giraffe wear

October 6, 2014 at 7:51 pm | Posted in ideas | Leave a comment
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Fashion trend! I have been noticing a lot of giraffe-themed accessories on ravelry lately. I tend to notice giraffe things because my brother in law really likes giraffes, and I am always on the lookout for gift ideas for family members. It does seem like there are quite a lot of giraffe knitting projects, so I guess he is not the only one who loves them. Dress yourself in Giraffe Wear!

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/giraffe-cowl-and-mittens

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/giraffe-mittens-sjiraffvotter

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/spotted-giraffe-cowl

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/twiga-or-i-wish-i-were-a-giraffe

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/p0405-giraffe-wrist-warmers-

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/giraffe-cowl, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/giraffe-mitts, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/giraffe-beanie (these three are a matched set)

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/orange-giraffe-sock-knitting-instruction-size-38-39

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/giraffes-browsing-in-the-savannah-jacket

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/giraffe-minidress

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I really want to try this. Amazing.

January 11, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Posted in ideas, learning, projects | Leave a comment
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I am gonna get my hands on some RIT dye.

DYED BUTTONS!

suggestions needed

June 17, 2009 at 10:58 pm | Posted in ideas | Leave a comment
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S found this fascinating product at the salvation army today, and bought it for me.  Because it’s funny.  But also because she thought I could possible make something out of it.  So, I’m looking for suggestions.  What should “a girl’s secret” be?

girl's secret 1girl's secret 2girl's secret 3

girl's secret 4

easy being green

September 10, 2008 at 10:21 am | Posted in ideas | 1 Comment

An update on the drop spindle: Here’s my first creation. I’d bought just one ounce of really bright lime green and yellow roving, and that was the first thing I started trying to spin with. The yarn I created was just enough to crochet this little green bowl. Cute! Now I am working on spinning some seafoam blue/green roving. Only I prefer to call it fluff, rather than roving.

green bowl

Areolae, etc.

February 28, 2008 at 2:06 am | Posted in ideas | 2 Comments
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I just saw something fabulous on a women’s health blog that I read, so I wanted to link to it here to sort of spread the word around.  It’s called “the nipple project.”  It’s an idea that makes me quite happy to think of.  Don’t we all get happy when we think of nipples?  I would like to make one for the project, and will probably attempt it if I get inspired.  Here’s the link.  I would link directly to the nipple project, but I wanted to give credit to the place I learned about it from, and also to recommend that blog for general reading.  I find it always interesting, fun to read, and of course informative.

Entomology

February 1, 2008 at 2:32 am | Posted in ideas | 2 Comments
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black_cricket_P1000732

Originally uploaded by AbrahamLincoln

After writing my last blog post I’ve had a burning desire to make a little knit or crocheted cricket, but I haven’t been able to find a pattern, so I’ve decided to attempt to design my own. And I’m going to try to write down what I do so that other people who crave crocheted crickets in the future can make one too. If it turns out well, that is.

I haven’t, alas, got my own pet cricket to use as a model, so I found this photo on Flickr. It’s by Flickr user “AbrahamLincoln,” which is rather interesting, don’t you think? It makes my imagination seek for connections between household insects and historical presidents. I haven’t found the connection yet, but I’m sure it’s out there.

Also, I went to http://www.dictionary.com to make sure that I was spelling “entomology” correctly, and I found this little tidbit of information from the American Heritage Science Dictionary:

“Our Living Language : Scientists who study insects (there are close to a million that can be studied!) are called entomologists. Why are they not called “insectologists”? Well, in a way they are. The word insect comes from the Latin word insectum, meaning “cut up or divided into segments.” (The plural of insectum, namely insecta, is used by scientists as the name of the taxonomic class that insects belong to.) This Latin word was created in order to translate the Greek word for “insect,” which is entomon. This Greek word also literally means “cut up or divided into segments,” and it is the source of the word entomology. The Greeks had coined this term for insects because of the clear division of insect bodies into three segments, now called the head, thorax, and abdomen.”

So, perhaps the best way to construct my little cricket will be to make it in segments. You can see the segments pretty well in the picture. Thank you, American Heritage and Abraham Lincoln!

Kool-aid is cool, man! Yeah, far out!

January 8, 2008 at 2:05 am | Posted in craft tools, ideas, projects | 1 Comment
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I bought a little twist of white silk yarn from my favorite handspinner at the farmer’s market.  She said that I could dye it with Kool-aid.  So I bought a bunch of kool-aid, and looked up the instructions online.

 But I can never do with just one little twist of yarn.  I want a whole flood of yarn!  So I also rooted through my stash and collected a bunch of different wool that I thought could do with a color change.  You have to use protein fiber for this sort of dyeing, the instructions said, so that’s why I was looking for wool in particular.  And silk is protein, too.

 So, I’ve been working on this project all evening, and my fingers are sort of purple.  Oh, I’ve been having so much fun!  I can’t wait to knit or crochet something with this stuff!

 Actually, I did already knit a little leaf-shaped swatch.  I have a plan to knit a hat with some of the other yarn, and then to sew the leaf onto it as decoration.

Here are the instructions I used.  Knitty.com is a great website, full of interesting patterns and such: http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall02/FEATdyedwool.html 

One “before” picture: silk yarn

And lots of “after” pictures:

yarn on drying rack

yarn

more yarn

knit leaf

the proper care of pumpkins

December 3, 2007 at 9:15 am | Posted in ideas | 2 Comments
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knit pumpkin with its brethren

Originally uploaded by yellowlens

J left me a comment on this photo, saying that, at first glance, he thought I had knitted a pumpkin cozy, something like a beer cozy or a cell phone cozy. Then he said that I should actually make a knitted garment for a pumpkin. His idea was to completely enclose the pumpkin with knitting. It would be absurd, he said, and interesting.

It was a couple of days ago that J left the comment. But I can’t stop thinking about it. My mind snags on things that are absurd and interesting. What is the reason for enclosing a fruit or vegetable in knitted fabric? Why, just because the idea exists, of course.

On Saturday I went to the farmer’s market and bought a tiny pumpkin. Partly, I just thought that the pumpkin was cute, and that it would make a nice decoration in our dining room. But I was also still thinking about the cozy. I haven’t got any orange yarn left, but then purple would do just as nicely. I could eat the pumpkin, but it’s too small to really bother. If I make a coat for it, what would I do with the finished object? I guess it could still sit on the dining table, until it rotted. I think I’m really going to do it. The illogical part of my mind refuses to give up on the idea, and the practical part of my mind is rarely the more emphatic of the two.

I’m actually quite fond of pumpkins. I find them pleasing to the eye, not to mention full of stories. I mean, they have a role in fairy tales, an honored place in childhood memories. You get to make jack-o-lanterns from them on Halloween. They have a hidden cave inside, full of slime and seeds. They smell good when you cut them open. The seeds taste good, and so does the flesh. I cooked pumpkin lentil soup for dinner last night, with another pumpkin I had, one that grew on a huge vine that spread across the backyard of the house where I grew up, from a seed my mother and sisters planted in the compost pile this past spring. They had so many pumpkins from that vine that they were very happy for S and I to take a couple of them. That’s the two pumpkins in the picture with the little knitted pumpkin. We didn’t eat the other one because it got rather soft while it was sitting on our counter. So then we planted the entire thing in our own garden, and we’re hoping we’ll get our own vine in the spring.

See? Stories. I’ve even written a couple of poems about pumpkins over the years. I read one at my senior reading in college, and it’s still one of my favorite poems that I’ve ever written.

Knitting a coat for a pumpkin would be sort of like writing a poem for a pumpkin.

If I was a pumpkin, I’d really like to have a little jacket or a sweater today. It’s snowing outside.

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