Sunday, February 15, 2015

Strung out on string art

I hope everyone had a super Valentine's Day filled with whatever and whomever you love!  

I started my day at a Valentine's Party hosted by the town's recreation department.  Luckily, my friend Ben Franklin hooked me up with supplies for String Art.  

1/2 foam core board
one inch nails

I started off cutting the foam into squares about 9 inches by 9 inches.  To do this I used a serious looking box cutter and a mat behind it so I didn't add stripes to my floor. 

Scarlette is quite handy with a box cutter.
Next, I cut fabric to be about 11x11 inches.  The important thing is that it is long enough to secure in the back.  I used tape but a crafty diva really should be using fabric glue for this.  It is on my wish list (along with my own glue gun).

This red heart here is a foam cut out that I used as a template.  I just placed it on my board, and stuck nails in it all the way around.  I spaced mine about an inch apart.  At the Kid's party, some of them stuck them a little closer and it just takes more nimblosity in the fingers to be able to later wrap the string around each one.  Make sure you take the template off after your nails are placed or it will be stuck!

Unfortunately, after this step I got so into the craft that I forgot to take progress photos.  My technique for stringing was this:  Tie your string to one nail, and then wrap around each nail as you outline your shape.  I did this to be sure it really looked like a heart when I was done.  After you outline the heart, then the fun zigzagginess commences.  The stringing took about five minutes and it was REALLY fun.  When I finished, I just cut the string, and tied it off to a random intersection of string in the art, rather than to a nail.  Since I was using foam instead of wood for the 'canvas', the nails would have been a little wobbly if I wasn't careful about how much tension I had on them.

This is what I came up with.  It is a Valentine/President's Day inspired work of craft.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Have a Heart!

In the little town of Hurley we have this super thing called Soup For Seniors on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month during the winter.  This week was extra special because it was Valentine themed.  As I was mindlessly perusing Facebook on Tuesday morning, I came across a tutorial for adorable crocheted hearts from Garnstudio,  I tried one out and by the time I had to run to work, I had made three and an idea was forming in my head.  "WHY DON'T I JUST MAKE 57 MORE OF THESE???" I asked myself. With a little (actually, a lot) of help from my mother, by midnight Tuesday I had 60 crocheted hears and with a borrowed glue gun and some pin backs, I was in business.

 What an awesome way to use up some scraps of Noro!  I really love the colors!

Happy Valentines Day!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Valentine's Sale!

In case you haven't heard....

Make your sweetie something special for Valentine’s Day this year. Visit Ben Franklin in Kingston for our annual Valentine's Sale!

From Saturday February 7th through February 21st

Save 30% on all Scrapbooking supplies
Save 25% on Noro Yarns
Save 20% on all in-stock ready-made frames

Monday, February 9, 2015

Just another snowy Monday...

Back before all this white stuff started falling from the sky, I used to actually leave the house.  How did I ever get anything done that way?  This morning was beautiful and quiet, and with 2 skeins of Katia Dulce Plus and two hours in my bed, I knit myself into a state of quiet reverie.  (By the way, reverie is a 12 point word in Scrabble and Words with Friends and can alternatively be spelled: revery.)

The price tag says $8.00 but Katia yarns are currently 50% off so the whole project costs only $8, and I found the pattern on Ravelry for free:
The designer of the Drop Stitch Cowl, Abi Gregorio, aka spiderwomanknits has a couple of very well-written, easy to follow patterns available for free on Ravelry. Check her out!

This cowl is knit in the round with size 13 circular needles, and is basically a garter stitch piece with some yarn overs thrown in, and of course some dropping of stitches.  I love dropping stitches!  Who doesn't? If you haven't made anything with dropped stitches before, try the Drop Stitch Cowl.

After 2 hours of knitting, and listening to a very confusing podcast on philosophy, I ended up with this!

I love the spring colors that will really pop in our landscape of gray and white.  And I think this cowl will be really warm and snowman compatible as it is half wool and half acrylic, though I think I might wait until tomorrow to brave the outdoors.  Gotta love NY in February!
Welcome to Ben Franklin Craftspirations!  I'm Caitlin, and I'm a huge nerd, especially when it comes to knitting, crafts, and pretty things that make me go "aaaah."  Each week, I will show you what I'm working on and hopefully you will be 'craftspired.'  I promise I will stop making up words now... actually I don't.  Please feel free to leave a comment with questions about anything you see here. Or better yet, come by the store and say 'Hello!'