Kntting with different "yarn"

@peavey (16600)
United States
February 7, 2007 11:51am CST
Does anyone ever knit with unusual "yarn"? I mean "yarn," like string or fine wire or material or plastic strips. I've tried using string and material strips and I'm contemplating - don't laugh now - knitting a screen of florist's wire to go over the pool area of an indoor fountain. Hopefully, that will stop or slow down the splashing. Have you ever tried any other materials?
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@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
7 Feb 07
I've used strips of material - really thin strips - just to see what it looked like, but it came out kind of lumpy. I probably should have done it in stocking stitch rather than garter. I want to learn how to knit or crochet wire, to make bracelets or votive candle holder decorations.
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@peavey (16600)
• United States
8 Feb 07
I haven't started the knitted mesh for the fountain yet, but I keep looking at it. It kind of scares me, but I want to try!
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• United States
13 Feb 07
I've seen someone with knitted silver wire jewelry on etsy. I can't remember the name of the seller, but I'm sure if you did a quick search it would come up. The etsy website is: http://www.etsy.com
@peavey (16600)
• United States
14 Feb 07
Oh, that's awesome! Thanks for pointing that one out
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• Canada
14 Feb 07
Wow! What a neat project that would be! Come back and post if you do try this and let us know how it works out!! Both the knitting part of it and the splashing on the fountain!
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@peavey (16600)
• United States
14 Feb 07
I actually saw a mesh piece that was supposed to keep a fountain from splashing, that's how I came up with it... still haven't tried it. :)
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@peavey (16600)
• United States
11 Oct 11
I never did get the mesh knitted and the fountain quit working anyway. So much for that.
• United States
7 Feb 07
I have tried to crochet with cut up clothing material. I wanted an old looking rug. It turned out to be hard material to work with but it looked cute. It was small beacuse I gave up early. I tried to learn knitting but it was hard for me to make what I had envioioned in my head. I can make a great scarf but that is about it.
@peavey (16600)
• United States
8 Feb 07
I still can't crochet, but I knitted a rug once with strips of old clothing. If I remember right, I started a couple of times before I got the strips narrow enough. Maybe that would have made it easier for you?
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• United States
10 Oct 11
i have not tried knitting with wire or anything plastic i have only tried knitting with yarn but some of the yarn that i use is kind of wierd yarn like yarn that has little strings hanging off of it (which is kind of a pain in the but to knit with because the little strings keep falling off) or yarn that is kind of bunched up in one place and spread our in other places i would like to try knitting with other materials when i have the time who know what i might be able to make
@peavey (16600)
• United States
10 Oct 11
Another thread I'd forgotten about! Sounds like you've found some interesting yarn! I've tried that yarn with thick and thin places and wasn't impressed with it. Thanks for commenting.
@RebeccaLynn (2256)
• United States
17 Feb 07
I won't laugh if you won't but I also make polymer clay smowmen and I wanted them to have actual knitted hats and scarves so I used those longer (3 inch) Hor'derve picks and knitted the little hats and scarves out of embroidery thread. I also make beaded jewelry and I often knit beading wire while stringing the beads onto it. They always turn out great and they sell fast. People like finding out that the snowmen's accesories have been hand knitted too!
@peavey (16600)
• United States
11 Oct 11
Those snowmen sound really cute!
• United States
3 Mar 07
I have never been a great knitter, but I am good at chocheting. I love to use different yarns, but none like you mention here. Once you learn to crochet, it really is much easier than knitting. I wish I lived near you - I would help you learn. If you do make the screen, I would love to hear how it worked out.