The Drunken Yarn


Crochet Elephant Bookends!

I would just make two butts.


So! Purl Bee has done it again in the tutorial department. Here is a step by step with pictures “How to make a pair of socks.” I’m pretty excited about this because I have a pair of socks I’ve been making for Bear for a year and a half now. I have 3 inches on the cuff (year and a half with some gaps…)

My friend was teaching a sock class and I obviously didn’t get to the heel by the time the class had concluded so she said “Don’t worry, when you get to it, I’ll be here to show you how to do it.” AND THEN SHE MOVED! And then I moved and now my little ankle cuff sits all alone. But now! This tutorial has given me the strength, They make it look so easy!


DIY Rebecca Minkoff Inspired Stitched Sweater and How To Dye Tee Shirt Yarn.Tutorials by inspiration & realisation: how to dye tee shirt yarn (what fabric paint to use that will not run later and make you really upset), and how to stitch an open weave sweater here. 

EDIT: this is how a real designer acts:

Kool-Aid dyeing! Super easy way to revamp some yarn you don’t like or make the yarn of your dreams. This is what her particular yarn looks like knitted up but who knows what yours will look like! I’m a big fan of gradients and ombre (because it can be so cool! Btw: that hat is here, but it’s kid sized.) so I would dye the yarn to get that effect. You can do it this way or this way.

     So the US Olympic Committee (USOC) Public Affairs Officer Patrick Sandusky (what an unfortunate last name to have in this circumstance…) has issued an apology for the cease and desist written to the Ravelry group “Ravelympics 2012”. He states it was a “standard form cease and desist letter” and to show the Olympics support of the Ravelry community they would accept any handmade items to motivate the athletes.

     Since when does a “standard cease and desist” tell the offenders that by using their artistic talents they are “denigrating” others’ physical talents? And since when is it a good plan to insult a large group of people, rile them so much you have to submit a public apology, and then in your apology ask for free shit from the people you insulted? Since when does the USOC hire someone (cough, Brett Hirsch, the author of the cease and desist) to make a fake Ravelry account so they can search the patterns to find any violating Olympic copyright and ask them to be removed?

     So I’m supposed to feel totally cool about my skills being insulted, send you my Olympic themed handiwork to motivate people whose skills are apparently more important and far less insulting than mine, and then not show my friends on Ravelry what I’ve made because that infringes your copyright?

     (Does anyone else feel slightly more pissed that this copyright business was all started because the USOC didn’t want to be associated with the Gay Olympics now known as the Gay Games which was founded by Dr. Tom Waddell, a former Olympic physician? It’s not anything negative either, it’s just a sports contest organized by and for homosexuals.)

     The Ravelympics was supposed to be a friendly worldwide competition highlighting artistic talent and speed through fibercrafts and the fact that it was ever construed as denigrating to the efforts of the competing athletes is insulting and frankly denigrating on the part of the USOC.

I’m a huge fan off BBC’s Sherlock. I even made Bear a fan. And Bear will even admit that Benedict Cumberbatch is somewhat decent looking in the facial area when he’s moving. (He’s a man-creature, I plead with you Cumberbitches please don’t sacrifice him to the Cumbergods for his indiscretions. He doesn’t know any better.)

But while the only thing I’ve ever crocheted are tiny wings for Cthulhu baby booties I will have to expand my stitching repertoire to make these little cuties by Retsnimel.

Tutorial for Sherlock.

Tutorial for John.

How to Sew a Fine Crochet Seam

Many cro­chet pat­terns are made in pieces that must be attached. We show four of the most pop­u­lar tech­niques, although there are many more. Always choose the best tech­nique for your project.

Whip Stitch Seam
Place the two pieces f…

 This picture shows the yarn bomb of South African artist and knitter Isabeau Joubert on fellow artist Brett Murray’s statue entitled “Africa” in St. George’s Mall. This yarn bomb was Joubert’s way of showing support to Murray as earlier that month the release of Murray’s painting “The Spear” (NSFW), depicting South African President Jacob Zuma with the same posture and coloring as early 20th century Lenin propaganda (NSFW) but naked from the waist down exposing his genitals. The painting had sparked much controversy and even led to legal action against Murray by the African National Congress, of which Zuma is also president, for abusing his freedom of artistic expression, violating the constitution and defamation, however the charges were recently dropped.

 The painting, which was vandalized last Tuesday, was given an N16 rating by South Africa’s Film and Publication Board meaning that youths under the age of 16 would not be permitted to view the artwork unless approval was granted. The FPB found that Murray’s work in this case was different from other nude artwork because his “artwork has forced society to revisit its painful history.” A history that includes President Zumas 2005 rape charges as well as a promiscuous lifestyle that has led to 20 alleged children so far.

 According to Joubert, Murray’s “Africa” statue was met with much resistance when it was first erected in 2000 but is now an accepted and appreciated piece of art. Joubert’s yarnbomb included brightly colored beanies for each of the Bart Simpson heads and a scarf for Africa. Joubert stated that this act was to do “something small” in support of Murray for his contribution to his community through art.