Archive for November, 2008

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Spinning, Dyeing and Overcoming Fears

November 14, 2008

This week has been quite a triumphant week for me, fiber-wise.  It began with my dyeing a few tops of BFL:

 

 

 

 

I then dyed another, smaller top and forgot to take pictures of it because I was so wanting to spin it up!

 

I wanted to spin a single but with a barber-pole effect – I think I accomplished my goal! 

In retrieving these pictures, I realize I had not posted photos of my version of the UltraLight Lisard, which I had mentioned in the last Podcast, here is a photo:

And this is not all I’ve done this week!  I also knitted just a little of the Kenobi.  I now have the front and collar to complete and then on to blocking and finishing.

 

And finally, my proudest milestone of the week, knit-wise, is overcoming my Fair Isle issues.  I still have much to learn of course and even more to refine, but I am quite pleased with my results so far.

Of course, I have also Podcasted this week as well and would you believe, I even managed to keep up with this weeks chores?  Now ask me how much sleep I’ve had.

 

 

 

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Product Review

November 14, 2008

Christmas has already arrived for me … well, mostly.  One of my new favorite items is a cute little container.  I could go on and on about it but, well, just look for yourself:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isn’t he cute!  This is from Clover and is under $10, at least mine was – I bought it at Knit Picks.

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MA Photo Contest Winners!

November 10, 2008

Congratulations to MA Photo Contest Winners!!!

 

First Place Winner: Alpaca  by Purr (19)

 

Runners Up: Dragonfly by Cathvs (18)

                    Hanging Hanks by Kariola (16)

 

There were so many great submissions and I am sure the voting was tough for everyone.  The following are Honorable Mentions based on vote:  

 

                                        Skeins by Cathvs (15)

                                        Mushrooms by MrsGryphon (14)

                                        Pink Flower by Sulkycat (14)

                                        Dutch Porch by GrF (13)

                                        Piggies by GrF (12)

This is a new form, please fill it out so that I can go ahead and edit photos and submit them for printing.  If this form is not filled out I will not be able to make up the calendars or other materials for the MA Marketplace.  Once the forms have been recieved, I will have prizes sent out and merchandise up for sale! 

 

Thanks to all you lovelies for playing along!  Maybe we can do this again sometime!

 

 

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Adventures in Plying

November 7, 2008

 

In last week’s Podcast I had mentioned that I learned the Navajo ply using the “Ply-on-the-fly” technique for 3-ply.  I completely forgot to post pictures!  This week, I learned to do a 2-ply using the Andean technique. Both are my first attempts at plying and, while not perfect, I love them both!  Using a spindle is far more  enjoyable than I could have imagined!  Still, I can’t wait to get a spinning wheel!  

 

Navajo Ply (on the Fly)

Navajo Ply (on the Fly)

 

 

 

Andean Ply

Andean Ply

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MA Photo Contest – Update!

November 1, 2008

Today is the official start of voting for your favorite MA photos.  Selected photos will be used to create a calendar to represent MA and it’s  members.  Please keep this in mind when voting :)

MAers, vote here!