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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES / Re: Durian cozy - with irony (img heavy) on: August 28, 2009 05:49:57 PM
I love it! I spent the first 18 years of my life in  thailand and my whole family LOVES durian. One of these cozies would have been so helpful for bringing it home! I can't tell you how many times I've gotten my fingers pricked with them!

The frozen ones are pretty tasteless - and that's the only way I can get them here in the US now. I miss all my thai fruit! Durian and lychees, and  mangos and papaya! Oh, and mangosteen too!
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where on earth do you go to get citric acid? on: November 08, 2008 10:16:25 PM
I just bought 12 lbs of it on ebay from the seller YummyBathBombs .. I found them to be the best price when you add in shipping as well. A lot of the places where the price per lb was reasonable, the shipping rates were insane.

Here's a link directly to that seller on ebay..

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: plaid on: September 23, 2008 07:18:52 PM
Here's a scarf pattern that has a paid effect - http://www.hanksyarn.com/PDF/August_is_for_Jack.pdf

She could just make a wider version of it to make it whatever size she wants. To make it look more 'babyish' she can use different colours that are more pastel maybe to have a softer look.

Here's another one: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2763516813

There's no pattern for that.. but basically you're knitting with 2 strands held together - either 2 white, 2 red, or one of each. I think the easiest way to knit that one would be to do it in long strips and sew it together. You could make the squares whatever size you want, or even vary the widths to make it look more like a traditional plaid.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Question about Helmock Ring Pattern 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.

5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 3/21/08 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.
6  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / Re: NYC Spin-Out Anyone? on: September 29, 2007 04:51:57 PM
*stumbles in from the spin out*

Holy moley I'm tired. But totally worth it. It was so much fun sitting there in central park knitting. Loved meeting you honeyd!!

7  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / Re: NYC Spin-Out Anyone? on: September 29, 2007 01:31:04 AM
I'll be there!

If I can find it, I'll be wearing my Artsygal.net tshirt. Otherwise.. heck if I know. If it's cool enough, my brown/grey/black silk garden clapotis will be on me. That tends to work as a beacon for people to find me in a crowd quite well. I've had people ask me at a fiber fest I wore it at if they could touch it.  Grin Grin

8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 9/28/07 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!

9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 19 ENTRIES / Re: Queen of Filler Text on: August 01, 2007 06:20:58 AM
Wow.. add me to the people who're taken back to typography class with this one. And in my case to .. uh.. some random required class we had where I discovered my love affair with exacto knives. This is the best way to combine the 2!  Love love love it!

10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday the 13th, 2007! 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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