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
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...
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
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
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
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)
|(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.|
I'm going to crochet an entire blanket out of upcycled t-shirt yarn!
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
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
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
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!