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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Fulled Yarn? on: August 13, 2008 08:52:14 PM
I was wondering if anyone could explain to me how to create a fulled yarn/how that kind of yarn behaves. I kind of assumed that fulling a yarn might make a single stronger since the fibers are all felting together. Is that right? Also, I was wondering if it's possible to full a yarn that's predominantly wool but has some sparkly bits in it. Thanks!
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Newbie question! on: July 17, 2008 05:56:24 PM
I've been having trouble with taking my yarn off of my spindle - the ends just untwist themselves. Am I putting too much twist in the yarn? Too little? Is there some step that I'm just totally missing? Or is this just something that always happens?
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Stopping? on: July 09, 2008 11:27:26 PM
Ok, so I feel like this is a dumb question, but on a drop spindle if I'm in the middle of spinning some roving and I want to stop and set it down for a while, is there an easy way to set it up so the twist doesn't run amok? Thanks!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / From my stash round two? on: June 04, 2008 05:02:51 PM
Would anyone be interested in a swap based on stashbusting? I was in the From My Stash Swap over the fall and it was quite fun. I'd love to organize a similar swap if anyone is interested.

These are the links for the original swap and the gallery:
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Tiffany on: April 16, 2008 02:32:35 PM
So a while back, I made Knitty's Tiffany with a matching scarf for my aunt

For the scarf I used the blue and then shot it through with all the other colors in the mittens

Everything is in an alpaca/wool blend from Berrocco
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Excitement from start to finish! (Well, mostly at the finish) on: January 09, 2008 05:55:53 PM
So for a friend's birthday, I made my first foray into the land of felting and it was definitely fun. I used O Wool from yarncountry.com (apparently it's organic). I had planned on machine felting like a normal person but the strap kept twisting around the bag and I saw it ending badly so I called upon all the pent up aggression that as a high school student, I am blessed with and switched to the plunger and bucket from this fall's Knitty.

Speaking of that strap, it was originally twice as long, but I cut it in half and looped it back so it wouldn't be ungainly, hence the buttons to hide my messymessy sewing.

Mom: What's the idea behind the really long strap?
Me: Um, I thought it would shrink more...
Mom: *snort*

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My Small and Fruity Army on: January 02, 2008 12:53:14 PM
For the holla-days I wanted to knit small things for all of my friends so I made a bunch of peachcake's ( http://pcakeknits.blogspot.com/ ) fruit stuffies to give out. I tried to give them all different faces, but I also had only one shot to make things not blobby so I ended up repeating the trusty smiley is a lot, although in hindsight I wish I had done more pirate fruits. Also, it got cut off but the surprised looking pear's stem is standing straight up.

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sleep. Eat. Knit. on: December 28, 2007 08:53:12 PM
For my aunt this Christmas, I made spillyjane's excellent Sea Mineral Mittens and a matching scarf and it got pretty down to the wire (wrapping at 12:30 am on the 25th) but I'm very happy with the finished product. Since this was technically a collaboration with my dad, they're knit in the extremely luxurious Alpaca With A Twist Fino, doubled over since it's laceweight. I took some liberties with the pattern, the finger decreases switch to single row stripes of blue and grey, the thumbs are also single row stripes, except for the tips which are solid blue. Also, instead of light grey, I used a light green. My apologies for the craptacular phonecam pictures, I left my good camera at the house where we only celebrate Hannukah.

The scarf is a knit/k2tog, y/o motif with stripe lengths and color combos decided by random number generator. It was two strands of the doubled over laceweight held together.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / The Scarf That Very Nearly Killed Me on: October 14, 2007 08:55:10 PM
I love my boyfriend dearly and he is totally worth it, but this scarf was a seven foot long stranded nightmare! Yes, seven feet long. I used the wave chart from Knitty's Swell and Knitpicks Wool of the Andes. The fringe is a looped strand in every half stitch at the bottom. This was also the first project I ever wet blocked and I'm very proud of it.

And behold my state of the art blocking system:

I used old bookshelves with the handy dandy rows of predrilled holes the perfect width apart...and a shoebox cover because there weren't any boards small enough to fit three in my room.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Me + Stranded Knitting = BFFs (Adult language) on: September 27, 2007 04:49:22 PM
These are two birthday presents for friends of mine:

This is a bag, before weaving in ends, etc. the text says "Suck it bitches" with some vertical lines between start and finish. The lines were meant to be a checkerboard pattern but I kinda messed that up. The pattern around the top didn't photograph well, but they're upside down hearts.

This is a scarf for a friend who is a history buff, the quote is from William Clark of Lewis&ClarkTM upon very nearly reaching the Pacific Ocean complete with waky nineteenth centure misspellings (sp?) and punctuation. The words are chenille knit seperately and then stitched onto the wool scarf. The part with no letters is two strands together where I used blues left over from various other projects in an effort to make it look ocean-y.

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