It looks to me like you have a new hot mitt for the kitchen.
You could always make a black mitten and needle-felt the batman sign with yellow yarn or roving. You could also use regular ol' craft store felt and stitch it on. Another alternative is to just knit with an extra tight tension and skip the felting altogether.
Don't be so hard on yourself! You have nearly a month to figure something else out, and no one worth their weight in salt would be ungrateful for a hand-knit pair of mittens
I received my package from GastbyGirl last Monday, but my camera has been refusing to give up the pictures! We finally got the new cord so I have lots of photo goodness to show you all.
In this photo are 2 large, reusable shopping bags, 2 awesome pencils, 3 erasers, lead refills, and and 6 "junk food" novels.
Next up is 2 huge boxes of granola bars, 2 boxes of Goldfish packets, lemonade packets to flavor bottles of water, and a huge pack of wonderfully smelling tea light candles to go in the candle holders (which I forgot to get in the pictures).
This picture shows the handmade, bean-filled frog and decorated USB she sent me.
A handmade lunch bag made from sock monkey fabric. The fabric is really nifty (not oil cloth or vinyl, but something fabric on the inside and water resistant on the outside), and adorable, of course. The stitching is all done in sock-monkey-mouth red and it holds a ton.
Sure! Someone who wanted crafts for less people could be matched up with someone who has the same number of people, or simply get multiple crafts per person.
Ideally there would be lots of people for the crafter to choose from, but in your case it would still work very well because obviously you would know exactly what you and your husband would like, instead of having to guess
As crafty people, we all have a list of people for whom we need to craft. Maybe a list is a little overzealous this early in the season, but we certainly all have an idea about such people.
I propose a swap where we exchange the details about 3-5 family and loved ones and have someone else do the crafting for them, while you craft for their family and loved ones. The idea being that for each family member that your partner crafts for, you craft for one of their family members, so that you are both end up with a finished gift to give for the holidays.
An alternate idea would be collecting the details about 5 different people and matching people up by the crafts they would like them to receive. Each person would make three crafts and get three crafts. For example, Mary wants a gift for her mother-in-law (jewelery), her sister (jewelery), her husband (football fan), her teenage daughter (wrist warmers), and her father (Corvette fan). Mary can sew up a storm and make soap. Jane, on the other hand, is looking for gifts for her three sisters-in-law (soaps and such), her newborn nephew (baby stuff), and her uncle (coffee theme). Jane makes jewelery and customizes pre-made wooden storage boxes. Jane could make jewelery for Mary's mother-in-law, and Mary could make a spa set for Jane's sister-in-law. With this method, each swapper would be sending to up to three different people, and would receive from as many as she sent to. If this method was used each swapper could indicate on the survey if he prefers to have only one partner, or would rather swap with many. In the example above, Jane and Mary could just as easily craft for all three of their compatible family members, but they would just miss out on the variety of swapping with different people.
Each person would make a medium sized gift for the people they were given, regardless of which method is used. The only hitch is that each swapper would have to answer a pretty detailed survey about each family member in order to get a gift that would work well for them. Also, gift wrapping would be out so that each person can check everything out before they give it away.
Despite all of the above, the only thing that would really concern me is, how do you tell people that they should only send things that non-crafty people would appreciate without being rude. For example, there are times in swaps when we make something to fit a theme because the person we are crafting for is available for questions, and we feel certain that they would love it (and they do, of course). But at the same time, we would never choose those items to display for sale. What I'm getting at here is that there are many people who wouldn't appreciate a gift simply because it was hand made. There are qualities about many hand made items in which crafters find charm and some non-crafty people find flaws. I have no idea how to word that in a polite and concise manner, but I think you get the idea.
So I probably over-thought this way too much, but what do you think? Sound like something you'd be interested in?
The mustard yarn is done in garter stitch, which means you knit every stitch of every row (when you aren't knitting in the round).
The pink is stockinette stitch, which means you knit every stitch of one row, and purl every stitch of the next row.
Regardless of whether you are knitting or purling, if you knit every stitch of every row or purl every stitch of every row, it will look like the mustard swatch.
When you knit, you make a little bump of yarn on the side opposite of the piece you are working on, in other words the side you are not looking at. When you purl, the bump ends up on the side you are looking at. [When you start following patterns, it will specify which side is the right side, or the side that is meant to be viewed when you are done, and the wrong side, or the back or inside of the piece on which you are working.] The little bump that each stitch creates is the only difference between knitting and purling. Garter stitch (whether with all purls or all knits) places each row of bumps on the opposite side of the previous row, whereas stockinette stitch places all the bumps on one side of the fabric, creating the "v"s seen in the pink swatch.
Self striping yarn isn't magic, it just seems like it
It works by changing colors at even intervals. The result is stripes that are all the same height in your work, but that do not necessarily start and end at the beginning of a row.
If you keep ending up with the color change in the first or last stitch on each row, you've just happened to get it that way. Trust me, if you keep trying you'll find a combination that has the rows starting in the middle, or slightly off to the left, it's just a matter of experimenting.
I think the best advice for this is to break it down into parts.
Yarn comes in countless varieties. Those varieties in textures and weight (or thickness) mean nearly every yarn has a different yardage per gram or ounce. The most common weights for a ball of yarn are 50g or 100g. Because of these variations, you want to pick a specific yarn before you start doing your calculations.
If the shrug you are talking about making is a rectangular shrug, or in other words you knit a big rectangle and seam it up the sides at the right points, you could calculate the amount of area you would need, then use your swatch to get a good feel of your yarn needs.
The best advice that can be given on this topic is to find a pattern that you like, even if it's not perfect, that has a similar sleeve length and collar shaping. Use the established pattern to help you determine how much yarn you will need. Be sure to remember to get extra if you see a lot of variation in the dye lots.
I've looked through the whole thread and I've seen sharpies, colored pencils, and acrylic paints being used - what is the best to do the coloring with, in your opinion?
This depends mostly on what type of shrink plastic you are trying to color. I use sharpies (for lines and details) or acrylic paint (for shades and large areas) for recycled #6 plastic and the smooth side of store-bought shrinky dinks. I like to use colored pencils on the rough side because if you draw something with a little effort towards shading, the shrunken results are spectacular!