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baby sun hat

I came across a simple baby sun hat pattern while looking through the Purl Bee’s website and decided to make one for Sylas, my friend’s adorable newborn baby.  Unfortunately, Sylas’ head is about the same size as the glass that’s holding up the hat in my photo, so it might be a few months before he can rock it.

DIY baby sun hat

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Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn!

Renegade Craft Fair Brooklyn

I just returned from the annual Renegade Craft in Brooklyn. It was pretty great. The fair showcases handmade work and wares of independent craftspeople, artists, and designers from all over the country.  Each year the quality of the crafts and goods gets better and better.  Here are a few photos I quickly snapped earlier today.

stuffed animal pillows Stuffed animal pillows by Broderpress

Acrylic jewelery by Brevity Acrylic jewelery by Brevity

Rope necklaces by Homako Rope necklaces by Homako

Embroidered artwork on linen by Coral & Tusk
Embroidered artwork on linen by Coral & Tusk
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Making at the Maker Faire

I spent this past weekend at the 2011 World Maker Faire, a massive DIY festival held on the original site of the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing, Queens. Maker Faire celebrates arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the do-it-yourself mind-set, which means tons of hacks and how-tos. My favorites! I learned how to solder for a dollar, watched a life size mouse trap, listened to musical art robots, coveted laser cut felt jewelry, and gawked at MetroCard Man.

The highlight of the fair may have been learning how to knit in 20 minutes. Seriously, in less than a half hour I was transforming a ball of yarn into rows of stitches!  (Full disclosure: I still need to learn how to cast on, but I can do a mean knit stitch.) An entire area was devoted to fiber arts instruction where anyone could learn how to embroider, cross-stitch, knit or crochet.  You simply told a volunteer what you wanted to learn, they grabbed a few starter materials and sent you on your way to a craft expert.  I had a one-on-one lesson with a woman who owned a yarn store for ten years. She was so great. I was knitting all the way home.

THE BASICS:

learn to knit

Yarn over
Yarn Over Knitting Letterpress Linocut Print by PS Press

And here’s another knitting-on-the-subway illustration by Sophie Blackball, a Brooklyn-based artist who recently completed a project illustrating a collection of Craigslist Missed Connections postings. These fleeting love stories are painted  in Chinese ink and watercolor.  I love them!

girl knitting on subway train
Knitting Girl on 7 Train to Sunnyside
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audible accessories

A typical music cassette stores about 300 feet of tape! Sadly, I have probably trashed miles of tape over the past decade.  Sound artist Alyce Santoro held onto her mixed tapes and invented sonic fabric,a textile woven from 50% cassette tape and 50% polyester thread. You can actually listen to the sounds embedded in the fabric! (Here’s how to make a sonic fabric reader from an old walkman.) Check out these sonic wears.

sonic fabric swatch close up
sonic fabric necktie
sonic fabric necktie
sonic fabric bowtie
sonic fabric fedora
sonic fabric clutch