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« on: February 01, 2008 11:13:17 AM »

My New Year's Resolution for this contest is to do more crafting for charity this year.

One of the charity projects I'm working on is making hats, scarves, and mitts for young school children.  I haven't quite worked out how to make mitts (*yet*) but I make the hats and scarves on my Knifty Knitter.

My entry for this contest is as follows:

I wanted to have a way to track how much I get done.  Normally I take the stuff I've made with me to my parents' house as I do it (the charity project is associated with my mom's sorority), so I won't ever have a pile of finished hat sets to look at and keep me motivated.  My first thought was for some kind of thermometer poster to colour in, like people use when fund raising, but that didn't seem crafty enough for me.  I decided instead to make a rug using the yarn ends I cut off the hats and scarves.  When the rug is done I'll have a neat memento and a LOT of hats and scarves.

It really has worked as far as motivation is concerned... I have at least 6 more pieces done than I thought I would by this point!  It has also had the side effect of making me leave longer ends for weaving in (not having enough to weave in has been a problem of mine in the past!)

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The stuff I've made since I learned of the contest:



The rug "pattern" created in Paint:


Planned out on the rug mesh:


The progress on the rug as of today (Feb 1, 2008) I didn't realize until after I took the picture that the rug is upside down. Oops!:



You can see my Knifty Knitter loom and the Duct Tape / Ziploc wallet I made to hold the loom hook, scissors, measuring tape, and yarn needle in that last picture.

I also created a new crafting blog to keep track of my progress throughout the year:  http://craftymio.livejournal.com/  (there's a picture of the inside of the wallet there, in addition to the pics I've posted here)

This is my first contest entry, and I'm terribly excited about it!

Thanks for looking!

Edit:  A new progress picture of the rug (I have since run out of this yarn, but more is on its way because my bf is *awesome*)  This time it's upside up! (of all things)



Good luck everyone!
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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2008 11:19:05 AM »

I love your rug idea! I'm a Beta Sigma Phi, too.
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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2008 11:25:36 AM »

wow what a great idea!!
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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2008 11:30:51 AM »

dna girl:  Thanks!  I'm a Legacy Daughter, or some such.  I haven't got time for it myself, but I like helping out my mom's group.

nykole: Thank you!  It's been really motivating already!
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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2008 12:47:17 PM »

thats a great idea, you'll have something to remember everything you had done and are going to do!! i love it!
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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2008 02:41:37 PM »

What a great idea!!!
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« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2008 02:43:06 PM »

Thanks spike and Rhiannon. ^_^
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« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2008 03:38:48 PM »

What a neat idea! And I love that it's going to charity too.
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« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2008 05:50:58 PM »

that is a awesome idea Smiley  I never would have thought of that!  It is such a cool way to stay motivated.
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« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2008 07:05:25 PM »

How neat!  I think it would definitely motivate me to do more.
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« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2008 07:43:58 PM »

oh wow! this is such a creative way to stay motivated and to remember what a good job you're doing! i love the rug design, too, and can't wait to see the finished project Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2008 11:16:57 PM »

I think this is one of the most original entries, both in resolution and in 'entry'
(OK, I have only seen six so far, but still).

I think it will look lovely & adorable in the end.
The only problem you might have, is that this will make you SO motivate, that the rug is done way before the year is over.
But of course, then you can make a second one :-)

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« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2008 07:41:51 AM »

TLW: Thanks for the kind words!

I had actually thought of that "problem" of finishing early.  When I was getting the mesh ready I thought that I should fold the extra mesh over first and bind it on (normally when I make rugs I use the rug yarn to do that... of course, normally I start at the bottom and make my way up...)  But I had a second thought.  I left the edges where they were and in the event that I finish early, I can easily add more mesh around the edges.

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« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2008 08:56:55 AM »

Always meant to try one of those little knitters.
Does anyone else here use one?
What can you make besides hats and scarves? Does it knit everything into tubes?
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« Reply #14 on: February 02, 2008 09:25:37 AM »

I'm just starting to scratch the surface on what the Knifty Knitter can make.  It is possible to do increases and decreases on it, but I haven't tried it yet.  So far I've done tubes (hats and bags) and flat pieces (scarves and blankets).

I've seen patterns for socks and I think mittens (I need to look for that again), and I've seen a round blanket, but I have no idea how they made it.

So, if you can do flat pieces, tubes, increases and decreases, I think you could make just about anything.  You can also do the knit and purl stitches, but I'm just exploring that now.

The real draw-back of the looms is that you're stuck with that guage.  The loom I'm using for this has big pegs.  The yarn I'm using says to use 10mm (U.S. 15) needles, if that helps.  If you want to use a thinner yarn you either have to double-strand or end up with really lacy-looking stuff. 

I have the Knifty Knitter long-looms, and they have smaller pegs.  I haven't worked out what thickness of yarn is best for those yet, though.

Type "knifty knitter" in a youtube search and you should come up with some interesting stuff.
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« Reply #15 on: February 05, 2008 06:38:56 PM »

I've uploaded a final progress pic of the rug.  Good luck everyone!
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« Reply #16 on: February 07, 2008 03:49:31 PM »

You've got my vote  Cool
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« Reply #17 on: February 08, 2008 12:24:22 PM »

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« Reply #18 on: February 09, 2008 07:41:22 AM »

Thanks, everyone, for your kind comments and your votes. ^_^
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« Reply #19 on: February 10, 2008 08:39:44 PM »

You've got my vote, too!
I think this is a great motivator to keep with your resolution, and your resolution is one that will help many, many others, and I think that is wonderful!  Smiley


eta:  I'm sorry you didn't win, because I thought your idea really matched what the challenge was all about - motivating you to keep your resolution throughout the year.

I'd like to see what your latch-hook looks like at the end of the year!  Grin
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« Reply #20 on: February 15, 2008 04:10:32 AM »

Thanks M Fox.  I wasn't really expecting to win on my first challenge (but the prize was pretty sweet!).  I was a bit surprised by the voting, but it was exciting to watch how it progressed. (or maybe I'm just easily amused ^_-)

Since so many people have expressed an interest in seeing the finished product, I'll definitely post a pic when it's finished.  The yarn my bf ordered should be here soon. Hooray!!
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