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1  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / Boston, MA: Boston Skillshare, April 16th-17th on: April 02, 2011 12:54:17 PM
The Boston Skillshare is an annual weekend event organized by the volunteer Boston Skillshare Organizing Collective. We seek to create a temporary space for sharing practical skills to live more happy, creative, and sustainable lives.
This year's Skillshare has over 70 workshops including some awesome craft offerings from knitting and crocheting to building your own small guitars! 

Find more info at: http://www.bostonskillshare.org/2011/info
2  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / Boston, MA Skillshare 2010 on: April 25, 2010 01:21:03 PM
Come find your newest and most useful skill yet at Boston Skillshare 2010!

The Boston Skillshare is an annual weekend event seeking to create a
temporary space for sharing practical skills to live more happy, creative,
and sustainable lives. We believe learning is plentiful, everywhere, and
need not come with price tags or expert degrees. The $3-10 donation covers
entrance to all workshops both days, materials, breakfast and lunch.

Sign up to facilitate a workshop or to volunteer at:

Join our facebook group here:
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting with non-traditional materials? on: March 24, 2009 07:29:51 AM
Hi all -

I seem to remember some time ago there was a craftster knitting challenge about knitting with non-traditional materials (I remember some of the challenge entries included tape from music cassettes, licorice rope, etc...)

This April I am going to be running a workshop for Boston Skillshare (http://www.bostonskillshare.org/2009/info) on knitting with recycled materials, and was hoping to find this past challenge to help me generate some ideas.  I'm going to use items like cut up plastic bags and old t-shirts, of course, but was looking for some other, more out-of-the-way ideas using household objects. 

I couldn't find the challenge on the past challenges board.  Does anyone either a) know where to find it or b) have other ideas for recyclable household items that could make for good (and/or creative) non-traditional knitting material? 

Thank you so much for your time!! 
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Slightly Fantastical Elephant (with abbreviated tutorial) on: August 15, 2008 09:54:52 PM
Hey all - somehow this is my FIRST POST although I've been hanging out on craftster for evers and evers.  
So, among other things, I love sculptural knitting.  A couple years ago I learned a super-simple technique for making stuffed knit animals from a square of knit material, and I've been having fun endlessly modifying it (dinosaurs!  seals!  ants!  etc!)  

Anyway, this sweet one yielded an unexpectedly lovely result, so I thought I'd post - hope you enjoy!


**Edit**  Here is the tutorial handout I made for a "skillshare" workshop.  It's a little jumbled, but hopefully it can give the basic idea.  (There are also probably other tutorials available on-line.)  For the elephant above I modified the original square by adding a loooooong tapering rectangle to the side of the square that I knew would eventually become her head, and added the ears after sewing and stuffing.  One note:  animals often look awkward when you first finish stuffing them.  I've found it usually takes a little squeezing and stitching (I also sewed her arms and legs into position and added wire to the trunk) to get them into the real shape you want.  Enjoy, and feel free to ask questions!  (If this is too small I can try to make it bigger and more readable.) 

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting with disabilities? on: July 14, 2008 05:17:33 PM
Hey all!  I love the craftster community and was hoping your guys might be able to help me with this...
I work part time at an arts daycamp where I do a lot of knitting with kids - in fact, it's become one of the really "cool" activities amongst the campers - *everyone* wants to do it.
This week we had a lovely young girl join our camp.  She is an avid crafter, but has one arm that, because of a birth "defect," stops just below her elbow (so she has no left fingers or hand, but can still kind of "clutch" things in the crook of her left elbow.)  And... she *really* wants to learn how to knit. 
She is such a sweet and enthusiastic artist - I really don't want to just tell her "sorry...nope..."  Does anyone have any suggestions for disabilities-friendly knitting equipment, or fiber activities she could do that would be similar enough to knitting to let her feel included in group of avid knitters at camp? 
(I have a vague memory of someone telling me about a style of knitting (maybe French??) where you wedge one of the needles under your armpit and keep it immobile, while working the other needle with your dominant hand.  Does anyone know anything about that technique, or if I'm just making it up?) 

Any thoughts or ideas would be welcome!

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