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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Unicorn Sh*t on: August 31, 2015 04:23:29 PM

I've been working on this for over a year.
I started with some local, white alpaca, dyed it with Easter colors,

carded it into fluffy, sparkly batts,

And spun it into thick n' thin yarn!

I made a total of 22 batts, from 1.8 oz to 2.8 oz each.
These 3 are 9oz @ 290 yds, 8.3oz @ 290 yds, and 9oz @ 270 yds.
I have another drying that is 10oz @ 245 yds
and another still on the bobbin, yet to be measured.
I also have 1 batt left that I don't think I will spin on it's own. I guess I will hang onto it.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Merry Christmas Mom! on: February 07, 2015 08:54:20 AM
My mom gave me a small box that was her grandmothers. Last fall I finally went through it. Most of it was embroidery patterns from the Work Basket. There were 2 sets of 7 that I'm assuming were made for dishtowels. 1 of those sets was kitties and the other Sunbonnet Sue's. I decided to do the Sue's for mom's cousin, Suzie, and the kitties for Mom. I originally planned on making dishtowels but they are so expensive so instead I scanned them into my computer, traced them on my tablet, and printed them off onto some 8 1/2 inch squares of fabric (ironed onto freezer paper of course) to be use for quilt blocks. This one is mom's. Suzie's hasn't been started yet, other than printing off the pattern.

This is the first time I've ever designed a quilt. Not the blocks, but choosing blocks and laying them out. It was so much fun! That being said, I'm really proud of it so there will be lots of pictures, starting with pretty ones on the wood shed:

I used 4 different free block patterns I found from around the interwebs. This mod pillow was inspiration for one block, this patchwork wheel inspiration for another, I mostly followed the directions for this Refracted block, and totally followed this Xs and Os tute for the last. My graph paper lay out:

I hand quilted it all.

The border around the middle was just chevrons and pinwheels. I like the secondary pattern they created so for the back I made it again using 8 1/2 inch HSTs. Love it!


And the signature block, my personal favorite block:

Finished size: 45x60
3  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Quilt Block Drive for Sydney Heroes on: December 17, 2014 12:51:08 PM

Molli Sparkles live in Sydney, Australia, and was emotionally affected by the terrorist attacks there. He is doing a quilt block drive to make quilts for the families of the 2 fallen. Here is his post on the matter, and here is the tutorial for the specific hashtag blocks he is wanting. If you are stateside and don't want to ship all the way to Australia, Julie from the Intrepid Thread based in CA is willing to ship whatever is sent to her in one big lot to him. Here is her post on it, and you can find her address on the "Contact us" part of her website. Per Julie: "If they are not here by December 31st I won't be able to ship them so I will give them to a charity committee in one of my guilds." so if you want to make some that would be great, but if they don't get to Julie by the end of the year they will still be put to good use.

The photos up top show what I made last night in less than an hour and a half. The tute says to toss the 4th 1 1/2 inch section made, but if you make 3 at a time then you have enough "discarded piece" to make one more. The fourths blocks I made scrappy. I like them!
4  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Halloween! on: October 31, 2014 09:00:29 AM
I made these inspired by the Hoopla Stitch Along. Yay!

The skellies are some leftover alpaca/angora singles that I needle felted onto to felt.

And the punkin has 3 layers of different colors on the body of it.

And it's dimensional! WOAH!

This was fun.
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / 1 August 2014 Fiber Friday! on: August 01, 2014 09:52:18 AM
Where is everyone? Look what I've been doing!

Spinning that brown alpaca from a couple weeks ago at the market. 1/2 of the fleece gave me this weighing in at 10.6 oz and ~450 yards:

better color shot:

And I've continued to clean and dye some white alpaca fleece.
The purple fractured but I like it, and the pink only dyed on the one side of each bag, weird. I had 2 bags of each color and one of the purples came out much stronger than the other. Love it!

And a happy rainbow in a box! I need to sort out 4 more bags of white and then I'm gonna card them. Hopefully I will get them spun up and then ply the single with a silver strand of something. I'm so excited! Right now it's call Unicorn Sh*t in my head, but I'm sure after I spin it and have to tag it I will have a better name for it.
6  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Dye balloon fight! on: August 01, 2014 09:44:45 AM
I filled some water balloons with RIT dye and we had a fight. I had bought some white shirts for each of the family just for this occasion.

And after i dried them, then washed them a couple times:

7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / August 2014 Ongoing Pinterest Swap Discussion on: August 01, 2014 06:46:01 AM
Bio board here!

Good morning! Let's all go stalking and making today, shall we?
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / August 2014 Ongoing Pinterest Swap on: August 01, 2014 06:45:07 AM

Swap name: August 2014 Ongoing Pinterest Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Jexxican
Co-Organiser: ?
Sign-up date range: 1 August 2014 to 31 August 2014
Date to send item by: 2 weeks after claim
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):NO
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
Additional Age requirement? NO

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: NO
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a swap mod if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:
This is a Pinterest swap, meaning that your fellow Craftsters will claim you for something you have pinned on your Pinterest site.  If you don't have a Pinterest but are interested, go here www.pinterest.com to request one or PM the organizer your email address to request an invite. We recommend having at least 200 pins before you start a Pinterest Swap.

If you are late in a previous Pinterest swap, please do not sign up until you send. You will not be accepted. If you still have outstanding claims in any previous round, however, you can still join as long as you are not already late in sending. Also, these swaps are totally independent of each other so if you have maxed out your unreceived but not late claims in last month's swap, you can still make that number this month. Also, the swap organizer reserves the right to refuse participation to those C-sters that she does not feel can meet the requirements or that do not jive well with the group.

Also please note that this swap requires that you communicate with your partner and the organizer.  Please send a PM (including the month of the swap) when you claim, when you send, and when you receive.  People who consistently fail to communicate will be asked to take a break from the Pinterest swap and maybe try again in two months.

Please do not post in this thread until you have been approved by the organizer. This thread is for lists only. Only post once. If you need to change/add something, simply "Modify" your post. The discussion/gallery thread is located here. Post as soon as possible after signing up so we know you have found the thread and that you are getting updates.

FAQ: Please READ

How does this swap work?
You may choose from anyone's Pinterest board once they have posted a link and bio in this thread.  This is not a chain list swap; its more of a free for all swap.  However, when possible it is nice to claim from those who haven't been claimed or who have claimed more than they have been claimed for. You have two weeks from the date you claim to send your item on its way to the lucky recipient.  Remember to PM the organizer and the recipient when you claim, send, and receive. Please include the swap name and month in your subject line! Please make sure to tell her who you are claiming, sending to, or receiving from. You may have up to 2 outstanding (not received) claims. If you are FOC you may have up to 3 outstanding claims.  Everyone MUST make at least one claim.
What should my bio and link look like?
Once you have been approved, you may post in the list thread.  There is no one way to do this but please be sure your bio includes the following:
         - your location and a brief bio (include allergies in red please)
         - your Pinterest link
         - list of boards that are to be used for this swap, or simply say something like "all my boards are game"
         - whether you are okay with supply claims
         - if you are joining specifically for Christmas presents or for a birthday or some other special occasion
--It is OK to link to specific items you want in your bio, as long as there is flexibility and people can still claim you for other items from your boards. This is not a Wishlist swap, but putting your top items in one place is OK--

What do I need to send?
This swap is for either one medium or 2-3 small items for each claim.  A medium item is one that takes 2 or more hours, $10 - $30, some examples are a single necklace or bracelet or a scarf.  A small item is one that takes 2 or less hours, $10 or less, some examples are earrings/wallets/pouches/bookmarks.

How do the organizers ensure that claims are even?
We don't. But we do try.  One way is that we highlight your name when you have claimed more times than you have been claimed.  We ask that people claim from those that haven't been claimed yet or who have claimed more often than they have been claimed, but there is no guarantee that if you send 5 times that you will receive 5 items.  In fact, theoretically it is quite possible to not get claimed at all.  If this is a major concern for you and you know you would miserable if things were not always even, this may not be the swap for you.  However, I will say that for the most part this is not a big problem in this swap so far.

How closely does the item I send need to resemble the item pinned?
It depends on who you are claiming.  Read the bios carefully.  Read the pins carefully.  Some of us pin items for inspiration and are fine with items that are simply inspired by our pins.  Others would like the item to look as close to the pin as possible.

What happens if I am flaked on?
If you are flaked on, you will only receive an angel for as many packages as you have sent.  If you were claimed for 3 packages and you sent 2 packages and one package was flaked on - you will not receive a swap angel.

What do I do if I'm not being claimed?
If you are not being claimed, it might be time to consider your pins.  Do you have enough variety?  Are there enough small and medium items?  Do you have items pinned that require a variety of crafty mediums (ex: knitting, crocheting, sewing, beading, embroidery, etc...)?  Are your pins realistically craftable?  You should shoot for at least 20-30 pins (this includes only those pins you want to be claimed); maybe more if most of your items are on the large side or primarily in one crafty medium.  We have some talented folks on here... but not everyone can do all crafts.  If you find you aren't being claimed...try adding more pins. Annchen posted a great reply about this in the December swap that I highly encourage reading if you are not being claimed.


Name of swap: August 2014 Pinterest
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
Your Pinterest link:  

Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / 11 July '14 Fiber Friday on: July 11, 2014 01:47:58 PM
Been working through those alpaca fleeces I got. In May I was given one with the intent of cleaning it and spinning it and splitting the yarn I spin from it and then I bought 2 more blankets for 25$/each and then I got 3 more blankets and 1 whole fleece for 5$ a pop. Totally finished with cleaning/carding the first one, Brownie, which was a light brown. Each batt looks like this:

And I got 21 batts from the whole thing. No idea on weight. I'll measure that out after I spin. Here is the milk crate I'm taking with me to the market tomorrow to spin up:

And here is the first batt I've spun up. I tried dizzing the fiber off the drum carder but don't think it's right for this fiber, at least not without some blended colors, so I spun it so I wouldn't have to worry about how to keep it all together. It's hard with 3 kids and 2 fur babies!

And I've been working on the next fleece, Kuzco. I decided not to just leave it white though, so after washing I've been dyeing it with the leftover Easter dye. The first 2 nylon lingerie bags (that's what I wash in) full I dyed blue and the next 2 were green. I have orange, yellow, and pink left. I'm worried about the pink, but I think I may have some Wilton's dye I can throw in to help it. I'm also wanting to get 4 bags of white plain and then card them all together and make some Unicorn Poop yarn. We will see how it all goes. Here is the blue and green coloring so far.

And here is what the table in my ballroom looks like right now:

I much prefer cleaning raw alpaca to raw sheep's wool!
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / July 2014 Ongoing Pinterest Swap on: July 01, 2014 10:40:21 AM

This Pinterest Sap is back! I know there was only a 2 month hiatus but there were requests to bring it back so here it is. The Bio Board is where we post our links, bio, and nothing else. This thread is where we talk about things and show pretty pictures. So... How's everyone been? Are we excited for Pinterest stalking?
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