Monday, April 26, 2010

Etsy Showcase: thejumbledbag

Here's one more this week, an extra shot of etsy showcasing:

thejumbledbag, another fellow BSU knit and crochet group also has a plethora of items to sell and offer at her etsy shop. (You may also click on the banner above to be taken to her etsy shop page)

A very cool and vibrant looking coasters that are great for any occasion. Made from acrylic fiber, thus easy to clean and take care of.

A lovely owl postcard made from muslin made into a postcard format:

Etsy Showcase: SyrupThreads

Here are some exampled that she has on her shop:

This week's featured is SyrupThreads, a fellow crafter of Ball State's Knitting and Crocheting member who has an etsy shop.

Click on the banner above of SyrupThreads to take you to her etsy shop. As well as her blog:

Monday, April 5, 2010

Environmental Knitting Scene.

seems like more and more knitting is becoming prevalent in scenery impact instead of for wear or functional apparel.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Cute Bunny Vid

you must see!!

From mochimochiland, has amazing knitting mini patterns, check that site out!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Cool VIdeo and stuff~

a very nice stop motion video, im sure everyone will enjoy watching it.
Source: Craftzine

Also a new blog post with this wonderful pattern, very lacy yet very open, great for the coming summer!

Important notice for Wednesday!

From Katie:
"Hey gang,

I had soooo much fun dying yarn last night! It is defiantly worth the endeavor if you've ever thought about trying to do it yourself. Knitty has a great step by step on how we did it. Thanks to everyone who came and made it so fun (and clean!).

We would like everyone to know that Katie will not be at knitting club this Wednesday 3/24 (unfortunately), BUT Heather (and maaaaybe Harrison?) will be there for sure and we hope to keep going on our knit-along project. They are looking great, I still have hope that we can get a PAIR by the end of the semester!

Reba Reader, long time club member, is putting together a pattern book for us for the end of the year. You may have heard about this book before, but now it's really time to send in your patterns. If you can type them up and send them in a file to the club, OR, that would be great!

We would love for any of your original project patterns to be submitted. Any awesome possum project you've worked on all semester or that everyone said ooOOOOoooo to would be really great too! If it is not an original pattern, just be sure to put the designer's name or where you found the pattern to give them credit. Make sure you include any changes you made to the pattern, and what needles, yarn, color, etc YOU used. We want to know about those. AND, if you can submit a picture too, that would be even better! We need all types of patterns and skill levels- knit OR crochet. :)"

Saturday, March 20, 2010


From Katie:
"Dear Knitting Club,

We will NOT be holding a regularly scheduled meeting this Monday, March 22nd. We are having a special yarn dying event off campus. If this is something you were wanting to participate in, but we just missed you at the meetings, email us. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Though we are NOT meeting this Monday at 7:15, WE ARE MEETING on WEDNESDAY 3/24 at 7:15 pm at the normal place on the couches. We will continue one with out knit-along and hope that those who wanted to get started on it have. If you are a fast knitting, it's not too late to start! We can help you along at any step you're on. We wish you luck!"

Monday, March 15, 2010

Update for Wednesday

Hello all!
Tis Harrison, ze Secretary of BSU Knitting and Crocheting Club to give you an important announcement/update!

Heather's Knit-along/baby steps:
-Tonight we just started on the cuff and Katie noted that when she felted hers she would have wanted to knit it longer then the 3inch it said in the pattern so she suggests 3-6 inches for the cuff area before going to the heel. Heather would like everyone to be finished with the cuff and start on the heel during club on Wednesday or if your just starting, it's ok, we can still help you no matter what step you are on, but the group will be starting on the heel if you would like to work until then for Wednesday.

We are planning for Monday around 6:30pm-7pm ish around that time Katie will be having a carpool in order to get to her house for yarn dyeing, Kastrel and Jessie did offer their place for the Kool-aid Dyeing, but can fit about 7 people in the place, so Katie thought we should do it at her place, which could fit more, please email Katie if interested to RSVP.

For those who cannot make it, here are some links for you to read if you would like to try it yourself one day:

Dyed in the Wool

Dyeing with Kool-Aid, A howto

First Taste of Dyeing with Kool-Aid

Kool-Aid dye it baby!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Additional Reminder for TONIGHT!

"We've gotten the OK to sell our hats!

THIS Monday, March 1st, we will be selling our hats for the homeless (or just someone who needs a warm head). We will sell them from approximately 5:30- 9:00 PM in the Atrium where the knitting club had our winter sale. A table will be set up and hats will be sold for just $5 each! All of the proceeds will go to the American Red Cross in aid of Haiti. Any hats not sold will be given to a charity yet to be determined.

This will be in place of our Monday night club meeting, but bring your knitting and questions if you want to help us sell, and we'll just have club at the table. I hope to see you all stop by or sit with us to sell them!

These are super cute hats, so tell all your friends and buy one for yourself!"
From the email since it seems like a few didnt get it for some reason, so doing it now.
Hope people see this in time.
Katie is not feeling that great, so i will be taking place, hopefully it wont be just me..

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Updates on Sock and whatnot~

From BSU Knit and Crochet Email:
"Finally, our big announcement, which many of you may or may not have heard about, is we're going to do a knit along. The pattern is "Fuzzy Feet":

We hope that this task will help us all learn and understand the construction of a sock in an easy ginormous gauge. Then, we felt it down to a fuzzy slipper, perfectly formed for your foot. We will break the pattern into sections and hope that everyone will be able to get to the next step each meeting. We can catch you up on the progress of your "sock" either on Mondays or Wednesdays. Don't be scared! We'll help you along! We believe any beginner can do this, and it will really rocket your abilities forward.

What You'll Need:
Size 11 double pointed needles
Worsted weight wool (Pure wool or no more that 10% blend of another natural fiber.)

One of our favorite wools is the fisherman's wool sold at Hobby Lobby in a great big skein for about $8. It comes in natural colors or a white if you'd like to attempt dying your own. Hobby Lobby also sells other wool and wool blend yarns, check your label carefully! Make sure that it is not "super wash" wool- this won't felt! We WANT it to shrink.

We're really excited about this adventure and plan to start it soon. Bring your supplies to club and we'll tell you about the rest! If you need any help getting supplies, please let us know. We can order you some needles or possibly loan and get some wool to you if you need too.

We hope school is going great for you! Good luck on midterms and hope to see you soon at club!"

As for this week, not much happened, we did go on a shopping trip since only 4 went to the meeting this night and bought lots of yarn. Using a 20% off coupon i found online, which is quite amazing for me since i haven't seen a 20% ever, only a 10% off total purchase.
Next week we will be ... doing more fuzzy feet related things from Heather, Nothing on my part, except i should contact Joanns to find if there is a way we can get a discount as a club shopping there, Katie.. nothing so far is there? except a dyeing yarn and whatnot day sometime.
Seems like there is a sock craze, and so here is some interesting links, some advanced and some good to start off with. i personally prefer the short row heel but some places suggest a gusset to start for your first sock like this first link from knitty where it helps you calculate and determine the amount of stitches, you will need a set of double pointed needles though for socks or learn how to do the "magic loop"
-Beginner's Gusset Sock on Knitty
-Very nicely taken photos on various ways to do socks
-Short row heel tutorial for socks ( i used this when i was stuck, there are many other ways for short rows relating to socks though )
-Another relating to short rows
-Small explanation on gusset heel socks with pictures
-Magic loop tutorial *Warning, PDF might slow down browser on some*
-Picking up stitches for gusset heel socks or this one as well for another gusset heel pictorial
=An amazing little way for double knitting: for socks! on knitty

Now my little additive:
You should try some homemade tagalongs, they were pretty easy to make and such, just make sure it goes in a nice preheated oven with the dough already chilled slightly or else the lukewarm temps will melt and then bake it which is fine but will join together your tagalong biscuits.
Interesting recipe of honeycomb crunch

Until Next Time!

Sunday, February 21, 2010


Well another week has started and spring is closely approaching, good time to start a simple spring project like a tank top or something or something else since we may get more snow or cold, who knows.

If you haven't already, here are the links for our BSU groups on various places: Ball state group
Facebook's Ball state knitting and crocheting group
Nothing else, feel free to comment and don't forget the times of our meetings:
Mondays- 7:15pm
Wednesday- 7:15pm
location: Atrium TV lounge on the side of the bookstore.

to leave you off, here is a video that seems helpful for knitters, there are many other ways to fix problems and dropped stitches, but here is just one:

Monday, February 15, 2010

Changes for the better

Well everyone, it seems that the fates have conspired in my favor. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I have been selected to be vice president of our little pirate crew. That means that the blog is now under the care and wisdom of Harrison, our new secretary, uber-knitter, and all-around okay cat. I may pop back in on occasion, but for the most part expect Harrison to do a better job than I did (and let's not lie to ourselves; weasels on keyboards could do a better job than I did)

In other news, don't forget that tonight is our yarn swap. Bring yer crap and trade it for other people's crap!

And now, your moment of zen: