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mpower4
« on: December 06, 2007 06:28:16 PM »

I have been obsessed with this thing ever since I saw it:

http://www.designspongeonline.com/2007/11/chris-meindertsma.html

The thing is, I don't have $1,600 to buy one, especially considering I don't like any of the colors it comes in AND it's on back order until February.

So I figure now I need to:
1.  Figure out how to get yarn that big (felting together gigantic tubes of yarn?Huh)
2.  Figure out how to get needles big enough (use my arms?)
3.  Figure out a pattern (obviously I would do this on a smaller scale first)

Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can do any/all of these things?  I have a month of winter break coming up, so once Christmas is over I will have plenty of time to tinker with crazy ideas like this.

Anyone else want to make one?
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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2007 10:13:33 PM »

It's like a knitted BeanBag chair. OMG.  I want one.


I can see myself sitting in one and knitting now... and sticking my needles into the cushion when I get up to go to the bathroom.
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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2007 02:50:25 AM »

Maybe you could use unspun roving for yarn.
Getting the needles wouldn't be impossible, especially if you know anyone with woodworking skills. You could either get your woodworking friend to sharpen thick dowels for you and put an end on it, or you could make a clay cone to attach as the tip.
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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2007 05:07:36 AM »

There's some huge needles discussed here :
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=207945.0


For the yarn, you could use something like what people have used for Twinkle Big City Knits - like Twinkle by Classic Elite, Cascade or Rowan Big Wool.

If you've got the money, or find a good deal, you could double strand.
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mpower4
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2007 01:09:38 PM »

Lion Brand also has these speed stix:

http://pages.e-yarn.com/6030/PictPage/1922238557.html

They're not as nice as the wooden ones, but they're also about $30 cheaper.

Does anyone know of a cheap yarn that will felt?  Based on the picture, it looks like they felted the yarn before knitting up the pouf.

I also am having serious troubles coming up with a pattern.  This is the type of shape I would just end up crocheting usually.
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« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2007 01:37:48 PM »

Maybe a yarn like White Buffalo Unspun... I know it has been discontinued, but if you could find enough its really thick and comes in 1/2lb cakes.  I had a bit of an obsession with that yarn a few years ago, my sweater never got finished Tongue I couldn't figure out colorwork lol... a lot has changed since then
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sewluv
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2008 05:22:37 PM »

This is so awesome. I think
I know how you could make this.
Make a big tube out of the yarn, thread yarn around edge
of the tube going in and out. Do on other side too.  Pull yarn tight
like pulling a drawstring on one side.  Put stuffing, a regular beanbag, etc.
into it.  Pull yarn on other side, too.  Tie off and weave in ends.
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Skellerz
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2008 08:03:48 PM »

Broomsticks.
And I-cord.





....Lots of I-cord...
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rjbuthead
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2008 08:25:18 PM »

the pattern looks like it is just knit in garter stitch like a scarf and then yarn is woven through the long sides and pulled tight...maybe start experimenting with that.
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redwitch
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2008 09:51:27 PM »

Oh my God. Imagine the gauge swatches alone for those! Way cool though I am totally inspired.
I think roving would not wear well enough. Maybe plaiting three multiple-strand tails together would give you a knittable thickness, joing together the multiple strands without too much effort?
You might need circulars or DPNs for that pouf (I love that name. Ha ha.) although I do like the vertical garter stitch pattern too.

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