Tuesday, March 29, 2011
The material below, is silk/camel and it is a very difficult blend to play with, but very rewarding. I love the smell of silk, and the touch to your hands is very specific. Silk has a stickiness to it, you may have to moisturise your hands in the middle of your spinning. The Tussah Silk has this honey like color that is amazing and when combined with the camel it gives you a very nice golden color like you see in the picture below this one here.
This is the honey color of this silk blend and it is so pretty and soft. I have a bit more of this blend and I am hoping to make a two ply yarn instead of a three ply.
Here I am sharing with you a bit of my spinning and showing you the drafting zone. Thanks for stopping by.
Monday, March 28, 2011
One of the things I have learned while learning to spin is :
1. Look at your fiber, really look at it , see the character that it has come with.
2. Feel the fiber, get a sense of the preparations that it has, and the character that it has as well.
3. Don't fight the fiber, I believe each fiber has a perfect yarn density that it wants to be, you can force it, but you may not like the results. The fiber will let you know by the way it takes the twist.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
I have to say that this hat was a present from the GODS or the Muses. If you are looking for a Crochet Hat for Expressing your support for a Cause, this is the Hat for you, very Elegant and easy to size . It is a relaxed hat so roomy for your head and no overheating. I manage to finish the hat with the Vanna's Choice yarn and even though it was difficult, I am very pleased with the end product. We all know that nothing easy is ever good, so a little of tweaking on this yarn and the hat came alive. If you are looking for the Knit Version of this Hat my Friend Kyle William is actually the creator of such hat and you can find it HERE or if you rather copy and paste , http://www.kylewilliam.com/3/post/2011/03/cause-hat-to-benefit-living-beyond-breast-cancer.html , this is a link as well. I made this hat with the orange Ribbon because it represents Diversity. This hat is very diverse because you can make any of the colors of the rainbow, even better you can make it with some self stripping yarn as the Change color and have real fun. The pattern is under Crochet Patterns Page uon the top, this will be handled by Ravelry. I am personally donating 50% of the net Proceeds to Project Open Hand, on a monthly basis. Is something that I have wanted to do for a long time and my friend Kyle made this possible for me by inspiring me in the creation of a Crochet Pattern like this one.
I have made it in Wool, wool / acrylic blends, and 100 % acrylic and all of them work good, wool is the best of all. If you are making it for someone who has suffered radiation, I will get the softest acrylic or the nicest cashmere / wool blend , even superwash wool; and make them a hat If you want to purchase the pattern here is the . Thank you for your support. This link is managed by Ravelry and there will be a download link for your convenience, very eco-friendly.
So here I am The Buddha outside and the Buddha inside, both at the same time, who said I could not be in two places at once! I hope this will bring you something for the altruistic spirit in you that will allow you to work with it for a good cause. Thanks for stopping by!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Vanna's choice is a very diverse yarn , but not one of my favorites for this kind of work. Tapestry Crochet and dealing with a 4mm hook I don't know if it is the recommended size or not, but that size of hook 4 mm is not very compatible with this yarn and this hat, but it can be done. After spending a bit of time trying to figure out how to crochet with this yarn, I have to say that I am still not very crazy about it for crochet. I have knitted with it and have had no problems at all, but crochet is a challenge, specially if you hold the hook like a pencil, which is the way I do. Anyway I am working on this hat , on this yarn to give people choices of yarns. It is very versatile and can be made in many kinds of yarns. I wanted to include Vanna's choice as I have a bunch to work with. This yarn is very soft as far as acrylic goes, washes well and perhaps with a bigger hook. This is my take on the Vanna's choice. I would say if you are a knitter this is a perfectly good yarn for you, crocheters beware of how you hold your hook and I would say do a test at the store. Thanks for stopping by!
Monday, March 21, 2011
If the wool is not superwash you will have a better fabric after you wash it. You can cut those warp threads off and they will practically disappear. You can always make those threads go and hide on the wrong side of the fabric, specially if you are using your fabric to line a bag. Weaving is fun and I hope to share more stuff with you in a few weeks. I am busy with other projects and weaving is actually my non mental projects hobby.
This little video will show you a bit more about this fabric and I hope you find it useful. Thanks for stopping by!
Sunday, March 20, 2011
So here I am at the end of my weaving, I think I will weave some and then will make the end like I wanted to make them before. I will attempt to finish this piece without a fringe. Wish me luck. Thanks for stopping by!
Friday, March 18, 2011
I am Triton, I am liquid fire, I am the water that burns. I am one with you and you one with me. I am Triton, I know what is to be water and water knows what is to be me. I know what is to be fire and fire knows what is to be me, so I am here and not here, I am Triton I am the son of the Gods, I am of love always , I am always of peace, I am and always will be Triton, forget me not. Here is the secret for those who want to know, the mountain is full of horses, but inside is the glow. I am Triton , I am the water that burns.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
I know that I want to have a bigger loom, but this little loom is very versatile and now that I got the clamps drilled in a different way is better. This weaving includes some of my wheel spun yarn. I am playing with stitches, pick up sticks and playing with color. I want to know what is making fabric is all about. This is a fun project that I am hoping to incorporate into the Knitting / Project bag that I am fixing as I go. Thanks for stopping by!
Monday, March 07, 2011
Sunday, March 06, 2011
Saturday, March 05, 2011
Last night before going to be I was able to get my loom ready for today. The Apron has been set in the work. The apron is what is called, it is the fabric or material in which you wrap your warp around. I use some kind of butcher's paper, which works fantastic for my loom. I guess I could invest in some canvas cloth, eventually I may do that, but to my credit the paper is so light and easy to put away. Just wanted to show you the loom set and ready to go as I relax in my Saturday of weaving. Thanks for stopping by.
Friday, March 04, 2011
I like this pattern because it gives you the opportunity to make any kind of Ribbon Hat. This pattern is for free if you send me a copy of your donation to "Project Open Hand" . An organization that helps many causes. Thanks to the help from Naomi, this pattern was tested and proofread. There are more hats coming out, some for personal sale and some with other companies in mind. In the meantime there is one Crafty Andy Hat in the works in a month or two. Thanks for stopping by.
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
There is nothing wrong with your LCD, you are seeing floats in Crochet . I have been working on some secret projects about two or more for new patterns in crochet. Hats as you can guess is what I am working on. The main reason I do hats is that so many Crochet hats out there are boring in my opinion and even though they are fantastic patterns I want something more. Add a bit of color and a graph and you have a wonderful new craft. Unlike Tapestry Crochet, COlor Stranding Crochet has floats that hang from the back and does look a lot like Fair Isle Knitting. Just wanted to share the back of the work, the front will not be revealed until the patterns are published, thanks for stopping by.
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