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1  Re: Fall Handspun Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fyberduck on: January 01, 2008 02:00:11 PM
The postman finally relinquished the yarn Snowberrylime spun for me, yesterday:

- 2 skeins "Missy Piggy" (peach/ violet Australian lambswool) - I wound 'em together so I won't lose one Grin
- 2 skeins "Waldboden" (greens wool/ silk)
- 1 hank of painted silk roving
- and some yummy chocolate that's disappearing rapidly

Thank you, Snowberrylime!
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2  Re: Fall Discworld Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fyberduck on: November 07, 2007 12:15:30 PM
I just got the coolest package from millik!  I have a, well, fascination with the Nac Mac Feegle (ah, homesickness Grin) and she totally surprised me by sending me one!  Just look at who popped out of my package, needin' a drink:

And, with him also came:

  • a Nac Mac Feegle knitting messenger bag (with matching plaid lining!), covered in useful pockets AND featuring a yarn-stealing Feegle on the front
  • Achingly Good Tea: "Guaranteey Cure For Winter Chills, With Bits of Orange In"
  • Gytha Oggs Special Blend: "Use Sparingly If You Know What Is Good For You"
  • and a tea strainer to test my, uh, stamina Wink

Thank you so much, millik!
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3  Geraldine socks & pattern link in Knitting: Completed Projects by fyberduck on: August 19, 2007 06:31:14 PM
I finished a pair of socks yesterday (yay!), and thought I might post them Grin

Pattern: Geraldine socks
Yarn: Green Mountain Spinnery's "Cotton Comfort" in Yarrow
Needles: US 2/ 2.75 DPNs
Gauge: 6.5 sts/ inch
Size: Women's M (8" foot circumference)

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4  Re: Tour de Fleece 2007 in Spinning: Completed Projects by fyberduck on: July 19, 2007 11:29:19 PM
I got my wheel today!  I finally can spin using something other than a drop spindle Cheesy

I'd almost forgotten how much faster wheels are than spindles.  Now I'll finally make some progress on the Tour...
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5  Re: Tour de Fleece 2007 in Spinning: Completed Projects by fyberduck on: July 09, 2007 08:07:26 PM
I don't have pics yet but today my son woke me up begging to be allowed to spin.

You're story is so sweet!  I can't wait to see pictures of the kids with the wheel Cheesy

And, while I haven't been active on Craftster (has anyone else been getting those "ERROR" messages when they try to check the boards??), I have been spinning:

My Mum took this picture of me at the Hoyt Arboretum this afternoon - I keep having to spin on the fly lately and still don't have my new wheel Cry  But, I have been spinning laceweight yarn, albeit slowly!
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6  Seaside socks (yes, the lamest name ever) in Knitting: Completed Projects by fyberduck on: June 29, 2007 11:56:02 PM
I just finished these socks for my Mum:

And thought I'd show 'em off.  Project specs:
- Yarn: 2 skeins Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in "Seaside"
- Needles: 2 22" Addi Turbos, 2.5 mm/ US 1
- Gauge: 9 sts/ inch in stockinette
- Size: 8" foot circumference
- Pattern here
- Recipient: me Mum
- Date started: June 11, 2007
- Date finished: June 29, 2007

I am SO GLAD these are done - now I can knit a pair of socks for myself!
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7  The 50,000th pair of Jaywalkers in Knitting: Completed Projects by fyberduck on: June 13, 2007 01:18:45 AM
I know, I know, yet another pair of Jaywalkers.  But, if I don't post 'em how can I put them up in my fav projects list? Grin

Project Specs:

    * Yarn: Knit/Purl's Shibui Sock in "Spectrum"
    * Needles: 2 22" Addi Turbos, 2.5 mm/ US 1
    * Gauge: 8 sts/ inch in stockinette
    * Size: 8" foot circumference
    * Pattern: Magknits' Jaywalker by Grumperina
    * Recipient: ME!
    * Date started: May 29, 2007
    * Date finished: June 11, 2007

I must say that, although I had some issues with the pattern and sock yarn working together (the yarn started pooling at the feet and had to be ripped), I really love the way they turned out and fit.  I may just have to make another pair or two...
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8  Re: Handspun & Handcrafts Swap 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fyberduck on: April 16, 2007 03:32:42 PM
Miss Violaceous did not lie, she TOTALLY spoiled me!  I have to say that I may have been a bad swap partner, because I asked her to surprise me (I love swap surprises), and she rose to the challenge beautifully!
I got her enormous parcel this morning and since it was chock full of goodies, I'm afraid this is gonna be a pix-laden post Grin   

The first thing I noticed in the box was a DIY World Domination Kit... (snickers)

I opened it first (who could resist?) and saw the instructions:

and let out shrieks of laughter that brought my relatives in, who started laughing too.  Here's the soon-to-be Sheep Army:

World Domination is soooo close, I can just taste it.

Next to the World Domination Kit were 2 bags of UTZ Cheese Curls (I miss them sooo much!  UTZ doesn't sell on the West Coast Cry) and a whole bunch of little wrapped packages...

All the goodies unwrapped:

- an Art Nouveau charm bracelet
- an herb-filled amigurumi octopus (from my wists!)
- sunflower seeds for the garden (from a really cool Adult Care program)
- a knitting wrist bag (squee!) (also from the wists)
- stitch markers (always on the wists)
- a "faux" nouveau brooch (on the wists)
- a vintage cameo (OMG, I have a THING for cameos)
- and Lady Godiva earrings

And close-ups/ modelled pix:

Underneath all the little wrapped goodies were two larger items.  The first was a series of vintage sewing patterns, in my size! 

I can't wait to play with these Cheesy  The next was a bit curious...

But, I dutifully opened the book to the specified page and look what was inside!

Two pressed dogwood blossoms and cherry blossoms!  I grew up outside of Washington, D.C. and desperately miss the area.  Miss Violaceous lives nearby.  What a wonderful surprise!  I got a little teary, because I really miss the two dogwood trees we had back home, so these were such a thoughtful touch.  I just need to find a frame for them, so I can keep them safe Cheesy

Thank you so much, Miss Violaceous!  I reallyreally appreciate all the effort and thoughtfulness of everything you sent.  I think I can retire from swapping gracefully now Cheesy (I'm going into the Peace Corps, provided I pass the Medical, so I won't be able to swap anymore.)
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9  Re: holding yarn with continental in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by fyberduck on: April 15, 2007 11:30:31 PM
I start by wrapping the yarn around my pinkie and then twice around my forefinger.  I had to learn to loosen the tension - when I learned the stitches couldn't move on the needle!  For a while, I improvised, but my tension was always wonky.  Finally, when I was teaching a workshop (and had to look like I knew what I was doing Wink) I reverted back to how my knitting teacher taught me, and have been knitting that way ever since.  I find my tension is always even, though, now and that my purls match my knit stitches.  (I find that if I pull from the ball every dozen stitches or so, it keeps the stitches from getting tight)

I took a picture, in hopes of it helping:

But, as I tell my students, there's no "right" way to do anything - so it's always best to experiment and see if you can find a way that works for you.
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10  Re: Handdyed Roving Swap in The Swap Gallery by fyberduck on: April 05, 2007 12:24:07 AM
I finally got pictures of the parcel girlbotgoods sent me Grin  Here's the parcel:

4 oz dyed wool (romney?), handcarded with flashy bits
4 oz Rambouillet fresh off of the sheepy
a handknit & lined (zippered!) pouch.  I'm thinking it's destined to be my cosmetics case, actually...
and, I know this is ridiculous, but I am so excited: flower-shaped sequins.  I have a pattern for a jumper for my niece that calls for flower-shaped sequin embellishments, but I haven't been able to find any I've liked, but girlbotgoods sent me the perfect ones!  She totally must be psychic...

Anyway, back to the woolly goodies.  A close-up of the pouch and it's lining:
Alas, you can't really see the cute, felted flower pull - but it's there!

And here's the fiber being spun up (I had EWES tonight, and it was the perfect excuse to get started):

And the finished skein:

Thank you so much, girlbotgoods!
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