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331  Re: needle book swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by jexxican on: February 04, 2011 02:29:32 PM
I received yesterday but had company for dinner so I didn't get it posted.
Game Mom 42 sent me TX! I love TX. I want to live in TX. So she made me TX!

with a heart in the back:

And for extras she went to her local Asian Mart and got me random edible goodies.

Look! Octopus Flavored! AHAHAHAHAHAHA!

I am so excited to try these. I would have last night but I want to with my husband and like I said, we had company. Sorry, Teresa, lasagna comes first.
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332  Re: Fiber Friday Febuary 4, 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: February 04, 2011 02:21:25 PM
I'm not slacking! My camera is. Hippie, you are amazing as always. Catielove, your colors make me happy.

Here's what I spun this week. The rest of the January Diamond Club from Knit on Etsy. About 2 oz. This one wasn't as well mixed so it came out pretty much pink and green split down the middle.

Then after I set the twist, I decided to ply it with last weeks, the first part of the diamond club. And it came out pretty much right when the first bobbin was full, the pink was done so the first looks like it was just plied with pink and the second just plied with Green. I like it. I was thinking about sending the green to my brothers MIL but probably not because *drama* About 85 yards of each.

And it doesn't look so Christmas-y now! Yay!
That's it.

Oh, but I did make a purchase of a niddy noddy and some wool combs yesterday so I'm thinking in about 2 weeks you might be getting a treat of some yarn made from some fleece I prepped myself. Oh joy!
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333  Fiber Friday 28 January 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: January 28, 2011 03:18:38 AM
Sorry you get me starting again this week but I am awake so why not?

First we have some random Mish Mash yarn. I have a big thing of smallballs of yarn, remnants if you will, I'm sure you're all familiar with my stash as I'm sure you all have one of your own. I was tired of it so I pulled out all the yellows and white, cut some up and kind of core spun it with some blue from Sheep Shed. There were some eyelash and furry yarns, so I didn't core spin it very much, but there were also some acrylic yarns in there. Didn't really get much de-stashed, but it was amusing. Won't say it was fun because it wouldn't feed into the orifice most times, but it was amusing and I like the end result. Anyway, enough babble, here's a pic.

about 48 yards total, 2 bobbins worth

And my other yarn this week is spun from my first month of Knit It Up's Diamond Club, which I get a whole year's worth of for free! Kind of Christmas-y feeling, but again it was amusing, and more nicer to spin than the Mish Mash. You can't really tell in this pic but it's super shiny.

about 185 yards, 2 oz batt, (Merino, tencel, Firestar, and Angelina)
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334  What are you giving your mail carrier? in Needlework: Completed Projects by jexxican on: January 28, 2011 03:03:03 AM
February 4th is "Thank a Mail Carrier Day!" Here's what I made for mine:

I have to give partial credit to Dharma Rebel. I mentioned the "holiday" in the Hoopla Swap and she shot back that she should make her mail lady a hoop and *inspiration* this was imagined and created. It didn't take long. I found it soothing.
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335  Re: Fiber Friday January 21, 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: January 21, 2011 09:28:24 AM
i love your Purple People Eater! I need to learn to Navajo ply. It's amazing!

Here are my contributions for the week:

First, I tried core spinning with some bobbin leftovers. It was one of those things where I had left over on one bobbin and some fiber left over from a different spin so I put them together several times things. I don't think I did it right until I got to the end, the white bits. But I am learning! Now the question is what to do with it? And where to find more info on core spinning?

Then I spun up this Merino dyed by knit.etsy.com:

35 yards, core

into this:

101 yards, plied with #30 cotton crochet thread

and this:

160 yards single
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336  Re: Embroidery Hoopla R3 - OTT Edition Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jexxican on: January 19, 2011 06:21:27 PM
OK fine. Are you sure you're ready for this awesomeness? Is it awesomeness? I think it's pretty rad. Still makes me think "what the hell?!" EVERY time I see it though.

I love the detail in this scene. I love the heart breaking story it tells! I love the pretty flowers in the foreground! But still, what?!

ETA: Oh yeah, it's done on Velvet. Funny, I almost made her a drab scene on a gray cloth as well!
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337  Fiber Friday 14 January 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: January 14, 2011 08:29:08 AM
Yay! I have been so excited to post on here but haven't had my pictures uploaded. I got a wheel for Christmas (on NYE) and have been having so much fun! I'm not nearly good yet, but I am amused and that's what's important to me.

My first, plied, roving from Sheep Shed

Some more, plied. Meh. More Sheep Shed roving

Third plied Sheep Shed roving. Got 2 bobbins from this. I really like these ones

And then I got into my good stuff from Knit.etsy.com. I love the girl who run this shop. I won a free years worth of luxury batts (her Diamond Club) from her and the first is sending out Tuesday. I am so excited! This one was called Koi and I had my eye on it for probably a year before I bought it. Yes, I was making sweet virtual fiber love to it on my monitor before I was even spinning on a drop spindle. It is 70% Mohair and 30% nylon. It is everything I dreamed it would be.
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338  Re: Embroidery Hoopla R3 - OTT Edition Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jexxican on: January 11, 2011 07:20:17 PM
beaded hoops are amazing!

I got mine today from Evil pixie! I love love love it! Check it out!

Notice how each branch is in a different season? That is so mean. I mean, really, I am in all 4 "seasons" at the same time.Someone once tried to tell me I'm bipolar but I don't it if I buy it. Maybe quadro-polar? *snicker*

Moustache! I love fake moustaches!
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339  '69 Chevelle for my brother in law in Needlework: Completed Projects by jexxican on: January 09, 2011 07:59:37 AM
My sister's... whatever he is (I call him my brother in law, even if it is legally incorrect) is one of the hardest people to shop for. And, I recently learned, one of the hardest people to get to know. He is a mechanic, super smart guy. He rebuilt his first transmission when he was 11. Yeah. He lives on 5 acres of cars. Yeah. I decided back in like June what I wanted to make for him for Christmas and since, like I said, he is hard to buy/make for I decided to run with it. I called my sister to ask his favorite colors/car/car colors... No help at all. I called a couple months later to see if she had managed to ask him... still no help. So in November I finally just called him. My original idea was to embroider a car with "my sister" laying on the hood in like a bikini or something. Talk about difficult! Here's how the convo went, vaguely (I am "J" he is "A"):

J: Hey, Allen, what's your favorite color for a car?
A: Oh, well I like reds or oranges. Or sometimes I like blues. Or on some cars...
J: OK, let me rephrase that. What's you're favorite car?
A: HA! You know I can't just pick a favorite car! My favorite car I own is my 240 Z. Or maybe it's the Roadrunner...
J: Let's try another approach. Let's get an ideal picture in your head. Close your eyes and imagine [my sister] laying on the hood of a car. What kind of car is it? What color is the car? and What color is she wearing?
A: Yeah, Jes, I'm not your typical motor-head. When I picture [your sister] and a car, I either see her driving it or in the passenger seat or handing me tools... I don't like the whole skimpy girls and cars things.
J: Well, I guess that's good, seeing as you're with my sister and all. Hmm....
A: How about this, my top 3 cars that I have a favorite color for are as follows: '68 Charger in black, '69 Chevelle in red with black stripes, or black with red stripes whichever, they're both awesome, and '70 Chevelle in blue with white stripes.
J: Really? a '69 AND '70 Chevelle?

See why I said he's difficult? Well, I researched (read: Google image searched) the Chevelles he loves and at first, I'll admit it, they looked exactly the same, but after staring at this screen for a few minutes I realized yeah, they are pretty different. I can see why he would specify between them. So I decided to do one of each for him for Christmas and frame them in the hoops so they would be facing each other. Well, I only got the one done, but it's OK because he wasn't there for Christmas anyway. He is a little anti-social and I think the idea of 20+ people in my mom's living room kind of freaked him out. As always. So he will get the '70 next year for Christmas.

So I guess I rambled enough. Here are the pics of the '69 Chevelle. I like taking pics after each color or milestone.

Yup, there's spot of black paint that got on it. I told him he can just call it an oil spot. Adds authenticity, right?

My sister called me a few days later and told me he really liked it. He liked how I stitched it to give the body curve and the metallic floss... it wouldn't have been right at all without the metallic "thread" as he called it. I hate metallic thread! But I did it for him. He's my favorite in-law, even if he doesn't come to Christmas (what's that say about the rest of my in-laws?). Also, it's good that I didn't get the second one finished because now I have next year's present for him! But man, that took a long time. Also, I learned from doing this one a couple things to consider about the next one. Like the side body, I shouldn't do it all in one long satin stitch, I should break it down into section like the car.

I don't know how long it took me, but it was a long time. I think it's in an 8" hoop for size reference. Mostly satin stitch.
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340  Re: Spun to finished photos in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: January 09, 2011 07:23:25 AM
I finally have something to contribute here! I am so happy!
Here's the yarn, well, before i plied it with some redish cotton thread:

And here is the scarflette I made out of it!

I love the texture of it. I am so sad to say goodbye; I made it for a swap.

ETA: I forgot to say that I got the roving from SpinningAwesomeGood on Etsy. She made roving flowers and they were amazing to work with! I am so glad I had them to work with on my first spinning projects!
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