WIP: purple nubby woven scarf

I seem to have a purple theme going on these last few projects. Just a coincidence.

You know how on youtube you can start looking at kittens playing with yarn and then hours later you are looking at how to gut fish with a single human hair? Well…

Ok, so no fish gutting, but – how about weaving with drinking straws? Yes. Weaving a pretty scarf using regular old drinking straws.  I landed on a video that shows how to weave using a peg loom and then one using sticks, and then one video showed how to use straws.  I have drinking straws!

My scarf will be 5 feet long, but I measured out 6 feet of thread for error and fringe.

I took some embroidery threads in three shades of purple, measured them out to be 72 inches long and knotted one end about an inch from the ends. I placed the knotted threads into the straw and sucked them in to the other side. I used tape to secure the knotted threads at one of of the straw, and I did this with 6 straws. Then I took 2 straws and knotted loosely at the end to keep then from tangling too much and to catch the weave if it gets down that far.


Gather the straws like a fan and place a slip knot on the first of the straws, then weave the yarn in an S shape back and forth through the straws, catch the tail at the start of the weave to weave it in.

Push down the woven yarn periodically.

he yarn really is purple.

Weave – weave –  weave…

And then start sliding the weave off the straws onto the threads. 

Here’s the video I used for inspiration.

And here is the finished scarf.


It was a fast weave project. It was interesting using straws, but I like the finished product.

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Cable knit bracelet a la loom

I saw a knitted cable bracelet the other day and I thought – “self, how could you replicate that on a loom without actually knitting cables?” since I haven’t progressed that far yet.

So I thought, why not knit three i-cords and braid them together and stitch the ends to close them into a bracelet.
So, this is what I did; I knitted two rows of 6 pegs, then I knit two pegs at a time for three i-cords, I then braided them and then put then back on the loom and knitted one row, and then stitched  the two ends closed.

Here is my loomy knitted braided cable bracelet.



I used a pink cotton yarn. Once the three i-cords were knitted, I placed them on safety pins to braid them. Then the stitching to close up.

Easy peasy.

Next, actual cable knitting in the loom. Eventually.

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What was on the loom

Last week I went to Michael’s to get more of that red glamour yarn for $0.99 a skein, and while I was there I also picked up 6 skeins of Michael’s Loops and Threads Willow yarn (also $0.99 each)  in Strata (all that to say that it is a variegated purple nubby yarn)  and I used 3 skeins to knit a very long infinity scarf. It’ll wrap three times around.



The picture doesn’t do it justice, it is a very pretty combination of purple, lilac, light grey and charcoal grey with tufts everywhere.

I might block it as it rolls and looks like a tube more than anything. I’ll see how I feel after I wear it tomorrow.

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Done – purple ruffle scarf

I finished the ruffle scarf. It definitely is  not scraggly and limp like its previous incarnation of last year’s attempt to crochet.


This is the video I was using as my guide and inspiration.

The only thing about this yarn and finished look is that it sort of reminds me of a clown’s collar.


source for the pic: http://sypinonsyrup.wordpress.com/

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finished – Fishtail rubber band bracelet

A quick little project to get the creative juices running again.


Since I didn’t have any c-clips, I cut an elastic at each end, knotted each end and then knotted both ends together. It slips easily over my 7 inch wrist.

I realise it isn’t a fancy-shmancy piece of knitted work, but it was a fun distraction and would be fun activity for kids (of all ages) to try.  And, if using actual rubber band elastics instead of these plastic bands, the weave would be even tighter and less loose. And using colourful elastics bands like in the tutorial in the previous post, very fun and colour coordinated jewellery – bracelets, rings, necklaces.

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Fishtail Rubber Band Bracelet

I must be feeling a tad ADD or I need something fail safe to restore my poor damaged ego…

I came across this youtube video a while ago and bookmarked it, but I didn’t think if it until yesterday. Making a Fishtail Rubber Band Bracelet on the Martha Stewart loom.

You just need two pegs, and you just flip one rubber band onto another, etc. 

Here’s the video;

I had a box of brown ponytailer elastics by Goody, so decided to give it a go.




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Knitting Mate

How cool is this?

I was surfing youtube for some ideas and came across this knitting machine/loom thingy. It is cool to watch albeit slightly confusing, lol.


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