sarahbird spins

(and does other stuff, too)

Obese spindle alert! June 26, 2007

Filed under: sewing,spinning,yarn — sarahbird @ 10:37 pm

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Isn’t it cute? It’s so fat. I think it’s adorable. Right now it’s holding 4 oz. of freshly plied yarn. Here’s a closeup that gives a better idea of the colors (they’re Wilton’s):

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Wow, that is blurry. I need to learn to take better pictures.

Check out what came home with me from the fabric store yesterday.

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I really love this fabric. I think the color is gorgeous, and you can’t tell from the picture, but the fabric has a slight sheen to it which is very nice. I’m going to try to make it into a skirt. I’m not much of a sewer, but I think that even I can handle a simple A-line skirt, right? I think when it’s done I’ll use metallic thread, either silver or gold, and embroider some kind of a border near the bottom edge. Because I actually can embroider, but it’s a skill of mine that gets very little use, because, frankly, I don’t seem to have too much stuff that needs to be embroidered.

Anyway, I think it’s time for me to take a nap, because I had work at 4(!) this morning. Seriously, 4 a.m…blech. Oh well, at least I was done early.

Have a lovely Tuesday!

 

New Blog! Horray! June 23, 2007

Filed under: handspun,roving,yarn — sarahbird @ 2:48 am

My first entry! How exciting….

I’m planning on making this blog mainly about spinning yarn, dyeing fiber, knitting, making paper, and all kinds of other crafty goodness, with my life and other random things mixed in. Just a little bit of info about me, I’m 20 years old, I just finished my sophomore year in college, I’m studying English and plan on being a librarian eventually. Right now I work in a fabric store, which I actually quite enjoy most of the time. I like to make things…obviously. I’m hoping to open an Etsy shop sometime in the near-ish future.

Anyway, enough with the talking. Here are some of my current projects:

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This is my latest handspun, I really like the way it came out! It’s mill end roving from Sheep Shed Studio, which I handpainted with Wilton’s dyes and spun into a single ply, thick and thin-ish yarn. It’s not very bulky, it’s on the thinner side of what I normally spin. I really like how the colors came out, and I’m excited because it’s 161 yards, which is definitely the biggest skein I’ve ever spun (I spin on a drop spindle, by the way. I’m getting a wheel…someday.)

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Here’s some handpainted roving that I dyed the other day. This one I made by literally mixing up every color of Wilton’s that I own and just putting it randomly on the roving. It was a lot of fun to make, I felt very creative. It came out a lot better than I was expecting, I think it’s actually really pretty. I’ll probably try it again, but I think next time I’ll leave out the brown, because it made some ugly spots where it mixed with the orange and the yellow.

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And one more roving, this one’s just a bunch of different shades of pinks. It’s a lot nicer than it looks, it’s not the best picture. I think both of these are going to become singles, I don’t know why but I just love singles lately! I think they make the colors in the roving come out so nice, and I love knitting with them.

Oh, and both of those rovings are braided using the “loopy” braid method that I read about the other day on Craftster, just because I think it looks so neat!

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Isn’t that cool?