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21  Help - new spinner pulling out her hair instead of the roving in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by liebschien on: December 17, 2007 08:49:17 PM
Sooooo...I got a spindle today. It is bottom-whorl.

I've been trying to make it work for about three hours now. I can attach the wool roving to the lead yarn and then twirl the spindle to twist the wool, but I don't know what to do after that. When I set the spindle to spinning, I seem to just be twisting the whole piece of roving instead of pulling wool from the roving and twisting that.

The wool doesn't pull out from the roving at all.  I can yank and yank on the roving, but I can't pull any wool from it! Is that what is supposed to happen?

Please tell me it's the roving that is defective - not me.

Here a picture of what three hours of hard research and work has gotten me:

I have been looking for help on the internet all over the place, but haven't found anything to help me. The only site I've found that gives instructions for bottom-whorl spinning is on Mielke's Fiber Arts website. If it weren't for that webpage, I wouldn't have even gotten this far.

Would anyone please give me some pointers? Or a shoulder to cry on?  Cry


Well, thanks to my craft idol cousin, who happened to be online tonight, I found out about the park-and-draft method of spinning. And so, I got a lot further in this new-found interest:

It kinda, sorta looks like a single-ply yarn! Woo!

Park-and-draft is when you get the wool on the spindle, you spin the spindle, then hold it between your knees while you draft the yarn. It works. Cheesy
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22  Re: Holiday Cookie/Candy/Recipe Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by liebschien on: December 17, 2007 12:28:21 PM
cassettetape sent me a wonderful package.

Three kinds of treats:

There are some wholesome chocolate chip cookies, I think the slices are actual shortbread, and the third I think are shortbread cookies.

I'm very full of cookies right now. Mmmmm...they were all delicious.

A gaggle of buttons:

These are the coolest buttons I've ever seen. I love how colorful they are. I only have creamy brown-ish ones.

A bright and cheery box:

I'm going to start a button collection and keep them in this box.

Thank you, Jen!

P.S. The recipe she sent me was for:

Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Jen C.

2 1/4 cup white whole-wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup organic sugar
3/4 cup organic brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 lg. organic egg (free-roaming happy chickens!)
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375-degrees. Combine flour, salt, soda in a bowl. Beat softened butter with both types of sugar & vanilla extract in a separate large bowl until smooth. Add eggs. Gradually add flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Add other ingredients, like dried fruit or nuts, if you like.
Bake for 9 - 11 minutes.
Makes about 4 - 5 dozen

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23  Reusable Shopping String Bags in The Swap Gallery by liebschien on: December 10, 2007 01:21:46 PM
I saw these on a couple of our fellow swappers' Wists lists (I looked at everyone's I could find) and I hope they are well received:

Reusable Shopping String Bags!

I added a little pocket to them for your cell, keys, wallet, shopping list, etc.

And I even started shopping for you!

Hmmm...what's in the bag?

A cupcake thingy!


Merry Christmas, everyone!
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24  Re: Holiday Cookie/Candy/Recipe Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by liebschien on: December 08, 2007 10:24:16 PM
Hello, everyone!

My partner, cassettetape, got the cookies I made and she said I could post some photos.

She loves jam cookies. I've never made jam cookies before, but I was determined to make some for her.

Chocolate Chip Jam Cookies:
There is jam in the dough and I put jam on top, but, other than that they are pretty much just chocolate chip cookies with jam.

Jammie Jams:
These were supposed to be a kind of pocket-filled jam pastry, but I couldn't get the jam to stay in the pockets during baking so I just made them how you see in the photo. But they are really tasty!

1 cup margarine
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup jam
1. In a medium bowl, mix together the margarine, flour, cream cheese, and sugar until well blended. Cover and chill for about 30 minutes.
2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Roll the dough into walnut sized balls and place them onto a greased cookie sheet. Make an indentation in the tops of the balls and put some jam in the indentations.
3.  Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown. Remove from oven.
Just for kicks, these are the rejects. My family enjoyed them even though they looked like a cookie masacre:

One of my all-time favorite cookies!

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
2. Cream together butter, shortening, 1 1/2 cups sugar, the eggs and the vanilla. Blend in the flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt. Shape dough by rounded spoonfuls into balls.
3. Mix the 2 tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon. For a Christmasy effect, I added red and green sugar sprinkles to this mixture. Roll balls of dough in mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until set but not too hard. Remove immediately from baking sheets.

Christmas Cookies:
It would just not be Christmas at my house without these cookies.

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp baking soda
5 - 6 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1. Mix all three mixtures together. Add 1 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp anise extract.
2. Roll out the dough on well-floured surface. Cut into shapes. Bake on ungreased cookied sheet at 400 degrees F for 8 - 10 minutes. Let cool.
3. Decorate with frosting (powdered sugar, butter, milk) and other fun goodies.

I also made her a little reversible bistro apron.

The blue side:

The Christmasy side:

(It's a lot cuter than how it looks in the pictures. I'm just holding it together in the back and I just took one photo of each side, regardless of how it would turn out.)

This was so much fun I'm glad to have been a part of it.
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25  Blueberry Bobble Beanie in Crochet: Completed Projects by liebschien on: December 06, 2007 07:11:32 PM
I love crochet. It is my "comfort craft." I've tried knitting, but I'm not that great at it. Where I am fearless with hooks, I am timid with needles. Especially DPNs. But I love the look of knitted hats! I've had the idea that I could start a hat with crochet, then switch off to needles for the rest. This was a great challenge to motivate me to try the technique.

I started with an SC dome and did some TC bobbles, then slipped the stitches onto some circular needles:

I knitted some cables and increased during this knitting phase. But with the interests of this challenge in mind, I did the rest of the beanie in crochet. I crocheted the yarn off the needles and did a variety of crochet stitches like some DC, SC, some more bobbles, and I really like the SC ribbing at the bottom.

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26  Re: Vintage Halloween Swap 2007 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by liebschien on: November 26, 2007 02:16:12 PM
The saying "good things come to those who wait" is a major understatement in my case. Ma Rut sent me great things! Allow me to show them off:

Her painting skills are wonderful. She painted three boxes and some candlesticks!

They are all really beautiful works of art and I can't wait to display them next halloween. So, I'm going to display them now, all during Christmas! hehehehe

In my questionnaire, I said I would have dressed up as a pirate if I would have dressed up. Ma Rut took that idea and ran with it!

Inside the skull box I found something I've had on my wists for a long time - an octopus necklace, which I love...

Inside the moon box was a deck-worthy pirate skirt!!! It's awesome and it was her first time sewing from a pattern and sewing for someone else. Amazing.

And of course, candy, my favorite lol!

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27  Got Doilie? in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by liebschien on: November 14, 2007 09:35:57 PM
I was wrapping my best friend's birthday present at the last minute tonight and realized I had no bow. I looked in my craft supply dresser drawers and saw a package of doilies. Hmmm, I thought to myself. I wonder what a doilie would look like all bunched up? So I bunched one up into a bouquet shape and it looked pretty good!

Now, how am I going to attach it? I looked again in the drawers and saw some black satin ribbon.

Black ribbon for a birthday present? Chic. I cut some slits on both sides of the bunched up doilie. I ran the ribbon around the package and through the slits then tied it tight.

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28  Re: I can ___ but I can't ___ Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by liebschien on: September 14, 2007 06:53:39 PM
I thought for sure I would be receiving a package from my partner today because the USPS website said the item arrived at the post office this morning. But when my step-dad brought in the mail, no package.

Later this evening around 9 PM, I got an update email from the USPS saying the package was delivered at 11:34 AM this morning. Wooo! I went to the mailbox in my PJs and saw there was a key to the package lockers at our mailcenter. YES! I returned with an armload of mail and a box from brideOFkniterstein, my severely talented swap partner.

My number one want that I couldn't make was a shrug to keep my arms warm in the air-conditioning so I wouldn't have to wear a sweater in this Florida heat -  which I have been doing and which gets me strange looks. She made me one!

Unfortunately, I can't post pics because my computer will no longer read my camera's memory card for whatever complicated reason I can't understand. So, I'll describe the shrug as best I can.

She made it in my most favorite color - rose petal pink! The sleeves are full-length and the cuffs are slightly fluted and ruffled. The part that goes across the back is an impeccable diamond lattice pattern. The yarn is soft and even a bit cool to the touch. It feels wonderful! All in all, it is absolutely, breathtakingly gorgeous.

brideOfkniterstein, your knitting skills are more than I could ever hope for. Thank you for such a beautiful and thoughtful item.
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29  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 24 in The Swap Gallery by liebschien on: July 30, 2007 04:00:29 PM
My second package granted my wish of a variety of home-made cookies.

cfbandit took care of it. I have never seen so many cookies in one place. There were five gallon-sized bags full of cookies in the box she sent me. She also sent me a luxurious treat of dark chocolate - my favorite!

She made Mint Chocolate Truffle, Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake, and Baker's One Bowl Chocolate Bliss. Mmmmmmm. Plus she sent the recipes for all of them. One bag is already empty!

Thank you for all the goodies! You really spoiled me!
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30  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 24 in The Swap Gallery by liebschien on: July 30, 2007 03:35:01 PM
I got two packages today!

First up, some gorgeous cotton wash cloths knit up by Dulcinea:

These are going to my sister who desperately needs them. She's going to love them. My mom wants some now, lol!

Thank you so much. They are just perfect!

The other package was some delicious edible goodies from cfbandit. I will post them  in a bit!
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