Monday, 29 July 2013

Baking For Your Knits

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a pretty good cook, but that I suck at baking. Luckily, this doesn’t go for baking polymer clay. So here are my latest baked goods: 

These stitch markers are perfect for anyone who loves to bake and knit. Or, like me, to eat and knit. As always, you can find them at Abso-knitting-lutely, but don’t blame me if they make you hungry!

Thursday, 25 July 2013


I've given in and started using Bloglovin' to keep track of all blogs I follow in one place. It's incredibly useful and I don't miss out on new posts. Simply add all the blogs you like by directly typing in the URL or using the search function and you're ready to go.

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Sunday, 21 July 2013

Copyright and the Crafter


Copyright is an important issue for crafters/designers. Especially among knitters it's a hotly debated topic: Can patterns be distributed? Can items made from patterns be sold? What counts as a unique design in the first place when all you are doing is putting a number of stitches together? Who do I credit and how?

More recently, I've noticed that many crafters don't seem to be aware of copyright infringement in their own work, which is worrying. If the creator discovers your work or someone reports you, this could have serious legal consequences.

This is why I have come up with the following questions crafters should ask themselves if they are selling their work:

- If you are using other people's artwork/design, whole or in part, even if you are changing it as part of your project, do you know if you need permission from the artist?
- If you do, have you acquired official permission?
- Are you aware of copyright law in your country? What about the original artist's country?
- Do you credit their work?
- Do you know your source? (You should!)

These questions are just to get you thinking. The academic in me loves links back to original sources and it turns out they're not just useful when writing a thesis; you need to link back to the original if you haven't sketched, painted or designed something entirely by yourself. Chances are you will be found out eventually thanks to the global network that is the internet.

So, no more Disney, Doctor Who and insert-popular-brand-here. It's hard to be entirely original, especially because it seems everything's already been done. We just have to look at what's out there and do it better and differently. Or go out on a limb and create something the world has never seen before.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Spinning with Bananas

It's been ridiculously hot lately. Well, at least for British standards, that is. I suspect that's the reason I've not been in the mood to knit, but at least I've started spinning again.

I went through my fibre stash and realised I've still got loads of stuff I bought from Wonderwool in 2012! There were 6 different bags of fibre, none of which I have even opened.

In the end I chose one of the 50g-bags of new fibres I'd always wanted to try. And guess what it is: banana! Yes, it really is banana fibre. It's undyed and smells a bit musty, to be honest. I'll have to store it with some of my lavender sachets to see if that improves things.

The fibre is very slick, similar to silk or soy. I've only spun these type of fibres on spindles before so I wanted to give it a go on the wheel instead and also spinning from the fold. It wasn't as easy as I expected though!

Attaching the fibre to the leader just wouldn't work and the yarn kept breaking just after a few centimetres. It was incredibly frustrating! After a while I got the hang of it - I'm too stubborn to just give up.
Once I got it started, it was easy. I have to be careful not to let the twist in too far, which is easily done with such slick fibre. Other than that it is turning out to be a fast spin and the yarn is firm and slightly thicker than I had hoped to make it. It is also much whiter than the original fibre. 

Right now I'm not sure what I want to do with this yarn once it's done. I don't know how well you can dye banana fibre so I may not be able to do that. The yarn is perhaps too thick to ply with my usual singles, so this may not be an option either. Hm, lots of things to think about.

What's the most unusual material you've worked with? This need not be fibre or anything knitting-related at all. I'm curious!

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Sea Urchin Stitch Markers

We continue our seaside theme of the last post with a new batch of stitch markers I made recently. Sea urchins!
I’ve wanted to make these for some time, but I wasn’t sure how they would turn out. The finishing worked a treat! You can get a set of four right here, as always. I’ve got some myself because I just love them. They’re perfect for all my knitting projects, big and small.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Taking Pictures by the Sea

While on holiday I had my Leftie scarf with me even though it seemed unlikely I’d need it. It was fairly warm on most days in Torquay, but I took the opportunity to take some photos of the scarf at the coast.

Water, rocks, sand and sky make any object look immediately more interesting, don’t you think? Ah I wished I lived by the sea! Not only would I be able to take such pictures, but I’d get to walk on the beach every day. I loved that about Torquay.

I’ve always had an inexplicable affinity to water, especially the sea. I’ve never lived near it so I have no idea where this comes from. I hope I’ll get to see the sea again soon.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Christmas in July

Morning! It's Christmas in July! Yes, really. Get 10% off your purchase when you use coupon code CIJUK10 at checkout.