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1  Re: Question about Helmock Ring Pattern in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by artsygal on: September 23, 2008 07:03:59 PM
You've got it - you're wrapping the yarn around the needle twice in round 13 - then in the next round you're dropping one of those wraps. The reason for doing that is that you're about to do 9 stitches into the one stitch - on a single regular YO that would be extremely difficult to try to fit all those stitches into one YO - but when you drop the extra one, you're elongating that stitch. It's still pretty fidgety, but it's worth the result.  That's where you're making those big holes in the middle of the shawl.

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2  Re: Fiber Friday 3/21/08 in Spinning: Completed Projects by artsygal on: March 21, 2008 12:36:42 PM
I have 2 yarns this week. The first one I finished over the weekend. It's a 100% bamboo batt from Loop..

3 oz of bamboo ended up at approximately 960 yards, so yeah.. it's a very fine laceweight and I LURVE it.

The other is a 4 oz braid of superwash merino that had been sitting in my shop stock for quite a while, so I decided to spin it up. The colours aren't exactly my sorta thing since I'm not a pinks and purples sort of person. But I'm sure somewhere I'll find someone who loves it. After so much time concentrating on the bamboo, I wanted some super easy mindless spinning - which for me is a 3 ply sock yarn. That's the weight my fingers and wheel want to spin when I'm on auto pilot.

First the bobbins..

And the yarn..

I think I can see something adorably cute made for a baby girl out of this. Maybe a floppy hat with a ruffled brim.. or even a baby suprise jacket. I may just save it for someday in the future when my sister decides to pop out a baby.
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3  Re: Fiber Friday 9/28/07 in Spinning: Completed Projects by artsygal on: September 29, 2007 01:21:33 AM
I have one that I finished last weekend.. it's one of my own handpainted rovings that for whatever reason didn't sell, so I decided it wanted to live with me.

It's the one in the middle.. which is a superwash BFL. I think I called it Carousel. I started spinning it up into a 3 ply, with each ply being stripped into different widths, with the ply that I stripped the thinners being SO thin it barely needed any drafting. Spun it up as a 3 ply sock yarn. I didn't measure WPI.. but it's knitting up perfectly on sz 1 needles. I could have gone down to sz 0 if I wanted my fabric a little firmer and still gotten an acceptable fabric for socks.

Here's what it ended up looking like:

(A few more pics here: http://flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ ... I didn't want to include multiple pics of the same yarn)

The 3 ply muted the colours a bit, but that's perfectly fine with me. I started knitting it up into a sock tonight and so far i'm getting very vague stripes It seems like any time blue appears in any one of the plies, it forms a distinct stripe. Though within the blue stripe there are bands from the different combinations of the other plies. I'm thrilled with it and I can't wait to get lots more knitted on it. And I'll get the chance to do that tomorrow since i'm taking the train into the NYC spin out.. so several hours of commute time to get lots of knitting done. Yay.

This week... I'll be doing lots of dyeing as I have 3 lbs more of the superwash BFL waiting for me. Fun fun fun! I also have some lovely optim on the wheel right now, and some cashmere/silk blend on a spindle. Gonna be a busy girl!

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4  Re: Fiber Friday the 13th, 2007! in Spinning: Completed Projects by artsygal on: July 15, 2007 12:54:14 PM
WOW Jas this is amazing. I think it's one of the most gorgeous skeins I've ever seen!

Could you please please post a picture of the original roving braid? I really have to get some bfl roving, but here in Germany it's so hard to get and the price is the same as pure silk!!! (if you manage to even get some bfl...).

UGh.. I would if I could.. but I forgot to take a picture of it before i started taking the braid apart. And.. I think I was unclear earlier.. th 5 oz of BFL I am working on now is not the same roving as the one I stripped into little bundles.  The one I spun into laceweight was a braid of stony mountain fibers romney roving. It was mostly several shades of yellow blended with bits of red, blue, and black. I essentially split the roving into really thin bundles that separated each colour back out - but since it's been blended, there wasn't a clear separation and bits of each colour got into bits of all the others. The 'brown' bits are actually where there is a bit of each of an orangy yellow, red, and blue.. the colours blended to look like brown, but if you look at the fiber closely you can still see individual fibers in each colour.

The BFL I'm working on now is the remainder of this batch:
One end of the skein was much more colourful than the part I already spun up.. so I am working on that now. Though I'm not quite sure what the approach I am going to take is yet.

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5  Re: Fiber Friday the 13th, 2007! in Spinning: Completed Projects by artsygal on: July 13, 2007 01:49:39 PM
I'm going to come in with a bang today since I've been spinning like crazy  since last weekend.

First.. I turned this:

Into this:

Into this:

It is some of my best spinning to date - approximately 4 ounces of a braid of blended roving I bought at MDS&W, stripped into tiny skinny strips that I sorted by colour, and then spun from the yellows through the reddish/orangy bits.. to the darks, ending in blues. I ended up with 948 yards from the 4 ounces.

Then I did this:

Thats a batt I bought a while ago from Lime & Violet, and used to learn how to spin using the long draw on. No idea on yardage yet, since it's still on the bobbin.

After that - I pulled out some BFL roving I kettle dyed and got to work on the long draw again. The technique still needs some work, but I managed this:

And this image of the same skein is now the background on my computer:

But overall.. back to the top.. this one is still my favorite:

The writeup and long version of the details I posted here and some more pics are on my blog. I think I've met my quota here today Wink

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6  Re: Fiber Friday 5/11 in Spinning: Completed Projects by artsygal on: May 11, 2007 11:20:04 AM
Finally.. a friday where I have photos and everything!

Both the fiber and the spindle were purchased at MDS&W and neither has been away from my side since. Yes, I have even brought it into work. It's a slow week and when the boss is out, I've pulled it out a couple of times.

This picture was taken on wednesday or so. I've since then filled up the spindle, wound it off and started over and I''ve spun back up to where I was in that pic. I can't believe how quickly and smoothly the Golding spindle spins, and I'm thrilled with the results I'm getting with it. I mean.. laceweight!!

And.. NEXT friday.. I should be getting my wheel that I ordered at MDS&W!

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7  Re: May 2007 Dye Along - Spring in Dyeing: Completed Projects by artsygal on: May 08, 2007 02:01:02 PM
These were actually dyed in April.. but they fit the theme so well that well, i just had to post them..

First up Crocus:

This just screams spring to me. I mean it climbs up on the table and yells and screams until it gets your attention, then it just sits there and looks pretty when you admire it.

Next up, Zellie:

This was a colourway I dyed on request for a friend whose daughter is nicknamed zellie. The colours are those used in her nurrsery and they're just so soft and soothing and pretty.

I've got 10 lbs more of sock yarn sitting right besides me right now, so I'm sure that I'll have more to add in the near future.

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8  Re: Fiber Friday - 12/15/06 in Spinning: Completed Projects by artsygal on: December 16, 2006 07:31:08 PM
I'm brand new to the spinning game.. I just happened to stumble on a spinning wheel on craigs list and without knowing the first thing about spinning wheels (my previous experience consisted of about 5 minutes on a wheel) I bought it and started experiementing.

Here's my first yarn produced on the wheel -

Currently soaking up some dye, I have more roving that's every colour of the rainbow.

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9  Re: Tangerine Dream, Plantation Rose, and Emerald Isle in Dyeing: Completed Projects by artsygal on: August 16, 2006 08:10:50 AM
I have more pictures! 2 more skeins were re-wound last night, so here's what they look like...

And my growing stash...

I'm having WAAAAAY too much fun with this! Cheesy
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10  Re: Cabled hand bag in Knitting: Completed Projects by artsygal on: March 29, 2006 02:00:14 PM
woot.... i made one too!!!
i used wool ease thick and quick.. it really is thick and quick. (^_^)

Ohhhh purty!
I think this is one of my favorites to date! I need to start on another one sometime soon to go with my bastardized version of Tempting - I think the rib/cables will complement the rib of the Tempting nicely. And I have *just* enough left of the yarn I used!

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