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« on: November 11, 2008 02:42:02 PM »

I wanted to wait before I posted this, because I wanted to make them in more different colors first. But right now I feel more like raising the number of nalbinding postings a bit faster Smiley

These are the baby turtles I made, inspired by the many turtles here on craftster:


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The turtles are made with Oslo stitches (F1 UO/UOO) and backward Danish stitches (B1 O/UO), with some forward Danish stitches (F1 O/UO).
I used up some dark green wool which I had plant dyed most irregularily by mistake. I didn't like this dye until I saw how nice it looked on sea creatures.
I don't even remember why I chose to do turtles in the first place anyway, maybe it's something that comes with working rounded objects, and after the first stitches, suddenly see something in it...

I have used two different patterns for the turtles: making them from three parts (upper shell, under shell, body) and making them from two parts (upper shelll and under shell with extremities connected to it). I put up a pattern on my blog, and I have nearly translated the whole of it Smiley ).

http://www.free-blog.in/rubysblog/Anleitungen%2B%2F%2BPATTERNS/

Basically, it is about working in rounds for the shells, and working chains of Oslo stitches for heads and feet. The head is made by turning a chain of stitches backwards, forming eyes. I am very proud of this head design, because it gives the turtle the big, soulful eyes I like about them. I am still looking for the right kind of pearls for the turtles eyes, so far the eyes are stones or scraps of wool.   

Here are some progress pictures:

Three part turtle pattern


Two part turtle pattern



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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2008 03:03:23 PM »

Oh, wow! These are absolutely great! I'd love to make some, but...
what exactly is Nalbinding?
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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2008 03:25:50 PM »

Oh, my goodness!  Those are amazing!
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« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2008 05:55:05 PM »

these are fantastic!
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« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2008 04:16:17 AM »

Yay for more naalbinding! Silly me, I only thought naalbinding could be used for scarves, socks and bags. Very original, and very cute turtles!
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« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2008 06:16:03 AM »

On the contrary, I have found that nalbinding is even more flexible than knit or crochet, because if you use the smaller stitches, you have so many liberties with increasing and decreasing, that you can make any shape you want.

I was very pleased when I started making the turtles and found out how you can just craft along your idea, and the stitches follow your imagination. It's new territory to me too! I have been doing nalbinding for less than a year now. So everytime I discover something new that I can do with this technique, I am very excited. At first, I told myself i wouldn't use nalbinding to reproduce crochet pattern. Why imitating a different technique with one that is so much slower? But then I had this round shape in my hand, made from nalbinding stitches, and couldn't help seeing a turtle, and thinking what a nice shell pattern these nalbinding stitches would make... Smiley

If you like my turtles, wait till I finished my alligator! Smiley 
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« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2008 06:46:40 AM »

I can't wait to see your alligator! Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2008 10:49:20 AM »

I love your turtles and totally want one. And To me if you are using a totally different method making the same animal as someone who's knit or crocheted it is just fine, it's not reproducing. From the little I've gathered of nalbinding it looks nothing like crochet or knit stitches it's it's own pattern and craft so Make more animals!
I can't wait to see the alligator and hope you continue to make more critters! Perhaps this will be another craft with yarn or thread I jsut have to learn. Any good sites you can recommend for someone interested in learning the basics? Preferably with pictures?
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« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2008 01:15:55 PM »

This is a very good site to learn the thumbcatching method:
http://home.arcor.de/nadelbinden/index-eng.htm
It has many step-by-step tutorials with lots of pictures.

I am a total thumbcatching dope, because it totally confuses my sense of space to work the stitches upside down, but everyone who uses this method says it's good. I use a freestyle method which gives me more control over what I do to the yarn, but I haven't found any good tutorial on that yet. Every time I post some nalbound stuff I apologize for not delivering a tutorial myself Smiley I think it's only a matter of time until I get so embarrassed about this that I'll blackmail a friend with a good camera into taking decent pictures of my stitches (you see above what my own camera can do) and how I do it.

I did mount a tutorial for the Korgen stitch on my blog, but the pictures are not very good, and it shows only the stitch, not how you make the beginning of a row. And it's not in English, sorry. But the picture give an idea of how the freehanded method is working.
http://www.free-blog.in/rubysblog/51505/Anleitung+f%FCr+den+Korgenstich+in+Freihandtechnik.html

This page has a picture which shows how I make my needles from popsickle sticks and any piece of wood I come across.
http://www.free-blog.in/rubysblog/66364/Herstellung+von+Holznadeln.html

You can use a large metal needle too, if you have one. Just make sure it is blunt, so you won't be able to stitch right through your yarn.
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« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2008 01:30:29 PM »

Thanks so much! I'm going to bookmark all of those. Maybe this can be something new I learn when the holidays are over!
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