Posts tagged ‘hand dyeing’

I am burdened with glorious breakfast cereal (and other things)

Prompt #9 (my 9th, despite some shuffling) January 9th: Make something with your breakfast before you eat it.

IMG_0096I had postponed this one previously because I didn’t read it until after I’d eaten breakfast and, not being a hobbit, I don’t routinely engage in second breakfast.  I usually have a cup of coffee and a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios, so I tried to think of what I could do with Cheerios.  The obvious first thought would be some kind of jewelry, but a string of Cheerios isn’t all that creative or interesting.  I thought about arranging them on the table in some kind of creative way, and I thought that some kind of cross stitch pattern might be good. The basic ones are just on/off patterns and, if the design were only one color, then the Cheerios would work well.

There was no way that any decent amount of words would fit on the table (Cheerios take up a lot more space than you’d think) so I looked at the few cross stitch patterns that I currently owned, and decided that the easiest one to do would be this Loki one. So here’s the progression:

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IMG_0105If you’re wondering when I started to feel a bit silly, it was around here.

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Two things occurred to me around now.  1. I should have done some kind of tribute to noted Honey Nut Cheerios enthusiast Omar Little.  And 2. This probably was not going to fit.  At least without using the entire box of Cheerios.  So I decided to do only the helmet and stop there.

IMG_0114Ta-da!

If I were to do this again, I would have used regular Cheerios, because my fingers quickly became very sugary.  But who wants to eat regular Cheerios?  They’re really kind of flavorless.  Even Omar will only eat them if he has to.

Prompt #11 (my 10th) January 12th: Work on the other hand. Pick a medium you’re comfortable with, then work with your nondominant hand. If you usually favor your right hand then only use your left and vice-versa.

I decided to try crocheting with the left hand since I’ve been doing that with my right hand for 5 years.  And wow was it ever difficult doing it that way!  I decided to try a granny square. I got through one round before giving up.  And even then, I needed to keep switching hands just to wrap my mind around what I was supposed to do next.

IMG_0115Later in this entry, you’ll see what one of these is supposed to look like. And it’s not like that. At all. Like not even a little bit.

Prompt #12 (my 11th) January 12th: Camouflage. Make something that disappears into its background.

If you ever order something from Bed Bath and Beyond with gift-wrapping, know that they go a bit tissue paper happy.  It’s not even wrapped around anything or crumpled for padding. It’s like someone just throws a bunch of sheets in there on top of things.  So I had a lot of tissue paper. I didn’t want to throw it out, since it was hardly used.  When I read this challenge, I knew I had to use it.  Other than that, I’m not really sure where I got this idea from.  But I like it.

IMG_0131Yeah, I know I have the spoon and knife reversed.  Whatever.

Prompt 13 (my 12th) January 14th: Use tea leaves or tea bags (used or unused) or even just liquid tea (in a cup or not) to create something today.

I had read previously that you could dye yarn with tea, and Tazo Passion tea has a really nice deep red color. (And is delicious.) Long story short, it didn’t work.  I kept some fiber in the hot tea for several days (mostly because I got busy and forgot about it, and obviously it wasn’t hot the whole time) but all I got was a vaguely dusty pink color.  Fail.

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Prompt 14 (my 13th) January 14th: Make something microscopic. How small can you work? Can you make something that requires a magnifying glass or microscope to see?

Spoiler alert: the answer to that last question is no.

When Scott’s grandmother passed away, I inherited several craft items, including a collection of very small crochet hooks. Some of them needle sized.  I hadn’t ever used them for anything, so I thought I’d try them out. I used the largest of them and all six strands of embroidery floss, so I’ll start out by saying I could easily go smaller.

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IMG_0165And this is what a granny square should look like.

That’s it for the time being. I’m going to try to get caught up before I leave for the cruise and then bring some supplies with me there so I don’t miss an entire week. ETA: Oh! I do have more! I just don’t have photos yet. Next time. 🙂

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01/31/2013 at 1:36 pm Leave a comment

GeekCraft Wednesday: Bonus geekery!

I have updates on three stores featured previously on GeekCraft Fridays.

1. I think I mentioned this earlier, but I bought 6 cross stitch designs by pixystitches from GeekCraft Friday #1.  I had to.  Hoping to try some soon.

2.  I also bought stuff from GnomeAcres from GeekCraft Friday #2. Not a surprise. 🙂 Since I’m trying to spend some time with Schrödinger (my neglected spinning wheel) I bought some more fiber, along with a skein of yarn.

Obviously I’m a little fond of this color.

Another pretty color called “No Place Like Gnome” (Obviously that’s a different dyelot than mine, but hopefully it will look something like that when I spin it up. Just way less even.)

 

From all the purple and green yarns to choose from [Hulk, Joker] I went with Maleficent.  Fitting, since I was actually given the nickname Sorcerist [sic] at work this week.

I message all the crafters that I feature a) because they might like to know they’re being written about (who doesn’t like praise?) and b) so they can tell me if they want their pictures taken off or anything like that.  She was supportive of the blog and said to let her know when I ordered again.  I said hello in the notes section of the order, and she included two mini skeins! I believe they’re in the Roller Derby Diva colorway, but I’m not 100% sure. Also I got a button. And I love buttons.

5. One of last week’s shops, ptierneydesigns was actually inspired by my last post. I commented that I thought her charms would make great stitch markers AND SHE MADE SOME.  Just off one thing I said!

I’m astounded and flattered that these came from my comment. And they’re Sherlock Holmes, so obviously they’re awesome.

I will be back on Friday with more geekery. I can’t tell you what kind, because I have yet to pick something, but I promise it will be fun.  I do not promise no Loki.

07/25/2012 at 8:05 pm 1 comment


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