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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Quick Favor :)

A fellow Miami Dade Student needs your help. His story is posted here. If you could donate even like $.50 it all adds up in the end! To have one kid with this condition must be devastating, but to have two must be so hard on the family. If you can help out please do :) Thank you!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Half Down, Half to Go!

Well 46g down, 59g to go! Last night I finally finished the first half that I divided of my pink silk/merino and it's sooooo soft. I can't wait to do the other half :) Plus I still have the white merino to paint AND probably by the time I am done with my pink stuff I'll have enough money to get a fiber club. Then I will be set. If you have not noticed from my earlier post, I only use to do thick singles. I could go through an ounce in maybe 60 yards. Now that I got a good, light spindle It takes me weeks to make my lace weight singles (for plying) from only one and half ounces. I love how my old things look from my fat singles, but I really love the quality and look from my plied. In one of the pictures the yarn kinda looks like brains >:) It's still super springy and is currently resting on a back of a chair to try to retain the shape. It came out to be about 310 yds. I really hope that my second half is close to that. The 13g difference is a lot to me, considering 13g is over a 1/4 of the weight of one half. Ugh now I'm stressing! I'll just ply on the fly what ever is left. I can do it! Now for pictures! And holy crap I wish Photobucket didn't have the picture of the nose-pierced bear right when I tab over. I love animals, and I donate to WWF when I can, but I feel guilty not being able to help circus bears!
Place mats make excellent backgrounds!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Hi Again :)

Been busy this week! Birthday party's at South Beach, school, work (!!!), WoW, which my time card just expired, not sure how I feel about that right now! Anyways! I have been working on my pink/orange/white silk/merino that I ordered forever ago. Wow, that project is going to take a while! Plus I have the white merino to play with after, I think I'm going to paint it, not sure what colors yet! I have seen some AMAZING paint jobs recently and I might have to take a swing at one. Also I'm shopping around for a fiber club, which as soon as work starts up I will be purchasing, or maybe with some birthday money that I will hopefully be coming across late April :)

I was looking at the crochet group on Ravelry and found a thread about reading charts. I can not for the life of me read them! Well some one posted this awesome link that has the symbols (in US AND UK) and I thought I'd share it with you. It also has knitting symbols, but to be honest it could be Kanji for all I know! Perhaps one day I'll knit. Here it is! Hopefully that can help some people like me who can't read pictures (for the first time in a long time).

I was watching this documentary the other day on Oxygen and it was about Ethiopian girls being married off at really young ages, really sad stuff. But while I was watching it they had a brief clip of a woman sitting and using a drop whorl spindle. Thank goodness I have a DVR, because i rewound it like 5 times to watch her for a split second. How she was doing it was she had a ball of, what looked to me, just some bunched up fiber. She would take the hook, swipe it in the fiber, pull it out, then spin-drop the spindle. Granted the yarn was lumpy and uneven, but that method was amazing. I have to try it when I come across some not so greatly coarsen fiber, or just a ball of it. I bet that yarn would make for an amazing weaving, lumpy and uneven makes for interesting FO's.

If any one has a suggestion on any good fiber clubs, please, please, please! Tell me about it :) I'm looking for something at least 6 months, and not crazy expensive. I love bright colors and I don't really care for single color fiber.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Beautiful Day

It's great that it rains for one day here and you get at least two nice days of clear skies out of it! :) Before I did anything this morning I took pictures of my first ply on the fly method yarn. I'm still not sure what I'm going to do with it, I might just use it to make my hexagons for my blanket, which I have been too side tracked lately to work on! I need to get on that, one of my New Year goals, aside from the usual: lose weight, finish school, not die, and not get pregnant is to make a blanket out of my own hand spun yarn. It is going to require at least 200 of these cool looking hexagons. So far my color selection is crazy. I mean any color under the sun in different mixes. Here is a few pictures of my yarn:
Also, as a huge fan of Japanese culture, I was deeply upset and shocked by the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan yesterday. I hope that more of the people missing are found alive and my thoughts go out to those families who are suffering right now. And let's hope that the nuclear plants over there can hold out and not cause any more damage to this already shaken country. It is amazing that no matter how prepared a country is, and Japan has to be one of the most earthquake ready countries, devastation can still find a way of slipping in.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Yucky Day

It's raining outside today so it is an awful day to take pictures. I've been trying ply-on-the-fly method and I'm pretty happy with the results. I have no idea what to do with it, but I made a roving that is violet, purple, red, and pink. I wish I had pictures of it!

I still haven't gotten my order from England of my pink/orange roving and my white roving. I think instead of just mixing in some firestar that I'll be hand dying it instead. I really want to make something blue or oceanie, or maybe some thing like the "Rosewood" color spun here.

I'll try to take pictures tomorrow when this cold front finally gets here. It should be nice and blue outside. Thank goodness my power hasn't gone out while typing this. :)

Monday, March 7, 2011

New spindle and lots of Fiber!

I got my spindle, and with it came an extra one! I was so happy when I saw two cones wrapped in there! It also came with a small sample of fiber 80/20 Cormo/Mulberry silk yarn. I spun that first to try out both of the new spindles, then plyed that and crocheted some cute little clovers (which you can buy on my Etsy store :-D ). I also have mid-terms this week, new Pokemon game came out, and a million other things to do this week. BUT! I managed to spin, ply, and take a few pictures of my finished monthly challenge rainbow yarn. You know, the one I waited patiently (surprisingly) to spin with my new amazing spindle(s!). They spin so well I could go on and on about how smooth it is and how pretty they are but I won't. I'll post pictures instead!

Fiber! :)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Spindle should be here any hour now!

WOO! Finally on its way over here! Turkey Point (the nuclear power plant close to my house... Wow that sounds scary when I put it like that!) is having its monthly drill in case of a melt down, yeah that's not scary sounding either, and my three dogs are going nuts! Munch got the neighbor's dogs howling, Rex is howling, and Noodles is so confused she's howling too. Well I finished my shawl and stretched it across my sliding glass door and took some pictures. I wish I had the hook size it requested but I'm happy with the shape it cam out.




Now I'm working on this. I'm trying to clear out my old yarns that I have too much of. I like making big things, I just usually get bored about a quarter in and call it. But I really want to be able to focusing on my spinning (especially now that I'll be getting my new spindle!) and my shop. Soon I'll be working again and I'll have like four hundred things going on at once (or so it seems), so to know I can finish big projects really makes me feel like I've accomplished something.

Bullet Out for Delivery, March 04, 2011, 9:13 am, MIAMI, FL
Bullet Sorting Complete, March 04, 2011, 9:03 am, MIAMI, FL
Bullet Arrival at Post Office, March 04, 2011, 6:39 am, MIAMI, FL
Bullet Processed through Sort Facility, March 04, 2011, 3:00 am, OPA LOCKA, FL
Bullet Electronic Shipping Info Received, February 25, 2011      




Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Shawling

So instead of working on my roving with my new spindle (which I still don't have :(  ), I've been working on a simple shawl. Looking at all the people's FO from their hand spun yarn, almost all were shawls. And all were knitted! I can't knit, I wish I could just for those amazing shawls they make. They must take hours, they use lace weight and shawls are pretty big. So I've been working on clearing out my old yarn collection, most, if not all, is acrylic blends for babies. That baby stuff is damn soft. Well I came across this simple pattern at Lion's Brand for Romantic Speed Hook Shawl. I guess by "speed" they meant it was a quick project on account of the hook size, S-35, (I'm using a size Q, don't tell anyone!) And let me tell you, I'm at the last 20 or so rows and it is kicking my butt! The first half was quick, but doing row after row of increases of 2 after about row 45 it just takes a really long time! But I'm pretty happy with the color and how hole-y it is. Don't really need a heavy wool shawl down in South Florida! I'll post pictures as soon as I'm done. I wonder if I have to block it, hope not!

Here is a picture of it from the website, some of the people that posted reviews posted pictures of their own versions.