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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fibre Friday - 6th March 2009 - First of Spring! on: March 06, 2009 06:12:12 AM
Wow, is it really March already?! The sun is streaming in my front window here. It's fantastic.

In honour of that - this is Spring Has Sprung. It's 50% merino, 25% soya and 25% bamboo. Sooooooo squishy!

This next one is very unusual for me - a single ply of falkland. It's really squishy, and I've managed to do the low-twist thing, so it'll felt really well.

And Finally, this is Duck Egg. It's merino and wensleydale with a little bit of sparkle, spun from a really delicious batt I got from Vampy on etsy.

So...what have you all been up to?
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fibre Friday - 30th January 2009 on: January 30, 2009 12:17:06 AM
Morning all - it's string-from-fluff time!

Here's what I've finished off this week.

This is Tequila Sunrise - I showed you the roving I dyed for it last week. I'm really proud of how squishy it is.

And this is a 3-ply merino/silk blend. It's obscenely soft. It's my first 3-ply using 3 bobbins - in the past I've used centre-pull balls. It's so much easier! But you do end up with a lot of leftovers.

And a little taster of what might be coming next week...

3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fibre Friday - 20th June 2008 on: June 20, 2008 02:07:02 AM
Wow, it's come round quick this week!

Two offerings from me. The first is named after my Dad's old band - Atlantic Blue. I carded together a pale and a deep turquoise to give it some depth.

Weight: 50g
Length: 90m
WPI: 9
Content: 100% Merino

And the other from me this week is Stormy Skies. I was trying to keep it loose and squidgy, but found it impossible to keep that even, so I gave up trying! It's only a little bit but it's lovely to play with!

Weight: 15g
Length: 13m
WPI: 5
Content: 100% Merino

Ooooh, midnight edit! There's a wee bit more from me - I've just plied this up. This is some lush royal blue wool blended with bamboo and the colours pop out as Ravenclaw house colours, so I've named it Rowena.

Weight: 70g
Length: 71m
WPI: 8
Content: 80% wool, 20% bamboo

4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fibre Friday - 6th June 2008 on: June 06, 2008 04:07:37 AM
Yup, a Brit. Which means not only that I spell fibre with an -re, but also that it's midday Friday here already!

First off, this is Fizzy Vimto.

It's 188 yards and 22wpi of scrummy squidgy merino. It was on my spindle for what seemed like forever, but I'm super proud of it.

After that, I was in need of some instant gratification! This is Frou-frou.

It's only 30g and 43m, but it's so fun. Wensleydale locks plied with some quilting thread.

And then a wee bit more Blueberry muffin.

There's 234m of this now. Whatever it becomes is gonna be magic. Not sure what that'll be though.
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Getting in a tangle with some lovely handspun on: April 04, 2008 09:10:20 AM
Hi guys - I was wondering if you could help.

I bought some really beautiful handspun yarn on holiday, and I can't wait to work with it. the problem is, I can't wind it without getting it all tangled.

The way it's come into my hands it's in a big loop - like it's been wound aruond and around a big huge tube and then taken off. Laid out it looks pretty much like astormorray's lovely blue stuff in today's fiber friday (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=237818.0)

What do I do with it to get it neatly from that state into a nicely wound ball? Help!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cable-doodled headband on: March 03, 2008 12:39:50 PM
I think I've discovered a new sport. Cable-doodling. Start with 4 cables and just wiggle them about at random through a piece. I started this with absolutely no plans at all and practically no cabling experience. I was aiming for a pretty random look and I love the way it's turned out.

I started about this time yesterday and finished about 2 hours ago.

the yarn is some really scrummy handspun from mandalinn on etsy. (http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=7494492).

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Owl invasion skirt on: February 20, 2008 04:37:14 AM

Woohoo! All finished!

I had a day off work yesterday, so I glued my pins to my hands and worked like a demon! I'm so so happy with it. I did go for the i-cord in the waist, using the same yarn as for the owls and I love the way that's come out.

So, my firsts were:

1) It's a skirt
2) It's a skirt I designed myself
3) It uses coloured cabled sections
4) I did the seams properly
5) I used i-cord

And here it is in all its glory! Lots of pics here, so I've reduced all the others to thumbnails.

400 points to anyone who can spot where these photos are taken.

Also featuring: my owl gloves, my owl shoes and my owl bag. Oh, yes. Owlie Kate they call me.

Anyway, I just love it. It's just the right length on me, I love the way it hangs and moves (it usually hangs straight down - it's super-windy here today) and it just feels so right. Yumyum.

And finally, this is my beautiful cat, Sabbath, claiming the skirt for his own.


This is the first knitted skirt Ive ever attempted, the third time Ive used anything cable-y (the first was my owly handwarmers, which were originally going to be my entry for this challenge. that post is now here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=223034.0) and the first time Ive brought together cables and intarsia. And because Im super-clever I thought Id just wing it this time and Ive been making up the pattern as I go along. This is also - in terms of the number of stitches and the amount of time it takes to make - by far my biggest ever knitted project.

I started this a few weeks ago, after finishing my owly gloves and wanting to do something else with owls on. I bought the pink yarn last year meaning to make a skirt, but I thought seeing it with owls on would just make my life complete.

The main part of the skirt is being made in four panels, which taper in towards the top. I then plan to join them at the edges and carry on working a ribbed waistband.

At the minute Ive just finished the owly bit on the third panel. Those sixty squillion bobbins are nearly killing me!

Anyway...wanna see some pictures?

The yarn before I started:

and a close-up of that date

The fourmillion bobbins of doom

The first owl to emerge (note the rather stylish peacock-print seventies kaftan I'm sporting here)

And the first finished panel

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Shiny new needles = little boy vest on: February 05, 2008 04:45:18 PM
Ever since I got a pair of metal needles in a kit about 6 months ago I've been looking for somewhere I can get more. Finally I tracked down a Boye stockist in the UK with an online shop.

I now have a dealer who is willing and able to feed my addiction, so I've promised myself a new pair every month until I've replaced my horrible grey plastic *things*.

My first pair are blue 5mm beauties. And they deserved a cute little project to play with. I found this pattern in this month's issue of Let's Knit, which came with a little baby knits supplement. It called for 4.5mm needles and some random yarn which was nothing anything in my LYS, so I plumped for just going by the guage square in the pattern and looking for some yarn that would match that guage on my 5mm needles. I found a few, but plumped for some king cole kwiknit in what i thought was a cute colourway and later realised was the colours of neopolitan ice cream. Ah, well. It also benefits from the ability to withstand a washer and dryer.

So here's the vest's progress in reverse. Photos also featuring the Pins of Joy and my overly-curious moggie, Sabbath.

The pattern was lovely and easy - I would wholly recommend it for a beginner wanting to move on from scarves and suchlike. I's also apparently available in Nursery Days from Paton's.

I know the colours I went for aren't for everyone but I think my new little cousin will look an absolute treat in this with some little baby jeans and a t-shirt! He's quite little and only 6 weeks now and not in proper clothes yet, so I plumped for the 3-6 months size. It'll probably be summer by the time this fits, but the summers aren't particularly warm in this part of the world.

And here's the little man when I saw him just before Christmas...

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Owlie Handwarmers on: January 26, 2008 10:42:34 AM
This project was my first entry into the knitting challenge but i've started a new and better project now in the form of an owlie skirt, so feast your eyeballs on that instead! https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=228720.0

ETA: The original is now up here:

Right, so. I've never knit on circulars before. I've bought them. I've tried to do stuff. I've always ended up just throwing them across the room. And cables? Please! Don't even talk to me about cables.

But then along comes a Magic Yarn Ball swap...I received my package this morning and my partner has totally thrown down the gauntlet. Circulars AND cables. I had been thinking of entering this challenge with a lacy skirt knit on circs. I'd bought the yarn and picked out the lace patterns from my book. But, no. It was not to be. I so wish I could enter twice.

Here's my whole MYB swap package:

Here's a pic of the box it arrived in:

That tracking number is DW083980515GB and if you enter that onto the Royal Mail website it should tell you that the package arrived at 11am this morning. It probably won't tell you that I was about to get into the bath when the doorbell rang and that I had to call down the stairs saying "yeah, I'll be there in a minute, I'm naked right now".

And here I am, 5 rows in...

Update, 21:12, 26th Jan

I'm getting the hand of using the pair of circulars. it's kinda interesting, but I'm not sure that I'm a convert. I reckon I'd be quicker on a pair of straight needles and just stitching up the side after. Though I guess it wouldn't look so good.

I guess I should say also that I had no clue when I started what it is I'm acutally making! I've figured out now that it's a pair of handwarmers but I've no clue what the patch of cabling is going to be.

I totally stuffed up the first row and I've managed once so far to knit with the wrong needle but otherwise...It's going OK.

I've done all the easy bit now and I've just used the cable needle for the first time! It was a total anticlimax - it was so easy! To be fair, I've only done two simple little twists so far but that initial fear is now gone.

Fancy some more in progress pics? Here you go...

Update, 00:44, 27th Jan

Whoops...I think I got a bit carried away. I was too close to finishing to put it down so I just kept going and yay! the first one is finished.

I may have made a mistake (the thumb hole is lower in the pattern) but I'm calling it a subconscious improvement because actually I don't think the fit would be as good with a lower thumb hole. I got distracted waiting for the cable pattern to show me what it was.


Anyone who knows me knows I love owls more than anything ever. I have an owl handbag and I have named the owl on it. He's called Eric. I have an owl coin purse, an owl keyring, an owl calendar...I'm big on owls. I nearly died when I realised it was that amazing owl cable pattern I've seen on Craftster a few times and I've always always wanted to know how to do it.

And look! I've done it!

For the eternally curious, I've documented not only the stages of knitting but also the damage I've managed to do to the index finger on my left hand (it's one of those horrible skin tags and I kept catching it with the yarn over the last 15-20 rows or so), my slightly spaced out 1am face and Bottom on the telly.


Finished and beautious...

10  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Punk It Up Swap - 1 angel FOUND on: January 17, 2008 01:58:26 AM
Hi guys and gals - anyone feeling angelic?

Swap Name: Punk It Up Swap
Original Thread link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=194659.0
Gallery thread link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=204154.0
# of Flakers: 1

Person needing an angel - justapieceofme


Which bands make you want to jump up and down? Pretty much all the old school bands... Ramones, The Clash, Buzzcocks, Sex Pistols, Siouxsie (more 'goth,' in my opinion, but some consider her punk), etc... And, if I may throw in a newer band, Bad Religion! <3
Which punk icons would you not kick out of the pit? Any and all of the above... About the only punk I dislike is Iggy Pop and Billy Idol (gasp!).
How do you define punk? As far as the music, I'll go with Tommy Ramone's "Pure, stripped down, no-bullshit rock n roll". I also think the emphasis on DIY says a lot about the subculture. 
What can you make? I'll give damn near anything a shot... But my primary craft tends to be jewelry making. Lately I've been trying to get into more sewing-related things. Been making a lot of bags and arm warmers.
What kind of items would you like to receive? Again, I'm open to most anything.
Anything you'd flick two fingers at if it turned up at your door? Nothing I can think of. I'm easy to please, really.
Any allergies? Nope.
Anything in your house someone is likely to be allergic to? (Cats etc.) So. Many. Cats. (Six, to be exact.) It is impossible for anything to leave my house without at least a bit of cat hair in/on it.
Anything else your partner needs to know? (Sizes, piercings, sizes of piercings...all that junk): 2xl in t-shirts...24 in pants (not that I think anyone's going to be sending pants o_o but I thought I'd specify). Tongue piercing (14ga), nipple piercing (14ga) and my ears are at 2ga and 00ga (don't ask), heading for a size that has yet to be decided upon.

Tazzell will be angelling for justapieceofme.
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