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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / A Witch and Mitosis Embroidery Quilts on: August 24, 2011 08:29:54 PM
Hi!  Smiley  I used to be very active on Craftster, but got distracted for a couple years.  Here goes my first post in ages...

This summer, I started to get interested in embroidery.  My mom is a quilter, so she convinced me to make them into quilts.  They're perfect for the walls of my new apartment.

The first one is a witch that I got from The Google.  I used crayon tinting to color her in and was slightly worried that it would ruin it.  But it didn't!  From start to finish, it took about four days.

The second is from TheFlossBox (http://www.etsy.com/shop/Theflossbox) and it both diagrams and defines mitosis.  I have a special place in my geeky heart for this process of cell division, so this pattern was perfect.  It took about five days to finish it.

It looks like I got this picture before ironing! 

Thanks for looking!
2  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / I Want Candy Scarf (My first woven!) on: March 13, 2008 03:26:35 PM
Knitting led to spinning and I realized it would soon lead to weaving.  And it did!  I just bought a 24" Beka Rigid Heddle Loom that came in the mail Tuesday.  After struggling with the vague instructions with weird/unintelligible illustrations, I finally figured it out.  It would be much easier to have a person teach me, but my aunt (a weaver) lives two states away, so no go.


"I Want Candy" Scarf, made with yarn dyed by marion on Etsy and spun by me.
Rolled up:

The two ends.  See how I got better by the end? (the left side was where I started):

A shot of the whole scarf.  It is only 50" long or so:

Thanks for looking!  I'm going to weave up the other skein into a longer scarf.  Any tips on warping without a warping board?  I used two kitchen chairs for this one.
3  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Thinking about buying a Beka Loom... Advice? on: February 28, 2008 08:33:31 PM
I saw that Star217 had a 10" Beka and looked it up.  It's inexpensive, so that's what draws me to it.  Then I saw Beka has a 24" loom that is only about $130.  Tempting! Can any of you Beka-owners add your thoughts? 

I'm thinking that it would be better to see if I will stick with weaving before spending a ton of money on a bigger fancier loom.

(I found this site http://www.woolery.com/Pages/rigidheddle.html#beka)

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / DNA Tanktop (Geek Alert!) on: December 21, 2007 09:00:46 AM
Ok, so I am kind of a geek.  Well, a major geek, actually.  I knitted this to show the level of my geekitude.  This was my first ever garment, even though I have been knitting for about three years.  It took me all summer to finish because it had three different charts to read at the same time for the front. 

My goal was to finish it in time for the new school year, and I was actually able to.  A marathon of Futurama really helped!  The yarn is 60% cotton, so it's not too warm to wear here in California.

Pattern: http://squeakyweasels.blogspot.com/2006/05/protopretty-dna-sweater-shell.html
Yarn: Valley Yarns Longmeadow (in Purple)

It is a little short, though I always wear something under it anyway (a little too lacey to wear it solo). 

What do you guys think?
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Advice for Selling at a Booth? on: September 08, 2007 12:41:36 PM
In a week I'm going to be selling my handspun at a booth.  It isn't a craft fair, exactly, more like a historical days thing my city has once a year.  I'm quite nervous about it and whether I will sell anything.  The local quilt guild is selling there, so I know I won't be the only craft seller.     
I was wondering if any of you had advice for selling at a booth.  Good ways to arrange, catch people's eyes, etc.
<3 Thanks!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Gryffindor Bag - It's lined! on: August 17, 2007 08:40:48 PM
I knit this for The Everything Harry Potter Swap.  My partner has received so I can post this now.
Yarn: Woolease
Needles: US 7
Chart from http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/charts/lionchart.htm

I wasn't sure it was going to turn out but after blocking - wow!
The bag is entirely lined, and I even added lining to the handle (which is crocheted for thickness).

Hope you like it!
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Oiling a Louet- Yes or No? on: August 13, 2007 02:48:32 PM
Okay, I'm a little sheepish (an unintentional pun, seriously) to ask about this since I've had a Louet so long...

Do you oil a Louet?  I have had one since last winter and was under the impression that you do.  But I saw things that say "No oiling!" in regard to a Louet. 

Since a few of you have Louets too, I was wondering whether you oil yours or not.  And if so, where do you oil it?

Thanks in advance,
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Experimenting With Rainbows on: June 17, 2007 07:34:19 PM
I work mainly with colors that are alike (blues, purples, etc.) but I wanted to do something with a lot of colors.  Like all the colors of the rainbow.

I started with two singles.  One is all blues and purples and the other is reds, oranges, yellows, and greens (that one reminded me of a salad, for some reason).

Plied together they became this:
244 yards, not quite a worsted weight


I enjoyed watching the different color combos as I plied.  Gotta try this again soon!  What do you all think?
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / 7 Skeins of Yarn - Obsessed? Me? on: September 30, 2006 09:35:58 PM
I bought about a pound of colored merino and spun all this up within about four days.  More expensive than I usually spend, but the colors are so vibrant.  Now, the Yarn:

^ Punky Fairy, 2 ply merino.  Normally pink isn't my thing, but really like this <3

Midnight twist, 1 ply merino.  If you look you can see that a dark purple and dark blue are  twisted together.

Mermaid, Boucle domestic wool

Grape Candy, 2 ply merino.

Coils!  Wish I could do more of this, but I desperately need the jumbo flyer. (unless I do tiny coils, but I don't have that much patience)

Chocolate Candy, 1 ply merino

Black Ice, 1 ply.  Not a fan of this one... don't know why.

Thanks for looking!  I have been dying a lot of roving, so I will be spinning a lot more.
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Ashford Jumbo Flyer Question on: September 23, 2006 01:59:35 PM
I have a Ashford Kit Kraft spinning wheel.  I want to spin bulky yarns and just larger amounts of yarn, so I'm thinking of getting a Jumbo Flyer that they sell.
My question is would it work with my wheel?  Ashford doesn't produce the Kit Kraft any more, so I don't know if it would fit.

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