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Topic: Orange String & Steel Wool: Mini-Mitts and Hat  (Read 15512 times)
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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
« 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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« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2005 01:17:53 PM »

BTW LOVE IT!!! especially oscar  Wink

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