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1  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Donations of extra craft supplies to support Red Emma's in Baltimore! on: April 05, 2009 12:41:30 PM
Hi Everyone!  Thanks so much for browsing through this amazing forum. 

Here's the deal: 

I'm on the planning for DIY Fest in Baltimore (http://www.diyfest.org/).  We are having an auction of various DIY-related items to help support Red Emmas (http://www.redemmas.org/), which is a really amazing collective-run coffee shop and bookstore that does a lot of activism in the Baltimore community.

So, if you have any extra items stashed around your home, please donate them to a really great cause!  Some examples of what we're looking for:

- yarn
- buttons (both the sewing kind and the pin-on kind)
- patches
- how-to kits or books of any kind
- natural cleaning products
- home-made blends of loose tea/herbs or baking mixes

Anything else you can think of!  I can't tell you how much any support would be appreciated.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / More Baltimore Yarnbombing (Edgar Allan Poe!) on: January 28, 2009 10:08:13 AM
So has anyone else posted on the UK DIY Yarnbombing Flickr site?  It's a lot of fun!

I wanted to post something that would really represent Baltimore and show some city pride.  I already had a black-white-orange cowl that I was planning on wearing to some Orioles games, and thought, now where should I put this? 

The statue of Edgar Allan Poe outside of UB seemed perfect.  And it was even nicer when I found time to take pictures the day after it snowed!  Poe really looked cozy!

*** For some reason the rest of my photos are showing up really tiny... So For now check out my Flickr site for better pics: http://flickr.com/photos/whistlesfarandwee/ ***

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / More Baltimore Street KNit! on: October 15, 2008 06:59:07 AM
While walking home from the park on one of the beautiful autumn days, I looked over, and saw my first anonymous knit graffiti piece in Baltimore!  So exciting.  (as some of you may know, I've put up a few pieces myself- search "knit mouse dilemma" to see what I mean...)  It was funny because I ran into a friend who said, "hey, I saw your knit cozy on that sign in the park," and I told him it wasn't even mine!  Of course, I had to put something up there just to say hello to that other awesome crafter and to tell them that there are others of their kind out there!   So here's what I did:

(You can see the bottom of their piece in the top of the frame)

And here's a detail of the flowers:

I tried to get a picture of both our pieces, but I changed my flash setting and it came out bad  Undecided

Update: my brother Jake was kind enough to photoshop the pic for me- now you can see everything much better!

Yay for hidden surprises and underground crafting!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / knit graffiti- plz help with my dilemma! *UPDATED!* on: September 07, 2008 07:10:46 PM
The mouse is back!

I decided to put the mouse up right around the corner on a gate in the alley.  I'm still a little nervous since the gate belongs to a restaurant I frequent all the time- I hope all the kitchen crew like it, since it's out by their dumpsters!  I'm a little scared they will hate it  Roll Eyes  I should have taken a picture with a wider frame, but anyway, here's a close-up of the new location!

Here's my original post:

I had a strange experience recently after putting up my last knit graffiti piece, and I'd really like to get everyone's take on it.  Here's what happened:

I thought that it would be really cute to make a little mouse and sew it to the drainpipe on the side of the building I live in.

Here is a closer shot:

After the mouse had been up on the wall for a few days, someone wrote next to it "9-11 was an inside job."  The side of the building has never been graffitied on before, so it seemed like my graffiti was spawning more, only it wasn't the pretty kind.  Luckily the words were in chalk so they wiped off easily, but I didn't want to wait around for the building to get spraypainted.  Especially because my good friend's dad is the landlord, and I wouldn't ever want to contribute to his building getting ruined in any way.  So I ended up taking the mouse down, and there has been nothing on the wall since.

I just wanted to share the experience to get other people's take on this.  I mean, I still think that seeing an unexpected knit cozy makes the world happy enough to be worth it.  But what do you think about the possibility that putting up a cozy could spawn other types of graffiti?  I have so many thoughts, and I'd like to hear yours...  Has anyone else had something similar happen?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Skinny belt to Wide belt- no sew project! on: July 02, 2008 03:36:55 PM
O.k., so this is waaay low-end compared to all you amazing ladies (and gents!) who can whip up an outfit in no time, but it's a pretty useful tip so I thought maybe I would share.

Anyway, I have this really cute shirt-dress that I never wore because the belt kind of tied funny. The belt loops were way low on my hips, and the narrow belt cut into my waist and made me look kind of dumpy.  LIke this:

But then I was playing with a necklace of mine that I had made with two half-hitch knots (the kind where you tie each end to the string so that you can slide the knots back and forth to make an adjustable band, if that makes any sense). And I realized- why not do the same thing to my belt?  So I took the skinny string and re-tied it like so:

The knots look like this:

Which made a nice wide belt that I could easily adjust.  No bulky bows or ties, and it sits way better on the waist! Voila!

Hope those directions were clear, feel free to ask any questions if they weren't!
6  UNITED STATES / Maryland / DIY Fest 2008 in Baltimore on: May 28, 2008 09:45:08 AM
Anyone else going to the DIY Fest on June 14?  It's in the Red Emma's Church at 2640 St. Paul.  There should be some pretty cool workshops, Food Not Bombs, zines, etc.  I'll be there- just wanted to give anyone who's interested a heads up!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Office Supplies Miniature Shadowboxes on: May 07, 2008 09:43:34 AM
So I work in an office where the main job is filing lots and lots of records.  I have two students who help me out with this, and since this is the end of the semester, I wanted to make them a little present.  One of my favorite gifts to make for people are miniature shadowboxes- I cut out the top of a jewelry box, set in a piece of glass, and then make a 3-D collage inside. 

I work at an art school (trying to be non-specific here, since I think this is kind of unauthorized use of credentials.  I made sure there was no identifying information on anything though...)  So I cut up some of our file folders and folded up a lot of old credentials to put inside the files.  I also stuck in some slides to add a little interest, and covered the boxes with one of the main credentials that we file.  Attached some large magnets to the back, and voila!

Such fun gifts to give! 
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Kombucha! on: May 07, 2008 09:35:46 AM
I searched around on here for some kombucha tips, but didn't find a whole lot.  Anyone else out there brew their own?

I just got my first SCOBY about two weeks ago, and this is the results of my first batch!  I made it with a peach-flavored green tea since I wanted it to taste kind of fruity, but you can't really detect the peach.  It's not quite as sour or as carbonated as I would like, but it's still pretty good.  Kind of reminds me of a non-alcoholic wheat beer.  Since I'm trying to cut back on the alcohol, this is a wonderful substitute for a good drink on a warm spring day.  Very refreshing!

Thought I would serve it up in this fancy glass (the floaty things in there are the residue from the mushroom cake, think of it as wine sediment...):

From the top:

And a picture of the little carbonation bubbles with the SCOBY cake in there (I decided to spare you all a picture of the whole thing, since it's a little gross looking for some people  Tongue )

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted spores on: May 07, 2008 09:28:47 AM
I found this really great pattern for knitted mushrooms (sorry, but I don't have the link on my right now...)  While flying from the East Coast to California, I knocked out about half a dozen of these babies!  I ended up changing the pattern A LOT- I didn't connect any of the caps to the stems since they kind of looked waay too phallic   Roll Eyes  Plus I didn't felt them at all since I knitted them in garter stitch rather than stockinette, and I like the bumpy texture.  I feel like they look more like spores this way rather than mushrooms.

All the spores are connected by a stitch of yarn to hold them together into this little unit.  I'd like to put it somewhere sweet in the city (see the posts on 'knit graffiti') but for now they have found their home on my kitchen table.

What do you think?  Should I keep them like this or make them into mushrooms?
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Bringing the Yarn to the Streetz in Bmore- video link! on: May 06, 2008 04:17:44 PM
So my friend Katie is taking a documentary class at school, and she decided to do an interview with me about knit graffiti.  Please pardon the ridiculous way I'm talking, I had just gotten back from somewhere where there was free wine, so I'm a little loopy  Roll Eyes  There are some pretty great action shots in this though-  Some of her classmates weren't sure if 'knit graffiti' was a real thing or not, but she assured them it is!

So far it's the only video that comes up when you type in "knit graffiti"

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