Sunday, August 8, 2010

Tip from the Princess

Tip on cabling from the Knit Princess. It'll have to wait until I try it, though

oooh, and a fun project to do, although I would probably place the flap in between the bed matress and the frame, to hold it there, since I don't have a couch

Felting notes

Felting wool items


Create your item from wool or animal fiber yarn.
When completely finished , place in mesh laundry bag.
Set washing machine to HOT WASH/COLD RINSE.
Wash item, then shake out and lay flat to dry.


1. Finish your project

2. Fill a large bowl with hot water and dissolve ¼ cup of detergent. Prepare another large bowl with ice-cold water.

3. Submerge the wool fabric into the bowl of hot water, and agitate the fibers by rubbing them together vigorously.

4. Wring as much water out of the wool fabric as possible. Repeat the agitation process in the bowl of cold water.

5. Repeat Step 3 and Step 4 until the wool felts, usually 5 or 6 times.

6. Toss the felted wool into the dryer on high heat, or lay flat to dry.

ONLY 100% animal fiber yarns
Wools labeled 'superwash' have been treated to prevent felting

Your item should be completely finished before you begin felting - sewn up and ends finished off. Add any embellishments in wool BEFORE felting.

Read more: How to Felt Wool |

notes on yarn

Yarn comes in six different weights. From lightest to heaviest they are: lace, which is used for knitting very light projects and produces a gossamer texture; fingerling, which most often is used for socks and baby items; sport, which can be used for lightweight projects like summer sweaters; worsted, which is the most commonly used weight because of its versatility; and bulky and super bulky, which are used for many felting projects as for heavy sweaters and rugs. Bulky yarn knits up quickly on super large needles

Generally, two strands of worsted weight yarn can be substituted for one strand of bulky weight yarn.

Gauge: the tension at which one knits. Gauge measures the number of stitches the knitter gets per inch. Gauge is important because if your tension is off, garments won't fit correctly.

Read more: How to Substitute Worsted Weight Yarn for Bulky Yarn |


Este blog va a estar dedicado a manualidades, según progrese. Incluirá algunos tips y notas que encuentre en internet y me sean útiles. Para más projectos y detalles, visitar

This is an arts and crafts blog, trying to keep track of tips and useful notes I find online. For other details on crochet and knitting projects, visit:

Since I was little, I have always loved making things on my own. Party invites, gifts, photo frames, posters, clothes for my dolls....however I have never really done so in a serious manner, nor have I really recorded it. I have done 'repujado'(embossed metal), 'pasta francesa', painted wood crafts and ceramics, paper crafts, embroidery, oil and watercolour painting, drawing (conventional and digital), knitting and crocheting. For a long time my focus had been painting/drawing, and those have been the ones I have attended workshops for. The others have been self-taught (except ceramics as a child).
However, knitting and crocheting are the ones where I have never finished a project. I started learning when I was 10, trying to knit a scarf for one of my male teachers. Mum taught me the basics and it was reinforced by my grandmothers. But until this day, that scarf is not even 1/4 completed. A couple more scarves are still in that same stage. Sad, really.
Crocheting was a more recent whim. After a friend's mum saw me bored one day and between laughs literally forced me to continue one of her granny squares, I began wondering on the possibilities of it. Knitting had always been impractical for transportation, with its two bulky needles (and making sure I would not lose my place on either of them, because I still have no idea how to recover the stitches), which contributed on my projects' abandonment. But with crocheting I could work on small projects (amigurumi) in between classes at the Uni. I have yet to finish my amigurumi (working on a hackeysack-style owl, for a friend), but it has drawn me more than knitting, so far. Today I finished a thin scarf with crochet, and this pushed me to initiate this blog and keep it all organized, hoping for serious continuity. I WANT to be consistent. I'll keep track of crochet using the Ravelry website, but I need a place where to annotate things and keep track of the other media.

So here goes nothing....

p/s: 'muñeca de trapo' means 'rag doll' in Spanish, and it is my grandma's nickname for me since I was like 2 years old, if not earlier than that. Sounds cuter in Spanish, I think