Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
The first part of this post is the cheap upcycled yarn part. If you or someone you know likes to go to garage sales, have them on the look-out for unfinished hand knit sweaters like this. My mom found me this one at a Minnesota garage sale for $3.00. If you have bought even the most affordable skein of yarn lately, you know that 100% wool is at minimum $8.00 for 4 oz.
Here I am dying the wool with Cherry Kool Aid. First you dampen the wool, then add it to a Kool Aid bath. The more you add, the brighter the color. I haven't tried setting the dye with vinegar yet, but maybe when my sweater is done, I will do one more dip.
I heat up the mix until the water runs clear or almost clear. Isn't this amazing?
Finished product in low light.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
On a recent trip to a 500 acre farm in Minnesota my parents took me and my daughter and sister to see their animals. The Mrs. Farmer has a studio where she weaves rugs out of rags. I was so inspired that I had to make my own rug out of rags using crochet. This is made of some ribbon and some old sheets.
Instruction: Snip the sheet on the edge in line with the grain about 3/4" and rip the full length. Tie to a previous one and crochet a square or rectangle. I just keep the knots on the back. That way, the knots can help sweep up.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Originally I wanted to make a top like the one picture above by Magic Horse. I have a vintage suitcase filled with bits of lace and beautiful doilies and linen squares of history.
Knitting Architect etsy store, but if you would like to make your own...
1. Find a large doily, or crochet one of your own.
2. Cut a hole out of the center big enough for your head to fit through, not too large as crochet does stretch a bit.
3. If you know how to crochet, clean up the edges and use the thread from the center section you cut out to unravel. Using this, attach the yarn to the neck edge and crochet a finished detail around. There are a number of stitches you could use to make it very interesting.
3b. If you don't know how to crochet, I suggest stitching the edge with a zigzag stitch using a pretty fabric edging.