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Ring a Ding!

Monday, December 5th, 2011
By Twistie

I love it when people combine jewelry making with fiber techniques. Etsy artist lauren, who runs the shop lapisbeach, does just that.

I’m loving this knitted ring, enhanced with a cluster of colorful beads. And at just $40.00, it makes a statement without stating that you’re going to go broke wearing it! Each ring is custom knitted to the required size (include sizing information with your order), so each one is unique.

Oh, and if rings aren’t your thing, be sure to check out her beaded, wire knitted chokers, bracelets, and pendants,  too. Now, what do I need knitted up for me?

Beautiful Handcrafted Things

Thursday, November 17th, 2011
By Twistie

Sometimes it’s fun to just wander around and see what cool things there are out in the wide world. This fabulous Chinese dragon isn’t even the most spectacular piece of origami on the aptly named page ‘Origami that Will Blow Your Mind.’

There are some other really cool things I found around the internet, too. Let’s take a look at a few of them.


Abby… Something

Friday, October 21st, 2011
By Twistie

Hey all you sock knitters out there looking for a great Halloweeny project! I found it for you! Behold the Fronkenshteek!!!

Over the summer, the insanely talented and wonderful Tsarina of Tsocks posted the images and instructions at her blog.

These socks are the cure to Second Sock Syndrome in that between the two socks, the only bits that are done precisely  the same way are some connective tissues, as it were. You don’t have to repeat yourself, and yet you wind up with an actual pair of wearable socks. How fabulous is that?

Also, if you’re going as Frankenstein’s Monster this All Hallow’s Eve, you’ll have precisely the correct socks lurking in your oversized boots. Now that’s the kind of detail that will really sell the look in the Best Costume contest!

Tsock Tsarina? I think I love you.

Do Some Knitting, Warm a Penguin

Thursday, October 20th, 2011
By Twistie

Sometimes I’m seriously late to a party… but that doesn’t mean I don’t show up dancing!

After a disastrous oil spill off the coast of Tauranga, the good folks at Skeinz, a knitting store in New Zealand, sprang into action. In their spring newsletter, they asked people to use the pattern they thoughtfully enclosed to knit sweaters for the penguins in need of extra warmth and protection.

People responded. Lots of people responded. The sweaters (jumpers in local terminology) have been pouring in. Hey,  who doesn’t want to help a penguin? Penguins are just plain awesome critters.

According to Skeinz’s blog entry for the 17th, they have reached ‘critical mass’ on penguin sweaters… but they encourage anyone interested to continue knitting and sending their work.

And if knitting for penguins isn’t your personal cuppa, the same good folk organize knitting projects for other good causes, such as victims of natural disasters.

Oh, and they carry a nice selection of gorgeous all-natural fiber yarns. Yes, they also ship internationally.

For Happy Feet

Friday, October 14th, 2011
By Twistie

As the weather grows cooler, I find myself thinking more and more about socks. I know, I know, my sock fetish is sad and I need to do something about it. Well, that’s what I’m doing. I’m telling you all about a great book that can teach those of you who knit to make better, stronger, and more gloriously spectacular socks.

The Knitter’s Book of Socks by Clara Parkes starts at the beginning. And for socks, in the beginning was the fiber. Yes, she breaks down the features, advantages, and disadvantages of various commonly-used fibers for socks, discusses various stitches commonly used, and finishes up with a collection of twenty patterns by some of the best designers in the business, including: Cookie A, Ann Budd, and Melissa Morgan-Oakes.

This would be a steal at the list price of $30.00, but it’s available from Amazon for just $18.19! Now that’s a good deal, whether you’re looking for inspiration to knit Christmas (or Hanukkah) socks for friends and family, or a good gift for the knitter in your family.

Alpaca One of These, Please!

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
By Twistie

Reader Debra’s fabulous entry in the recent Crafty Manolo contest was this spectacular Estonian knitted lace shawl in a pattern called Crown Prince. The pattern was adapted from Nancy Bush’s in the book Knitted Lace of Estonia, a book which just happens to be available from Amazon for a mere $17.79.

Anyway, back to Debra’s lovely work. She used Alpaca Cloud Lace Yarn in Tango Red, which she got from (Pssst, you might want to head over there now if you knit or have any interest in learning how, because they’re having a great sale on books and swifts right now!). It took six months to finish the project, and I say that was time extremely well spent.

How gorgeous is that? Thanks for sharing with us, Debra!


Better With Time

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
By Twistie

Check out these fabulous mittens. They are the creation of our own Cthululovesme, and her entry in the recent Crafty Manolo contest. How gorgeous are they? Mighty gorgeous, that’s how.

Not only did she knit these bad boys, she also dyed and spun most of the yarn for the project. For details on the yarn, the pattern, and the work as it progressed, check out her Ravelry page on the project.

Early attempts at spinning the colors she needed wound up inconsistent, so she put the project aside for a while… a couple years, in point of fact!

It wasn’t until I decided to do a mass WIP purge that I remembered my plans. Having had several years of spinning experience at this point, it was considerably easier  to get consistent, non-overspun yarn from the last few batches of fiber.  I wound up playing around with the fiber prep on some of them, handcarding some, spinning others straight. I also decided that the mittens would never get done if I also had to spin up the background color and lining, so I got those from Knit Picks.

I would say these mittens were well worth the wait, Cthululovesme! They’re superfantastic in the extreme!




Pretty Pets to Knit

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
By Twistie

I’ve never had a pet guinea pig. Having been cat-owned all my life, I learned early on that adorable little rodents and felines just don’t mix very well. I did have a couple hamsters and rats along the way, but guinea pigs never happened in part because of… well, between the fun of cleaning cages and the stress of trying to keep the rodents and all those felines away from one another, I made my choice.

But Gertie up there, she’s another story. She’s knitted. If the cat gets at her, I could make another. What’s that you say? Make? Not buy? That’s right! What’s for sale on Etsy isn’t the finished product, but a pattern to knit her up. Just add needles and mohair! At $4.50 for the pattern, you’re in great financial shape to make as many guinea pigs as you please.

Gertie is the brain child of DebiBirkinDesigns. Oh, and if you haven’t dreamed of guinea pigs, you can always choose her budgies, meerkat/ferret, mole, or even a dormouse complete with tea pot to take a nap in. In point of fact, that last one is a tea cozy.

Then again, the shipping is free, since the patterns are sent in the form of PDFs. Collect the whole set!

Big Day For Bombs

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
By Twistie

Yarnbombed bike rack via Jafabrit’s Art

Hey folks, it’s heads up time!

What do you need to know? Why, that June 11, 2011 is International Yarn Bomb Day!

On that one day, people will be carrying out yarnbombing runs all over the world.

So… what about us? Do you want to participate? Solo or as Crafty Manolo readers? Do you have a good idea?

Talk to me about bombing, people. Let’s hear what you have to say.

Clover In the Round

Thursday, May 12th, 2011
By Twistie

If you love to knit, you’ll be excited by Clover’s new Takumi Combo Set. With twelve tip sizes and five cord lengths, you’ll be prepared for any knitting project in the round. All of this in a handsome carrying case for just $169.95.

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