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1  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?
2  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.
3  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
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / I washed and dyed (part of) a whole fleece! UPDATED with yarn images 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.

5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday August 3rd 2012 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:

6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday June 29, 2012 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!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Impractical Fair Isle Leg Warmers 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!

8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / May I Fiber Friday? on: June 22, 2012 10:42:43 AM
As a devoted lurker on these boards, Fiber Friday has long been something I look forward to!
Seems like summer has slowed us all down a little...

Allow me to get the ball rolling this week?

Some classic barber pole style wool, bulky. I hand painted the roving--I like the way the colors on this one came out.

A mix of wool, shredded cotton/sparkly scarf, merino, and recycled wool yarn (plied with crochet cotton)

Painted roving single, with recycled hippie skirt coils

Anybody else?
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Clothespin Frame/Wall Art (tutorial!) on: June 21, 2012 11:06:20 AM
Hey all,

I've been a lurker on craftster since, like, forever. But I'm trying to contribute a bit more now!

So, I'm very fond of the way this project came out. I used clothespins to create a semi-fancy (pantsed) frame for photos. I had a lot of digital images I wanted to get up on my actual walls (don't we all?), plus a fine little paint by numbers canvas that was looking all sad and unframed.

If you wanna make one of these yourself, they're super cheap and pretty simple (mine was about one evening and $20).

What you'll need:

1. Strong Glue (E600, or Amazing Goop work well)
2. A pack of clothespins
3. Photos (or other printed materials/images you wanna use)
4. Spray paint--I used metallic copper
5. A piece of plywood, measuring 16 by 44 inches--I got mine in the scrap pile at the Big Box home improvement place, and got it cut down ($1.01!). You might want to give it some swipes with sandpaper real quick, though admittedly I did not.
6. Frames (see below)

I got this pile of frames at the Goodwill by the Pound for, like, five bucks in total. You might also check out dollar stores--you can usually find some nice looking, cheap frames there.

What to do:

1. You'll need to remove the little metal piece that holds the clothespin together--just a little gentle prying should get these off pretty fast. Make a pile of these wooden clothespin halves. I ended up using pretty much the whole pack, since a few were in somewhat rough shape and had to be tossed.

2. Start glueing the wooden pieces along the plywood edge, flipping them back and forth to create a pattern (and of course, you can feel free to play with this arrangement). Just spread a thin layer of glue along the edge and start filling it in.

3. After allowing the glue to dry, and removing the glass from the picture frames, give everything a thorough spray painting. Two coats seemed to do it, for me. The plywood grain isn't going away with this method, it's just getting nicely gilded. If you want a more thorough cover, a coat of primer could get you there.

4. After everything's dry, put the pictures in the frames, and glue the whole shebang in place. Don't forget to remove any hardware on the back of the frames that will keep them from being flush with the plywood. This type of glue will take a little while to dry, so you have some wiggle room to reposition things before the decisions become final. When you're satisfied, let the glue dry overnight.

Also, don't spray paint your fingers. Or do, whatever. It looks pretty awesome.

There are some more photos over on my blog, if you're curious (http://www.miloknows.com/2012/06/clothespin-wall-art-tutorial.html).
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