While I was moving furniture I managed to get a huge splinter in my finger where my knitting needle rests. My finger hurt when I tried to knit so I decided to play with needle felting instead. That way all of my fingers could hurt equally!
My Aunt had given my mom a bunch of needle felting supplies to pass on to me this summer and this swampy looking wool was asking to be a little goblin man. I found a few tutorials on the internet to figure out the technique and then I got stabbing away! I stabbed myself less than I thought I would but more than I would have liked.
I’m particularly pleased with the face. It got felted densely because I kept layering on details and I like that about it. I also like that it’s recognizable as a face. Part of the reason why I decided to make a little goblin man was that a goblin can be a little lumpy and weird but still look alright.
His arms and his legs are a little odd looking and too lightly felted because I was ready to be done by the time I got around to them. I might rip them off and redo them some day if I’m feeling ambitious.
He didn’t turn out too bad for my first needle felted project. I liked playing with the technique and I’m happy with the way he looks, but this isn’t really my style. My goblin looks out of place in my room. I can’t think of needle felting projects that might fit my style a bit better so I don’t think I’ll be needle felting very often. There’s also the I-Just-Spent-Hours-Working-On-This-And-All-It-Will-Ever-Do-Is-Gather-Dust factor, but I did enjoy repeatedly stabbing the wool so maybe I just need to be more inventive. We’ll see what happens.
In doing this project I’ve become increasingly suspicious of so called stretchy BO methods that insist you work loosely. The Two Row Bind Off is yet another stretchy BO to be worked loosely that isn’t particularly stretchy. My 2 inch swatch barely stretched to 3 inches.
When I read how the Two Row Bind Off is worked, I found myself baffled as to how this was supposed to be stretchier than the Chain Bind Off. You work across the first row of the BO passing the knits over the purl stitches. You work across the second row by slipping the purls and passing them over each other. I can’t imagine how that is supposed to make it stretchier than simply passing stitches over each other as you work across one row as with the Chain Bind Off. It’s just weird.
It does create a nice edge. The Knitter’s Handbook suggests using it when adding fringe because it creates nice little gaps. I could see the Two Row BO being useful in situations that use ribbing to prevent curl instead of for its stretch like on a scarf, but there are better BO methods for something like that.
You might have noticed that post have been rather infrequent lately. I was busy packing up all of my things and moving up to school. Two car repairs and one giant wood splinter later, I finally got here and settled in.
I just finished my first day of classes and finally was able to pick up my mail. An awesome little package from Iz had been waiting in the mail room for me for far too long.
Inside it was an adorable little glass sheep and candy from her Europe trip. I’ve already eaten about half of the candy by now. It was a nice little surprise. Thank you Iz!
The problem with using real film is that one has to get prints and I’m not always very timely about that. I went to visit one of my best friends in Boston during the last week of July and I finally got my film developed and printed. I had an amazing time visiting her and thought I’d share some of my favorite pictures from the trip.
From the bottom it looks just like the Chain BO. It looks like a tidy row of knit stitches or a crocheted chain. It’s pretty from this angle and functional.
The view from the front is where this bind off method struggles. It creates loops around all the stitches which makes a sort of lumpy line. The loops tighten when the edge is stretched so they’re less noticeable, but I would never use this bind off for something like a neckline or button bands. It’s just not pretty enough. That said, I’ve used it for the bottom of sweaters and sleeves and probably will use it again. I think it looks nice with a sweater that has a lot of reverse stockinette because the little loops around the stitches look like design features and not like sad lumps. It’s not good for everything, but it’s not a bad stretchy BO method.
I always like to stock up on craft supplies in August before I go back to school. My LYS has an amazing summer sale every year and I usually hit up the craft store that’s in the same shopping center. I come home with a decent stash of loot that I put away and then I go back to whatever I was already working on.
Erm… That didn’t work so well this year. I have three garments on the needles and I told myself I’d finish at least one before I started a new project, but the allure of the yacht chart in Stitch! by Cath Kidston won out.
It’s pretty quick to work, especially now that I’m using a cross stitch needle instead of the embroidery needle I used for my last cross stitch project. I’m about half way through the chart. I was thinking of adding some lyrics from “I’m On A Boat” to the top and bottom because it’s such a small project, but now I’m not sure about that. It’s looking a lot nicer than I thought it would and that is quite a bit of extra work for some laughs. I haven’t entirely decided.
This was the first BO method I learned when I was new to knitting. It’s not a bad choice for beginners because it’s really easy to learn and it’s not too shabby looking. Unfortunately, the rest of my knitting skills advances and I kept using the same old BO.
I’m rather fond of the Chain BO, even if it doesn’t usually work for what I’m doing. I like the crisp line it makes at the edge and I like how the bottom of it looks like a line of stitches or a crocheted chain. I love that you can crochet right off the edge with ease.
The Chain Bind Off definitely has it’s place in knitting, but it doesn’t even begin to qualify as a stretchy BO method. It’s difficult to bind off loosely and it doesn’t stretch much even if you do. It can be quite rigid feeling when you try to stretch it. My swatch only stretched from 2 inches to 3.75 inches. That’s just not enough stretch for ribbing so I’m on a quest for a new BO method.
My mom just finished this crocheted afghan and it looked too pretty sitting on that chair to not share it.
She’s been working on it for a couple years now. My mom doesn’t spend as much time crafting as I do and she’s also very meticulous. She’ll rip out 30 rows to fix one little detail so it takes her awhile to get anything done. Her work is pretty impressive when it’s finished. I admire her patience, but I think I’ll stick with my “no one will ever notice that mistake” style of crafting.