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1  Re: Fiber Friday - January 9th, 2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by yberry on: January 09, 2009 10:24:05 AM
ignorantamoeba, wow! Your yarns are just gorgeous!

My crop from these past two weeks:
1. Skanksore, named for how much of a pain it was to spin this poorly blended merino tencel. Still, it came out mighty purty so I'm ok with it, 2oz, 114m.

2. Perfect Day, from a gorgeous batt (A Lovely Day Out) from laminathegreat. Loved the single so much I couldn't bear to ply it so I left it as is. 2 oz, 55m.

3. Angel Poop, spun from bargain bin industrial-dyed lambswool. It was languishing in the back of a yarn store, and I do not regret taking it home with me even though I wasn't sure I would be able to do anything with it. 94g, 70m. I think this is going to be my etsy shop's first handspun.

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2  Re: Fiber Friday - December 19th 2008 in Spinning: Completed Projects by yberry on: December 19, 2008 07:42:04 AM
I've been a big fan of Fiber Friday for ages, and now I'm finally making my debut appearance. My first ever yarn, spun from undyed domestic wool on a drop spindle from laminathegreat (I got her awesome "learn to spin" kit), I am not even bothering to show. Suffice it to say that it is called "Pigeon Droppings".
This next one I started at the Israspin workshop held by Ravelry's lovely MasadaSpindle. It refuses to have a good picture taken (as does the next one) but it's not that attractive anyway so whatever:
"n00b-berry" - undyed Aussie merino, kool-aid dyed NZ merino and a bit of the domestic wool from before, about 84g, 58m

"Noro Who?" - scrap fiber, scrap yarn, and some hubris carded by me on dog flickers, 48g, 16m

as yet unnamed, may well be plied with something else, spun from silk hankies received in a swap (so much fun to spin ZOMG), 17g, 40m

And to complete the learning curve so far, "Morning Star", from domestic wool roving from laminathegreat ("Morgan" colorway), 4oz, 72m. I was surprised with how soft it is.

Next week's challenge will be to make some even singles. In any case, I've caught the spinning bug hard.

Happy Fiber Friday!
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3  Gimme some handspun and watch me fly! in Knitting: Completed Projects by yberry on: February 18, 2008 10:17:58 PM
A couple months back, I got the most awesome skein of handspun from inle_rah in a swap.
I promised myself I would use it strictly to knit stuff for myself, because I usually end up neglected
So far, I've knit an Urchin and a pair of Fetching from it, and I am wondering what to do with the little bit that's left over.
So here they are:

This is the original skein, by the way. Every inch of this yarn is just riveting.
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4  The Man in Black in Knitting: Completed Projects by yberry on: January 02, 2008 10:39:00 PM
Since I saw the "Radical Knitting and Subversive Crochet" exhibit in NYC last February, I'd been wanting to try to knit portraits.

With my Mom's SO's birthday coming up, DH had the perfect idea - why not knit a portrait of Johnny Cash?

So I made a gauge swatch, prepared graph paper according to the gauge, photoshopped a photo of The Man, copied it onto a chart, and charted the words (from "Sam Hall") and got to work.

The colorwork is a combination between stranded and intarsia - since it's going to be mounted on a piece of felt backing I didn't really care about the appearance of the WS.
I'm two weeks late with it. Knitting through having two sick kids and no sleep at night, to name a few, does not go particularly fast...

Anyhoo, I'm really proud of myself for this, and now just have to be willing to part with it and give it to its rightful owner...
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5  Re: spinners/knitters/crochetiers swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by yberry on: January 01, 2008 10:16:40 AM
Wow! I'm glad you got it, and glad that you liked it.

The bag was my take on Cat Bordhi's Moebius Quiver. I didn't make it with feltable yarn, and I'll admit that I wish I had more time to put some lining in the bag and some sort of closure at the top... But if I had tried to get that done, the package would probably still be stuck with me.

The yarn was my first ever handpainted (so far I had only dyed solids or kettle dye), and it was a lot of fun to make. The colorway is named Harrell, after jazz musician Tom Harrell who inspired the colors with his music. It's a washable DK merino, 129 yds per 50 gr skein, 4 skeins.

I bookcrossed "Tuff", with the hopes that it gets passed on after a good read.

I'm looking forward to seeing what you make with the yarn (and how it knits up, I resisted temptation to keep some for myself).
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6  Re: spinners/knitters/crochetiers swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by yberry on: December 24, 2007 01:41:16 AM
Oh, woot indeed! I'm having what can be called the cr*ppiest week (month? season?) ever, and my silver lining came yesterday in the form of a package from inle_rah.
My goodness. It is just so freakin' awesome!

First of all, a batik handbag in colors that just lift my spirits so much, and koolaid for my nasty little dyeing habit:

And another lovely handknit bag, made from silknoil, with a batik lining, and as a bonus, York's peppermint patties, which are probably on the top ten list of things I miss about the US.

And last but most certainly not least, the most beautiful skein yarn I have ever laid eyes upon (posing with a bottle of Eucalan, which may well become another regular item on the list of things my dad will have to bring on his visits):

Of course I had to take it from both sides:

It is so soft and beautiful. When my husband suggested I make something for one of the kids I said that this one is for me me me. Not sharing. No way.

Thank you so very much for spoiling me absolutely rotten. It couldn't have come at a better time!
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7  First Moebius in Knitting: Completed Projects by yberry on: November 27, 2007 03:15:33 AM
I just got Cat Bordhi's Treasury of Magical Knitting, and dove right into making my Mom a moebius scarf for her bday, in lieu of a lacy wrap that I had been botching up spectacularly due to baby-induced ADD.
Here is the first round OTN:

And here is the FO, graciously modeled by the Jack I scored from TrashedClothing in a swap:

And the verdict?
Moebii are SO MUCH FUN! I've already started working on my next. You can find it, along with other WIP's on my blog. Just some advice - I strongly recommend taking Cat's advice to use a smaller size LH needle if you are using interchangeables. I didn't at first and had a very difficult time with the first round until I switched and then it just started flying.
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8  Re: Fall Discworld Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by yberry on: November 25, 2007 05:25:19 AM
I got word from phantomssiren that she had received, so I am taking the liberty of posting.
In a souvenir knickers bag from Fourecks

I put an Ephebian puzzle (no picture, just a wooden puzzle) and a book

which turned out to be hollow (well, would Dibbler really publish his recipes?). Inside there was an Ookmark

authentick dwarf bread (the Low King's favorite!)

a Perdita bracelet that Agnes Knitt (yeah, I know I'm not the only one to come up with that pun...)

and Igor, complete with detachable limbs.

Other than the puzzle, there were also an assortment of Klatchian teas and a CD of music with rocks in it from Uberwald, titled "The Turtle Moves" (I just finished reading "Small Gods"), which didn't make the photoshoot.

Generally, I do not believe in swapping for the same theme more than once, but I do feel there may well be more Discworld crafting in me for the next round, whenever that it...
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9  Re: ATC and Book Swap - Round 3 in The Swap Gallery by yberry on: November 04, 2007 12:11:19 PM
Shooting star let me know she received a couple days ago, so I am posting.

The topic was vintage travel.

The pages:

The cards are held up with rubber bands fastened into place with brads. I had been meaning to try this for a while, and this was my first chance.

I really enjoyed the process on this swap, and definitely see myself doing it again in the future!
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10  Re: Felt Mascot or Little Stuffie Swap R6 - Halloween! - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by yberry on: October 29, 2007 11:03:23 PM
Errrrm, I didn't take photos of the treats.
I sent some popular Israeli treats - a peanut-flavored snack, a strawberry-flavored snack, candy coated chocolate buttons, and a candy pacifier.
And of course, Norman:

Norman is an arachnopumpkin who likes to eat small children, and is afraid of the dark, so he always carries around his deaddy bear, Mouldon.

Norman's legs are pliable. He's made of fleece. I took the pattern for Mouldon from Aranzi Aronzo.
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