Saturday, April 26, 2008

Friday, April 25, 2008

ohhhhhhhhh yum!

a spinich matzo pie recipe from fat free vegan kitchen (they DO say this one isn't so fat free though).

an easy (and i'm guessing fairly quick)

made out of bamboo: "Have you knit with bamboo yet? It's a real treat! Shiny and soft like silk, but durable like linen, bamboo is also an environmentally enlightened choice. As the world's fastest growing plant, bamboo is a wonderful sustainable resource. Harvesting the cellulose needed to make yarn doesn't even kill the plant. In fact, a few short months later, it's ready to be harvested again. Also, bamboo absorbs almost five times the amount of greenhouse gasses and makes 35% more oxygen than an equivalent grove of trees. Fresh air! Plus bamboo yarn is biodegradable, naturally antibacterial, and helps protect against UV rays. Good stuff! "..............
not only do i love her simple (but elegant) design, i LOVE the yarn choice as well.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

i picked myself up the latest copy of

spin off magazine.

in it they had some traditional danish shawls. i fell IN LOVE. i loved how they looked. how PRACTICAL they were. they are shaped like a regular triangular shawl in the back, but the ends (up front) are longer and curved. sort of making the shawl a heart. this is so you can wrap it around you and tie it in the back. it covers most of your upper body BUT it leaves your hands free. the pattern for the shawl is in the spin out issue OR, you can buy it from the website: lust auf farben. check some of them out on the site. they're amazing. i know the ones in spin off were made from hand spun and hand dyed yarn.

i am going to make mine from malabrigo which i LOVE as well.

the shawl pictures are from the lust website. i'll post mine when i get started.

Monday, April 21, 2008

not exactly spinning straw into gold

(funny, my friend cathy and i were JUST talking about rumpelstiltskin on friday) but spinning old plastic (grocery type) bags into yarn and knitting up a bag

from pluralmolecule via instructables the tutorial!

i AM absolutely going to do this.

more from bugknits

i've posted her (althea crome) work before

i just have to post MORE though

her picasso work

she sells patterns and needles too (this queen elizabeth cardigan is an example). there is NO WAY i could ever knit this tiny. however, i'd love to own a pattern or two. just because!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

from the etsy shop of


(i am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO addicted to etsy. it's soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo dangerous)

Saturday, April 19, 2008

cool embroidery

from crafty like a fox at craftster some sweet embroidery. here's an ovary! (she's done the whole reproductive system as well)

on april 29th

join the knitgrrl on the knitgrrl show. what will be happening then?
she'll be talking to us army specialist lorie jewell LIVE from baghdad. what will she be talking about? KNITTING IN THE GREEN ZONE!

it's at 10:00 pm (but i don't know what timezone that is. eastern, central, mountain or pacific that is. i think it might be eastern. i think the website autofigures your personal time. i could be mistaken though)

here's knitgrrl's website

Friday, April 18, 2008

just in time for earth day

from craft tutorials
aCelebrate Earth Day - Craft & Recycle! posting!

here is ONE example of what you can do - make a bowl out of magazines!

knitted headbands

a while ago i saw these on knitty gritty on diy network (what the heck happened to knitty gritty anyway? i miss it.)

(top 2 pics from diy network knitty gritty webpage)

they have a pocket. they're easy and fast to knit up.
yarn is cascade fixation. it's 98.3% cotton and 1.7% elastic. obviously my headbands are NOT blocked (yet)

we've seen knitting in music videos

here is one with EMBROIDERY! it's a rather catchy tune too
like it or not

Architecture in Helsinki - Like It Or Not from helsinkids on Vimeo.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

from the peace of paper

from brandolina

a how to make a lovely beaded necklace. i liked it so much, i made one myself!

here is her's - (bottom)

and here's mine (the five others)

are you a yarn bomber?

if so this is for YOU

Are you a knitter or crochetier? Do you design (or want to design) unusual pieces of street art out of yarn?
If so, you should design a pattern for Yarn Bombing: The Art of Knit Graffiti, to be published by Arsenal Pulp Press in fall 2009.
A DIY guide to the art of yarn graffiti and a history of hand-crafted textile street art, Yarn Bombing will feature patterns such as street-smart disguises, useful wearable tools like gloves and tool belts, street art such as knit car cozies, bike covers and headlight toques, and outdoor installations such as crochet shawls for leafy trees...........

(shout out to craftzine blog AGAIN)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

a cobweb scarf i made the other day

it was my second try - certainly NOT my best work. however, it's soft and i rather like the way it looks!

here's how i did it:

Roving (mostly wool but other fibers such as silk can be added as long as the bulk of what you are using is wool. it won't felt unless you DO use wool. I used merino. It’s so damn soft)
Bubble Wrap
Spray bottle/water
Soap (I used bar but you can use dishwashing liquid NOT dishWASHER stuff though)

i hand carded some fibers i had because i wanted them to be a bit thinner and i blended some together too

spread a thin layer of fiber in a long rectangular shape (scarf shape) down the bubble wrap (put the towels under the bubble wrap to keep your work surface fairly dry). i then added some yarn i hand spun. i cut lengths and randomly placed it here and there. then i covered everything with another thin layer of fiber (this time I went in the opposite direction. i covered it with the netting and sprayed it down with warm water until the whole thing was wet. i wet the soap and rubbed it directly on the netted fiber until it was all foamy/soapy. i rubbed the fibers with my fingers until they were sticking together (felting a bit). then I tightly rolled up the netted mass in the bubble wrap. i rolled that back and forth for some time (note: i did NOT roll it long enough. there are parts of my scarf that aren’t as felted as i would have liked them to be). then unwrap and turn the scarf over so the opposite side is on the bubble wrap. repeat the rolling for a bit. unwrap (and if felted) rinse in warm water. You can then ‘full’ it if you like. Fulling is just throwing the scarf against something. i hosed down my soapy bubble wrap and put it on the sidewalk outside. I threw my scarf onto that for a bit (again, NOT long enough. I should have done it longer).

and of course here are FAR BETTER directions on how to do it

lovely and unusual

felt work by hisano takei