Showing posts from June, 2012

A Fiber Cabinet or two

This cabinet has been used in many ways. At this time it houses bath mats. The shelves at the top are actually T.V. trays that lock in place, and it is a great way of storing some yarn , bags and have some privacy by putting it by the window.
This is the best configuration of the many permutations of how to store things in this cabine. By the way this is my 1,000 th post since I started blogging and what better way of celebration than with organizing my fiber. My Flip Loom fits, my wheel and all my loose fibe, plus some of my yarn on top . On top the yarn is inside those wicker baskets. The shelf on top and the other shelf are add ons from us.  I am able to store the binders with my circular needles and the green binder has lots of patterns. I am also able to sore the swift behind the binders. It looks fantastic and it is organizing my fiber in a very neat way.

Inside the drawers I am able to put away my other loom "Cricket" , needles, I can actually fit the Camera bag i…

Sun Satchel Felted Bag

I like this bag a lot, it is the Sun Satchel by Stephen West. I came out a big bigger than the ontended bag, so I had to adjust some of the bag to make it more to my size. More than size, more friendly to carry things in it. I can tell you that I love the bag. I actually have two buttons so that it can expand a bit if I need to have a bigger bag. I have not added a third button, but it's a tought.
So this bag welcomes you to the Summer of 2012. What I definitely learned is that I will need to go down a needle size if I want  something to be exactly the size Stephen designed it.  I know that my Forge blanket was at least 65 inches without blocking and this bags is the second project that came about.  This bag is about 3 inches wider than it should have been, but I am happy with the end product.

I think Stephen West is such a creative young designer. Meeting him in person, at "A Verb for Keeping Warm" in Oakland, CA, was a wonderful experience that alloweed me to …

USOC , Sandosky And Ravelympics

It should not be news  by now.   Twitter, Facebook and all major websites are buzzing with this.It is actually all around the world So I am going to repost  the letter that the USOC sent to Ravelry.  I have to tell you that the biggest problem is not the trademark, but the uncaring and rude language of this letter.  How is it possible for  people not to proof read ,or if they do, how can you say this is acceptable, that is beyond me.. He actually apologized twice, and not very good apologies may I say.  The Apologies are at the end.

Dear Mr. Forbes,
In March 14, 2011, my colleague, Carol Gross, corresponded with your attorney, Craig Selmach [sic], in regard to a pin listed as the “2010 Ravelympic Badge of Glory.”  At that time, she explained that the use of RAVELYMPIC infringed upon the USOC’s intellectual property rights, and you kindly removed the pin from the website.  I was hoping to close our file on this matter, but upon further review of your website, I found more infring…

Kromski Sonata not for the masses

Sonata (1), a photo by Crafty Andy on Flickr. I have no idea what do people think 5 years of Craftmanship Warranty means, but I can tell you that my next wheel is not going to be a Kromski. What you are seeing is the replacment post from my Sonata. IT IS NOT NEW, it was taken off another wheel, it has some dents. I will deal with it if it works. Good think I bought this will with a VISA card that extends the warranty. I will write Tim of New VOyager a letter in the next few days, to thank him, but also to give him my grievances. When you have a car and a door has a craftmanship defect or problem, the manufacturer does not send you a used door. The manufacturer or representative of Kromski should have sent me a NEW post. There is a reason why I did not buy a Kromski Harp Loom.

I do like my wheel a lot and will continue to use it for as long as it works. I am very dissapointed , yet I am glad I got something better than glue it with gorilla glue. If you are going to buy a New…

Natural Dyes Class

I have wanted, for a long time, to take a Natural Dye Class at "A Verb For Keeping Warm" . These ladies not only are fantastic sponsors of some of the MFKR if not All, they are fantastic teachers for Natural Dyes. Kristine is a wonderful teacher and I can spend hours listening to her teach, the same with Aday. This couple are a great combo of information and techniques about natural dyes and the plants to use. I was very glad that I joined this group on Father's Day. I was delighted to find my Friend Kate was taking the class with me. We had a chance to catch up and walk to the Train together. This class is worth the money, because they give you so much information in so little time. We did everything with a very simple , yet full instructional approach. I am looking forward to the mushroom dye class in the future.

The picture Above is the mason jars that we  made our dye batches.  We used natural things, animals and flowers.  We understand the sacrifice and the e…

Milk Fiber Review

Here is my milk fiber homespun yarn or handspun. Let's say I spun it by hand on my wheel and call it even , lol. Do I like this fiber for spinning? I have to say no. It is not a great fiber to spin from, but it is a great fiber to ply. This sounds contradictory, but people that spin yarn can relate to it.
In the end I found the yarn to have a bit of luster, but the texture is a bit like paper like.  It is stiff and not springy like wool, so it behaves a bit like silk without the sheen or softness.  I am going to dye this fellow and see how it comes out.

Going to the review. I did not like this fiber for spinning.  Not recommended for beginner spinners, but if you are a seasoned spinner you should spin it and see what it feels like.  I found it requires more twist than I expect it to hold together, but when plying it was a lot easier to ply.  It has a smell of either cream or butter, or maybe is my mind playing tricks on me. I would rather spin bamboo and flax than milk fiber…

Fortunate Spinning Kromski Sonata

Sometimes I don't remember that things get old and worn out.  What am I talking about? You know the brake cord for the Scotch Tension on the Kromski?  Well mine was looking sad, but I really did not think it had anything to do with the uptake of the yarn or the way the bobbin moved.  I can tell you that from the beginning I did not like the cord  or the spring that the Kromski Sonata came with.  Some times you have to be careful with the changes you make, because these two elements, the spring and the brake cord are essential to the mechanism of spinning. Changing both may have been troublesome if I had a problem.  Why?  I changed two things and any of the two could have been the problem or both.   I took a chance and got some Hemp cord.  I believe almost any kind of #20 or #10 thread will do, as long as it does not slip.

In the picture above , you can clearly see the different spring which the Sonata has and the one dangling was the old one.  The new spring is very strong, so …

Sonata Screw Nut Again

This post is to document the crazy fact about the Kromski Sonata screw nut.  Last year as a matter of fact around May 2011, I got the same problem. The screw nut became loos and thus the wheel is useless.  Again I got ideas for repairing this, but instead of emailing I decided to call these people at New Voyager.  Last year at their suggestion I repaired the screw nut with gorilla glue. This year I am getting a new Post to replace this one.  It would have been nice to have it last year, but it will be OK this year. I bought this wheel brand new around March 2010, I did not buy used, so I need this to be replaces and this year it will happen.  I am honestly hoping that this is the last entry I do about a screw nut being defective on my Kromski, it has a 5 year craftsmanship warranty. A little note,  I go a beautiful loom and it is a Schacht Loom , Thanks for stopping by.

Felting a Beret

This was my experiment with the yarn that you saw the other day.  I should have made it about 4 inches bigger, but in the end it worked out great.  The lessons of felting are great and it makes a fantastic fabric out of hair and more.  Remember this is an  Alpaca, Wool and silk blend.

Felting by hands was not too hard.  I even put it on the washer on hand wash cycle.  I threw it in a zippered pillow case , with some beach shoes.

I new from this point that it may have been too short, but it was too big as well for my head.  The opening was about and inch larger.  If I had hair or a bigger head, that would have been no problem , lol.

I used a glass plate to give it the shape.  The shaping was easier than I expected. I used clothes pins as well to hold it in place. I don't know if the pattern would have come out the same had it been crochet instead of knit.  The pattern is for a knit Beret.

The picture above shows you what I needed to add after it was made.  Yep, I grabbed the needle…

Adventure of Overdye ,felting

So here is a project that I want to make. I want to  felt the beret, a pattern by my friend Kent. I have to admit that at this moment I don't really have enough yarn in my stash, lol. I have accomplished one of my yarn diet goals.I do have more yarn than this, it is just in bags for a specifi project. So with Jacquard Dyes and a crockpot I was able to make the three skeins of yarn at the bottom the same color,

Here you have the yarn has been unified by color over dye. I first over dye the yarn with green, the yellow and the blue took it nicely, but there was a variation on the yellow. I decided that it needed some blue to unify the color a bit more and I used Teal. The result was exactly what I wanted.
I did not know if this yarn was going to take felting, so I did a little swatch and felted it by hand. The results were acceptable, it felted easily. At 15% silk this wool /Alpaca blend felts without any problems. I made a swatch of 15 or so stitches, then I warmed up …

Silk Bells Hand Dyed

I was able to order some inexpensive silk caps r bells, because I wanted to hand dye them with natural dyes.  I can tell you is not an easy task, it takes time.  I had these bells, which were cream colored, soaking in alum and cream of tartar for at least 12 hours.  I made the Lac (burgundy color),  Cutch (golden brown), longwood Grey (dark grey), Osage Orange, the light yellow to orange color,  I have registered to take a class some time this month and I hope I learn a lot.  This is probably easier if I knew exactly what it is expected to be done and to have the same results constantly.  Thanks for stopping by!

Silk Bell Caps Hand dyed

A few years ago, I got some supplies from Earthues for natural dyeing.  So here is the dye stock ready and cooling for tomorrow along with the Bells soaking in Alum and Cream of tartar with a few drops of synthrapol.

I am nervous , yet excited. lol. I did most of it to dye at least 4 ounces each. I have about 70 grams of silk.  This bottle should be enough to dye 1 pound of fabric,yarn, roving, so enough to get some swirling action and have fun. I want to do Indigo, but that is some other time. I want to dedicate my total attention to Indigo as it is a bit more complex, requiring more attention, and in a way less work.  The potions should be good if unused for about 6 months or a year I believe.
So the silk caps are getting wet.  I had no idea how hard they were to get water into them, they need to soak for about 12 hours or more.  Hope to have some dyeing action in a few minutes and create a lovely mirage of four silk caps which is how many I have.  Thanks for stopping by.