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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Oversized t-shirt into gaucho pants - first reconstruction!(5 pics) on: June 03, 2006 10:47:43 AM
I hated gauchos up until I made these pants.  Smiley

I used this tutorial: http://community.livejournal.com/t_shirt_surgery/3597625.html

Started with this men's Large size shirt:

And ended up with these gauchos:

2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fresh off the wheel (lots of pics) on: May 25, 2006 03:54:52 PM
Here are some of my latest yarns.

The first two are superwash from the mill end place.The next three are yarns that I dyed (3 is real dye, 4 and 5 are kool-aid), number three is my absolute favorite.  It was a total accident, I was trying for orange and it was two yellow, so I just tossed some red in the dye pot, and ended up with a really cool yarn.   

3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / New handspun (picture heavy) on: May 02, 2006 07:22:53 AM
Hey all.  This is my newest batch of handspun yarns, fresh off the drying rack. 

Mill end yarn, a gift for my dad's girlfriend -

Singles, starting with my favorite, a mix of merino from a local sheep festival, and coopsworth ordered from a seller on ebay.

Plied yarns -

Thanks for looking! 

4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Delayed spinning Sunday on: March 20, 2006 07:52:51 AM
So I spent the better part of yesterday spinning up some of the fleece I got from The Sheep Shed Studio.  Now I'm goofing off at work, and taking the time to post some pictures.  Smiley

Sunburned Zebra (what's black and white and red all over?):

Fourth of July:

Cloudy day:

Happy Holidays (plied with gold metallic embroidery thread):

If you want to see pictures of the two pounds of fleece I got from The Sheep Shed Studio, head on over to my lj (http://theresat.livejournal.com/186605.html#cutid1).

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / We call them Pirates! on: January 02, 2006 08:29:34 AM
We call them Pirates from helloyarn.com:

My roommate Mike wearing it (you can still see the provisional cast on in the tan yarn, I haven't finished the lining yet, gotta get smaller needles first):

Close up of one of the Jolly Rogers:

It didn't take me as long as I expected, two solid weekend mornings and it's done (except the lining).
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Late spinning Saturday on: December 20, 2005 04:27:35 AM
Hey all!  I spun this baby up on Saturday, but didn't have my digital camera around (I still don't, it turns out my new cameraphone takes pretty darn good pictures).  I've decided to name her November.

7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Washing fleeces on: December 19, 2005 01:16:10 PM
Hey all!  I have a "how-to" question, and I figured, who better to help than my "local" craftsters!

So this farm just down the road from my house just started selling their wool, in every form from fleeces to roving to yarn.  I went down there yesterday to check it out, and while much of their roving is more costly than I would like, they had some fairly reasonable fleeces.  I got four pounds of Border Leicester that had been skirted, but not washed.

So here's where I get to my question(s).

How do you all recommend washing fleece?  I've read in a couple places on the internet that hot hot water, Dawn detergent, and very little agitation are the trick.  Does this go with what you do?  What are your suggestions for someone going at this for the first time? 

Thanks so much!
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / First "novelty" yarn on: December 14, 2005 06:57:56 PM
Hey all...I've been inspired by all of your amazing "novelty" yarns, so I decided to try my hand at one of my own.  This is plain old white roving spun with strips of translucent blue plastic.  It needs a name, I think it's winter something, but I'm open to suggestions.  Wink

9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 11/18 on: November 18, 2005 08:30:35 AM
Here we go!  (yay for Fiber Friday!)

This is a purple and black mixture of mohair and border leister.  It was sooo soft to spin, I wish I had more of it.  Smiley
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Today's yarns on: November 16, 2005 08:11:48 AM
These three are all spun on my new wheel.  I'm kind of dissapointed in the blue/gray one, it's overspun in sections, but when I wash it I'm going to hang something heavy from it to try to fix that.

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