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151  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Chair Reupholstery: Sales People Lie on: July 12, 2011 02:36:25 PM
I'm a sales person's wet dream. They lie, I suck it up and buy whatever it is they want me to.
That was the case when we needed a new dining set a couple years ago. We didn't really want covered seats because we had a 2 year old at the time (and now a 4 year old and another almost 2 year old) but OH! These seats were covered with "Microfiber" and it cleans "so easy!" She even did a demo by spilling Coke on it. So we got the set, all 6 chairs and the table for... I won't tell you how much. Well, the Coke example didn't explain how to get out the RED dry erase marker that came 2 days later... or the cat's scratches... or the Mod Podge... AND the nails kept falling out. Yeah, we paid too much. 2 years later, at my wits end of my kids falling through holes in the chairs because got too lazy to keep re-attaching them, I decided to do something about it. I know. I'm lazy.


This is "clean." It's actually one of the nicer ones. Scrubbing this "easy to clean" microfiber was a bitch, and it left like rings around the sides, yuck! And you can't tell but the seat's not even screwed up right here. If you tipped it, the seat would plop off.


NO MORE SCRUBBING! Hobby Lobby had their expensive fabrics (the ones on rolls, what are they called again?) on sale 30% off including the cheap vinyl covering so instead of just covering them with something I would have to scrub again, I topped it with EASY WIPE SH*T! Now as long as the cat doesn't attack I think we should be good. I did all 6 chairs yesterday afternoon. And since I got my side done, my husband decided to get some longer screws and actually do his part, too. He was afraid they would get messed up if he didn't. YAY! New dining chairs!

Now, how to get the teeth marks out of the table so that doesn't look like crap, too?
152  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Woven Crochet on: July 03, 2011 09:31:30 AM
So this doesn't really go here OR the FO board, somewhere in the middle. It's more of a swatch.
Has anyone else every done Woven Crochet? A lady in my fiber guild called and told me she had a whole bunch of Spin Off Mags that she had no use for but when I got to her house to pick them up, she had so much more than that! Book about weaving, knitting, and crochet, looms, acid dyes, blah blah blah! In all this mess was a book, 2 of them actually, Mon Tricot Knitting Dictionary  and the "updated" version, that are actually 1/2 knitting stitches, 1/2 crochet stitches. Flipping through I found Woven Crochet and had to try it. Well, had to swatch it to see if I would like it. Have you guys tried it? I think you should. It's amazing. I have another project planned with it already but I can't tell you what it is yet.


It even came out good in variegated yarn!
I just googled it and feel the need to tell you: It's not just a pattern with drop stitches, it's actually a net (like fillet crochet) that you actually weave into!
153  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / July 1 2011 Fiber Friday on: July 01, 2011 02:13:58 PM
REALLY? How is there not a a FF thread yet? Did I miss it again? I hope not. Here's what I have spun recently:

This is stuff I was going to use for my Sheep to Shawl entry, then after I started crocheting I realized it didn't count as a shawl! I spun this mostly really dirty and greasy, even though I had washed it several times. Used about 5 1/2 bobbins worth for my "sweater."

So after it was spun, I threw it in the washer for a good hot agitated bath, felting it and cleaning it really good into this:

It is very rough and bumpy and uneven and I love it! I love the worked up texture! But man, that was a real bugger to pull apart/unwind. I wish I had a swift!
Since all of this, I have completed the sweater and even dyed it. But none of that goes here!

After spinning all of that I needed a break from my Local fleece and spun this from a "garden" batt:

~200 yards (even though I could hav e sworn it was more like 160) SW Merino, tencel, and angelina, 2 ply.
154  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / 3 June Fiber Friday on: June 03, 2011 07:36:45 AM
I FOUND IT! I FOUND IT! But before I go there I will share these:

Last thing I spun on my wheel before the kids lost "it":

100% Polwarth, 190 yards. This stuff was really light on one end and gradually went to really dark on the other end. I split it in half lengthwise, spun each about the same, then plied the light with the dark so they met in the middle. I think I did OK on that.

Then since the kids lost "it" and I needed my fix, I spun up this on my Drop Spindle:

112 yards WOOL. I got this wool from Ptarmic_wumpus in a personal swap. It was a small batt of blue and a small batt of orange so I ripped them into strips and spun it thin and variegated.

AND THEN I FOUND IT! I had spun up 3 bobbins of wool from the same Wumpus and planned on plying them but then the kids lost the top of my last bobbin before I could glue it back on and I've been so sad for weeks now. BUT I FOUND IT! I am the MOTHER of AWESOME. For now. Here's what I plied up:

Total yardage: ~300 yards. One bobbin was a greasy feeling brown, one bobbin was a dark blue, and the third bobbin was variegated blue/green. I love it. I think it will felt good. Also, I got my 2 yard Niddy Noddy in this time frame and have been wanting to use it. I like it. It works for me. Tempted to go through all my bigger skeins and re-wrap them but we will see. I do need to get ready for the Farmer's Market starting July 2...

Um, yeah, what have you guys done recently?
155  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 5 May 2011 on: May 05, 2011 07:47:36 AM
I'm always afraid while I'm writing this post someone else will post a FF thread as well!
I was on a roll this week, or would that be more appropriately a "spin?"

Diamond Batt from Knit.etsy.com. Decided to go with singles. A little overspun, but I think they will work up nice.

Next up, more blue and white self striping from Sheep Shed. I need to buy more from there but how much is always so hard to figure for me.

Then I spun up some cocoons because I of an article in the new Spin-Off mag. I haven't photoed it yet because I need to set the twist and hang it with some weights first. Again, though, my singles are way overspun. I'm just so used to spinning for plying!

And finally, I got my 11 braids and batt this week including my black roving so I could finally play up that batt I have had on my spindle for almost 2 months:

And just for Nikschaf, a photo of it with the rest of the batt that I plied with the yellow thread. I think I might take out the thread, spin more black, and ply it to be like the one I did this week. Opinions?
156  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Dem Bones on: April 20, 2011 02:29:28 PM
I made these for the Ami Addiction swap Round 2 and wanted to share them here. My partner loves Halloween and her favorite colors are pinka nd orange so I thought these were called for:

Individual shots:

I got the pattern from Yarn or Fabric and it's the only pattern I have ever bought not in a book. I think they came out a little too Day of the Dead, but I still they they were fun. I was thinking about making a blue one for my nephews birthday but then I found a really cool monster book and that idea went right out the window. Oh well, now I have the pattern forever and can make one for future nephew birthdays, right? I mean, I do have 3 nephews, not to mention my own 4 year old.
157  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 8 April 2011 on: April 08, 2011 10:04:13 AM
I'm always afraid someone else is going to start this while I'm typing. Is that ridiculous for me to think? Paranoid?
Here's what I've done this week
My first dye! I used the technique at the beginning of my new Hand dyed Yarns book on some white Sheep Shed wool and this is how it came out:

And then I spun it and the kids stole it. Where is it? I don't know. Angry face! Angry
And I did another one of these, brown and white variegated, Navajo plied, sheep shed. I love how these come out! And they are mindless to boot, which is always a bonus for me

What did you do this week?
158  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Storage Hammock for flat wall Prototype #1 on: April 07, 2011 04:09:17 PM
I made some storage hammocks for my kids a while ago, so when we got into a discussion on the fiber boards about fiber storage, we thought these might work. So I am making some for the girl who started the topic! But there are some things I needed to redesign. Aside from what was already discussed in the other thread, she wants one or more on a flat wall. Totally different approach! The corner hammocks are done in more of a mesh (sc, ch5, sc in the ch 5 spaces of previous row), this one is more like fillet crochet. Here is what I have so far:

Side/bottom shot
Measures ~39 1/2 in x 10, made with chenille yarn (stolen from a sweater) "plied" with some #10 crochet cotton. OK, so I lied, I didn't ply it. I was just working off of both balls at the same time. I kept track of the pattern, vaguely, so I could recreate the first side the same on the second, just in case anyone is interested. Here it is!
Pattern for the small flat wall:
I used some thin chenille yarn stolen from a sweater and some #10 cotton thread together. I think if I had done this witht he bigger hammock it would have worked a lot better.
On a D-ring, using hook D, 15 sc
Rows 2-5 Hook E -15 sc
Rows 6-8 Hook F - 15 sc
Rows 9-10 15(ch1, sc1)
Row 11 ch1, 14(sc, ch2), sc
Rows 12-17 15(ch2, dc)
Rows 18-23 Hook G 15(ch2, dc)
Rows 24-27 Hook H 15(ch2, dc)
Rows 28-47 Hook I 15(ch2, dc)
Basically from here on you just work it backwards again:
Rows 48-51 Hook H 15(ch2, dc)
Rows 52-57 Hook G 15(ch2, dc)
Rows 58-63 Hook F 15(ch2, dc)
Row 64 ch1, 14 (sc, ch2), sc
Rows 65-66 15(ch1, sc1)
Rows 67-69 15sc
Rows 70-73 Hook E 15sc
Row 74 D Hook working on another D ring at same time as on Row 73 15sc

Maybe it's too skinny? I don't know, it holds up pretty well under pressure. Yes, that is a gratuitous shot of ALL of my hand spun yarns, minus what's on my spindle and niddy noddy. Maybe making it thicker would take away from it's structural integrity? What do you guys think? I was thinking I wouldnt' like it this skinny but kept at it because I'm stubborn and I think I really do like it. If Ptarmic Wumpus doesn't want it then I will be glad to keep it on my wall, holding my yarns.



Prototype #2: 67" x 12" I spaced it 65" apart for this photo. LOTS of stretch. I think it was stretchier than the other because I just used 2 strands of the chenille sweater rather than 1 strand chenille, 1 strand #10 cotton thread.

I also upped it to 18dc/row instead of just 15 like Belladune suggested, though the other was just 15 all the way and this one started as 12 at the D-ring and upped to 18 at about row 12 (I think).
ETA #3: The corner! About 22 inches/side. This time i used 1 strand sweater/1 strand #10 cotton thread. I think it helps keep the stretch down. If I have done it with the longer of the 2 flat wall hammocks it would have worked better. Oh well, she still seems to like it.
159  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Pureed Strawberries? on: March 25, 2011 02:36:55 PM
I bought a 4lb box of Strawberries (for $5) at the store the other day thinking I would use my dehydrator on them and make chips, but when I got home I realized I hate cutting things for that. I am not good at making things uniform. So they sat there with the kids nibbling at them everyday and today I realized, oh they might be going bad soon so I cut off all the yucky parts (to be composted of course) and tossed them in my Mag Bullet and ended up with about 3 cups of Strawberry puree. But now what? Any thoughts before that goes bad? Thanks!
160  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 25 March 2011 on: March 25, 2011 10:25:02 AM
How is this not started yet? I don't want to start but I do want some other fibery goodness so I guess I will be the first.

This is all I have. It is the rest of the Diamond Batt from February. I think it needs to be plied with some black, but I need to order the roving from Sheep Shed first so it is going to stay on the spindle for now. I spun the other 1/2 on my wheel and plied it with yellow thread (posted a couple weeks ago) and I really liked the feel of the merino going through my fingers on that one; it's a very rough wool for some reason. While this way wasn't as nice in way of my senses (sensually? Yeah, I would call it sensual!), I like the way the color blended on it better.
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