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41  Easter "Bonnet" - #4 in the Holiday Hat Series in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Alexus1325 on: March 29, 2013 02:31:57 PM
I just finished my newest creation! Although I won't be working Easter Sunday (the day our customers are encouraged to wear an Easter-themed hat in order to win gift certificates and other prizes), I do work tomorrow, Saturday. I'm also stroking my chin and contemplating lending it to a co-worker for Sunday.

My Easter "bonnet" is composed of a simple cardboard hat covered in thrifted fabric and adorable doodads. My adhesives of choice were Elmer's Extra Strength glue stick and Shoe Goo plastic cement. On top of the hat, the fabric is simply glued and then gathered/spread over the hat. I trimmed it with dollar store organza ribbon as the hat band and poofy bow, dollar store paper roses, and a dollar store painted-feather butterfly. The gathered lace is another thrifty find I had stashed away in the endless boxes and bags of crafty materials that have taken over my "office." I finished it off with an elastic for attachment to the head.

Believe it or not, it came out EXACTLY as I had craftily envisioned. That's two hats in a row!!! If I get a third "perfect" hat, I may suffer a bout of crafty-perfection-overload, whereupon I will require a change of underpants.

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42  St. Patrick's Day Top Hat - #3 in the Holiday Hat Series in Crochet: Completed Projects by Alexus1325 on: March 13, 2013 10:26:45 PM
For my second post of the day, let me present my most FUN hat yet!

For St. Patrick's day, I've crocheted a top hat using this baby photo shoot prop. I knew from the start I wanted to give the impression that pompoms were "popping" out/off of the hat. I used plastic cement to attach craft pompoms to the hat and to short lengths of floral wire. The bow of the ribbon hatband sports a clear green button from my extensive button collection.

My boyfriend, who is rarely impressed by my crafty things as they are soooo commonplace in his life (his mother is crafty, too), actually said to me "WOW. You could SELL that!" Eye-roll worthy, yes, but considering he is no longer impressed by handknit socks, that is quite the exclamation Tongue

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43  Valentine's Day Top Hat - #2 in the Holiday Hat Series in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Alexus1325 on: March 13, 2013 10:11:28 PM
So I wore my little New Year top hat to my current workplace, a bingo hall, for our big New Year's Eve Bingo Bash (yes, that was the actual title of the event Tongue). So many people were entranced by my hat that I vowed, out loud, that I would make a hat for every festive occasion.

BEHOLD! The quirky red top hat I wore to celebrate Valentine's Day.

I drafted each piece of the pattern at least 3 times until I finally got the mock up right. The hat is constructed with cereal box cardboard covered in red broadcloth. The trimmings are, from top to bottom: electrical wire, fringe I crocheted from a yarn I spun specifically TO make this fringe, matching crocheted hatband from hand spun yarn, satin ribbon from a gift box, pearl-bead string. I then covered the whole thing in red gel-suspended glitter (aka "glitter glue"). I used a combination of spray glue, white glue and plastic cement.

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44  Re: Fiber Friday March 8, 2013 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Alexus1325 on: March 08, 2013 12:12:32 PM
Oooh, nikschaf!!! Can I pet your yarn? It looks so scrumptious!

I have three things to show this week.

I dyed up some of my Dorset using yellow, Kelly green and black to get olive and spun it into a two ply bulky (not measured yet), and it is much softer and squishier than my previous two attempts with this fibre. I also finished the black superwash/nylon from 2 weeks ago as a Navajo plied worsted (79 yards). Both spun kinda woolen, still need lots of practice Tongue I really like the light fluffiness of woolen yarn, so I really want to become proficient at woolen spinning.

I also dyed some Sheep Shed bag-o-crap SW peacock blue, and test-carded it into a super fluffy, dreamily soft rolag.

I am definitely enjoying myself!
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45  Re: Fiber Friday Feb 22, 2013 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Alexus1325 on: February 22, 2013 09:17:15 PM

I spun up another skein of my dorset, but that's boring. THIS is way cooler!

Carded some dorset that I dyed chartreuse with blue superwash from Sheep Shed, and plied with that self-same superwash. At the end, I had about 100 inches of the chartreuse/blue left over! Almost like I'd planned it or something Tongue I'd hoped for aran-ish, and more or less got what I wanted with some fluffy, bulky sections. This photo is pre-bath, so it looks much better now.Going to become a sideways rib hat for my brother, assuming I have enough, as I haven't measured it yet5.

I also learned how to make rolags using more Sheep Shed superwash. Ok, ok, so these are actually punis, because I got over-enthsuiastic about rolling them tightly. Each set weighs 2.4 ounces. Again, almost like I'd planned it Tongue

I'm spinning up the black superwash/white nylon into a double-knit/light worsted (I hope Tongue) just for entertainment purposes and to practice my longdraw. Even the tightest punis draw ok. The beige and brown will end up an entrelac hat for my boyfriend someday.

SOOOOOO happy to be able to contribute to FIBRE FRIDAY!!!!!!!!

PS: Belladune, that yarn is super-gorgeous and I want to smoosh it in my hands very badly! Nikschaf, I recently read "Teach Yourself Handspinning Visually" and one of the featured novelty yarns was a big thick and thin like yours plied with a thin single. It was very cool looking with the different textures.
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46  Dirty Dorset: First Fleece to Yarn Project! in Spinning: Completed Projects by Alexus1325 on: February 05, 2013 09:28:34 PM

I scored some super-cheap Dorset fleece on eBay being advertised for stuffing and crafts. SOOOOOOO dirty when I opened it up Sad Way dirtier than the one ounce sample photo implied (I bought 40 ounces, it was THAT cheap).

Plenty of VM, yellow staining, and POO. Oh yes, there was quite a bit of poo.

So I threw a bunch in the sink, picked out the worst yucky bits and washed it as best I could.

Then I used my new toys, also purchased for waaaay cheap on eBay, to make fluffy awesome rolags. Took a while to get the hang of these bad boys.

And for some reason I didn't take a single progress pic! I was just so excited to hop to! It took four day to whip up 61 yards (69 before washing/setting) of worsted-bulky Andean-plied two-ply.

It's very "primitive" with lots of slubs from second cuts, but I'm really proud of all the work that went into it, and I even kinda figured out long-draw.
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47  Re: Hat-along -- 13 in '13! in Knitalongs by Alexus1325 on: February 05, 2013 07:23:08 PM
WOOT! Done the hound hat! I had to bribe the dog to get in the kitchen, which has the least cluttered background. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go deal with the marrow bone crumbs all over the place Tongue

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48  Re: Hat-along -- 13 in '13! in Knitalongs by Alexus1325 on: February 03, 2013 08:59:27 AM
That is neat how it looks all diagonal-y on the brim!

Here's the progress on my hound hat:

Haven't had as much time to work on it as I'd like, and I can't take it to work with so much yarn to manage.  Almost done the pointy part, and I'm thinking I'll do the neck part all green, because I'm kinda tired of the plaid Tongue
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49  Re: Hat-along -- 13 in '13! in Knitalongs by Alexus1325 on: January 29, 2013 10:32:58 AM
Niiiiice mosaic work! Glad to see it turned out ok! Could you felt them by hand in the kitchen sink? Or maybe you have a friend/relative who'd let you use their top-loader? Doll size hats with that much work would probably make me cry.

I finished my "tropical candy" watchcap in only THREE days! WOOT! I cast on in and did the ribbing in an evening, did most of the body to following evening, and finished it up between shifts at work. The colours are more muted that I thought they'd be, but still very pretty, and I'm sure it will look even better once the matching cowl is done.

Last night I started Jinx's hood. Crazy me, I decided it MUST match his sweater.

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50  I spun the cat... (4 pix) in Spinning: Completed Projects by Alexus1325 on: January 29, 2013 10:04:47 AM
Have you ever snatched up a cardboard box with a cat in it and spun around a few times? LOL, Mirage has suffered such a fate on occasion.

I got over-excited about spinning after I finally placed an order with Sheep Shed Studio. With a three week postage time, I decided to dive into the bag of Mirage brushings I'd been saving up for over a year.

She is eminently difficult to photograph, as her smoky black fur just sucks up the light. After finger-picking each and every brush-clump of fur into a fluffy cloud of OMG SOFT, I spun my usual beginner's park-and-short-draft style. Probably a good move with 1-2 inch fibres.

My Maine Woods spindle is just too heavy for such a short stapled fibre, so I quickly made a spindle from a dowel, a plastic wheel that sewing pins came on and a cup hook taped on with yellow electrical tape. Jolly Rancher for scale Tongue

This was my first time Andean plying, all done in one sitting. I've since discovered you're supposed to wind it into a plying ball from the bracelet. After a bath, I have 55 yards of the softest, shiniest, fluffiest cat yarn on the planet! Mirage's pale grey undercoat turned the yarn a storm-cloud grey.

Throughout the whole process, my boyfriend kept petting it and asking what I'm going to make him Tongue Overall, I'm really proud of myself, because "people say" that spinning short fibres is horrendously difficult and you need a support spindle to do it. MEH I SAY! I'm a cat-fur-spinning rebel Wink
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