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11  Re: I need help getting pink in Dyeing: Discussion and Questions by liebschien on: February 20, 2008 01:20:51 PM
I did it! I got pink! It's just what I imagined it would be:

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12  Re: Silly Swap International Gallery in The Swap Gallery by liebschien on: February 20, 2008 01:13:40 PM
I got Kookaloo_Starr's hat and bag and I looooooooove them!

They are impeccable and super stylin'!

I'm horrible at taking pictures of myself, but this fashion set deserves some recognition:





Thank you so much!
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13  Re: Am I doing this right? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by liebschien on: February 20, 2008 12:10:59 PM
When I saw this topic, I thought.. Oh no.. Am I doing it completely wrong?!? But then I read there is no Right way. Luckily  Cheesy
I think 'my way' works for me. I hold the fiber between my thumb and other fingers (left hand) and with my right hand I 'pre-draft' the fiber as I spin. (Didn't knew it was called like that, though..)
I hope you find that course you're doing satisfying, for they didn't tell you in what ways you could hold the fibre, and they gave you such a smudgy roving to practise on? I hope I don't offend anyone by saying this..  Embarrassed

No offense taken. I didn't tell the whole story, really.

The class I took was awesome and I just didn't ask enough questions the first day. The practice roving in that inital picture looks like that because I dyed it myself and I think it might have felted a little bit during that process (It was my first time dying roving). Besides that little chunk, we were given 2 oz. of lovely Colonial dyed roving in colors of our own choosing, which I spun into this:



It's over-spun and quite wooly textured, but not bad for my first real hand-spun yarn!

But in the second class I asked the instructor how to pre-draft correctly and now I know better.  Smiley
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14  Re: Bargain Hunter Swap Round 4 in The Swap Gallery by liebschien on: February 19, 2008 09:08:59 PM
Crafting for oohmybees was lots of fun. She made it easy for me by answering all my tons of questions.

I have a couple pics of the things I made her that show the details a bit more:

These are the card holder thingies:

They are fimo squares with beads pressed into them and a slot cut into the top.

The machine embroidery I did on a little bag:

It is my symbolic interpretation of the tarot's Empress.

And the peacock t-shirt really turned out awesome. Here's a pic that shows the placement a little better:


This was such a fun swap. I'm so glad I got to be her partner!
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15  I need help getting pink - EDIT: I got pink! in Dyeing: Discussion and Questions by liebschien on: February 18, 2008 01:29:11 PM
I tried dying some yarn last night. I was successful at dying it, but not successful getting the color I want. I want a pretty cotton-candy pink like this:



Instead I got raw-hamburger yarn:



I used kool-aid for the dye. The yarn is a 50/50 nylon acrylic blend that started out off-white. I thought I would get a pretty heathered look of pink and cream. Guess not!

For the first dye bath, I used two packages of kool-aid - one strawberry and one fruit punch - for a total of .35 oz of drink mix. I thought it would turn out pink when dying 3.5 ounces of yarn (two skeins, 3.5 oz each, but only the nylon taking the dye). Instead it dyed the yarn a garish orangey-red color. Then I tried to salvage it and re-died it with grape. Yuck. Then I died it a third time with a mixture of green, blue, and cherry to try to get an interesting brown. Then I decided there was no hope and tried getting some of the dye out with baking soda. Today I threw it into the washer and dryer. This yarn is kind of disgusting looking but it's still really soft and smells lovely!

So, anyway, I have two more undyed skeins of this yarn which I absolutely love because it is so soft. I bought it for making some clothing for my friend's baby girl who is due in May. The yarn didn't come in pink so I planned to dye it myself when I bought it.

I have lots more kool-aid and I also have some Jacquard acid dye in #608 Pink. I've never used any dye other than kool-aid, though.

Does anyone have any sure-fire ways of dyeing yarn a pastel shade of pink? I need some help and any tips, suggestions, etc. would be highly appreciated.

Thanks!
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16  Am I doing this right? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by liebschien on: February 08, 2008 02:48:55 PM
I took a spinning class last Saturday. Part 2 is tomorrow. I have already spun 2 oz of the practice yarn we were sent home with. It is way overtwisted and really fuzzy. I am now getting in some more practice with a last little bit of the stuff I have left and I think need some pointers on how to hold the roving properly.

Here is a picture of how I hold it:


What do you think? Thanks for your input!
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17  Looking for pattern... in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by liebschien on: January 27, 2008 12:12:47 PM
I thought I remembered a pattern floating around that looks something like this, but a lot shorter:



I remember seeing it in offwhite and it showed how it was a big ribbed circle with sleeves attached. Anyone know what I'm talking about? I've been looking and looking, but now I can't find it.  Sad

What I love about the pattern is how drapey the collar is. Does anyone know of a pattern that would be similar to the above picture but not as long?

Thank you!
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18  Re: Show Off Your Hair! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by liebschien on: January 24, 2008 04:27:53 PM
Well, here's me before cutting my hair today:


Then I saw this picture and decided to go to my favorite salon to get my hair cut like it:


Here's how it looked after leaving the salon:

Can we say "soccer mom"? I didn't really like the bangs at all. I mean, in the picture, the bangs are what make the haircut so great. Good thing the cut only cost me 20 bucks.

I had to cut some more bangs myself:


And this is what it looks like now. I think it's better...:


It will probably look completely different after I wash it. Maybe better, maybe worse. At least I tried something new, eh? Good thing hair grows back.  Smiley
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19  Re: Silly Swap International Gallery in The Swap Gallery by liebschien on: January 09, 2008 09:20:28 PM
I'm offering hand-dyed yarn, which was acid dyed with Kool-Aid, and a "Tubcake."

You will get two large skeins of yarn. The yarn is worsted-weight 100% merino wool and each skein measures in at 223 yards or 204 meters.



I have dubbed the first skein "Sunset Storm." It is reds, corals, yellows, aquas and purple-y colors.




"Dusk on the Beach" - aquas, blues, purples, light greens:




I was trying to get Noro-esque on these yarns, which means they have long colorways and lots of different colors. To confess, I love Noro yarn, but it's too expensive for me for the little amount per skein and the scratchiness of it. This Christmas I received a gift certificate to a fancy yarn store so I bought some. Of course I plan to use it for a knitted or crocheted project, but my immediate thought was to deconstruct a skein of it to see just how long the colorways are. After a lot of math and untangling of yarn, the two skeins above are what I made.

Let me know if you would like them wound into center-pulling balls.

And the Tubcake? What is that? It's my new, improved, super-duper deluxe hollow cupcake!









I was bitten by the love bug and wanted to make something pretty and pink for St. Valentine's Day. It's pretty sickening, huh?

So here is everything together:
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20  Re: Post your photography in here :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by liebschien on: December 18, 2007 07:51:56 PM
I recently re-discovered my love of photography when I saw some interesting things in my mom's garden.


Terra Cotta Turtle


Pink Dragonfly


Bougainvillea Spray


Pigeon Pair


Pretty Pigeon


Guilty Squirrel

I love them. I'm going to try to keep this hobby up. I will just be taking outdoor photography because that's what my camera likes best. I enjoy it, too.  Smiley

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I just spent a few hours looking through all the photos in this post. Wow. It's amazing when we get that one perfect shot out of a series. I know you guys know what I'm talking about because I saw so many of them!

These are the ones that really stood out to me:

  • An extreme close-up of a dragonfly head - BhamBaby
  • Lily of the valley - -steps-
  • Green teacup in mossy woods - Era Vera
  • cardinals in the snow - shorty3boys
  • A single water lily on a dark pond - I'm sorry, i don't remember who posted it
  • Skeezosaur - I'm sorry, i don't remember who posted it

Keep shooting and keep posting everyone!
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