May 25, 2009

ten 10 yard cuffs, part 2: kits!

they’re up! 10 yard cuff kits! a little later than planned because it took freakin forever for that huuuge shop update, but i’m so excited about them!!  so, here’s the deal…

10 yard cuff kits!

a standard kit comes with one mini-skein and 2 buttons, for making one cuff.  so $10 gets you 10 patterns, 10 yards of hand-dyed recycled yarn, and the vintage/recycled buttons to match.  they are packaged together using a piece of recycled cardboard and cotton yarn, which comes off the booklet easily.

10 yard cuff kits!

by default kits come with the printed pattern booklet (which has all the same content/photos as the pdf, and is printed in color on 100% recycled greenpix photo quality presentation paper), but you can choose to get the pdf emailed to you instead if you prefer digital.  (getting the pdf means you can view it on any computer if you save it in your email, you can print it out as many times as you need, and only the pages you need, no risk of loosing the book, and it’s much easier for me, but the booklet means it’s more of a real kit, so it’s the way to go for gifts, or if you’re a zine collector…)  if you want the pdf in your ravelry library, or if you’ve already gotten it, you also have the option of buying the kit without the patterns – meaning the mini-skein and matching button pair only.  this option also means you can get one full kit, then extra no-pattern kits to make more cuffs.

10 mini-skeins

and speaking of making more cuffs, there are also 3 cuff kits.  ordering a 3 cuff kit means i will choose 3 different yarns for you, but you can let me know if you have color requests.  a 3 cuff kit is packaged all together like this:

3 cuff kit

then there’s the 10 cuff super kit!  it’s called super for a reason!  you get 10 mini-skeins (mostly different, probably a few overlaps), each with a different pair of matching buttons, the pattern book, and a pair of vintage knitting needles, all packaged together in a handmade or recycled gift bag or box!  i made up 3 bags today with recycled fabrics – you may get bags like these, or maybe you’ll be surprised with a whole different kind of package!

10 cuff super kit gift bag 10 cuff super kit gift bag

as for the needles – i used size 10 needles on all the cuff samples, but i know i’m a tight knitter and many would be better off with 9’s or 8’s.  the 10 cuff kits will have needles sized 8, 9, or 10, so let me know if you have a preference (although i can’t make guarantees about what i’ll have on hand).

10 cuff super kit gift bag 10 cuff super kit gift bag

the shipping prices are included in all cuff kits (the silly reason for this is that i really wanted to sell the ten 10 yard cuff kits for $10 even, hah!) and i don’t have options for international shipping on my site.  here’s info pasted from my shop’s home page: my shop is kind of lo-fi so i don’t have shipping options for outside the states – i will ship anywhere, but i may have to bill you extra after you order if necessary. the easiest thing to do is to email me with international shipping inquiries before ordering and i can send a bill for your total. thanks! so, the same goes for the cuff kits – it’ll probably be just an extra dollar or two (more for 10 cuff kits); just email me and i’ll send a paypal invoice.

10 mini-skeins

one other thing – because the yarn is all hand-dyed by me on a small scale, not all mini-skeins will be alike, since the dye sometimes hits only one side of the skein or the other.  so, a cuff i knit with a yarn may have more or less of a color than the skein you get in your kit; every mini-skein is unique!

if you have any questions or special requests about any kit stuff, feel free to email me, or comment here, and i’ll get back as soon as i can.

leethal bracelet knit kit

also added to the shop today, which go hand in hand with the cuff kits, are a bunch of new bracelet kits!  all the same yarns as the cuff kits, on a smaller scale, good for if you just want a tiny sample of the yarn, or if you’re a super new knitter – the bracelets are a great first project!

leethal bracelet knit kit

the new bracelet kit patterns are now printed on the same fancy recycled greenpix photo paper as the cuff books, with color photos (they used to be all black and white).  i’m a big fan of that paper!  (for full disclosure, a few of the kits are still the old booklets that i had left from before, so there’s a slim chance new orders could get old booklets.)

leethal bracelet knit kit

yay knit kits!  hope i didn’t forget anything important…

oh one last thing… i am starting to work on a big website makeover, which will include a shop redesign.  i have a few specific plans, but i could definitely use any suggestions you might have.  any constructive criticism of the shop would be great, so i know how to make it better when i redo it. thanks!

Filed under: kit creations,knitting,leethal store,yarn — leethal @ 11:39 pm

May 22, 2009

ten 10 yard cuffs, part 1: mini-ebook

ten 10 yard cuffs! ten 10 yard cuffs!

it’s done! well, the first part is done.  but now i can tell you everything.  the cuff pattern set is ten designs, each using 10 yards of yarn, and 2 buttons.  the pdf is for sale now and is 10 pages long, with 3 pages of technique how-tos, etc.  the set is meant not just to be a fun way to use up leftover yarn scraps for any knitter, but also to be a learning tool for beginners.  so there are explanations of each abbreviation, some info about things like eyelet holes, short rows, and slip-stitches in case you’ve never done them, so you don’t just know how to do each thing, but you understand what you’re doing.  in creating this set, i tried to make it useful as a kind of a design tool for the inexperienced – learn a bunch of new things that you can then take into other projects and play with in bigger designs.  but it’s also great for playing around with small amounts of yarn and making fun little accessories, for knitters new and old!

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and now about the second part…. to be released by monday (maybe sooner) the ten 10 yard cuffs will also be available in kit form!  a kit will include a 10 yard mini-skein of leethal recycled hand-dyed yarn (which is what all these were knit with), a pair of matching vintage/recycled buttons, and your choice of a printed pattern book or the pdf.  i’ll also give the option of purchasing a kit minus the pattern set, in case you’ve already gotten the pdf.

update 5/25/09: kits are now up in the shop! blog post with details here.

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now onto the fun stuff, the cuffs!  all ten of them!  i’ve knit 2 samples of each one, to show how they can look with different yarn textures/colorways/buttons/etc.  so check out my cuffs flickr set or ravelry to see all 20 of them, and more as i knit and add more, which i’m sure i will because i’m anxious to try playing around with different yarn/color ideas now that the samples are done!

textured zig zag:


twisted stockinette rib:


wavy garter:


diagonal ridges:


lacy chevron:


lace chain:


wraparound linen:


squishy triangle:


rectangular double strap:


rounded four strap:


the ebook is $4.50 – for sale through ravelry, or on my patterns page, or just click here to buy it now.  in fitting with the theme, a ten 10 yard cuff knit kit will be $10, which includes shipping costs (and if you’ve already bought the pdf, the kit without patterns will be $5.50).  i’ll also be putting up some special kit options – a 3 cuff kit, with 3 mini-skeins and button pairs, and a special gift packaged 10 cuff kit, with 10 different skeins/buttons for all 10 designs!  i’ll be blogging the kits once they’re available, but i just want you to know what your options will be in case you’re wondering…

Update: in 2011, the pdf layout was updated and the price was raised to $6.

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ooh and something you can look forward to… in designing the ten cuffs, there were several design fails that didn’t make it in – some of them are designs i really like, but they need more than 10 yards to work well.  so, i plan to post a few of these as free blog patterns!  the first will probably go up next week.

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i’m so happy to finally have this out in the world!  i can’t wait to start seeing cuff knitters’ creations!

Filed under: kit creations,knitting — leethal @ 4:49 pm

May 19, 2009

craftstylish celebration month tutorials and more

oh hello there world. i’ve been so out of everything lately, it’s been a weird last couple of weeks.  pete had a semi-emergency surgery a week ago and has been home recovering since, so i’ve been working less than usual, and things like blog-reading and twitter-following almost not at all, so i’m pretty detached.  we’ve been watching lots of tv shows (the wire, party down, x-files for nerd nostalgia…) and movies and i’ve been knitting away on cuffs and brainstorming/planning some future projects.  so, speaking of cuffs, you may remember that several weeks ago i said i’d hopefully have them done in a week-ish… well yeah, that was crazy of me to think that could happen, first of all, and then i got slowed down by other things, but now i’m finally on my way to hopefully releasing the whole thing by this weekend, for real.


one thing that distracted me a bit was finding out that craftstylish has decided to go in another direction (or something) starting at the end of the month and none of us bloggers will be doing tutorials anymore.  which means a couple of things for you, dear do stuff! readers… i’ll have more time to work on my blog/website, now that all those hours per week are freed up, and if i have any fun tutorial ideas now i can post them here instead of there, so hopefully do stuff! content will be more frequent and more exciting!!  (for me, it means a less fun thing – scrambling to figure out ways to scrape rent money together, which has led to some quality brainstorming time and i’m sure will all be for the best in the long run because now i have some plans i’m super excited about!)

fabric CD case

so, my last 3 craftstylish tutorials… out of order because this one – fabric cd cases – is my favorite!  i’d originally planned for this project to be for mother’s day, which is what mine was made for, and then show my wedding case as another example, until i realized at the last minute that it would be posted after mother’s day! so i wrote it up focusing on the wedding angle (so lucky i had that wedding case to show!) and just mentioned that it could be for other purposes, even though that’s so silly because of course it could be used for anything/anyone – any gift occasion or for yourself, as well as for music or video cds/dvds instead of photo discs. duh. but, you know, it’s wedding month, so i had to steer it in that direction.

fabric CD case fabric CD case

for my mom’s gift, i filled that case with music cds because she has a new-ish job which has her driving up to several hours a day all over southern california, and no ipod hook-up in her car.  oh and also, my mom has great taste in music, so i knew i could give her a bunch of my favorite cds and she’d love them!

fabric CD case fabric CD case

the case is completely hand-sewn, with a hand-knit i-cord tie.  i really (surprisingly) enjoyed hand-sewing this project – now i want to do more sewing by hand!  i get so frustrated with my cheap sewing machine so often, i love that hand-sewing puts myself in control, like with knitting!

monogrammed napkins monogrammed napkins

last night, my last tutorial post went up: monogrammed napkins with recycled sheets. i love working with thrifted sheets, all the great patterns and colors! i had a hard time thinking of wedding projects, so this is a simple one, but i love how they look!

recycled greeting cards

before those 2, i started off celebration month with greeting cards made from recycled materials.

recycled greeting cards recycled greeting cards

basic concept, but i was happy to show how easy it is to print on grocery bag paper, something i love to do, and also to make custom envelopes with recycled paper.

recycled greeting cards recycled greeting cards

i had fun decorating my different card examples (one for mother’s day, one for graduation, and one thank you) and i took way too many photos and had to cut it down tons for the post. so these are some that i couldn’t fit in…

recycled greeting cards recycled greeting cards

recycled greeting cards recycled greeting cards

so that’s it for now.  hey, if you’re free tomorrow evening and live in portland, my wool jewelry class still has ten spots as of right now, at the albina library (ne pdx).  it’s free, i provide the supplies, all you need to do is register, should be fun! oh oh i just thought of one other thing i can show you!  check out the hat i knit for pearl for her 1st birthday!  recycled cotton, so soft!

pearl's 1st birthday hat pearl's 1st birthday hat

Filed under: craftstylish,hats,knitting,personal,printing,tutorials — leethal @ 12:57 pm

May 7, 2009

classes, anyone?

hey portlanders, i have some classes coming up!!  they are:

may 9th (this saturday!): freezer paper stenciling at sellwood library 1pm
may 18th: sweater conversion at diy lounge (woodstock location) 5:30pm
may 20th: recycled wool sweater jewelry at albina library 5:30pm

june 7th: recycled wool coffee cup and mug cozies at gregory heights library 2pm
june 15th: freezer paper stenciling at fairview-columbia library 4pm
june 17th: freezer paper stenciling at st. johns library 3pm
june 18th: knit mary jane slippers (part 1 of 2) at diy lounge (woodstock location) 5:30pm
june 22nd: recycled wool sweater jewelry at northwest library 3pm
june 25th: knit mary jane slippers (part 2 of 2) at diy lounge (woodstock location) 5:30pm

all the library classes are free, but you have to pre-register!

cardigan close up cardigan

the diy lounge classes should be awesome, it’ll be my first time teaching there!  in the sweater conversion class, we’ll be turning pullovers into cardigans, with buttons and embellishments.  it’ll be all hand-stitching (no machines) and you have your choice of bringing a felted pullover sweater (if it’s 100% wool and too big for you, just machine wash and dry it hot to shrink and felt it), so it won’t unravel when we cut it (like the one above), or a non-felted one so you’ll need to crochet or stitch along the cut edges, like this one:

cardigancloseup.jpg cardiganafter.jpg

i’ll have lots of bits of sweater felt that you can use for pockets or appliques, as well as some yarn and embroidery floss, but if you want to ensure that your colors will match, you may want to bring along embellishment materials to go with your sweater.


and then there’s the knit slippers class, in which i’ll help you knit the slippers, and then we’ll make bottlecap buttons in the second part.  it should be a great class for beginner knitters – if all you know is how to do a knit stitch, then you’ll leave this class having learned increases, decreases, casting on and binding off extra stitches, knitting onto double pointed needles and knitting in the round.

any re-posting or blog mentions of these classes would be much appreciated as i’m trying to get the word out, being a new diy lounge teacher… thanks!!

kid friendly freezer paper printing 7 freezer paper printed shirt

as for the library classes… the freezer paper stenciling will be with scissors like this tutorial, and for the other two you can see some details on this page, along with diane’s bedsheet jewelry and magazine picture frames!

yellow earrings yellow bracelet

mug cozy bluessleeve1.jpg

Filed under: general crafts,portland stuff — leethal @ 8:30 pm

May 3, 2009

Updated: 2 years of weekly diy roundups!

the last year has gone by so quickly (but it’s felt long at the same time, as time always does) – tuesday was the 1 year anniversary of my first threadbanger weekly diy roundup post, which i’ve done every single week since then.  so i decided they should all be in one place together, for you and for myself, so spent hours last night while watching tv making this huge linked, dated, numbered list.  all 53 (1 per week, plus friday’s #53), categorized to give it some order.

update: #109 bike projects on 5/28/10 was my last roundup for threadbanger, so now this is a full list of all my weekly roundups!

the categories aren’t perfect, many posts could fit into multiple categories, but this is the best i could come up with.  i figured knitters/crocheters would like to see the free pattern posts in one place – but, as you can see with the asterisks, some of those have some non-yarn projects, and some of the roundups in other categories have some knit/crochet patterns mixed in.

then the plan is to keep this post updated – every month or so i’ll add the new ones, so if you like roundups you can bookmark this post and watch as it grows!  [yeah that didn’t happen, but the list is complete now!]

knit/crochet (*some non-knit/crochet items):



projects using a material:

techniques/projects using a technique:

assorted other category:


**several knit/crochet patterns

Filed under: general crafts,lots of links,threadbanger — leethal @ 3:04 pm

May 2, 2009

recycled tee skirt on craftstylish!

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this week’s craftstylish tutorial was a special one to me – i designed this skirt a couple years ago for myself, and i loved the design concept (super easy, no pattern, custom fit, crazy comfy) but i loved it so much that i wanted to hold off doing a how-to… it’s silly, but i just felt like this one was better than the recycled skirt series i did here on my blog last summer, so i didn’t want it to blend in with those, so i saved it.  then i figured craftstylish having earth-friendly projects month in the springtime was the perfect chance to show my design to a bigger audience, so there it is!

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but here on do stuff! i’ll share a little more with you… my first version of the skirt, that red and orange one, was a bit different, as you can see in those photos.  i’m not sure exactly how i made the panels since it was undocumented years ago, but i do know that i cut the diagonals in different directions, instead of all in the same direction. so if you want a more twisted, asymmetrical kind of design, when my tutorial says cutting the diagonal line in the same direction on each one. It doesn’t matter what direction, as long as all four are cut the same (in my case, they were all from top right to bottom left) – ignore that and cut them in different directions. then when you’re deciding on the panel order, lay them out on the ground together and see how you want to piece them together for the coolest looking lines.

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i had fun twisting and twirling for our photo shoot! and being silly…

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so this skirt was kind of a continuation of my recycley skirt how-to series from last summer – which were part 1: t-shirts, part 2: sheets, part 3: sweatshirts.  i also did a post about trying to make a sleeve skirt, which i plan to try again this season and post a better how-to if it works out. so, i’ve made a new category for skirts since this is an ongoing topic for me, so you can see all of them.

oh hey and speaking of bloggy things – i’ve (finally!) gotten my links page a little bit up to date, although it still needs more work.  i had pretty much completely ignored my poor links page since i first started do stuff!, over 2 years ago, but i got motivated a few nights ago to give it some attention, and now there are a ton of blogs and sites added, some new categories, and hopefully i’ll continue to keep it updated now.

Filed under: clothing,craftstylish,skirts,tutorials — leethal @ 2:12 pm
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