Patterns and Recipes

Knit a Binary Scarf

This binary scarf encodes 122 bytes of data in its pattern of zeros and ones. From Knitty’s cool new winter issue, of course.
BinaryKnitty (via Boing Boing)

Holiday Project: Crochet Snowflake

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 snowflakeThe Australian Women’s Weekly (via CRAFT: blog)

Crochet a Five Petal Flower

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)

Moebius Capelet

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 CapeletFuzzy Galore (via CRAFT: blog)

Tote Bags from Recycled Jumpers

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 totesCanadian Living (via CRAFT: blog)

Baby Apple Hat

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 HatKnitList (via CRAFT: blog)

Crochet Slippers

Ram Wools has a free pattern for crochet slippers that look like little booties.
Crochet SlippersRam Wools (via CRAFT: blog)

Make Your Own Stitch Markers

Sheep in the city has a tutorial on making adorable stitch markers.
The Stitchmarker: A Tutorialsheep in the city (via CRAFT: blog)

Roxycraft Free Holiday Crochet Patterns

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)

Bleaching

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.

Read More