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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Dyed cashmere on: March 19, 2007 05:02:20 PM
These are 60%cashmere and 40% merino yarn that I have and dyed for future projects requested by friends/family:

This one I may keep for myself:

There are a few more pics on my blog and on my flickr in this set.

Thanks for looking!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Amazon Shipping & Secret Swaps on: March 17, 2007 10:20:31 AM
I was wondering whether your idenity would be revealed in a secret swap even if you sent the item as a gift through Amazon.  No one I know knew the answer, so I asked Amazon.  So even if you don't put your name on the gift note, the recipient will still know your name and billing address.

Just thought some of you would be interested to know.  The exact response from Amazon is on my blog. 
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Labeling fabric organizers with transfers on: February 20, 2007 02:03:09 PM
I've made some fabric organizers/totes and needle rolls for knitting.  I want to label them with transfers.  I've only tried transfers one like a hundred years ago. Can anyone answer for me...

1. What's the best transfer to use if I my image to transfer (numbers in this case) will be tiny pieces, like about 0.5" square.

2. I know most of the transfer papers are for injet and copiers. Can I get the same effect on a laser printer?

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My First Sock Adventure on: February 17, 2007 11:30:39 AM
I had a terrible time doing this, but it was for hubby so I perservered.  The first 2-3 patterns I tried to follow were really weird or WRONG (and it wasn't just me -- I checked with many sock knitters.)  

Despite all the drama knitting this, I am happy with the results and most importantly, hubby likes them.  Smiley

Yarn MC: KnitPicks Swish Bare, which I dyed.
Yarn CC: KnitPicks Swish Coast Grey


5  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Umm, i went a little dye crazy on: December 05, 2006 10:26:54 PM
I did a craft fair recently and these are just a select portion of the stuff I dyed/painted. I did 98% of the dyeing (including some cottons - no pictured yet) in 2 weekends. The reskeining was a total bitch and made my arms/shoulder hurt after a while.  Undecided Then when i got tired of borrowing a 2nd swift from a friend who needed hers too, I went to the hardware store and built me another one. The time spent making a 2nd swift actually saved me lots of time overall.  Yeah, I didn't get much sleep.  **edit: I fixed the image problem





6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I made a Teeeeny Tiny bikini!! on: November 17, 2006 07:00:52 AM
My friend and I collaboratively designed and knit this bikini, which was on the cover of a local weekly magazine last week. We're really excited, we wanted to share (ok, a little shameless plug too!) Grin We got the measurements for the model and started knitting away. I made the top, she made the bottom. The whole time, I kept thinking that there was no way the bikini would fit her, because the last time I fit into something that tiny, I about 10 years old!!!

pic from the article
The article was in print and there was also an online version. See the article and our bio.  Our friend Zona took the picture of us on the trampoline. Poor Aubrey had bunch o' yarn barf to clean up after the pix. Thanks for looking!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / "Kimono" Tote Bag on: July 21, 2006 07:41:45 PM
I made this giant tote bag about 1 month ago as a gift for someone. My own pattern & idea -- made it so it resembles a Japanese Kimono and so that each side looks like a different bag. The back side is made from a felted sweater, as are the flower and petals.  The "obi" wraps around the entire circumference of the bag and actual contains many pockets. More pics and description here



 Grin Thanks for looking!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lavender Purse (hand-painted, knitted, felted from recycled yarn) on: May 29, 2006 10:23:48 AM
I made this from a new thrift sweater which I unraveled and then hand-painted the yarns.   Grin If you want to see more pictures of the purse and the process,  I still haven't decided what to do with it.  

9  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Frustrated Over Dyeing Stinky Silk! Tips? Advice? on: May 06, 2006 03:45:52 AM
I have tried to dye a beautiful 50% silk and 50% wool blend yarn several times now. I have consulted dye books. I have tired to do it different ways, I've soaked it for 24-48 hours, I have added a wetting agent, but I STILL cannot seem to get the color I want. Not even close! I used ProChem and Dharma Trading dye, both of which can be used (susposedly) to dye silk. And the yarn bleeds! My dismal experiences:  Stinky Silk Woes (scroll down a little) & Stinky Silk Woes, part 2

Has anyone dyed this type of yarn before? Did you have the same problems? Any tips or Advice? 
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Homemade Yarn Swift *** MORE NEW UPDATES *** on: March 31, 2006 05:44:31 PM
Hello!  I have been reading and lurking on crafster for some time now.  I've decided
to come out and share with fellow knitters!

Several months ago, I made my own tabletop yarn swift out of everyday garage
items -- a drill was the only power tool!

Anyhow, I finally started a blog and have posted the instructions of my homemade
swift. I hope you make one too! My swift is portable and I've even brought it several times
at my knitting group meetings for others to use.  


I have a couple of different ways of doing it in a new tutorial on my blog now.  Here's the link: http://www.craftydiversions.com/patterns/homemade_yarn_swift.htm

ALSO, I just entered an Etsy/Instructables contest and thus, I put up the yarn swift in a tutorial on Instructables. Here's that link: http://www.instructables.com/id/ECNWGNBF46DD9H4/

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