Wednesday, July 30, 2008
As promised a small insight in my work with polymer clay. First of all you need a pasta machine. There are people who say this is not necessary but since I'm a scientist I need repeatable results. A pasta machine has different sizes, you are very fast and you can condition the polymer clay faster. Furthermore you can make blends from one colour to another very easily. When you have your pasta machine make a cane. A cane is a roll of polymer clay from which you can cut slices which will all have almost the same pattern. The cane from yesterday's orifice hook is a brain cane and the cane from today's crochet hook is a bullseye cane. I put the canes in the freezer so that I'll be able to cut preferably round slices. Then I took some leftover polymer clay and built a handle around the crochet hook. I made it a tad smaller as I wanted the actual handle.
I tried to keep the surface as smooth as possible. Then I cut a few slices off my cane.
These sliced you can put onto your handle. Try to close all holes and spaces between the slices. I didn't make it at all spaces but I'm still a beginner. To make sanding more easier try to make a smooth surface again.
Bake the crochet hook as stated in the instructions. After that you have to sand. I started with 180 (just rought - not too long) and used all sandpapers up to 1000 (I didn't had a finer one and I sanded very long with this one). In additon I wet-sanded in our sink. For this you need special wet-sanding paper of course. Then I took my Dremel and put ten 1" x 1" jeans pieced onto it and buffered the whole thing. You can make it super shiny with buffering. By the way the drop you can see between hook and polymer clay is Epoxy.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I didn't have an orifice hook with my spinning wheel that's why I used a piece of wire for weeks. This wire I fimorized (as BF and I always call it). It has now a really nice handle. A small insight in my work with it I'll give you tomorrow because I also gave a broken crochet hook a new handle.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Spinning thick is my enemy. For this yarn I predrafted the fiber to the desired thickness and just run it trough the wheel.
die Richi angesteckt (ich bin gespannt, was da noch draus wird) Demnächst werde ich also versuchen gelerntes am Rad auszuprobieren und den Flausch nicht mehr so doll zu halten und am besten auch ganz weit hinten.
I didn't know that I hold the fluff wrong. So I took testfluff and a drop spinlde with me to my meet to knit to let me show how to spin thick. While we were at it we also fixed Richi (I'm curious what the result will be) Soon I will try to use the learned things on my wheel. I'll hold the fluff less strong and at the end of the fluff.
Spun from my big merino 21 micron stash and plied with rayon. Then dyed in the favourite colors of BF. I don'z know what to to with it... It has aprox. 50g.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
I have spun about a third of my fibres into a fairly thin single. Now I'll put on a new bobbin and spin the next third. I want to make a three ply yarn.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
I bought two rovings from spaceromantic.etsy.com. I thought I would get my Ashford colours later but I will also buy fibres not dyed by me in the future. You can not do anything by yourself and there are too many nice things in the world.
Spinning wheel, I come!
Friday, July 25, 2008
Hello Garnprinzessin! I have a acacia on my balcony. And of course BF had to steal it's place with his avocado stone.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Finally I can spin this. Actually I wanted to spin this yesterday but I couldn't because I didn't take a picture. I think it is so important to take pictures of all the phases because I'm a beginning spinner and don't know what will happen if I have this top and spin it that way. A good documentation will help.
Going Straight stricken. Ich habe den Strang gestern mit zum Stricktreffen in Oldenburg genommen. Annkari meinte gleich: "Und machst du jetzt nen Shop auf?" Ich weiß ja nicht... Ich habe jetzt ein Mal gefärbt und ich wüsste auch nicht, ob ich so etwas aufrecht erhalten könnte. Genug Fasern hätte ich ja... Achso der Strang ist übrigens Merinowolle mit 21 Mikron.
I took pictures from both sides. This is aprox. 100g and I hope I can knit a hat with it from Going Straight. Yesterday I took it with me to the meet and knit in Oldenburg. Annkari asked me: "Are you goind to open a shop?" Well, I don't know... I dyed for the first time and don't know if I can run a shop. Anyway I would have enough fiber... By the way this is merino wool with 21micron.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
I call a piece finished when I made photos of it and blogged it. These were finished for some time...
Garn: Sockenwolle Comfort Color
Pattern: Broadripple Socks
Yarn: Sockenwolle Comfort Color
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Finally I took pictures. I really had issues with this hat. It's knitted with two strands of yarn and with tree trunks. This hurt sometimes since I knit quite tight.
I realized that I don't like too much reverse stockinette. From the front and a 45° angle it look OK but in fact this hat is way too big.
Anleitung testgestrickt für stinkerbinker.
Gestrickt mit Gedifra Fashion Trend Surprise
Hopefully 90° C in the washing machine will help if 60° C don't.
Pattern test knitted for stinkerbinker.
Yarn: Gedifra Fashion Trend Surprise
Monday, July 14, 2008
With one of my wheels came a big cone of silk. I crocheted a flower with it to try the yarn. Conclusion: not good to crochet ;) You always split the fibre (OK I used a very small hook size) and then they rip apart and the yarn gets all fuzzy. On the picture you can't see it but in real it looks awful. So I cut it off and fed it to the trash can.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Gewünscht waren ja auch mal mehr WIP Bilder. Zur Zeit habe ich nur ein Projekt, das hoffentlich heute Abend beim Stricktreffen Bremen fertig gestellt wird. So sahen die Broadripple Socks noch Samstag im Zug aus (dies ist die zweite Socke). Mittlerweile habe ich die Fersenwand gestrickt. Ich dachte eigentlich ich würde nie wieder eine Ferse mit Fersenwand sondern nur noch Fersen mit verkürzten Reihen stricken, doch diese Ferse passt einfach zu den Socken.
You wanted more WIP pictures. At the moment I only knit one project which will hopefully be finished tonight. This is what the broadripple socks looked like on saturday in the train (it's the second sock). I'm at the heel and have to do the heel flap now. I thought I would never knit a heel with heel flap again and would only knit short row heels but this heel totally fits this sock somehow.