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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: KNitting myself clothing... and trying to lose weight... on: December 08, 2005 11:13:41 AM
Be here now, A-gal. Knit for the pleasure of who you are today. When that changes, you'll get to knit some more.
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Oh help me. I could cry. on: December 06, 2005 10:22:43 AM
my whorl isn't heavy enough.  Admittedly, it <i>is</i> homemade.  I just didn't want to buy one not knowing what I was getting into!

You deserve to learn on a proper spindle. Come on, Igs, you can get a completely respectable, well-balanced, properly weighted spindle for 12 or 13 clams. Give Detta over at Dettasspindle.com a holler (or any number of online spindle stores) and let her hook you up. It'll be worth it, and it will inform your future homemade spindles.
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Oh help me. I could cry. on: December 05, 2005 12:44:10 PM
How's it coming, Iggy? It's getting easier, isn't it? Remember: spinning is supposed to be relaxing + meditative. Keep breathing. And think about holding the fiber in your left hand as if you were holding a live bird.

4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Different Spindles on: December 05, 2005 12:39:49 PM
I start all my spinning students on high whorls, because most bottom whorls *wobble* soooo much - which can lead to yarn breakage.  I definitely recommend the Louet high whorl, I have one and it's always in use.  Heck, I don't even use bottom whorls anymore  Cheesy

Yeah, and I can't get speed with the wobble. I bought a Turkish cross-arm spindle a few years ago because I thought what a fantastic feature it was to have a center pull ball without having to wind it myself...but honestly I couldn't get the hang of the notched hook. I wonder if there's such a thing as a top whorl version of that style, and I wonder if it's worth it...
5  COOKING / Dessert / Re: A Duck Cake on: November 28, 2005 04:11:26 PM
I admire your spirited technique; I applaud to your use of toothpicks. If this doesn't win some kind of grand honorable mention in the featured projects section, there is something wrong with this world.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: apartment dwellers... on: November 25, 2005 03:13:43 PM
That's a way to use fabric that isn't so tapestry-hanging ish.

Also, you can hang things that are made of colorful fabrics, but not necessarily meant for walls. Like Chinese New Years dragon heads and parade stuff, but just hung flat, not popped out to their 3-D state. Maybe a creative use of flags and tension rods.

Plus, there's also defying (quietly) the "no painting" policy. White walls can be oppressive. What's the worst that can happen? They make you paint it white before you move out? Not so bad...
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: manly mits on: November 25, 2005 03:01:00 PM
These are incredible. What's your wool?
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fibre blending without a carder on: November 16, 2005 10:37:48 AM
There's nothing wrong with just holding two fibers in your hand to spin together, but I find silk is so stiff and crunchy it pulls and drafts at a different rate than alpaca or other easier-to-spin wools. Sometimes for kicks I like to spin singles randomly alternating one fiber and another (or alternating colors), then ply it up for a surprisinging 2-ply. Good times.

9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Different Spindles on: November 16, 2005 10:04:20 AM
Some people say low whorl drop spindles are easier to learn on than high whorl, but I learned on a Louet high whorl and I'm happy. And Louet has fantastic new spindles that have options for both high and low on the same spindle (hook on top, notch on bottom). Nice prices, too.

Trawl around on the web and you'll find amazing handmade ones from fancy woods. Also, you might want to consider the weight of your spindle. The heavier the spindle, the heavier the yarn you can make. A very light spindle will let you spin spiderwebby silks and cottons...but ask yourself if you want that if you're just starting out.
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: yay!! im spinning singles!!!--- UPDATED-finished mittens & hat added on: November 16, 2005 09:52:44 AM
Please tell me you spun the loopy yarn, too. It's great--pulls it all together.
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