Friday, April 30, 2010
i've posted pictures here before of some i have (i only have a handful). they winter well. yes, outside. i don't even have to cover them. well i came across this via craftzine
all pics from flora's blog posting linked above
please click the link and check ALL the pictures out. they are incredible
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
(and yeah, that's a morton salt container)
pic: from craftlicious
Monday, April 26, 2010
(you know the barbi kinds. i AM a fan of unusual dolls and folk dolls all all sorts of other dolls though) but i LOVE this picture
From NSNBC (Majid Saeedi / Getty Images)
I saw this photo on MSNBC. The caption was:
Afghan women learn how to make a doll at an April 15 workshop in Kandahar sponsored by a Malaysian nongovernmental organization called Mercy. Some 80 women participate in every workshop despite rising tensions in the city between the Taliban and NATO troops.
on iris folding. she uses bias tape. man, how BEAUTIFUL and deceptively easy at that. i had seen iris folded items before but never knew how it was done. wow!
including this youtube video she found
pics from yoonie at home
here's a link to yoonie's studio shoppe. check it out, she has LOTS of FUN items!
i just put some eyelets around the top and i crocheted a little edging (i tried to knit but it didn't work well with the curve and all. even with circulars)
yarn is berroco lumina in fairy dust. (note, in the top pic i had not woven in the ends yet. hence the long hangy piece)
as you may or may not know, when i got my knitting fairy tattoo, her shoes just would NOT heal. i eventually went to the doctor and he ended up having to make her shoe-less (check out her feet in the top picture). the fact i had just been tattooed was coincidental. it had NOTHING to do with the skin cancer. so it's been about a year and i got the go ahead from my doc to get her touched up. i made an appointment with pat macdonald (who did the original knitting fairy) and i told him i'd also like some stars around my lower arm (eventually the arm will be a sleeve). i'm not linking to pat's shop because he's going to a new one on may 5th. i believe he said he's going to west springfield (i know he said it's by the big e fairgrounds). when i get his new info, i'll post it.
anyway.................here's my NEW arm (and yeah, the knitting fairy as you can see if you look closely, is still shoeless. pat won't do it for at least another year. he said the skin had to heal even more. the ink would just spread around too much now and it would be a hot mess. so, i will just have to wait.)
i'm so very happy. i LOVE my pentagram. i love my stars, they're all different and i love my moon. thanks pat!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
bokja volkswagen beetle in vintage fabrics
image © designboom
bokja design (hoda baroudi and maria hibri) has created the 'bojka bug', in which they have
taken an iconic volkwagen beetle and covered it entirely in a patchwork of handmade vintage fabrics
from the middle east, tapestries and car stickers. ................
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Monika Jakubek and Anna Müller
pic from the link above
Sew all your colors, matched! The genius, as in most my favorite things, is in the simplicity of it all. This sewing machine right here is made for everyone, but fits right in with those who wish to enter the craft of attaching clothing to itself with thread. New sewers! This is for you. But for you perfectionists, you might want your paws to seek. Electromagnetic need drive. Filigree upper arm design. Openness. The workspace is wide open. Backlit work area, with the stitch pattern projected on to the fabric it’s about to be sewn onto. PLUS!
And a BET you wonder what the ink is for.
What’s that ink for? That’s crazy bringing ink that close to a bunch of fabric! No way man, just be careful. But wait what’s it for? It’s for the thread. It’s a yarn printer. You match up the color you need at the top, and this baby prints the ink as you go. And with a pneumatic JetAir-system handling your threading, you’ll be jamming out the thread quick and nice as a whip.
This project is called “Leitfaden” and I want one...............
pic from the link
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
well i actually LIKE most of 'em
the 10 ugliest pieces of recycled art you'll have to click to see it
Written by Kelly Rand
Staying with outdoor recycled art, here’s an unidentified sculpture at Cismigiu Park in Bucharest.
you need permission and i'm just too lazy to ask.......
but trust me on this one. these are STUNNING (and right up my alley)
as it turns out, they have a flickr set of the sea urchins (licensed under creative commons, so i CAN let you see 'em!
from evil mad scientist
from the flickr set of oskay
Monday, April 19, 2010
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Monday, April 12, 2010
got this via inspire co. really DO stop by and check out her blog. you will NOT be sorry
(and here's a link to the etsy shop of inspireco)
Sunday, April 11, 2010
i'm not talking for a couple of days. i'm not talking a week or even a month. he's gone for five or six months. this is SERIOUS. he's done it before, but not the WHOLE trail. i think he's done a two month trek before.
well, brian was a manager at the half door. i frequent the joint. hey, what can i say? i bring my knitting with me EVERYWHERE. so when i go for brunch on the weekends, i'd knit, talk and hang out. i wanted to knit brian something light, quick and something he could use for the beginning part of his journey, when it was warmer in the day but still chilly at night and early morning. i decided on a neck warmer and some fingerless mitts. i knit the mitts in front of him, he not knowing they were going to be his. he asked me what they were going to be and i told him. he then went on to tell me how STUPID and ABSOLUTELY IDIOTIC fingerless gloves were. he's NEVER wear them or have a use for them. instead of being hurt, i looked forward to giving them to him. i wanted HIM to be mortified.
well i finished them AND i gave them to brian. my work is DONE!!! (and brian left two weeks ago and started in georgia. don't know if he's still there or not)
i don't mind sharing my patterns. i did write this one down (you know seeing as i had to make TWO of them and all. i wanted them to at least be similar). the bad news is i wrote the pattern down on a bar napkin which has since either been thrown out or has disintegrated.
i started with the contrasting color and knit three rows in k1, p1 ribbing. i then k1 cc, and p1 main color for about 9 rows (i'm just guessing from here on out). i then switched to knit in mc up until the thumb. i increased a few stitches somewhere before that and placed about 8 stitches on a holder (for the thumb). i k a couple more rows in mc then switched to cc for a row or 2 of purl, then bound off in purl. i then went back and finished off the thumb. couple rows of mc, then switched to cc and purled then bound off in purl
it's merino wool (sport weight i think) but of course i don't remember WHAT brand it is. it's wicked soft though.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
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Saturday, April 3, 2010
dry, wet. in the washing machine, in a bowl by hand, with needles dry.....
i just made a pretty cool chapeau called 'lock nest' (pattern by teri barr) and it's from the special issue (2009) of interweave knits accessories. cascade 220 yarn was recommended but i used malabrigo (which i dearly love. cascade is cool too and i had some on hand in black, but i wanted the muted colors of the malabrigo). oh when i say JUST made, i JUST finished knitting it yesterday and i JUST took it out of the washing machine about 1/2 hour ago. i am going to felt it a tiny bit more by hand. the top didn't felt as well as the bottom (the purple was another yarn i had on hand, but i don't know what it was)
purple hat pic from interweave knits
purple/green/blue hat pic from moi