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12 September 2007 @ 09:39 am
Spin Challenge #2- WUZZLEFUBBER  
OK- ready for the next challenge? This one is going to be a doozy! It's two parts: spinning AND knitting/crocheting. We have 2 weeks to complete this challenge. (i not only spin slow, i knit slow too. jacey- i'm sure you'll be done by tomorrow. ;)  )
This challenge will require not just spinning and needle skills, but the ability to plan ahead. This will be the key to this challenge.

So here is the criteria:

Challenge #2- The WUZZLEFUBBER

Plan it:
In this challenge you will imagine a knit or crochet creature. Sketch it out. assign it's colors, shapes, construction, etc. You will hand spin the yarn for this creature. All elements for the creature should be spun into the yarn in the order you plan to knit them.
You will knit/crochet this creature from start to finish without breaking the yarn. i repeat: you can't break the yarn! you can not jump around in the skein! you start at one end of the skein and work through to the end. you must use the entire skein!

Spin it:
The way to spin this yarn is to picture the creature being knit/crochet from start to finish. If it has a fluffy white body with a black head, spin a large section of white first and then a smaller section in black. (when you knit you follow the dictate of the yarn: crochet a body in white but as soon as it turns black you have to start making the head). Try and approximate how much yardage you need. You are trying to match the size and look that is specified in your sketch. Remember that you can't break the yarn when knitting, so think about how to spin in the elements. is there an arm? how will you get from the end of the arm back to the body without breaking the yarn? how far into the skein do you need to start spinning the "arm" section? these are the things you need to think about and plan for when spinning this yarn.

Knit/Crochet it:

Start from one end of the yarn and knit/crochet the creature non-stop from one end to the other. when the yarn say's "arm" knit the arm, whether the creature is turning out the way you invisioned it or not (here is where it gets funky!). Do not break the yarn. You must let the yarn dictate the knitting. If your "instructions" were spun in accurately, your creature should closely resemble your sketch. if not.....well, it's a WUZZFUBBER!

1. sketch your wuzzlefubber and state your fibers and measurements.
2. all elements of the creature must be spun into the yarn.
3. creature must be knit/crocheted continually, following the dictate of the yarn (meaning knit the arm when you get to the "Arm" section of your yarn, wether you want to or not)
4. the yarn can not be cut.
5. the entire skein must be used.

*winners will be picked based on how well their final wuzzlefubber matches their sketch with bonus points for character and cuteness. good luck!!

PRIZE: once again...the anti-prize is my wuzzlefubber goes to live with the winning wuzzlefubber.

DEADLINE: Weds. Sept. 26th

Turn in all pics and descriptions to Linda at the yarn museum (hope this is ok linda! if not we'll change.):  submit@yarnmuseum.com
i will post the yarn museum link when we get it going, to view the contestants.

VOTING: here on my blog on Friday, Sept. 28th

Here is my sketch. I plan on crocheting it from the bottom up, so i'm going to spin a few yards in blue to start, then brown. at some point i will alternate white and red to make the stripes for the first arm. here it gets tricky.... after the first arm, will i crochet just the front of the body? i'm sure i'll need some more brown, then more stripes. back to brown for the head. i think i will look for some cute elements for the eyes.... buttons or something. These will be spun in in the middle of the "head" section.

Fiber: i want electric blue and smooth for the base...maybe silk. Then super fuzzy brown whooly fiber for the body. maybe plain white and red combed top for the arms. will have to go scout out fiber next.

Size: my wuzzlefubber will be appx: 8" tall and 7" accross (arm span)
linda/stoneleafmoonpinkveneer on September 12th, 2007 06:19 pm (UTC)
haha :)

yes, it's ok. sounds good!
cindie-loocindie_loo on September 12th, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)
what an awesome idea lexi. i think i will try to do this. :)
thespunmonkeythespunmonkey on September 12th, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
oh, hooray. i can't wait to get started on this one! great idea, lexi!
insubordiknitinsubordiknit on September 12th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
Excellent! and difficult!

as for fast spinning or quick knitting, those days are gone, as distant as the days of having only one child...
(Anonymous) on September 13th, 2007 03:39 am (UTC)
Oh my! Fun and creatively challenging! Love it, hope I have enough time to do it!

- Julie
(Anonymous) on September 13th, 2007 11:18 am (UTC)
This sounds too cute! I'll have a think if I got enough fibre left for such a project (I'm moving soon and using up all my fibre...)
(Anonymous) on September 13th, 2007 11:18 am (UTC)
This sounds too cute! I'll have a think if I got enough fibre left for such a project (I'm moving soon and using up all my fibre...)

boringsara on September 14th, 2007 12:11 am (UTC)
This looks like fun! I think I'll have to venture out of blog hiatus just for this one.

freestylefibre on September 14th, 2007 09:06 am (UTC)
This is so cool, I really want to have a go at this one!