Thursday, January 30, 2014

8 row blue green piebald beauty

Made for my littlest one because it fits his hand, this is the cutest little projectile I've ever made and it's actually not possible to make it hurt, it's just too light.  My eldest (6 years old) jacked me in the eye with this thing at point-blank range and I merely felt it.  Not sure that it's heavy enough to sling but we'll try it later.

two strand eight row piebald

this is like the little green guy from a couple days ago but inside out.  I don't like the equatorial trench caused by the inverted sewing splice but what to do.   Perhaps its functionality will outweigh its clear lack in looks.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

tenrow, two strand, blue/red-green piebald

This one was a grand success, it's good size the closing went better and others but I packed it too tight and so it still hurts... It's easy to do that with two strands because you end up tugging on the stitches pretty tightly and thereby making the whole ball harder then usual.  Considering going back to single strange maybe 12 or 14 rows.

two strand row...

This is the best one yet.  It is small, tight, and the closing was a sewing-like stitch using the tail ends of both sides.   Monochromatism (is this a word?) hides the stitch and prevents more splicing which weakens the ball.  For the first time... I am pleased.  I smell massproduction...

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

10 row first piebald

This was my first piebald.  And though it made it possible... the stitch I used to close actually took up two rows and ruined the shape... but I learned that two joined halves is possible, and it sure is patriotic looking. 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

19 row buck eye

This Buckeye Beast took a long time to make and is a failure because it hurts upon impact.  19 rows is just too much mass.  I can personally attest to this.  But it did prove the two starts joined is easier and has a tighter weave than the decrease stitch closing, and it just looks stinkin' cool.

12 row single strand

added a stripe to this one for variety.  But mostly this one was to confirm the size 12 row songe stran is about the same size though a bit smaller than a 10 row double strand.  Bit still a nasty closing with burnt marks all over.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

12 row single strand tabby

difficult to make but it seemed like it had potential.  I like the size though and think twelve rows single strand is just right for slinging.  And still... need a clean/invisible closing.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

new material...

is superior.  ~2mm woven nylon thread is stretchy much like yarn and can be coaxed into tight stitches.Despite the larger crochet hook they require.  However the closing is still awkward.  Need a better closing.

early attempts... multistrand nylon led to similar conclusions.  Good feel but the closing was consistently awkward despite fluctuation in strand gauge and number.  Need a better closing.  However these have slick texture and wouldn't cause any trouble upon exiting a sling.  The material is also durable though loosened significantly allowing the stuffing to start leaking.