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21  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Handpainting in the microwave? on: February 10, 2006 01:23:14 PM
I've been searching, but haven't really found anything....I woudl like to know how to steam handpainted yarn in the microwave as opposed to buying a steamer. I have CUshings dyes, a boatload of vinegar, and am itching to screw some roving up. lol. If Alton Brown can steam crabs in the microwave, then I am sure that we can do some wool, right?
22  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday! on: February 10, 2006 01:16:10 PM
That flower one up top is just obscenely cute!

Here is my first plying.

23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: book club... is it worth it? cheap knitting books? on: February 10, 2006 07:31:30 AM
Is there anyway to get more options than are just on the front page? There are only about 50 books there, and I can only see one that I want...but there are titles I want that it seems some of you have gotten there. How do I get theM?
24  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / What do you do with your ends? on: January 28, 2006 05:15:04 PM
Say you are done spinning a nice bobbin fill og yarn, and you have this end just hanging there. Do you knot it? Do you just let it hang? What do you do? Same goes for the other end.
25  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Favorite online sources for fiber? on: January 23, 2006 05:10:23 PM
I like checking out Etsy.com for hand-painted roving. Generally the prices are good, and you get to see the individual creativity of the artists. I just ordered some roving from a new person today, so I will let ya know her name when I get it. Smiley
26  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / It's almost done! on: January 22, 2006 07:15:22 AM
I am almost finished staining my wheel, and am going to start putting the top coat/sealer on today! I am really stoked, because this blue is turning out fantastic and the finish is a super gloss, and will be very shiny.

But most of all, I can't wait to put it back together to spin up some more yarn!

P.S. there are a couple pics on my blog.
27  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: when do you ply? on: January 05, 2006 10:20:34 AM
If you are plying then it is recommended that you do it before setting the twist. If you think about it, you don't really want to set the twist and then try to twist the yarn the other way around the other yarn.

Good luck with your plying! I am still in singles land.
28  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / How do I know if it is felted? on: January 04, 2006 12:09:08 PM
I just did some kool aid dying on some roving using the knitty tutorial (stove top method). It turned out well, but when I was drying the fibers and squeezing a bit of water out I was worried that I was accidentally felting it.

How do you know if that happens? Mine got a little fluffy, but I can stilll draft it and such.

P.S. It is driving me CRAZY that I don't have my camera to document this! I'm thinking I am goign to go get a disposable until dh comes back from Cali.
29  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: assembling ashford traditional? on: January 03, 2006 02:58:42 PM
That's my blog actually. Smiley glad you like the name.

Just take your time with the assembly and you will be ok. Post pics when you are done!
30  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: can't get past the park & draft method... on: January 03, 2006 01:34:58 PM
I just got my wheel, so am going to give away my spindle. I never got past the park and draft method, while a friend of mine was kick spinning the darn thing a day after she learned. I think it is just different for everyone.

That being said, I got some good yarn out of the spindle with just the park and draft, and it wasn't that much slower than the other spinning, so I don't think I missed out on anything.
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