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1  Mom's Birthday Blanket in Weaving: Completed Projects by niftyknitter on: January 27, 2008 08:55:14 PM
I made this blanket in my weaving class, I gave it to my mom as a present for christmas.  It is plain weave woven using the double weave technique to make a double width fabric.  I made this on my 26" Baby Wolf Loom, and the finished dimensions (before Fulling) was about 48" wide, I can't remember how long, or what the finished dimensions are after fulling it.  It is meant as a small lap blanket for my mom to use durring my lacrosse games.  It is very warm and soft made out of Alpaca and merino, and fulled a bit to make it extra thick and warm.  the colors are my school colors, purple, gold, white, and black, but more muted, it is actually reversable with different color patterns on both sides, but my mom took these pictures and they are only of one side of it.  Each strand of the blanket alternated thickness, the thicker yearn is the alpaca and the thinner yarn is merino.  Double weave was harder then I thought, especially putting the warp on the loom!! Because of how often I change colors in the weft (Each weft shot alternates a different color and a different type of yarn) I realized I had to do something about the edges because they would have made it so that the blanket didn't open, and was more like a woven tube then a blanket, so I fastened a piece of PVC along the edge of my loom where the blanket was supposed to open and wrapped the weft ends around it and then cut them and tied them off as I wove, making the fringe that goes all around the blanket.  It was definitely a labor of love, but I am really happy with how it turned out!  OK enough rambling!!


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2  Re: Woven Shibori (loads of Pictures!!) in Weaving: Completed Projects by niftyknitter on: October 22, 2007 02:37:36 PM
here are the last 2 shibori scarves finally!
The red on had really small floats so the shibori is really faint.  I really like this technique, you can produce totally original one of a kind pieces.

black acid dyed and pink fiber reactive dye

red fiber reactive dye and yellow wool dye

all three scarves together Smiley
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3  Woven Shibori (loads of Pictures!!) in Weaving: Completed Projects by niftyknitter on: October 03, 2007 03:56:42 PM
Hey all,
For my first project of the semester I am doing 3 woven shibori scarfs using the technique in Catherine Ellis' book Woven Shibori.  The warp is cotton and the weft is bleached Prime Alpaca.  The floats are Caron Simply Soft acrylic.  I used a basic Monks weave block pattern, the in progress picture is actually of my 2nd scarf, I forgot to take one of the 1st scarf on the loom, but it is similar but with more frequent rows of the floats and they were always in groups of 6 strands whereas in the 2nd it alternates between 3s and 6s.  The first scarf I did two immersion dyes, one is acid dye to dye the wool, which was a deep royal and Navy and turquoise mixed together, then I reinsed it out well and immersion dyed it in bright green direct dye to dye the cotton.  The dyes are cushings dyes.  My second scarf I am going to used red direct dye which the cotton and wool will take up, and then  I am going to rinse it well and untie the floats and dye it with  the wool dye in yellow so that there will be yellow where the original dye job didnt reach, red where the cotton is, and orange where the wool was dyed red first then overdyed yellow.  I will post pictures of that when I am done. Here is the first one though.  THe edges are kinda wonky, I am learning that with the woven shibori I either needed to double up the strands in the dents more than the usual or have more plainweave and both sides before starting the pattern otherwise the ends start to look unravelly from being pulled on by the floats when you pull them tight for the dying. 

In Progress:
This is a picture of the scarf after I pulled all of the floats tight and tied them and did the first immersion dying


2nd scarf on the loom
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4  Re: Care of Magical Creatures Swap in The Swap Gallery by niftyknitter on: September 09, 2007 01:10:45 PM
I went away for the weekend and came home today to a package sitting in front of my apartment! Smiley I received an AWESOME dragon from jeepchick!!!  Here he is in all his awesomeness!!!


She also gave me a great knitting book on knitting with your school colors which I love and will put to great use in making gifts for my lacrosse teammates in our Purple and Gold Smiley and some inspirational magnets which have taken up residence on my refridgerator.

Thanks soo sooo sooooo much jeepchick! I love my package!!!!

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5  Acid Dyed Rovings in Dyeing: Completed Projects by niftyknitter on: August 27, 2007 09:00:59 PM
I celebrated the return to school and to the weaving studio with some fiber dying using the schools equiptment and professional dyes Smiley

the first one is about 5oz mill ends dyed in greens and blues

The 2nd is 4oz  mohair that I got as a free gift with my last mill ends purchase dyed in majestic purple and rose

The 3rd is 2oz silk that I bought at my LYS dyed in a warm colorway of yellows, reds, and oranges

I brought them home still damp as I could not wait until next class to get them back, so this is them drying in my shower:

Thanks for looking! Smiley

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6  Fiber Friday 8/17/2007 in Spinning: Completed Projects by niftyknitter on: August 17, 2007 06:49:34 AM
Wow I'm surprised no one has started this yet!! Well here goes!

About 280 yds of a brown wool and mohair mix mill ends, about DK weight.  I liked spinning this a lot more than i thought I was going too, and the end result feels a lot softer than it seemed like it would while spinning it.  It has that nice mohiar halo to it, but its hard to see in the pictures

This is about 250 yds of grey wool, worsted weight, locally raised, that I got from my LYS.  Its fairly coarse, so I'm not quite sure what to do with it yet.

And here is the bell of the ball (especially compared to this week's plain jane yarns!) 100% silk, 150 yds, worsted weight, that I bought at my LYS and dyed myself.  It took me a while to get used to the silk, it shed A LOT while I spun it, and was harder to dye than I thought it would be.  I think i didn't soak it long enough before painting it, but it looked like it was falling apart so I was afraid to keep it in there very long, thats why there is so much white in it, but I figure I can always over dye it if I want to.

And a group shot as always!
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7  Re: Care of Magical Creatures Swap in The Swap Gallery by niftyknitter on: August 15, 2007 08:57:06 PM
JeepChick got her Magical creature in the mail and gave me permission to post pictures of him (I can finally use personal pronouns to describe him... "it" felt to impersonal)

Here is the box he came in, complete with the crest of his most favorite house!

And here he is in all his oddball glory, complete with his teacosy hat: DOBBY! Smiley

He actually came with some extra felted goodies for the tray, just in case JeepChick wasn't in the mood for chocolate cake, but I (surprisingly) didn't get pictures of them.
I posted a few more pictures in the needle felting board.  I can't wait to see what people are getting/to have a MC of my very own to cuddle/take care of!!
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8  Felted Dobby!!!(Picture Heavy) in Felting: Completed Projects by niftyknitter on: August 15, 2007 07:22:29 PM
I made this little guy for the Care of Magical Creatures Swap.  The DC# says that my partner received this morning so I figured it would be safe to post pictures here.  I am in love with him and had a hard time sending him off!! So I took a million pictures of him before I sent him, and here are a small fraction of them:

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9  **Edit** I BOUGHT a Baby Wolf!!! **Edit** in Weaving: Discussion and Questions by niftyknitter on: August 11, 2007 08:03:24 PM
Edit***I talked the price down a bit and went to see the loom and couldn't help my self but to buy it! I am maybe going to make some scarves/placemats/pillows to sell to pay for her, but I figured at $300 I couldn't pass it up!!!***Edit

Pictures of my new baby... I am going to call her Nadia, named after her previous owner Smiley

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10  Fiber Friday 8/10/07 in Spinning: Completed Projects by niftyknitter on: August 09, 2007 09:16:13 PM
More fun with the new wheel!!!  I tried a fiber I had never tried before (alpaca) and it was hard to spin but the yarn is soooo soft Smiley

Lots of pictures this week!

Alpaca yarn from fiber I got at my LYS about 150 yds from sport to (some) bulky mostly worsted

Tulips: about 5oz of wiltons dyed mill ends in colors inspired by a picture of yellow and violet tulips (i think) in a field 2 skeins. 1 skein is 180 yds and the other is 200 yds. About worsted weight I think

Next up is Melons, my only plied yarn this week.  About 5 oz of wiltons dyed mill ends in 2 skeins of 180 and 212 yds. worsted weight

And a group shot Smiley

I finally found a good use for that exercise bike  Cheesy

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