I made this for my dad for Christmas. He seemed to like it, although he never opens it :/ but I thought it was a good idea, and it was really fun to make and I was pleased with how it turned out. The book was from a second hand shop--and a book of reprints of new york times articles, so i didn't feel bad cutting it to shreds.
All in place:
It made me want to make more books into game boards. Maybe backgammon for my mom. Or old fashioned checkers
Once, at a thrift store in Lincoln, Nebraska, I found a biyooootiful green ceramic sugar and creamer, and an even prettier brown and blue saki set with a decanter and cups. I packed them up, and sent them home, since I didn't want to pack them in my suitcase while I flew. And then I suspect that the postage handlers kicked the box, and perhaps slammed it to the ground a few times, and apparently beat it with a baseball bat, because by the time it was delivered to me, I had lovely green ceramic bits and some very pretty brown and blue pieces. However, loathe to simply throw them away, I bought some plain white tiles, smashed them with a hammer, and stuck them all over an empty cable spool given to me by the nice folks at Home Depot.
Here is the result (and please disregard the pollen collected around the bottom. It's Atlanta; there's just not much you can do this time of year. You should see my car.):
As a matter of fact, I think I like it even better than the sugar and creamer and the saki set intact. I just wish I'd covered the hole in the middle. I can't tell you how many times my cat knocked my keys down in there. And--I don't know if you've ever read Where the Red Fern Grows?--well, there's a part where the boy builds a trap for raccoons by pounding nails at an angle into a can, and putting something shiny in the bottom, because the raccoons like the shiny thing, but they can't get their little raccoon fists out of the can because of the nails, but they won't let go of the shiny thing, so there they are, stuck with their hands in a can... Well, it was a lot like that with my keys. So if you ever make a table out of a cable spool, make sure to cover the hole with something.
EDITED TO ADD: Much of my blood wound up in the grout. The edges of the tile were so sharp, in some cases I didn't even feel myself getting cut, I only realized it when the grout turned a little pink in places. Therefore, if you do this with broken tile or pottery, I strongly suggest wearing gloves.
I actually needed a tea-cozy. You know, they really work! But this one is almost too pretty to employ warming tea. It is truly lovely. My auntie made it for me for Christmas, and I am posting it for your enjoyment. The photos are a bit dark, but the colors are true:
So, I found these beautiful patterns in a book of art nouveau patterns that my mom had. I decided to make them for a friend. I got a few stitches into the first one, and more or less gave up . The towels I'd picked were a really loose weave (those flour sack cloths from Target) and hard to embroider on. Since I wasn't very experienced, I decided to go on to some bandana-embroidery, and figured I may, someday, eventually, go back to the art nouveau towels, which I loved. However, my lovely, sneaky mom finished them, knowing I never actually would. And they turned out gorgeous. I LOVE them. Now that I have a scanner, I am posting them for your enjoyment and so that you may shower my talented mere with praise. Incidentally, the Sel one looks wonky in the upper left corner. Yes, that is the part I did. . Without furhter ado, here they are, in all their glory:
So, I posted this a while back as a WIP. Those pictures were taken with a cell-phone camera, and the blanket was *far* from done, so I figured it's okay to post this now that it's done. (If I should go back and remove the old post, someone say the word and I will do so )
This was made with a loop-loom. I worked it section by section, attaching each new loop to old loops. I used wooden skewers as stitch holders as I went along. Clothes-pins were also useful tools.
I envisioned this as a full-sized bed-spread. Unfortunately, the company that made the loops switched to different colors half-way through. Which is probably just as well, because I'm not sure I would have finished it if I'd had to do twice as much as I already did But as a lap-blanket type-thing, I like it fine. Just kitschy enough for my tastes.
Hope ya'll like it! Have any questions? I will answer them. Thanks for looking.
So I couldn't wait for round two to make my scarf. I decided instead to use round two to make a second scarf for a friend of mine, I'm sure she will love it In the meantime, here is my rapunzel. As you can see, I added quite a bit of yarn to make it thicker; about a skein of Brown Sheep Company Burley Spun in Cream. I like how it turned out. I think the next scarf will be all colors, though, only a hint of white or cream. Maybe I'll do the main color in green. Yay!
Incidentally, here are a few tips I learned while making my scarf. One is, because all the yarns are different lengths, I found the middle point of each strand and lined them up in the middle, instead of at one end. I was able to use a lot more of the longer strands this way, rather than having to cut the long ones off to the length of the shortest of the bunch. After this, I used a couple elastic hair bands to bind one end, and clipped it to a hanger hanging from a high object. Then I divided it into three sections, taking great care to make sure that everything was combed through and untangled before starting. Then I took each group and sort of wound them up around my elbow and clipped them with hair clips, so that I was only braiding the first two or three feet at any given time. I unwound them as needed, holding the braid tight with hair clips. When all this was done, I made sure each end was braided as far as I wanted it to be, and then tied the knots. I tied them such that the ends of some strands were somewhere in the middle of the knot, so I made sure to tuck them all the way in with a yarn needle. Then I tugged, pulled, tucked etc. until the knots were tight and even. And then it was done!
I made this scarf for my boyfriend. It has a message encoded in it in binary code--but no ones or zeros, of course; they are replaced by dark or by light squares.
This is composed of hundreds of ten stitch X ten row squares in hdc. I crocheted them all together in the pattern you see, and then crocheted a border. The yarn is Jaggerspun Zephyr. It is 50% merino and 50% silk, and it is *fabulous*. I used a size D/3 hook.
I did the first round of felting by hand. I had concerns about the Zephyr, because silk isn't supposed to felt all that well, but this felted beautifully. After hand felting, the scarf shrunk about 20% in each direction. Because the squares were placed perpendicular to one another, the shrink was even both directions. Otherwise, it would have shrunk more in length than in width. The felting was nice, but it was still a little gappy, and the scarf was too big. The picture below is after the first round:
Then I completed the felting in the washing machine. It felted into a thick, soft fabric, and shrunk another 20% or so. Here is the final result:
I haven't given it to my sweetie yet. It will wait for Valentine's Day. I hope he likes it. He is a very stylish man, not so much into hand-made things, so I hope this is sophisticated enough for his taste even with it's dorky code