18 November 2008

Crafty Inspiration: Update

So I started making a t-shirt scarf. Monday evening, during my Monday TV lineup (Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother on CBS, then Jon & Kate Plus Eight on TLC), I cut an old t-shirt in to half-inch strips using a rolling craft cutter and a couple of rulers. I will try to post pictures of the set-up.

I cut the strips almost all the way across the tee, but left it connected down one side. On that side, I cut from one slit up to the next instead of straight across, creating a long spiral of t-shirt material instead of a bunch of separate strips that I would have to sew or tie together.

Lesson learned: t-shirt material does not unravel, so there is no need to finish the edges; however, little bits of cotton dust go *everywhere* when you cut it...

Tuesday, I crocheted the t-shirt "yarn", but it was too short, so I will have to pull it out and do it again with a different stitch to try to make the scarf longer. It was really hard to crochet the parts that had printed design on them, and the whole thing ended up being much stiffer than I thought. I was really expecting it to be soft and cozy like the tee that it came from. I may try again another time with unprinted tees, and use a looser stitch to help the whole thing relax.

I will post an update by this weekend!

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