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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Make your own laundry detergent. on: October 17, 2011 12:07:26 AM
This is my standard recipe- but I usually use a bar of Ivory soap. I did buy a bar of Fels Naptha for my next batch and it is already scenting up my laundry room. Has a much stronger scent than Ivory. Smells clean, though.

You can sometimes find washing soda at your local hardware (like Ace) store. I did see that my Walmart has started carrying it in the laundry aisle now.

I have an HE washer and have no trouble.
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with handspun yarn curling back on itself... on: February 07, 2010 06:27:54 PM
This appears to be a single- one other thing that helps balance your yarn is plying. When you ply two or more singles together, they have a tendency to balance each other out. Otherwise- using a niddy-noddy is the only other suggestion I have. Maybe give the yarn a chance to relax on the niddy-noddy before removing, soaking and hanging to dry...

3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: OK, very stupid first-time-plying question!! on: February 07, 2010 06:22:02 PM
If you just can't go any further, go ahead and try to break both (or all) the plys- maybe separately, so the break at a place that is best for each one. It is good to try to plan ahead for the plying part when you are spinning the original bobbin. Also, if you are using a wheel, a plying head is a great item- it holds a larger bobbin and has different ratios especially for plying. I have never plied from a spindle-I could see this being a big issue for that.

4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: OK, very stupid first-time-plying question!! on: February 06, 2010 02:37:21 PM
Well, what I usually do is try to get to the end of one bobbin, then break the second ply with my hands. You can usually find a weaker spot where it will break, kind of let the ply decide where it wants to break. It is better than cutting the fibers. The hardest part is when I am plying with thread- I can never break it with my hands and have to go looking for some scissors.

5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday, 4/3/2009 on: April 03, 2009 05:37:30 PM
Beautiful yarns everyone! I have a finished yarn this week....

4 ozs natural white shetland (from my sheep) carded with 1 oz purple soy silk. 1 Ply bulky, one ply worsterd and all white, one ply white sewing thread. It's twin is about half done as well.

6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Wool from my ewe on: January 30, 2009 03:06:40 PM
Hi Jen-
I too have a white shetland wether- Timmy. I recently took my first steps in dying his fleece. But I only did one color (well, the lighter color is more white added to pick up the rest of the dye in the pot)

But your multi colors are great! I can't wait to see it spun up. Thanks for the idea!

And that you did all the processing yourself- kudos to you! I send my wool out for processing. How many sheep do you have? I have 10 sheep, 2 angora goats a llama and an alpaca- so 14 fleeces a year.

7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday - 2nd January, 2009 on: January 02, 2009 11:11:12 PM
Happy New Year! And Happy Rock Day! (In my spinning guild they refer to the first spinning of the new year as Rock Day- something about "rock" being the German word for "to spin")

Wow, you guys who produce many skeins in a week amaze me. Here is one I have had done for a while, but only recenty got a photo. It is natural jacob wool from my own sheep (white and black carded together) with turquoise angelina.

Jacob's Night Out

I also did my first dye day. A friend came over and she walked me through the steps of chemical dyes. I think it was jacquard. We did the darker rose and there was still dye in the pot, so I added some more white shetland and got the lighter color.

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: The cutest fuzzy baby booties ever! on: October 12, 2008 02:28:48 PM
I've been waiting patiently for this pattern. When I go to the web sight I have checked what's new, baby, and knit/ crochet. Have I missed it? I am really excited to make these!
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 9/19/08 on: September 19, 2008 12:59:08 PM
Well I have one to share this week. It has been finished for a while now, but recently photographed. I just love the artistic photos here as much as the yarns.

Kiwi and creme: 218 yards of shetland wool from my own sheep, carded with kiwi crystalina. 2 plys somewhat bulky and a third ply of verigated greens sewing thread.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: The cutest fuzzy baby booties ever! on: September 18, 2008 08:07:42 PM
Ok, Are these available yet? I just found out that my brother and his wife are expecting....and she will LOVE these. I checked the web sight and couldn't find them.

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