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Tour De Fleece!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted in Spinning with tags , , , , , , on July 11, 2010 by sweetnightmare

Woohoo!!! The Tour De Fleece has started! I totally forgot it and only started three days ago (not too late), but I can’t believe that I already won something!!! I posted to the random prize thread and I was picked! So happy!! Ashamed though that the photo I had was so horrible. Yesterday I was spinning some black and white mill ends and just took a quick snap of what I had on the bobbin (first picture to the left).

Yarn spinnings so far

In other news, still have not opened my Etsy shop. It is still being set up. This week I’ll be taking some high resolution photos (like the ones above). It should be open at the end of the month or beginning of August, fingers crossed.

I also might be abandoning this blog to open up a new one with the Etsy shop name, so stay tuned for that.

Gotta go, byeee.

Spinning yards and yards of yarn

Posted in Spinning, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on May 24, 2010 by sweetnightmare

I’ve been sailing away on Queen Anne these last two weeks and getting beautiful results. I’ve been making up for all the last time since I couldn’t spin for most of the spring semester.

I am so proud of this one. It’s fairly consistant. I purchased a batt from Bohemia Fibers on Etsy sometimes ago, it’s called Planet Grape. Planet Grape is a mix of merino wool and fire star (my first time spinning both fibers). I plied it with a single of purple merino wool. I think it turned out great together. Love it 🙂

Planet Grape spun to perfection

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I have more to show but a little busy right now. I’ll try to post later today or tomorrow.

P.S. – I joined the Tour De Fleece :). I’m on the rookie  team and the art yarn team (Thanks Sharon for turning me on to it).

Soy Escuchando – Deftones / Diamond Eyes

Spindles!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2009 by sweetnightmare

It’s a been a little bit since I last wrote. I have been so busy with school. I am taking a little break to write but this will be short with mostly pictures. I have to get back to writing my thesis and a bunch of other projects.

So last I wrote, I talked about how I was ordering two spindles from Bohemia Fibers. OMG, I LOVE her spindles! Way better quality that the other spindle I bought from Etsy. I ordered a top and bottom whorl spindle kit. They are absolutely beautiful and spin so well. I got an unbeatable price too. She even put leader yarn on them both 🙂 Her spindle kits come with fiber. She asked what color I wanted, I suggested some but told her I wasn’t picky and would take anything. She was so thoughtful to send me batts in the colorway lullaby in remembrance of my daughter, so sweet of her. I had an awesome experience with her, I will buy again  from her- she is such a wonderful person 🙂

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They both spin like a dream. Here is a photo of my top whorl full of.. mmmm.. handspun yarn! This one was much more consistant than my first yarn. I found it a lot easier to spin on this spindle. I got a lot more done yarn this time around. This single is just a bit thicker than the first hank of yarn so it’s a bit bigger. I’m planning to ply this one but I forgot to count how many wraps I made on my “niddy noddy”. I don’t have a niddy noddy yet so I use the knobs on my drawers lol. So I suppose that is my very own spinners tip. If you don’t own a niddy noddy just  measure the distance between two knobs, wrap the yarn around them (be sure to count your wraps! unlike me lol),  tie it up, after your yarn is stretched and dry you just unscrew one of the knobs (if your knobs don’t unscrew this won’t work). Then you make your hank 🙂

handspun

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(this is a photo from when I was putting twist back in my reclaimed yarn, this is how I stretch and dry my yarn.)

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On my other spindle I spun all of the brown fiber I had. I love the way that it looks. Next time I make an order from Sheep Shed Studio I am going to ask for the brown tone mill ends.

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Speaking of Shed Shed Studio, I got my order in recently! I’ve completely screwed myself now because now I have new stash! I bought one pound of black and white mill ends, one pound of turquoise #1 wool, eight ounces of specially dyed superwash in purple tones, 4 ounces of specially dyed superwash in autumn tones and a skein of hand painted originals by Brown Sheep yarn. I just wanted to try it out.

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Two weeks ago was my lovely daughter’s 1st birthday. I baked her a cake for her Yo Gabba Gabba birthday party. It didn’t come out too bad considering that it was my first time really decorating a cake.DSC00248

Okay I could go on about the other stuff I am up to but I really have to get back to my work! Until next time..

Soy Escuchando:  Horrorpops / Missfit

Is it possible? I learned something new.. again??

Posted in Adventures in Dyes, Life, Other Crafts, Spinning with tags , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2009 by sweetnightmare

Photos are all at the bottom in the gallery.

Yes it is! I can’t believe I picked up something new..a new obsession… I need more space because soon I’m going to have a new kind of stash… in addition to the yarn and the fabric lol! I have thought about doing it for months and finally, I did it. I bought my first spindle and roving. It’s pretty awesome. I got a nice little top-whorl with 4 ounces of beautiful wool fiber. Hubby doesn’t get it, and DD wants to naw on it lol I started off just using it to put twist back into that reclaimed yarn that I wrote about two or three posts back (in the photo of the mini skeins- the first one has the loosest twist, the second is better, and the last is perfect.. that one has so many tails because that was my ball of tied together scraps). It turned out pretty good. I figured out as I went along how much twist I needed and you can see the progress in my mini skeins 🙂

Today-er.. yesterday, I finally split, drafted and even if it is almost the thickness of thread lol! There are a few parts where it is thinner than I wanted and a few bumps here and there but I like it, it’s kool. I can’t wait to ply it. I think it will turn out nicer. Monday I plan to order a bottom whorl and another top-whorl spindle from Bohemia Fibers. Check out her shop, she has a lot of scrumptious items and she is just  lovely person. I also plan on getting some yummy fiber from Sheep Shed Studio.. actually the roving I have is from there. I can’t wait until Monday!!!

Oh yea! My kool-aid dyed yarn that I wrote about in my last post finally dried. It turned out beautifully. Isn’t it the most fantastic shade of red? Awesome.

Soy Escuchando: The Devil Wears Prada / What’s your name again?