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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / I want to make a knitting bag - how does this sound? on: June 04, 2007 01:52:37 PM
I'm trying to come up with a design for a small knitting bag - something just right for carrying around a pair of socks in progress. I'm thinking I want something tall and skinnny, with a base about the size of a ball of yarn... but I'm not too sure how I want to shape the top. Maybe a drawstring?

I came across this:

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=137930.0

.. and I was thinking that making the base like the side of that bag could be a good way to go about it. I've done the jordy bag in the past, and  want something a little different.

I'm getting stuck on how in the world to attach the lining piece if I'm doing a drawstring top. When I did the jordy bag, I left an opening in the bottom and pulled it through there. But since his one has a different setup for the base, that worn't work. 

Also - if I'm using fabrics like silks for the outside and then a cotton for the lining, what would the cheapest way to give it some 'oompf' so I don't end up with a completly floppy bag be? Interfacing gets pricey FAST and I have several of these to make.  could a thin batting possibly work? Is that cheaper? Felt? Fleece? I don't want something that will stand up on its own, but I just don't want it to be so floppy that it looks like a puddle of fabric with no shape to it.

I'd appreciate any help! Cheesy
Jas
2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / The dyeing fool strikes again... on: April 25, 2007 04:46:27 AM
Seriously, I"m telling you, it's a sickness.  I'll give you just one photo here since I just got done blogging about it, and there's more yarn waiting for me to go fondle it (and hopefully it is dry enough to reskein now)

http://createdby.artsygal.net/media/users/artsygal/Apr07/aprilsockpre2.jpg

Check out the blog for more pics and the names of all the colourways.
http://createdby.artsygal.net

Yay for dyeing. My poor fingernails will never be the same again.
Jas
3  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Would you like some Crack with that? on: April 04, 2007 09:17:20 AM
http://createdby.artsygal.net/media/users/artsygal/Mar07/ahcblue.jpg

Yup.. it's the same stuff as that magical 'yarn crack' ... This was a test run to see how I'll like the dyeing process, before I beef it up and start dyeing it in quantitiy.

More pics in this post in my blog..

http://createdby.artsygal.net/index.php/a/2007/03/30/artsy_halo_what

It's so soft I just want to roll around in it!
4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / I'm a dyeing fool! (Warning - image heavy!) on: February 20, 2007 07:45:39 AM
I've been waiting impatiently for my electric skeiner to get here so I can wind off and dye yarn. Well, last week it finally arrived, so I got to work winding and dyeing!

I started with this..

http://createdby.artsygal.net/media/users/artsygal/Feb07/todyefor.jpg

which turned into this...

http://createdby.artsygal.net/media/users/artsygal/Feb07/sneakpreview2.jpg

Which yesterday became this...

http://createdby.artsygal.net/media/users/artsygal/Feb07/all5.jpg

And for some closeups...
Roses Are Red
http://createdby.artsygal.net/media/users/artsygal/Feb07/rosesarered.jpg

SeaFoam (this is the blues above - this image is more accurate, but still not 100% yet)
http://createdby.artsygal.net/media/users/artsygal/Feb07/seafoam.jpg

This one hasn't been named yet..
http://createdby.artsygal.net/media/users/artsygal/Feb07/pinknpurple.jpg


And my favoriteist one of them all..
Chocolate Chiffon
http://createdby.artsygal.net/media/users/artsygal/Feb07/chocchiff.jpg

These are just quick pictures of them, some need to be rephotographed for better colour accuracy.

This was just WAY too much fun!
Jas
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / I think I'm in love... on: December 26, 2006 12:26:36 PM
I'm a fairly new spinner - I've spun up less than a single lb of fiber that I bought to play with - and  I'm still at the stage where I'm totally fascinated that I'm actually making yarn.

Now.. to that add the fact that I love colour and dyeing.. and that I love my camera with the loverly super macro lens.. Here's my latest creeation..

http://createdby.artsygal.net/media/users/artsygal/Dec06/rainbowyarnporn.jpg

In all, I have about 6 oz of this yarn - I haven't measured the yardage yet, but since my 3 oz skein came to 150 yards plied, and the singles here are similar in weight to those, it stands to logic that this should be atleast 4 times as much, right?

I haven't decided whether to ply it or to keep it as a single yet - the colours look so delicious like this that I hate to mix them up by plying.

Cheesy

Jas
6  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Golden Temple and Moody Blues on: October 25, 2006 12:54:58 PM
It's been a little while since i had the time to dye - but here are two that I did recently.

Golden Temple - this was a custom dye job for a friend who wanted to knit what i guess could be the called the equivilant of an altar cloth for the sikh temple that she goes to. It's just so bright bright bright!
http://artsygal.net/images/Squarex150/GoldenTemplex150.jpg

Moody Blues - because if blue was good enough for picasso.. it's good enough for me. This one looks almost solid at a glance.. But there are so many shades of blue in it. That's apparently my new 'thing' to do - making semi-solid yarns.
http://artsygal.net/images/Squarex150/MoodyBluesx150.jpg

Click the linky below to see bigger images Smiley
Jas
7  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / My latest round of dyeing... on: September 29, 2006 09:09:33 AM
Here are some of my more recent yarns that I've dyed. I've resigned myself to funky colour fingernails for life now.. Cheesy

http://artsygal.net/images/Squarex500/SpotoIrishx500.JPG
Spot O' Irish

http://artsygal.net/images/Squarex150/PurpleRain150.JPG
Purple Rain

http://artsygal.net/images/Squarex500/ChocolatenWin500.JPG
Chocolate n' Wine

I've got a few more colours in my gallery on my site (linky on the WWW button)

This is just TOO MUCH fun! Cheesy I've switched finally from wiltons to aciddyes, and once I  got over my fear of the idea, it wasn't too much different. Just that I had to make sure that all my dyepots and tools are now no longer to be used for food. That's ok, it's not like I've been cooking these days - my apartment has been taken over by yarn and dyeing! lol!

jas

8  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Tangerine Dream, Plantation Rose, and Emerald Isle UPDATED with 2 new colors! on: August 15, 2006 10:31:46 AM
Are there any more suitable names for these..?

http://www.artsygal.net/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/normal_IMGP0544.JPG

I wanted to share my most recent reason for why my fingertips are multicoloured. There's 3 more skeins hanging in my bathroom as we speak - last night they weren't dry enough yet for me to wind into skeins yet, so that will happen tonight.

EDIT to add a little more info on the yarns - these are actually laceweight. Depending on how things go over the next week or so, if I get some orders on this stuff, I'll also order some undyed DK weight to work with. The fiber content of these skeins is a blend of tussah silk and merino. And while you can't see it nearly as well in the pics, the sheen of the silk is... well, lets say I get warm fuzzies each time I look at it, and I keep petting the skeins. LOL. Is it narcisstic (sp?!) to be THIS much in love with my own dying?
Jas
9  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / I have an unhealthy obsession with color on: July 10, 2006 12:50:29 PM
I have this obsession. It first became apparent that there was a problem when I went stir crazy with all the white walls in my apartment... and next thing I knew, I was painting them red. RED walls.. in a rented apartment. Walls thath ave to be white when I leave. WHO CARES?!

Now i have red walls, that isn't enough. My kitchen is still boring. So I keep performing mad scientist experiments in it that inevitably result in staining of the floor or counter in any one of a myriad of colors.

Here is what this past weekend's experiments ended in...

http://www.artsygal.net/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/normal_pinksandbrowns.JPG

Step a little closer now... It won't bite you, I promise:
http://www.artsygal.net/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/normal_pinksandbrownsclose.JPG

And one last shot:
http://www.artsygal.net/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/normal_pinkbrowns-rewound.JPG

I present to you, 650 yards of silk/merino laceweight. Prior to this all I'd used was fisherman's wool. The difference between that and this is so amazing I could cry.  I actually brought it to work with me today and sat it on my desk like art.. and I can't resist petting it now and then.

I still have its twin at home - still white. I'll have to think of something equally fabulous for it.

Jas
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / guage - over different patterned stitches.. on: March 31, 2006 04:43:16 PM
I'm in the process of designing an afghan that will consist of squares of 2 different colors sewn to each other checkerboard style. One color will be plain stockingette squares, while the other will be made up of all kinds of different patterns - cables, textured stitches, etc.

My concern here is - I know that different stitches will result in my getting a different width for each square if I keep the number of stitches the same over all of them. SO...to get the same width on each square, I'm going to have to work a different number of stitches for each square. THe problem is - HOW to plan for this? I want to make fairly large squares, approximately 14 inches across. The fear that I may end up knitting and RE-knitting squares over and over till they're the right size scares the crap out of me. 

Does anyone have any suggestions to make this process a little less painful? I absolutely MUST start on this this weekend - I have exactly a month to finish it in!  Shocked

Jas
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