Wednesday, November 28, 2007
This purse is handknit (and a little crochet) with fun colors of wool yarn and then fulled to make the fabric sturdier and turn it into felt!
Here's a view of the inside and pocket.
This is the side.
This is my fancy strap. The strap is adjustable. I knit it a bit long so that it could be folded over to change the length. I made these adjusters out of wire and beads.
I will be selling this purse in my Etsy shop.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
This is a great project to learn how to make socks or a new sock technique, like magic loop. You don’t even have to make a second one if don’t want to so no worries about second sock syndrome.
Soapy is great for small pieces of handmade soap. It’s a washcloth that you put the soap into, and now its not so slippery.
holds a 2.5 by 1 by 1 inch piece of soap
MC (green) and CC (light yellow) Sugar and Cream (cotton; 70.9g/2.5 oz per skein) or a cotton yarn of similar weight
1 #4 US circular needle of a long length
The finished soap sock is 13 grams
19 sts/33 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch
Soapy itself isn’t even 4 inches and unless you’re knitting this for a specific bar of soap, the gauge doesn’t have to be exact.
CO 8 sts using magic cast on (4 sts on each needle)
K1, M1, K2, M1,K1 – Repeat on second needle
K1, M1, K1, M1, K2, M1, K1, M1, K1 - Repeat on second needle (20 st so far)
K1, M1, K1, M1, K6, M1, K1, M1, K1 - Repeat on second needle (28 st)
K two rows
Switch to MC
Work 12 rounds
Switch to CC
Short row heel
K across bottom of sock until 1 st remaining
turn and bring yarn to back, purl (This makes a YO or extra loop)
P normally until 1 st remaining on needle
turn and bring yarn to front, K1 making the YO
K across row until just before the ST with YO
turn, yarn to back and P, then P across row until just before the ST with YO
Continue making the shorter rows until 4 st remain in the middle
K4, K the next ST, turn the YO ST around so it faces the right way, K2TOG
turn, yarn to back and P like before across the row until the YO
P2tog through the back loop
turn, yarn to front, K across, now there are 2 YO’s, turn them around and K3TOG
turn, yarn to back, P across, P3TOG through the back loop
Continue until all the short row have been worked ending in a P3TOG
Switch to MC
Yarn to front, K across row, K2TOG (the YO and the 1st ST on the waiting needle)
K2, P, K3, P,K3, P, K2, K2TOG (last ST on the needle and the YO)
P, K3, P, K3, P, K3, P, K1
Continue the K3, P1 rib for 8 rows
K2, YO, K2TOG repeat 4 times
K1, YO, K2TOG repeat 4 times (8 YO’s total)
K 1 row
weave in ends
Make a braid about 14 inches long and thread it through the YO holes
Tie a knot at the ends of the braid.
Search through the shops listed to find the flyers hidden in the listings. The prizes are a knitting bag, a scarf, and spinning kit, and a goody bag from Etsy Fast sellers.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Just log in to Etsy, browse around, and when you see something you want just click on the “Add Item to Favorites” link on the right side of the page.
You can then share your list with anyone who asks. You can give them your etsy username http://username.etsy.com. If you don't have a shop there will still be a link to go to your favorites. Or you can go to your favorites page and copy the link at the top of your browser and then email it to people who want to know what's on your list.
Be sure to keep your list up to date. As things sell, it will say "SOLD" in your favorites.
You can also ask your friends and family to make lists to make your shopping easier.
Have fun. :)
1. Handmade products are unique. Do you really want the same scarf, mug, earrings, necklace or other item that 20,000 other people have? Of course not! Handmade items are always unique, even if they are the same type of product because they are not made by machines they are crafted by human beings so each piece will have its’ own unique characteristics.
2. Handmade items have personality. Life is not about being blah. Life is about expressing yourself and to do that your things need to have as much personality as you do. If you are happy with buying mass produced items that have no personality off a shelf at Wal Mart think about what that says about you. Don’t you want to express some personality?
3. Handmade items are special. When you get a gift don’t you feel a little bit more loved when someone gives you a handmade gift? Everyone loves getting handmade gifts or wearing something that was made just for them.
4. Handmade items last longer. Because they are made from high quality materials and handcrafted by trained artists items that are handmade last longer than low quality imported mass produced items.
5. Handmade goods are high quality. If you are a person who values the quality of an item more than the price then you already know that handmade items are far superior to mass produced items. While a mass produced item may be cheaper initially is it really cheaper when the item needs to be replaced a month later? When quality matters, go handmade!
6. Handmade items are not made by children in sweatshops in Third World countries making 10 cents a day. Experienced and trained craftspeople make each handmade item. So while you might pay a few dollars more for a handmade item it’s because you are paying for quality, experience, talent, and craftsmanship. Isn’t that worth paying for?
7. When you buy handmade you are supporting traditional arts and crafts techniques that have passed down through generations. In today’s high tech world the old arts and crafts traditions are being replaced by mass production but when you buy handmade you are saying that you prefer your items to be high quality pieces of art instead of mass produced trinkets.
8. When you buy handmade you are supporting local and small businesses. By paying artists and craftspeople for their goods you are supporting them and all the businesses that they do business with. If you are a person who believes in supporting your community economically then buying from local artists is a great way to support your community and make sure that your money goes to support local businesses.
I love to buy handmade. Many artists do custom work so you can get exactly what you're looking for. You know where your money is going, to support the artist.
Now I just need to sell some more so I can buy some more. :)
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
I finally finished knitting something, and its a 6in by 6.5in rectangle. It is twice as thick and reversable! I tried out some double knitting. I like how it looks but it takes a while. If you can knit and purl, you can do this. If you want to give it a try you just cast on twice as many stitches as you want it to be wide. As you go, you knit the front side stitches and purl the back. So its K1, P1 all the way. The main difference is that you bring both strands to the back when you knit and bring both to the front when you purl. So in my rectangle I knit all the green and purled the purple in the first row, when I turned it around for the second row, I knit all the purple and purled the green.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
I took this picture right after I took it off my swift, before I set the twist.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
I made a treasury about dragons. :) Just seeing what dragon stuff was out there on Etsy and I found enough to make a treasury. The lavendar pendant in the 3rd row sold pretty quick. Its so nice that my treasuries have helped someone out. It ends friday, so there's still a little time left to visit it!
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
1. My favorite color is purple.
2. My elbows bend farther than normal (past 180 degrees).
3. I really like ceramics and want a kiln.
4. I rock at connect four but haven't played it in a long time because no one wants to play with me.
5. I don't like getting flowers because it is sad when they die.
6. I want to go skiing.
Based on the ages posted in this forrum thread http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5238050
loosewirestudio graphed the responses. Check them out in that flickr link.
So far there are the most 27 year olds.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 3, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
On August 26th, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted women the right to vote. In addition to commemorating the passage of the 19th Amendment, Women's Equality Day emphasizes the continuing effort toward full equality.
Here is an article about Bella Abzug who instituted Women's Equality Day in 1971.
"I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is; I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat."
-- Rebecca West 1913
Friday, August 17, 2007
I finally got my bike to my new place and pumped up the tires! That was enough of an adventure in itself, getting a pump, getting a bike rack, getting pliers to take the cap off, etc. When I went to ride it the front brake was rubbing on the wheel on one side. It turns out that when someone (not naming names) tried to take off the front wheel to put it in my trunk even though I was saying it won't fit, that someone didn't bother to put the wheel back on correctly. So the front wheel was crooked, causing the brake to rub.
This is the front axel of the bike. I took off the bolts, centered the wheel and put them back on.
This is the front brake. See the bolt on the right side? It controls how close the brakes are to the wheel and how tight the brakes are when you squeeze the handle. I adjusted that so the brakes are the right distance from the wheel.
This is the back brakes for comparison.
Top view of the back brakes.
I took it for a test ride today and it worked great! Wooo! I can ride my bike again!
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
The swatch shrunk about 1/4 in horizonataly and 1/2 in vertically for a 2 in section. If you can see the pink thread in the picture, they started 2 in apart.
Here it is on the needles. I added some stripes where I felt like it. :p
I really like magic loop. It's great for something that changes diameter like this.
Here it is in all its floppiness waiting to be fulled in the wash. I hope I like how it turns out. I have more ideas for unexpected knit sculptures.
Saturday, August 4, 2007
top left is my handdyed River Garden Roving, top right is some cotton yarn, bottom left is sparkly gold tinsel, and bottom right is shetland roving.
and spun them into this:
My Moonlit Garden Handspun Yarn! Starting with my River Garden handdyed wool roving I spun a thick and thin single. I spun another single with a cotton yarn, white shetland roving and gold sparkle tinsel and I plied those together.
This is an entry in the EtsyFast AugustChallenge.
ETSY FAST'S AUGUST CHALLENGE - CELESTIAL THEME:Fast stands for Fiber Arts Street Team. We work together to promote our fiber art and the Etsy site. Just for fun, we pick a challenge each month for all of us to be involved in. The August Challenge is anything celestial, suggested because we will have both a meteor shower and a total lunar eclipse this month. If you would like to enjoy our submissions Search either "etsyfast" or "augustchallenge".
Thursday, July 26, 2007
I was pretty concerned about the size since I have such tiny hands, but this ring is adjustable plus KeysAndMemories made sure it would go small enough for me. I can wear it on my middle or index finger which is what I wanted. This was a great buying experience with a great Etsy seller.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Here is my entry.
It has dreamy yarns and rovings in my favorite colors plus some interesting knitting and spinning tools!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Here it is rinsing in the sink.
Here it is after it dried.
I have about 4 ounces here. I'm planning in spinning up a 2 oz skein and seeing how it goes from there.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Here it is rinsing in the sink.
And after it dried. :)
Here's the etsy link http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=6478095
I posted this in the EtsyFast JulyChallenge. To see all the entries, just search for "etsyfast" and "julychallenge" on etsy.com .
This was very fun to dye. I started with the blue and added the other colors thinking of flowers.
Monday, July 16, 2007
This is just a washcloth that I made today to test the yarn. If the test is successful I'll knit my idea.
An update on the crazy socks: Knitting from the other end of the ball was working very well for the toe. My gauge was good. Until I found a knot in the crazy gauged ball of yarn and because its two pieces of yarn just tied together it drastically changes color and yarn weight at that point. Now its more of a challenge to see if these socks can be completed, but its also tempting to make up another use for the yarn.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
The movie made me really want to read the books again. So now I'm reading the Half Blood Prince. I should be able to finish it pretty easily by the time the last book arrives at my door next week.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Monday, July 2, 2007
A treasury is a list with pictures of different items available on etsy. They can have different themes. This list is of items you can buy using Google Checkout. I'll be putting together a list of people who accept it for payment.
Before it expires you can check it out here http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=1651
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
I know I checked my guage. I just didn't check each skein seperatly; they're supposed to be the same.
5 st/in vs. 6.5 st/in.... great...
I asked the nice people at knittinghelp.com about how to solve this problem. I got 1 response suggesting to start at a differnt spot in the skein and match up the colors as this yarn happens to vary in size. They're usually more talkative than that. Oh, well. I seem to be good at killing threads on any forrum. So I wound the skein on my ballwinder and tried the other end. This time using the magic cast on. I don't know why there is so much "magic" stuff in knitting. I used the magic cast on on magic loop and so far its convient and looks good, but isn't magic at all.
So the new toes are moving right along and now I'm trying to decide if I want ribbing on the top of these socks and what kind and wondering where the skein gets fat. Wish me luck, I really like these colors!
So, if you have some of this yarn
be careful, it might change gauge on you.