Saturday, April 28, 2007

A sock in the making

I learned how to knit about a year ago. I made some scarves, couple of bags, hats, a random coaster or a dishcloth. Then I moved on to more challenging stuff. Summer tanks. I never once thought about knitting socks. I actually swore I would never do it, because I didn't see the point of sock knitting.
But in my stash I found this one lone skein of variegated yarn. I forgot why I even bought it, now that I look at it, I don't even like the colorway. I had to make something just to say I bought it for a reason.
So now I'm knitting a sock. My first sock. Goes to show it's
true what they say, about never saying never.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Adventures in fake silkscreening

Stenciling is fun, but cutting out the stencils can be a real pain in the ass. I hate that part. With a passion. The best thing about stenciling is peeling off the stencil and admiring your creation. Love that part.
For a while now I've been thinking of trying out silk screening. No cutting out tiny details. But it does involve chemicals and expensive ink. Ink that I can find anywhere here. Plus, I don't have a screen. So I gave up on the idea completely. Until I found this here tutorial.
Apparently, you can transfer an image onto a t-shirt super simple and super cheap. All you need is a photocopied image (toner works the mojo) and paint thinner or acetone. I went with the acetone, since I already had it around the house.
I printed out some images and went to a photocopy place to copy them. The lady working there asked me if they were designs for a tattoo and whether I'm getting one. Sure I am ;-)
Went home, pulled out a t-shirt and some old knickers and hoped the thing works. It kinda does.
But only on old knickers.

I'm guessing it's better to have a white t-shirt. Or more toner on the image. Or maybe the acetone doesn't cut it and I should go and get lacquer thinner.
Oh well, at least I learned a new crafty skill.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Sharon summer top

My first wearable. Ok, maybe not my very first, but definitely the first one I actually wear in public.
It's made from a cotton/viscose blend, the color is dirty pink and has some shine to it that makes it impossible to photograph. Or maybe it's just my crappy camera.
Pattern is Sharon by Berroco. I had to modify the stitch number to fit my gauge. This involved math, something I suck at. I'm pretty sure I messed up somewhere along the decreases for the armholes, but it looks relatively OK, so I'll survive.

The whole thing took about a week of non-stop knitting. It still needs a crochet edge along the neckline, but i don't know a thing about crochet, so I'll just skip that step :-)

The specs:
Yarn: Dada Nova, 60% cotton, 40% viscose
Needles: 3 mm

I wore it the other day, and it's really comfortable. For some reason, the spring here looks more like summer. It's really hot. Really. I got sunburned walking around wearing the Sharon without any sunblock. How smart am I? ;-)

Monday, April 23, 2007

Brand shiny new

So, this is meant to be my crafty blog. Where I keep track of anything remotely craft related and hopefully post pretty pictures of finished projects. We'll see how that goes ;-)