Descendents coffee cozy

September 13, 2007 at 12:13 am (coffee cozy, descendents)

Graphing out Milo was the first self-made intarsia pattern I had ever done, but I never really did anything with him. Next to my apartment I get really good coffee for 50 cents, so I’ve been drinking a lot of it. I figured a knitted coffee cozy would help resolve the waste problem involving those little cardboard sleeves you put around your coffee because it’s too hot. My boyfriend (who is kind of a know-it-all yet has never held knitting needles in his life) tried to shoot me down and tell me a knitted coffee cozy would be nonfunctional and would still be hot. Guess what, it worked; but those of you who knit probably knew it would.

Descendents coffee logo:

(aww I love this logo.)

And the cozy:

Action shot! Three different angles! Hoohah:

Listening to: The Frumpies – Frumpie One-Piece


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Bad Brains capitol pin cushion

September 6, 2007 at 2:19 am (bad brains, pin cushion)

I just got back from a backyard show in our friends’ apartment across the street. One of the bands did both a Gorilla Biscuits and Bad Brains cover, which reminded me to post this quick project that took me all of maybe 2 hours:

It’s a pin cushion! (See the pins?) Modelled after the capitol building on the cover of the self titled Bad Brains record (and arguably one of the best releases of the 80s.. or ever..)

(By the way, the cover was “Pay to Cum,” introduced by “this is a cover.. you can sing along if you want but no one understands the words anyway.” Fair enough.)

Oh, if you have cats, don’t keep this (or any pin cushion) in reach of them. They look all cute next to your projects, but then they try to eat your pins. For those who aren’t all that savvy on pet care, that’s bad.

Listening to: Gorilla Biscuits – Start Today

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August 31, 2007 at 4:26 am (text-only)

Hey guys, first and foremost: I’m not dead

I just moved to Brooklyn and I didn’t think to stock up on yarn before I left, so I inevitably ran out and couldn’t complete a few projects. I’ve got some of my shit together now though and I’ve about completed one small (but cute, and Bad Brains related) project, and I’m in the middle of two other projects (a shirt and a cardigan. Both equally badass, at least in my head, anyway.)

 Also, some of you may be familiar with the Bust Magazine holiday craft fair? I want to be a vendor at it so bad but it’s way too expensive for me. The fee does, however, cover for two chairs and I would only need one. Maybe someone would want to do this with me and split the cost? Hmmm? Probably not. Anyways, expect updates soon.

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We’re multiplying!

August 24, 2007 at 12:33 pm (minor threat)

Okay, I didn’t make this; I found it on Craftster, but I felt the need to post it here as proof that punk crafters are multiplying. We’re taking over, and converting your newborns:


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Op Ivy sweatervest

August 19, 2007 at 1:27 pm (operation ivy, sweatervest)

I’m actually in the middle of like, 3 projects for this blog/zine, so you’ll get a lot of new projects really soon. It’s getting colder and I plan to sport this number around quite a bit. I just woke up and took these pictures, so I look tired as hell; and like a newspaper boy. A tired as hell newspaper boy.



And original album cover as requested:

Listening to: This is My Fist! – A History of Rats

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Sneak peek!

August 10, 2007 at 3:25 pm (zine)

It’s shitty outside, so I’ve been working on the FYT zine. For being somewhat of a slow blogger (or slow knitter, I don’t know,) I feel I owe you all a sneak peek. I give to you, the cover:

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Minor Threat doll

August 3, 2007 at 4:13 am (doll, minor threat)

Original cover:


It took me way too long to make this, mainly because I slacked off entirely too much, but mow that he’s finished, I love him. Look, he sits on my shoulder, like a parrot:

Listening to: Faith/Void split

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Track 01

July 25, 2007 at 2:13 pm (text-only)

Punk knitting books are popping up everywhere, the slogan “not your granny’s knitting!” is plastered all over them. Quite frankly, if I see another mohawk hat… (see: here (and no offense to Domiknitrix, it’s a pretty decent book, (also, this example doesn’t even compare to some of the ones I’ve seen in other books, it’s just the first image that came up on google,))) well, I don’t know. I simply can not let the term “punk knitting” be defined in mohawk hats and sweaters with an English flag pattern. I’m putting my boot down.

A few things you should know about this blog: 1) All knits are going to be vegan-friendly. I do not use any animal fiber in my projects. 2)  I am writing a series of punk knitting zines, which will include patterns for the things you see here. Eventually, maybe they’ll become a book? Who knows. 3) Most projects are going to be 80s punk/hardcore inspired (not all, though.) If you’re not familiar, become familiar, if not just because I’m probably going to crack a few corny jokes here and there about the subject (the title of this blog is one of them!) I’ll have a few others that are political or related to a different kind of band, but that’s the jist of it.

So, my name is Leah, and welcome to Flex Your Thread. I thought of the name while I was on the toilet last night, I was really delirious at the time and it seemed really funny to me. I consulted less delirious friends, they laughed. I’m awake now, I still think it’s funny, so it’s sticking around.

So, a little about me. Again, my name is Leah. At the moment I’m living in Long Island (soon to be Brooklyn). I’m attending SVA this semester for Illustration (if you just so happen to go there too, say hey!) I lead a vegan and drug-free lifestyle, somehow the vegan thing has been much more accepted than the straight edge thing. I’m a Taurus, I enjoy long bike rides on the trail, cupcakes, and a trip to Generation Records. I am, however, taken by a wonderful man who overwhelms me with every idea he comes up with that I could possibly knit. I can’t complain, it provides good material for this blog/zine to follow. I attend a weekly Stitch n Bitch, which is pretty small right now, but we’re trying to expand; so if you live on Long Island, feel free to contact me here for more details on that, we want you to join us, I will be promoting that from time to time here. Anything else? Oh, yeah, I do have a knitting tattoo. This isn’t a game.

One last thing: I’d really appreciate people commenting on the entries in here, I’d like to know people are actually reading this.

Listening to: Jawbreaker – 24 Hour Revenge Therapy

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