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21  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Knit installation art? on: November 18, 2007 05:15:43 PM
Well, it happens. One of my favourite knitting-based artists is Janet Morton and there are a large chunk of others. Anyway, I decided to try my hand at doing some knitting for a drawing project, and this is what I came up with:

Balloons! Unfortunately, I don't have a shot of them installed (I hung them from the ceiling and curled some extra wool at the bottom to look like ribbons). I designed some lace patterns, and those are what I used to cover them. The idea is that the lace determines the form of the balloon on the inside, rather than the other way around. And of course, when the balloons deflate, the knitting (thanks to sugar water!) stays in the same shape. Creepy?

Of course, taking a look inside the balloon is pretty interesting, too.

I set them up with a series of drawings mounted on the walls. Here's a progress shot of one of the drawings.

The planning phase.

Tell me what you think!
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Favourite way to bind off k2 p2 rib? on: October 13, 2007 11:23:30 PM
Thank you so much, ookpik. I have favourited that, and will definitely use it for future reference-- you guys are all such great resources!
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Favourite way to bind off k2 p2 rib? on: October 10, 2007 09:57:08 PM
Thank you very much! I just bound off the one edge, and did it REALLY loosely, and it seems to have worked! Thanks for the tips, though: going up a needle size would be a great way to help the looser bind-off! And especially thanks for the knitty article! I'm sure I'll refer back to it in the future. Wink
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Favourite way to bind off k2 p2 rib? on: October 09, 2007 08:50:07 PM
Okay, so I promise I'm not a total n00b, but I need a little help from my fellow knitters! When binding off the ribbing of a sweater, I find that I usually bind of WAYYY too tightly. I'm just using the knit bind-off, and I've tried alternating knit bind off with purl bind off (knit the knits, purl the purls and then slip one stitch over the other)... but I'm still finding the bottom hems of my sweaters are just not stretching, which is AWKWARD for wearing.

Is there a simple solution that I'm overlooking? Is it "just bind off more loosely"? I've checked knittinghelp.com, but the only one that looks like it might work is for k1p1 ribbing.... Tongue

So please: share your techniques and secrets!
25  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: An Art Business Card Book on: October 08, 2007 10:59:07 AM
Definitely a neat idea, and a good way to get yourself out there. But I'm wondering: how much did you have to scale down your images?
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What is yarn? has anyone ever asked you that? on: September 07, 2007 08:21:15 AM
Never heard of yarn?

I know when I was starting to knit, I was confused about what to call "wool" and what to call "yarn"... and that's a pretty easy slip-up. But this guy sounds like has never heard the word "yarn". Pretty funny!
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yarn Crisis! on: September 07, 2007 08:18:36 AM
Thanks elijor-- it sounded almost crazy enough to work, but I think you're right. I also don't have a lot of experience dyeing things so it could be disastrous. I think I'll stick with option #2.
28  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Help me price my paintings? on: September 04, 2007 11:55:52 PM
One problem I've run across during my limited time in Europe is that things that would cost 20$ (Can or US-- they're roughly equivalent now) cost about 20 Euros. Of course, it doesn't really make sense to figure out your price in Euros and then just charge that number in dollars because it's quite unfair to you, but I would recommend  setting a price in euros that you're happy with, changing over to USD, and then knocking it down some.

Also, when I set costs for my paintings, I usually begin by simply calculating materials for them. Then I add on around minimum wage for however long I spent working on them. Usually that ends up sounding like a lot of money, but there's always room to adjust up or down (and calculate in your paypall and etsy cuts/expenses)... This strategy doesn't really make you a lot of money, but it does sort of reimburse you. I would say, for this size of painting you are probably looking at 15$ for materials (about 3 bucks for the board and then some for paints/pens/whatever) and then let's say you worked for about 5 hours at 7$ an hour (35$)-- that comes out to 50$. I don't know if a lot of Etsy customers would be willing to pay this much, but I don't think you should undersell yourself, either.

If you're thinking about frames, I would look out for standard-sized ones at the dollar store or thrift stores. I don't think the presence of a frame would influence me all that much, however...

Cute paintings! I definitely wish you luck in your pricing adventures!
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitted slipper-boots, help? on: September 04, 2007 04:03:46 PM
Someone on Craftsters put together some sweater-boots out of an old sweater that she felted and cut up a while ago. It wouldn't be EXACTLY the same, but it might actually be easier than knitting the whole thing:

30  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yarn Crisis! on: September 04, 2007 04:00:56 PM
This is definitely, true, Coral. I might have to go back and investigate at the yarn store.

Another option I came up with-- is there any sure-fire way to subtley dye the whole thing so it looks uniformly the same colour? Without making it a totally different shade?
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