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Friday, January 31, 2014

MAKING PLARN with my friend the YARDSNAKE

 Take your bags, lay them flat and fold them into fourths with the handle of the bag at the top and the end seal of the bags below.
 Slice the bottom off of the bag as neatly as you can as close as you can, so you have more loops later on.  You're going to need a lot of bags, and the logo will show as a distorted color once you are done.  If you are a neat freak, or a purist, figure out how to get rid of the logos, copyright laws, safety restrictions for children, company information and the gratitude marks by yourself.  Or the yard snake will eat you.
What you are looking for with plarn is even cuts that are about 1 and a quarter inch thick.  If you make these cuts to thin, your plarn will be weak.  If you make them inconsistently, your plarn will be bumpy.  If you make them thick, your plarn will be to large to work with in a way that is comfy.  If you spin your plarn with a drop spindle (some people make time for that step but you do not have to), you will not get good results if your loops are all weird.  What you want is even, consistent cuts that are about the same.  You want many, many loops.  Join the loops together with the larks head knot, aka. when you put loops through each other and pull slightly. Twenty bags make enough for a small ball of plarn to try to practice with.

 Ignore my foot in this picture.  Because the yard snake will eat you if you don't.

Saturday, January 25, 2014


A crocodile stitch Mario squid applique made out of catfish fishing line. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Metallic Parachord Broomstick Lace Cuff


Metallic Parachord

1 Size G Crochet Hook

1 Size 13 (9.0 mm) Knitting Needle

To Begin:

Make a slip-knot and insert the crochet hook in the loop.

Make 16 chain stitches.

Turn, Pull up 3 large loops in the chains you have just made and keep them on the hook.

Transfer the 4 loops on the hook to the knitting needle.

Continue down the length of the chain until you have 16 loops on the knitting needle.

 Turn the work over and insert the crochet hook into the first 4 loops on the knitting needle.  Pull a loop through these first 4 loops and pull the slack slightly to draw the loops together.  Single crochet 4 times into the first 4 loops.  Continue in this fashion, taking 4 loops at a time off of the knitting needle and single crocheting into these loops 4 times, so that at the end you have made 16 single crochet stitches.

Turn and pull up 16 loops through the previous 16 single crochet stitches.  You will have 4 sets of clusters, or in other words 4 X 4 = 16.

Making sure you have 16 loops and 16 single crochet stitches will keep the sides of your cuff straight.  Sometimes you will see that the gauge allows for 14 or 17, and that is ok, as long as you keep the tension relative, gauge is not crucial.

Your clusters should match each other, and you will notice the rows start stacking on one another like lego blocks.  This is the second row of the piece.  Continue in pattern until you reach the length you like that fits around the wrist of the person you are making the cuff for.  Naturally, at first, the cuff will be tight, but it does wear in when the stitches settle on each other. 

Near the end of the cuff, cease to use the knitting needle and single crochet a few rows so that you have a solid piece of crochet at the end of the cuff.  Backstitch some buttons on the end that fit through the lace holes made by the knitting needle.  These holes are what makes the broomstick lace pattern so attractive. 

Button up the piece and enjoy your cuff!  You can make the holes in the piece larger by using a larger knitting needle if you so desire. 


I have tiny hands, so I just stretched the piece over my thumb and wiggled the cuff on.  If you have large hands, have a friend help you button your cuff on.  There is no need to block para chord, wearing it will just make your cuff more pretty with time.


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Returning to College

Me When I Was 18 Years Old
Wearing a Priceless Wedding Dress For a Vietnamese Woman

So I've decided to go back to school after twelve years of working on and off and various other things.  I haven't been in college since I received my BA in May of 2002.  Actually, everything was fine in general until I realized my Alma Mater had sent my official transcript to the community college I wanted to attend with "Not an official transcript" stamped directly on the transcript paper.  I was not pleased.  Further I insinuated that although murder was not an option, it was at least a consideration.

I am studying "Web Development and Information Design" at Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica Campus.

I have nothing nice to say about it, besides of course that my teachers are wonderful people so far.  Some things, like actual teachers, can't be changed by the sad and evil times.

 I miss people like Frannie and John...who talked about doing nice things for Central New York without a selfish thought, or making money fast for silly reasons.  Here's the "Full Circle" card that Frannie made.  I'm sad that "ITZ ARTZ AND SCRAPZ" never made it but fact of the matter is, there's just not enough good people that can keep a project like this going over a long period.
Here's some commissions I made for a fellow Emma and her kid...I hope that they got some use out of them, I certainly could use the good graces of my own personal red guy, "The Beast".
Here's some Maisie Made arm warmers in Daffodil...Caron Pound of Love.