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Tuesday Night Craft Experiment

Knitting, Jewelry, and more knitting January 12, 2011

Filed under: Completed Projects,Jewelry,Knitting — momentpunch @ 12:24 pm
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The end of 2010 saw the completion of three projects: a hat, a necklace, and a scarf. Let’s work backwards.

My roommate Joe’s mom saw the scarf I made for him and requested a lady version of her own. I used Lion Brand Hometown USA in Portland Wine. It’s a beautiful bright eggplant color. I knitted the scarf the same way as Joe’s – so they can be twins.

This necklace I made on New Years Day while watching The Larry Sanders Show marathon on IFC (one of the best shows ever). I was antsy and needed something to do with my hands so I rummaged through my bead box and came across these fake wood pieces I had bought at Michaels for $1.99 forever ago. After consulting with Joe, it was decided that I would use all the pieces to make a pretty draping necklace of fake green wood. Love it!

Lastly is a knitting project that I have had in my ravelry queue for almost a year. It’s called the “Robin’s Egg Blue Hat”, but I call it “Pretty Button hat” because it is not blue (minus that hot button!). It is a very easy pattern involving only knitting, purling, and simple decreases. Its knit from the top up which makes it easier to switch to double pointed needles at the end.

Mine came out a little big with the brim left down, so I folded it up and now its a tad small. I have a weird head. I’m going to play around with it because I absolutely love the colors and style. I knit it using Malabrigo (my favorite!)


Sorry for the insanely large picture. It’s either coming out teeny tiny or super huge. I swear I’m like an 80 year old trying to use a computer sometimes.


Aside from the numerous personal New Years Resolutions that I have, I’ve made crafting ones as well. I want to become more involved in the crafting community, learn cables and intarsia, take more care in my projects and not be so hasty. Mostly I want to start to be creatively creative. For a musician its the difference between writing your own music and having the ability to perform others. I want to write my own music with yarn, beads, and fabric.

2011 is my year!


Buzz May 21, 2010

Filed under: Completed Projects,Jewelry — momentpunch @ 10:21 am
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Two days ago I had an idea for this necklace. I can’t say where the inspiration came from, but I knew I was trying to come up with something a little different.

I’ve always done things rather quickly. I don’t like projects that drag on and if I want a newvnecklace, I want it now. I didn’t even use tools for this. I just bended the two jump rings to hold everything together and shut them. It honestly took about 45 seconds. Picking out the bee was the longest part of the creative process.

I had a bunch of the giant circles from taking apart a chain. I just needed to find a charm large enough to pass through the circle, but heavy enough to anchor the necklace. Unfortunately the amount of chain that I had at home was just barely enough for my wrestler size neck. I’ll have to get some more chain so that this necklace isn’t constantly busting, but I like the way it came out.

Materials on Hand: Everything but the bee

Bee: $2.99 with some other charms.

Total: $2.99


More bling! March 1, 2010

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You guys, can you handle how much I am posting?

At the end of yesterdays post I wrote how I was inspired to make a “catch all” necklace inspired by my friend Gillian’s Forever 21 necklace. Well, I did. I picked out the odds and ends, added a few jump rings, cut a really long chain, and voila. Instant classy.

You’d think I could be happier about it, right?

From left to right we have…

Circle flower pendant

pearl, with a silver bead (from those earrings yesterday – I had one left over)

a little silver bird (who is flying the wrong way)

a black bead with white stripes

a key I found on my bedroom floor

a huge circle from a chair that I cut off

a flat sparkly little charm

Eat your heart out, Forever 21.


Ten Minute Bling Bling February 28, 2010

Filed under: Jewelry — momentpunch @ 8:21 pm
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February has come to a close. I am moved out of my old apartment and moved in to a new one. The last 27 days I have had something I needed to do – either work or moving – and have had very little time to myself.

Tonight, I decided to go through my jewelry and challenge myself to make a necklace in ten minutes based on items I already had. The result:

I’m a fan. I’ve wanted to have a lower hanging necklace for a while and it’s just shiny enough. I might have to move the stars around so that the wrapping around them looks the same on each one.

I also decided to make two pairs of earrings using left over beads. I love super low hanging earrings. The bead one is my favorite of the two.

These side by side images are not flattering to my face. Oh, well.

I’ve been inspired by a co-worker to make a clunky low hanging necklace full of odds and ends. I have plenty of that stuff laying around. I think I’ll get started now!

Total Cost for Project: $0

Items purchased: None

Items already obtained: All