fiber arts!

Discussion in 'Make It So' started by jacktrash, Jun 3, 2015.

  1. Saro

    Saro Where is wizard hut

    goddamnit I'm gonna do some practice waffle stitching because i've fallen deeply in love with the look of that blanket
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  2. paladinkit

    paladinkit brave little paladin

    My family has just been very indulgent in my love of fiber. Also I set aside my share of profits from our knit business for fiber tools.

    And I feel like I've been blowing up this thread non-stop, but I've been playing with that new Russian spindle I got this weekend and I'm not super great at it yet (I need a better bowl) but-


    Plus I can spin while curled up on the couch like a fatigue gremlin so that's super nice
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  3. Saro

    Saro Where is wizard hut

    I am hilariously slow at crochet, because of lack of practice and having a hard time understanding where the next stitch is (it's not as clear as knitting!!!) but I made 3 rows of practice waffle stitch and I can see the pattern and I was able to do it and have the correct number of stitches and such. I love the way it feels, but hoo boy this will take a lot of yarn and a lot of time

    I don't even know if stitch is the correct terminology here lol
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  4. Lizardlicks

    Lizardlicks Friendly Neighborhood Lizard

    It is! I'm definitely glad I learned crochet first though, learning knitting first would have been so much harder.
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  5. hyrax

    hyrax we'll ride 'till the planets collide

    (it's funny to me when people say "crochet is not as clear as knitting," because i have tried at least 4 times to learn to knit, sometimes with someone there teaching me and sometimes alone watching tutorials and reading guides... and it is completely opaque and mysterious to me. i can't understand how it works at all. meanwhile crochet made intuitive sense to me almost immediately and i picked it up the first time someone showed me how! funny how different such similar crafts can be.)
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  6. Lizardlicks

    Lizardlicks Friendly Neighborhood Lizard

    I picked up knitting pretty fast but it makes my hand cramp and having to count on so many stiches makes my head hurt. With crochet I do the first initial count and from there I just wing it till it looks right. Knitting in my experience is a lot less forgiving with attempts at winging. Even if you're making up your own pattern, unless you're really good and intuitive, you still have to write down and carefully follow the pattern.

    Plus crochet is faster so it gives you that dopamine hit of "accomplished a thing!!" more. But Knitting is much more versital. I get really tired trying to find new patterns for crochet and inevitably get met with 1000+ afghan throws.
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  7. Everett

    Everett local rats so small, so tiny

    Crochet shaping is less intimidating to me

    Create more stitch by doing a stitch, and then another stitch in that same spot

    Decrease stitch by making 1 stitch that connects to 2 stitches in the row below

    knitting: learn these 3 new techniques to make a hat

    crochet: hook makes all

    Knit: u need dpns or a circular needle, also cable needle

    I like knitting and the fabric it produces is nicer to wear but its not as easy imo
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  8. Re Allyssa

    Re Allyssa Sylph of Heart

    I miiiiiight be able to help with this? I've taught a lot of people how to start, and that's pretty much the second hardest thing to grasp. The first hardest is where the end of the row is, but I guess that's just a subset of the problem.

    I look for the Vs! if you're looking down at the top of th row, you want your needle to go under the V. if you're looking at the side of the row, you want your needle to go through the V there. (two different Vs)
    I'll take pictures when I get home tonight
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  9. Lizardlicks

    Lizardlicks Friendly Neighborhood Lizard

    Someone stop me from adding a Turkish spindle to my wishlist.
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  10. keltka

    keltka the green and brown one

    you should make yourself a straight up homesteading review blog and see if someone sends you it for free
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  11. Lizardlicks

    Lizardlicks Friendly Neighborhood Lizard

    That's. A very tempting idea lmao.
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  12. spockandawe

    spockandawe soft and woolen and writhing with curiosity

    I cleaned up my craft stuff this weekend, and the pile of yarn isn't that appalling on an objective scale, but IS out of hand in terms of how little time I've spent on yarn-using stuff, which I learned... right after ordering a giant pile of yarn. Because I'm pretty sure i don't have much, and need more, right?

    SO, I finished whipping through the lost souls skull crochet pattern. Which was a fun pattern! I liked it a lot. The shawl turned out smaller than I would have ideally wanted, but i was out of yarn, and the yarn was preeeetty cheap and scratchy and not worth hunting down to keep going. It's still usable, and I'll probably do this again and bigger if the right yarn comes my way, but for now I'm going to keep speedrunning patterns to keep collecting xp before my attention span fails me and I remember my many other crafts on hold :p

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  13. Re Allyssa

    Re Allyssa Sylph of Heart

    Oooo that actually looks fun and not too repetitive
  14. hyrax

    hyrax we'll ride 'till the planets collide

    holy shit that's rad

    i saw a skull pattern shawl once before but that one looks a lot better. i'm definitely gonna make one for my sister!
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  15. turtleDove

    turtleDove Well-Known Member

    I'm working on two rugs for my room, because it's Cold As Balls and I need something comfy and warm for my feet to step on first thing in the morning. (Although I've got some foam floor tiles in here now, which is helping a lot.) One is a crocheted rug, which is...probably gonna take a while, so my mom suggested I braid one out of scrap fabric. So I'm currently working on that, pinning it to my bedframe and braiding the fabric so that it'll wrap nicely. The crocheted rug is gonna be in a bunch of colours (I'm using it as a stash-buster for all the acrylic I have that has no other purpose), starting with grey, and the braided rug is blue/cream/floral at least to start with - I may have to replace one of the colours with something else as and when I run out of that fabric.
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  16. paladinkit

    paladinkit brave little paladin

    I just spent two hours getting increasingly frustrated & doubting my sanity while I tried and failed to start a knitted-on edge on this shawl... only to realize, finally, that I've.been trying to go the wrong direction this entire. Fucking. Time.
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  17. Lizardlicks

    Lizardlicks Friendly Neighborhood Lizard

    Okay, advice time!

    I got two country classics dyes to use on my first spinning project ever because it's "natural white" merino and I never had anything specific in mind for it


    Thing is, I'm not sure how to go about dying the skein so I get these two colors alternating? It has to sit in the color boiling according to the instructions. idk if I fucked up and should go get a different type of dye and save these for unprocessed fiber?
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  18. WolffyLuna

    WolffyLuna Active Member

    Would you maybe be able to keep some of the skein out of the dye bath, eg by wrapping some of it around a spoon that's hanging over the pot? That way you could let one half boil in one colour, let it cool, swap the dye in the dye bath over, and then dye the undyed side.
  19. Lizardlicks

    Lizardlicks Friendly Neighborhood Lizard

    Not sure I want a half/half dye job, I'd like the color run to be shorter than that. Alternating in quarters, at the very least.
  20. keltka

    keltka the green and brown one

    I think I have an idea on how you could manage that, let me draw it out
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