Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Well, I havent' been doing all that much. Random fiber purchases, and I do have a few new handspun yans I'd like to show off.. but alas, I broke my camera. *cries* I was in the process fo cleaning a fleece I purchased at the Bethlehem Fair and the camera has a wee mishap and landed in the bucket of soapy water. O_o Awful. I love taking pictures and I spent so much on my camera.. and now I went and ruined it. I'm still mad at myself for that and it happened over a month ago!
Anyways.. not much going on here.. I missed out on the Nutmeg Spinner's Guild meeting I had wanted to attend.. to check it out and see what the deal was with that.. I went to Boston to visit my friend Ruby who moved there for school. I'm hoping to make it to the December meeting. It sounds like a lot of fun. I have to remember to save some money first though.. lol
Oh! I've been working on a halloween costume.. I decided to be a geisha this year.. I actually have a party to attend. Whee! I'm using Simplicity pattern 1080 and i have the most gorgeous brocade fabric for it.. I need the costume for this saturday and while I cut out most o the pieces, It's not sewn together yet. Better get cracking. Maybe I'll borrow my mom's camera so I can take some pics.
Uhh... I guess I don't really have anything els eI can blabber about right now. It's so much harder ot blog without pics! I hate this. :( Here's hoping I can get a new camera for xmas....
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Most of it was dyed with kool-aid.. the rest was wiltons icing dyes and food coloring. Most of the roving was the superwash/nylon mill ends from the Sheep Shed, and the brown mill ends from the Sheep Shed. I also overdyed my hibiscus roving from Spunky Eclectic, and some black and white mill ends from ebay. I have no idea at this point how much I actually did that day.. but it sure was a lot!
I've never done a batch that big before.. and I wasn't sure what to expect from some of the rovings.. I was just keeping my fingers crossed that I wouldn't somehow felt some of it.. lol Some of the superwash kind of got stringy and fell apart.. I'll be keeping and spinning that up. And I'll be keeping some of the colors that I just love.. but the rest will probably be put up on my etsy. I do need a way to fund my fiber addiciton! XD
Sunday, August 12, 2007
I'm in love. I can't wait to order more already but unfortunately I think I have to wait two weeks until my next paycheck. :(
I'm going to keep busy by dyeing most of what I ordered though. Should be fun. I bought a ton of kool-aid to play with and I think I want to try dyeing with the wilton's icing dyes.
And two pounds is a lot more than I thought it would be.. but I'm still trying to figure out how Carol stuffed it in that tiny box! lol And she threw in a little bag with nylon fibers! I don't now if I can just spin it as is or if I need to blend it with something...
There were quite a few long strips of roving mixed in as well as a whole bunch of shorter thinner strips, and some really thick ones in the superwash/nylon bag. I still can't get over all the fiber I have to play with! lol
I'm definitely going to try dyeing some of the brown roving as well as the superwash/nylon.. I'm wondering how the brown will take the dyes...
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
I also spun up half of the Poison roving from Spunky Eclectic.. and I'll admit I was a bit disappointed with it. Not with the way it was spun.. but still with the colors..
I can't help it.. I ordered it expecting something bright blue and bright green.. and got something that was bright green, a weird purple, and a whole lot of white. *sigh* It is a pretty colorway.. but because it's not what I wanted, I don't like it. I thought that maybe whe I spun it up, I would like it more.. but I don't. Oh well.
GloStick 135 yds 12 wpi 2 ply
Monday, August 06, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
I decided to use of the rest of the green roving I got from mainewoods yarn on etsy and spun up a bobbin full of that. I also spun up a bit of the white roving that came with my wheel and plied it with some of the green. The rest, I wound into a center pull ball and plied on itself. I was doing pretty well with the ball.. but maybe 3/4 of the way through, it tangled so badly I got frustrated and stopped where I was. I still have the rest of the ball sitting in a bin with my rovings.. eventually when I'm no longer mad at it (is it normal to be mad at a ball of wool?) I'll attempt to untangle it and see if I can do something with the rest of it.
Here's yarn #1... Starlight Mint. Appx 68 yds, 10 wpi.. worsted weight. green-100% wool white-80% wool, 20% mohair
and yarn #2... Frog's Breath. Appx 130 yds, 12 wpi... DK weight. 100% wool.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Anyways.. I bought some gorgeous handspun yarn from J, beautiful greens, blue and purples plied with black. I'm currently knitting a Calorimetry with it. I can't wait for it to be cold, (did I just say that?! ME who HATES the cold and snow?!) so I can wear it. It's looking super spiffy so far. :D
I had forgotten to take my silk hankies that i had spun off the niddy noddy before I left for the weekend. Oh well. I set the twist (blocked it, whatever) when I came home sunday. I loooove it. I only got about 64 yds.. and I really want to keep this for myself. I just don't know what I can knit with 64 yds.. no pics yet.. there hasn't been good sunlight and the pics I took inside look awful. Trust me when I say that it's soft and shiny and pretty. :)
I've also been spinning up the black and green batt I purchased from stickyfingers and I think it's coming out nicely. I'm aiming for thin. And it's spinning up pretty darn fine. I'm just hoping I don't make a tangle mess of it when I try to ply it. I'm about halfway done with the batt so far (it was tiny, only about an ounce) and I think I'll be able to get all of it on the spindle. *crosses fingers*
And I've recieved another square for the Knit/Crochet Blanket Swap.. this one is from chibie elphie. So pretty!
And I've also recieved from superhooker for the Knit/Crochet Goodie Bag Swap.. still havent' had a chance to send yet.. I really need time to get to the PO. I adore everything. She really spoiled me.
Knitted beach bag from my wists, a cute mini journal/sketchbook, and two containers of body butter.
Three skeins of sock yarn, two sets of dpns, a cute metal tin to keep the dpns in, and a sheepie tape measure.
Sponge capsules that grow in water, a cute binder to keep patterns in, a beginners sock pattern, and Stephanie Pearl McPhee Casts Off!
AND I recieved from WYOKrista for the Heroes Swap. Another fabulous package. I'm trying to get all my projects done for monday's send date.
What's this? Breakfast?
Nope.. it's Heroes swag! ^^ Punch embroidered hat with heroes symbol, and a Hiro t shirt.
Notecards. (I really don't want to use these.. they're just too cool!)
and here's some links to closeups of the notecards...
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
I also finished spinnin gup the silk hankies.. and I wound up with 64 yds! (I know that's not a lot of yardage.. but it's an accomplishment for me!) It's currently sitting on the noddy, and I'll set the twist later tonight. :D Pictures soon!
Monday, July 09, 2007
Sunday, July 08, 2007
And he was gracious enough to cut the pipe for me too, :D I may be crafty, but I am most definitely not handy. So, me using a saw.. out of the question. I have trouble even wielding a hammer correctly.. although if I really have to, I can.
Anyways.. here is my lovely new PVC niddy noddy (so I don't have to wind skeins onto a chair or my feet anymore!). And it only cost me $4! And I still have some pipe left over. :D
And I think one of the things I like the best about it (aside from the cost) is that I can take it apart for storage. :D Sweet. I may make a simple drawstring bag to keep it in.. hmmmm
I also decided to spin up the rest of the silk hankies I purchased from drivebyknitting on etsy.. and I'm about halfway through them. Drafting the silk hankies really hurts my left index finger after a while, so I gave up for the time being.
I drafted one thin hankie layer at a time, and I spun it as I went along.. mainly because I get bored doing nothing but drafting. Usually I wouldn't do such a thing as spin while the bf is over, but he was playing Guitar Hero 2 so it was ok.
I absolutely LOVE the way these hankies are looking all spun up.. and the colors are GOREGOUS. And it's shiny. God, how I love shiny. XD
And I see that my benedryl is kicking in and I'm starting to get that "dizzy, I should lie down and go to sleep" sort of feeling.. so I suppose I should give in and just go to bed. Although the spindle is calling to me... maybe just a little more.. XD
Thursday, July 05, 2007
the whole package (and my kitty inspecting it, hoping there's something for her in there)
A fabulous little pouch with a handpainted pic of Sailor Mars...
A felt sushi roll...
Some awesome sushi stitch markers...
Shrinky dink necklace charms featuring InuYasha and Kohaku and Koryu from the manga "Wish"...
And some yummy japanese candy!
And here's what I sent her!
-three Ranma 1/2 mangas (vol 1, 2, and 3)
-a little canvas bag with Jiji the Cat drawn on it
-two bookmarks (featuring Kodama and Totoro)
-3 different crocheted sushi rolls
- and a collaged frame with different anime characters
the whole package...
closeup of sushi...
closeup of earrings...
I really enjoyed crafting for this swap and I'm glad I had such a great partner! :D