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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Enable me, or stop me from buying a wheel! on: December 23, 2006 10:21:02 AM
OK, so back in the day, I used to spin.  I had an Ashford Traditional and I even made yarn with it!  I started a spinning list on that there innernets (Spinfree) and had all the equipment, carders, combs, roving, you name it.

Then this kind of life disaster hit, and I sold almost everything for rent money, and sort of went into a funk for a while and didn't do any fiber arts.  Shocked

Well, earlier this year, I broke my foot and the end result was me sitting around with nothing to do.  I started knitting again, and unlike the last time I was a knitter, I'm actually finishing stuff.  And now I really, really want to spin again.

I still have a few drop spindles, but I honestly haven't got the patience to use them while fighting off my cats.  I always preferred wheel spinning anyway, as I am an instant gratification kind of girl.

SO.  Today I am selling my weaving loom (hate warping).  Result: some money.  Options:

A. Purchase a Kromski Minstrel wheel, unfinished; have DF, who is good with finishing and whatnot, put a finish on it and assemble it for me.  Spin spin spin.  Happy!

B. Maintain adult sensibility; take money and place in savings account for upcoming move to another state, possibly without a job, and also for upcoming wedding in Hawaii.

Clearly the responsible option is B, but oh, I want to spin again.  And I haven't found a used wheel that meets my needs and budget (double treadle to hopefully accomodate still-healing foot, castle type wheel for space reasons, PRETTY  Kiss)

Any opinions are welcome.  Oh, yes.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Trivial FOs: IK headband, Knucks, and a hat (with pics) on: December 08, 2006 02:46:14 PM
OK, so I've got all these big projects started and all I've managed to finish lately are small projects.  First we have the hat I made for my fiance; it's just a k2p2 rib made out of Lopi, so it knit up in a few hours.  And yes, I know the beard is out of control...

My Knucks, from Knitty, so I can be like all the cool kids!  I am getting really tired of people asking me why I didn't put "HATE" on the other one, though... next pair I'm writing "F*CK YEAH" on to avoid this situation.  I think the yarn is Patons or something - stash from years ago and I lost the ball band.  It's definitely got wool in it, though.

And finally, the arrowhead lace headband from a free pattern on Interweave Knits' site.  I made at least a few errors and I didn't bother blocking it - I figured it'll block itself from being on my head long enough.  Made with a tiny bit of Lion Wool-Ease, 'cause it was around and cheap.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Holes in my crochet on: December 05, 2006 09:28:20 AM
So the first yarn art I learned, way back in the day, was crochet.  And I think I was good at it... either that or I was six years old and didn't especially care what it looked like.  I abandonded crochet in favor of spinning, then knitting, and now I want to make amigurumi so I can be cool like everyone else.  (Actually, I just think they're super-cute.)

So I got a pattern, and I finally figured out how to start and get things going in a spiral.  But the problem is that I've got these... gaps.  I don't know if it's a tension issue, or if perhaps I'm crocheting into the wrong part of the chain, or just the fact that I'm generally clueless.  If anyone can help, I'd be eternally grateful (I'm trying to make an amigurumi something for my fiance to take home over the holidays).

I am bad at explaining, so I posted pictures and tried to describe better what I was doing here:
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