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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Holy Hell

Thank you Maynard James Keenan for setting the mood today. Exactly how I feel today


Some say a comet will fall from the sky
Followed by meteor showers and tidal waves
Followed by fault lines that cannot sit still
Followed by millions of dumb-founded dipshits and

Some say the end is near
Some say we'll see armageddon soon
I certainly hope we will
I sure could use a vacation from this

Stupid shit
Silly shit
Stupid shit

One great big festering neon distraction
I've a suggestion to keep you all occupied

Learn to swim... Learn to swim... Learn to swim... Learn to swim...

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

New Etsy Shop!

Hello again! It's been a while since I've posted (not that anyone actually reads my blog.. ha ha) I've opened up my Etsy shop recently. Feel free to check it out at  http://www.etsy.com/shop/RAGGzies  So far I only have t-shirt yarns. I'm hoping to add more items within the next couple of weeks.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Tie-Dye

Well, the weekend is winding down, and I'm trying to get back into my weekly routine. We had my 2 step kids this weekend, and with so many kids- 6 all together!- we cant go anywhere because our vehicle only seats 7 :-/  We stayed home and made tie-dye t-shirts :-) It was a bit of a challenge for the littler ones, but we managed. We started at about 7pm last night. The kids lost interested fairly quickly(after the third color) leaving me to do the rest of the dying. I was up til midnight. Ha ha. The shirts turned out great. We put some embroidery designs on them, and the kids were tickled pink.

Hailey and Hunter (my step kids)


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Upcycled T-shirt Yarn Tutorial



I was putting away laundry this morning, and found it almost impossible to hang any more shirts up on my husbands side ( I swear he never gets rid of anything!) I pulled out some of his old t-shirts and got the bright idea to cut them into shreds to make yarn :-) Here's my tutorial on how you can do it too. 


Supplies: T-shirt without side seams, scissors


Step one: Lay your t-shirt on a flat surface and cut off bottom seam. Then cut just below the arm pit area straight across.



 You can see the huge grease stain on my shirt... It wont be visible once everything is cut up :-)




The next step is to fold your t-shirt in half from side to side, leaving about 1 inch on the side (this is so you can make a continuous ball of yarn)



Next, start cutting your shirt into strips ( I did about 1/4 inch wide strips- much smaller and it will break during the last step)
 Once you get all your strips cut, you should have something that looks like this:
(Above) Find the end and start making diagonal cuts from strip one to two, two to three, and so forth, until you have all the diagonals cut. Cut at a diagonal from your starting piece and end piece to the edge of your t-shirt.
 Your pile should look something like this:

Find your end and hold tight. using your other hand, pull as much as you can without breaking the strip. This will turn your flat strip into something more tubular. Continue through your entire pile of strips.
 Wind it up into a ball and Voila! T-shirt yarn! Ready to knit or crochet :-)





I'm going to crochet an entire blanket out of upcycled t-shirt yarn!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Dye Yarn, Dye!

Well, today I came across a great tutorial for hand dyeing yarn with Kool-Aid. You have to use animal fibers.  Of course I don't believe anything anyone tells me, so I had to try for myself.. Started off with white acrylic yarn, in hopes of all those people who said it cant be done were wrong. But they weren't. Bummer! Then I remembered I had some alpaca fiber I ordered about a year ago just sitting in my closet. I got that spun up in a jiffy and went to work on dyeing the yarn. My fiber was gray to start with, so I ended up with some pretty gaudy colors... I kinda like them though! Here's the results


Before:
 After:
I cant wait to try this out on some white fiber! If you are interested in trying this yourself, here's the link to the original tutorial ( I tweeked mine a little because I'm not very patient!)   CLICK HERE!!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Lazy Day

Well, with all the excitement last weekend- birthday parties for 2 of my girls-- I didnt really get much crafting done. I have a set of baby hats going on my crochet hooks right now for my sister in law. And I did start a jacket project yesterday.  I'm working on the tutorial for that now. I'm loving my new embroidery/ sewing machine! I find it hard to sleep at night because I keep thinking of projects I want to do!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

New Toy!

I bought this yesterday! I'm so excited to start making my own product labels and t-shirts!