kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
And this post, is some craft tools I made, some old, some recent.
lucets )

peg loom )
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
Finally finished The Shawl today!
This has been an ongoing project since the beginning of this year.

shawl-20150912-211637
Shawl by Kathryn and Tiria Andersen; 100% wool; loom-knit and crochet.

This was combined loom-knitting and crochet. First, strips of double-knit loom-knitting were made (some by Tiria, some by me).
Then I crocheted around the edges to neaten them.
Then I joined them with lacy crochet.
Then I crocheted all the way around with more lacy crochet.
And here it is, done at last!
kerravonsen: Eighth Doctor's legs sticking out from underneath TARDIS console: "tea, tools, Tinkering" (tinkering)
Due to a conversation with [personal profile] dawnmist at lunch time on Tuesday, I got the urge to see if I could construct a Mobius-shaped knitting loom.

(apologies to NaArMaMo folks for not yet posting my bubble-wrap plastic pendants; thought it would be better to post something than nothing, and the loom stuff is what I have photos of right now)
craft-tool experimentation ho! )
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
Excuse me if you've seen these before, but I think I forgot to post them at the time. This is a bunch of craft I made earlier this year, mostly in January.

cut for lots of thumbnails )
kerravonsen: Neo falling, flailing his arms: "oops!" (oops)
Ooops! Here's another thing I made in December, but didn't post because I hadn't even photographed it yet!
picture and description )
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
Two more items which I made in December, but forgot to post about because the pictures were still on the camera.
pictures and descriptions )
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
I love crochet. And I'm getting rather fond of loom knitting too. And I'm dabbling in Kumihimo also. So, it's YAAAAARRRRRNNNN time! Welcome to a collection of links.

Tips & Tutorials
Read more... )
Favourite Places to Buy Yarn
Read more... )
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
I did it!

After much experimentation, I found a method of combining scales and loom-knitting that I was actually satisfied with. This method will likely work with needle-knitting and crochet as well. Unfortunately, it is rather time-consuming.

The secret is: knit the item first, then add the scales by doing scale-maille, with two important differences:
1. The instructions given by TRL link the scales together from the back, going from the top to the bottom. This method links the scales together from the front, going from the bottom to the top.
2. As well as linking the scales to each other with the rings, link them to the knitting, by putting rings through the stitches at the same time as one is putting them through the scales.

The tricky bit is that the gauge of the stitches is likely not to match the spacing of the scales, so you will have to figure out some sort of compromise while still trying to keep the attachments at regular intervals. Fortunately, it isn't necessary to attach every ring to a stitch; every second ring will still work, so long as you pull up the scales so they're stretched out. This works with both large and small scales.

Some would ask "If you're going to do traditional scale-maille anyway, why bother with the knitting?"
The answer to that is that the knitting provides protection for bare skin, is more comfortable to wear, and fits better because of its elasticity.
Another reason is that it is actually more stable to work with than straight scale-maille, since the scales are resting on the knitting instead of flipping over while you're working on the maille.

So, I made myself a long fingerless glove (bracer)!
cut for PICTURE )
I did it!

See also this post for some "in progress" photographs.
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
I tried out doing scale-knitting with large scales on a knifty-knitter (that's the large-gauge plastic one) and the results were... mixed.
cut for pictures )
kerravonsen: Hiro with arms spread: "I DID it!" (i-did-it)
Ever since I discovered the amazing knitting with scales done by Crafty Mutt, I've wanted to do it with crochet or loom-knitting, since I don't needle-knit. I looked in vain for a similar crochet tutorial as to the knit tutorial, but all I could find were these Etsy instructions that you had to pay for. And nothing about loom-knitting. (Yesterday, after I had already done my first experiment with loom-knit scales, I found this video about crocheting scales done by someone else. Timing, huh?)

But I have figured it out, all on my lonesome!
Look! )
kerravonsen: Stone egg on moss: "Art is Life, Life is Art" (art)
Yes, I've been participating in [livejournal.com profile] naarmamo this year, but I haven't been posting about it (apart from the comments in the comm itself) because there hasn't been anything to show before.

But now, prepare to be pic-spammed!

I'm doing a NaArMaMo album on my LJ - might as well use the scrapbook since I have a permanent account there. But I'm posting on DW and crossposting to LJ. (LJ's old scrapbook was much better than their current crappy one, but hey, it still hosts images)
cut for pictures )
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
I have finished another scarf! It is a gift for a particular person; I designed it with them in mind. This is another keyhole scarf (I like the design!) made with fluffy chenille yarn.

scarf
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
I've mentioned some of these items in earlier posts, but there were no pictures. Now have some piccies!
cut for images )
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
In an extremely unfortunate bit of timing, I got a bad cold last week, and I'm still sick, though improving. The timing was unfortunate because there was a time-critical thing going on at work (handover of a project) and I simply could not be there. Viruses were battling it out in my body, my throat felt like wet sandpaper, and I was utterly exhausted. Mostly sleeping and drinking lemon honey tea with Lemsip in it. And then when my throat improved, my nose chimed in (which was odd, usually the throat follows the nose). Now I'm in the blowing-the-nose-and-coughing stage (and still v tired).
When I wasn't sleeping, I thought I'd do stuff that didn't require a great many brain cells )

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