Thursday, November 16, 2006

more wire votives

I somehow wound up in the craft store last night and couldn't resist trying the wire votive candle holders again, with a few changes. I finished one during several intermittent moments of free time while I was at work today. Here is my votive candle holder, enjoying some Power-flavored Vitamin water at my desk.

This time I used 26 gauge wire, which was much better than knitting with 24 gauge. It took less than 24 yards of wire to make 2 votive holders. I used about 150 beads for each votive, and for this set I tried using several different sizes of beads. I like the look better, but stringing them is a little more time consuming for me because I have issues and I had to make sure that the beads would be perfectly random. (That oxymoron makes complete sense to some of you and you KNOW it.) To seam the ends together, I just did some kind of makeshift seam with the tail of the wire. Nothing fancy. It's not going anywhere, anyway. I thought I might get the willies from knitting the wire on metal needles, but it was fine. And the needles were unaffected by the wire. No scratches or anything.

Knitting with wire is a bit hurty on the hands, but not too, too bad. Although it did mangle my fingernails a little. I can see myself knitting a couple sets of these as Christmas gifts, but only because each votive is so small. You know when you start that the end is in sight! And they only take an hour (for Kelly) or so (for me). As with the first votive sleeves I made, I was skeptical about how it looked until the very end. I think you have to mentally prepare for the thing to be a bit on the unattractive side until all's said and done. I'm actually starting to like knitting these little guys. I don't love it, but it's nice to have a quick and mindless project to pick up every now and then. And they're cute! Ok, just a couple more votives and then it's straight back to working on dad's sweater!


Anonymous Zonnah said...

They are cute. I will have to try it :)

10:53 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

I like the "perfectly random" beads! :) the blues are really pretty - like sea glass! They really dress up a blah plain votive!

Could you email me w/your email - I had a question about the Rebecca sweater and your view email must not be turned on in blogger as I couldn't reply!

10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm totally with you on the "perfectly random" thing. I really like the different sized beads, so much so that you have convinced me to give these babies a try.

11:24 AM  
Anonymous emily elizabeth said...

I definitely admire your knitting tenacity - Excellent job on the votive holders. I can only imagine how it must have hurt your fingers to knit with wire!

12:21 PM  
Blogger amisha said...

love the colors of those beads... they do indeed look perfectly random (and i can empathize with that desire!) i knit one of these awhile back for me and have been meaning to do it as holiday gifts... thanks for the inspiration to get to it!

4:29 PM  
Blogger Areli said...

I like your votive holders with different size beads, looks very nice and a more interesting that way.

5:12 PM  
Anonymous seedless grape said...

I hear you on "perfectly random." The finished product looks really nice! I will have to give these a try!

5:53 PM  
Blogger Sally said...

Fabulous as usual, Jenna. And I totally get the 'perfectly random' thing.

Don't you just hate it when you accidentally end up at the craft store? Actually, I am able to deal with it quite well, but my husband? Well, not so much.

Keep knittin'.

9:35 AM  
Blogger cynic the lamb said...

So pretty! I love the beads you chose to use - great color.

1:54 PM  
Blogger Invite the Party said...

I love doing these. Mine look random but I do one row with beads and the next plain. I also found a more inexpensive way to do it. I buy wire from the floral section. It's the same wire but MUCH cheaper and a lot more to work with.

8:39 PM  

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