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11  Re: Magic Roving Ball Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by AWynkoop on: June 26, 2007 10:33:39 PM
When I went to the post office today and had three packages I was a bit confused as I was just expecting two packages (both destined for goldfishgirl)...I thought to myself "could I have ordered something I don't remember?"  Well, lo and behold, the third mystery package was from my swap partner, Goldfishgirl!  I just want to say, y'all, she is awesome! Not only is she away at camp, but she sent my package early and what a fantastic package it was!

all my gifties were lovingly wrapped in 8 ozs of beautifully hand-dyed cotton roving, notice the "spin or dye" tee and the reversable bag (this is the perfect bag for when I am out and about with the kiddos)...

My favorite bracelet ever! I seriously could not have picked a better one for myself!

a necklace that says it all!

I smiled when I saw this little mouse sticking out! So cute!

a hand sewn wallet (which I totally need!) and a little sheep (very cute but he needs a purpose)

Hello Kitty candies (I just love the wrappers)...

Mousie (my kittie really wants him!), gold thread for plying, hand felted beads, and hand made soaps (I hope they are soap. Although they smell good enough to eat, I think I will try them in the bath before I taste them... if they feel funky in the bath, then I will taste them.)

Goldfishgirl, I seriously love everything you sent me! Thank you so much for such a great swap!  The roving is beautiful and the goodies are great!

maiziemama, thanks so much for organizing!
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12  Re: KAL*Psychedelic Squares Afghan* KAL in Knitalongs by AWynkoop on: June 15, 2007 04:53:58 PM
I am working on this too! I am doing a baby sized stockinette version for my daughter's Aunt.  I have six squares finished so far. I am using KnitPicks Swish Superwash and size 8(US) needles. 

Here is my first square and the yarn colors I am using...
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13  Re: Fiber Friday 6/1 in Spinning: Completed Projects by AWynkoop on: June 01, 2007 08:16:43 AM
Awesome yarns already this week!
I dyed this roving this week with food coloring (free wool that came with my wheel.)...

102 yds. singles

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14  Re: Interweave Knits lace nightie in Knitalongs by AWynkoop on: May 29, 2007 07:19:05 PM

I am at the end of my first skein and thought I would post a progress shot. I am using 4 ply cashmere and size 5 (US) needles to get gauge.  I swear I have knit this until my hands ache, the cashmere is just so wonderful to knit with- like knitting with fluffy clouds of softness.  I cast on three days ago and I am already up to the waist decreases. The lace repeat is also pretty easy to memorize after a few rounds of knitting.

So how is everyone else coming along?
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15  Re: Fiber friday 5/18 in Spinning: Completed Projects by AWynkoop on: May 18, 2007 09:50:15 AM
I have been admiring all the beautiful yarns posted on Fiber Friday for months on end, now I can also post! My husband bought me a Kromski Prelude for Mother's Day and love it!  While it is alot easier spinning consistent yarn on a wheel than on a spindle, I still have a long way to go.  This yarn is one of many 'firsts' for me...It was my first attempt at handpainting roving- I was so afraid I would mess it up I decided to try just an ounce of fiber to begin.  I used the food coloring/microwave method and lo and behold, it worked like a charm. It spun up pretty evenly considering it was spun the second time I sat at my wheel.  It also was my first time using a niddy noddy.  I plied the yarn (another first!) after winding it into a center pull skein so I could ply every last bit of it. 

I am seriously in awe of the amazing work each of y'all do, and the beautiful yarns you create. I aspire to be as skilled!

Here is Pink Lemonade. It 50 yd/1oz wool/mohair from Sheep Shed Studio.

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16  Interweave Knits lace nightie in Knitalongs by AWynkoop on: May 17, 2007 01:32:31 PM
A friend and I talked about starting KAL for the Lace Nightie from Interweave Knits.
Would anyone else would like to join us? She even made this cute button.

I am planning to use 4ply cashmere from PlumKnits instead of the bamboo yarn called for in the pattern.
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17  Re: Rusted Root in Knitalongs by AWynkoop on: May 05, 2007 12:34:39 PM

I thought I would add mine to the KAL. Very wearable, but I really wanted those puffy sleeves Sad
all the important info is on my blog http://auntieamandaknits.blogspot.com/2007/05/rusted-root-and-interview-meme-of-sorts.html

Randomcyn: All you do is add white vinegar to the water. I added about 1/2 a cup of vinegar per gallon of cold water to the water I soaked mine in (I always do this with cotton) and it still bled like crazy...I ended up changing the water four or five times before I was getting clear water.
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18  Re: One Skein Stirling Cloche NOW WITH PATTERN, pg. 6! in Knitting: Completed Projects by AWynkoop on: April 26, 2007 06:02:08 PM
Thanks so much skrillaknits for such a great pattern! I have loved this cute cloche since I first saw it. Now I have one right in time for summer!

yarns held together throughout:
KnitPicks Merino Style (100% merino wool, 123 yds, color-Moss) and Himalayan Yarn Co. (60% wool and 40% silk, 175 yds)
The flower is knit with only Himalayan Yarn Co.
I had yarn left over from each skein of yarn...all told I probably used less than 100yds of each for the hat (a little more for the flower).
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19  Sunshine! in Knitting: Completed Projects by AWynkoop on: January 30, 2007 04:16:39 PM
This challenge came at a perfect time for me. I have been wanting to try my hand at designing a sweater and this was just the motivation I needed. It took just under three weeks to knit, and would have been finished sooner if I did not have to reknit all the details (cuffs, collar, neckline, BO at bottom edge...) Overall I am very pleased. I have had it on all day- and even had a stranger ask me where I bought it (a first for me!).

I have posted more pice on my blog http://auntieamandaknits.blogspot.com/2007/01/one-stitch-to-rule-them-all.html
Yarn:Caron Simply Soft (3 skeins) 315 yds per skein, color soft yellow (can't beat a $6 sweater!)
Needles (US sizes): sz. 6 circs, sz. 5 circs and dpn, sz. 10.5 circs
Pattern: my own top down raglan http://auntieamandaknits.blogspot.com/2007/02/sunshine.html
Notions: 4 buttons, stitch markers, yarn needle

I hope ya'll enjoy! Good luck to all that enter the challenge! It is so cool to see all the different ideas ya'll are coming up with. A big thanks to Lothruin for organizing all this! Kiss

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20  First handspun ever! in Spinning: Completed Projects by AWynkoop on: December 09, 2006 10:13:10 AM
I have been admiring all the lovely handspun ya'll are spinning for months, assuring myself that I do not need another hobby. However, a few weeks ago I could resist no longer and purchased a Louet top whorl spindle and learn to spin kit.  I now see what all the fuss is about!  I have no idea what the roving was (as it came in the kit), but it was very easy to spin. I spun 2 singles, wound the singles into balls, then plied them together.  My only problem was that the singles wanted to coil back on themselves as I was plying. I ended up with about 65yds. I thought I would post my first attempt and see if ya'll could offer any criticism or advice. Thanks for all the inspiration!
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