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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sock for my DS Lite on: August 13, 2006 05:41:33 PM
So I finally got my precious DS lite yesterday, which I've been wanting since the hinge of my regular DS cracked when my husband dropped it.  The first thing I did, after playing it for hours of course, was knit a sock for it!  I made it from some Sugar (or Peaches, dunno) & Cream cotton that I had in the stash, cause I wanted something washable and non scratchy, but natural.  The tension isn't wonderful, but I'm going to say that's cause I was using magic loop with a horrible, cheap circular that wanted to bend a certain way even after numerous boilings.  Anyhow, I present the sock:

12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Mason-Dixon Knitting inspired Log Cabin Knitalong on: June 04, 2006 11:50:26 AM
Hey Smiley

I've fallen in love with the book Mason-Dixon Knitting and started a Log Cabin blanket.  Being addicted to KALs, and finding none for this book, I started a KAL for Log Cabin Knitting.  If you're interested, check it out and join!
13  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday / June 02, 2006 on: June 02, 2006 08:36:11 AM
I've spun a couple of yarns this week, but this is my favorite.  I've only plyed a few times, and this is the yarn that I've finally gotten the hang of it with.  I've plyed more since then, and I'm happy to say they've turned out equally well.

Coral, 2-ply worsted weight blue face leicester.

14  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Spinning for the sake of spinning? on: May 27, 2006 11:05:25 PM
So I've officially given up on being able to use spinning for what I actually want to spin.  I want to spin 2-ply fingering weight blue face leicester for socks.  Maybe it's me.. maybe it's my Babe wheel.. I don't know.  I just know that I can't spin yarn that fine.  I can spin some beautiful DK/worsted/bulky weight yarn.  I can get it even if I want it.. or thick & thin if I want it, but I cannot for the life of me spin 2-ply sock weight.

I don't really knit with the other yarns that often, except for the occasional beanie.  I sell some stuff on etsy.  I really do enjoy spinning.  Lately, however, I've been trying to ban myself from buying beautiful fiber until I can spin this undyed BFL into fingering weight, so I haven't been on such good terms with my wheel.  I'm really considering forgetting about spinning sock yarn for awhile, and just buying lots of small quantities of beautiful fiber and spinning my troubles away.. just for the sake of spinning.  Not because I want to knit with the yarn, or because I want a particular outcome.. just spinning and spinning and spinning and loving the wool.  Afterwards, I would of course use, stash, donate, or sell the yarn.. but for now.. just spinning with no particular goal in mind sounds really freeing and fun.

Does anyone else ever just spin for the sake of spinning, or do most of you spin yarn for particular projects?  Am I just crazy?
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Dublin Bay Socks! on: May 24, 2006 11:40:14 AM
I finished these just in time to wear them to work today.  Hooray!

Pattern:  Dublin Bay Socks (pdf)
Yarn:  2 skeins Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Hawaii, but overdyed
Adjustments:  Used 4 working DPNs instead of 3, then switched to 2 circulars.

More details on my blog.  Thanks for looking! Smiley
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Projects from my handspun (rug & iPod cozy) Image heavy! on: April 13, 2006 09:15:57 AM
When this:

meets this:

they become this:

(closeup of the stitches and colors)

And the leftovers become an iPod nano cozy:

I didn't actually have a lot of the first yarn, so the rug isn't as large as the photos make it look.  But since the garter stitch is so cushy, it feels great under my feet in the morning! (in front of the bathroom sink).  I should probably also block it Tongue

17  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday! March 31, 2006 on: March 31, 2006 07:02:50 AM
This is what I've been working on:

Mmm Melon, worsted weight Blue Face Leicester

Woodland Sprite, bulky weight Blue Face Leicester
18  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday (3/10/06) on: March 10, 2006 09:57:35 AM
Here's 115 yards of pure merino, thick & thin.

"Stitch Me Up, I'm Bleeding"

19  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / newbie with a spindle.. question on: February 08, 2006 04:15:56 PM
I'm having a problem drafting my fiber.  See this photo..

The part that I'm spinning is coming from the middle, leaving long strands of fiber on either side.. that's not right, is it?

Plus, it's so bulky that I'm having trouble drafting at all.  What am I doing wrong?
20  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / I just got my wheel.. how much do I need to fix it up? (Image heavy) on: February 06, 2006 03:17:53 PM
I just snatched up a spinning wheel at an antique shop today for $150.  I don't see a manufacturer's name or anything on it, so I'm not sure if it's handmade or manufactured.  There are a couple of problems:

There are a few places in the wheel where the wood is like.. cracked out.

The wheel catches a little bit right here.

The leather that was holding this part together fell apart before I even got home, so I've got it temporarily tied with yarn, but I'll get a piece of leather soon.  Is there any particular way I need to tie it?

Is there anything wrong here?

And a couple of full pictures so you guys can see if there is anything missing... ?

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