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Hooker

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About Hooker

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A Few Things About Me

  • Real name
    Amy
  • Short bio
    Wife, mother, and student
  • Location
    Naperville, IL
  • Favorite hook type
    Wood
  • Favorite projects
    Just now progressing past afghans and scarves
  • Crocheting since...
    circa 1985
  1. Do it. If it's still in working order and only needs a little TLC, $100 is a steal.
  2. Looks like a beautiful Ashford Traditional to me! Congratulations! She's a beauty.
  3. I normally spin S and ply Z, so that's what I thought I did. I was wrong. 90 LBS!!!! Geez, how much does that set you back??
  4. Mostly just jump in and don't be afraid. You most likely WILL make a few mistakes at first and one batch will come out entirely putrid and/or muddy looking. I have one that, even spun, has little to no redeeming value. I can only hope that knit or crocheted up it will somehow have some worth. The last batches I made I pre-planned (where before I was kinda flying by the seat of my pants). I found a great color wheel tool here that helped me find color combos that I felt were pleasing.
  5. Hooker

    recent spinning

    Got more spun. I'm finding that spinning is a fairly cheap version of therapy. I'm calling this one Love's Baby Soft because the primary colors were baby pink and baby blue. It's a supersoft merino that I dyed with a combination of Wilton and food dye.
  6. I'm very pleased with how these came out.
  7. I found some leftover egg decorating kits at home, and one had packets of liquid color that you "paint" on the eggs. I figured with some vinegar and roving that would make some awesome roving. Here is the result:
  8. Been away from the wheel for about a month due to holidays and family issues. Decided to clean up a few bobbins by plying what I had on them. I failed to remember which way I had spun them and didn't look at the yarn to see if it was a Z or S twist. Can you guess what I did? Yep, welcome to the world of overtwisted yarn. I plied it in the same direction I spun it. Didn't notice until I took it off the bobbin and by then it was too late. GAH!
  9. She's gorgeous! And I vote for the mahogany color! You are going to have so much fun with your new addiction!
  10. Hooker

    recent spinning

    It's too bad we can't see it up close, it looks very pretty!
  11. Hooker

    recent spinning

    You know, it was through an eBay seller, Oregon Trail. It was nearly 2 pounds of superwash that I got for $18.75 plus shipping. They said it was ends and pieces, so that might be why it was affordable. This is my first time spinning Merino, and it took a while before I heard what the wool was trying to tell me to do. I'm going to get some serious yardage out of this, and don't have plans for it so far. I'm so glad I never tried it on a drop spindle, I would have given it up, this stuff is so slick and silky, and I'm amazed at how thin I can spin it. UPDATE: They have the same stuff I have available, but at a slightly higher price. Maybe I caught a sale or something.
  12. Hooker

    recent spinning

    Here I go, posting again, revealing my addiction. I mentioned a merino that I've been spinning, where here are the first two skeins. I think it's coming up about fingering weight or so. It varies a bit and I haven't checked wpi yet. However, that is a dime you see there for scale. I'm calling this batch of roving Chocolate Mint.
  13. Hooker

    recent spinning

    Had to add what I recently finished! I'm calling it pimento olive. It's about 528 yards of generally worsted weight. The colors in the picture are pretty true. I currently spinning and plying a brown merino with touches of green and will share that when I have more done. Somewhere around here I have about 78 yards of a rainbow fleece that turned out really pretty, but have no idea what I can make of it.
  14. I'm so glad someone made one to show off! It looks fabulous. I was seriously thinking of making this one, but the color changes have put me off a bit.
  15. Thanks Garnet! I fear that I will not be going anywhere near mine until after Christmas or New Years. I'm just hoping I can get my mind back into it after being away from it for a while (not to mention keeping the gauge the same!)
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