Tag Archive: Tutorial

This week I’ve got a spectacularly done Toothless Plush by nooby-banana.


But, you know what’s better than a Toothless Plush? A Toothless Plush with a DIY Tutorial, that’s what.  I’d totally make one of these if I wasn’t woefully incompetent at sewing.  It’s just flipping adorable.

YOINK! Wiggly Crochet

This past week I discovered a neat new crochet method called Wiggly Crochet.  It started with this post of a crocheted thrift store hot-pads by Nancy over at Joy For Grace.

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Unfortunately Nancy didn’t know much about these hot-pads, other than that they were crocheted. Since I was taken with the design, I studied the pictures and came up with the basics of how they were probably done. I searched around by Googling some of the methodology I’d come up with from the pictures and eventually found that they were made with “Wiggly Crochet.” A little more searching and I found a pair of tutorials by Barbara Langer of Made in K-town

Wiggly Crochet Tutorial: Part 1

Wiggly Crochet Tutorial: Part 2

This crochet method produces some neat looking stuff, and it has my mind alight with possibility.  Just have like 10 or 15 or so projects to do first and then maybe I can play with this method a bit.

-Confusion is a state of mind, or is it?

One of the more essential knots* for a body to learn is the Triple Fisherman’s Knot.  It’s a variant of the Double Fisherman’s Knot that adds a third pass to increase the stability and reliability of the join.  It also prevents a high-loading failure mode of some modern climbing ropes.  I typically tie the triple because it only takes a slight moment longer to do vs. the double, even if the triple isn’t really necessary for most needs.

Both knots are used to attach two cords together (used in fishing to attach leaders without using a swivel).  From a physics standpoint, the knots work by using the pressure of the knots against each other to tighten down the inward facing side of the knot, causing it to bite down on both the lines passing through the center of the knot, meanwhile the top of the knot is being pulled into the knot in the opposite direction, compacting the knot and clamping it down tighter.  This combined compression actions results in a secure join.

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Sorry for missing two weeks there, people.  As I mentioned, we had a new baby and I decided to spend all my energy at home rather than blogging.  Now that things have started settling down, I’m ready to get back into the game.

This week, I bring you some very awesome (and very labor intensive) skull truffles by Marc Brownlow.

These are extremely cool, and if you’ve got some artistic talent, and a lot of food-grade silicone, a neat little project to make your Halloween party treats the death of the party.

Today’s geek craft is just awesome: it’s an instructable on making Robo-Planters made from re-purposed junk by M.C. Langer.

These are just neat.  As the designer says, they’re pots with attitude.  I gotta hit my junk pile and see if I’ve got anything that’s begging to be turned into a planter.

-Confusion is a state of mind, or is it?

YOINK! Detergent.

I couldn’t think of anything to post today, so instead I’m stealing somebody else’s post! Well, I’m linking it anyway:

Ghostcat’s homemade laundry detergent tutorial.

Ghostcat is an efriend I met over at YouSuckatCraigslist and is currently part of the Library of the Damned crew. She’s a very crafty soul and has a lot of her projects up on her blog, so check it out while you’re over there.

Her laundry detergent guide is very good and TacoMa’am has attempted to make it twice; once successfully so far. The first time was a disaster because we used hotel soap, but the second time worked great! We used regular Dial the second time. Since Ghostcat recently had an fiasco of her own using hotel soap to try to make detergent, we’ve been cautioning people away from hotel soap. There’s a foaming additive in hotel soap that makes it lather up easier (probably required because hotel water is notoriously the hardest a person is likely to find). When you combine this additive with laundry soda, it foams up like adding vinegar to a box of baking soda. Normal soap (like Dial) doesn’t have this additive, so there is very little foaming action.

Doing a full batch of laundry detergent using Ghostie’s guide produces enough for about a year’s worth of laundry at the TacoHut and costs about $7. A pretty good deal, I think. And, it cleans just as well as any detergent we’ve purchased from the store.

Now if only I could convince her to share her soap recipes.

-Confusion is a state of mind, or is it?

This week I’ve found an awesome pattern for a little plush Jawa by Bitter Betty.

The link to the tutorial is near the bottom of the blog post.  I have to admit, even though I’m not much of a Star Wars fan, I really want to make one of these!  It’s adorable… in a manly way.

-Confusion is a state of mind, or is it?

A visitor to my blog requested that I post a picture of the new-style car-seat strap I’d made in an earlier post, so while I certainly went back and did that, I figured a whole follow-up post is merited since I really didn’t do a very good job of describing the process.

So, I made another one and took pictures as I put it together:

What you’ll need:
3 sturdy rings*
1 length of sturdy rope or cord (between 3 and 6 feet long.  closer to 3 if doing a single loop, and closer to 6 if doing a double as shown here)

Oh no!

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One of the crafts I’ve practiced the longest is Origami.  I haven’t done much with it in a long time, as I flit from craft to craft like a spastic butterfly at times, but I do dabble with it during the occasional moment of free time when I don’t have much available to entertain me.  Since all you need for Origami is paper, it’s an easy craft for spontaneous entertainment.

One of my all-time favorite origami books is Unit Origami: Multidimensional Transformations by Tomoko Fuse.  It’s a wonderful collection of origami projects based on combining finite units into potentially infinitely expanding systems.  It’s a math geek’s dream book of origami.  I’ve read and used this book more than any other origami book I own, and I own more than a few.  The draw of Unit Origami is that each individual piece is simple to build, but recombination of those units can lend great complexity to the piece.  And certain pieces can be grown almost indefinitely.  The strength of the substrate (paper) being the only real limit to how expansive the structure can be, since at some point the structure will collapse under its own weight if built too large.

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This week’s geek craft is a crochet pattern for the Sackboy from Little Big Planet.  Designed by Nedigurumi.

I know that the actual Sackboy is knitted, but this is still a very good likeness.  Plus, I can crochet but not knit.

-Confusion is a state of mind, or is it?