Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Ready, Set, Go...............
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
I ordered a new pair of needles. Do you see anything wrong with this picture??? One is at least 1/2 inch shorter. Interesting...........
My new glasses arrived this last week. They are from Sweet Necessi-teas. I love that lace!
I saw Lily Chin in the magazine Inside Crochet. Look closely. The dress and shawl are her designs. Has she been hiding? I have not seen anything of hers lately. Just in case you have not heard of her, she is a speed crocheter and a designer.
I started the on-line dating thing. I ended the on-line dating thing. Has anyone else had any on-line dating experiences they wish to share????????????
Monday, July 27, 2009
I finally finished this cozy!
I had a good laugh today when I looked at my website and I noticed that I put the word famine in place for feminine. I must have spelled the word wrong and with spell-check, I just pushed change. Well, the words are not quite the same.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
These colors go very well together. The cozy could be reversed. I want the inside to look as neatly made as the outside of the cozy.
With this lining, I used a black bias tape band sewn on the fabric as the tube to put elastic in, and it just does not match. I really did not need anything sewn on, since I had doubled lining. I could have just sewn 2 rows about 1/2 inch apart and it would have made a tube. I will be redoing the black bias tape, when I dig out my sewing machine. I put it away in the basement and now I need it again. I always have several projects going at one time, so I may surprise you when it gets done.
I just happened to comb the larger dog, Gus, this weekend. When I looked at the amount of hair I had piling up, I took a photo. Some people spin dog hair. This hair is soft, but not long enough so it would need to be mixed with wool. I can not spin dog hair. I have thoughts of stinky, wet dog and, well, it just sounds awful!!! Besides, I wear dog hair daily, without intending to. With two dogs, it gets on everything!!! The picture of the dog hair is a little funny looking, can you see rabbit in it? Maybe a cat? It is like looking at the clouds, everyone sees something different.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I died a roving of Merino wool with pink. I knotted the roving up which allowed some the wool to receive a stronger dye solution than other parts of the roving. I blended up various shades of this pink wool with a little hot pink cotton. When I spun the yarn, the hot pink lumped a little, which is what I intended. Even though this was beautiful in one ply, or another ply the same, I had to do something different. I used a thick bubblegum pink nylon thread as the ply. This added a lot of shine to the yarn and unified the varied pinks.
Monday, June 1, 2009
I have seen fabric spun with wool , but it is usually lumped here and there on the wool. I do not like that look. I have also seen fabric spun alone and it needs a lot of twist and it is hard to use without catching on the hooks in the spinning wheel. I finally found a method of spinning with fabric and wool that isn't too lumpy. What I found that works, is to spin a 1/2" piece of fabric for about 10-12 inches, using a lot of twist. Then add some wool and it catches onto the fabric. If you can keep this momentum going, you will have fabric and wool spun at the same time. The end product does not go into my orifice very well, so I was hand winding it onto the bobbin. I also had to set the twist with water and a water bottle weight. Pictures of the yarn are in this post. What do you think?
The knitting with the fabric and yarn together looks more uniform. In the other sample, the spinning takes more time to spin and is a little lumpier, but my sparkles from the Angelina fibers show up more.
Monday, May 18, 2009
I first spin a single yarn with a lavender batt containing Shetland, Merino, Mystery Wool, and Kid Mohair. There are some lumps and bumps designed in the batt. The first sample is a single ply, with the twist sent. The second sample is a 2 ply yarn using the same fiber for both plies. The third sample has a second ply of cream colored Merino/Montdale. The fourth has a second ply of Athena yarn. The 5th sample is Fiesta yarn as the second ply. Finally the 6th sample is a ply of Colorlash yarn.
Above is a sample of the batt and a single ply yarn.
Sample 3 shows the second ply as white Merino/Montdale
Sample 4 shows a novelty commercially spun yarn as the second ply.