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11  Wet Felted Tablet Purse in Felting: Completed Projects by Alexus1325 on: March 07, 2014 10:39:30 AM
A friend's girlfriend saw my Phoenix purse while my tablet was living in it and told me she'd absolutely love one for hers. She has the exact same tablet, so the math was easy :-) With purple and blue being her fave colours, I dove into my stash and found some fluffy goodness. She was very excited for her early birthday gift, and now her tablet has a safe new home :-)

The base is white alpaca with dark purple shetland, lilac polwarth, and some random blue locks for the toppings. The button is a blue marble. The close up has the more accurate colours.

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12  Re: Fiber Friday February 28, 2014 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Alexus1325 on: February 28, 2014 09:16:56 PM
DROOL! That boucle is delicious!!! Am I strange for wanting to rub it under my chin, or is that the yarnie in me?

I have stuff to share, holy cow! I think I missed 3 FFs?

Mostly merino in various greens and blues, but a smidge of shetland I suspect, plus allllll that rainbow firestar! NOMNOMNOM! Chain plied on the fly to DK weight, and will someday be socks for me Cheesy

Brown superwash, cinnamon alpaca, and a touch of lime merino and lime firestar. 2 ply DK and the first project I did on a Turk. Hopefully this will be boyfriend socks by next Christmas. I picked a complicated pattern Tongue

And I just finished this alpaca/merino/firestar yarn for a challenge over on Ravelry. The colours of the batt reminded me of Poison, one of my grandmother's favourite perfumes. It's 70 yards of 2 ply aran. The progress photo has more accurate colour.

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13  Re: Terribly Important SOB - The Return GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Alexus1325 on: February 26, 2014 08:39:23 PM
Soooo drooling over the rainbow scarf!!!

Aaaand, I got a box in the mail today! YAY! I felt very important when I saw it and danced up the porch into the house, humming my little "I'm so awesome" song. Be prepared for EPIC OVERLOAD OF CRAFTACULAR AWESOME (ybunnygirl and I agreed to ignore the swap stipulations Cheesy)

How funny that she sent me a purple envelope! I sent her a purple envelope Cheesy And how did she know I love Japanese bunny rabbits???


Here we have two placards and a chatelaine-style necklace proclaiming my crafty fortitude. The larger sign is already on my craftroom door Cheesy

OMG PRETTIES! Not only do I have two glittery flower hair fancies, but I'm SOOOOO important as to merit TWO brooches! You know, so I can make it really obvious that I'm craft royalty Cheesy The pink bow brooch is now on my coat, and the kanzashi style brooch is going to get a lot of use on my work uniform Cheesy

But BEST yet is my fabulous crown! If this doesn't proclaim my awesomeness to all and sundry, I don't know WHAT will! And you better believe I'll wear it at work! We don't have a dress code regarding accessories, and I've already worn birds and trees and tiny tophats. They expect my strangeness Tongue

And she signed her letter to beware the cheeky monkey Tongue

Sorry for the photo album, but I'm soooo excited by the incredible package that she sent me and can't wait to show my goodies off to the commoners Cheesy
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14  Re: Fiber Friday! Jan 30, 2014 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Alexus1325 on: January 31, 2014 09:34:44 PM
Holy cow, Belladune! I LOVE your Golden Fleece yarn!!! Just sitting in a little pile, it has great movement Cheesy I'm looking forward to seeing your next 7 yarns!

Yay for sky yarn, Jexxican! I love the different tones of colour Cheesy

I almost didn't make it into yet another FF, but here's what I've got for show and tell! Of course, nothing is washed Tongue

While visiting my boyfriend last weekend, I spun up an alpaca bun sample from Dyeing For Colour. I think it's alpaca and mohair, but it was in a grab bag, so no way to be sure. The pinks and blues give an overall purple impression from a distance. It's my thinnest yarn to date, laceweight-ish, 0.3 oz.

Recently I bought a huuuuge destash of random fibres, so after sorting it all by colour, there were bits and pieces of "junk" left over. I combined it with the spinny leavings on my desk with the help of my "new" (vintage) 3.9 oz Turkish kirman spindle. It's 29 feet (and 0.4 oz) of super-bulky KARAZY!

And I would have shared this last week if I weren't in the car spinning an alpaca bun in the car that day Tongue Here's my first support spindle spun yarn! I made this on my homemade support spindle, which is just a weird metal fitting on a sharpened dowel. I think this is an alpaca-silk blend from World of Wool out of a botany lap waste bag. It wasn't very well blended (what with being "waste"), so I carded it just enough to redistribute the white and black. The silk was still pretty stuck together though, so not my favourite yarn, but I am immensely proud. Egads, does winding the cop strain the wrist, though! I had to keep switching hands with every handful of fluff after I butterflied and wound onto the main cop. It's a slightly poofy fingering, DK-ish yarn at 1.3 oz. No idea of the length, but it sure took awhile to wind my andean bracelet, and then wind the ply ball, and then OMG, what was I thinking, I plied it supported, too...

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15  Re: Fibre Friday January 17th, 2014 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Alexus1325 on: January 17, 2014 07:45:31 PM
OKAY! Now that I'm on my desktop, I can properly drool over belladune's corriedale! OMNOMNOMNOM!!!!!!!! Can I like, shove my face in it? Pretty please?Huh

LOL, anyway, here's my tiny first support spindle skein. I plied it on my yummy Kowalski box elder spindle. It's definitely at the small end of what I can do on a drop spindle, and I'm kinda scratching my head as to why I'd want to spin any finer. It's about a light fingering weight as a two ply. If I had chain-plied it, it would be awesome sock yarn! Buffalo nickel for comparison.

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16  Re: Fibre Friday January 17th, 2014 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Alexus1325 on: January 17, 2014 08:49:41 AM
This week I taught myself to spin supported! I'm expecting a 'real' spindle in the mail so I decided I needed to practice. This hairy alpaca out of my felting box is plied, but not washed. Ive got to run off to work shortly, so I'll take more pix tonight.

That awesome bowl is made by a local woodturner. So glad no one bought it after I'd spotted it during my Christmas shopping.
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17  Re: Fibre Friday Jan 10, 2013 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Alexus1325 on: January 15, 2014 02:40:44 PM
Only the green one is chain plied, the other two are andean plied. I have a fancy contraption I use for andean plying ridiculous quantities of yarn. And by fancy contraption, I mean the spindle and box that a roll of speaker wire came in. I wind onto my hand until it's unbearable, push it onto my wrist, wind some more, etc, then slide the whole mass off my arm onto the spindle and put the spindle back into it's box. From there, I can ply directly (as I did with the blue), or wind a plying ball (as I did with the alpaca).

I think I have enough of the blue to make some cute "non-felted slippers."

(Image is property of Biscotte & Cie Inc.)
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18  Re: Knitting in Rounds?! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Alexus1325 on: January 13, 2014 01:07:39 PM
I like to knit in the round with one long circular needle, so I have half the stitches on the needle, then a big loop of the cable making a u-turn into the other half of the stitches. What happens to me is there is tension on the first and last stitches of each section, because the cable isn't perfectly bendy. All you have to do is make sure that the first two stitches of each section are pulled really, really snug. The extra yarn sitting in the gap between each section then gets pulled into those stitches on the next pass around.

Here's a clickable pic from Wikipedia that exactly describes my method. I've never done the multiple dpn thing, because just the thought gets my anxiety up. I like efficient techniques, and 4 or 5 needles is less efficient than one.

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19  Land of Ice and Snow (now w/ moar pix!) in Weaving: Completed Projects by Alexus1325 on: January 11, 2014 10:44:26 AM
I decided you can't improve a skill without using it, right? So when I was invited into the Spiritual Weaving challenge for January, I said "Self, you are weaving in January whether you want to or not!" So I wove this for the theme of "Land of Ice and Snow."

And some clickable minis of the details:

Quoting myself from Ravelry:

There is a LOT of angst in this project, especially the first half, because I was coming down from all the cray-cray of the holidays. As I was choosing my yarns, I envisioned a harsh and unforgiving wasteland. As I wove, this rocky landscape with snow-filled hollows emerged, with tufts of dead grasses breaking up the grey and white expanse. Finally I reached a place in my mind where I could appreciate the beauty of such a stark place, with more snow rounding out the harsh edges, more grasses promising a verdant spring, and icicles dripping from the rocks and catching the meagre light.

I used a variety of techniques, and tried a couple of new ones out. I did tapestry style inlay (the first of which I messed up), pile, side fringe, and I especially like my icicle beads. They're triangles cut from a water bottle with a hole poked by a candle-heated nail. The heat caused them to curl slightly, giving a more 3D effect.

Someday soon this tiny bit of yardage will become a zippered knitting/spinning tote. Here's the Rav project page for those interested.
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20  Re: Fibre Friday Jan 10, 2013 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Alexus1325 on: January 10, 2014 02:28:12 PM
I'm with Rodelphia! I just want to eat those blue batts!

I FINALLY have another contribution to make! I got some stress-relief spinning done over the holidays, even in the midst of all the chaos.

Alpaca I spun last July, finally plied and washed! It's sooooo drapey and glossy and OMG it smells so good, that cucumber-melon barnyard smell Cheesy

I'm so proud of the consistency in this yarn! I hadn't spun bulky practically since I started spinning (MUST... SPIN... THINNER!!!!). And it was really different spinning rolags made by someone else.

And lastly, I have finally spun enough for ONE sock out of this fibre. The consistency is ok, and I'm happy with the tightness of the ply, but man, is it dense!

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