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1  Re: FOC Wist Swap! Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by jrain on: August 09, 2010 09:02:19 AM
Get your wisting fingers ready because I received the most amazing swap package from Annchen! Cheesy

She crocheted me the most fabulous rainbow star blanket, inspired by the star baby blanket and various other blankets on my wist.

Close up to show her impeccable crocheting skills and the gorgeous colours she used to make the blanket.

Thank you so much, Annchen! Cheesy
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2  Re: Fiber Friday Funness!!! August 6, 2010 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jrain on: August 06, 2010 10:22:11 AM
Mmm, those look delicious! Cheesy

I don't have anything finished to show off this week but I have been playing with a new spindle and fibre from the fibreholics sample box that I received today which happens to match the spindle perfectly! Here is my WIP shot:

The fibre is 100% corriedale top. I am hoping to spin this together with some of the other, coordinating fibre samples I received and ply with some solid lilac or pale blue top. Might take me a while, though!
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3  Re: FOC Wist Swap! Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by jrain on: August 05, 2010 03:29:55 PM
Annchen is having some problems posting her photos at the moment so here are the ones I took of her package before sending.

I made a bagsket that was on her wist for use as a knitting bag. I pieced coordinating purple fabrics together for the top and gave it a matching purple drawstring.

The lining matches one of the outside fabrics and has lots of pockets. They are different sizes to hold various knitting accoutrements including one that is the perfect size to hold a pen for marking patterns!

I saw these stitchmarkers on her wist and just had to make a set when I found an exact match for the beads! They have large clasps so they can be used for both crochet as well as small knitting on smaller needles.

Finally I included a pair of yarn ball earrings based on these ones by phoenixfiredesigns that she had wisted.
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4  Fiber Friday July 30, 2010 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jrain on: July 30, 2010 05:26:04 AM
I've been working on this one on and off for what feels like forever so I'm happy to finally be able to show it off! Cheesy

Three different shades of green fibre that I got in a botany lap waste bag from world of wool. I believe that they are all merino. It ended up as 73g and 119m, Navajo plied, approximately DK weight. The colour changes are abrupt as I just switched between the different colours as I was spinning so it should produce distinct stripes when knitted up. I spun it while I was away visiting family so I got to educate a few people about the joys of spinning! Wink

What squishy goodness does everyone else have to show off this week?
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5  Re: fiber friday June 18, 2010 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jrain on: June 18, 2010 10:49:45 AM
Mmm, yummy colours. I think it looks great! Cheesy

I haven't had much spinning time this week but I did spin up the last of my starlight BFL from a few weeks ago. I used the rest of the fibre for my first spinning attempts and this looks a heck of a lot different!

It was my first attempt at navajo plying with my drop spindle and it came out pretty well, I think. It's only about 30m long but good things come in small packages, right?! Wink
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6  Re: fiber friday June 11, 2010 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jrain on: June 12, 2010 05:15:02 AM
Everyone's yarns this week look fantastic! I agree with Azzarath, send them all to me! Wink

This week I have spun my first ever plied yarn!

It is 3-ply merino: my custard/ice cream merino from last week as well as some lovely powder blue and lilac merino. It is just over 100m and really squishy. I've been carrying it around and showing it to anyone who will look! Cheesy I'm not sure what to call it - any suggestions?
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7  Fiber Friday June 4, 2010 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jrain on: June 04, 2010 02:49:34 PM
I haven't had time to do much spinning this week so this yarn is a work-in-progress.

Spun from a beautiful honey-coloured merino to approximately laceweight, 5p coin for size reference. It isn't perfect but it is definitely my most consistent yarn to date. I have some lilac and pale blue merino that I plan to spin to the same weight and ply with it. Fingers crossed that my first attempt at plying will be successful and I will soon have some stripy yarn! Cheesy

What does everyone else have to show off this week?
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8  Fiber Friday May 28, 2010 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jrain on: May 28, 2010 11:51:05 AM
Whee, I get to start this week! Cheesy

This is my first batch of handspun that is actually long enough to consider knitting with!

100g of Corriedale, 98 metre single. I have named it Highlighter for obvious reasons! I cannot wait to start knitting with it.

What does everyone else have this week?
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9  Re: Fiber Friday May 21 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jrain on: May 22, 2010 06:58:49 AM
The yarns look lovely! Cheesy I am new to spinning to I haven't had a go at plying yet but I think it is in my near future.

I'm a bit late, but here's the 100% BFL single I have been spinning:

It's off the spindle now but I was playing around with my camera settings at the time and thought that photo came out nicely!  Wink
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10  Re: Fiber Friday-May 14,2010 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jrain on: May 14, 2010 08:16:54 AM
This is my first every fibre Friday! Grin

My first ever handspun yarn, spun using a drop spindle. It is very inconsistent but I love it to pieces!

Second attempt - more consistent than the first with fewer fluffy, unspun sections.

Third attempt on my brand new niddy noddy! The yarn was an awful lot better this time around. I'm starting to get the hang of it, I think. Wink

The braid I started off with. 100% BFL in colour-way Starlight from easyknits.co.uk.

I'm having great fun and have just received some more fibre in the post so I can have a bit more colour variation! Cheesy
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