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Cast-On Monday…Sort Of. Mostly.

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Cast-On Monday…Sort Of. Mostly.

So I DID actually cast-on a knitting project today, even though that’s not what the whole blog is going to be focusing on. I joined my first KAL! I’ve played with the idea before, but time and money has never really been on my side. I’ve been following Allyson Dykhuizen on twitter for a while, and one day we just started conversing back and forth about random guilty pleasure TV shows (hers was Revenge and mine was Murder, She Wrote). Now we’re tweety box friends and it’s pretty cool 🙂 So when she said, “Hey y’all, Holla Knits is doing a KAL!” I was like, “Sign me up, please!” Last week was working on a gauge swatch and today was CAST-ON DAY. And I’m pretty stoked. My yarn is all sparkley and lime green and AWESOME.

Here’s my gauge swatch. SPARKLES! GREEN!

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL! I’ve been trying to work on making found-item jewelry for a couple of weeks now, and I have this really fun idea for bottle cap earrings that requires resin to be poured. It’s been 90+ and humid for the past 3 weeks, and it would take resin foreeeeeeeeever to set in those kinds of conditions (no A/C in the apartment). So now i’m stuck going, “what to do, what to do…thousands upon thousands of bottle caps and NO FREAKING RESIN POURING. GRRRR RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE.” So I was browsing twitter and craft blogs like I do when I need inspiration and it hit me somewhere along the way (I found a tutorial about fabric on wooden discs, but now I can’t find the exact one I saw…it was something like this) that I can flatten them and put fun pictures and artwork inside and just use a spray or brush-on sealer and save me all the headaches while still feeling productive.

See? Cute googly eye earrings CRYING because they can’t have resin friends.

This is probably 1/100 of my collection of bottle caps. This is just from the past 2-3 weeks in the kitchen. I’ve been collecting since I was 14.

But where to get art or pictures or fun flat things? I can’t draw to save my life, even my stick figures are heinous. Finding things on the interwebs means irking someone by taking THEIR art, which is absolutely no good. So I thought about trying to find old postcards or photos that people sell at flea markets and things, but that wasn’t quite right enough. I DO love vintage, and I’m sure at some point I’ll go for it, but I’ve been on a mega-nerdy streak lately so vintage just wasn’t hitting the right note. So THEN I was like, “HELLO, COMIC BOOKS AND DICTIONARIES AND ANATOMY BOOKS AND THINGS.” YES. This. Go to the flea market and see what goodies you can find. I found lots of goodies.

Comic books! All 8 of these cost me $2. And they’re all mostly 80s, and none of them had been bagged or boarded, so the guilt level at cutting them up was pretty much nil.

Old school dictionary with etchings!! THIS COULD NOT BE MORE FUN. Cost me $1.

So this is what I’ll be doing this week: working on my KAL and smooshing and painting and gluing bottle caps. I HAVE ALL THE EXCITE.

(c) 2012 Elsha Wolf. All rights reserved. Photos by Elsha Wolf.
Duplication in whole or substantial portion is explicitly forbidden.

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I have a MIGHTY NEED!

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I did not make this. I Googled "Invader Zim Mighty Need gif" and this was the first option.

…To make something RIDICULOUSLY glittery and blinged out. The only problem is that I don’t have any glitter. Or rhinestones. Or really, any plain whatever to then bling out. So what I really need is a cheap resource for rhinestones (plastic crap is TOTALLY fine for this project!) and glitter. I *do* have a couple ideas of what I *could* bling out. Here they are:

This would be done Dia de los Muertos style, with the rhinestones making the swirls and flowers.

I don’t really know which one I want to do. They’re all REALLY GOOD options. I think the jar would eventually turn into a bitty cute vase of some kind. I also have absolutely NO IDEA why I want to bling the hell out of something. If anyone has any ideas of other typical house type things, or things that could be cheaply obtained via thrift store or dollar store that I could attack with rhinestones and glitter, PLEASE HELP A GAL OUT!

I know I only have like 3 readers, but if y’all want to vote, please feel free! It might help me make up my mind. Otherwise I might go into a bling haze and the apartment might turn into a whirlwind of glitter. I don’t know how the SO would like that…. *sheepish grin*

THE cutest apple juice bottle, ever. Compliments of The Monster In Your Closet 🙂

Something cute I found on clearance at Michael's.

Work In Progress (WIP) Wednesday

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So here goes. This is the first blog I’m writing from my iPhone. And the first time I’m giving WIP Wednesday a go. It seems like a good idea! It’s supposed to go along with Cast On Mondays and Bind Off Fridays, but my general idea is I’ll post those during the weeks I actually start or finish something. Also, I will probably have to think of different “nicknames” given that not all of my crafting is fiber based (so I won’t always be casting on or binding off to start or finish a project)…for instance, this week I’m playing with beads 🙂

Anywho-way, my mom came to visit me last week, and brought a bunch of beading stuff with her, both for play and for designing for our business. And this somehow managed to convince me to put down my knitting needles and pick up some pliers. And I haven’t been able to put them down since! I designed a pretty necklace for The Monster In Your Closet (which I will eventually get a picture of one of these days, I’m sure). It was supposed to go with these awesome yellow star earrings. Only two days before I was to give her this necklace, she informs me that she lost one of those earrings. So of course, I also had to make matching earrings!

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Beading with crystals is *not* for the sparkly-distracting impared!

My mom also got me some pretty rad green crystals, and I’ve been playing with those. I made one necklace entirely of the crystals and some sterling spacers, and I’m playing with another one with fun silver link things and the crystals on eye pins as connectors. It’s looking pretty cool (no pictures as of yet…I started after I lost the good sunlight!)

On the needles right now are two things: One, I got a cool pattern and some DOCTOR WHO (Time Traveler…tried to get the colorway on its own and I couldn’t remember how to do it) themed yarn from Knit Picks, and it’s going to be AWESOME. Who needs a Tom Baker scarf when they can have a Tom Baker shrug with lace hearts? Exactly.

Taken with Instagram

Two: I had leftover sparkly yarn from another pattern I recently finished, and I was flipping through my knitting stitch dictionary drooling at all the pretty lace patterns. So I did some math and I picked one that would fit perfectly on the back of my arm so I cold make some rockin’ gauntlets. I hear that people think these are really cool (Knit Picks (from whom I got the yarn) retweeted my excited picture tweet) and I got a lot of positive responses.So methinks I will try to write up this pattern all official-like and see how it goes.

So that’s about it, because I mostly can’t really stand to type on my phone anymore. New rule: only post from the phone if super bored or super short post.

Are any of you in the middle of any super cool projects? Do share!

Hello world!

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Hey there crafty buddies!

My name is Elsha, and I like to create awesome things. Sometimes (well…a lot of the time) with yarn, sometimes with fabric, others with beads and any other number of things I can get my hands on.  I will primarily be using this space to share my projects with the world. Some of them will be things that I’m working on, and I would really like to try to do a bi-weekly or monthly series where I can “teach” y’all how to do fun stuff, too!

I also want to be available to you lovely people if you have questions, NO QUESTION TOO SMALL OR SILLY. Except, maybe, if you ask me how stickers work (That has happened to me before, and it left me quite befuddled). If you want to know how best to glue popcicle sticks together to make stick  figures for a puppet show for your kids, ASK AWAY. Seriously. Use me. I will be your font of everlasting crafty knowledge! On the off-chance I don’t know the answer, I will do my absolute best to try to find it for you! (I must admit, there are some more complicated things that I don’t know much about, like glass blowing or welding, simply because I haven’t had the opportunity to experirence the equipment or proper tutelage.)

Anywho, I feel as though I am rambling. WELCOME!

xoxox