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Topic: WOO HOO My very first official spinning project is FINALLY FINISHED!!  (Read 19149 times)
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« on: August 23, 2007 05:03:33 PM »

As some of you may remember, I have been working on my first official spinning project- besides just ambling through a ball or two of yarn.

This is the rainbow coat that I have told you all about since about February.  I had based it upon a photo in CROCHET magazine that I saw (Photo at the bottom for comparison's sake), but I hated the way it looked crocheted, so I had to start from scratch designing it up.  I also changed the form of it, making it fuller and nicer shape to it. 

 I have only knit about three official projects in my life- two of them being 15 years ago.

This is the first thing I have done in many years, but I loved my rainbow idea for the spinning yarn that I decided I would force it to work.

All of the yarn in this was hand dyed by me with Kool Aid, Cheap dollar store drinks, and Jacquard Acid Dyes.  I spun it all together, and then just used a little Fun Fur (dollar store find- can you believe it?) on the collar and cuffs mixed in with my multicolored tufted black yarn that I spun up as well.

So, here it is!

I am so excited. I never could start small on anything I am learning to do.  I have only been spinning since September so this is HUGE for me.

Thanks for listening to me gush about it.  I am just so excited I actually FINISHED this.  I actually have to readjust a couple of buttons (so the stripes line up) and then bind up the shoulder seams so that the sleeves sit better, but that is just minor stuff. 

This is the original photo that inspired me to make this coat:
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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2007 05:06:41 PM »

Wow!  I'm amazed at how much commitment this must have taken!  That's really incredible!

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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2007 05:07:23 PM »

WOW!!  That looks fantastic!!  Be prepared for a lot of attention when you go out, hey? Wink

I can't believe you used KoolAid to dye it.  What does that say about our stomachs.  Shocked
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2007 05:09:08 PM »

Wow! The coat of many colors! I'm so impressed by your determination to finish this.

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« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2007 05:12:31 PM »

!!!!!! You have turned a usually too-bright rainbow into a thing of subtle beauty. How rockin! I adore this, and I am astounded by your skill and patience. Clicking this rocks as I type...

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« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2007 05:13:24 PM »

I am incredibly impressed! and I love the variations of color.

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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2007 05:15:46 PM »

That is incredible! The hard work you have put into it definitely shows! And good for you for shopping at the dollar store. Just so happens I've seen the same fun fur at our local Dollar Tree too! I just haven't bought any because I don't know how to knit....yet. ^_< But you've built up my confidence seeing that this is only you're 3rd knit. Either that our you're a superhuman fast learner!

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« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2007 05:19:18 PM »

WOW!!  That looks fantastic!!  Be prepared for a lot of attention when you go out, hey? Wink

I can't believe you used KoolAid to dye it.  What does that say about our stomachs.  Shocked

I know, right?

The funny part is that I am the organic woman who goes in the market to buy all organic produce and health food.  Then I would see some Kool Aid on clearance and start screaming and hollering and grabbing fistfuls of it.

The looks I would get at the counter were hilarious.
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Then when I told them that I was using it to dye my wool, the looks got even funnier.

HAHAHAHHAA Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked

The weirdest thing is that the wool did better with Kool Aid many times than with the Acid dyes!  What does that stuff do to the human body - the thought is frightening!
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« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2007 05:20:04 PM »

Wow, this is absolutely beautiful! I love it! I know a lot of hard work went into that, and it definitely shows! Wonderful job.

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« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2007 05:26:24 PM »

Amazing! Those colors are so bright and beautiful. I can't believe you used kool-aid. It looks fantastic and I like it better than that plain white one. I hit the this rocks button.
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