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21  Re: Fiber/Fibre (:D) Friday Nov. 10, 2006 in Spinning: Completed Projects by 100Bean on: November 10, 2006 08:06:24 AM
That's spooky - I took my first yarn pictures with a coin for relative sizing just this morning. I sadly don't know what all of your coins are there, though - there's Canadian and American pennies and 1 English Pence, but I've become a little obsessed with whatever that first coin is. It looks like a Euro 5 cent coin, but we don't have those little dots around the edges. If no one guesses, please tell me before I become completely obsessed, ok? Smiley Your yarn is lovely - and that yardage is so impressive!

Here's my contribution this week - I finally got back to spinning this week after almost a month of being too busy for it. I missed it so much and I've been waiting all week to re-join the Fiber Friday Festivities.

Faux Cherries (spun on my trusty spindle)
Merino wool, 65g, 263m

(I was going to use a euro coin, but I found a quarter lurking around my house. It's too bad, we could have been all international around here today!)

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22  Re: Show us your swatch! in Spinning: Completed Projects by 100Bean on: November 10, 2006 05:10:12 AM
Hi all - I love seeing these swatches, it's all so beautiful! Hmm, I wish we had Touch-O-Vision on our computers.

I don't have a swatch to share exactly, but I did use this yarn, which I spun from silk hankies:

to make this scarf (using the Zen and the Art of Stash Diving pattern from Crochet Me):

I chose that photo to show off the stitches and the yarn, but there's two others of the scarf here:


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23  Re: Fiber Friday September 22 in Spinning: Completed Projects by 100Bean on: September 22, 2006 07:21:11 AM
caedara - those are gorgeous - I think spicy is my favorite. I actually bought some yarn from you a few months ago and i'm still hoarding it. I can't seem to find a project worthy of it. Smiley

and misshawklet, I always love your yarns so much! that middle orange-y/yellow one is so cheerful! have you tried knitting/crocheting any of your super-coil-y yarns? I've wondered what the coils would look like in a project...

So here's my entry for this week - it's only my second proper skein on my drop spindle and I'm mighty pleased. I actually finished it last saturday, so I just missed the last Fiber Friday, but I've been sick in bed all week so it's all I've got show this time.

Strawberries and Champagne -- Silk Hankies, 100g, 123 meters, around 14 wpi (but not especially even):

The second picture is most like the real colors, the first one is a bit too pink. I got the silk hankies from Wingham Wool Work in the UK, I loved using them but it took forever to do all the drafting! When I'm feeling better, I'm going to be doing something that requires a little less preparation so my head doesn't explode. Smiley

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24  Re: Fiber Friday 09.01.06 in Spinning: Completed Projects by 100Bean on: September 01, 2006 03:29:10 PM
Woohoo - after all my practice yarns (that I posted yesterday), I finally have something real to share! It's my first time joining in on Fiber Friday and I'm so excited - I feel like now I get to play with the big girls!

Here's Team Zissou - merino wool, 80g, 90yds:


That was about half of the blue and yellow that I bought, I'm working on the second skein now.

All your yarns are, as usual, so beautiful I drooled on my keyboard a little bit. Smiley

edit: oops, I forgot to mention that it's drop spindle-spun, I haven't yet managed to convinced myself that I should buy a wheel. (Though I know it's only a matter of time... sigh.)
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25  Learning To Spin: A Story In Pictures (very img heavy) in Spinning: Completed Projects by 100Bean on: August 31, 2006 08:53:46 AM
Hello Spinners -

I'm SO proud of the spinning progress I've made in the last month, and I figured that only you guys would really understand why. So here's my spinning journey in photos. Thanks for checking out my 'story' and for all the help your posts gave me, I owe you all a lot. Smiley

I bought myself a learn to spin kit for my birthday (with a spindle), but it took me a few months to really get down to learning properly. These were my first attempts, before I even understand what drafting was or that it was something you're supposed to do.

Twistin' The Night Away (because of all the insane over-twisty-ness), 4.5 meters:

Twisty's Older Brother, 11.5 meters:

By then, I felt like I understood what was going on a little better, so I tried some plying action.

Ye Olde Pliede Yarne (because the colors seemed all medieval to me), 3.7 meters:

Then I felt like I should tackle the gorgeous pink (from Mary Jane's Attic) that came with my kit. I probably should've waited a little longer, because it came out ridiculously bulky, but oh well.

Strawberry Smoothie, 44 meters:

The color is closer in the second pictures, it's much prettier than it looks. It's plied with sparkly pink thread.

After that I went for some rainbow roving that I bought to go with the kit. Again, I wish I had waited until I knew a little more, but I ended up really liking the finished yarn.

Tripped Up On A Rainbow, 52 meters:

It's plied with gold thread and, like the pink, its bulkiness is almost silly, but I love it so much I just want to hug it all day long.

After all that, I thought I should probably use some small amounts that I had and just practice. Small amounts made sense to me, it made it faster to see my progress and what I could improve on the next try.

Practice Singles (in the order I spun them), 9.3 meters, 8.3 meters, 19.7 meters:

I had a terrible time trying to get a good photo of the green, but it's a massive improvement over the other two.

Plying Practice (also in order), 7.8 meters, 12 meters:

After those, I felt like I'd improved enough to I order some more wool and really get down to business. I've been drooling over wheels, but I'm holding out because my living situation is a little too impractical for a wheel right now. I don't know how long I'll stick to that, but my spindle is working out fine for me for now. I just finished my first proper skein and I can't wait to show it off tomorrow on Fiber Friday!

Thanks again for checking this out and for being such awesome spinners that I wanted to try in the first place!

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26  Re: Crazed Kitten amigurumi in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by 100Bean on: July 26, 2006 05:27:42 AM
Hi again! I decided to just give this kitten a go with some blue (yup, blue, I don't really know why) velour yarn that I had, and he came out alright. I think it would go better with yarn more like what was actually listed on the pattern - the velour is kind of stretchy and that made some of the pieces go a bit wonky on stuffing. And I couldn't figure out how to sew on the back legs right. And trying to get his face cute nearly made me crazy. Smiley So he's not perfect, but I'm pretty pleased, especially since he's only my second amigurumi! Thank you so much for such a wonderful pattern, PureEva!!!

Here he is (the blue is actually quite a bit brighter in person):

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27  Re: Amineko (amigurumi cat) Crochetalong Anyone? in Crochetalongs by 100Bean on: July 10, 2006 09:01:21 AM
Hi again! Thanks to the help I got from you guys, I finished my (first) amineko man yesterday. I love him SO much - I want to just carry him around the house by his tiny little paw all day long. This is the first amigurumi I've done - I can see a little army of them in my future. Smiley

Anyway, this little man likes to read quietly on the bookshelf where he lives now. He especially likes literature from the 50s and 60s - here he is posing with some of his favorite books. He doesn't always really understand them, but he doesn't like to let on. His name is Allie, after Holden Caulfield's brother in "Catcher In The Rye". (Yes, I majored in literature at university. And I'm a dork.)

The green is pretty much accurate, but the yellow isn't that neon looking in real life. I couldn't find any plastic pellets round these parts, so I used some beads that I knew I'd never use - pony beads in his bum and seed beads (but kind of big ones, I don't know anything about bead sizes) for all of his paws.

Thanks again for the help!
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28  ENTER THE MONKEY. (img heavy) in CHALLENGE 13 ENTRIES by 100Bean on: July 06, 2006 05:21:25 AM

Who's more admirable than Bruce Lee?! He was talented, smart, creative, groundbreaking, and impossibly handsome, if you ask me. He's an icon and deservedly so. So I bring you Bruce Lee Monkey, as seen in the famous final fight scene from "Enter The Dragon", ready to defeat Han who has scratched poor Bruce all up with his evil knife-hand.

     He's really angry, because Han has offended his family and offended the Shaolin Temple.

     And this is right before he kills that traitor Han with his bare hands.

     Here's some back and detail photos:

Bruce Lee Monkey is made from a pair of plain greyish-brownish socks - I could've tried to match the incredible tan Bruce Lee has in the movie, but I wanted to make sure the embroidered scratches were visible. He has twisted wire through pretty much all of his body so that he can stand freely and be posed in ass-kicking stances without having to worry about tipping over and stuff. The wire is looped at the ends so that it can't poke through his hands and feet and tail. (I had already stuffed him when my brother helped me work that out, so he had to be unstuffed and restuffed all over again.) His pants are made from some fabric I had in my cupboard even though I had NO idea how to make tiny pants and just made them up as I went. They have a tail-hole and close with a tiny snap button above the tail. His socks are from a pair of mine that I sacrificed and his shoes are felt. He has yarn hair and felt eyebrows and I watched the fight scene about a thousand times to get the exact placement and number of all the scratches.

It may not seem like it, but this guy was pretty tricky for me. I've only ever made one sock monkey before, so it's still new. I've never made anything with tiny clothes and I now have much respect for any of you guys who make doll clothes. I can't even sew human-sized clothes that well. The shoes took forever because I just couldn't figure out what I was doing and I spent all of yesterday evening / night putting in his hair and cutting it. I had no idea how involved he would be when I started, but i LOVE him, so it was totally worth it. I'm so glad I managed to finish just in the nick of time for this challenge!

I hope you all like him (and you better not offend him or anything because he could crush you with his tail. Smiley  )

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29  Lookee how pretty my first Sublime Stitching projects came out! (IMG HEAVY) in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by 100Bean on: May 01, 2006 05:09:06 AM
Hello everyone - this is my first post in the embroidery section here, and my first embroidery projects in about 12 years. My mom taught me the basics when I was younger and I did it for a while, but I stopped when I was around 14. The Sublime Stitching patterns made me want to try again, because they're just so darn beautiful. I actually remembered more than I thought, so I re-picked up the basic stitches pretty quickly. I'm too scared to try anything more complicated right now, but I'm very pleased with how I'm doing so far!

This is my very first small project, from the Stitch It Kit:

And here's a set of pillowcases that I made for my friend, for a personal swap we did, using the palm trees from the Stitch It Kit and the torches from the Tiki pattern set. She and I share a love for anything tiki-related, so I did much internet research and the phrases are supposed to be the closest thing to 'Good Morning' and 'Good Night' in Hawaiian. I trusted my research, so if you know better and they actually say something really stupid or rude, please don't tell me. Smiley

I used the floss from the Stitch It Kit for both projects, but they didn't come out bright enough in the pictures, so just imagine them a bit more vibrant. There's more pictures on my Photobucket account, but I didn't want to clog up Craftster with even more, so here's the links if you want to see more detail:


Thanks for looking! My next projects will be some hankies with Mexican wrestlers for my brother and a Country Cool pillowcase for myself. I can't believe I forgot how awesome embroidery is!

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30  How much yarn will I need for a small blanket? (Updated with pic of Happy Dog!) in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by 100Bean on: March 28, 2006 04:22:01 AM
Hello everybody - I'm pretty new to Craftster and everyone was so wonderful and helpful on my first post/question, I thought I'd ask this one, too.

I've just learned to crochet (I started about 2 weeks ago) and I'm itching to make something real, and move past the making-swatches-of-newly-learned-stitches phase. So, I decided to make a baby-sized blanket for the family dog, Winston. (He's a Jack Russell, so baby blankets are the perfect size for him.) My grandmother used to crochet and we have a few afghans that she made, and he is <i>obsessed</i> with them. If you move them, he follows you all over the house and lays on them the second you put them down. It's kind of weird, but very sweet. I thought a good beginner project would be to make a big granny square and somehow let him pick his own colors. Smiley

So here's my question: Since I don't need a pattern to make a big granny square, I have no idea how much yarn I should buy to make a blanket big enough for him. Can anyone give me an estimate of how much yarn it would take to make Winston's blanket? (I'm sure he'd be very grateful, he's nice that way.)


edit: I finished this blanket about a week after I asked these questions, but I just recently downloaded all the photos from my camera. I thought someone might like to see what came out of the help you guys gave me. Winston loves the blanket - he climbs on it before it's even fully laid down so that no one else can get it. Smiley

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