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41  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / knitted bear hat on: August 26, 2008 06:27:29 PM
Here is another hat I made on my DIY Bic pen loom yesterday.  It's a little small, but I was experimenting with decreases.  They are fairly easy to do on this loom (Jeudi is holding what is left of the loom when I finished).  I didn't have to actually remove the pegs.  I could just attach a rubber band to the next peg, but it is less bulky when completely removed.

I will post some more pics on my blog to show how I did this when I have some extra time.

For more pics and info:
42  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My 1st human-sized hat - made with a DIY Adjustable Round Loom on: August 14, 2008 06:27:12 PM
I just perfected my adjustable round loom made from BIC stick pens, rubber bands, and beads.  Turned out pretty clever!  I going to add more pegs when I get more pens.  I love it 'cuz I can do round and flat knitting.  And, I can roll it up to stuff in my bag for trips.  Even with a project on it!

For more pics go to:  http://knitty-witty.blogspot.com/2008/08/adjustable-round-knitting-loom.html
43  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / doll hat/scarf on DIY round knitting loom on: August 14, 2008 08:15:40 AM
Not sure if this is the place to post loom knitting.  But, I'm just learning.

After trying finger weaving and "knit picking" (see:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=261765.0), I wanted to knit round, so I made a diy loom out of my daughters pencils.  We made 2 really quick hat and scarf sets for her dolls on 14 pencils.

I'm currently looking at making a bigger adjustable round loom out of BIC pens.  I also thought about tying combs together to make a round loom.  I will share the results if I am successful.
44  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / pick knitting...knit picking?! on: August 06, 2008 05:41:35 PM
Has anyone ever tried this before?  If you have I'd love to hear about it.  If not, maybe I'm just the only cheap weirdo who refuses to buy a knifty knitter.  Hehe. 

Yesterday, I was just curious if it would be possible to knit on a pick or comb.  So, I tried it.  It actually works really well for a small project!  Here are my very first attempts:

First, I tried a pick using all the teeth.  I kept weaving it too tight and couldn't get the yarn over the other.

Then, I tried a big fat comb.  Much better results.  I weaved in and out of every two teeth.  Much looser and easier to knit with.

Please post images if you give this a try.  I'd love to see them.

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This knitting is just like finger weaving or loom knitting.  There are many tuts for similar knitting online with pictures.

If you want to try what I did:

1.  You tie a slip knot over the first 2 teeth of the comb.
2.  Weave yarn in and out between every other tooth. (Be sure to keep it loose!)
    T T Y T T Y T T Y T T        T=tooth  Y=yarn
3.  Weave back the other way through the same gaps as before.
4.  Repeat steps 2 and 3 once more through same gaps.
5.  Get a toothpick or something and grab each lower loop and pull it up over the top one all the way across.
6.  Repeat steps 4-5 over and over til it's long enough.
7.  Cut the end of the yarn at least as long as the comb and thread through the last loops and tie off to secure.

Hope this helps.  If you need more guidance, let me know.  Good luck!

Here's an attempt at some pics.  Kinda hard to see, though.

NOTE:  After much experimenting, I must say what is called "e-wrapping" (twisted knit stitch) is much easier to do for a beginner at knitting looms.  You wrap the yarn around each tooth instead of wrapping inbetween.  With e-wrap you won't experience the tension problem you do with the regular knit stitch.
45  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / 1st finger knitting (weaving) projects using all ten fingers!! - scarves on: August 06, 2008 05:32:58 PM
Yesterday, my daughter and I saw a link on http://www.renaissancefestival.com/forums/index.php?topic=2524.0 by gypsylakat about finger weaving (actual tut is at http://www.wikihow.com/Finger-Weave), which I think should be called finger knitting.  We gave it a try on one hand, but thought the results were too narrow.  So, I tried all ten fingers!  Very easy and quick to make.  Here are a couple I just made last night:

plain white

red and gold - (I used 2 colors, one on each hand, at the same time and switched after several passes.)

Any questions on how we did it, just ask.  I'd love to hear what you think.

Here are some pics of my hands.  Forgive the quality.  My 5 year old had to take them.

46  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Can Tab Shoes on: July 11, 2008 08:32:07 PM
How about some shoes made out of can tabs?  That's right.  They are made from soda and beer can pull tabs.   Grin

Probably not the most practical thing.  Once lined, though, it is rather comfortable.  It took almost 300 tabs per shoe, and took 2 days to make the pair.  I hadn't added the lining or finished off the loose ends in the pic.  I'm looking for some jewels to hang in the ring in the fruit can tab at the tip of the toes.  The pic shows a couple bells in it.

More about these silly shoes, including a pattern, can be seen here:

47  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Boney Finger Wands on: July 06, 2008 08:41:27 PM
Yes, I know it's rude to point fingers.  But, when you want to curse someone, what better way than to give them the finger! 

Below are some pics of my Boney Wands made from Sculpey Clay.  There is a red glass jewel in the end of the handle.  I reinforced the clay with a wire hanger before baking. 

I'd love to hear what you think.
48  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / 12 Plait Braided Whip made from poly rope that really cracks! on: July 06, 2008 08:15:13 PM
After watching a "how to" video on YouTube.com about making a 12 plait bull whip, I decided to try my hand at making a lime green whip for my daughters costume out of cheaper materials. 

I used green poly rope, which I unraveled for the 2 layer thong, wrist strap, fall, and cracker.  I used Duct tape for the belly and a pencil for a handle.  Ended up only costing $2 ($1 each of rope and duct tape).  It took forever to braid.  But, I'm still amazed that it really cracks!

See more of my creations:
49  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Can Tab Corset, Bodice, Shoes, Hats and other crazy stuff! *UPDATED* on: July 06, 2008 10:32:24 AM
Hello all,

My name is Tiffany.  And, I'm a can-tab-a-holic.  Smiley

Seriously, I just found this site and I see so many kindred recycling spirits.  I wanted to share some projects made from soda and beer can pull tabs I started last year.  Hope you enjoy!  I know I do making them.

If you like any of this stuff, please check out my blog for even more projects, images and even some patterns:

Thanks for stopping by, I'd love to hear what you think.  I'm open to personal swaps, too.
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