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1  Re: Looking for a first spinning wheel. in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by sammy on: February 24, 2013 05:10:02 PM
I bought an Ashford Kiwi II from the Woolery (http://www.woolery.com/Store/pc/Ashford-Kiwi-c104.htm) about a month ago.  And I love it.  It definitely isn't the most expensive wheel out there, but at close to $400, I wouldn't call it cheap, either!  However, by delaying my purchase a couple months (to save more $$ each month) and asking for "donations for a spinning wheel" instead of presents for Christmas, it was within my reach. 

It is a fantastic wheel.  It's smaller and lighter than I thought it would be (which is a good thing!).  It came un-assembled, and the hardest part was waiting for the antique oil I finished the wood with to dry.  I found the assembly instructions very easy to follow, and it came with a "Learn to Spin on an Ashford Wheel" booklet (very nice-- full color, glossy photographs!), and a copy of "the Wheel: Ashford's Fibrecraft Magazine."  It also comes with a threading hook, a built-in Lazy Kate, and THREE bobbins.  I opted for the Free Mini Beginner's Spinning Kit (see the link above), which included 1/2 lb (I think, I didn't weigh it...) of really soft wool roving and a Kromsky niddy noddy. 

I'm no expert, but I also liked that, for the price, I got a double treadle and a sliding hook flyer. 

I really feel like I got my money's worth.  And I was spinning within five minutes of putting it together.  My boyfriend took pictures of this, but you won't get to see them, since my mouth is open in absolute awe and joy in all of the. lol.

You can see pictures of it spread out on the floor in pieces, and of the third skein I spun on it!

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2  Alpaca + Food Coloring in Dyeing: Completed Projects by sammy on: September 22, 2012 02:50:01 PM
A couple of weeks ago, I played around with dying some of my hand spun alpaca with regular ol' food dye.  The colors are not exactly what I wanted, but I'm pretty impressed with the results, given the dye was only a couple dollars.

There are a few more pictures on my blog, if anyone is interested: http://tengocrafty.blogspot.com/2012/09/fluorescent-gryffindor-experiment-in.html
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3  Another take on DIY pet litter! in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by sammy on: April 30, 2010 03:45:33 AM
I was trying to make paper mache pulp a few months back and realized that with a bit of manipulation (ie- squeezing it in my hands to drain the water), it looks a lot like Carefresh and it works like Carefresh!  Although my primary set up is a grate over wood pellets in a litter box, I like to think that my rabbits appreciate a layer of the softer litter on top of the grate.  Added bonus-  it's compostable!

The tutorial, with, pictures, is on my blog---> http://tengocrafty.blogspot.com/2010/04/diy-small-animal-litter.html

And comments, test-runs, reviews, suggestions, questions would be welcome and can be left either on the blog or as a reply to this post.  
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4  Quilt-esque attempt in Quilting: Completed Projects by sammy on: April 17, 2010 06:36:49 PM
My mom-mom has been quilting for a while now; she's part of a quilting group that each does one or a few squares per person and then assembles the finished product and raffles it off for charity.  Having recently exorcised my sewing machine (who knew that tension issues could be so *!#% frustrating!), I need a quick project that would satiate my long repressed sewing urge.  I'm not even sure if this is really quilting, I basically just straight stitched random patches of fabric together and then sewed it into a pillowcase. Holy crap though, is that fun!

I am planning on making a sewing machine cover in this fashion, since the crappy one that came with the machine is starting to wear out.
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5  Painted Paper Peeps! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sammy on: March 12, 2010 07:02:10 AM
(Hooray for alliteration!)

In a fit of cabin fever, I made these birds a few weeks ago during one of the snowstorms that walloped the east coast.  They were pretty easy to make, the hardest part was waiting for the glue to dry in between layers, but it was worth it to have something bright, cheerful, and reminiscent of spring perched in my kitchen even though it was cold and gray outside. I took pictures of the process and posted a tutorial on my brand new and already neglected blog: http://tengocrafty.blogspot.com/2010/03/paper-mache-peeps.html.  =D

I know they look pretty rough (it's my first time doing paper mache since middle school!), but I think I like that.
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6  pimpin' pinstripes. in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by sammy on: June 07, 2007 03:06:36 PM
I'm a skill-newbie to the sewing machine, so these are *very* simple to make.  The fabric make the pieces awesome (the photos do them no justice!).

My camera ate half of the first photo.  I hope it doesn't acquire an appetite for things like that, it's really annoying!

These are not! granny-panties, although the photo is misleading.  They are more of an extremely low-rise bikini cut, hence the lack of an action shot.

And one more of the top that slightly better shows off my split ends and the scrunching at the top (&a sour looking me and a messy room, excuse both, lol)
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7  grunge/embellished jeans! & mini tut in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sammy on: January 21, 2006 07:18:21 PM
textile marker/sharpie
brown shoe polish

Make holes by scraping the jeans with knife. (or cheese grate, sandpaper, etc.)
Draw design on with textile markers and sharpie.
Cut the very edge of the top of the pocket off. (and I mean just a sliver.) Scrape edges with knife to fray.
Destroy the bottom of the pant leg naturally because the pants are looooong. =D
Apply shoe polish with a damp sponge.





Tada!  They haven't been washed yet so I don't know how much they'll change.
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8  eyelash and lime green = one cool scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by sammy on: February 26, 2005 07:40:41 AM
I started knitting this scarf for one of my best friends sometime before Christmas.  Halfway through I ran out of yarn and money; just yesterday I managed to finish it...

I'm very pleased with the way it turned out.  The colors are more vibrant than they look in the picture-- the green is very lime colored.  The only problem with it is... my friend and I got into an argument and haven't spoken for nearly two weeks so it's going to be interesting when I give it to her.
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9  simple knitted hats. in Knitting: Completed Projects by sammy on: February 18, 2005 03:42:18 PM
Just 'round and 'round the circulars. ^_^ Baby blue eyelash and a slightly darker blue "normal" yarn for warmth.  It would have been super quick to knit up if I hadn't had to tear half of it out because I started decreasing stiches too soon. 

And another hat for my friend Ben.  It is obviously not my size, lol.  Not as fun as working with eyelash and those fancy yarns, either.

Sorry for the blur, but I figure it's such a simple hat ( 2x2 ribbing for the bottom and the rest just 'round and 'round the circulars again) that a re-take wasn't needed.
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10  HOSA Tee to HOSA Halter (now with tutorial!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sammy on: April 27, 2004 06:37:48 AM
Okay, where did that bulge on the left side come from?  I guess that'll have to be fixed.  Embarrassed
And a back view.

Not too bad for my first completed project.   Is anyone else here going to HOSA nationals in June?

****New Tutorial.  I didn't have a game plan when I went along and I think the tutorial reflects that. Sorry, but you get the general idea, right?*****
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