Wednesday, March 29, 2006

A Thing-a-long?

There are many, many things I love about knitting, well about making things of all kinds, but today we shall have a knitting post. The first thing that I love about it is that there is always more to learn. Even if you've been doing it for years, you could pick up a book and find something completely new to learn. But we're not talking about that one today.
Another thing I love about knitting is it's potential. You can take a crappy old sweater, rip it apart,

dye it with kool-aid,

reknit it (that shoe is a size 8 women's shoe just to show you how freaking big it was before felting),

and felt it into something completely new and groovy (minus the handle which needs some serious reworking....I had a little ~felting problem with it and so far the tweaking has been tweaked).


That kind of transformation just never ceases to delight me. So I had an idea the other night as I was messing with this:

It's a case for this weird little not-palm-pilot-not-lap-top thing I have:

I thought I would just keep adding stuff to it. Whatever....crochet, knit, applique, whatever struck my mood and see what happens. it needs more padding anyway, and it needs to be a lot cooler than it is (this is the other side):

I'm wondering if anyone else wants to do it with me? You could just knit a shell of something...a bag, a case for something, a scarf...whatever...and then over the course of the next few months, add whenever you feel inspired and post the progression on your blog? If enough people want to do it, I'll make a section in the sidebar for participants in the uh....Thing-a-long. I just think it would be SO cool! But there's a chance that I'm just a total freak in the middle of nowhere right now, and that would be ok (since its not the first time 'n all)! I'll still show you updates on my thing. Drop me a comment if you want to do it.

22 Comments:

Blogger Chris said...

I love how that bag looks after felting! Very cool that it's made from reclaimed yarn that you dyed yourself, too.

9:08 AM  
Blogger Netter said...

Your tote looks AWESOME. I love the colors.

9:17 AM  
Blogger Tink said...

That bag is so cool! You should think about selling them over the net.

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Latoya said...

I like the bag thing idea. Add me to the list. I'd love to participate. Now, does it have to be a recycled sweater bag, then we'd add other things to it over time? Do let me know the specific rules. I look forward to participating.
Knit on!

7:03 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I couldn't knit myself out of a paper bag - But I SO admire your skill!

9:05 PM  
Blogger The Gradual Gardener said...

I don't knit, but I love the purse! Any thought on doing special orders?

8:55 AM  
Anonymous TB said...

The purse is awesome. And as you know, I am a knitting virgin, so I have a question. What is felting?

1:11 PM  
Anonymous krista said...

Haha, A thing along. That's pretty funny.

I am thinking if I need any kind of random type thing. A friend told me that she wants an armband for her ipod. COuld that be knitted do you think? Or would that just be hot on the skin when working out?

8:48 AM  
Blogger V said...

Woo-hoo Latoya! I can't wait to see what you make! It doesn't have to be recycled...or anything. Just something you can add to over time...little embelishments over time...

TB...Felting is purposely shrinking wool...like what you shouldn't do to your sweaters. It makes the stitches disappear, shrinks is and turns is into mare felty fabris than knit. It's fun...and for once I didn't break the washing machine doing it!

Oh yeah Krista....defintely. If you used like a lace weight wool maybe? Really light weight, but breathable. It sounds like a great thing!

Thanks everyone for the complements. I was raelly pleased with the bag....even more than I expected I would be. Just gotta get that strap the way I want it, and it will be perfect! :)

9:28 AM  
Blogger V said...

Good god...I might've proof-read that first. Could I possibly make more typos in one comment??

9:31 AM  
Anonymous stella said...

im down.

im also passing this along to a friend...she will enjoy this post.

5:12 PM  
Blogger V said...

Yay Stella! What are you gonna make??? :)

10:58 AM  
Anonymous stella said...

ok wait! how does this work now?

explain the rules. whatever it is...i wanna play!

lol.haaaaaaaa.

i was counting on you to be all over my yarn girl.

don't you like BURGANDY??? huh huh!!???

4:58 PM  
Blogger V said...

Lol....stop trying to tempt me! It's gonna kill me! Hey, are you gonna take knitting on your trip??? Lol...primary concern...I know! Feel free to send yarn from exotic places! ;)
This is the only "rule":
"ending on June 21st....the Summer Solstice. You can join anytime, make anything, and the only rule is that you try to post a picture of your thing once a week....so we can see the progress. Sound ok?"

I know....I'm tough. Crackin' the whip! So you choose what you want to make....and just post a picture of it every week hopefully with weird little new additions. I sort of hate mine right now, but that will change!

8:56 AM  
Anonymous stella said...

sooo. could i like do a blanket...and just keep adding shit to it???

ooooo...that would be fun!!!!

yes knitting on the trip.

i didn't think i would, but my friend J, says i should def. bring needles. So i think i MUST!!!

when finance and i get pissed with eachother...i can knit. (he hates to be around me when i knit...he says 'its ALL YOU DO!'.) so i try to be on knit probation when hes around. i think it irks him how obsessed and tuned out i become. im a fast knitter...and i move thru projects quick...because, I CANT PUT THEM DOWN.

when we were in mexico...i was knitting in the car on the way to our house...and i thought he was going to throw my shit out the window. he couldn't believe, it was my first time EVER out of the UNITED STATES..and i was KNITTING.

it also does wonders for my flying anxiety.

2:29 PM  
Anonymous stella said...

oh and.

i really think you need my manos.

ITS A STEAL! 7 skanks for ...lets cut you a deal....$50 bucks!

i can't let it sit in the bag much longer....

2:32 PM  
Blogger The Silent K said...

Stella, what colour is your manos? I want to see it...

6:53 AM  
Anonymous krista said...

Oh, and V, you can take the question mark off my name. I will try to make the ipod arm band, but I don't expecr much success. I am going to try to make it with some yarn I already have.. and not using a pattern. SOunds like a recipe for an interesting THING.

6:54 AM  
Blogger V said...

Ah...there Stella! Maybe Krista is dying for the manos! :) I was gonna ask you today...does it felt? I think a blanket sounds awesome! Have you made any lace stuff yet? REALLY good travel knitting. One tiny little ball can give you hours upon hours of knitting happy.....piss Finance off all you want! Does he honestly think that you won't have a quite a lot of waiting time on that trip? Please...it will keep you sane! And patient! :)

I think the IPOD arm band sounds great! :)

8:10 AM  
Anonymous stella said...

won't the ipod armband get HOT though????

hmmmm.

krista. ill take pics and send em to you tomorrow.

v- yes it felts...but it felts UGLY. do you remember the NATTY DREAD PURSE i 'gaveaway' to Jayne? uh yeah.

that was it. It turned to mud in the wash.

i think the NORO felts best. that shyte rocks.

have either of you used much of ROWAN? ive wanted to use that chunky stuff..it looks so great. And I still want to knit up the debbie bliss alpaca silk ...in a blanket...b/c it feels like heaven. don't think it would 'wear well' though.

i hate pilling.

my friend julia felted a great short and wide bag that she uses to hold all her needles. i think im gonna do that...

also wanting to use the BLUE SKY BULKY AlPACA for something.

my plate is full.

3:54 PM  
Blogger Jana B said...

Can I join????

I have an old sweater, I can make it in to umm....

uh.......

Something?? LOL

I'll think of something once I get the yarn ready! LOL

10:07 AM  
Blogger V said...

Ahhh..of course! Me love the yarn recycling magic! Can't wait to see it!

11:24 AM  

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