Is steel wool good for cats? Answered

My cat loves steel wool. We stopped buying it because we couldn't keep it away from the cats. I found a box in the basement and was using one to clean metal, she got a hold of it so I put it in the cabinet.  See video below. I got a child lock on the cabinet now but my 2 year old takes them off.  I know I got to clean the kitchen, got folks coming over.

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How do I felt a pair of boots?

Here are some pictures: http://www.rusclothing.com/traditional-russian/felt-boots/n--classic-valenki/

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Shading Rug hooking wool with Tide detergent?

Tide detergent:  I took a rug hooking class a number of years ago, and one session was all about dying.  The woman had a special technique for shading the wool using TIDE detergent (and it HAD to be tide).  She would have one color of a wool, and then soak it is tide, and then add more water and soak the next piece of wool to make a lighter shade.  I have lost the actual instructions.  Does anybody know about this?

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Fiber contest

Can we use loose fibers (roving) for the fibers contest or does it have to be spun into yarn first? Thanks

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Join the Flock

From the Simply Knitting blog: Eden Arts have launched a public art project that’s totally caught our imagination! The Cumbria-based organisation are inviting you to make pom-pom sheep to create a gigantic fuzzy flock – think Antony Gormley’s ‘Field for the British Isles’, only fluffier and more colourful! The aim is to raise awareness of the wonder of sheep’s wool while encouraging collaborative creativity, so make sure you use sheep's wool to make your pom-pom beasties, and invite as many people to join in as you can! To whet your appetite you can visit a flock of 125 of the sheep at Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery in Carlisle, where they will remain till the end of 2011. Over the next few months they’re hoping to increase this number to several thousand! You can download full sheep-making instructions at www.jointheflock.co.uk (and I've attached them below as well).

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Can I dye a Chinese wool area rug?

I have about a 5x8 Wool area rug that is light seafoam green & I would like to dye it in shades of reds. Is this possible....too big a jog....or just plain 'won't work? Anyone given it a try??

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how do i make a wool spindle?

I spin yarn from wool roving, how do i make a drop spindle to do this?

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why won't my knitted wool hat? Answered

I knit a cloche for my sister out of Icelandic wool and felted it and it came out too small.  So I reknit it with the same damn yarn, though a bit bigger, but this one won't shrink even the tiniest bit.  I've washed it (front loader, dried it in the dryer, and now I've been boiling it for 20 minutes.  It's getting furry, but the stitch definition and the size are basically the same.

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I Want to Make Wool Landscape Tapestry

Recently i saw a very cute wool landscape tapestry at Nestle and Soar folk art studio. As i love to collect needle felting items, fiber art things. So i just want to make similar wall art tapestry, but i don't have any idea about it.. Like how to do it?, what technique we required for it?, what kind of wool we need ? etc... Please suggest me.. I have attached pic for that wall art tapestry..

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how do i felt a wool sweater using washing machine, and is dryer needed?

When felting a wool sweater using hot cycle washing machine method, is it absolutely necessary to dry the item in a dryer afterwards? also, should i cut seams off before or after felting the fabric?

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contest? Answered

I entered my instructable for fall for yarn contest.... but my instrcutable is not shown in the entries page. what should i do?

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How to Full a Sweater into Felt

Scope this post at CRAFT to learn how to upcycle your old wool sweaters into felt!  Brookelyn compares and contrasts the techniques and benefits of hand-fulling vs. machine-fulling, and shows us samples of the results.  Fulling is the process of turning knitted or crocheted wool into felt. So check it out, and start upcycling those old wool sweaters into new Instructables!

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Can wool yarn scraps be recycled into a felted fabric?

I do a lot of needlecrafts so I have yarn scraps of all descriptions & I would like to use them in some productive way. I want to use them to wet felt into something that I could then make into a pillow or whatever. Theoretically, it should work. If anyone has any ideas or comments please let me know. thanks

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Can I use steel wool as a filament for a homemade lightbulb? Answered

I want to use steel wool as a filament for a homemade light bulb.  I would like it to just glow, like a soft red or orange.  Is there a reason why this wouldn't work?  I know tungsten is ideal for a filament but at a lower temperature I can't think of a reason why steel filament shouldn't be alright.  I figure I should pass it by the all knowing Internet first though.  Oh by the way, the steel wool would be enclosed in a vaccuum or in a container filled with inert gas.  I would use this Instructable as a base for my project  https://www.instructables.com/id/Hanging-Bottle-Light-Bulb/  .  Thanks for your help.

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New Wool Stainless Steel Yarn from Lion Brand

Our friends from Lion Brand just sent us some of their new Wool Stainless Steel yarn in shimmery black and gray. Now we need to come up with some great projects to show it off!Here's the what-what:75% Wool25% StainlessSemi-conductive (offers a lot of resistance)Size 0 needles, lace weightWe want to wow them with what we can come up with to use this delicate, ethereal fiber. What would you do with it?Post your ideas, pictures or patterns and we'll get to work!

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Felting - what type of knitwear?

I have some stained sweaters, i.e. cannot be worn, which I'd like to felt for craft projects, but I'm not sure what will felt successfully. That is does it have to be 100% wool? If not what is the minimum amount of wool it has to contain to be felt-able? Thank you for your help.     

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smoke smell removal from oriental wool rugs...house fire.

How to remove smoke damage smell from oriental carpets. small house fire left residue, ash and smell throughout house. now I am on clean up, but can not find place that will clean theses type carpets with in 100 miles, (I live in the country), sure I can send to some rug company that does just rugs, but these are pure wool and expensive, do not want to take that chance. sorry, not knocking rug cleaner industries, they have done the deep clean steam on the wall to wall carpets, came out fine, but steam is not used on these rugs. well, any suggestions...thanks.

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How can I make stuffing?

Hello! I love to do amigurumi, but I've noticed that stuffing is very expensive. I'm looking for new way to stuff my amigurumi. I've already had used: stuffing soft polyester fibre mattress and pillow wool absorbent cotton balls of old wool (almost run out of these :D) Any other ideas? I'm looking for a way to make stuffing out of rags. Thanks :)

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Cloak help needed

I want to have a cloak for the new harry potter theme at universal in Orlando. I went to this site " http://www.twinrosesdesigns.com/Cloaks%20for%20Sale.html " and looked at one called "Black Wool Cloak with Celtic Knot Trim" half way down the page, which I think is similar to the "Black 100% Wool Flannel Full Circle Cloak with Silver Knotwork Trim" located above it.While it gives the measurements and some of the materials used, I was wondering if it's possible to make it for $50 or less instead of the $155 dollars they want.

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Will a cotton/angora blend sweater felt? Answered

I have a ruined sweater that I'm hoping to felt, but the blend is 60% cotton, 25% angora, 15% nylon. I feel like I've heard that a sweater has to be at least 80% wool to felt.

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Dyeing sheepskin boots? any alternatives to conventiona suede dye?

I have a pair of bearpaw(?) sheepskin boots, that really need colouring..they are filthy and don't clean well. i want to dye them black. What kinds of dye can be used, apart from the $$$regular suede dyes? fibre reactive dyes? dyes for wool? hair dye?..i know you can use koolaid to dye wool (protein fibres) but they need to be boiled..i don't think my boots would be too happy being boiled. the dye needs to keep the sheepskin soft and supple, not transfer to my feet..or wash off in the rain.. Any ideas?

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How to harden cardboard

Hi everyone!  I want to make the initial of a name as a door decoration for my first granddaughter.  The letter is made of cardboard and I want to make it stiff so it doesn't bend with time.  I am going to use wool thread to cover it.  Appreciate any help given!!

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How do I prepare cotton yarn for dyeing?

I am about to have my first go at hand dyeing yarn. I am using cotton and it seems all of the preparation instructions are for wool. What do I need to do to prepare my cotton yarn for dyeing?

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How to Clean a Glass Stove Top?

I have a glass stove top that I cannot get clean.  I have tried oven cleaner, Bon Ami, Ajax, Comet and the run of household cleaners.  I am not concerned about scratching at this point (I tried steel wool!), but want the black burn off!

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Do I need to secure the stuffing in adoll that I am going to felt?

My instructions are sketchy. Can I use any non-wool thread?Should I baste the kniited material to the stuffing inside or do I need to go through the legs, arms, hedd,etc? This is my first felting project. I appreciate any suggestions? Thanks?

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How can I turn my recumbent bike into a spinning wheel?

I spin wool into yarn. I have an old recumbent bike. I would like to know how to turn the recumbent bike into a spinning wheel. Would consider using an old bike tire rim for the wheel. Need to be able to control the speed ratio.

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Motorcycle Cosy

Check out this fantastic thing, someone has knitted and crocheted a cosy for an entire motorcycle! Some of the pix are clearly from a gallery so this is obviously Art. It probably says a lot about the dichotomy of speed and slowness or metal and wool or the hardness of modernity vs the softness of your grandmother's afghans or something... Either way, how awesome is this! Robert, I want your bike. (I could not find these pix on equality.ws as they're watermarked... if anyone knows the original source please post it!)

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Upcoming Lion Brand Summer Yarns Contest

Summer isn't typically the time we think about taking up needles and wool, but the availability of light-weight and gossamer yarns these days, it's the perfect time to whip up some new projects. We're teaming up with our friends from Lion Brand to bring you the Summer Yarns Contest! Show off your lace techniques, craft up new totebags, make some summer shawls or sundresses. Think beach, bbq, and long, hot days, and get your needles, hooks and looms ready to go.  We'll be launching this one soon!

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Eyeball Yarn

Though I dearly love eyelash yarn, this eyeball yarn takes the cake.It's vitreous humor, from insubordiknit.com:Ever wish you had eyes on the back of your head? Well now you can have them all over your head, bwahahaha...or your neck...or wherever you choose to don your knitted eyeball item.Five colorways of handpainted merino wool with scads of handdyed tussah silk noils, soysilk, organic cotton and ingeo then corespun the yarn thick and thin, poofy and tight, so that it would resemble a mass of muscley eye innards. Spun in, nice and tight, are 13-15 hand felted eyeballs Note -- these are NOT plied in or tied in! They are spun in, part of the actual yarn.They seem to have a podcast too, and promise more background on this yarn in the 4th episode.

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E-book: Cooking Material. Could molecular gastronomy help discover new matter?

AN INGREDIENT IS A MATERIAL! Using this e-book "Cooking Material", starting from your own familiarity with cooking, you’ll find inspiration to create material from a recipe. Please watch the book trailer (if you don't see the video, please click on this link) Is it possible to make dough with sawdust instead of flour? Caramelize glass crystals like sugar? Freeze-dry a string of wool so it resembles spaghetti? Today, industry innovation has made it possible to transform traditional materials into diverse states. Liquid wood for furniture manufacture, textile spray for auto interiors, and metallic foam for experimental prosthetics are all examples of familiar materials that have been altered into new, more efficient forms. Are these “special” recipes edible? Not at all! What is their use, then? For one, disseminating the elementary knowledge of chemical-physical reactions taking place in different materials, while maybe you will discover a wall plaster or a jewelry clay or something else useful—and allow your imagination to move freely. Molecular gastronomy adds scientific knowledge to our traditional cooking savoir-faire. This science allows to explore matter through new eyes: so grab you mixer and get cooking, get experimenting! E-book: Cooking Material. Could molecular gastronomy help discover new matter? on iTunes Store or Amazon.

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The best way to destroy a treehouse?

Ok, basically, these guys claimed to have part-built our treehouse. We are 100% certain that they didn't, our neighbour helpfully pointed a cctv camera at it, and has been there since it's initial frame construction. Now, they won't let us in our tree house... they've padlocked it... It's on private land, our neighbours who likes us (me and mates, he doesn't mind us there...) Our parents have spoken to theirs, and they said to our parents that they don't give a sh** about our treeshack. It is between our three yards, mine (counts as me + friends), neighbour (owner), gits who took it over... The only way to end this, as we have thought, is to end it. We want to get it gone quickly, so as not to attract attention while we're there. We have a garage full of airsoft pyrotechnics and fireworks. Our neighbour doesn't mind us there with pyro's either... Our plan: Pop smoke all around perimiter, especially near camera so as to frame them.... fill a cardboard box with fireforks (roman candles and rockets) and fill with cotton wool... Light 1 via fuse leaning out of box. It's a 10 sec fuse, so we can jump from ladder and run... BOOM. Turn up 3 mins later to hopefully see the 'owners' and be like "what the hell did you do??" There are MANY problems with this... 1) tree damage 2)shrapnel 3)police / fire service attention 4)parents 0_o 5)them killing us (not literally...) WE WANT TO KNOW: Is this theasable? should we just saw it in half? How can we get rid of it?? Thanks for anything, and don't call us terrorists :p

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