I’ve been saying it for years: I want to learn how to knit, because I want to learn how to make socks. Sure a sweater would be nice from time to time, but what I really want to make is socks.
And so, at the first of this year, I set out teaching myself to knit. And now, eight or so months later, I’ve taken the plunge and have started on my first attempt at hosiery. Here’s my cute foot modeling the progress, and no I’m not actually making the thing around my foot as I go!
As I’ve mentioned before, one of the cool things about WordPress is that I can see what people entered into a search to find their way to me. And one such thing entered within the past 24 hours was the very title of this post.
This is a problem I experienced first-hand, so I went and asked at the newbie_knitters (I believe that’s how they spelled it…) community at LiveJournal. I was frustrated that my very first ever practice project was rolling up like a tight scroll and for the life of me I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong. So I asked, and mentioned that all I’m doing is a simple stockinette stitch.
The answer came back almost immediately from dozens of individuals, all saying the same thing: stockinette stitch rolls up. That’s just what it does. Why, I’m not certain; likely it’s that the stitches on one side are longer than the others and physics bein’ what they are, well, there you have it. But whatever the specific reason, know this: The sun will rise, the tides will flow, death, taxes, stockinette stitch rolling up.
When I first saw this, it really got me to thinking about stuff that can be made with recycled items. So here’s a list of (slightly behind schedule) links to projects related to recycling.
- Making Yarn from Plastic Bags. I’ve always wanted to know how to do this. This enables all kinds of possibilities, from bags to rugs to the dress I linked to above.
- Recycled Paper Envelopes. Fold used calendars or magazine pages into envelopes.
- Tissue Box Picture Frames. Simple yet beautiful.
- Photo Business Card Holder. Uses old cassette cases. You still have those, right?
- Recycled Lightbulbs. How to recycle burnt-out bulbs (or the ones you replace with CFL bulbs 😉 ) into a variety of different decorative crafts.
- No More AOL CD’s!. Best idea ever. While looking for something to do with all those damn CDs, I stumbled upon this. Yes, it has some creative ideas (I particularly like the dragonfly) but more importantly it gives you an opportunity to get rid of them once and for all!
- Furoshiki. Wrap gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, or whenever in cloth instead of paper. This page shows you how.
- WhipLash’s Contest for Feb.: Recycled Crafts Month. Check out the finalists’ entries for a bunch of ideas.
So I found out from Wiki that the 19-23 of March was the ancient Roman festival of Quinquatria, a celebration of Minerva (goddess of crafts and of wisdom). So this week’s Project Friday links will have a Roman theme to them.
Roman Stripe Afghan (crochet). A simple yet elegant afghan done with your standard “I” hook.
Roman Rib Stitch socks (knit).
Roman Stitch Dishcloth, Mug Rug, and Towel/Placemat (knit) Looks simple enough…
Make a Bulla (general/miscellaneous). A bulla was a Roman amulet given to children to protect them from harm. Here’s one you can make with kids!
Ancient Roman Arts & Crafts (advanced/miscellaneous). Information on how woodworking, glasswork, and more were done “back then”.
Roman Stola (basic sewing). A basic long dress worn in ancient Rome.
Roman Tunica (sewing). The all-purpose Roman garment for men and women. Directions plus variations.
A Roman Toga (sewing) Directions plus a bunch of funny photos.
Antique Roman Dishes – Collection (cooking). A wealth of recipes for any course of an authentic Roman feast. Yummyus Maximus!
A friend of mine in Tenessee sent me a bunch of leftover notions, patterns, and the like. Thank you so much, Cele! Along with the goodies she sent was, as she put it, the “World’s largest crochet hook” with a letter asking just what it is and what it could possibly be used for.
Well, Cele, what you got hold of is an afghan hook, by some definitions, also called a Tunisian crochet hook or a cro-hook. It looks like a knitting needle, at one end, and a crochet hook at the other. It’s used for Tunisian crochet, something I’ve not tried before, but from the description it sounds a bit like a cross between knitting and crocheting.
I found some tutorials on Tunisian crochet, and sure enough, it looks like a combination of crocheting and knitting. It looks fascinating, like it creates a really cool texture. Now that I have a hook, maybe I’ll learn how to do it.
Good news, those of you making granny squares for upcoming projects: you get an extra couple weeks. I’ll be away next N00b Monday, visiting relatives, so keep working on those granny squares while I’m gone!
I thought that in honor of the month of March, I’d make this week’s list of project links about lions and lambs.
- Crochet lamb. A cuddly stuffed toy lamb.
- Lil Lamb Steelwool Holder (crochet) – using a recycled margarine tub and yarn, a cute lamb that could be used to hold lotsa cool stuff.
- Lion Crafts for Kids (mixed/general crafting) Lots of cool lion-themed crafts to make with kids.
- Polymer Clay Lion (polymer clay). He’s so cute!
- Gryffindor Lion Charted Pattern – PDF file. Charted pattern of a medieval rampant lion that could be used for filet crochet, knit, embroidery, beadwork, or anything else that uses charted patterns.
- Lion Scarf Project – (knit) Stitch and Bitch London are attempting to knit four 45-foot (13.5m) scarves for those chilly lions in London’s Trafalgar Square in honour and support of those who fight Cancer and in memory of those who have sadly been lost. That is nearly 200-foot of scarf and a whole lot of yarn!
All my plans for today involve staying inside. We’re on what is (hopefully) the last day of a local cold snap, and if I don’t have to go out, I’m not gonna.
So here’s what’s on my plate:
Finish the drawstring to the “Maggie” bag
- Post picture of said bag
- Work on monochrome granny squares for upcoming N00b Monday
- Continue knitting checker-pattern practice scarf
- Post picture of same
- Call friends to contribute to Bowling Fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters
Online research–what’s wrong with my little tree?
- Pick up the place some
- Continue research for this week’s Project Friday