This binary scarf encodes 122 bytes of data in its pattern of zeros and ones. From Knitty’s cool new winter issue, of course.
Binary — Knitty (via Boing Boing)
From The Australian Women’s Weekly, here’s a great tutorial on how to make four different crochet snowflakes. It’s a great idea to also use them for custom holiday cards.
Crochet snowflake — The Australian Women’s Weekly (via CRAFT: blog)
Applehead has a complete tutorial on how to crochet a basic five petal flower. This is a great pictoral step-by-step reference for those that don’t crochet as often and sometimes get stuck. Crochet flowers are the perfect embellishments for your projects like a hat, bag, or scarf.
flower power… — applehead (via CRAFT: blog)
Marie-Christine of Fuzzy Galore has created a Moebius capelet. Her pattern includes instructions on how to knit the long rectangle and directions on twisting it, thereby turning it into a Moebius strip. Looks like a super fast project you can make on size 17 needles.
Moebius Capelet — Fuzzy Galore (via CRAFT: blog)
Canadian Living has a tutorial on how to take your old jumpers and turn them into some great looking tote bags.
The leather handles made from a length of recycled leather belt, strap or dog leash is a nice touch.
Recycled sweater totes — Canadian Living (via CRAFT: blog)
Another quick project you can add onto your holiday gift list, providing you don’t mind the baby’s head being mistaken for an apple.
Apple Hat — KnitList (via CRAFT: blog)
Ram Wools has a free pattern for crochet slippers that look like little booties.
Crochet Slippers — Ram Wools (via CRAFT: blog)
Sheep in the city has a tutorial on making adorable stitch markers.
The Stitchmarker: A Tutorial — sheep in the city (via CRAFT: blog)
Roxycraft has created some cool free patterns to make three different kinds of crochet ornaments. Choose from Bo the Snowman, Rory the Reindeer or Santa Baby.
(via CRAFT: blog)
As textiles age they often become more yellow in appearance. This is particularly true of white wools, Yellowing can be a sign of acidic deterioration products which originate from the wool. These by-products are water soluble. The removal of this yellowing can be desirable to prolong the life of the textile. Removal of the acidic by-products will not return the item to white. Aged fibres develop a rich, creamy patina — a sign of the textile’s authenticity and age. To remove this patina would weaken the fibres and reduce the value of the item.