All About Yarn: Tips for Knitters and CrochetersAs a knitter or crocheter, one of the things that you begin to become an expert on as time goes on is yarn. Different weights of yarn are required for different types of projects, and different material will give your finished project varied texture and appearance. This is a guide to help you read yarn labels, as well as learning your own preferences when concerning yarn material.All About Yarn: Tips for Knitters and Crocheters2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
The material that yarn is made from is placed into two categories—synthetic and natural fibers. Synthetic fibers, which are man-made fibers, include nylon, acrylic, polyester, and other fibers. Natural fibers are yarns that are derived from animals and plants. Some popular natural fibers are wool, mohair, cotton, and bamboo.
Another category that yarn is organized in is weight. Yarn is produced in different thicknesses, and it usually indicates on the label what weight it is, with 0 or 1 being the lightest, and 6 being the heaviest. Yarn is organized into weigh
The Letter WriterHe was a letter writer.The Letter Writer4 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Written letters had long become a thing of the pastafter all, why would one write when one could receive instant gratification through an electronic device? All of these things made life so much easier.
In fact, Alan lived in a time where most people didn't know how to write. Everyone was proficient in reading, of courseafter all, one had to read the daily screen to know the news and things that were going on. And all children learned how to type before they were five years old. But writing was not something that was used anymore, and it had become almost socially unacceptable to write anything. It wasn't against the law, but it certainly was frowned upon.
But Alan wrote anyway. The gift of handwriting and penmanship had been taught to him from his father, and his father and his father before him. At the time of his great grandfather, being unable to write had been considered illiterate. Pens and pencils, which had literally become obsolete, were ver
Doyle's CuriosityDoyle had never seen or touched a dollar bill.Doyle's Curiosity4 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Of course, he had heard about what was called now as physical moneybut it was only in the context of "It's a good thing that we all got rid of physical money a long time ago. It's really less hassle!"
Doyle was used to the concept of EC. After all, it was all he had known, and he had possessed an EC card since he was eight years old. That was the age the government gave children EC cards, and parents were required to place an allowance (however meager they wished) into the card.
EC, or electronic currency for short, was adopted by the United States and most European countries before Doyle was born, and even before his parent's time. The switch to EC had been done rather quickly, by an exective order by the president of the day, so he had heard. There had been government sponsored bonfires of paper money, and most coinage was seized by federal officials and melted into ore. That was all Doyle had heard about the transfer to EC. Most p
INTRO TO CROCHETINTRO TO CROCHETINTRO TO CROCHET2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Materials you need, techniques to hold and use the crochet hook and main stitches you must know, all in one article for you to start crocheting right now!
Why crochet is that easy?
Unlike knitting, crochet uses just one tool (a single hook) rather than two (a pair of needles) and you work one yarn loop at a time; these two factors are enough to make it less complicated.
Do you want another reason to choose crochet?
Well, another advantage is that it’s easier to drop your project and pick it up again without losing your work; The stitches won’t slide off just like with the needles, therefore there’s no chance of a line of stitches unraveling before your eyes!
Crochet projects develop more quickly (this is ideal for beginners and impatient people)
What do you need to start?
You won't need many materials to get started. The basics you'll need consist of a croch
Amigurumi- Working Without a PatternAmigurumiAmigurumi- Working Without a Pattern2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Working Without a Pattern
Hi everyone! I'm TheSmall-Stuff and what I love is to make amigurumi, but I'm never patient enough to use a pattern. Because of this, I've found and developed a bunch of techniques that I use while designing the dolls that I make! What I'm going to try to do is explain my thought process in making a doll, and share some of the techniques that I use to form the shapes and the details in a character. Sorry it's long, but I tried to use lots of pictures. I hope this helps! Lets start
Shapes are key!
When you go to make a doll, you need to pick it apart in your head and see all of the shapes that make the character. Sometimes it's easier to draw out a diagram of all of the pieces that go into the doll, to get a good idea of how it fits together. While you're planning, it's good to be thinking "How do I make this?" while you choose shapes. However
WhiteWhiteWhite3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Blank apartment walls, not allowed to be painted over
The flash of teeth as a smile is directed your way
Clouds wandering across the sky
The buzzing of an amp before the music plays
Silence of a winter day
Swishing of a wedding dress
Snow, cold and pure on the tongue
Instant mashed potatoes, flakes at the bottom of the pot
Smooth vanilla ice cream handed over the counter
The warm reassurance of a hug after a long trip
Lying on a bed with clean sheets
Exhilaration after receiving good news
A empty shade that needs life, yet symbolizes life at the same time; an oxymoron of beauty.
What Is LeftA song. Not a popular one, no, and neither an underground, for a small circle of appreciators' song. Just a song. A song probably only a few people on earth have heard, just like millions of others composed by regular people in the whole world. A song about nothing and at the same time about anything you want. A song that has no words but speaks to you in its own way. Not money, not houses, not paintings, not even writings, but just a song out of it all. Of course people will remember them all; some - the money, some - the houses and the paintings there, some - the poems and the stories. But it is not the money that is his biggest treasure, nor are the houses and all the wealth they keep within, neither the old fashioned poems and certainly not the short stories he wrote during long sleepless nights.What Is Left3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
A song. A song he came with one long summer day, unaware of what he was creating. If he knew that it would be the last thing he ever composed he probably would have paid more attenti
Newspaper NotationThere was a newspaper sky that day, glued across the breakers. "REVOLUTION," said the sea. In a personal or global sense?Newspaper Notation5 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
I'm a composer, he had said once to Leanne, when she teased him for sketching sonatas on coffee-shop napkins I've been trained to hear music everywhere. She had laughed and asked him to write a piece for her, the syllables of her name bubbling like wind chimes. He couldn't explain how to change for to of. Music was never a choice not his as a teenager, and not Leanne's when her laughter begged for translation.
He still had it, tucked away under the piano stool. It was more a dedication than a labour of love. A Letter To . Leanne had flitted in from the kitchen as he finished writing it. She'd leaned over his shoulder with her hair bread-scented and asked, a letter to whom?
Some things aren't meant to have a recipient, he'd told her. She had looked at him oddly. Perhaps it was the first time that (s)he realised who (s)he was,
Tale of the Teller My ignorance no longer gave me bliss.Tale of the Teller6 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
My checkbook had a post-it note on the cover: Dude. It's time to fix this.
The Tale of the Teller then commenced.
Her banker's phone-voice was sweet as honey. I never heard her name.
She introduced herself quickly and I can't be blamed.
I really just wanted to ask about money.
"Please, teller," I said. "Tell me where all my money is spent, down to the last cent. I'm not sure and I have to know now. Bills are due and I might be out of rent."
She said, "Do not worry, Sir. One moment. I can tell you every transaction since... since when, Sir? A date, please, Valued Customer of Our Bank." She spoke with capital letters.
If I had better capital, I would have spoken with them too.
"Please tell me all of it thank you," I said. "Start as far back as you can."
"There are many POS expenditures," she began...
I was in the dark. "What is a POS?" I said.
"A point of sale indicating use of your de
The Other Memorialsby LJThe Other Memorials3 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Nobody knew the name of the first kid who went down that ski slope at dawn.
Everybody knew who the girl was, though.
But it was the original snow kid who was the important one to the other kids.
He was the one who went down Devil's Run during off-season, in deep snow, on a toboggan instead of skis. He went down head first, and gained not only the attention of everyone who saw him, particularly the town kids, but also the ski patrol.
"We've gotta get the crazy kid off that slope," the head of the patrol team said.
"He's gonna kill himself, the way he's going and how he goes."
So they tried.
But they never caught him, not before he made what the head of the team said come true.
He died on Devil's Run, engulfed by an avalanche, a small one, but still big enough.
Lots of neighborhood kids saw it happen.
The boy was on that toboggan and head first when cascading snow caught him.
So was the girl.
The girl was Caroline Freeman, a girl