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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / spray paint on: September 09, 2007 11:52:35 PM
This is probably awful, but I was wondering if it would be a good idea to spray paint yarn. I have cotton crochet thread in mind, and I would crochet or knit something before painting it. I'm sure the paint would rub off, but do you think I could spray some kind of sealant on there so it wouldn't rub off too badly? If it caused the knitted piece to become stiff, that wouldn't be so bad, it might add some interesting possibilities (perhaps some structural integrity for knit/crochet jewelry or sculpture).

What do you guys think?
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Multicolored Stocking Cap on: October 08, 2006 01:34:06 AM
I decided that I wanted to knit a hat today, and this is what I came up with. The yarn is Sugar and Cream, which I dyed myself. I freehanded the pattern but I think it turned out OK. Here it is:


About two hours into the project and I already had to try it on.


Midway through. I wanted to see how stiff it would be, if it would be able to sustain it's own weight and turn out like a nisse hat or something. Alas, no, but thanks to this picture I was pretty sure it would until I tried it on again once it was finished.


Here it is, all done. The seams spiral around the hat, so it looks kind of weird, but I like it. I have to like it, I made it.

What do you think?
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / sequin earrings on: September 11, 2006 07:54:53 PM
I made these tonight - I made a whole slew of them about two years ago and gave them all away before I got a chance to document them There are some similar earring here on craftster already, but I can't remember if I saw them before I started making mine - probably.

Here it is:
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Teaching knitting at camp on: May 09, 2006 10:38:12 AM
Hi - I have agreed to teach knitting at a family camp this summer. My mom used to teach it, but since she died no one has taken up the mantle... until now. Usually she taught beginners (or small children) to knit cotton washcloths, the older beginners a simple hat with a few easy variations or maybe a pair of mittens. She made up all of the patterns herself, and she was an excellent teacher.

I am a very different kind of knitter, and while I want my mom's patterns to be available, I don't want to use hers. I was kind of hoping to make up a few patterns of my own, maybe with some new techniques beyond purl, yo and color changes - maybe some simple lace?

So I was hoping for some suggestions for some simple projects I could develop to teach to people in less than a week?
5  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Tie Dyed cotton thread on: September 29, 2005 10:56:29 PM
OK, so I haven't knitted this yet, but I could be arrested for possession with intent to knit, so I figure that's close enough.

This summer I was unsatisfied with the selection of sock yarn at my lys, so I tried to think of a simple, cost effective solution. I remembered that on one of those many desperate trips to Pamida during finals week last semester I had purchased something like a twenty pound spool of white crochet thread (don't ask me why, I have no idea). So I figured I would just buy some good ol' fiber reactive dyes and do em up.

But then I got scared. I did some of that in highschool, but I'd never done it by myself. So I chickened out and bought an inexpensive tie dye kit and used that instead.

This is the fruit of my labor:






Now if only I had some project to use it for... there's not enough of it to do anything but socks, and quite frankly, I suck and socks. Even though I ones I make usually turn out fairly well, I never actually get around to doing the second of the pair. Any other suggestions?
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Birth control earrings on: July 26, 2005 11:18:57 PM
So I'm on The Pill (you know the one), and I really like the shape of the pill packs and thought how sad it was that they were destined to sit in a landfill until the end of time, so I threw around some ideas for things I could make out of them. Well, they're too flimsy for belt buckles, and even though they looked kind of cool on my shoes, buckles down there went out with the tri-corner hat. They don't make good bracelets, or anklets, and they make a neat scarf ring, but the foil aspect tears a little too easily for that, so if you did decide to use them that way, you'd have to be really careful. Not that being careful is a bad thing, it's just something I'm incapable of, so. The scarf ring concept was right out.

This is what I ultimately came up with:


Now I just have to get the courage up to wear them in public.
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