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1  A wide array of handspun beanies! in Knitting: Completed Projects by miloknows on: August 22, 2013 10:02:34 AM

Hey folks of craftster--it's been a while.

I've been working on knitting up some of my handspun yarns into chunky, slouchy, colorful hats. It's a super simple pattern (start on double pointed needles with eight stitches, increase until satisfied, keep going on circulars until the ribbing, rib, cast off, bam). For some of these, like the light pink one on the far right, I also used some recycled dyed yarn from old sweaters.

Encouragement? Critiques?
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2  Scrappy cowl--hand-dyed yarns aplenty in Knitting: Completed Projects by miloknows on: May 07, 2013 10:05:08 AM
This is a really simple project, but I'm very happy with how it turned out, seasonally inappropriate though it may be. I just knit a long tube of stockinette and crocheted the ends of it together. I had about a billion smallish lengths of my hand-dyed, recycled yarns to use up and show off--and here they are! The cowl is super cozy and warm, with wool, mohair, alpaca, nylon and cotton.

You can find more detail pics, and some more information, over here on my blog: http://www.miloknows.com/2013/05/recent-knitting-gloriously-scrappy-cowl.html.
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3  Super Freaking Bright Yarns in Spinning: Completed Projects by miloknows on: April 04, 2013 05:29:53 PM
Hey all! I think it's cause it's been raining a bunch lately, here in Portland, but I've been craving and creating unrestrained color. It's refreshing to throw a ton of bright shades into the carder and just go with it...though wearing garments made from these will take some bravery.

This one's a mix of nylon, mohair, merino, BFL and lincoln locks, all hand-dyed and hand-carded.

The batts and singles, for the above.

And here's a somewhat crazy mix of mohair, merino, BFL and alpaca--in all the colors I like and other people don't, necessarily.

You can, if you wanna, check out some more photos of this yarn over here: http://www.miloknows.com/2013/04/yet-more-bright-as-hell-handspun.html
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4  Re: "Dig In" to Reading! in Spinning: Completed Projects by miloknows on: February 19, 2013 05:52:15 PM
Beautiful! Great texture, and I love the coils.

As for the ladybug yarn, I aways love the look of one color coil popping on a different colored single. I'm thinking red with short black coils, since ladybugs are all spotty. Little black bobbles might also be cute.

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5  I washed and dyed (part of) a whole fleece! UPDATED with yarn images in Spinning: Completed Projects by miloknows on: February 18, 2013 12:07:55 PM

Several months back, I went to the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, and picked up my first unwashed fleece; I got a ten pound bag of unwashed border leicester lamb's wool. It came from SuDan Farms, in Yoder, OR. Working with it has been a great learning experience.

I documented the before and after, plus my process, plus lots more pictures, over here: http://www.miloknows.com/2013/01/how-to-wash-fleece.html.

After washing, I dyed some of the raw fleece before carding it.

I am starting to card a lot of this stuff now--it's definitely a different process working from wool in this state than from roving or prepared batts. I'm finding it easier to use handcarders to open up the fiber first, before putting it through my drumcarder.

I have some finished batts ready to spin now (exciting!).

Moral support, comments, advice appreciated!


Here's a sample of the finished yarns from these batts.

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6  Re: Fibre Friday - September 28, 2012 in Spinning: Completed Projects by miloknows on: September 28, 2012 12:19:49 PM
Belladune: Those yarns are lovely; you have been busy! I agree that the top yarn is really fun (and I'm biased, 'cause those are about my favorite colors).

I have been creating a lot of singles this week, most of which I haven't gotten around to plying yet. These are all from batts I made, a mix of bfl, alpaca, llama and lincoln locks:

And I did get some yarn finished; this is around 200 yards, plied, from the same materials in a different color way. (sorry for the slight blurriness of the picture)

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7  Fiber Friday August 3rd 2012 in Spinning: Completed Projects by miloknows on: August 03, 2012 08:30:47 AM
Hi, folks!

Happy August, and happy Fiber Friday (an actual holiday in my estimation).

I've been working on some more stuff from my carded batts.

This one originates in a green and orange wool batt, with some angelina, plied with bright pink merino:

This one, which I think of as Snowy Peas and Carrots, is a self plied single, from a batt of orange, green, and white wools of various types, plus some mohair locks:

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8  Re: Fiber Friday the 13th! of July in Spinning: Completed Projects by miloknows on: July 13, 2012 04:30:12 PM
Jexxican: that yarn looks great! So soft and squishy looking, though I'm sorry it wasn't more fun to actually spin.

I've been working on using some respun, recycled yarn (you know, unravelled from a thrift store sweater, redyed, spun to add more twist back in). I just took apart a 30% cashmere, 70% lambswool sweater for that purpose, so it's been showing up in lots of permutations.

Carded woolen single (angelina, mohair, wool), plied with recycled cashmere/wool yarn:

Merino roving and recycled cashmere/wool:

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9  Fiber Friday June 29, 2012 in Spinning: Completed Projects by miloknows on: June 29, 2012 07:41:43 AM
Happy Friday, everybody!

This week, I've been using up my current stock of crazy carded batts, until I can beg, borrow or steal access to a drum carder again. These yarns use a little bit of everything--wool, alpaca, angelina, recycled threads...

These have been super fun to work on. Batts feel like such a spontaneous way to spin.

I'd love to see what you all have got going!
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10  Impractical Fair Isle Leg Warmers in Knitting: Completed Projects by miloknows on: June 24, 2012 08:50:17 PM
Hey all! I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who knits year round.

Lately, I've been testing out my patience for fair isle (and not for the first time), via the creation of these leg tube thingies.  They came out cute, and were a good use for a small selection of my recycled/hand-dyed yarns, such as I invariably have hanging around.  Even where I live, in the Pacific Northwest, it's definitely not seasonally appropriate to bust these out; however, I was entertained. And isn't that the point?

I used this pattern as a start: http://www.joann.com/legwarmer-socks/prod720822/
Departures--aside from the obvious stopping before it became a sock part--include changing the actual fair isle pattern to this little heart design, and upping the needle to a US size 7.

The top photo probably shows the colors best.

Happy to hear what you think!

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