Archive for June, 2005

* knitting spool

Posted on June 21st, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Knitting.


I had one of these when I was little, and I got my niece one a while back. They’re pretty fun, but I could never figure out what to do with the knitted snake they make. Lately I’ve been seeing all sorts of cute uses for i-cord, though, which I am terrible at knitting. The knitting spool seems like a way easier way to make it. I didn’t like the one for sale at the craft store, plus it was like $10, so I made one. It’s a 50 cent wood spool from the craft store (try to find one with a roomy hole) with 4 little nails hammered into it. I bought 2 spools, so I’m going to try a 6 nail one with the other one. It’s fun and goes really fast. I’ve been using a little metal knitting needle to pull the loops. I found this nifty site with instructions on different stitches! I’m making cord at a tremendous pace, so I’ll post whatever I decide to make later.

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* again again?

Posted on June 15th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Random.


Updated my crafty blogs links page (new ones in bold). I’ve got a similarly long list of new stuff to add to the shoplinks once I get a chance.

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* velvet pooch

Posted on June 12th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Blythe.


I made Blythe a new puppy from my Mame Wanko book. This one turned out way better than the last one. The velvet masks a lot of sloppiness. He’s about an inch and a half tall. For similar free patterns, try Orriettacat’s cat, labrador, scotty, and puppy.

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* drawn thread curtains

Posted on June 11th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Cross Stitch/Embroidery, Martha.


These drawn thread curtains are another Martha idea (July 2002, thank you Marthadex). I’ve had these plain green curtains up for a while, but they’re really boring. Drawn thread is an embroidery technique that you’ve probably seen in, say, hemstitched napkins. This is a simpler use of it since all I did was pull the threads out with no other embellishment. I cut the threads with a seamripper at the top and then used tweezers to help pull them out. Once you’ve got one out, it’s really easy to make the stripe wider by cutting the neighboring threads at intervals and pulling them out. I varied the placement and the width to make them look a little more interesting. Good TV-watching craft. Original curtain on the left and new curtain on the right.

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* Crafting in Public

Posted on June 10th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Inspiration.


Just back from yet another trip for a meeting. The summer traveling scarf is about 1.5 feet now. After still another trip next week, maybe I’ll finish it off. I think it’s funny that my 9th or 10th knitting project is a garter stitch scarf on big needles. It’s with the leftovers of patons divine from the spiderweb capelet.

Anyway, this meeting had my favorite example of crafting in public. I sometimes get weird comments about being a crafty scientist. For some reason people find it very contrary to my lab persona. (Although others don’t, Hi Alex!) The president of a big funding agency was at this meeting, and she worked on a needlepoint during all the sessions. It was cool to see.

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* Fabulous felted hand-knits

Posted on June 7th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Review.


Anybody who reads this has probably noticed my affinity for anything felt. Fabulous Felted Hand-Knits by Jane Davis has a few great ideas that I haven’t seen elsewhere, but not much else (i.e., I’m glad my library has it). My favorite one is on the cover: a bag make from a piece of wide-striped knitted, felted fabric that’s cut so you can’t tell the trick. There’s also a neat felted ruffle on a pillow, and another good tip: crocheting the edges of a scarf so it felts evenly with the middle. Ones I don’t like: patterns that mix felted and unfelted knitting and, oh the humanity, so much fun fur.

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* Polite Crochet

Posted on June 6th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Links.


Ha ha, how sad is it that I read the (usually nice) crochet LJ community for the drama? I swear, LJ is so full of it, like every journal I read there goes into full tilt drama mode every once in a while. The crochet community is particularly bad, though. The flame wars are horribly fascinating, and over crochet! I’ve never posted there in part because of the bad vibes (but mostly because I’m lazy. I can never keep up my weak attempts at crossposting.). Anyway, some wonderful person finally started Polite Crochet. It doesn’t have a lot of posts yet, but I’m hoping people will flock to it. That said, I am still reading the impolite crochet community. There’s currently a fun crown swap going around.

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(I didn’t crochet this crown, btw. I pinched the image from the pattern page.)

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* Last-minute knitted gifts

Posted on June 5th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Review.


Finally caught Joelle Hoverson’s Last-Minute Knitted Gifts at the library. The author runs Purl up in NYC, which I’ll get around to visiting one of these days. The “last minute” part of the book appealed to me because I’ve been leaning towards quick and small knitting projects. The book’s got a neat wavy scarf that I’ll probably make, and a few simpler scarves that look nice. Other projects I like: pretty striped felted potholders, baby bonnet, and the hourglass sweater (love the noro yarn, but I’ll never actually spring for it. It’s got “cash” in it’s name, for goodness sake.) Actually, my favorite parts of this book are the little extras. Like, felting i-cord to make a neat ribbon, a package wrapped in a crochet chain with a neat tassel, and this notions case shown in one of the photos:

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I really like the mismatched zippers that coordinate with the contrast stitching against the plain linen. I am going to try to make one.

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* Puchi Maiko

Posted on June 4th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Links.


Cool, puchi maiko’s opened a store. I always love her posts to craftgrrl and craftster. So inspiring. She’s got great flair for Japanese crafts. One her site, you can buy kanzashi flowers, and pouches, and bags of kimono scraps, and cute cute buttons made with kimono fabric like these:

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* Back

Posted on June 2nd, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Random.


I’m back. Italy was fun. Not much crafty to report, though. Murano glass is pretty neat. I got some beads there that will no doubt make an appearance here sooner or later. There was supposed to be a lace museum on Burano, but we couldn’t find it. Italian craft books are unfortunately not very exciting. They sure like decoupage.

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