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Happy Thanksgiving & sweater in progress

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone from San Francisco, California. We had a quiet home meal, everybody was busy. Just me and Michael this year.
We had a different Thanksgiving dinner with Home Curried Lamb, veggies bake with the lamb, salad, oyster dressing and crescent rolls, red wine never fails as well and sparkling water. I am very thankful for the greatness and abundance in my life. I am blessed beyond my fondest dreams.
As you can tell I am working on the sleeves of this sweater. I was going to make it a vest, because I thought I used all the yarn, but it was hidden under more yarn and I rediscovered the yarn the other day . I am very happy to present you the start of the sleeves which are a lot further by the time this picture is posted.
The front and back of the sweater has been knitted together in a three needle bind off. I did not finish the back and used a lifeline then I used the three needle bind off to have a great join and beautiful termination.


I am not sure how long t…

More Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch

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of Spindles and Yarn

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Spindles come in all colors and prices, Top Whorl and bottom whorl. A spindle (sometimes called a drop spindle) is a wooden spike (known as the shaft) which is commonly weighted at either the bottom middle or top, most commonly by a circular or spherical object [known as the [whorl]]; the spindle may also have a hook, groove or notch, though spindles without these are also common. It is used for spinningwool and other fibers into thread. spindle whorls are common finds in archaeological digs around the world; they may represent one of the earliest pieces of technology available to humankind. I hope you enjoy my candle holder doubling as a spindle display rack. Modern spindles are commonly available in high-whorl, low-whorl, centre whorl or supported varieties. In a high-whorl spindle, the whorl sits very close to the top of the shaft. A hook is placed on the top of the shaft to secure the developing yarn, and the newly-spun yarn is wound around the shaft underneath the whorl. In a l…

Alpacas in Gilroy, Shekinah's Alpacas

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The CGOA Men Who Crochet Oakland Chapter took a field trip to an Alpaca Farm in California. Shekina's Alpacas in Gilroy where we got a warm welcome by the Owner and the herd.
Some of the alpacas were very friendly and curious about us, men and women who arrived for the visit. Others wanted to be pet and fed. This one wanted to be fed all the time, but was graciously posing for our camera constantly.
I got some beautiful extremely soft roving. I want to make dk weight yarn or worsted, we shall see if my new spindles have the magic ingredient that I am looking for.

This yarn is like pitch black, so beautiful, I have been looking for such a yarn for some time now. I came within budget, actually 7 dollars under lol!
Thanks for stopping by!

Tauron Colorway

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Originally uploaded by Crafty Andy I have declared this to be the official Tauron Colorway. I love this color combination and this is my handspun yarn as it is setting. I love the way the yarn is interweaved and the color is so rich. One of the challenges I have right now believe it or no is to make yarn thick. This is about 160 yards and weigst a bit over 100 grams. I am probably going to make a hat with it, lol! Thanks for stopping by!

You spin me round round Baby

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Here what you see is some silk roving that has been hand dyed by me with food coloring. It is different than wool the material is very light and needs to soak and sink by itself. You can help it a bit. I am excited as this is my first time dyeing pure silk and then spinning some which I will have pictures some other day. At this time the silk is drying.

Here is just some of the wool roving I like to paint in my favorite colors. I find that this makes a great combination when plied together.
Here is a video of me spinning and showing you some other stuff that I have shared with you before.
Thanks for stopping by!

Knit Picks , Onions, Chai Tea and Henna

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This yarn soaked in Black Chai Tea,Onion skins dye pot and finally the darker areas where with some henna. I allow it to soak on sections and then I dropped it all in and thus the variations of colors. Onions where very nice to do and I got them from the grocery store bin. I asked if I could have the loose onion skins. This yarn was dyed using left over henna from the above dyeing job. It soaked for about 20 minutes and it is a mellow beige brown color.

I have some Chai Tea steeping for the dye job I am about to do, I will be adding 100 grams of Knit picks bare worsted weight superwash merino to the mix, but not before getting the onions to , 40 of onion skins to steep in water for about 2 hours to get the beautiful hues of yellows, browns and oranges. I went to the grocery store and asked if I could have the onion skeins that were loose, they looked at me like ok whatever makes you happy , lol. So I got about 1.5 ounces or 40 grams of onion skins for my project in dyeing. I then r…

Books for sale on Ebay

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Erika Knight 20 New Classics Men's Knits

Men Who knit & the Dogs who love them

Here is the Link for the Tara Book!

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Never Knit Your Man A Sweater Judith Durant

SOLD!

I am selling these books on EBay because I want to make some space in my library, some are used, some are brand new and never used. All in great conditions, free Shipping in the US. No Outside US business as it is not worth it. Anyway I hope you can find something that you like or something that someone you know likes lol!

Niddy Noddy from A wine Rack

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So we started with an idea of getting a home made niddy noddy that did not cost me an arm and a leg, but small change. I went to the thrift store and found what I wanted to turn into a niddy noddy. Better than that no shipping and instant gratification lol! I had to drill two holes, that's about it and screw two new screws in.
I took it apart and decided how best to assemble this apparatus into a niddy noddy and that is what you see here. There are some metal washers I had laying around and that will make it more techie lol!

It is now waiting to be sanded again and painted some nice strange colors, have not decided yet.
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Top N Bottom Whorl Painted Spindles

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Originally uploaded by Crafty Andy These spindles were a great deal from this ebay store http://stores.ebay.com/anniemaysspinandwool . I wanted a small top whorl spindle and a bottom whorl spindle without having to spend too much money. Low Tech , High Satisfaction that is my motto as well. Thanks for stopping by.

Nostepinne Per Moi!

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So this is ladies and gentlemen a nostepinne made by me. Well not really made, but I went to the hardware store and bought a wooden leg that looked like a nostepinne. The end with the screw was actually at the other side. I go the cutter to cut it for me. then I drill a hole and screw it to the right side and behold the screw came part of it lol!

This is not hard and it was under $5, at this moment it is drying from the satin finish I am giving it, no shipping, no handling but waiting to be used maybe tomorrow or the day after.
I have not given up on finding the right stuff to make a niddy noddy, is it cheaper to buy it? No it is less work, but I enjoy the challenge of making my own Nostepinne. I hope you find this very useful. I went to the hardware store and looked at table legs the rest is history. It was like it was made to order, very little waiting and it will be natural color with a satin finish. Thanks for stopping by!

Spinning lace Alpaca

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Originally uploaded by Crafty Andy One of my goals was to eventually spin lace weight yarn. I have been able to reach that goal on a daily basis by taking spinning seriously and working on it a bit every day. A little every day is about 15 to 30 minutes, I usually spend an hour before I get tired. It is fun to see your work taking shape as you go. I am hoping to have enough to have a two ply lace weight alpaca yarn to show you by the weekend. Thanks fro stopping by.

My first Handspun, handplied

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I am so excited this is my first hand spun hand dyed, 2 ply yarn, lol! I am so proud of myself and thanks to Wonder Mike (Fiberbeat.com) whose expertise has helped me in making this dream come true. This is more addictive than dyeing yarn lol! I would not say is addictive , but it is very entertaining, you can actually go and zone out to the world of ideas. Last night I started Spinning Alpaca in a lace weight manner! I am impressed and satisfied.
This second skein is actually in the dyeing process, kettle dyed and it is going to be very funky. Thanks for stopping by