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11  help with concocting a hat pattern in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by theboythatspins on: April 23, 2007 06:31:43 PM
Hi, I have the first Issue of the FRUiTs fashion book series and there are tons of cute crocheted items and hats in there. I found this one and was wondering if someone could help me figure out a basic pattern? or atleast what stitches they used? I know there is a stitch pattern for the brick/mesh portion and I know how to make the flowers...but just wondering if someone was interested in it as I am. Cheesy Thanks!!

Here is the hat:

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12  Re: Fiber Friday April 13th in Spinning: Completed Projects by theboythatspins on: April 13, 2007 08:10:56 AM
Isanou- Wow, your yarn is really cool...but that's so weird, I spun up my first 2 ply this week and it has alot of your same colors, then it is plyed with random wool I got from my friends sheep >_< cool lol.

Betzi- That is soooo pretty Cheesy I love it, Spunky Fiber rocks XD!!! I dunno but photobucket does that to me too :-?

Here is my contribution. Still all done on my spindle no wheel yet, but I do have 170 saved up so far Smiley

I don't know what to call it, but this is the one that I think looks similar to Isanou's "Happy" this week...maby "Happies Twin" lol. It's my first ply, it's 2 ply and about 80 yards or so.

I've been dying alot lately(O_O odd saying that..lol) and here is some of the raw fiber I got from my friend, I was just test dying batches.


and here is my first time spinning from my own Rolags...I think I need to practice making them lol, I keep getting tons of little slubby places even when I predraft like crazy but Oh well I like it for now Cheesy
(I assume since it is spun from rolags and is really fluffy it's considered a Woolen Yarn?)

That's all from me, can't wait to see everyone elses Cheesy Hope I didn't bore you to death LOL and comments welcome Cheesy
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13  Firs Plied :D in Spinning: Completed Projects by theboythatspins on: April 11, 2007 01:57:28 PM
Hi, here is my first atempt at plying, all random wool and plied and spun on my Top Whorl Spindle.

Thanks for looking Cheesy Comments welcome!
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14  Re: Fiber Friday - 30th March in Spinning: Completed Projects by theboythatspins on: March 30, 2007 02:16:21 PM
Don't have anything untill I go shopping tomorrow but here is a group pic of some of my stuff Cheesy All done on my Ashford Beginner Top Whorl!

Sorry for the crappy grey part of the pic if it shows up, Photobucket is acting wierd.!

1.]Tangerine Kisses- 90% Angora 10% Wool
2.]Candycanes- first plyed 100% Wool
3.]Big Burgandy- 100% Wool
4.]Novelty #5- first novelty yarn atempt Wool, Cotton, and Fun fur
5.]Britainia- 100% Merino Wool
6.]Numero Uno- my first yarn ever 100% Wool
7.]Tequilla Sunrise- (most recent) first try at thin, lace-weight Unknown Wool Blend

Thanks for lookin, everything looks great today!
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15  Fiber Overload( image heavy) in Spinning: Completed Projects by theboythatspins on: March 13, 2007 06:05:26 PM
Hi well here is what I have been up to.

Here is SOME of the raw/unwashed/straight off the sheeps back fiber, I am still in the process of cleaning it. She gave me alot! And yes, that is indeed more in the bag, but that is the really coarse wool, I am not by any means going to discard it, I will use it for testing washes and dyes. See!!! Sometimes I am a smart cookie :]

Here is the first batch of the GOOD fiber that I washed, a small amount cause it was my first time and I didn't want to felt anything, it smells like a mixture of farm, and dawn dish soap, but hey I like it Cheesy I mean it doesnt smell nearly as bad as it did before I washed it lol.

Blue and Pink Romney from Limerick Fibers, 2 oz. each color

Orange Unknown fiber, really soft from Limerick Fibers, 2 oz. but I am going to try to sneak back this weekend and if she has anymore I want it!!!

Yellow Romney from Limerick Fibers, 2 oz.

Name: Tequilla Sunrise
Fiber: Unknown orange soft fiber
yardage: around 70-90

Tonight I tried to dye some of the washed fiber, came out ok

St. Patty's day green, dyed with Flavor Aid, which is the cheap foodlion brand of Kool Aid. Smells SOOO YUMMY like GREEN APPLES!!!

Faded Glory Red, dyed with RIT dye in colorway Scarlet

Here are all 39 rolags of the Teal romney blended with the recycled Lions Boucle yarn. The boucle makes it alot softer. My converse show box for size comparison.

Thanks for looking, hope everything works out, and I don't have school friday so I am going to be glued to your yarns and fiber goodies all day long!!! Cheesy
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16  Spinning and Carding= Extra Credit in school??? in Spinning: Completed Projects by theboythatspins on: March 04, 2007 09:38:04 AM
Hi, so in my fashion class, my teacher wanted me to come in and demonstrate how to spin yarn from fiber textiles and how to knit. At first I got the reaction I thought I would get, that being "OMG, what is this freak doing?" but once I got into it and stopped talking, they got really interested! I felt so cool Cheesy lol, then I was explaining how you get slivers and batts from the wool or fiber that was sheared off the animal, I unfortunatly dont have a set of carders but amazingly MY TEACHER DID!!! So today I got a class inspired and more educated in the crafting world and also used hand carders for the first time! I know this isn't that great but here are my first Rolags, I didn't have enough time to really card them a few times but I think they are pretty cool Cheesy I am definatly buying a set for me now since it is so fun Grin

Me Carding:

First Rolags:

Well, my teacher let me borrow her carders over the weekend. I had 4 oz. of Romney felting fiber in Teal which had really short fiber length/staple length and didn't feel all that nice to the skin...so I had some Lion Boucle in my stash and decided to take the string it was plied with and card/blend that with the romney. The new fiber I got from it is so pretty and alot nicer next to the skin.

Rolags, 19 of them so far, All are as long or longer than a paper towel tube and none are less than 1 1/2 inches thick.

Here is the rest of the fiber I need to card, over 1/2 pound left wow Cheesy I can't wait to spin, it's going to be a killer on my Ahsford beginner drop spindle lmao, I think I am going to wait till I get either a better spindle or a wheel Cheesy Hope you enjoyed.

1/2 of the rest of the fiber needed to be card

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17  Re: Fiber Friday 2/16/07 in Spinning: Completed Projects by theboythatspins on: February 16, 2007 10:13:40 AM
ZOMG all of these are a huge treat to stare at!!! O_O Lol

here is my first fiber fiday post

Name: "Belle in Blue"
Random mix of romney/wool
Yardage: about 30+
Spinning technique: first yarn ever spun; ashford beginner spindle
Weight: Bulky

Name: "Autumn"
Pre-dyed Virgin Wool
Yardage: about 58 or so
Spinning technique: ashford beginner spindle
Weight: worsted

Name: "London Bridge"
Romeny mohair blend
yardage: I don't really know haven't check but over 50 I know that.
Spinning technique: ashford beginner spindle
Weight: some thick and thin places but other than that worsted

Hope this is right Cheesy
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18  Re: "unspinning"?? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by theboythatspins on: February 05, 2007 05:28:46 PM
What kind/brand of yarn are you trying to do it with? Because I have "unspun" some lion boucle and homespun and used the fiber either as a pencil type roving or I am saving it for when I get a drumcarder.

Here is a tutorial kinda thing I just whiped up it is mainly for Homespun/ Boucle type yarns, but if you can figure it out with other yarns that would cool too Cheesy

 The way I did it was to tear off a small length of yarn at first and you will see a "core" thread located in the center of the yarn and then the other thread that it is plied with.

First take the plied thread and seperate it a tiny bit from the fiber. with one hand, grab the thread with your pointer and thumb and then place the other above the fiber and as you pull let the thread slide between your other pointer and thumb...here is a picture since I am sure that none of that made sense lol.


After you pull it a tinybit, it looks like a coil yarn Cheesy

After you do that, do the same with the core thread, this may seem kinda tricky at first

here is the resulted fiber, once you get used to it, youdo it with longer pieces of yarn

I hope this helped! It was my first tutorial lol.
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19  Currently on th spindle in Spinning: Completed Projects by theboythatspins on: January 30, 2007 06:40:35 PM
Hi! I haven't spun in a good while, but here is what I currently am working on.

Spindle- Ashford top whirl spindle(i think)

Fiber- I took some Nepal yean that was unspun plies with a thread and I took the thread out and am spinning the fiber, the color varigate from deep purples to blues to browns and some nice rich reds. I thought it was cheating at first and then I realized it was kinda like pencil roving in a way. I also like how you don't need to predraft unless you want it thinner and it stays consistant and is about a worsted-weight size Cheesy

Here it is, tell me what you think.

Thanks for looking.
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20  Re: My Knitted Kitty in Knitting: Completed Projects by theboythatspins on: January 22, 2007 04:56:44 PM
OMG! it's too cute! It reminds me of the kitty in the window with a bandana on that I saw yesterday! if only it had some white...none the less still adorible!
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