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Latest Update: Added a guide on how to bind (or cast) off in knitting.


Interesting ways to make your own fabric.


  • DIY Spool Holder – a handy way to make sure all your threads are easily within reach.
  • Roomba Costume – it’s difficult to work out what could be cooler than a robot vacuum cleaner, but maybe one wearing a cute outfit? Actually, that would scare the cats. Actually, that would scare me.
  • Making Cross-Stitch Charts in Photoshop – including how to get yarn to match the colours. Via Make:
  • Domokun iPod Case – protect your iPod with the legendary Domokun. If I had a sewing machine, I’d be running up one of these bad boys right now. Via Make:.
  • Savvyseams – cool, original, free sewing patterns. Via Make:.


Sewing that doesn’t require any sewing – just simple projects with cloth and glue, but I don’t know if there’s a name for that 😉

Knitting and Crochet

  • HOW TO – Bind Off – Although I learned to knit many years ago, I never figured out what you’re supposed to do at the end. Here’s the answer.
  • Crochet Bracelet – looks good. I may never know, because I have no idea what the instructions mean, but if you know how to crochet, they probably make perfect sense. I need to go find a nice simple tutorial on this stuff, so I sound like less of an idiot here 😉 (Via Craftzine.)
  • Kiki the Knitty Doll, with instructions as a PDF file. (Via… Oh, go on, guess? Yep. That’s right.)
  • Knitted Converse All-Stars – How to knit new uppers on your battered converse boots. Because you know if you have them you’ll wear them until they fall apart. Via Boing Boing.
  • Princess Leia Knitted Wig/Hat – Impress the Jedi fanboys in this you will. Hmmm. Via Boing Boing
  • Knitted Wig – walking the fine line between cute and ridiculous. Handy for winter bad hair days though. Via Boing Boing.
  • Nautiloids – not quite sure why you might want to knit prehistoric shellfish, but if you do, there’s patterns available. Actually, they look oddly cute in wool.
  • Wool Tree Cosy – along similar lines to Knitta below, Redshirt includes a pattern in case you know of any chilly trees.
  • Crochet Menagere – Louise Weaver makes sparkly costumes for taxitermist’s forms of Australian animals. Very odd.
  • The iAntiCraft! – knitting and other crafting with a nicely macabre twist. Via ReadyMade Blog.
  • Knitta – gangsta rap and urban tagging in wool.
  • Moleskine Notebook Case – no instructions or pattern, but there’s pictures, so you might be able to figure it out.
  • D I Y Sweater Arm Scarf – funky scarves made from sweater sleeves. Great idea! (Thanks again to Make:.)
  • How to Recycle Yarn from a Sweater. (Thanks to Make:.)
  • Tote Bag made from carrier bags – the instructions sound like complete gibberish to me, but maybe if you know how to crochet they make some kind of sense? (Thanks to Make:.)
  • kpixie’s free patterns – including scarves, hats, a tablemat, a business card holder, and a mobile phone cosy. (Thanks to Make:.)

iPod Stuff

Geek Knitting

  • Binary Hat from Redshirt – it just looks like a stripey hat, so only you will know that the stripes encode “hat” in binary.

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