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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 01/29/10 on: January 29, 2010 02:31:46 PM
Thanks! I have tried SO HARD to spin something OTHER than a worsted weight three ply yarn, but its just not my forte. I want novelty yarns!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Cassette tape messenger bag on: January 29, 2010 11:45:24 AM
For my anniversary with my partner, I promised to make a cassette tape messenger bag. This was back in November, after I had JUST gotten off a 16 hour per day work schedule for a political campaign and NEEDED a break. I started the bag but got frustrated with some sew in stabilizer and gave up.

I finally (after a lot of guilting on Q's part) finished it.

Cassette tape applique made from mens suit fabric (the lining matches) and grommets. There are two inside pockets (one zips, one slip pocket), one zip pocket in the back, adjustable strap, and magnet closure.

Rounded corners on the side. Not too happy about the stitching of the corners (VERY difficult with my small machine given the bulk of the bag and the stabilizer used). Thankfully, the strap end hides it.

Back pocket: pretty sure this is the first time Ive EVER used a zipper foot Cheesy
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 01/29/10 on: January 29, 2010 11:25:16 AM

135 yards of laceweight merino! This was hand dyed by Carol of SSS years ago and Im finally getting around to spinning some of it up. Ive actually been spinning this for the same amount of time but I JUST took it off the bobbin!

170 yards of worsted weight dyed by me.

I also FINALLY have a dedicated dye pot thats big enough to dye larger lots of wool. My mother had an old deep frying pot she gave me but I never got around to cleaning it. Now it's SO much cleaner and, I think, actually usable!
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where to buy roving: Sheep Shed Studio testimonials on: January 08, 2010 10:17:21 AM
Jane, when I was still modding I split the thread into two separate threads. This one is only about Sheep Shed and a LOT of the posts are just off topic chatter. You can go through and delete posts if youd like, but everything here is mostly "i bought my wool from SSS today!" or "my wool came today!"

This one has recommendations for other places to buy roving on the internet: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=70992.0
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: hand dyed, hand spun, hand crocheted gloves on: January 01, 2010 04:30:23 PM
Wow, that yarn is gorgeous!

Thank you! I was really, really happy with it
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: hand dyed, hand spun, hand crocheted gloves on: January 01, 2010 04:29:58 PM
~sigh~  I wish I knew how to crochet. LOVE the gloves....
.....and the hat's cute, too.  

Its super easy, mammallama! There are fantastic tutorials around. Ive always been a big fan of Amie over at http://nexstitch.com/  She made some video tutorials a couple years ago which are really good.

 I just saw your needle felted hippo and it is SO adorable! You should definitely give crochet a try Cheesy
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: hand dyed, hand spun, hand crocheted gloves on: January 01, 2010 04:11:26 PM
Oh, and it's all half double crochet. I love that stitch: small enough to make a thick cloth, but not so small that it takes forever.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: hand dyed, hand spun, hand crocheted gloves on: January 01, 2010 04:10:11 PM
Very cute!
I don't suppose you would consider putting together a tutorial?
Thanks for the eye candy.

Thanks! Ive always hated pattern writing, but it wasn't very difficult. I worked the cuff in rows to fit my wrist and then seamed the two ends. I worked along the edge to start the glove (3 sts per 2 rows, so 3 sts per one "rib"). When I got to the thumb area, I chained to go around like in toe up socks and then continued in rows up to the finger area then went back and finished off the thumb (decreasing two in each corner for 3ish rows, and then worked even).

Those are great any tips on the fingers? That is were I always have issues.

Thanks! For the fingers, I just make sure I make sure they fit well, I suppose. I also chain one between the front and back when I start working the round so theyre not too snug.
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / hand dyed, hand spun, hand crocheted gloves on: January 01, 2010 03:06:33 PM
Hi kids! it's been forever and I've missed craftsterland so so much. It's a new year (with a new camera, thank god) and I want to post all the goodies I've been making!

Since it's winter, I made myself a hat and gloves set. I dyed the wool and then spun it and crocheted the gloves and hat. No pattern for either of them, but it was super easy. The hat is ribbed but I didn't make it in the round. The gloves have ribbed cuffs and they're fingerless with a mitten. I looooove them.

(mostly I love taking silly pictures with my new toy! I don't like winter, it's so cooolllddd and I don't have a car. Good thing I have warm gloves.)

I'm currently working on another glove set for my partner, except in gray.
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday- Jan 1 2010- A new decade in yarn on: January 01, 2010 02:52:14 PM
Nesse, I love whats on the bobbin right now. Ariaya, your last merino silk blend is so pretty!

I've been gone from the crafty world for soooo long, but 2010 is here and I decided to buy myself a camera today! Here's what I've been working on lately:

we'll start with the oldest first:

Hand dyed mill ends in a light seafoam color. This was actually spun up over the summer and I didn't do anything with it. I think there's less than 100 yards here.

My favorite:

400ish yards of hand dyed merino. I unforunately don't have a picture of the yarn except for the tiny little bit left over in the corner, but I made gloves and a hat out of it! The gloves are pretty well loved at this point.

400ish yards of gray merino, jacob, and icelandic top blend. Its actually on the darker side, but with all the artificial light needed to take a decent shot, only the lighter shades came through. Ive also got around 100 yards of a light gray jacob thats being used for accents. Going to be crocheted into gloves for my partner:

150ish yards of hand dyed merino single:

I got hand carders for christmas and I went crazy carding things. This was an experiment in rainbow:

Im currently in the process of carding over 3 lbs of wool to make an afghan with for my partners graduation. It's going to take for EVER.
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