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Celebrate Earth Day – Craft & Recycle!

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Earth Day is just around the corner (April 22nd). In honor of Earth Day, I thought I’d highlight some of the crafts you can make from used material. Craft something that’s earth friendly today!

PAPER CRAFT IDEAS

Tealight Decoration using recycled cardboard tubing.

Magazine Bowl – a bowl made of magazine pages. Amazing!

Make your own Paper – Use up your paper scraps and make new paper.

Handbag made from books – This is the coolest! Refashion an old book into a cool purse.

FABRIC & YARN IDEAS

Peasant top – Cute shirt made from a thrift store muumuu.

T-shirt into Tube Top – It even has cute pockets.

Refashioned T-shirt – Make an oversized shirt fit you.

Field Bag – Use your old clothing to make this cool field bag.

Denim Potholder – Cute way to reuse your old jeans.

Knit Tea Cozy – Use up your leftover yarn stash!

PLASTIC IDEAS

Crocheted Plastic Bag Tote – Cute bag made from plastic bags.

Messenger Bag – Another crocheted bag using plastic bags.

Fusing plastic bags – This tutorial teaches you how to fuse plastic bags together, which can then be used to make all kinds of cool stuff!

VCR Tape Evening Bag – Have a bunch of old VHS tapes you don’t need? Crochet the tape into this fabulous bag!

METAL IDEAS

Aluminum Can Jewelry – A beautiful way to reuse an aluminum can. And it’s wearable.

*Photo by aussiegall

Just thought that I would let everyone know that Craft Tutorials has moved to crafttutorials.net

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Knit a hat for newborns

baby hat

Since I’ve been talking about baby hats lately, I thought I would share this awesome way to get involved and make a difference in the life of a child.

Save the Children is calling on knitters (and non-knitters willing to learn) everywhere to knit newborn baby hats to send to newborns around the world. A hat protects infants in other countries from getting pneumonia and potentially helps save their lives.

So check it out. If you’re a knitter, perfect! And if you’re not, they even have a section dedicated to teaching us non-knitters (I don’t know how to knit yet, either) the basics of knitting. Pretty cool. Let us know if you decide to do it – I’d love to see your pictures.

Just thought that I would let everyone know that Craft Tutorials has moved to crafttutorials.net

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Knitting Help From a Flip Book

Knitting Flip Books

I’ve loved flip books ever since grade school when I used to draw stick figure animations in the margins of my text books. Lately I’ve seen a lot of different ways to make them yourself, or have them made for you from your videos or illustrations. They’re definitely a fun little thing to have around, an interesting novelty, but I have to admit my practical side has resisted them, because really, what purpose do they serve?

The answer is simple: tutorials! These knitting flip books, called Flip Knit, by Annie Modesitt are the perfect practical application of the flip book. Each book shows two different knitting techniques. Flip the book from the front for the first one, and turn it over to flip from the back for the second. Here’s a video of one in action. This is such a great idea, I wonder what other craft techniques could be taught with a flip book?

via The Independent Stitch.

Cheers!
Donna

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Cabling

Cable without a Cable Needle

This link leads to a tutorial by the famous Grumperina and shows how to cable faster and more efficiently.   If you are tired of always trying to locate tha tiny cable needle, or find it frustrating to deal with an extra needle, then this is the method for you.

When I first began to cable, I used this tutorial and found it easier and quicker to move my stitches around.

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Oelliet Headband Pattern

 A while ago I got my hands on an old stitch book at my local campus library and decided to experiment with designing.For those who are interested in getting their feet wet by creating patterns of your own, a headband is a great way to start.My first foray resulted in the Oelliet Headband

I’ll briefly go into a few steps on how you can create your own in case you want to dip your foot in the water of cretin your own pattern.First, decide one a stitch pattern.  You can use knitting books in your personal library, borrow from your public library, or use the countless stitch dictionaries available online and searchable through Google.

All stitch patterns should come with a stitch count. It looks something like “multiple of 4 st +2” and is usually located at the beginning of the stitch pattern.  

These numbers mean the pattern is worked over a certain number of stitches which, in this case, are divisible by 4 (such as 8,12,24, etc.)  But that’s not all!  There is also the “+2” part which means that not only is the stitch pattern worked over a number of stitches that are divisible by 4, but you also have to add two more stitches to the sum total.

for  example, if I want to work the above stitch pattern I would have to make sure that I have the correct amount of stitches on my needle so the whole pattern will be included and not be cut off (because then it would look all funky).

I want to make a headband, which are skinny items.  So I cast on 8 stitches (divisible by 4) and add on 2 extra stitches to the end.  Voila!  If you wanted to make a dishcloth, you could cast on 32 stitches (also divisible by 4) and then add 2 stitches to the end.  If you are uncertain how many stitches to cast on to reach the right length, remember your gauge!  

Gauge multiplied by how many inches you want your item to be = the number of stitches to cast on.

So…back to my headband pattern.  I figured out the number of stitches that I needed for the main body of my headband (I used the stitch multiple that my stitch book told me) and I figured out the width (how wide) I wanted my headband to be (gauge x wanted width).

To make the ties, I simple created one long icord and then increased evenly on both sides to add on the correct number of stitches for the headband body.  Once the length was as long as I wanted it to be, I decreased evenly until I had the same number of stitches I had when I began and did another icord.

Sound easy?  It is!  Get going and find a stitch pattern! 

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Dpn’s Protectors

I will be receiving my first DPN’s in a few days and I’m really excited cos I can’t find them in my country…. So, obviously I need to take extra care of them, cos it won’t be easy for me to get more anytime soon… And as I was going through my usual blog check of everyday, I saw the perfect thing for them, felt point protectors 😀
felt point protectors
As soon as I can get some elastic cord, (oh, well, and my needles… I kinda think that I need them for the whole thing to work…. :P) I’ll start making many of those…
I’m already imagining tiny mushrooms instead of rectangles…. or smileys or some embroidery on the rectangles….uhhhh the possibilities are endless…. 😀

Just thought that I would let everyone know that Craft Tutorials has moved to crafttutorials.net

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Another Introduction

Well, I am afraid that most of you are a bit antsy to read some real content posts instead of more introductory ones so I’ll be brief. My name is Miki and I am another of the new writers who will be making a home around here. 

I am a 21 year old Communication major living in between the states of North Carolina and Virginia, USA. I knit, fold origami, crochet, and dabble in some amateur jewelry making.I also run a blog at Two Needles.

I hope to introduce you guys to some neat tutorial links next time I post (I’ve been saving them up for a long time :). But for now I’d like to leave you with an awesome knitting technical site called Tech Knitting.

 It is run by a very clever woman who illustrates her own designs and obviously has a handy grip on solving problems. If you ever run  a sticky knitting problem and it’s too late to call up anyone, then this is the place to go.  Solutions range from how to join yarn, to picking up a missed increase or decrease that you should have done a couple of rows down, to reading knitting charts, or even how to how to get the stink out of wooly clothes :).  

Knittinghelp also has handy video guides for you to watch in case you are unsure if you are purling or knitting correctly.She has a great tutorial on the different techniques of knitting, i.e. English, Continental and even Norwegian Purling!  Also be sure to check our her extensive collection of increases and decreases, she really does us knitters a favor by matching them up so you can be sure that your chosen increase and decrease match on each side for perfect design symmetry.

I learned how to knit using this site and it worked for me. Remember, I’m not only an advocate of Knitting Help, but I’m also a customer :).

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