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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 1/4/08 (Happy New Year!!!) on: January 04, 2008 06:44:25 PM
feral feminine:

aah. Dollbaby and Ice were my favorites this week. looovely.
 I pretty much love everyone's yarns this week. so much gorgeousness.

here are mine, finally!
didn't get the wheel up and running yet [last part is on it's way, I think, though! yay!] but I couldn't wait any more, so I spun up what I had. I honestly don't know how anyone has a fiber stash..must have more money than I do. I run out of fiber far too often.

this week's three are all natural, yay [I'm in love with natural colors at the moment]:

first we have chocolate baby:

a bit blurry, sorry about that. I was eager to share and missed the sunlight, so these pictures will have to do.
chocolate baby is dark brown llama from a baby llama's first shearing. it's wicked soft and so light! it's a very airy yarn, about sock weight though it varies a bit more than I'd like. haven't set the twist yet, and I'll probably try to get it to felt up just a bit so it's a little stronger...the roving was so airy I'm kind of afraid it will break. Undecided

next we have hay and snow:

that's what the colors made me think of, anyway. hay bales covered in snow.
this is light brown baby llama roving plied with some of my natural white that's been laying around begging for something to be done with it. so I used part of it to attempt cabling for the first time, and the rest to ply with this. it's very squishy. Smiley

and the last one is mystery grey:

so named because I ordered a wheel part [one of a couple necessary to fix my baby!] and this was thrown in as a freebie. I've no idea what it is but it's lusciously soft and spun up really really evenly and smoothly. I adore it and want more, so I'm going to email and ask!
I would imagine it is merino, but I'm still limited in my fiber experience, so who knows? it feels a bit lighter than merino. ah well, we shall see.
love all the yarns this week and hopefully by next fiber friday I'll have wheel spins to show you guys! I love my little spindle but I'm ready to upgrade. Smiley
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Party dress!! (made out of gaucho pants) on: January 04, 2008 02:44:02 PM
such a cute, clean and classy look!

i love. Smiley
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / knitters who sell your stuff: yarn prices? on: January 04, 2008 02:42:23 PM
hey guys,

I was recently solicited to sell my stuff at a local clothing/gift store [I was very flattered, since I didn't plan on trying to sell my stuff for a while...but apparently there's demand!]

my problem is yarn: the price of yarn I'd get through my lys is obvious marked up so they'll make a profit..but this causes me to have to mark up my prices even more [and that's not counting what the store will have to mark up in order to make a profit].
I spin, but not enough to create the kinds of yarns I want to knit things to sell with [not yet, anyway. crossing my fingers for the day!]

I can get yarns from ebay, obviously, for slightly cheaper than the lys after shipping, but I'm curious what those of you who knit to sell do...plus, I'd hate to go to the lys and just "scope out" the yarns I want and then buy online. such nice ladies in there and they've been tremendously helpful. Undecided

any ideas?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: white short holiday dress on: January 01, 2008 02:12:35 PM
very pretty design. I can imagine it in a variety of colors.
Myself, I am not daring enough for the plunging neckline, but I know folks who could pull it off, so have fun with it!
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: A sort of poll....Do you pre-draft your fiber? on: December 30, 2007 10:16:15 PM
As far as the spindle is concerned, I find it's waaay too hard for me to try to draft the fibers as I spin [hurts my fingers too, ouchy].
I also have a lot less control over the evenness of the yarn, so I have to stop more frequently.
I usually use commercially prepared top, and I generally split, predraft, then roll the pieces into little balls or hanks and just spin away when it's all prepped...it seems like it goes a lot quicker that way.

I'll let you know how I feel about that once I get cranked up on the wheel, though.

the only exception to that is the llama I have been spinning..it's baby llama, from the first shearing, and has never been shipped. it's extremely airy and light, and needs no predrafting at all, really.

Lubee: I split and predraft while watching TV too! my mom complains because I get fibers all over the dark colored couch! Tongue
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making Roving on: December 30, 2007 10:11:23 PM
wow...if I was her, I'd take up spinning! that's a great gift!  Shocked

keep that stuff...it looks lovely.
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday - 12/28/07 Post-Christmas Goodness on: December 28, 2007 11:34:39 PM

that yarn is loooovely. and there's so much of it, or so it seems! perhaps a very lacy stitch, that way the yarn shines instead of the stitch?


I love all those squishy colorful plies! and the beautiful single...

love it as always.

I fully plan on participating in the next fiber friday, yay!! the part for my wheel is ordered and should be here in a few days. Cheesy
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking to purchase some twisted funky yarn on: December 19, 2007 06:07:35 PM
"Any posts asking if someone can make or where you can buy a specific kind of yarn will be deleted. "

Just a heads up.

Wow.  I thought this was a "crafting" website? 

it is. but as I'm sure it's explained somewhere, it is not a selling gallery, just a place for us to show off stuff we've made. Smiley if we were allowed to hawk stuff in posts it could get way out of hand really easily.

However, I have that yarn [sensations licorice] and am curious what you made with it: I tried knitting it about seven different times...it has so far continued to confound me. what stitch/pattern didja use? Smiley
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making Roving on: December 19, 2007 05:37:39 PM
Learning on junk is great because you can just toss it if you mess up - it's junk, right? That doesn't cause me to perform to my fullest, or learn to my maximum though. It only teaches me to be good enough to work with junk. I've seen raw cleaned sheep's wool for $6/pound on eBay and I would not want to work with such a beast.

except that, you can work with an easier roving [blue faced leicester, etc.] and still get practice working with quality fiber...it's not about learning to spin with "junk", really, because properly prepped roving is not junk, it's roving at it's best. But learning with a different, slightly less expensive roving doesn't mean you're learning with junk. you're creating junk until you get better, trust me. Wink
[although, I've seen some first handspuns on here that put mine to shame. so maybe it was just me. Tongue]

but generally, I would save the Quivut until you have the basic spinning skills at least.
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Your Fiber Stash on: November 25, 2007 05:30:19 PM
TheBon, that stash is making me super jealous.

at the moment, my stash consists of two balls of super soft baby llama roving [I think like eight ounces total?].

I'm saving it for Ginny [spinning wheel] when she is repaired.

I plan on ordering/dying a couple of pounds in the next month or so, though...
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