOW, pictures!

It doesn't have a closure because... well, it's late. And Velcro and I do not get along well. And because the sky is blue. And.. because you can close it with a pin! It also has a layer of flannel in between the fleece and the jersey knit inner, just for an extra layer of absorbency.

Comments + Criticism welcome!
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