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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Not Fiber Friday? - Jan. 25, 2014 on: January 25, 2014 03:55:26 PM
Haven't seen a fiber friday thread yet, but i finally have yarn to share. Smiley Its wool/alpaca with some sparklies thrown in.

Ive been working on this for a while. It ended up an ombre-style chain ply, fading from red-orange to yellow.
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / My love/hate relationship with Alpaca on: January 20, 2013 10:16:28 AM
Hello all! I've been working on spinning up some of my alpaca roving that I have, but I'm having some problems. My yarn seems like it just wants to fall apart no matter what I do, and I didn't know if maybe some of you have had a similar issue. I love alpaca because its always so soft, but I think that might be part of why it doesn't want to stay together. This is what I have so far, its just a single thats about 12-13 wpi. I've had to tie it in a couple places where my fibers slipped apart even after I set the twist on it. Sad Help?
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Another PVC wheel on: November 08, 2012 05:29:32 PM
Wanted to show you guys what I've been up to lately! I've been working on updating the PVC spinning wheel I made a while ago, and I finally have success. It took a lot of abusing my Dremel tool and patience to get everything working right, but I'm glad I spent the time on it. I recycled the plastic pulley wheel, the bicycle wheel, and the knitting needle from the last wheel and I destroyed a couple coat hangers for the wire. The bobbins I made will hold quite a bit, right now I have some of the merino I received in the recent Fiber Swap on there.

There you have it! Any questions or comments are welcome, I'm always trying to think of ways to improve it. Cheesy
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Self Portrait Spin Challenge: Perfect Imperfection on: September 27, 2012 03:31:59 PM
I called this yarn "Perfect Imperfection" because thats what life feels like to me! I tried something new to me for this challenge, so this yarn is full of flaws but is still pretty in its own way.


This yarn is like a loose timeline to me and the beads represent memorable moments in life (so there are a ton of beads!), with the two stars representing the most important times in my life so far: the day I got married and the day my daughter was born.
The red is for love, there are brown beads for the color of my hair and eyes, and the silver ones make me think of tiny little wedding rings. The color of the yarn ties into that a little too, I dyed it grey/light blue like the sky:D

This yarn looks good on the surface, but its actually a little crazy- like me! There are points where its underspun, overspun, and sometimes its just held together by a thread. Smiley So this was my attempt at me all spun up- hope you enjoy!

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Vogue Knits-Crochet edition featured a Craftster-er! on: June 01, 2012 05:18:57 PM
Didn't know if anyone has already gotten a copy of it, or if a post has already been made about this, but Babukatorium was a featured artist in the newest edition of Vogue Knits- Crochet Edition. Its a great article and I really suggest reading it. Bonus- there are some really great patterns in there too. Grin
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / SW inspired spinning stuff on: May 17, 2012 04:41:21 AM
Hello everyone! I just finished the SW swap, and I wanted to share what I made.

an R2D2 drop spindle, I'm proud of my geeky craftyness on this one. Cheesy

Planet inspired roving- this one is Tatooine

Hoth, the ice planet

and Endor, which is covered in forests.
Had a lot of fun doing these and I really hope my partner enjoys them. Cheesy
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / All Zebra all the time! on: April 01, 2012 03:42:50 PM
Ok, don't laugh, but this is the first bag I've ever made that went how I planned it (mostly). Cheesy I needed a bag to keep my drop spindle and roving in when I take it with me, so I decided to make one. I made my own pattern out of newspaper and double checked with google a lot about putting it together (I've done the lining wrong SOOOO many times). Since I'm a beginner at sewing its not perfect, but I'm proud of it.  Grin

Making this was definitely a learning experience, but it was still fun.  Cheesy
8  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Hand Painted Rovings on: March 20, 2012 10:16:58 AM
Learning to dye roving has been a recent thing for me, but I love it! I've gone through almost 3 pounds of wool in just a couple days. My husband said he's happy that I found something I like to do, so we'll hope he says the same thing when theres wool hanging in the shower and he can't use it. Smiley I started out using Easter egg dyes, PAAS Neon to be specific, then I moved on to Wilton's Icing Coloring. I almost like the colors of that better, they're so bright! Picture time! Grin

first attempt at dying- PAAS Neon Egg Dye

I'm getting better! used egg dye on this one too. Citrus 2.0 ( decided to name them because they actually look nice now. Smiley )

Hand-me-down Summer- Wiltons Icing Coloring

Tie Dye- Wiltons Icing Coloring

Cotton Candy- this one is my favorite so far. Used Wiltons on this one too.
More to come soon! Thanks for looking. Smiley
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Building Your Own PVC Wheel- Image Heavy on: March 10, 2012 02:23:56 PM
Hello to all! Recently I built my own spinning wheel out of PVC, and as of right now its the coolest thing I've ever built. Smiley I used the instructions found on www.pjsadventures.com/DragonsKeep/personal/PVCWheel.html and when I took mine apart today to glue it together I decided to take pictures to show you how its done! Its really not hard at all, and if you don't already have one laying around, the bicycle rim will be the most expensive part of making this. I don't want to completely steal the tutorial that I used, so I'm going to direct you there for measurements and things.

Get all your pipe cut up, and make sure you mark them well. 5" and 6" pieces look very similar when they don't say what they are. Found that one out already. Tongue

I tried to make sure all the numbers pointed up so you could read them. The picture on the original site was not that good when it comes to assembling the base. The string is tied around the one end because it wouldn't stay together when I was gluing it.

This is where I am going to add extra supports to my wheel. The PVC gets a little wobbly due to the height of it, but it still works this way.

If you end up with a plastic wheel to go on the knitting needle like I did, you may want to rough it up a little bit so the string that goes around it will catch better. I just took a steak knife to mine and it works better now. lol. Cheesy If the knitting needle that was suggested doesn't spin very well in the holes you have cut, try a smaller needle. The one I'm using is a size 9. I HIGHLY SUGGEST not gluing this project until you've put all your pieces together once. That way you'll know if everything fits right before you can't undo it. Anyway, these are just things that I thought might help you guys if you were interested in building your own PVC Spinning Wheel. It works like a walking wheel, and there are some good videos one YouTube of people using them so you can get the hang of how it works. So, don't cut yourself, remember plastic epoxy is very sticky, and have fun with your new wheel!
Here are a couple small skeins that I spun up yesterday (so you know that it works) Tongue

10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Stash-eater Basket on: March 03, 2012 07:02:50 AM
So, my husband told me I couldn't have any more yarn until I used up what was in my stash. This ultimatum probably came from the fact that there are about 4 cardboard boxes next to our couch that are full of stash and WIPs. I decided that I should make something out of my yarn stash to hold the remainder of my yarn stash (of which there is considerably less!). I present to you my stash-eater basket!
I kind-of used this pattern- http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/basket.html in the medium size, but as I got to the end of the pattern I decided it wasn't tall enough so I just kept going.
Note- no clowns were harmed in the making of this project.

The colors make me a little dizzy, but that can be attributed to 4 out of 6 strands of yarn being different forms of varigated yarn.

Here it is with the brim rolled down, thought it looked nice that way.
Sorry for the pictures, I'm stuck with my phone until I either get a better camera or a better camera phone. lol
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