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21  Re: Shop the Swap 13 **discussion** in New Swap Theme Ideas by Miss Violaceous on: April 15, 2008 04:36:52 PM
Preview time!

This item will be going up in my shop as soon as I can re-open (not tonight, maybe tomorrow, maybe longer).

"The Little Calorimetry That Could."



This is a handspun Calorimetry made out of 100% wool yarn. It was a chunky yarn, so the gauge is bigger, with a funky chunky texture. The buttons you see are bigger than a quarter! It fastens with two buttons (a modification that I believe pixiefarts came up with, see here The picture shows your choice of buttons, but the purple and blue ones are kind of washed out by the flash (strangely, the colors in the calorimetry are pretty true). The buttons are all some kind of vintage, and I know the brass one on the left is decidedly old. I'll send whichever buttons you choose loose and you can stitch them in place to custom-fit your head, or I can sew them on for you if you're completely hopeless with a needle and thread.

This will definitely take three points, because it took hours. and hours. and hours. and hours. and hours. It's called "The Little Calorimetry That Could" because it gave me so much trouble. I carded the wool by hand to spin it! The staple is a bit short, so be aware that there's some risk of pilling.
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22  Re: Fiber Friday 4/11/2008 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Miss Violaceous on: April 11, 2008 04:36:45 PM
I'm absolutely wild about Dark Trembolina, spun from roving of the same name dyed by HollyEqq. I have a second skein of this fulled single, and I'm using it to knit up a (very bright) cropped cardi. I think the original roving was 100g, and I got tons and tons of yardage out of it. It's lofty yet strong due to the fulling. I only fulled it lightly, dipping it in hot water and stirring a bit.




Next, I have a tussah silk single. It was spun from 2 oz of roving that I dyed with food coloring. It's weird to me because it's pastels, but I have people over in Shop the Swap drooling just from the description. It has a nice drape and sheen, like all silk handspun. I think it will make a nice textured lace something-or-other. It's named Easter Sunday because of the pastels, and because it's so conservative!




Finally, this one is from weeks ago, but I never got around to posting it. It's some I spun up for practice navajo plying from brown wool that came with my wheel, and because my husband wanted a plain boring yarn for a hat.

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23  Re: the BIG yarn stash and organization SHOW OFF! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Miss Violaceous on: March 16, 2008 07:45:26 AM
I wanted yarn-store-style cubbies for my fiber stash, and we finally put them together last night, and organized it all this morning! I'm so in love!

Wide shot:


I have cubbies for yarn and fiber stacks:


Shelves for tools:


I stack my prettier spinning tools on top for decoration:


I bought this basket to hold fiber as I spin from it, but it fits perfectly in the cubbies too... sort of a spinning WIP box:


I have some drawers too... this one holds my knitting WIPs:


Thanks for looking! I got the shelving units at Target. They were $40 each, and it's made of three different units side by side.
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24  Re: Shop the Swap - Round 12 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Miss Violaceous on: March 14, 2008 09:38:49 AM
~ Msviolaceous' Den of Iniquity ~

I am located in the United States, and I have a really fluffy dog, and a cat who likes to jump on whatever I'm working on.

~ I am open to custom orders! PM me! ~



Handdyed Spinning Fiber!

Lagoon. 2 oz. Columbia/Dorset 100% wool top. It's a relatiely inexpensive wool, so it's not as soft as some others, but it is definitely soft enough to spin, and should also felt well. I threw this together with some leftover bits of dye, and I'm thrilled with how it came out! Two points.


Blueberry Guts. 2 oz. squishy Merino top. There is oe more available. This one didn't fluff up as much as the others did after dyeing, but it will puff up when you draft it! Two points.


Box of Crayons. 3 oz. Columbia/Dorset 100% wool top. There are six colors in the pack, and you get roughly 1/2 oz. of each. Only one pack left! It's a relatiely inexpensive wool, so it's not as soft as some others, but it is definitely soft enough to spin, and should also felt well. Use this to enhance your color palette for needle felting or wet felting, or just spin it into rainbow yarn! The blue and purple separated out, just because those dyes like to do that, but when you draft the fibers (pull them apart to loosen them up) that will blend up a lot. Three points.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v472/Msviolaceous/Craft%20Projects/boxofcrayons.jpg
- Pulled from the shop.



Evergreen Headband. Hand-knit arrowhead lace, from delicate Rowan wool yarn with tweedy bits. Approximately 17 inches in length by 2 inches wide, with 10.5 inch ties (lots of stretch, so it'll adjust to fit most any adult head, and probably teens as well.) Care instructions: hand wash in cold water and either lay flat to dry or pin it to a flat surface under some tension to show off the lace ("blocking.") Three points.




Hand-Dyed Yarn! Dyed by me with food coloring and possibly some kool-aid.

Really Old Candy Cane (on the left in the photo). 100% wool (Paton's Classic Merino), 100 grams, 223 yards. 4''=20 stitches on size 7 needles. This yarn will self-stripe with some subtle watercolor variation in the colors. Two points.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v472/Msviolaceous/Craft%20Projects/stripingyarns.jpg



Handspun Yarn! Coming soon.



Oddments Button Bobby Pins. I was going to make these mismatched bobby pins and have them claimed individually, but in the end I liked the pairs I was able to put together. Choose from royal purple, earth tones or zebra. These are vintage buttons glued securely onto the standard heavy bobby pin finding. They are thicker and stronger than the standard hide-in-your-hair type of bobby pin. One-half point per pair.




Magic Hat Pins. The funkiest treasures from my bead stash on super-long stick pins - 8 inches long by default. However, I can make them as short as you like. The 8-inch pins will have a nailhead at the end, but if I shorten them I will make an eyelet stopper. See Tomato Teal as an example. One half point each.


From left to right: Stargate, Blue Swoopy, Starky, Tomato Teal, Icing, Verdant, Sceptre, Fade, and Bloopy. PM me for better pics of any of them.





Ladybug Anklet. Sterling-plated chain, wire wrapping, and lobster clasp, with glass beads. Adjustable from 9 to 11 inches. Custom sizing (and conversion into a bracelet) available upon request. One point.




Junk Food Earrings. Acrylic charms on chunky silver-plated chain with sterling french hook earwires. Choose from pizza/cokes and hamburger/french fries. One point each.





Jean Blue Button Bracelets in two sizes. Though they are each adjustable, one is sized and proportioned for a 5-6 inch wrist (modeled on my 5-inch wrist), and the other for a 7-8 inch wrist (modeled on my mineral water). The bracelets feature vintage buttons attached to a silver-plated chain with silver-plated wire wrapping and a silver springring clasp. The buttons may look black in some of the pictures, but the only colors involved are denim blue, cobalt blue, navy blue, and white. 1/2 point.


Small:




Supplies!

Araucania Quellon Yarn. A brilliantly soft viscose rayon and cotton chenille yarn. 161 yards per big 100 gram skein. Colorway #2, with varigated peach tones. The second photo is pretty true to color, but I left the first photo up so you can see the subtle varigations in the yarn. I have two extra skeins, but note that they have already been wound into balls. Also, this yarn has no dye lots. The two skeins I have should be pretty close to each other, but alternate balls to minimize striping if you want to use both on one project (no need to break the yarn, just carry it at the edge.) I made the ruffled collar from No Sheep For You from one skein with plenty left over. One skein would be enough for an ascot, two for a scarf. Two points per skein.





Thanks for visiting!

COMING SOMEDAY: Copper Cascade earring line, more handspun yarn, more handdyed yarn, designer ribbon headbands, and wine charms.

Wishlist: Tiny realistic polymer clay avocado charms, stenciled shirts, Pretty Puff Slouchy Hat (crocheted pattern found on Craftster).

Starting points: 9

Current points: 6
Pending points: 0
Total points: 6

March Claims:

Asphaltqueen to Miss Violaceous - Floppy Dish Notebook (mixed paper) - 1 point.
Asphaltqueen to Miss Violaceous - Floppy Dish Notebook (white paper) - 1 point.
Asphaltqueen to Miss Violaceous - Retro Blue Owl Earrings with Swarovski Crystal - 1.5 points.
Asphaltqueen to Miss Violaceous - Password T-Shirt - .5 point.
AsphaltQueen to Miss Violaceous - Custom Binder - 1 point.
Miss Violaceous to Sansa - Really Old Candy Cane - 2 points.
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25  Experimenting with Dyed Roving in Dyeing: Completed Projects by Miss Violaceous on: February 03, 2008 05:52:55 AM
I just got a BIG box from paradise fibers (had to take advantage of that free shipping offer, right?) and finally managed to dye some of it up yesterday. I'm totally thrilled with the results.


Lagoon, 2 oz. Columbia/Dorset blend:



Blueberry Guts, 2 oz. Merino:



Box of Crayons, 3 oz. Columbia/Dorset in a coordinated rainbow of colors for needle felting, wet felting, or just spinning:



Lagoon and Blueberry Guts were by request from the Swap the Shop people, but Lagoon was the happy result of trying to coordinate leftover dyes.
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26  Re: Shop the Swap Rd 11 - discussion in New Swap Theme Ideas by Miss Violaceous on: February 02, 2008 07:21:07 PM
OK, opinion time. Here is some wool top I dyed up for my multicolor packs. What's shown in the picture is a total of 6 ounces. Each length is doubled over the towel rack. I plan on dividing each length shown into two parts, making two 3-oz packs with six colors each.

The colors are ever so slightly washed out, but the picture is pretty good. Let's just say they're going to be a bit more vibrant and punchy in person.

As you can see, the red is not as saturated as I'd like. Now, red is a hard color to dye properly, and I think the tones go well with the others. But it just looks a little more wan than the rest. Potential claimers: Do you think this is good, or should I try overdyeing it with more red? It's a risk, and if people are happy with this I'll put it up like this. I just can't tell whether I'm being a perfectionist or not. Immediately after posting this, I took one more look at the picture, went and got the red roving and dunked it in vinegar. *sigh* My husband says, "it's the red that other reds make fun of." I think that was way harsh but really, he's right.



(P.S., blue and purple merino using the two colors in the right is on the way, plus a really spectacular wool roving named "Lagoon" using spare dyes that exceeded my expectations marvelously.)
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27  Re: Shop the Swap - Round 11 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Miss Violaceous on: February 02, 2008 06:18:01 AM
CLOSED!

~ Msviolaceous' Den of Iniquity ~

I am located in the United States, and I have a really fluffy dog, and a cat who likes to jump on whatever I'm working on.



Handdyed Spinning Fiber!

Lagoon. 2 oz. Columbia/Dorset 100% wool top. It's a relatiely inexpensive wool, so it's not as soft as some others, but it is definitely soft enough to spin, and should also felt well. I threw this together with some leftover bits of dye, and I'm thrilled with how it came out! Two points.


Blueberry Guts. 2 oz. squishy Merino top. There is oe more available. This one didn't fluff up as much as the others did after dyeing, but it will puff up when you draft it! Two points.


Box of Crayons. 3 oz. Columbia/Dorset 100% wool top. There are six colors in the pack, and you get roughly 1/2 oz. of each. Only one pack left! It's a relatiely inexpensive wool, so it's not as soft as some others, but it is definitely soft enough to spin, and should also felt well. Use this to enhance your color palette for needle felting or wet felting, or just spin it into rainbow yarn! The blue and purple separated out, just because those dyes like to do that, but when you draft the fibers (pull them apart to loosen them up) that will blend up a lot. Three points.




Evergreen Headband. Hand-knit arrowhead lace, from delicate Rowan wool yarn with tweedy bits. Approximately 17 inches in length by 2 inches wide, with 10.5 inch ties (lots of stretch, so it'll adjust to fit most any adult head, and probably teens as well.) Care instructions: hand wash in cold water and either lay flat to dry or pin it to a flat surface under some tension to show off the lace ("blocking.") Three points.




Hand-Dyed Yarn! Dyed by me with food coloring and possibly some kool-aid.

Really Old Candy Cane (on the left in the photo). 100% wool (Paton's Classic Merino), 100 grams, 223 yards. 4''=20 stitches on size 7 needles. This yarn will self-stripe with some subtle watercolor variation in the colors. Two points.




Handspun Yarn! Coming soon.



Oddments Button Bobby Pins. I was going to make these mismatched bobby pins and have them claimed individually, but in the end I liked the pairs I was able to put together. Choose from royal purple, earth tones or zebra. These are vintage buttons glued securely onto the standard heavy bobby pin finding. They are thicker and stronger than the standard hide-in-your-hair type of bobby pin. One-half point per pair.




Magic Hat Pins. The funkiest treasures from my bead stash on super-long stick pins - 8 inches long by default. However, I can make them as short as you like. The 8-inch pins will have a nailhead at the end, but if I shorten them I will make an eyelet stopper. See Tomato Teal as an example. One half point each.


From left to right: Stargate, Blue Swoopy, Starky, Tomato Teal, Icing, Verdant, Sceptre, Fade, and Bloopy. PM me for better pics of any of them.





Ladybug Anklet. Sterling-plated chain, wire wrapping, and lobster clasp, with glass beads. Adjustable from 9 to 11 inches. Custom sizing (and conversion into a bracelet) available upon request. One point.




Junk Food Earrings. Acrylic charms on chunky silver-plated chain with sterling french hook earwires. Choose from pizza/cokes and hamburger/french fries. One point each.





Jean Blue Button Bracelets in two sizes. Though they are each adjustable, one is sized and proportioned for a 5-6 inch wrist (modeled on my 5-inch wrist), and the other for a 7-8 inch wrist (modeled on my mineral water). The bracelets feature vintage buttons attached to a silver-plated chain with silver-plated wire wrapping and a silver springring clasp. The buttons may look black in some of the pictures, but the only colors involved are denim blue, cobalt blue, navy blue, and white. 1/2 point.


Small:




Supplies!

Araucania Quellon Yarn. A brilliantly soft viscose rayon and cotton chenille yarn. 161 yards per big 100 gram skein. Colorway #2, with varigated peach tones. The second photo is pretty true to color, but I left the first photo up so you can see the subtle varigations in the yarn. I have two extra skeins, but note that they have already been wound into balls. Also, this yarn has no dye lots. The two skeins I have should be pretty close to each other, but alternate balls to minimize striping if you want to use both on one project (no need to break the yarn, just carry it at the edge.) I made the ruffled collar from No Sheep For You from one skein with plenty left over. One skein would be enough for an ascot, two for a scarf. Two points per skein.





Thanks for visiting!

COMING SOMEDAY: Copper Cascade earring line, more handspun yarn, more handdyed yarn, designer ribbon headbands, and wine charms.

Wishlist: Tiny realistic polymer clay avocado charms.

Starting points: 4

Current points: 6
Pending points: 3
Total points: 9

February Claims:

Miss Violaceous to Legerdemain - Blueberry Guts - 2 points.
Miss Violaceous to mimiw - Box of Crayons - 3 points.
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28  Re: Fibre Friday 01-18-2008 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Miss Violaceous on: January 18, 2008 08:48:48 AM
Made from HollyEQQ's Batt of the Month for... I think it was November? It was basically a scrap batt with all kinds of nutty stuff in it. I plied it with thread.

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29  Re: Clapotis from Knitty in Knitalongs by Miss Violaceous on: January 13, 2008 06:49:35 PM
I finished this over christmas. I've been wearing it as a ginormous scarf - I'm 4'11" and when it hangs around my neck, both ends hang past my knees. It's comical but lush!



Araucania Quellon.
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30  Re: Fiber Friday 1/4/08 (Happy New Year!!!) in Spinning: Completed Projects by Miss Violaceous on: January 04, 2008 08:32:11 AM
I got a wheel for christmas and spent the days off between christmas and new year's simply churning out yarn!

First, some bulky plan ol' wool to get used to the thing:


Then, some bamboo roving. It's navajo plied out of necessity because the fricka fracking single wouldn't stop breaking:


Also, I spun up some lovely Fleece Artist 65% merino/35% silk roving into a two-ply worsted to bulky weight.



I have one more, but the pics aren't uploaded. Oops. Smiley I'll post it later on.
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