Three DIY embellishments for an old tank top - post coming soon. You can do all three in under an hour!
Brainstorm & Design Team Session #4 - "What if I-280 Came Down" Workshop. What kind of neighborhood do we want Mission Bay and Mission Creek to be? How can the designs and elements we choose today change the trajectory of future development of the area? How can we avoid cookie-cutter, formula retail, bland development without a story, without a history and without a place? Only one more week until our final presentation is due!
Mini Wall Planters - Stay tuned for a full DIY post coming soon. Decorate your home, office, and more!
If you have a patio, deck, or backyard, you have a leg up on my tiny San Francisco apartment. That also means you can make a set of these cool recycled tin can votive lanterns for your next BBQ or party! I made them, but haven’t actually used them yet - just waiting for my indoor/outdoor garden party lifestyle to start! In the meantime, why don’t you make some? Check out my recent DIY post to see how.
More soon on the above projects…
- Shibori dyeing (moderate success)
- Custom ottoman (aesthetic success; functional failure)
- Masking tape chevron canvas floormat (creation problematic; functional success)
- Various paper ornaments (success; failure to upload DIYs in time for Christmas!)
- Red hot coffee table with lobster stencil (in progress)
New custom sweatshirt! With fog-blocking high neck and long cuffs, two-way zip, hidden inner pocket and striped lining.
The girls at honestlywtf! have some really fun DIY jewelry and clothing ideas - if you’re sitting around in your backyard this weekend I highly recommend crafting yourself something while you listen to This American Life or something. Or perhaps drinking a homebrew. Check out their wrap bracelet instructional here, and also, you could knit some bunny nuggets like I’m doing this weekend - Dangercraft has an instructional on those too!
P.S. Boldface Brewing is taking babysteps! Jonathan is currently testing mini batches of coffee stout with different SF roasteries!
On the way out to CA-NV borderlands for our high and dry near-Sierra camping weekend, I used the long car drive to create a couple of custom beer coozies to keep our Full Sail Pale Ales cool. I can’t give you perfect knitter-person instructions since I don’t know all the notations. I started with some fancy and pretty coozy instructions, but couldn’t figure out how to follow them and also didn’t have the same yarn or needles (size two? that seems tiny. I didn’t have any, and wouldn’t feel confident knitting with tiny pins for knitting needles anyhow.)
So I was inspired by inspiration from the pattern here but of course as soon as I got in the car, I realized I had neither the correct needles, the correct yarn, nor the correct knowledge to know what a SSK was, especially without my trusty internetz to look it up (and no data service!) so I invented my own pattern.
Yarn: I think the type is called “worsted” and it’s 100% wool in a variety of fun jewel tones, which are leftovers from a project my mother donated to me
Needles: size 5 double pointed needles, in bamboo. I guess you are supposed to use five since there are five in the set, but I knitted on three and used the fourth as the “knitting/traveling” needle
Make a coozie: I cast on 28 stiches, I figured since it’s stretchy and it’s ribbed at top it wouldn’t matter too much and would probably fit. I think the guage I got was four stitches per inch.
- Knit 2, purl 2 around and around until you’ve knitted about 6-8 rows of rib
- Leave about three inches of yarn and clip and switch to your other color. Knit around in a plain knit stitch until the whole thing is long enough to cover your beer of choice. I made mine short enough to cover a can, which is just about perfect to go up to the curve of a longneck bottle. I didn’t have any beers handy in the front cupholder so I “tried it on” on the bottom of a .75l Klean Kanteen (ugh I hate that it’s spelled with a “K”).
- When you get to the bottom, knit one round of purl/garter stitch. On the next row, knit two together, then knit 7, and repeat until you reach your marker.
- Purl one row
- Knit two together and knit 6, repeat until marker.
- Purl one row
- Knit two together and then knit 5, repeat until marker
- Purl one row.
- At this point, you might feel it’s close enough to cinch the last few stitches. Otherwise, go for one more round, knit one together then knit four, repeating all around.
- Using a yarn needle, clip the last five inches of yarn off and thread through the needle - gather through the remaing 8 or so stitches and knot/weave in from the inside. Done!
- You can monogram, or embroider with a cat, or perhaps an abstract design, using the leftover yarn if you like.
P.S. They work tubularly. They keep the beer sweat off your hand and off the table and they feel awesome in your mitts.