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.
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 auffarben. 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.
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)
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...........
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 towels Netting 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).
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the reformed pirate herself
no bad stuff here
no bad shite here - NEVER EVER the reformed pirate is only interested in food, humor, animals, books, movies, music, knitting, crafts and her houseboy/chauffeur raul these are direct quotes from people who have read the reformed pirate: "i don't just love heathcliff, i AM heathcliff" "it sure is fun being hep" "get the hell away from me"