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« on: August 21, 2005 09:46:28 AM »

This challenge got me thinking... and then it got me digging through my hall closet.  This is my first time posting pics, so I hope this works.

I started out trying to crochet with fishing line because I thought a fishing line snowflake for a christmas tree ornament would look really cool, like a frosty icicle.  I quickly realized why people don't crochet with fishing line: it is tiny, it is hard on the fingers, it doesn't stretch, and if it was any less visible, it would actually BE invisible!

So I went back to the closet because I had this old half-roll of thin orange cord (which is sold as plumb line in the hardware store).



I also noticed a box of steel wool, and thought... hey, that's WOOL (kind of)!  I wonder if I can "spin" that into a yarn?  I sort of could, by twisting it in my fingers:



I didn't have very much of either the steel wool or the orange line.  I actually started out making a scarf, but ran out of the line (probably a good thing, since who wants to wear steel wool?).  So then I made a miniature hat and mittens set. I used a pattern I had from Patons Canada for knitted Christmas tree ornaments.  I'm not sure what inspired me except that I had made these little mittens before, and I knew I didn't have enough line or wool to make something large.

Here are pics of works in progress...






Knitting with the steel wool was a little hard (threw off my tension too  Smiley), so I'm glad I was only making miniature mittens.  I eventually ended up with the final product:


Kindly modelled by Baby Oscar The Grouch, who doesn't mind the itchy steel wool:


Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2005 10:07:34 AM »

nice job
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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2005 10:39:45 AM »

Wow, who would have though that steel wool could be made into yarn?  Nice job!
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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2005 01:03:24 PM »

You spun steel wool into yarn?  Amazingly original! 
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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2005 05:14:35 PM »

Not only is it a clever idea, but the end product is so cute! Oscar looks perfectly happy with his new ensemble.
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« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2005 07:02:48 PM »

I agree-spinning steel wool is way cool. I'm impressed!
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« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2005 06:12:18 AM »

Ithink that turned out awesome, I am impressed you were able to use steel wooL!
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« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2005 11:10:57 AM »

those are great!  i have some finger puppets who would look awesome in a set like that.
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« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2005 12:57:06 PM »

Thanks everyone!   Cheesy

Not sure where the steel wool idea came from, just saw the box and had an "aha!" moment!
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BTW LOVE IT!!! especially oscar  Wink
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« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2005 03:57:38 PM »

I love this!  So creative!  Oh my, I am on everything!  This is awesome and what a neat thing to use.  WTG!
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« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2005 01:07:04 PM »

very original! i love the colour combo too! wow- spinning steel wool. that's so crazy! Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2005 12:20:06 PM »

wow, never would have thought of steel wool....very good.  Your workmanship is great, considering the materials you had to work with.  I love it
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Super duper impressed by your project!  Awesome!
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« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2005 06:27:32 AM »

Wow!  Shocked  I'm just in awe of someone who would twist steel wool into yarn and then knit with it and there was no one holding a gun to your head.  Did you have any problems with little bits getting embedded in your skin?


Well, the little bits didn't really get embedded in my skin, but they did stick to me and get itchy and feel a bit like splinters (so I probably won't wear shorts and a tee if I ever do it again!), and they also fell all over the place so I had to hold the steel wool over the garbage while I twisted it.

Thanks so much- this was my first crafster post so it's soooo awesome to get all these nice responses!  I'm in awe of what people do here and it is really inspiring me.
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« Reply #15 on: August 29, 2005 11:23:18 PM »

Oh wow, I would never have thought to use steel wool.  I hate the stuff, I've been cut so many times.

And when you wrote baby Oscar the Grouch, I misread it and thought that somewhere since my childhood and now Oscar had a baby and named it after him and I was thinking, "Which one of the muppets hooked up with Oscar?"
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« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2007 10:27:31 AM »

jeezopeez - what an imagination! I love the way your mind works...using steel wool, whodathought?  I'm blown away!  Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: February 01, 2008 10:14:29 AM »

Great job! I really love it Smiley

And when you wrote baby Oscar the Grouch, I misread it and thought that somewhere since my childhood and now Oscar had a baby and named it after him and I was thinking, "Which one of the muppets hooked up with Oscar?"

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