July 15, 2011

Captain's Binary


This started out as a desire to give some knitterly presents to the w00tstock guys. My original idea was something smaller (like hats) but once I figured out what I wanted to do for the pattern I knew that wouldn't work. They will be (or have been, depending on when this is read) delivered at the San Diego w00tstock on July 21.

So... the pattern. The large chunk of colorwork is the lyrics to the song "The Captain's Wife's Lament" by Paul and Storm converted into binary. If you've ever been to a w00tstock you know why. The 0s are color, the 1s are black. There's a little two row stripe near the top and bottom that says "w00tstock 3.0", also in binary.


The code starts at the top and goes around and around and around. Because it's a bit hard to tell which end is up the next photo is a close up of the front/top.


The following photo is a close up of the back/top.


My gauge swatch was a lying liar (shocking I know) so these ended up a little bit longer and skinnier than I thought they would. However, considering the song... it's actually kind of appropriate that they're a bit long. If I ever do this pattern again I'd go up one needle size for the colorwork section. I'd probably also adjust the meat of the colorwork so that each row would be 8 "characters" long instead of 7. That would make each row 64 stitches instead of 56 and would solve the "slightly too long and skinny" problem. To be clear, I'm very happy with how they turned out, there are just a couple things I would adjust slightly.

Each scarf took about two weeks to make and used 4 and a third skeins of the black. Each scarf used either exactly one skein of the color or just a teensy bit more than one skein. For some reason the North Woods scarves used exactly one skein (with maybe a yard or two leftover), but the Midwinter skeins ran out with about 5 rows left and needed just a little bit of a second skein.

The Stats...
Needles: 6's (4mm)
Yarn: KP Wool of the Andes - Coal & KP Chroma - Midwinter (purple/grey) & North Woods (orange/green)
Pattern: my own
Sizing: 7'11" long, 4.5-5" wide
SPI: black - 5 spi, color - 5.5 spi
Started: 4-17-11
Finished: 7-5-11

Extra info because these are presents...

The black is 100% Peruvian Highland Wool; the color is 70% Wool 30% Nylon.
If it needs washing it'll have to be hand washed gently and then laid flat to dry. It will felt if it's put in a washing machine.

Edited 7-24-11 to add:

The scarves were delivered very late Thursday night (or very early Friday morning depending on how you look at it) at w00tstock 3.0 and were very well received. Which made me very happy! There's nothing quite like having one's knitterly presents be appreciated.


Left to right (not counting the photobombers in the back...) that's Storm, Liz, Paul, me, Adam, & Wil.

December 24, 2010

Dad's Christmas Socks


These are my dad's Christmas present socks. He is incredibly difficult to shop for so I ended up swiping some sock yarn from my mom's stash (with permission, and it has since been replaced) and making him socks. He liked the other pair I made him quite a bit so I figured it'd be a safe present.


They're my basic generic sock pattern with a cable whacked on the front. I'll have to check my stitch dictionaries later to figure out exactly where the cable came from, but my notes say it was called "rhombus". (from Harmony Cables & Arans) Because I don't like purling I did it over a stockinette background instead of purling. I've done that before and I really like the way it looks. It ends up having a more subtle look than is normal for a cable.

The Stats...
Needles: 0's (2mm)
Yarn: Stroll - Basalt Heather (from Mom's stash)
Pattern: my generic with Rhombus cable up front
Sizing: 14 to 32, 6.5" to gusset start
SPI: forgot to check (probably 8)
Started: 12-21-10
Finished: 12-24-10

December 20, 2010



These are my brother's Christmas present socks. They had a couple techniques I'd never tried before (stranded colorwork & mosaic patterns) and I'm very happy with how they turned out. And it's always nice to try out a new technique and be successful at it!

The pattern is Maze from Sensational Knitted Socks, but I modified it to be toe up. I did m1 increases on the gusset instead of the kfb increases that I usually use. That way I could start each new stripe with the correct color a bit more easily.


I did unfortunately have a couple false starts. I had originally intended to use orange for the color, but once I was halfway up the foot I realized it was looking like Halloween. Which really wasn't what I wanted. The next attempt used the green and the orange, but that was too busy. When I finally tried the black and green combo it all worked much better!


My one snag was when my brother tried them on. They were too long. I ended up unpicking the cast on at the toes, ripping out about half an inch, and then kitchenering the toes back together. It worked, but they aren't the best looking toes ever.

I also didn't anticipate quite how much the pattern would affect the horizontal stretch of the socks. They're a bit tighter than I intended and don't slip on quite as easily as I'd like. Once they're on they're fine though.


I am blessed with family and friends that appreciate knit gifts. The couple weeks before Christmas my brother was pestering me to know when it would be his turn to get socks, and then was very happy when he opened the box on Christmas!

The Stats...
Needles: 0's (2mm)
Yarn: KP Stroll (Canopy Tonal & black)
Pattern: Maze from Sensational Socks (modded to toe up - m1's on gusset)
Sizing: 17 to 35, 7.5" to gusset start (should have done 7")
SPI: forgot to get this
Started: 12-13-10
Finished: 12-20-10

April 6, 2010

Diamond Shawl


This shawl was created because I needed something to fill the role of a light spring/fall jacket. Plus, I really like cables and the shape I chose for this let me use all kinds of 'em!


I started working on the design before I chose the yarn. My original intention was to use something in a sport weight, and I designed it with that gauge in mind. But when it came time to buy yarn I ended up falling in love with a fingering weight yarn which turned out to be a light fingering when it arrived. So a number of rows had to be added to the bottom to make it as long as I wanted.

The sides easily cover my wrists, and the two front points hang down almost to my knees. It's supposed to replace a jacket so I wanted it to be large. That also means that it is a LOT of fabric with skinny yarn on tiny needles. It was quite a bit of work.


However, it is wonderful and I love it. It's warm and cozy and does exactly what I wanted.


I worked on this for multiple hours a day for three months. I ended up calling it my "Shawl of Insanity" when I was talking to people about it simply because it was such a huge project.


I do fully intend to make the pattern available. It's just taking me longer than I thought it would to get it written up. The "make it understandable by people that aren't me" part of pattern writing is something that takes quite a bit of time. I am getting close to finished with it, it's just slow going.

The Stats...
Needles: 2's (2.75mm)
Yarn: Lisa Souza Fingering - Elektra
Pattern: my own (designed the three weeks before start date)
Started: 1-5-10
Finished: 4-6-10

December 2, 2009



I got excited and made something! Or more accurately, I got excited and finished something.

It's my very first pattern!

I made a similar shawl about three years ago and decided to make another one. But this time I kept track of what I did so I could write it up in a way people that aren't me can understand (hopefully).


This is a top-down Faroese shawl with lots of cables. It is a chart only pattern because written cable instructions confuse me so trying to write one that way just seemed like a really bad idea.

The pattern is available two different ways...
Zip file here which has the pattern itself along with three very large jpgs which are the charts.
PDF file here which has the whole thing as one file.

As mentioned, this is my first pattern so if anything is screwy or if you have any helpful hints please let me know. (Sunidesus (at) gmail (dot) com)


The Stats...
Needles: 8's (5mm)
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca - colorway #6236 - 8 skeins
Pattern: Glimfeather
Sizing: approx 28" by 102"
SPI: 4
Started: 02-07-2009
Finished: 11-30-2009