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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: 2015 Shop the Swap discussion thread on: August 14, 2015 01:59:54 PM
Hi there old friends! It's nice to see so many familiar names still in this swap. I'm still not quite ready to re-join, but my life has taken a turn for the better and I'm getting my crafty mojo back. I had a lot on my plate during our huge financial meltdown, and I took up spinning to help with the stress during that time. I will probably have lots of art yarn and batts when I return. If we do the swap again this spring, I'll be there. Meanwhile I'm LurkingLark. Smiley
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: STS Spring Market 2014 Discussion Thread!! on: April 13, 2014 12:51:23 PM
I can tell I spend too much time on Facebook, because I keep wanting to "like" your posts.  Cheesy

I will start a thread in a few days about the rug projects. Right now, I'm cutting up a bunch of old clothes for twining.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: STS Spring Market 2014 Discussion Thread!! on: April 12, 2014 05:52:01 PM
Hi everybody! I miss you guys!

We pulled out of our financial tailspin at last, but we are still recovering from the really bad year-and-a-half we just had. I'm still not ready to swap again, but I'll drop in to say hi more often.

I've just started twining rag rugs, and it's addictive. I want to twine ALL THE THINGS! I made a smallish rug loom out of junk, and I plan to make a few more sizes. The rugs are super thick and heavy, and perfect for an old house. I will be working my way through my current craft obsession, and then I'll go back to making things that are more mail-able. Cheesy

4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Tour de Fleece yarn on: July 01, 2013 05:44:11 PM
Not at all, Belladune! Go for it! The more yarn pics, the merrier!

I did not know about the Craftster thread there. I looked a couple of weeks ago, but I guess it hadn't been started yet. I'll drop into that thread later this evening. Thanks for the link. Smiley

Thanks, MLF. I've learned that you have to pick your fibers open until you can see through them. Also, I learned about corespinning from a video that Lexi Boeger shared (and that I cannot find right now for the life of me). Lexi gently laid the wisps of fiber over the core, and then she kept opening and drafting them by doing a motion with all of her fingertips that she likened to tickling a kitty under the chin. Combed top or roving will go on very thick unless it gets opened up a whole lot. I don't like to core-spin top, because it comes out like rope. Drum carder preparations picked wayyyyy open work the best for me. My favorite core material is plain old Mayville weavers rug warp. It's very strong and just rough enough to grab and hold the fibers.


5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Tour de Fleece yarn on: June 30, 2013 09:32:24 PM
Thanks!  Smiley

I got another day 2 yarn done today. Not the best photo, since it is late at night and my flash distorted the colors. This is alpaca and silk strips that have been core spun and then plied.
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Tour de Fleece yarn on: June 30, 2013 02:22:15 PM
Anyone else doing Tour de Fleece this year? I'd love to see what you are working on!

I just recently started coming out of a very long creative slump, and I decided to commit to doing a lot of spinning during the Tour.

Here are my first yarns:
Day 1
 Romney lamb locks. This is my first attempt at coreless core spinning, and I'm hooked. One is a single, one is plied with a skinny wool single.

7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 06/14/2013 on: June 16, 2013 05:32:56 AM
Thanks! Smiley

When you frog the two sweater strands onto the wheel, makes sure that you add plenty of twist. You want the yarn to really snap together when you check the twist. This is a cabled yarn. I cannot stress the need for the dust mask enough. I have asthma and I had some heath problems for a couple of weeks as a result of trying this without a mask. It's an outdoor project. Cotton is super dusty! I haven't tried doing this with a wool yarn yet, but I imagine that the speed of the unraveling would make some dust and little fibers fly, too.
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 06/14/2013 on: June 15, 2013 04:18:01 AM
Hi everyone! I'm loving all the yarns, and I'm glad that Fiber Friday is still going on. I don't have pics this week, but should have some next week. Minor camera trouble to resolve first.

My cardboard and bangle bracelet spindles are still going strong. I use them about as much as I use the wheels. I have had to glue gun the whorls back in place a couple of times, but I beat them up a lot. They go on city buses and end up getting knocked around in my bag all day long. They also go with me to the park while Ian plays. They are a great conversation-starter. I need to make some new and  prettier ones someday, but I've been too busy spinning. Wink

Alexus, that rose yarn is amazing! Core-spinning on a drop spindle is really difficult.

Edited so I could bring something to the party. This was made a while back, but not posted on Craftster yet. I spun up a bunch of yarns by holding 2 cotton sweater strands together and frogging them right onto the spinning wheel. Then I n-plyed them. These will be accent yarns in woven cotton dishtowels. I call this yarn cotton clownbarf. It's pretty random. Grin While this was a fun project, I would strongly recommend the wheel-frogging be done outside, with a dust mask on. Tons of dust flew out of the yarn as I frogged it. TONS. You could give yourself a nasty case of brown-lung if you do it a lot. I did these in the house, and I won't try that again, ever. Now that it's nice outside, I'm planning to add to my stash of these yarns.

Here are 2 pieces of sweater, and the resulting yarn. Get a few unloved stripey and plain sweaters, combine them different ways--the possibilities are endless.

9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: FOC Second Chance Wishlist Rd 3 **Gallery** on: November 25, 2012 05:12:12 PM
Catrinau, the yarn is just fine, and I will put it all to good use. There is a hat I was working on while we were traveling that I had to put aside because I ran out of yarn colors that worked well for it. I'm eyeing some of the yarn you sent to finish off that project. I might work on that tonight. I'm delighted with the yarn. We are seriously broke right now, and I can't shop for yarn at all. What you sent me is an awesome and fun variety, and I will enjoy crocheting with it!  Smiley
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: FOC Second Chance Wishlist Rd 3 **Gallery** on: November 25, 2012 12:06:05 PM
Sorry about the delay, I had to replace the batteries in my camera. Here is my amazing haul from Catrinau:

Tons of yarn to play with!

A beautiful koi with shiny button scales. Very pretty and clever! I lovelovelove this!

Two super-cute shirts for my youngest son. He loves these!

Thank you so much for everything!
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