through various chance encounters and christmas presents, i have found myself in possession of about... 6kg of BeroccoBernat Illusions in 4 colorways (2kg light browns, 2kg cream, 500g violets, and 1.5kg "autumn" aka "meatball"). Illusions is a synthetic boucle, very soft, that knits at a bulky gauge.
i made a great short poncho out of the meatball stuff, and have about 500g left.
i tried to make a sweater out of the browns, but it makes such a bulky fabric that i had trouble coming up with a flattering design (the cover pattern of the first issue of knitty doesn't really appeal to me).
i don't wear white/cream. i have lots of scarves. i can't imagine using a knitted blanket.
what to do? anybody have great patterns or just project ideas for soft, warm, bulky boucle? i'd really like to clean out this part of my stash!
I'm in the process of applying for a self-employment assistance program through Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (i.e., the federal government) and I thought I'd start a thread about assistance programs. This one pays you to stay home and work on a new business for one year, and provides free business classes. Hot! It is a federal program available across Canada, to anyone who has been on EI in the last 3 years or parental leave in the last 5 years (and who has an acceptable business idea).
ahoy! i am making a braided rug. the braid is done and beautiful, and i had gotten myself in deep denial about how much hand-stitching lay in my future. i cannot see the end. every coil takes longer to stitch up.
who else gets themself committed to monstrously labour-intensive projects? i need some pep talk love! anybody need to commiserate on how big projects are so satisfying to finish, and how they become such a part of your household, and so on?
That means I am allowed to post some finished-object show-and-tell! Full instructions are included in the zine (plus interviews, art, crafty book excerpts, etc.)
Despite my minimal sewing skills, I managed to make a coinpurse shaped like a vulva. I'm not entirely sure I want to use this (still trying to resist vagina-saturation), but it is really soft and nice to hold. You can keep extra treasure under the big lips.
That is the craft I was most proud of. I had never designed anything more complicated than a skirt to sew. Fun! Hope you like the other crafts, too
i crave a stitch dictionary. none of my local yarn shops, libraries, or book stores have much selection, so i'll be ordering something in. that means i can't flip through it. any helpers?
i have specific criteria:
- a minimum of knit and purl texture patterns (e.g., bumps arranged in pyramids, checkers...).
- a minimum of color patterns (checkers, stripes, etc.)
- a moderate amount of interesting eyelets and lace
- a moderate amount of interesting cabling
- a monstrous amount of weird textural stitches where you loop things from rows below, twist stitches, use different needle sizes, and make fabrics that look braided, woven, webbed, waffled, or otherwise freaky.