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1  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / Boston, MA: Boston Skillshare, April 16th-17th on: April 02, 2011 12:54:17 PM
The Boston Skillshare is an annual weekend event organized by the volunteer Boston Skillshare Organizing Collective. We seek to create a temporary space for sharing practical skills to live more happy, creative, and sustainable lives.
This year's Skillshare has over 70 workshops including some awesome craft offerings from knitting and crocheting to building your own small guitars! 

Find more info at: http://www.bostonskillshare.org/2011/info
2  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / Boston, MA Skillshare 2010 on: April 25, 2010 01:21:03 PM
Come find your newest and most useful skill yet at Boston Skillshare 2010!

The Boston Skillshare is an annual weekend event seeking to create a
temporary space for sharing practical skills to live more happy, creative,
and sustainable lives. We believe learning is plentiful, everywhere, and
need not come with price tags or expert degrees. The $3-10 donation covers
entrance to all workshops both days, materials, breakfast and lunch.

Sign up to facilitate a workshop or to volunteer at:
http://bostonskillshare.org/2010/info

Join our facebook group here:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=41021476865&ref=ts
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting with non-traditional materials? on: March 24, 2009 07:29:51 AM
Hi all -

I seem to remember some time ago there was a craftster knitting challenge about knitting with non-traditional materials (I remember some of the challenge entries included tape from music cassettes, licorice rope, etc...)

This April I am going to be running a workshop for Boston Skillshare (http://www.bostonskillshare.org/2009/info) on knitting with recycled materials, and was hoping to find this past challenge to help me generate some ideas.  I'm going to use items like cut up plastic bags and old t-shirts, of course, but was looking for some other, more out-of-the-way ideas using household objects. 

I couldn't find the challenge on the past challenges board.  Does anyone either a) know where to find it or b) have other ideas for recyclable household items that could make for good (and/or creative) non-traditional knitting material? 

Thank you so much for your time!! 
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Slightly Fantastical Elephant (with abbreviated tutorial) on: August 19, 2008 11:21:09 AM

  I'd love to see what people come up with using this pattern!  And I'll definitely post more of my creatures at some point.

  Roxy:  I think generally the circumfrence my head semi-circles are about 1/3rd of the length of the square's side, but I agree that it can easily come out looking wonky (esp. since when the head is big the arms become tiny and vice versa).  You can definitely experiment with doing some more shaping of the original flat piece (i.e. increasing or decreasing the square at the end that will be the head) to give you more of the shape you want to work with.
Good luck!   
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Slightly Fantastical Elephant (with abbreviated tutorial) on: August 16, 2008 06:44:37 PM

 The original square was 15" x 15" and looked like this: (dotted line is the stitching to make the head) 



Finished, she's about 10 inches tall with the ears. 
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Slightly Fantastical Elephant (with abbreviated tutorial) on: August 16, 2008 08:39:53 AM
Tutorial handout added! 

Thanks for the feedback and I will definitely add a post with my other animals, but I have to warn everyone that the elephant is far and away my favorite so far, so the others might be a little anti-climactic Smiley  Though of course they all have their own charms.  Smiley

Hopefully in future I will be making / posting more at elephant level, hee-hee.   
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Slightly Fantastical Elephant on: August 15, 2008 10:05:52 PM
Thanks guys!   The trunk and ears were additions to the basic square pattern.  I did a hand-drawn tutorial of the process that I can scan and post.  It is an addictive pattern! 
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Slightly Fantastical Elephant (with abbreviated tutorial) on: August 15, 2008 09:54:52 PM
Hey all - somehow this is my FIRST POST although I've been hanging out on craftster for evers and evers.  
So, among other things, I love sculptural knitting.  A couple years ago I learned a super-simple technique for making stuffed knit animals from a square of knit material, and I've been having fun endlessly modifying it (dinosaurs!  seals!  ants!  etc!)  

Anyway, this sweet one yielded an unexpectedly lovely result, so I thought I'd post - hope you enjoy!


 





**Edit**  Here is the tutorial handout I made for a "skillshare" workshop.  It's a little jumbled, but hopefully it can give the basic idea.  (There are also probably other tutorials available on-line.)  For the elephant above I modified the original square by adding a loooooong tapering rectangle to the side of the square that I knew would eventually become her head, and added the ears after sewing and stuffing.  One note:  animals often look awkward when you first finish stuffing them.  I've found it usually takes a little squeezing and stitching (I also sewed her arms and legs into position and added wire to the trunk) to get them into the real shape you want.  Enjoy, and feel free to ask questions!  (If this is too small I can try to make it bigger and more readable.) 

9  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Vegan Peanut Butter Fudge on: August 15, 2008 09:51:07 PM
Wow that looks so good! 

What is the texture like?  When I first saw the picture I thought they looked rice-crispy-treat-esque. 
10  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Mustard Crusted Tofu on: August 15, 2008 09:49:02 PM
Ooh... sounds good, since I like mustard.  Are there any other spices or liquids that mix well with mustard to make a slightly different taste? 
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