Saturday, October 8, 2011

Recycled/Upcycled Crafts

Been a long time since I posted here!

Last week I decided my apartment is just too cluttered, and have been thinking of inexpensive ways to reduce this mess. My main need is more shelf space/shelves in general, as well as more containers for all the little things we have laying around. So, I decided to delve into recycling things I already have into containers, shelves, etc., and see where it gets me.

The first thing I did was try out making some plastic yarn (or plarn), finally, and it's working quite well. It's kind of surreal to be knitting a bag out of bags, but it's working! I'm making a hang-able bag for keeping garlic and onions in, that will (hopefully) be easily washable. I'm about halfway done now.

After that, I'm going to take cardboard boxes and basically use them as wood, to build my own mini-shelves. I've bought ribbon and things, too, to help keep them at least somewhat attractive.

If anyone has some recommendations for functional crafts, recycled or otherwise, please let me know!

Tentative Ideas:
Soda bottle piggy bank

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Some Recent Projects

Here are some pictures of the projects I've finished in the last couple weeks. From now onwards they'll be uploaded separately, but since I made these before I had a blog, I'm uploading in a batch for now.

First is a cell phone cozy I made. I just improvised a pattern as I went along, but it goes something like cast on 34 stitches, then alternate between knit and purl stitches to create kind of a fake cable stitch. Then I made a little rectangle for the bottom with just knit stitch, and sewed it all together with a darning needle. It holds together pretty nicely, and fits my phone well. It's also pretty soft, so it's fun to squish, too :p

Next is a bracelet I made with this pattern here. It's really easy to do, and is great for beginners.

This one's a little kitty I made up. I can't remember the pattern anymore for it because I didn't write it down as I went, but I'm going to remake it and try to make it look better, too. When I do, I'll make sure to write that one down.

And lastly is something I didn't knit, but painted/sculpted instead. This is what I did for my boyfriend's Valentine's Day present. It was pretty fun to make, but I think the eyes came out kind of scary :/ The doll is one of those Munny dolls that are preshaped and paintable, but the chocolate box is all hand-made by me from Sculpey.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Ideas Thrown Around

Here's a little list of the things I'm doing/want to do, knitting-wise, to update all you and so I don't forget!

I'm in the middle of creating a pattern for a stuffed animal rabbit with green and black checkers. So far I have the ears done, and the checkers are looking great! I'm using this stitch pattern here, with some improvising:

Half-way through that, I got really tired of my cell phone not having anything to be put in and getting all scratched up, so I'm doing a little carrying case real quick to help. It has some kind of slanted ribbed stitch that I'm making up, just to experiment and learn how stitching works and such. There's no pattern for it, but I can give you all the gist of it when I post.

Lastly, I decided that when I finally get some DPNs, I'm going to try and make the hats that the characters in Di Gi Charat wear. They're adorable! And I'm sure the pattern would be well-received :)

Oh, one more thing. It's not knitting, but I still plan to do it. I got some blank jigsaw puzzles that I'm going to draw on. I'm really excited about those! I'll post them here, too, when I finish them.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Short Introduction

Hello everyone~

This blog will be used to show my arts and crafts projects as I make them, mostly knitting projects but sometimes things like sculpey figures or the rare sewing project. I have an etsy and ravelry account as well where I'll post some of my things too, but this is where I'll do the most talking about them, as well as posting any patterns I make for them.