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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / First needle felted object! Dragon on: August 20, 2006 09:02:30 AM
My kids named him Retardo the Dragon. He's not too pretty, but I think I did ok. Especially since this was the first time I tried it and I was completely on my own. I gave him to my mother and she adores him. Here he is asserting his dominance over Mabel the Stash Sheep.

2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / I made boucle! on: July 08, 2006 10:10:59 PM

I just got done plying it so it's still on the bobbin, but I was so excited I couldn't wait!!! It's made with this awesome red colonial top that I bought from a local fiber artist. I have 5 oz from her and I bought another 8 oz of the same top at the MDSW. I decided I had to make SOMETHING out of this stuff, since I loved the colors so much, and as I was spinning it, it cried out to be fluffy boucle. I plied it with cotton quilting thread. There is another bobbin of yarn waiting to be plied and about 10 oz of fiber left to be spun.

I love it when I feel like I've finally "gotten" it!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / looking for IK Spring 2004 on: July 08, 2006 12:14:03 PM
I got hold of some Trendsetter oceano and I'm dying to turn it into a lovely drapey cardigan. I found an awesome pattern in this issue of IK but it's out of print. Does anyone have an issue they'd be willing to swap for/sell?
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Wool Loving dog on: May 17, 2006 11:34:08 AM
I have a aierdale/retreiver mix who absolutely flips anytime wool enters the house or whenever I spin. His greatest joy is to snatch a chunk of wool fluff away from me and sniff/chew it to death. Whenever I bring home wool he is right there to inspect every bit of it that is removed from bags or boxes, and I find him sniffing at my fiber stash from time to time too.

My mother's Bichon is the same way. oddly enough though, the maltese and the shelty mix (who I would expect to flip for that sheepy smell) couldn't care less.

Does anyone else have a fiber hound or are mine just weird?
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / I must be missing something. on: May 07, 2006 08:50:33 PM
I got my new wheel last night and I tried spinning. After a lot of trial and error trying to get the wheel started I was finally able to sping up a couple small skeins of uneven thick and thin. Tonight I try starting to spin up some more practice fiber. Every time I start spinning, my fiber just breaks. I've adjusted the tension in different ways, but I just can't seem to get it started evenly I get spinning for a few inches then my rhythm goes completely off and the fiber doesn't seem to get any spin then it breaks.

I've been searching and I can find lots of tutorials on drop spindling on the net, but nothing on spinning on a wheel. Does anyone know of one so I can ge started without frustrating myself half to death?
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Need pattern Help! on: April 24, 2006 06:26:08 PM
I was commissioned by my best friend to knit a pair of funky, fluffy novelty yarn house socks for her mother. I found one decent shot of what I'm looking for http://www.crystalpalaceyarns.com/cpy/patterns/cotton_chen_whisper_slipprs.html (hideous, aren't they?),  but I hate the idea of kitting the socks flat. Anyone else ever stumble on some hideous fuzzy house socks?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Anyone need some larger sized 16" circs? on: March 23, 2006 02:52:30 PM
My local Michaels is in the pocess of making over their store, I went into today and found piles of size 11, 13, and 15 16" bamboo circs for $.89 a pair. If anyone would like some, let me know and I'll run down and grab a few more tomorrow morning.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / My Grandmother's Knitting. on: March 08, 2006 06:05:40 PM
My favorte uncle is up for a visit. I haven't seen him in years, and he is clearing some things out of his house. He has brought me my aunt's and grandmothers china and teapots and things. When we were unpacking teapots earlier today he pulled out an old sweater that he used to wrap up some saucers. It was the dreamiest blue mohair with cables running up the front. My grandmother had knitted it for him when he was in high school!

My gandmother passed away when I was 11. I often remeber her knitting and crocheting, but I never paid much attention to these things when I was that age. Now that I've picked up knitting, I often think how wonderful it would be to be able to sit and knit and drink a cocktail with my grandmother. Looking at that sweater is the closest I'll ever get to doing it though. It was amazing being able to examine the way she knit, and seamed. Mom has always told me that her cablework was fantastic, and it is. In a strange way, that sweater makes me feel more connection to my grandmother than any teapot or trinket that's been passed on to me so far.

I'm hoping I can talk my uncle into letting me borrow the sweater to make my own copy of it.

Thanks for letting me ramble.
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / My first attempt at making yarn. on: March 04, 2006 04:36:02 PM
I got my spindle in the mail yesterday and I've been playing with it since then to the exclusion of all housework. My children were pleased and greatful to have dinner made for them, they didn't even think I'd manage that. My hubby was absolutely transfixed while he watched me do the first bit up, and actually suggested that we take a spinning class together!  Shocked  Let me know what you think, and if anyone has any tips, I'd appreciate it!

This is the very first bit I did, just some natural unmarked practice wool that came with the spindle:


This is the second, it was some really pretty black and white natural roving that I mixed in a bit of light pink cotton with. It came out a bit raggy looking, but I think I finally started to get the hang of not overtwisting on this:

This is the third, and I was a bit disappointed with the way it turned out, I think the fibers are really short on this wool since I couldn't draft much before it just fell apart, so I ended up overspinning just to get it to hold together. I LOVE the colors though:

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / One skein of HPY's bulky.. What to do? on: February 18, 2006 05:43:22 AM
So recently I went a little nutty and bought a bunck of yarn from hpy. It came in yesterday. OMG it it sooooooo soft that I actually dreamed about it.

Anyways. I bought several balls of laeweight for an as yet to be determined shawl project, and one skein of the bulky. According to the site it's only 65 yards but I loved the colors and it was the last one. Any suggestions of what to make with 65 yards of ups soft bulky?
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