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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday: June 17, 2011 on: June 16, 2011 10:58:49 PM
I haven't posted to (or started!) a fiber friday in a long time!

I didn't check the yardage on this, but I spun it really thin and then chain plied it. It's roughly 2-3 ounces from a batt of merino and firestar.

049 by [Mrs. Catielove], on Flickr

this shows the colors more true to life.

051 by [Mrs. Catielove], on Flickr

Also haven't checked the yardage of this, but it's 3.3 ounces of black merino carded with a crap ton of sari silk and firestar. My first yarn with a ton of texture. LOVE IT!

059 by [Mrs. Catielove], on Flickr

I spun it pretty thick n' thin, I wasn't really paying attention to how it was drafting because I wanted it to be fun and carefree. I was watching tv the whole time. Mindless spinning, fun!

061 by [Mrs. Catielove], on Flickr

Can't wait to see what everyone else has this week!
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday: December 17, 2010 on: December 17, 2010 01:59:05 PM
The lack of fiber-y goodness lately makes me sad. Though I haven't contributed much either.

Merino, food coloring dyed, plied w/ thread. 100+ yards? I forget. Cheesy

60/30/10 Merino, bamboo, nylon in 'Sleeping Beauty' from Sheepish Creations on Etsy. Cheesy 130 yards, fingering/lace weight. Hasn't been set yet so I haven't checked wpi.

My WIP this week. Cheesy Merino/tencel This is SO. SOFT. Spinning it up really thin to hopefully get enough for a good 2 ply. Might ply it with some coordinating merino, I haven't decided yet.

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Fun Orange Tote! on: July 29, 2010 12:01:51 PM
I'm on a roll this week. I posted a diaper bag that I made earlier this week. This one is the same basic concept, but instead of bottle pockets, mine holds camera lenses. Cheesy And because it's super huge, my laptop fits in it too! Yay me!

Outside. This one also has another pocket on the back. (It looks a little wonky because I've got a really heavy lens on the left side, and it's weighing it down.)

Inside pockets! One for a lens, one for my wallet (I hate digging for it!) and a pen pocket. To the right, where you can't see, there's another larger pocket for misc. items.

Closeup of the outer pocket and fabrics. You can't tell unless you're really looking, but the main fabric is orange, and the design on the lining is red. They're not too different, so I don't mind. lol

What do you think?
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The Diaper Bag / Mom Tote on: July 25, 2010 12:45:32 PM
One of my moms friends is having a baby. And since there are 16 years between her first child and this one, she needs EVERYTHING again. And because I'm super nice, I made her a diaper bag. Only, it could be used as a really big purse too. So if she wants to get a bag that matches her carseat/travel system, she can still use this for something else. Anywho. On to the pictures!

Closeup of lining and the bottle pocket.

Closeup of outside fabric and the "mommy" pocket. (For cell phone, keys, etc.)

Comments/criticism would be appreciated!
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday- March 26, 2010 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!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A purse for Mom. 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
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Floral-y & Stripe-y Wallet 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?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / My first cloth nappie making adventure. 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!
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Mother Marion Spindles: Where to buy FOR CHEAP/Make your own? on: October 28, 2009 08:10:05 PM
Hey y'all! I really want to buy a mother marion spindle, but the only place I've been lucky enough to find one was on Etsy. I'm a poor out-of-college kid who's paying for a wedding, so I don't have a ton of money to spend on buying a really fancy one.

Would any of you lovely ladies and gents know where to get one on the cheap? Or would you know of a list of materials that can be used to make my own? (Also on the cheap, and preferably without any power tools... lol.)

I'd really appreciate any advice or insight here, 'cause I miss spinning, and a drop spindle just doesn't cut it for me. Cheesy
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