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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday - January 9th, 2009 on: January 08, 2009 09:57:51 PM
Well, one of my clocks says its Friday already!

Jude - 187 yds. Merino
2 ply

Abram - 4 oz. Merino

Cecily - 135 yds. Merino

Augustine - 120 yds. Merino

Aurelia - 4 oz. Merino
I did spin this one up this afternoon, but I didn't get any pictures yet. :-(

This is my first knit project (so far) from my handspun.  Its just a lengthwise garter stitch scarf.

I had the day off and spent approximately 14 hours on fiber. 

As we speak I am dying 3 more sets.  I am kind of having a blast with all of this!

I can't wait to see everyone else's work!

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Half of my face is paralyzed: I knit an eye patch! Also, Talk Like A Pirate Day! on: September 17, 2008 10:39:41 PM
I was diagnosed with Bell's Palsy last week, a temporary condition where one side of your face is paralyzed.  The doctor told me to wear an eye patch (to prevent things from flying into it), so naturally I knit one. 

Let me tell you, people, there has never been a better time to have the palsy.  It just so happens that Friday is Talk Like a Pirate Day, and I just so happen to look like a pirate when I try to smile:

Much better with a patch!

No, I am not ashamed to put these pictures on teh internets.

It is fully lined, interfaced, and weighted so that it actually hangs over my eye.  I haven't worked up enough courage to actually wear this in public.

I put the pattern on my blog!!!  And more exciting details!!!!!!
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Where to get alterations skills? on: May 13, 2008 10:36:26 AM
I am a fairly advanced sewer, and have realized that I could put my skills to good use in the alterations business.  As far as clothing alterations go, however, I'm not sure I know what is what (especially if it were to come to a wedding dress or something). 
How exactly does one break into the business? 
Can I just walk into an alterations shop and say "Hey, I want a job, but you would need to show me the ropes first"? 
I guess I'm not looking to start my own business (though, maybe in the future), just some basic advice.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Apparel Design School on: March 05, 2008 03:50:19 PM
I found a university about 30 minutes away that has an undergrad in fashion apparel design. 
I'm really interested in going, however, I live in Wisconsin and will probably never move to New York or someplace like that.
What sort of things can you do with such a degree that don't require a big city?
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Finally Finished Lady Eleanor on: March 01, 2008 07:27:45 PM

Lady Eleanor
Yarn:  6 Skeins of Cascade 220
Needles:  US Size 10 1/2
Size:  6 ' long, 1.5 ' wide

This has been my "background" project for about a year.  I only really picked it up when I felt particularly motivated to have an entrelac shawl.  All in all, it took about 40 hours to make.  I'm so glad its done.

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / General info for sewing w/vinyl on: January 30, 2008 10:35:03 AM
I'm looking into sewing a nice vinyl purse.  I have some limited experience sewing with it, and all I know is that it rips easily.  Where can I find some general information/tips on how to sew handbags with it that are sturdy?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Wandering Aran Fields from Wrap Style on: November 29, 2007 03:10:09 PM
Here is my Wandering Aran Fields from the book Wrap Style...

The buttons are the best part!

I used Patons Classic Merino in Olive.
US 10.5 needles
4.5 balls

It took only two months, which is really fast for me, considering that I was also working on 3 other projects.
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / How can I make my yarn softer? on: September 29, 2007 11:20:15 PM
I've been spinning for a few months now, and I love it.
My only problem is that my yarn tends to be really rough-- no matter what kind of fiber I'm using.  I was told its in my technique, but I don't know what I'm doing wrong.
I tend to have a very tight twist (which probably has a lot to do with it), but I don't know how to make it less-twisty and still have structural integrity, too (if I put less twist in it, it falls apart).
I don't know anyone who spins, so I can't really ask for help :-(.
What do you suggest?
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / 100 yds of hand-spun, hand-dyed worsted weight. What do I do now? on: September 10, 2007 04:50:56 PM
I have 100 yards of yarn that I hand spun and dyed.  Its self striping.  I wish I had a picture, but its drying yet.
I can't for the life of me think of a knitting pattern to do that will only use 100 yds and show off the pretty stripes. 
Can you suggest a good pattern?
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Dollar and a Half Cardi from spring IK *edited to include project info* on: July 25, 2007 09:42:12 PM
I think, after two years of dedicating my life to yarn, that I can finally declare my street-cred in the knitting community.

It was a long journey,
I have finished a sweater.

Please please do not confuse this with working on sweaters. I have started many, many large knitting projects only to rip them out in the neverending quest for a pattern I felt was worth my time. It wasnt until now that I had the persistence to finish an actual, honest-to-goodness wearable item of clothing.
The fruits of my labor:

6 Skeins of Patons Classic Merino Wool Yarn in Dark Grey Mix
US size 8 needles (I have a tight gauge; the pattern called for size 5)
I made the sleeves extra long (I like it in the winter) but Im kind of regretting it now.. well see how I feel when it gets colder.
I think I want to make i-cord loops for the toggles instead of using the button holes. I dont like how it gaps when you button it (honestly, who writes that into a pattern?).
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