I have been doing a lot of spinning lately, but I have never given any thought to spinning carbon nanotubes! "Carbon nanotubes are some of the strongest and stiffest materials known, and a growing area of research involves spinning them into flexible yarns – bundles of fibers that can be treated to produce superconducting cables, or electrodes for batteries or fuel cells." - Nature News Blog
Urban Outfitters is upcycling old knit and crochet afghans. It should be noted that you get a random pair of shorts out of a random recycled afghan, many people have been disappointed that they did not receive this pattern!
It is a little early to be thinking about Chanukkah, but this is a cute way to celebrate the festival of lights. One of my favorite parts of the menorah is looking at the candle reflections in the window. I love that you can see similar types of reflections on the bottom of the bench!
The only trouble I see with knitting my own footware (as shown in the amazing sandals below) is finding the soles. Using some hemp and creative lace, you could really create some stylish footware very cheaply (once you find the soles, of course!)
I like silly knitting patterns, and what is sillier than putting a cozy on an apple (You Better Beleaf It)? This adorable little knitting pattern is available for free via Ravelry downloads. I think there is a practical nature to this project, too... protect your apples from bruising while in your lunch bag.
Thank you Fleurtje for the KPOTD nomination, "A great way to use your leftover yarn"!
I thought they were incredibly cute and wanted to know how they were made. It turns out that Bali of Twilight Taggers has shared the pattern on her blog. Now you can crochet your own Rubber Ducky Jumper! (Great step by step photos are included with the pattern.)
I never loved knitting with plastic knitting needles, and I got rid of all of the ones I had many years ago. If only I had come across the shop of SewNewThings sooner! They create bangle bracelets out of vintage knitting needles. What a great gift for the knitter in your life.
What do you do with old Tshirts that are too ratty (and too loved) to be donated to Good Will? Why not turn them into yarn and find a new use for them? This video will show you how to get a continuous piece of yarn out of a Tshirt.
What would I make out of Tshirt yarn? Well a bathmat, bowl, a toy, something that doesn't require a lot of drape and where structure is a blessing.
The BBC is reporting on yarn bombing? This fiber art is sweeping the world (and international news scene.) Last Saturday (June 9) was International Yarn Bombing Day, an event that kicks off knit in public week.
I am looking forward to finding amazing images from this years event!
Want to know how to mix colors? The website DyeYourYarn.com has come up with many different color recipes based off of KoolAid and food coloring. I like the McCormick Dye Formulas because this is the dye I use the most frequently. I will have to refer to this website in the future as I am planning out my colors.
I love it when people share interesting knitting projects with me (in fact, that is the whole point of KPOTD!) Now this is a thinking cap if I've ever seen one. I wonder if it is constructed through appliqued (or sewn) icords of if there is some whole other manner of construction.
I love kits. I like having patterns and yarn all rolled up into one nice little package. It is fun when you already know the craft, but they also come in really handy when you want to learn something new. When I was ready to teach myself how to crochet, I found myself searching for different learn to crochet kits. Some kits come with videos, others with written instructions.
This video isn't knitting related, but it is SUPER useful for some fun ways to wear scarves and shawls. I found it useful enough that I felt it deserved a place on KPOTD. How do you wear those handmade scarves and shawls? I find myself wrapping them around my neck to display the lace, but there are some good ideas for in this video!
Where do you keep your yarn ball while you are knitting? Does it ever accidentally fall onto the floor? What would you do if you could keep it anchored in a pretty handmade bowl? I only discovered yarn bowls recently, but apparently they are a very popular way to keep everything organized while you knit. I happen to love the added layer of craftsmanship to the whole knitting process.
I think that the Minecraft Ghasts are so cute.... when they aren't throwing fireballs. Sure, they scare me and I never EVER go into the Nether, but I think that as a design they are adorable.
17 rows x 16 columns
I hope that you enjoyed this series of Minecraft Knitting Charts! I haven't made a chart for every character in the series. Is there a character that I left out that you would like to see? Let me know and I'll see what I can do. I have some ideas for incorporating these Minecraft Charts into more complex knitting designs, hopefully you'll see them in the future!
Of the Minecraft themed knitting charts I've shared so far, the chicken is the only one that does not have a square face. The two right squares on the bottom row should be the same as your background color.