Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Crochet Audio Tape

Well I'm working on a consignment piece for another blog and it's taking longer than I thought. Finally here is the promised post for crocheting with audio tape. The video tape used in previous post was black and I thought the yarns I used with it were grand. Then I broke into an old cassette tape and was surprised to find it a sort of milk chocolate color. I looked through my stash, but couldn't find anything I just loved to use with the brown. Well, let me tell you that when I was putting away the yarn I had used on the video tape - that was it. The photos below show how rich and luscious the ladder tape used before works with the brown.

These are a couple of little things I'm thinking of for jewelry. Both the video and audio hold shape well, but I'm going to add beads for weight. On the lower picture I want to place the beads to cause it to keep the twisted shape.

I'll probably use the uppermost corner as the attachment point and then beads at upper right corner and lower left. I've not made up my mind yet how to finish off the medallion.
Use your imagination. Earrings or coin purse or another bling bag. Mmm, I wonder about black and brown together (audio and video)...
I have three tips on using either tape:
Use a bigger hook than you think you need.
Using yarn or thread with the tape is so much easier to work than tape alone.
Caution, this may not be good as cell phone case, because the metal in the tape may block signal. I'm not sure about that, so ask someone smarter, but do take it into consideration.
Don't forget about my big yarn giveaway. Deadline in only 7 more days!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Evening Bag bling from audio tape

Please see previous post for the beginning of this project
So I did not post this yesterday as I said I would, and I apologize for that because I try to keep my word. Anyway here's what happens next. I took these two yarns and worked with them as one.

The top one is a "ladder" ribbon yarn and the other is a hairy glitter.
Using them together as one I doodled over the video tape base with surface crochet until I had what I think is a nice random design. This made it look like this.

Then in this next picture I have it just pinned to the approximate way I want it to look when I have finished and laid the button on it that I plan to use. (front and back)

And you could just attach the button and sew up the sides and use it as the flat little purse it is at this point. I plan to line it with side gussets so it has some depth to it. If you don't want to do surface crochet, you could just weave ribbons through the stitches. You could add a handle or shoulder strap; I just wanted a clutch. Let your creativity go wild! Video tape...who would have thought? See previous post for getting started.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Crochet Green -Recycling

Crocheting with audio and video tape is not a new idea, but with all the new yarns and threads available, I decides to try an update. I've used an old video tape (Pokemon I think) because it is wider than audio. Get all the tape on one reel first, then disassemble the casing. Start your foundation chain just like you would with yarn. It is of utmost importance that you use a large hook. This is a picture of my (ch 23, dc in 2nd chain and each ch across) partial first row. I'm planning a little evening bag so I made it about 7.5 inches wide. You can make tours any width you want by doing more beginning chains or less.

Here is the progression of the first few rows.

Notice the blue highlights in the close up above? You would not believe what happens when light hits this stuff. The best pattern I found by trial and error is to do the first row of doubles, next row singles and continue in this manner until the piece is as big as you want.
Now on to the next steps. Post tomorrow.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Brights for Baby

This little blanket measures about 30" x30" and was so much fun to make. It's a simple granny square mostly until you get to the border - that's where I went crazy! Just making it up as I went joyfully around and around. The yarn is Red Heart's Kids Yarn and it practically jumps off the shelf into your hands needing your creativity! I used an "H" hook and I can barely wait to give it away!


Friday, June 1, 2012

Wristlet For Mobility

I wanted to do something in a yarn that I might never have chosen, so I got my sister to pick out a skein and I would make something for her. This little wristlet is pictured all flattened out so you can see that one handle is much shorter than the other.

So after you insert your yarn, the longer handle is pulled through the shorter one so it looks like this. (below)

So it slips onto your wrist and now you can crochet on the go. These pictures do not capture the colors well. It's deep purples and maroons are hardly visible, but believe me they are beautiful. And of course, the multicolored sequins. I would have never selected this yarn, but I'm glad Jeanne did.