heypaulstudios: The urge to purge all of your excess crafty...

heypaulstudios:

The urge to purge all of your excess crafty crap has probably hit or maybe this is the motivation that you need. Follow the link in my profile to secure a spot at the Supply Swap that I’m hosting this month. Suggested donation of a non-perishable food item for admission. #SupplySwap #kansascity #crafty

The Editor Wants to Know- How Will You Jump-Start Your Knitting in the New Year?

Do you have plans in 2015 to jump-start your knitting and learn new skills?

Do you have plans in 2015 to jump-start your knitting and learn a new skills?

What does your knitting look like in the New Year? Do you have a special resolution to learn something new and take your skills to a new level?

Here’s my resolution: I plan on learning how to knit English-style. I was taught how to knit Continental, also known as “picking.” I love it because it’s such a speedy way to knit!

There are so many benefits to learning other knitting styles. My main reasons are:

#1: so I can better instruct new knitters who may only know how to knit English. In my experience, I find most knitters are either pickers (Continental) or throwers (English), or a combination of both.

My favorite way to knit is Continental, but Im excited about learning to knit English!

My favorite way to knit is Continental, but my New Year’s resolution is to learn how to knit English-style.

#2: when working stockinette stitch, it is said that knitting Continental and purling English creates more uniform stitches. From what I’ve researched, purling Continental causes the purl stitches to slant. I’ve seen this first hand as a Continental knitter and it’s my BIGGEST knitting pet peeve! I have learned to adjust for this by watching my tension while I’m purling.

I can’t wait to hear from you about what your big plans are. Happy New Year!

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When a high school art teacher told him he had “potential” three years ago, 18-year-old Jack Ede (@jack_ede) started drawing as often as he could. “I never really took it seriously until that day,” he says. “Now, art is my life.”

Lately, the UK-based illustrator has been obsessed with celebrity portraits. “They’re usually the only people I can find high-definition photographs of on the Internet,” he says. “I found a picture of Morgan Freeman that was incredibly detailed and the resolution was so high that I could zoom into the photo and see every little freckle and pore on his skin. It makes me so excited to draw something when I find a good photograph.”

Glittery Flats

I love glittered shoes and was dying to try this technique on my oxfords with Extreme Glitter-glitter Modge Podge. All went well until I went for a walk in them and they started to flake along the sides and on the top that bends as I’m moving. I did not put an acrylic top coat from Modge Podge but don’t think it would of mattered. I have a pair of glittered flats from an acquaintance that are fine but the glitter is really chunked on. So: After checking different top coats out I came home and took the glitter off. It took me an hour and a half with nail polish remover, rags and a metal brillo pad.