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1  A lovely bunch (with link to pattern) in Crochet: Completed Projects by Kittyboo on: July 13, 2009 12:50:25 AM
I originally came up with these little flowers as a way of using up scrap yarn and thread - but since then I've become addicted and keep going and buying more and more thread!

I'm hoping to sell some at a craft fair in the autumn so as well as the brooches, I've been attaching them to hairbands and hairslides for little girls.

Do you think they'd sell well? It'll be my first craft fair in over two years (I took time out to have a baby) so I'm a bit nervous!

Anyhow, if anyone else fancies making some of these I've posted the pattern on my blog here: http://littlesliceoflife.wordpress.com/2009/07/12/a-lovely-bunch/

Thanks for looking!
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2  Teepee / Play Tent for Toddler in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Kittyboo on: June 29, 2009 06:36:20 AM
My daughter is fond of hiding and making dens, so Mum and I decided to make her a teepee style play tent for her 2nd birthday....

The pattern is from a book called Sewing in No Time by Emma Hardy. Mum and Dad used to own a carpet and fabric shop when I was little and Mum found a leftover roll of lovely apple green fabric in the attic which we used for the tent. The fabric is from the 1980s and is seriously gorgeous! It's heavier than the type of fabric used in the book (more suited for curtains probably) but we modified the pattern and used thicker poles so that they wouldn't bend under the extra weight.

As you can see, the tent has proved popular with daughter and daddy alike!  Cheesy  Cheesy  Cheesy

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3  iPhone Cozy - with link to free pattern in Crochet: Completed Projects by Kittyboo on: June 21, 2009 11:03:23 AM
My husband has managed to smash his iPhone twice in the past few months - the most recent time resulting in a rather hefty repair bill - so when I spotted this pattern I knew I had to make him one.

I used some scraps of naturally coloured rare breed wool plus some of my handspun alpaca. I'm really pleased with how it turned out and my husband has been using it since we gave it him this morning - so I guess that means he approves!

Thanks for looking!
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4  Fiber Friday June 5th 2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Kittyboo on: June 05, 2009 12:22:48 AM
Oooh, I get to kick off this week.....

Just one offering today as I'm spinning some very fine yarn at the moment and it\s taking forever!

Anyhow, here's some navajo plyed BFL spun from some lovely Spindlefrog roving. I've named it 'Flirt':

It's the best navajo plying I've done so far and I'm really pleased with it - it's one of those handspun yarns I have to keep digging out and looking at and thinking 'wow - I made that!'  Grin

Right, sorry for all the waffle - looking forward to seeing what everyone else has been up to.


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5  Mellow Yellow Headscarf in Crochet: Completed Projects by Kittyboo on: May 31, 2009 12:15:31 PM
A little while ago I dyed some wool with onion skins (my first foray into natural dyeing) then spun it to a laceweight yarn. There wasn't a huge amount of it so I wasn't sure what to use it for at first but then I decided I could do with a new headscarf and made this:

The main panel of the scarf uses the stitch pattern from the Alpine Frost Scarf from Interweave Crochet Winter 2008. I then made the back part in plain dc and treble crochet, reducing the stitched so it's fairly narrow at the back of the head. Not sure if I've explained that very well (!) but if you're interested, there's a few more details on my blog here.

Thanks for looking.


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6  Re: Fiber Friday 05.22.09!!!! in Spinning: Completed Projects by Kittyboo on: May 22, 2009 11:06:42 AM
inle-rah - your Ghost Stories yarns are beautiful!

jazzturtle - I'm totally in love with One Fish, Two Fish!

oddacity - Cool Spa is gorgeous - I'd have never thought of putting those two colour together but they work so well!

Well, here are my offerings for the week...

Aqua - 114 yards of BFL - roughly fingering weight:

Monet - British Merino spun from some Artist's Palette roving:

Time to spin some more methinks...  Grin

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7  Re: Fiber Friday May 15, 2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Kittyboo on: May 15, 2009 11:41:23 AM
Happy Fiber Friday! Some serious eye-candy this week! I love everything!

I've got a few offerings today as I've just got my first wheel so have been practicing and practicing every spare moment I get! First off, some naturally dyed handspun:

Nettle - Wensleydale wool dyed with nettles:

Madder - Whitefaced Woodland wool dyed with madder root

Onion - Shetland wool dyed with onion skins (spindle-spun)

Finally, I also spun a merino-silk blend 'Aqaurius':

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8  Natural Dyeing: Madder and nettles in Dyeing: Completed Projects by Kittyboo on: May 10, 2009 11:30:05 AM
Hi folks,

I've been continuing my dalliance with natural dyeing - here's my recent results:

I premordanted the wool with alum and cream of tartar then dyed it with 100% madder root to the weight of the wool. Although I think I let it get a bit too hot which brought out some brown tones, I'm pretty pleased with the colour. It reminds me of autumn leaves. I've written up the process on my blog here if you're interested...

The other lot of dyeing used nettles. Here's how it turned out:

Quite a subtle colour but it looks nice (imo) when spun:

Again, I premordanted with alum and cream of tartar but used 200% nettles to the weight of the wool.

Thanks very much for looking.

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9  Onion Skin Alchemy in Dyeing: Completed Projects by Kittyboo on: April 22, 2009 06:23:10 AM
I recently had a go at dyeing some wool tops using onion skins. This was the result:

It wasn't entirely successful as I did felt it a little in places as I couldn't resist prodding the wool from time to time - I'll know better next time! This is how it looks spun:

If anyone's interested, I've written up a detailed step-by-step guide to how I did the dyeing on my blog here.

Thanks for looking! Comments / thoughts / questions welcomed! Smiley

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10  Re: Fiber Friday 4/17/09 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Kittyboo on: April 17, 2009 03:47:24 AM
Such beautiful yarns. As a new spinner you guys are such an inspiration! I really love Mog and Artichoke - gorgeous - and that seabird yarn is amazing!

Anyhow, here's my offering:

Pastures Green

It was my first attempt at trying to spin really fine - I didn't quite get there but I'm still pleased with it..... oh, and the baby finds it very cuddly!

Its a merino and silk blend and totals 385 yards in length.
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