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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fun new experiences<3 Edit: the worst thing that could happen to free fiber :( on: July 07, 2007 10:53:09 AM
Just got this yesterday from my friend Nan for spinning her some yarn [she's a felter and didn't need all the left over roving and such and wanted to help another fiber artist out...I see nothing wrong with that lol]

This is the yarn I spun for her, she wanted a worsted weight to knit into a hat for her husband out of it because the roving consisted of Baby Llama and cormo, it was so soft, and the llama who's fiber was in it, is her husbands favorite so I thought that was sweet Cheesy


It was an accident so I can't be all that mad...but dad decided to do some sring cleaning for some reason...IN THE SUMMER....and threw away my big bag of fiber that I got...it was in a trash bag and I thought I marked it with a sign...oh well, I managed to keep my Masham out on the table...so I still have a lb. of that left....this really stinks, especially since my fiber store is 2 hours away and is closed all this month. *hits self in head now*

This is what I got for it:
     1 Lb. of random wool, 8 oz. of Llama/Shetland mix, and 4 oz. of kid mohair and border liecester lamb locks

1 lb. of Masham wool top, imported from England [I had never heard of this before and thought it would be a really rough and course yarn but it turned out other wise], and samples for me to try of Ramie, Angelina, and Jute [I'm going to her house this wedsday and we are having a felting/spinning day and she said I can go through her stash and take what I want!]

and finally, the colorful stuff is 100% merino top, my first time and I just have to say I love it. here it is spun up.

I have started to blend and spin with my hand cards and louet s10 the border lie.+angelina+kid mohair and it's comming along nice and now I have started also to spin some of the Masham. It's a course wool but doesnt feel course up against the skin, it's very warm and will make a nice, heavy-duty sweater or hat or sock yarn Cheesy I don't know weather to ply it or just leave it as a single and knit some socks with it. I have a pound and am spinning my first single of it at almost the finished weight and thickness of a finished, store bought sock yarn. What do you think? Thanks, hope I didn't bore you lol  Grin Lips sealed

p.s.- I will post pictures of the finished yarn and batts I have made tomorrow or monday, my camera needs new batteries and I have to go buy some since I cant find my battery charger!
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / First ever wheel spun! on: June 05, 2007 06:16:30 PM

Finally I got a wheel for an early birthday present. It's a Louet S10 and I love it Cheesy Here are my first yarns in order of which I spun them...all spun in a week too...these are just the ones I'm proud of, I have spun many funky/ugly color combs which I wont share lol!

Random wool 2 ply first ever spun on my wheel

Skies, random blue and white roving, plied with thread, so this would be a boucle? I love it I added little coils here and there where I got too distracted and spun really thinly

Colorful, brightly and beatiful dyed cotswood locks, that I carded for the first time, some on my hand cards and some on my friends Drum carder, also plied with thread

My favorite... Paper or Plastic? Recycled wool and recycled grocery bags all spun together here and there and then plied with thread ( I kinda like that now Cheesy Lol!)

And all together they can be used as a floatation device incase of emergency lol! I think it looks like a cool colorful coutour neck warmer Cheesy!

Thanks for looking comments and tips welcome Cheesy This wouldn't have been possible if all of your beautiful yarns and fibers weren't here to inspire me ! And please excuse the bad lighting and pictures lol, it's getting dark around here and my computer was actually wanting to upload tonight so I thought I would jump on the chance loL!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First cabled project and some hats :) on: June 05, 2007 06:06:35 PM

Just wanted to post these FO's

My first  cabled project, it's the owl cable hat Smiley I like it alot Cheesy

Long shot (i'm not emo! I actually dress in the Japanese street fashion known as FRUiTs Cheesy)

Cable detail

This is my first earflap hat, it's knit in the round (my first in the round project) and I have a new found love for earflap hats, ever since seeing the beautiful knit ones in south america so pretty

Finally my first free-form knit hat, just knit as I went and added the i-cords that hang from the top and the little knit boings on the side. Made from SWS in Natural- Plum and Denim and Rose

Thanks for looking, please excuse the bad lighting and picture taking, my face is scary and the light right now sucks lol!
4  UNITED STATES / Arkansas / FIber shops/farms in or near Little Rock on: May 28, 2007 09:56:55 AM
 Going on vacation during my birthday to visit family in Central Little Rock and I was wondering if anyone knows of any places there? Or near there? If so drop a comment! Cheesy Thanks!

5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Hichhiker Info on: May 11, 2007 05:37:31 PM
I'm getting an early b-day present and it my first wheel! Yay lol.
here's the sitch:

I have to see if she can hold it, but If she can hold the wheel for me till next saterday, I can get a NEW, ASSEMBLED, Louet S10 with everthing and a free 1/2 hour lesson for 350, is that a steal or what?!

But if she can't then I really, really, really, want a Hitchhiker, I have always wanted one. Only problem is I read on here that they had an issue with a tension knob I believe? This scares me, but I think the woman at my local spinning/knitting store could help me, everyone who has had this problem has just added a piece of tape to it and it works fine for them. I really want the Louet, but I also really want the Hitchhiker, and the Hitch. is my only alternative.

So, this a good plan or not? Thanks for the help Cheesy
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / help with concocting a hat pattern 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:

7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Mother Marion Wheel *edit-soon with pics and info about Maryland sheep and wool! on: April 17, 2007 01:34:07 PM
Hi, I just ordered a Mother Marion Spinning Wheel, and was just wondering if anyone else has one or has used one? Here is the link Cheesy It looks fun, I bought it cause I wanted something a little faster than my Hand drop spindle but not as expensive as a wheel right now Cheesy It was shipped out today should be here soon, so I will update in my blog and here when I get it Tongue!


Thanks for looking
 Brandon Cheesy
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Firs Plied :D 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!
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Overload( image heavy) 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
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Spinning and Carding= Extra Credit in school??? 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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