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321  Re: Fiber Friday: March 11 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: March 11, 2011 07:35:19 AM
Idlers- That's beautiful! I'm pretty sure spinning before you wash is called "spinning in the raw" and seeing a video about that is one of the things that got me interested in spinning in the first place. I've already decided that when I get my 3 fleeces in May (fingers crossed) that one of them I am going to spin in the raw, then maybe try using a knitting loom to make some over-sized hats, then washing them to felt. I am excited!

I have started 2 yarns this week, one of the spindle and one on the wheel, but I think I will wait until I think they are done before I post them.
Last weeks yarn that I spun with the yellow even though I wanted to spin it with balck, I think I may ply again with black, because I realized that I DO have black, I have 4 serger cones full of black! I was an idiot to overlook them.

But my real accomplishment this week was 26 more bumps of cleaned fleece. Here is a shot of all 35 I have done this month. I will post more about them in the CAL.

I bought a trio of books on Amazon. Respect the Spindle, something about spinning in general, and a hand dying book. I know I don't need the first 2 since I already know all the basics and I can always gather more info online (my favorite resource of late being Crafster, those spinners are crazy!) but I wanted some good resource books.

HOLY CRAP! In the time it took me to write this post there have been 4 other posts!
TCMatteson: I know what you mean about slippery roving. The stuff I have on my wheel right now is a merino/bamboo blend. Talk about slippery! It wants to be spun thin, I can't get it any thicker!
Belladune, you are always an inspiration to me. You know that, right?
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322  Re: March-long spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) in Craftalongs by jexxican on: March 04, 2011 09:07:05 AM

My goal this month is to get the fleece that I have had in my garage for 9 months combed and ready to spin, though I don't think I will spin any of it. I just want it clean and ready.
Here is what I've accomplished of this so far:

I don''t know ounces or anything, all I know is I ran the combs 9 times, making 9 little "nests." I am excited for getting this fleece done with and getting the new ones in May because I have learned so much and want to do the next ones better, ie have less noils to remove!
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323  Re: Fiber Friday March 4 2011! in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: March 04, 2011 09:03:14 AM
Yay! Orange!
Oddacity: That yarn is very even. I love it! I love the finished product too. You posting it in the Spun to Finished thread?
Astor: I have cards because I thought that's what I needed to clean my wool but then I found about combs and haven't used my cards since! Maybe When I'm done with my fleece I will try to do some mixing? Your rolags aren't that bad, but that may just be the photo Wink They look like they will be fun to spin!
I come bearing... black and pink and yellow. Wink
This is my February Diamond Club from knit.etsy.com, well, 1/2 of it. I really wanted to ply it with some black, but I don't have any solid black roving or any really black thread. I mean, I have some navy blue that passes as black but not enough for this plying venture. So I used yellow, against my better judgment. Meh, I have more, I can spin/ply it with black another time.

And I'm going to post this in the CAL as my progress so far this month but I figured I would show everyone here too because I know you're not all in the CAL, for some reason.

I don''t know ounces or anything, all I know is I ran the combs 9 times, making 9 little "nests"
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324  Re: Great Big Swirlie Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jexxican on: March 04, 2011 08:44:20 AM
I send out today!
But I received 2 days ago! And got spoiled!


Clock and Candle

Chocolate that came as "an interesting puzzle" Magnet Gift tags


Non crtafted extras: Natural swirlies and purple paint chips. Yay!
This was fun! Thanks blupaisan!
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325  Re: Fiber Friday - 25th Feb in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: February 25, 2011 06:38:06 PM
Some really great yarns this week. My favorites so far are Casmir's blue yarn, Zombie Queen's seafoam, and Antsy's romney. I want them all, please! Thank you!

Ha ha. Here are my contributions:
I took the dirty and noils from the fleece I've been combing and Navajo plied these short 44 yards. I could very easily have gotten more but as I was spinning little bits of dust and dirt were floating into my sinuses. I think I'm going to use them for stuffing from now on, as my husband suggested.

And now that Grand Canyon Frost I told you about! I love it! I spun it really thin (that seems to be all I can do for singles anymore) and got about 2 bobbins full. Then I Navajo plied it. I didn't know how it would come out, and was almost regretting it while plying because it seems since I learned how to Navajo it's all I want to do, but while I was winding it onto my Niddy Noddy  I decided I really like it. I got about 75 yards from 1 bobbin and 115 yards from the other.

I should also mention that today was so nice, I sat outside to ply it. First sunburn of the year!
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326  storage hammocks in Crochet: Completed Projects by jexxican on: February 18, 2011 01:48:07 PM
I made these a while ago because I remembered having them as a kid but had no idea where I would find one AND I was on a mesh kick. They are a little warped because they have been in use and let's face it, crochet is supposed to have stretch, right? I used yarn that I stole from some sweaters.

Action shot:

Then I realized why make it white? They are all white! I made the one for my baby's room in pink chenille (again, STOLEN!)

I just learned that they are actually called "storage hammocks" and when I did a Google search, I found out that I was right, they only come in White! Good thing I make my own, eh?

I am only using push pins to hold them up, though I'm thinking if I make more then maybe I will need some D rings? I'm also thinking about using some bias tape on the sides so they don't sag so much. What do you think? Would that work? Any thoughts on a way to do it better?
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327  Re: Fiber Friday -- 18 Feb 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: February 18, 2011 01:38:31 PM
Great job you guys! New yarns are the best. Nik, I know what you mean about working really hard to make a thick yarn!

I almost posted this first pic on Monday, just because it fit. I was combing my wool on Monday and I kept seeing this:

Appropriate? I think so!

Last week I posted a yarn that was still on the bobbin, this week (Monday) I finished it, and learned some Navajo plying. Is this what is also called chain plying? I found it thoroughly amusing and it plied really fast!

110 yards of Rambouilette, cleaned, combed, spun by me. I am so proud of myself!

Where is everyone?
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328  Fiber Friday 11 February 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: February 11, 2011 08:23:25 AM
Not much to share this week but I figured I may as well get this started, right?
I finally got some wool combs to help me process the fleece that one of the ladies from my MOPS group gave me last year! I already had to rave about them to Belledune. I got small basket full and ecided I was done with that, I wanted to spin! I was going to take a picture of the basket full but got a little impatient so here's the first little "nest" I made with some of the fleece for reference:

And What I have spun so far:

I think I'm going to try to Navajo ply (?) it after I spin a bunch more and watch some videos on that technique.
I also got my first Niddy Noddy this past week. Haven't used it yet, but I'm excited!
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329  Re: Spun to finished photos in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: February 10, 2011 07:57:59 PM
Holy cow that is Beautiful! I'll admit when I first saw that yarn I was kind of leary but  that finished product is amazing! I love the stripes too.

Last year a friend gave me a fleece

and I washed it and carded and spun and plied a little, but not much and it was lumpy... (what I really needed was combs) So I dyed it in tea to cover up some of the dirt that was left in it

and recently I made these wristlets using only slip stitch. I have a lot more left over than I thought I would.

I just got some combs on Monday so maybe I will post a little tomorrow in the FF thread? I am now so much more excited about this fleece and the prospect of more come May!
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330  Quilted Boxes? in Quilting: Completed Projects by jexxican on: February 04, 2011 02:51:09 PM
I found this tute a while ago and made my mom and her sister some bowls for Christmas 2009. Sorry I don't have pics of those, but that's the inspiration for these boxes.

I needed storage for my son's room, and within a week found the perfect shelves. Then I remembered the bowls I had made and how easy it would be to make boxes like them, so I cut out enough fabric and batting to make 12, 2 different sizes, and made these 2, complete with handles:

Learning experience #1: They don't work very well. The smaller one is better, but they are way to flimsy to hold toys. So I figured adding some paper board int here would work, but holy crap, making the handles would be hell! And I was already done with my cutting! I didn't want to cut more. So I set the pieces aside and waited. Then a few days ago I had an epiphany: they don't NEED handles! So I cut up some cardboard 1/2" smaller than the fabric pieces and attempted another.

Learning experience #2: If I'm not willing to bend the cardboard, it won't go through my machine when I want to connect them. Half the connections on that one were hand sewn. Killer on my fingers, but like they day, it's not made with love if you didn't bleed, right? So I despaired again, until I called my mom today (to help with a cooking problem) and while we were talking, the boxes came up and I knew immediately how to do it: don't sew in the cardboard until after they pieces are connected! AHA! So I made this one pretty quickly today:

And now I am happy. Well, as happy as I can be. I was hoping to make them reversible but with the cardboard it doesn't really work. But that's not what's important! We now have boxes for his shelving!
Only 8 more to make. I can do it before the paint cures.
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