Alright, so I got accepted into school for this coming fall (which is a huge deal, but also a completely different story), into a really fantastic Interior Design program.
In my acceptance package, I was also sent a "school supply list" - flashback to like, elementary school with the "one package of 24 pencil crayons, 2 glue sticks, 10 HB pencils", except foooorrr... the majority of this stuff, is new to me! Things I've never used... things I'm excited to figure out how... what exactly they're for, and plenty of drafting supplies. So, over $400 later, and three pages of listed supplies... and me in art supply stores (very dangerous combination, let me tell you), I have piles of this stuff on my bedroom floor.
I'm crazy when it comes to having everything organized. I have a great big soft-sided carrying case that I got with one of the kits we needed to buy. It fits my great big drawing boards, cutting mats, large pads of paper, etc. It's great, I quite enjoy it, and if I figure after the first week of classes, I can get away with it, I already have plans to dress it up.
But I have tons and tons of little odds and ends. Charcoal, graphite sticks, conte "crayons", tons of pencils and lead holders, also lead refills, a sharpener, a lead sharpener, three different kinds of erasers, drafting tape, and all sorts of little things. I also have a bunch of drafting triangles, a protractor, a compass, an irregular curve, an architect's triangular scale/ruler, a regular metal ruler (24"), some specific paint brushes and a couple of templates (circle, symbol, ellipse, etc).
Going back to the beginning... the very first thing on the list, is a supply kit/case/toolbox for your supplies. But, being me... why buy something, when you can make it, yes?
Easier said than done though, I'm thinking. I have no idea how to accommodate things like messy graphite sticks and how to wrap/roll/store all of my drawing pencils without getting the lead messy all over the case. No to mention, I have no idea what to do with all of the drafting supplies, like the triangles, rulers, protractor, irregular curve, etc.
So I'm looking for ideas!!! Has anyone made something to accommodate messy materials like this, and if so, how did you work it? Or how WOULD you work it? Not only am I crazy about being organized, but I'm also pretty crazy about being... well, NOT messy. I'm looking to put something together for all the small bits, and then something different for all the drafting supplies, since they're bigger and can't be rolled, like I might end up doing with all my pencils, pens, brushes, etc. Unless it just... doesn't seem practical, I haven't really decided, yet. I made and used a small pencil/pen roll for the college semester I took last year, and I got a little sick of rolling it up all the time, when I was done, and got lazy about tying it. But at the same time, I don't want to always be rummaging through a pencil case trying to find something, either...
ANY ideas are welcome!! Pleeeaasseee, I need to be inspired!
Also... I'm no stranger to complication. I put together a pretty intense knitting case with a million zippers, pockets, straps, etc. So go ahead and lay it on me, if you've got something exciting!
I don't know how much help you'll get on here, for this type of situation. But... if you have a Ravelry account (or the time to wait just a few days for an account with the site), you would probably have some better luck, as a lot of people post their stash along with a "sell, trade or gift" option, whom I'm sure you could work something out with.
Alright... so my brother has been admiring my increasing knowledge of knitting skills recently... so for Christmas, I decided to knit him an awesome hat. He's trying to get into snowboarding, so I thought it would be a good idea!
This is the first time that I have ever done any sort of color work. It's the first project that involves more than one color! I'm so proud of the way it turned out. It only took me about seven or eight hours to do. I started last night, and I finished today.
Where I left off last night:
Modeled by my lovely ceramic juice jug, haha:
Anyways, I'm so proud of this, and I really hope that he likes it, come Christmas time!
Don't be discouraged by how this scarf looks!! It is not as complex as you think! To be honest... it's the first scarf that I have knit since the one I tried to make when I was eight years old. Otherwise, my other completed projects are only a cabled yoga mat bag, some calorimetry, a lace hat, a pair of mary jane slippers and some cup warmers.
The middle of the diamonds are just seed stitch (just knits and purls - nothing complicated!) and the outside is the backside of stockinette stitch. The diamonds themselves are cables, but they're very simple.
The edging is done like this (with three stitches on each end of the scarf): On a right side row: knit 1, bring the yarn forward and slip 1 purl-wise (and move it back), knit 1. On a wrong side row: bring the yarn forward and slip 1 purl-wise (and move it back), knit 1, bring the yarn forward and slip 1 purl-wise (and move it back).
That's it! It's super simple. The only thing... is that the pattern only repeats itself every 61 rows. So it's a pattern that you actually have to pay attention to what you're doing for maybe the first one or two pattern runs (or diamonds) and then after that, I only went back to my pattern notes when I was coming to the points of the diamonds.
how did he like it?
I just mailed it yesterday, to him. It will take five days before I find out!!
Anywho, it was a cabled men's scarf, and I quite liked it! I had showed it to my boy, and he came to like it as well, and hinted that I should make him one for when he goes to Chicago (the "windy city") for Thanksgiving this November! So I happily took on the project!
It was the first time I knit something for someone else!
I used the photo from the previous board as inspiration. I used a cable pattern in one of my books, and someone on Ravelry suggested the border idea, to keep it from rolling in. I love the way that everything came together. I also kept track of the pattern I used... so if anyone is curious, I have it all written down and I wouldn't mind typing it up for those who want it.
The last photo was from when I had just started. It shows the color of the scarf a lot better!
Let me know what you think! I really hope he likes it...
The finished product is 57" long, and I would estimate about 10" wide!
Awesome!! You've got plenty on the needles, mocha! Go you! I'm interested to see what the first one will look like when it's finished!
Finally, after blocking it twice (the first time didn't work... so I blocked it again, but pattern side down, instead), I took some photos and wrapped it up to take to the post office with me, today. I hope it gets to him without any troubles. I like the way it turned out... and I think it's JUST long enough for him. I really do hope he likes it. I told him he has to be 100% honest with me about it. It's the first time that I've ever knit something for someone else.
The final scarf was I think, 57" long. I'm not sure how wide... but I would estimate a good 10". It was nice and wide!