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11  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Novelty Scarf on: February 29, 2008 08:03:01 AM
Warp - Lambs Pride Worsted Black
Weft - Unlabled yarn that felt like wool and nylon with turfts of colored wool locks sticking out
Weft - Unspun hand dyed roving

It was woven using my ashford riggid heddle adn 7.5 dpi heddle the warp measured out at 75 inches but the final scarf is closer to 5 1/2 feet long

12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help Me Name My Pattern!! on: February 27, 2008 02:02:58 PM
I whipped up a very quick cabled cap and I want to distribute the pattern for free on my blog but I have no name for it. It needs a good name because I think it's a good pattern and if I call it something like "Cabled Cap" it will dissapear in the sea of patterns with similar names.
Here's the hat for inspiration.

Please help me out!
13  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Plaid Pillow on: February 22, 2008 08:29:43 AM
Warp and weft are ella rae classic wool I improvised the plaid pattern and wove it on a 16" Riggid Heddle using 7.5 DPI. I then sewed it up and stuffed it leaving the top corner for a button embelishment.

It looks lumpy because I couldn't find a pillow form so I just stuffed it randomly.
14  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Noro Scarf on: February 19, 2008 11:25:58 AM
I made this on my new loom (a birthday present to myself a 16" ashford riggid heddle with the second heddle attachment.) It's just a practice scarf but I loved how the Noro Kureon worked as a Warp. I warped it at 7 feet and 40 warp threads which let the stripes run the full length of the scarf. I used a plain gray alpaca buly yarn as the weft and wove with a loose stitch.
Here's some pics

It was my first try at twisted fringe, I like how it came out.
Action Shot!
15  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Combing and Blending on: February 15, 2008 07:46:51 AM
I took two different fibers of a similar staple length
Kid Mohair

and Coopworth

Then I started layering the fiber onto my Indigo hound pitch combs
First Coopworth

Then Mohair

and I repeated until the comb was full. Then I started combing

After three passes of the comb I pulled a roving using a diz

Here's the roving all pulled out

And pretty balls of roving waiting to be spun

The final yarn can be seen here
And for the full process check out this blog post on blending fibers using combs
16  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Almost Solid Sock Yarns on: February 08, 2008 10:52:34 AM
I usually love to do handpaints with all different colors but I decided to try some almost solid colorways which would be better suited to all those wonderful lace and cabled sock patterns out there. I dye each of these using different methods.
"Eat Your Greens"

I used the drip dying method but the superwash sucks the dye up so fast I didn't really get a good "drip" effect

"Hearts Aflame"

This is a double dip shibori method. I skein up the yarn then tie off several areas with cut up plastic bags. The yarn goes into the dye pot in the first color and then I take out the skein cut off the ties and the yarn goes back in the dye pot in another color.

Both Skeins are 280 yards fingering weight two ply superwash.
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / No February Magknits on: February 06, 2008 09:03:56 AM
I recieved an email from the Magknits email list this AM
Hi there

It seems like a long time since I sent you all a MagKnits announcement email, Alexandra has been doing such a fab job at updating the site and keeping things running for me over the past year or so that Ive just been working away in the background for most of the time.

This month I do have news for you, its quite big news actually.

Many of you may know that in addition to MagKnits I also publish a print magazine called Yarn Forward (www.yarnforwardmagazine.co.uk) That venture is taking off in a big way this year which has led me to make the decision to sell MagKnits to the publishing company owned by my partner and myself. One of the major reasons for this decision is the great synergy to be had by a print magazine working closely with an online free pattern magazine. You just dont see that happening too often and I think that it is a great opportunity for both MagKnits and Yarn Forward.

So what does this mean to you guys? Well it means firstly that there wont be a Feb MagKnits as we make these changes and sort out the site. Thats the bad news, the rest of the news from here on in is all good! The domain www.MagKnits.com will continue to exist and all of the patterns that we have published so far will continue to be available in the archives. I will continue to be responsible for commissioning designs for MagKnits so the feel of the site will not change too drastically. Patterns will be uploaded to the site regularly, and there will be a change in the advertising strategy

So an improved look and feel, more patterns on a more regular basis and the backing of a publishing company and a print magazine. I told you it was exciting news!

Any designers who are waiting to hear back from me on commissions, please give me another week or so and then Ill be in touch hopefully with details of how and where we can use your patterns. This also means that we may consider some of the designs that are submitted to MagKnits for publication in Yarn Forward magazine, and vice versa.

Starting from March 1st, we will be sending out regular monthly announcements to this mailing list that will include both MagKnits and Yarn Forward magazine news details of patterns, contests, giveaways etc.

Heres to a super successful 2008 full of free patterns and lots of knitting.
Hugs Kerrie

So it looks like no february Magknits  Cry

18  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Clowns are Scary - Sock Yarn on: February 04, 2008 07:12:04 AM
Hand dyed sock yarn using acid dyes and wiltons. I use a low immersion technique and wash all my yarn in synthrapol before dying.

I call it "Clowns are Scary" because my cousin told me the colors were clown colors and I have such an aversion to clowns.
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Self Designed Handspun Lace Scarf on: January 30, 2008 11:15:20 AM
I knit this out of some superwash merino tencel I spun up into a laceweight single. The design is based on the stitch pattern "Ripple and Ridge" from the Vogue Stitchionary Vol 1. It was a nice knit, though it got tedious after awhile, and the end result was a lovely lightweight scarf which I have gifted to a very grateful co-worker.

This shot really shows off the stitch definition

The total length is 4 feet after blocking and I used 310 yards of lace weight (28wpi) yarn. I repeated the stitch pattern 3 times in total and continued on until I ran out of yarn.
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Clock from a plate on: January 21, 2008 06:54:50 AM
I saw this plate for two bucks at target and then picked up a clock in the sale bin for 6 I hated the clock but I disected it for its clocky gears and parts drilled a hole in the plate so the two became one
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