Wednesday, July 23, 2008

brrrrr

My, it's cold in the Eastern part of Australia at the moment!
I'm working on this pinni, as shown above, it's cut out and ready to be sewn, plain blue is the back, it's a bit cold in my work room at the mo, and all the heaters are busy being used else where in the house! It reassures me though that it's been cut!
I've been collecting these plastic, vintage knitting needles for a while now, in preparedness for when I have a spare life-time in which to knit!
Until then, I'll keep adding to them, and display them, much better than flowers,
no water, no mess.
The colours are so vibrant, just found the orange ones today!
I've heard tell of a method in which you can turn them into bangles, does anyone know how to do this? I imagine they would need to be soaked in boiling water and then wound around something the size of your average wrist???


Oh, and have you visited Leni & Rose for your blogging tips this week?

Love those tips and tricks!

12 comments:

katiecrackernuts said...

I do like the cotton reels too. They're great. Were they a find, or inherited? Thank you for your kind words on my blog today. I bestow good op shopping luck on you.

Sherrin said...

the pinnie is looking like it will be lovely! I can't help but collect knitting needles too.... I display them like you are, or put them upside down to keep rogue cotton reels in their place! :P I've made knitting needle bangles- it's super easy. Boil the bag out of them til their kinda flopping, then wrap them around something the right size for your wrist. I secure it in place with freezer ties, then leave it til it's cool and set firm. If you don't get it right the first time, just chuck it back into the pot for another go.

edward and lilly said...

I love those vintage knitting needles, the colours are so fabulous. There's a book called The Crafter Guide to Nifty, Thrifty and Kitschy Crafts by Leah Kramer that shows how to bend toothbrushes into bangles so it's probably the same for knitting needles, you're right it does involve a pot of boiling water (and pliers). You can keep returning the toothbrush to the water until you get the right shape. Or you could do what I did and buy a knitting needle bangle from Liana Kabel (Brisbane based I think). She makes the coolest jewellery from plasticware. Good luck with it :)

Kirsty said...

The knitting needles do look lovely & the added bonus of no sneezing.

CurlyPops said...

I've seen tutorials on blogs for the knitting needle bangles...try this one:
http://thornberry.wordpress.com/2008/04/19/knitting-needle-bangles/

alexandra said...

Loving your knitting needles, I picked up some crazy pink metal ones yesterday.. Never seen them before! Pinnie looks super dooper cute.

Ellie said...

ohh you changed your banner. I loved the pic of your grandparents (I think it was a pic of them)

superminx said...

Claire, I love that mushroom fabric. If I had thighs that could bear a bit of extra attention I'd make pants out of that stuff, cuffed and with a seam ironed down the centre of the leg... what do you think?

Also, that looks like a cutie picture behind your knitting needles. Is that one you've shown us before?

Victoria said...

This is very exciting - your description of seeing the knitting needles as akin to a flower arrangement - I am inspired by that, I must start collecting knitting needles immediately.
Also, they will be for my future life when there are no children in the house and I will learn to knit, just like you will be learning to knit - hurrah!

Victoria said...

Oh, you probalby already know how to knit, but, you get what I mean.

Leni and Rose said...

Glad you like the tips!! I see the search bar there, it's good isn't it!!

Claire (ethel loves fred) said...

Katie, the old sewing spools were inherited from my Partner's Nan, I love the colours, and can't use them, my machine just doesn't like them, probably just as well, should keep them!