Category: design

Knit a Logo Hat!

My fiance is from Dallas originally and is a diehard Dallas Stars fan. So when they updated their official colors and logo, I knew I had to knit him a custom Dallas Stars hat.

The process of setting up your logo correctly can be a little tricky, but if you have some photo manipulation software experience (like Photoshop), you can figure it out. I also recommend learning Duplicate Stitch as opposed to trying to insartia knit the logo.

Follow along with a logo of your choice to knit your own custom logo hat!

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Creating Beaded Jewelry

If you haven’t already guessed, I’m a maker. A creator. A tinkerer. Friends hate going to craft fairs with me, as I’m constantly taking things apart in my mind, and figuring out how to make them. When I go to Target, I leave with a list full of things I want to recreate.

With that said, I love how-to sites. I’m a huge fan of DIY in all facets of life.

Yesterday I discovered Kris’s tutorial on Make This – the Patterned Fringe Beaded Necklace. Really great tutorial!

I created these:

I love being inspired by others’ great craftiness! :)

Conceptual Knitting, Design, Data, & Infographics

Have you ever done any Conceptual Knitting? The idea is, instead of using a pattern to determine what you knit, you use something observable around you to direct your knitting. Here are some great examples:

  • Sky Scarf- knitting rows the same color of the sky every day
  • My Year in Temperatures- knit rows in a color that represents each day’s high temperature
  • Mood Scarf- record your daily mood and knit a color that represents your mood
  • Game Knitting- create a “drinking game” of sorts, but instead of taking a shot when the “trigger” happens, change your yarn colors, or switch from knit to purl, or create and eyelet. This sounds especially fun for knitting groups. Gather your group, create a list of “triggers”, play the movie, and see what interesting things you knit!

By the way – if you wanted to do the Temperatures or Sky project for last year, you can use the Weather Channel’s Weather History page to look up temperatures and the weather for each day. Or you could do a smaller project by using the week or month averages. Pretty neat!

I’m trying to develop my own conceptual knitting project to create something that I would display as art. Some ideas I’ve had-

  • Beer Journal- keep a journal of the types of beers I drink (porter, stout, ale, belgian, etc.) and designate a coordinating color for each type.
  • Dream Journal- not entirely sure about this, but somehow translate my dream journal entries to knit representations.
  • Notable events- keep a record of all the important events this year. Designate different colors for national holidays, birthdays, important family occurrences, life changes (new job, relationship, house), and vacations or trips.
  • Book journal- I’ve finally been getting back into reading on a regular basis. Maybe after I finish a book, I knit a number of stitches equivalent to the pages in the book, and in the same color as the book cover. Or maybe designate colors based on book type (self-help, mystery, scifi, knitting book, etc.)
  • Meditation- Knit a number of rows equal to the number of minutes I spent meditating each day. Perhaps switch colors each day.
  • Growth charts of kids – okay this one isn’t for me at all, but I could see mothers loving this idea. Measure your baby each week and knit as many stitches as inches he/she is. Maybe switch colors each day? Perhaps somehow coordinate weight in there, too.

A great inspiration of mine is Information is Beautiful. I love the way David McCandless takes everyday (ahem, boring) data, and transforms it into something that’s both beautiful and meaningful. Browsing through his work gives me some ideas…

I’m still coming up with ideas. What conceptual knitting ideas do you have?

SlideShare – Learning to Knit

One of my passions besides knitting is slide design… and if I can incorporate knitting and slide design, then even better! I created this slideshow to help people get started learning to knit. It’s even been featured on Slideshare as one of their popular presentations!

Oh, and did I mention, this SlideShare has been viewed over 56,000 times!! I don’t even know what to do with that. Holy kittens, people.

I love Austin

I love Austin, TX!
I love Austin, TX!

Make your own “I <3 This City” art with this photo tutorial. Use whatever materials you want! Paint, wood, fabric, cardboard, buttons… embrace that creativity and run with it!

 

to anyone hosting a webinar

A couple pieces of advice…

  • Do a dry-run of your webinar a couple days beforehand, with test participants (your family, friends, coworkers, roommates, whatever). Figure out how to advance your slides, and what your participants will see during the presentation, and how you sound to them, how to allow others to talk or have control over the slides, etc. Don’t figure these things out during your “live” teleseminar.
  • Slides are free. Don’t put EVERYTHING you’re trying to talk about on one slide. Make it several slides. Use as little text as possible. If your slides are boring or too text-y, I’m going to be doing something else (ahem, blogging) while you’re talking.  (OMG If you ever find yourself saying “You might not be able to see that too clearly” then you should not use it on your slide.)
  • Send out a copy of your slides to attendees and have an archive of the webinar available by the next day, at the latest.
  • You don’t need your logo & website on every.single.slide. When you send out the copy of your slides, you can put it in there as a footer. But you really don’t need it on every slide. It’s annoying.
  • Stick to a color palette. Use like images. Use 1 font – maybe 2. Use large fonts. Don’t use Comic Sans.
  • Spell out acronyms.
  • You don’t have to write out everything you’re going to say – that’s why you’re saying it. If I can get the same information just by reading your slides, then you’ve written too much.
  • Host the webinar from a quiet space. Yes, we can hear the people in your office giggling in the background.