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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: A wide array of handspun beanies! on: August 22, 2013 08:30:05 PM
Thanks, jexxican. I always admire your stuff over on the spinning board!

TkRainy: I dye and spin the wool all myself. There's a farm near me that raises llamas and Shetland sheep, and I get their fleece right from the source (though I order some other types of fiber from elsewhere, occasionally). The process is pretty involved, with washing, dyeing, and carding--but it's also super rewarding. I want sheep someday myself!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A wide array of handspun beanies! 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?
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Shoulder armor made from vintage Coca-Cola tray on: May 09, 2013 07:54:57 AM
That is amazing! I love the thematic consistency of using the soda tabs in chain-mail too. You are super talented.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Scrappy cowl--hand-dyed yarns aplenty on: May 08, 2013 09:37:40 AM
Thanks for the kind words, everybody! I'm excited to wear this when winter comes back around.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Scrappy cowl--hand-dyed yarns aplenty 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.
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Super Freaking Bright Yarns on: April 04, 2013 05:57:37 PM
Thanks, all!

These are both quite bulky, though they have thick 'n thin spots throughout. I haven't measured yardage yet, but I'd estimate around 80 to 100 for each one.
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Super Freaking Bright Yarns 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
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Melted Perler Bead Necklaces on: March 02, 2013 10:04:55 PM
That came out great, so pretty and simple. I'll have to try this some time.
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: "Dig In" to Reading! 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.

10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Naturally Caron Oasis Wrap on: February 18, 2013 04:11:16 PM
Beautiful and classic.
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