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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lendrum DT wheel misalignment? on: January 06, 2008 11:13:34 AM
wow, so glad you could fix it yourself!  Ever since i saw the video, I've been super paranoid about it happening to me!  I'm happy to hear its an easy fix!
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Has anybody here every made their own wheel? on: December 10, 2007 11:33:56 AM
I just wanted to pop in and give you this link to my blog.  It has a huge list of DIY fiber Equipment links:


there is sure to be something in there for everyone!

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Can You Make Yarn Out Of This? Handspun Art Yarn Swap on: December 05, 2007 09:40:55 AM
awww i can't believe i missed this swap!  poo.  i hope there is a round 2!
4  Pennsylvania / Pennsylvania: North Central / Re: The All-New Knitting in State College thread! on: November 15, 2007 02:29:14 PM
great group last week!  so much fun!

Hope to see some of you this week too!
5  Pennsylvania / Pennsylvania: North Central / Re: The All-New Knitting in State College thread! on: November 01, 2007 02:21:34 PM
hey everyone!  knitting guild tonight, so no Wegman's.  Actually, rumor has it that there will be a knitter from our group there, but i can't reach her, so its up in the air.  If you show up and no one is there, you might wait a bit and see if anyone else shows up.  If not, feel free to come to the knitting guild at the hospital (ask the guy at the front desk where the community room is.  Its not marked, and its a little hard to find). 

So i guess its see you soon or not 'til Thursday!
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: yarn ball winder question on: October 29, 2007 06:46:45 PM
I also have this ballwinder (they are the same company i'm pretty sure, as mine came from joanns but looks exactly like the knitpicks one--Royal is the only company that I know of that makes them in this price range).   I love it to pieces, and it makes GINORMOUS balls of yarn.  I would have to agree with DevaKali, though:  you have to have a perfectly flat place to attach.  All of the tables in my house wouldn't work, including endtables and nightstands.  Luckily the kitchen counter is formica, and perfectly square.  Other than that, its a great little machine and is well worth the $30 or $40 you will spend on it. 

Keep in mind (and this is with any center-pull ball):  it will only really work with wool, as the barbs that cling to each other are the only things that will keep the outside from collapsing in on itself and making a big mess once the inside is partially used up.  The barbs, in other words, are the cement that keep the walls of the ball (or cake, in this case) together.  Does that make sense?  Of course you can try it with other fibers (heck, i've done so before and I'll do so again) but i can tell you its kind of a headache once you get so far.  In that case I just find the outside end and wind it up again into an even teenier ball.

go get one, they rock!
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Spinning in public :) on: October 29, 2007 06:07:14 PM
I do this quite regularly and with immense pleasure.  I love it when people ask questions, I feel like breaking down barriers when I explain what I'm doing.  I also demo'd spinning at my son's Co-op Preschool, where parents take part in the school's ...well...everything!  I agree, kids are always fascinated by it, especially because my wheel (lendrum dt) doesn't really look like a traditional, fairy tale wheel, but all wierd and lean-y and somewhat minimalist. 

I get a lot of strange questions, but for the most part people have been just curious.  I've never gotten a negative look or comment.  I think that seeing yarn being made isn't something you see every day, and it really draws people out of their shells.  In my mind, everyone has a little bit of fiber-nut in them!
8  Pennsylvania / Pennsylvania: North Central / Re: The All-New Knitting in State College thread! on: October 18, 2007 04:08:30 PM
awww shucks!  So far my birthday could have been better (2 kids + 0 Naps + 1 Migraine=  Unfun day), but it will greatly improve once I leave the house and get to knitting!

heck, i can always spare some time to knit!  i'm going to rhinebeck this weekend, and I think my parents are here the following weekend, but after that I'm open!
9  Pennsylvania / Pennsylvania: North Central / Re: The All-New Knitting in State College thread! on: October 11, 2007 09:43:27 AM
Knitting tonight!  Whos in?

 I've got lace to do, now that the Secret of the Stole has begun.  I've got until tommorow--when the new chart is released-- to finish the last 10 rows or so.  its been pretty easy so far, but i'm terrible about knitting lace when i talk. 

This mystery stole thing is a great motivator!
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 21 ENTRIES / Re: Game Night Hostess Set on: October 06, 2007 09:39:44 AM
wow, this is really cute!  i could totally imagine game night with a monopoly-bowl full of popcorn!  well done! 
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