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March 9, 2006

Runny Babbit

So here we go with my first knitting project on the Craft Blog!

When I went to get my first nice yarn at a "real" yarn store, the lady there suggested keeping track of what I make so that in the future if I want to repeat something or use a similar yarn or something I have it all written down. And since I'm a geek that is now yet another blog! But this way it's also easy to search and can easily include pictures and links and all kinds of geeky goodness!

Without any further ado... off we go!

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This is from a pattern found here which I followed just about exactly since it was my first try.

I used some blue Red Heart Supersaver yarn that was in the craft closet. I used #7 needles, cast on 30 sts for the body, started with 6 sts for the ears (which were too big, should have done 5 sts). Body in stockinette, ears in garter, and a little coil of white i-cord for the tail. The body ended up 5 1/2 inches long (not including the tail) and it's about 3 inches across. The weave is nice and tight.

I'm supposed to write about the yarn too. It's nice that the stuff is non-dye lot, and it's inexpensive. But it felt kinda scratchy while I was working with it. The finished product doesn't feel scratchy though. Not really soft either, but definately not scratchy. If I'm using craft store yarn I'd rather use the Caron Super Soft stuff.

OK, so there's the first entry to the Craft Blog!

March 10, 2006

More Hopping

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Bunny try number 2! OK technically it's the third one, but the second one was a disaster and I need to rip it apart 'cuz it looks bizarre.

So this time I used the #7 needles again, cast on 30 sts, stockinette for the body, 5 sts, garter for the ears. And another i-cord tail. It's about 4 1/2 inches long not including the tail, and 2 1/2 inches wide. The weave is a little looser than I'd like. I think I'll try #6 needles and see if that works better.

The yarn is purple Jo Sharp Kid Mohair. The yarn was a little itchy to work with, but the end result is all fuzzy and soft so a little itchy in the creation is ok with me!

Update: I made another one with this yarn on #6 needles. I followed the exact same pattern, just changed the needles. I did indeed like the finished product better. It's slightly smaller, but it's tighter.

Another Bun

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There's a reason for all the bunnies, promise. They're for Sweet Binks to sell.

#7 needles again, cast on 25 sts for the body, 4 sts for the ears, i-cord tail. This guy ended up quite tiny, just 3 1/2 inches by 2 inches. I like how tight the weave is, so this yarn stays on the #7 needles.

And speaking of the yarn, it's light brown Caron Simply Soft. Very soft and smooth to work with. It's what I used for my crazy Dr. Who scarf and I like working with it. Hmmm, s'pose I need to make a post for that thing too!

April 7, 2006

My First Pillow

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I actually finished this a few weeks ago, I've just been pokey about posting it. It's not a scarf, it's not a bunny. It's a pillow! I wanted to try doing a pattern and a pillow seemed like a good idea, it's smaller and isn't gonna take forever if I don't like the pattern or if I screw up.

I used some Micro Spun yarn by Lion's Brand (turquoise) on #4 needles.

Cast on 74 sts... the pattern... reverse stockinette for 2 sts, stockinette for 10 sts, reverse for 2, stockinette for 10, reverse 2, stockinette 10, reverse 2... did 6 repeats of that so it ends up being 2 10 2 10 2 10 2 10 2 10 2 10 2. Knit the knits, purl the purls for 6 rows (there and back) then one row (there and back) of reverse stockinette. Go back to the pattern for 6 more rows, then the one row of reverse. Repeat that 12 times so I ended up with a piece of fabric 12"x24". I ended up with 6 pattern blocks the short way and 12 pattern blocks the long way. Fold it in half, mattress stitch up the sides, stick a pillow form inside, stitch up the top. Voila!

I had a lot of fun making this. I learned some new stuff, and it's functional! The yarn is really smooth and ends up quite soft, not fuzzy, but soft. Because it's so smooth it does show every single imperfection, but that also makes it much easier to see what you're doing. So it's a good thing and a bad thing. Plus the color matches my futon cover!

Time for a close up!

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Keva's Pillow

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I know these posts are right on top of each other, but the projects were actually finished a couple weeks apart. This one I finished up last night.

I've told people at work that if they want something they just have to buy me the yarn. Keva was the first to take me up on it! I originally started trying a more complicated pattern, but the yarn just wasn't conducive to that. So I went with some simple stripes.

The pattern: cast on 45 on #7 needles, stockinette for 4 rows (there and back), reverse stockinette for 1 row (there and back) repeat! I repeated the pattern 16 times and ended up with a 12"x24" piece of fabric just like the other pillow. It was slightly loose around the 12 inch pillow form, but not big enough for a 14 inch pillow. So maybe 40 or 42 stiches for a 12 inch pillow? Or 15 repeats of the pattern instead of 16? It wasn't horrible, just a little more space than I would have liked.

The yarn: It was some blue TLC Amore (by Red Heart). It's very soft and there's lots of little loops all through the yarn. So it's hard to see the stitch you just did! But it ends up really soft and fluffy. And the mattress stitch bits are invisible just because of the yarn. So it's ok if you screw up with this yarn!

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April 30, 2006

Fuzzy Blue Bun

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I still have a bunch of the blue yarn I used for the Keva Pillow so I decided to make a bun!

As mentioned before, this is TLC Amore yarn, blue (obviously). I used #7 needles, co25. The bun is about 4.5" by 3.5". I really like the end result. He's really fuzzy and the yarn kinda hides the stitches so it's just fluffy. I had similar issues as with the pillow with the needles hanging on the loops of the yarn every now and then. Nothing horrid, just irritating every now and then.

(I've knitted up a second square, just haven't stitched up the bun yet. I'll let you know how that turns out! 2nd bun - #6, co30)

Purple Bunny

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For some reason the color turned out a tad brighter in the picture than the reality! It's a very pretty deep purple, but it's not quite as bright as the picture looks. I think the sunlight made the bunny very happy!

So we have some Caron Simply Soft (violet) on #7 needles, co30, co5 for the ears. End dimensions: 4.5" by 3.5".

I'm not going to say much more about this one. I've already expressed my enjoyment of this yarn and it's another bunny. We've all seen Suni's Buns by now!

Bright Bunny!

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Hey look! It's another bunny! This one is alson on Caron Simply Soft (lemonade), but on #6 needles this time. co30, co5 for ears. End dimensions: 4.25" by 3.25". So just a quarter inch smaller than on the #7 needles. Sooner or later I will figure out how to get consistent ears!

Nautie, Nautie...

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I found a link to the pattern for this bugger somewhere (no idea where, don't remember) It's a nautilus! How cool is that?

I didn't want to use anything of the "fancy" yarn variety since I didn't really know what I was doing. So I went with the old reliable Caron Simply Soft (grape & orchid for the shell, off white for the face) I followed the pattern pretty much exactly, I used #6 needles instead of #4 (there's a UFO on my #4's at the moment) I also had a hard time curling the thing as I went. So I made it straight and then curled it after it was all knitted up. Much easier!

The shell part is about 5.5" across, the face adds another couple inches to that.

I had fun making it. I managed to conquer dpn's! Woot! I kinda like making toy type things I think...

May 10, 2006

It's a Hat!

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OK, it's actually a really bad picture of a hat, but you get the idea.

I used this pattern along with some leftover yarn from the Harry Potter scarf I made for Keva a couple years ago. I followed the pattern with the one exception that I used #6 needles instead of the #9's that the pattern called for. They were the biggest needles I had on hand that didn't have something else on them. Oh, it also said to hold two strands together throughout, I didn't do that. I just did one strand.

The end result is really a quite fun hat! I think I might make another one at some point, but on bigger needles 'cuz on #6's it's a little big tight on my head. Of course I have a massive head so that might have something to do with it too.

I lost the lables for the yarn a long time ago, but I'm pretty sure it was Red Heart Super Saver. I'm not a fan! It's very scratchy and rough and I just don't like it. So next time, bigger needles, softer yarn. Because I really do like the hat, it's a fun design! And very quick, I knit this bugger up in just a couple days (an hour or two each day I think) Plus, I now know how to do short rows! Yay!

May 16, 2006

Happy Mother's Day!

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This little guy was my Mother's Day present to my mom. The pattern is here. The picture that goes with the pattern is rather more short and fat than mine, and the head looks different... I'll have to work on that next time...

I followed the pattern except for the recommended yarn. I used the old reliable Caron Simply Soft. I like using that stuff when I don't know what I'm doing!

May 21, 2006

Warshrag Fever!

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It's the slip-stitch warshrag from the MDK book!

I used a light blue and an off white 100% cotton worsted-weight from Sugar n'Cream. The pattern doesn't belong to me so I'm not reprinting it here. It was really fun and easy to knit up. The only problem I have is with the right edge, it just doesn't look smooth and "finished" to me. But I'm not really sure what to do about that.

I've heard other people have problems knitting with cotton, but I was ok with that. My only issue was that it has a kind of strange texture to it. It almost feels like cloth that has had soap dry in it, kind of waxy I guess. But the finished product doesn't have that feel at all. I've since started the bathmat project from the book with Peaches and Cream and it doesn't have that weird feel to it. No idea what that's all about.

(cross-posted to the MDK Knit-a-long)

Close up!

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May 25, 2006

For Amy

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This is the baby bib from the MDK book. I followed the directions exactly (I think!) using just about an entire ball of Peaches and Cream yarn (color, Sea Mist) and #7 needles.

And I just got an e-mail from work and the intended victim recipient of the bib arrived around 5 this morning! Apparently she was in labor during the 5 last night (my show in case you're wondering) I had no idea!

(cross-posted to the MDK Knit-A-Long)

In Use

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I just had to take a picture of this... I used my hand-knit! And oh my word does cotton take a long time to dry!

It's a Mitre!

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It's my first mitre! One of the other gals at the MDK KAL said they used Caron Simply Soft for a blanket and I realized that I have a ton of it laying around the house and there's nothing wrong with using acrylic yarn! And there ya go, 1 down 79 to go! Oh, I'm using #6 needles for this project.

I think I'm going to do black and another color for each mitre. Black & blue, black & purple, black & green, black & yellow... you get the idea.

June 4, 2006

Sock Numero Uno!

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I have finished my first sock! Go me! It isn't perfect, but I think it's a pretty decent sock.

Yarn Harlot's sock recipe from her book.

co 60 on #2s, 15 rows of 2x2 ribbing, 30 rows of stockinette, heel flap (about 25 rows), gussett and decreases according to her recipe, 26ish rows of stockinette, then a round toe following these instructions (I went through to the K4, K2tog... knit four rows plain step) and then grafted the toe.

Issues: holes along the heel flap where I picked up stiches, slightly loose around the ankle (even though the upper part and the foot part are fine) and funky bump where the toes were grafted.

Sock #2... I'm going to start with 56 stitches and see what happens...

June 13, 2006

It's my First Pair of Socks!

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They're done! They aren't perfect, there's some issues to be worked out, but they're socks and I made them!

And now the important stuff: I used Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock yarn, It's super soft and was extremely easy to work with. The lady at the yarn store said I'd need two skeins for a pair, but my leftover skeins are both the same weight as the socks so I think I can get another pair out of it! (have I mentioned I have tiny feet? seriously, I shop in the boys section of the shoe store for sneakers)

I used the Yarn Harlot's sock recipe for both of them. The first one was 60 stitches on a #2 needle, that one was a touch too big so I did the second one as 56 stitches. I also made the first one using dpn's and the second one doing Magic Loop. Personally, Magic Loop makes knitting socks fun for me, dpn's just made it a pain. I did 15 rows of 2x2 ribbing and then 30 of stockinette and then the heel and all of that. I'm not sure how many rows I did before I started decreasing for the toe, but I went until it reached the middle of the ball of my foot and then I did a round toe and then grafted when it was long enough.

For the second one I tried to deal with the holes along the heel flap by knitting into the back of the stitches after I picked them up. That helped. There's still a weird hole right at the spot where the heel flap starts and I'm not sure what to do about that, but the holes all down the side of the flap are gone. So that's one issue. They also seem a little baggy right around the top of my foot near my ankle. Kind of the opposite side of the sock from the heel. I'm really not sure what I need to change to fix that. Do I decrease before I start the heel? Not sure.

But hey, they're socks and I made them! Yay!

For my next trick I'll be trying Wendy's sock recipe to see how I like the whole toe-up short rows thing. Stay tuned!

July 11, 2006

More Bibbage

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I finished these ages ago but I've been very lazy about my FO posting!

On the right we have another bib from the MDK book. I followed the pattern for it using Peaches & Creme cotton yarn (color: Daisy) and finished it with a cute little happy face button. I have no idea if I attached the thing properly. I don't think I've every put a button on something before! I think I mentioned this before, but just to make sure... a bib according to the pattern in the book takes up nearly an entire ball of P&C.

On the left is a tweaked pattern. Does this officially make me a knitter? I'm tweaking patterns! I started with the ball band warshcloth pattern from the MDK book, bound off all but 11 stitches and then used those last 11 stitches to countinue the slip-stitch pattern up the strap. I didn't want to pick up more stitches for a second strap so I just made it extra long and put the button on the bib itself. The yarn is Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton in black and red. I used a little truck for the button. There must be quite a bit more yarn in a ball of the Lion Cotton than the P&C, 'cuz I still have quite a bit of it left! Mmmm... dishclothes....

I can't take credit for either of those design tweaks. They're both courtesy of other lovely knitters at the KAL (where this will be cross-posted)

Twist and Shout!

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This is my first finished scarf for the Think Pink Challenge. The idea is to make knitted or crocheted scarves (pink of course) for October for Breast Cancer Awareness. I believe they are being given away at some point, but please don't quote me! Go to the website and join in the fun!

Anyway. I used the pattern here I think I used #10 needles, but I'm not entirely positive. (I really need to post these things closer to when I finish them!) I do know that I used some Caron Simply Soft, dark pink for most of the rows and then light pink for the last couple (outside) rows.

OK. this pattern ends up incredibly cute, and I like the end result a lot. However! after the first couple rows I wanted to hurt someone. The increase rows made my hands hurt and cramp up just because it was all so tight. And can you say 720 stitch bind-off row? I honestly had to force myself to do "just a little bit more" in order to finish the stinking thing.

But I do like the end result a lot. So I'm going to try a different spiral scarf pattern and see if I like it better. I think just doing a different kind of increase would make it not so miserable. We shall see!

And because it just has to be included:

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That would be my co-worker Jeff. I had the finished scarf at work and he decided to model it (and his pop bottle) for me!

August 7, 2006

Socks the Second

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I've been really bad about posting FO's lately! I finished these socks a good month ago (at least!) Oh well, here's the vital info anyway.

These are my second pair of socks and I decided to try the toe-up method that Wendy lays out in her book. I know it's on her website somewhere as well. I used Regia sock yarn on #1 needles, Magic Loop style. I love the Magic Loop! I started off with 60 sts around, did my first short row heel (which I like much better than the heel flap) and then 60 sts for the leg with a little bit of 2x2 rib around the top. On the second sock I decreased to 56 sts for the leg part, I found that more comfortable.

At this point I'd like to include my spi and such, but I am at work and the socks are at home. I shall measure when I get home tonight!

As for the yarn... I really like the coloring of this particular kind of Regia. Each of the plies is a different color and it gives the whole thing a very uniform and yet also varied look. I like it!

September 10, 2006

Keva Socks

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These are the first socks I've made for someone else, and I'm incredibly lazy about my FO posting! They've been finished since the beginning of July!

Keva has been the knit object guinea pig of choice so they're for her. She picked out the yarn and after feet measuring I made socks! I didn't want to do anything complicated just yet, so these are straight stockinette, 60 sts around, toe-up, with a 2x2 rib on the cuffs for a couple inches. This was my first time using a self-striping yarn and I'm pretty happy with my matching. It made the leg part really easy. I just did the ribbing over the same part of the pattern, no measuring!

I used size 1 needles, and Clown yarn by Marks & Kattens. So this is also my first time using a cotton blend. Keva said they fit fine when she first put them on, but they stretched a tad as she wore them. So, knowing that and how it knit up, if I use this yarn again (which I will, I have more in my sock yarn bin!) I'll do it on size 0 needles, and a little bit smaller.

Continue reading "Keva Socks" »

October 3, 2006

Light Washing

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I've decided to work on FO posting today. So this'll probably be the first of a bunch of entries today.

This washcloth has been finished since the second week of August. It was the beginning of the month pattern from the Yahoo monthly dishcloth group for August. It was my first time knitting a pattern like this without knowing what it would end up as. I quite enjoyed it! It was fun to guess what it could be.

The yarn is Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton in purple. I've been using this one lately in the kitchen and the purple is bleeding just a tad. Just enough to give the dish water a slight lavender cast. I need to go hunting for how to set a color so that I'll be able to send it through the washing machine with other stuff.

Oh, and I used size 7 needles. That size seems to work the best for me with this particular kind of yarn.

Socks for Mom!

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While I was home on vacation at the end of June Mom and I went to the LYS and she picked out some sock yarn for me to make socks for her. They had Mountain Colors, which I hadn't seen but had heard wonderful things about it. One skein of the Winter Sky colorway later...

I started on size 0's, but the fabric was tighter than I like so I switched to 1's. My mom's feet are rather longer than mine so that was interesting! I kept thinking it was just entirely too much sock! I also tried to do a pattern on the legs for the frst time and had a really hard time getting the sizing right. I ended up frogging the leg on the first sock three times before finally going with stockinette with ribbing at the top. Mom also asked that the leg parts be longish, well longer than I like mine. So lots of kniting!

The yarn is incredibly yummy and they have such amazing colorways. Just a couple days ago I bought two skeins of it for a scarf that's been rattling around my head for a while. (which has now been started and I think will turn out well)

Sock close up!

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I mailed them off to Mom and they are now traveling with her and my dad on their current work trip. I should ask her to take pictures of them there, that would be cool.

January 29, 2007

Pink Waves

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This is Wavy from Knitty. I finished it waaaaaay back at the end of September, but I am a horrible F'ed O poster! This was one of the two scarves I sent to the Think Pink Challenge. The other was the Twisty scarf.

I didn't mess with the pattern at all, the only thing I did differently was that I used Lion Brand Microspun instead of the Cascade 220 that was called for. I used the fuchsia colorway to fit with the whole Thinking Pink of the challenge. I've used the yarn before and I really like it. It's beautifully soft and smooth. This scarf used 2 skeins of the stuff.

I liked knitting this pattern quite a bit. It's a knit/purl pattern that makes the waves and (to me anyway) it almost has the look of cables without actually being cables. It's also reversible which is a lovely quality in a scarf!

Stop!

Macro Time!

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Yes, I know. I am a complete and total dork.

KP Memories Lacy Socks

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I'm working my way through my FO's so here we have a pair of socks I finished around the beginning of October.

Of course I finished these before I started keeping track of exactly what I was doing so I don't remember how many stitches I used or anything like that. I might have used a size 0 needle or a size 1, I'm just not sure! (I have since learned my lesson and now write it all down)

The bits I do remember... the yarn is KP Memories in the Pansy colorway. I used a little lacy pattern from Wendy (it's near the bottom of that entry) for the leg. It was toe-up (of course), short-row heel, I'm not sure if I was still doing short row toes at that point or if I'd switched to the Knitty magic cast-on by then. I know this was my first attempt at a picot bind off and I did the *yo, k2tog* then knit a couple rows for the hem and then sew the whole thing down method. I did not like it! It was a pain and I don't particularly like the way it turned out. I've done picot's the other way now and that seems to work a lot better for me.

Hey! It's a Washcloth!

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This was the August Mid Month pattern from the Yahoo Monthly Dishcloths group. Based on when I took the picture I think I finished this sometime around the end of September/beginning of October.

I used Sugar n'Cream and size 7 needles. The colors I used were Light Blue (00026) for the solid and Pretty Pastels (00199) for the variegated.

I like this pattern quite a bit. I like the little blips of color in the middle of the main color. They kind of look like little flower buds to me.

More FO's of the Washrag Vareity

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This is what happens when I procrastinate.

This one was the beginning of the month pattern for September in the Monthly Dishcloths Yahoo group. I finished it after the August Mid-Month one so I'm thinking beginning of October-ish for this one.

Size 7 needles again (those work the best for me with dishcloth cotton yarn), this time the yarn is Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton, they seem to just call it Lion Cotton now but that's what the ball band said. It comes in great big balls and I love that!

Blue Leaves

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I think this is the last washcloth for a while. This one is the Mid-September pattern from the aforementioned Monthly Dishcloths Yahoo group. It seems I finished this one around the beginning of October as well. I bought the yarn on October 14th and took the picture on the 16th so apparently it was a pretty quick knit!

I used the cotton cone yarn that I bought at Webs in October, doubled because it's pretty thin yarn. The end result is a lot thinner than the washcloths with the regular kitchen cotton kind of yarn. I think if I vary the way I hold the two strands together I could get it to either stripe or be kind of uniformly multi-colored. If I single-strand it it'd probably work for something for my mom. She likes her washcloths thin!

The pattern seems like it would transfer easily to a scarf or a shawl.

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Kool Aid Socks

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This is the result of my first Kool Aid dying. (the shot was taken on the way back home from a day wandering around Boston) The base yarn is KP Bare. Keva came over and we mostly just played and squirted colors all over, it was great fun! The thing I find really interesting is that both socks are from the same skein, but one of them has a distinct pinkish cast to it while the other one stayed more white. I'm not sure what caused that but it intrigues me!

And once again we are in the time before I learned to write everything down. (end of October finish date for these guys) I'm sure I used size 0 needles, I almost always do. It was probably something around 64 or 68 stitches around. There's a tad over an inch of 2x2 rib at the top and I used the EZ sewn bind-off.

I've worn them a number of times since I finished them and they're super comfy. I have more Bare laying around and I really need to do some more dying. It's fun!

Knucks

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Presenting Knucks from Knitty. I used Rowan Wool Cotton in color 955 Ship Shape, which is a slightly blueish green. It's really soft and yummy to work with.

Size 4 needles as per the pattern, of course I used a circular and did it Magic Loop style instead of on dpn's but that's not really a pattern modification. For the fingers I did 7 rows on each of them. If I do this pattern again I'd do a couple fewer rows on the pinky finger, but the rest of them were fine.

On the cuff I did 2 rows of 1x1 rib, then shifted the rib over one and did 3 rows, shifted again and went 4 rows, and one more time for 5 rows.

See that little strand at the bottom of the picture? That's how much was left when I bound off the second glove. Next time I'm dividing my ball in half! That was waaaaay more stress as I was finishing than I'd like!

These now live in the control room at work. The temperature in there is erratic at best and it can get quite cold. I tend to be fine with it but I'm a cold loving weirdo. Hats and jackets aren't unusual in there. I was watching people sitting on their hands to warm them up between segments so I decided to make these for everyone to share! They're incredibly soft and I'll probably make a pair for myself at some point.

They were also a very fast knit, just a couple days. It's always fun to have an FO so soon after starting! (that'd be a couple days at the end of October in case you were wondering)

Keva's Kool Aid Socks

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These are the socks from the yarn that Keva dyed when we had our Kool Aid dying day. I finished them back in the middle of November.

Close up time!

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The stats:
Needles: Size 0
Yarn: KP Bare
Pattern: Generic toe-up stockinette with a couple inches of 2x2 rib at the top
Sizing: 14sts/needle at the toe, increases to 34sts/needle for the foot, 7.75" 'till the heel, 8 wraps/side for the heel
SPI: 8.25

(note to self: 7.75" is a teensy bit too long, stay closer to 7.5")

January 30, 2007

MD Washcloth

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The Mason Dixon Washcloth from the MDK book.

I followed the pattern from the book using size 8 needles and Sugar n'Cream in the Buttercream Ombre colorway. My first time doing bobbles, they weren't difficult, just kind of a pain. I knit most of this while watching the Survivor finale on the CBS website in my dad's office! It was while I was home in December for Christmas and Mom and Dad had company so I made myself scarce.

I made this as a present along with some handmade soap and I couldn't find an appropriate ribbon to sinch up the top. So I made about 20 inches of i-cord with the leftover yarn and voila! A tie! Worked quite well. I'm sure I'll do this again since it's fairly fast and it does make a great gift.

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The colors are off in this shot, but it's the only one that shows the i-cord tie.

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Dancing Socks

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More socks! These are for me. I finished them during the family Christmas gathering on December 23rd. I don't remember when I started them, but I know I did a LOT of sock knitting on the plane home!

I hadn't ever worked with a yarn with elastic in it before, that was interesting. I like it quite a bit, but unfortunately this particular yarn has been discontinued and the only colorways left are ones that I don't care for. And honestly I'd like these a LOT if they didn't have the green and orange. They're still fun the way they are, but I'd like them better if it were just the pink, purple, yellow in there. I did a picot bind-off on these, but I didn't do any ribbing before I bound off. So the stockinette curls and it ends up looking like a rolled edge instead of a picot edge.

The stats:
Needle: size 0
Yarn: KP Dancing, Tap colorway
Pattern: generic toe-up, stockinette, picot bind-off
Sizing: 14sts/needle for the toe, increase to 30/needle, 6" 'till the heel, 7 wraps/side for the heel
SPI: 7

note to self: next time you use an elastic yarn, make the sock smaller than normal!

February 3, 2007

My So Called Scarf

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It's my first My So-Called Scarf!

I started out knitting this on 11's like the pattern says, but it seemed kind of tight so I switched to 13's (I don't think I have any 12's for some reason) and those gave me a fabric I liked a lot better. Once I got the hang of how to manipulate the stitches I enjoyed knitting this. And each row is pretty much the same so there wasn't a lot to remember which is nice.

The yarn I used was from my aunt. She wanted me to make her socks and my standard response is "buy me yarn, I'll make you socks." She picked out some yarn and sent it my way, it was rather too thick though so I found sock yarn in similar colors for her socks and decided to use this yarn for something else. This yarn would be two skeins of Lion Brand Jiffy in colorway #325 El Paso.

I finished it January 12th after about a week of working on it and then mailed it off to the Red Scarf Project.

The colors are more accurate in the... Close up!

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Aunty Patty's Gedifra Socks

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These are the socks I made for my aunt. I thought the colors matched well with the yarn she sent me. For some reason, even though the two balls I used were from the same dye-lot they seem to have different color repeats, which I find interesting and a tad confusing! It was a little bit scratchy to knit, but the socks don't feel scratchy to me and I'd be willing to bed that they'll soften after they're washed.

They took about 2 weeks to finish, ending on January 23rd and I really need to mail them so my aunt can enjoy them! They are for her after all.

The stats:
Needles: size 0
Yarn: Gedifra Fashion Trend Sportivo, colorway #5712
Pattern: generic toe up, 3x1 rib at the top, sewn bind-off
Sizing: 12sts/needle for toe, increase to 32/needle, 8" until heel, 8 wraps/side for the heel
SPI: 8

Packers Socks

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Miss Lime mentioned this yarn a couple podcasts ago. As she said, even though it's called the "Oregon Ducks" colorway, it's just about the perfect Packers colors. My best friend happens to love the Packers. How could I resist this yarn then? It's DK weight yarn which I don't think I've ever used for socks. I used Lorna's for my first pair and have pretty much stuck with the skinny sock yarns ever since. The knitting sure went a lot faster with the thicker yarn! They took maybe 4 days to finish and that's really fast for me. (Finished around January 28th)

This stuff is wonderfully soft! My only complaint is that some of the green came off on my needles (and my fingers!) Not a ton, just enough to make it annoying. But oh well, the end result is really soft and yummy and pretty so I'm ok with a little green here and there!

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The stats:
Needles: Size 1
Yarn: Fancy Image Yarn, Oregon Ducks colorway
Pattern: generic toe-up, about an inch of 2x2 rib at the top, picot bind-off
Sizing: 10sts/needle for the toe, increase to 26sts/needle, 7.5" until the heel, 6 wraps/side

February 4, 2007

Cabled Shawl

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It's my first clothing item that isn't either a rectangle or a sock! I worked on this pretty much exclusively (which is pretty rare, I'm usually doing multiple projects at once) for the first couple weeks of December.

I started with the basic construction of a Stahman Faroese shawl, but instead of lace I stuck cables all over it. The neck band is a simple little 4 stitch wide cable, then that follows all the way down both sides and eventually across the bottom of the finished shawl. There were a couple stitches worth of reverse stockinette on either side of the cable, the "outside" side was whipstitched down so the rope is the very outside edge of the finished product.

A little futzing in Excel and I came up with a chart for the dimensions and where the increases would go, and then I sketched cables. Lots and lots of cables. That part was incredibly fun, something about figuring out how to get them to fit where I wanted really appealed to my geeky little self. Once I had that all figured out I just followed the chart that I made. I did the chart backwards on one of the sides so that the cables mirror each other from the right to the left.

When I was starting this I decided to figure out the "cabling without a cable needle" thing. I am very glad that I did! That made this go a lot faster. I also completely fell in love with cables while knitting this. I like the way they look, I like knitting them, I like figuring them out and creating them from knotwork... they just plain old make me happy!

I used Cascade 220 in colorway #9456 which is a pretty heathery blue, and a size 8 circular needle. This used about 5 and a half skeins.

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February 13, 2007

Sock it to Me Puzzle Socks

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More socks! What can I say? I like making socks! Elann had a sale a month or so ago for a bag of 10 balls of this yarn for 20 bucks. How can you resist that? So I found a bag that had a colorway I liked and a colorway that Keva liked. Since I was buying it regardless I figured I'd make sure someone else liked the colors so I wouldn't have 5 identical pairs of socks! So these are for Keva.

This wasn't one of my favorite yarns ever to knit. It's not uncomfortable to knit or anything like that, it's just very string-like. It is 75% wool, but it has very little give and just about zero sproing factor. But it was really cheap so I'm not complaining!

I wanted to do little bitty picots across the top, but when I did picots by casting on one and then binding off 3, it did give me subtle little picot bumps, but the edge was really un-stretchy. So I decided to try the other method of picots. So after the inch of rib at the top I did a row of *yo, k2tog*. Since I had issues with the sewing down portion last time I did this I knit a good inch of stockinette to fold down inside the sock. That worked a LOT better. Having that extra fabric to work with made it not flare out weirdly. So yay!

These were started January 23 and finished February 11.

Close up!

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The stats:
Needles: Size 0
Yarn: Elann Sock it to Me Puzzle, color #717
Pattern: generic toe-up, inch of 2x2 rib, picot bind-off (yo, k2tog method, inch of selvage)
Sizing: 14sts/needle for toe, increase to 30/needle, 7.5" till the heel, 7 wraps per side on the heel
SPI: 7.5

March 18, 2007

Monkey Socks!

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Yay! I finally finished another pair of socks! Patterned socks seem to take me forever. I can blaze through generic ones in no time, but make me follow a pattern and I knit like a snail. This wasn't even a difficult pattern! Quite straightforward and enjoyable, it just makes me pokey for some reason.

Anyway! These are Monkey from Knitty. The pattern is written top down, so of course I had to screw with it and make it toe-up. The first thing I tried was just flipping the little chart upside down. That didn't work. I'm sure there's a way to make something that looks the same as the top-down version, but I didn't really want to work at it that hard. So the pattern on my socks is upside down.

I usually use a short-row heel, but in this case I thought the Widdershins heel (also from knitty) would work better. Short-row heels are my favorite, but at the moment the Widdershins heel is running a very close second. I've never had an issue with having to pick up extra stitches or weird holes, it's a very nice heel! And I think I finally have the math of it down so it should be pretty easy to use it whenever I want from now on.

So, starting at the toe... the pattern is 16 stitches wide, so two repeats across the top of the foot and then stockinette on the bottom. I did 3 full pattern repeats going up the foot, plus 6 rows, then started the gusset for the heel. At that point it's just a matter of keeping track of both which row of the heel you're on and which row of the pattern. The pattern page I printed out has little hash marks all over it! But it worked! Once the heel was finished I brought the pattern all the way around the leg. If I were to do this again I would send the pattern down the heel flap. I wasn't sure of my math and didn't want to have to frog back so I did a plain stockinette heel. But I'm pretty confident at this point that I have a handle on how the heel works so I should be able to do that in any future socks!

The pattern called for 6 repeats up the leg and I did that followed by 10 rows of 1x1 twisted rib and an EZ sewn bind-off. At any rate, the leg goes up higher than I usually have my socks go and the top repeat or so are a tad tight, not enough that it's going to bug me wearing them, but enough that it kind of distorts the pattern. I'm thinking either going up a needle size for that last repeat or else adding a couple stitches would fix that.

I used Lorna's Laces and loved it. It's so soft and sproingy. I had used Lorna's before (for my very first pair of socks) but I think because I had zero sock knitting experience at that point I didn't really appreciate the yarn. Now I know that I love it. And her colors are so beautiful!

And finally... heel close up!

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The Stats...
Needles: Size 0
Yarn: Lorna's Laces in Purple Club
Pattern: Monkey from Knitty, toe-up, Widdershins heel.
Sizing: 14/needle for the toe, up to 32/needle, 5" until heel (Widdershins)
SPI: 8 (in stockinette)
Started: 2-12-2007
Finished: 3-17-2007

April 27, 2007

Provisional Cast On

I've always had a hard time getting a crocheted provisional cast-on to work properly. I have a hard time picking up the stitches right and it never seems to unzip properly.

And then I saw a gal do it a different way on Knitty Gritty (and of course I can't remember who it was or which episode it was) and this way works for me. I haven't found a good explanation of it so this is my attempt at explaining it myself!

Apologies for the one-handed photography, I couldn't figure out a better way to do it. Here goes:

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It starts with a crochet chain a couple stitches long, you aren't going to use these, they're just there to anchor the thing.

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Grab your knitting needle and hold the chain on one side of it and the working yarn on the other (that's the working yarn kind of hanging behind the needle)

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Pull the working yarn around the needle and pull it through making another chain stitch.

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And now we have this, that working yarn is now in front of the needle so flip it back around to the other side so it's hanging behind like it was before. Keep doing that until you have the right number of stitches on the needle and Voila:

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After the right number of stitches are on there I do a couple chains to anchor the other end too. And now there's a nice neat row of stitches on the needle ready to be used. Yay!

NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

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I went to put on this pair of socks today and there is a hole in them! They've been worn maybe 4 times tops. They're super comfy and were one of my favorite pairs, but the legs on both of them have pilled quite a bit and now there's apparently a strand that broke entirely. Now I'm afraid to knit up the other skein of this yarn that I have! (it's KP Memories)

The feet seem to be fine and aren't pilling so I'm wondering if maybe it's the pattern that made that happen? I do have a some of the yarn left so I'm kind of thinking of ripping out the legs and reknitting them as stockinette. But just the thought of ripping these out is freaking me out a little bit.

Ack!

April 28, 2007

Weirdness

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OK, this is bizarre. In that picture there is very clearly a hole. There are loops on the right that ARE NOT attached to anything.

And yet somehow, when I unraveled the leg today... there was no break in the yarn. I am so confused. And of course the thing is unraveled now so there is zero chance of me figuring out what the heck happened.

May 1, 2007

Aunty Patty Blue Sockotta

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Finished socks! These are for my aunt (which you could probably gather from the post title) and they'll be in the mail shortly. They're my standard generic toe-up pattern in Plymouth Sockotta. I hadn't knit with this yarn before. It's 45% cotton, 40% superwash, 15% nylon. So obviously it isn't as sproingy as a lot of the wool yarns, but it's plenty soft and I love the way the colors blend together.

And now I shall go back to re-knitting legs on my poor holey socks! (one's done, started the second yesterday)

The Stats...
Needles: size 0
Yarn: Plymouth Sockotta color #08
Pattern: generic toe-up stockinette, short-row heel, with some 2x2 rib at the top
Sizing: 14/needle at the toe, increase to 32/needle, 8" until the heel, decreased to 30/needle for the leg
SPI: 7
Started: 3-17
Finished: 4-28

May 25, 2007

Clapotis

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I finished my Clapotis! I used laceweight instead of the thicker yarn the pattern called for so I did a ton more repeats than the pattern called for. I'm not exactly sure how many more, but I ended up using 24 stitch markers (that'll make sense to anyone who's actually knit the pattern) It's a fun pattern and I'm sure I'll knit it again at some point. I love how easy it is to modify it for different sizes/yarns!

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I wasn't paying the best attention to where the halfway point was so I ended up needing to use just a tiny bit of a third skein. Like maybe 50 yards tops of that third skein. But I knew I had that third skein as backup so I wasn't too concerned about running out! I did make an attempt at blocking it since I didn't like the ways the corners were curling, and I like it better blocked! Finding a place long enough to pin it out was a challenge though!

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The Stats...
Needles: size 3 (3.25mm)
Yarn: KP Shimmer in the Stained Glass colorway, two skeins plus a tad (about 920 yards total)
Pattern: Clapotis from Knitty
Sizing: 18ish inches wide by 88ish inches long
SPI: 7 in the stockinette parts
Started: 10-21-2006
Finished: 05-23-2007

May 29, 2007

Coronet

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This is going to be for the Harlot event at Webs tomorrow. I used a pattern from Knitty with Cascade 220 superwash. I figured superwash would be a better idea than something that needs handwashing for this purpose. Besides, it's Cascade which is such a wonderful wool!

I did have an issue with the pattern. Said issue is entirely mine and no fault of the designer! I'm just a doofus sometimes!

What I was supposed to do was knit the cabled band, and then knit the hat part, and then the band flips up so the part of the hat that goes across your forehead ends up with two layers. I did not notice this part of the instructions (again, my fault, no one else's) So I'm going along knitting the hat, stopping to measure it until I get the right length so I can start the decreases. I kept thinking, "This seems much too tall. Oh well, I'll trust the pattern, I know heads are always bigger than you think they are."

Do the decrease rows, bind off, I even wove in my ends! I hate weaving in ends!

And then I tried it on.

There's a good two inches of extra hat there!

This is when I went back and re-read the pattern and discovered what I had done. Of course if I flip the cabled part up, then it's the right size. But if I do that the thing will have the purl side out instead of the stockinette side.

I knew it was going to bug me, so I figured out where I should have started the decreases, unpicked my ends, and frogged back. It is now the correct size! The band doesn't flip up like the original, but it's a perfectly good hat regardless! And it will fit someone who is a human, as opposed to a conehead!

I mostly knit things like socks or if it is a larger project it's usually a small yarn/needles project. Heck, it's what I like so it's what I knit! But when I do knit something like this that is larger yarn/needles it always surprises me how fast it goes! (I know, I'm easily amused)

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The Stats...
Needles: 8 (5mm)
Yarn: Cascade 220 superwash - color 855
Pattern: Coronet from Knitty
Sizing: did the small size, but knit until about 6" instead of the 8.5" before the decreases because of my afformentioned pattern issue
SPI: 4
Started: 5-26-2007
Finished: 5-28-2007

June 11, 2007

Jitterbug socks

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These went fast! They're in Colinette Jitterbug which is slightly thicker than the sock yarn I usually use. It's very soft, and something I find interesting is that the inside of the socks (the reverse stockinette side) is softer than the outside of the socks. Usually I find that that's the other way around.

The first sock of the pair is the one that went with me to see the Harlot in Northampton. Had to have special sock yarn for that!

They're basically my standard generic toe-up sock formula. I've been experimenting with the Widdershins heel for my toe-ups and with this pair I'm finally sure I have the math of it down no matter what my starting number of stitches. So I think I'm going to start using it as my default heel instead of the short-row heel.

The other thing I did was use a double-crochet bind off instead of the EZ sewn bind off. It's nice and stretchy like the sewn bind off, but I don't have to worry about running out of yarn partway through! I used the Knitty tutorial for the how to's.

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The Stats...
Needles: 1 (2.5mm)
Yarn: Colinette JItterbug in Florentine
Pattern: generic toe-up, Widdershins heel, 2x2 rib at top, double crochet bind-off
Sizing: 14/needle up to 26/needle (started with 12/needle on the second sock), 5" until heel gusset start
SPI: 6.5
Started: 5-29-2007
Finished: 6-9-2007

June 19, 2007

Blue Swizzlers

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It's more socks! These were started because I was training someone at work and once we arrived at the "baby-sitting" portion of training I could knit while keeping an eye on him. But it needed to be something simple that I could put down at a moment's notice if I needed to jump in. So, plain vanilla toe-up stockinette it was! I love knitting stockinette socks anyway so it's not like this was much of a sacrifice!

This was my first time with this yarn. It's a teensy bit on the scratchy side, but I'm sure it will soften up once it's washed. That's what usually happens anyway. And I managed to get the stripes to match up with each other exactly. The toes match, heels match, ribbing matches. Which is just kind of fun. Not something that I have to have (fraternal socks are perfectly fine with me too!) but it makes me grin when it works out that well.

The Stats...
Needles: 0's (2mm)
Yarn: Reynolds Swizzle - color 4001
Pattern: generic toe up, 5" until the heel gusset start, Widdershins heel, 2x2 rib at the top, sewn bind-off
Sizing: 14/needle up to 30/needle
SPI: 7.5
Started: 5-23-2007
Finished: 6-15-2007

edited to add: The socks have now been through the washer and dryer and they did indeed soften up. They're now wonderfully soft and not even the tinniest bit scratchy. Yay!

June 26, 2007

Mom's Monkeys

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It's another pair of Monkeys! These are for my mom though. My last pair were for me. I did these basically the same way. I used Lorna's again, but in a different colorway. Red this time since my mom loves red. I also added one pattern repeat to the leg because she likes her socks tall.

I also started the pattern while I was still on the heel flap. I've done the Widdershins heel enough times at this point that I felt confident doing that and it worked! There's one pattern repeat on the heel flap before the leg starts.

I think I must have knitted slightly looser than before since I got 7.5 SPI this time vs. 8 SPI last time. Same yarn, same needles, so it must be me!

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The Stats...
Needles: 0 (2mm)
Yarn: Lorna's Laces - Red Rover colorway
Pattern: Monkeys, toe-up, Widdershins heel, added one pattern repeat to the leg
Sizing: 14/needle up to 32/needle, 7" until heel start
SPI: 7.5 in the stockinette
Started: 5-3-2007
Finished: 6-25-2007

June 27, 2007

Hand Painted Sunset Socks

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I'm calling these my Sunset Socks even though I realize they don't look particularly sunset-y. The reason is the yarn. I hand-painted it with Kool Aid and my inspiration was the colors in a sunset. The end result in sock form isn't particularly sunset-esque though. I am planning to try again but with longer color stretches and hopefully Sunset v. 2.0 will work out a bit better! You can see a bit of the color progression the way I was envisioning it in the bind-off on the bottom picture.

At any rate. It's KP Bare superwash which is lovely stuff. This is the third pair I've knit with it and I really like it. Very soft stuff!

This is what seems to be becoming my standard toe-up recipe. Magic Cast-on, Widdershins heel, 2x2 rib for a bit at the top, double crochet bind-off. It works for me!

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The Stats...
Needles: 0's (2mm)
Yarn: KP Bare, hand painted by me
Pattern: generic toe-up, Widdershins heel, 2x2 rib at top, double crochet bind-off
Sizing: 14/needle up to 32/needle, 3" until heel start
SPI: 8
Started: 6-15-2007
Finished: 6-27-2007

July 2, 2007

Mom's First Sock!

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Check it out! My mom made a sock!

I was home on vacation for the past week and she asked me to teach her how to make socks. So we made a couple tiny socks so we could do all the parts in the amount of time I had at home.

It's some leftover KP Bare of mine on size 1 (2.25mm) needles. We did a Magic Cast On starting with 6sts/needle, increased to 16st/needle. A couple inches and then a Widdershins heel. I modified the math for the heel to fit, then a bit of leg and some 2x2 rib until an EZ sewn bind-off.

I'm so proud :)

In case anyone is interested... the normal Widdershins heel turn is a total of eight rows that I do like this:
1) k until 16 before end, m1k, k1, w&t
2) p until 16 before end, m1p, p1, w&t
3) k until 4 before the wrapped stitch, m1k, k1, w&t
4) p until 4 before the wrapped stitch, m1p, p1, w&t
5) k until 4 before the wrapped stitch, m1k, k1, w&t
6) p until 4 before the wrapped stitch, m1p, p1, w&t
7) k until 4 before the wrapped stitch, m1k, k1, w&t
8) p until 4 before the wrapped stitch, m1p, p1, w&t
And then do the decrease rows as set up in the pattern. This just lets me do the heel turn part for different numbers of starting stitches without having to figure out the math every single time.

So for the baby sock we did five increase rounds for the gussett and then four rows like this for the heel turn:
1) k until 8 before end, m1k, k1, w&t
2) p until 8 before end, m1p, p1, w&t
3) k until 4 before the wrapped stitch, m1k, k1, w&t
4) p until 4 before the wrapped stitch, m1p, p1, w&t
And then the decrease rows.

July 16, 2007

Harry Potter Socks

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They're finally finished! These were started last September maybe? I'm honestly not sure. The yarn was purchased to be birthday socks for a friend. Said friend's birthday is in August. Yeah. They're a little late. I finished the first one, and the foot of the second, and then completely stalled out. But with the last book coming out I figured I really should finish them.

They're my standard toe-up stockinette for the foot, and this was before my discovery of the Widdershins heel, so it's short row heels. The leg pattern is from the 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns book.

The red one was finished ages ago and I didn't do any kind of cuff at the top so when I bound off it did this annoying curling thing. After I finished the yellow one I unpicked the bind-off and re-did it. I did a row with a bit of decreasing in it, and then two rows of a rib followed by a double crochet bind-off.

As for the yellow one... I had originally knit these on size 0 (2mm) Addi Turbos, but I really wasn't enjoying knitting on those. So when I was finishing the yellow leg I switched out my needles with what I thought were size 0 bamboos. But when I stuck them through my needle gauge, they were actually 2.25mm. I was already halfway through the leg though and didn't want to frog so oh well. In the final product it just makes the yellow one a little easier to put on than the red one. It's amazing to me that a quarter of a millimeter can have that much of an impact. (Yes, I know the math, it makes sense. But it still amazes me)

I didn't do any kind of decreasing before I started the rib at the top of the leg so the yellow one flares a bit at the top. It really doesn't when it's on a foot, just when it's sitting there.

And those are the finally finished Harry Potter socks!

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The Stats...
Needles: mostly 0's (2mm) but 1's (2.25mm) on the yellow one's leg
Yarn: Dale Baby Ull in Red #4227 and Yellow #2015
Pattern: toe up stockinette, short row heel, ripple pattern on the legs, funky rib at the top, double crochet bind off
Sizing: 10/needle (I think) up to 30/needle (I think), 7 or 8 wraps per side for the heel, up to 39/needle for the leg, 3 rows of a rib, on yellow - (k2, p, *k, p* repeat between * 5 times), on red (k2, p, k2, p, k, p, k2, p)
SPI: 8 in the stockinette
Started: last September?
Finished: 7-15-2007

August 13, 2007

Anastasia Socks for Mom

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I started these while I was home on vacation at the end of June. They'll be going in the mail shortly as they're for my mom! The pattern is toe-up so I didn't have to mess with that part of it. It's written with a short-row heel, but I swapped that out for a Widdershins heel. And I didn't do the cuff ribbing as written either. I did (k1, p1, k1, p2, k2, p1, k2, p1, k2, p2) 4 times. I don't remember why I changed that. Maybe I didn't have the pattern handy when it came time for the cuff? Not sure.

Once I did a couple rows in the pattern it was really easy to remember what I was supposed to do when. I'd like to try it again but with a bunch more of the spirally things instead of just 4 of them.

The yarn is the same kind I used for the Aunty Patty socks but a different colorway. I really like the way the colors work in this yarn, however it's a bit splitty which can be annoying if I'm not paying attention.

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The Stats...
Needles: 0 (2mm)
Yarn: Gedifra Fashion Trend Sportivo - colorway #5762
Pattern: Anastasia, done toe-up with a Widdershins heel
Sizing: 12st/needle up to 30/needle, 7" until heel gusset start
SPI: 8
Started: 6-27-2007
Finished: 8-10-2007

Purple/Blue/Yellow Handpaint

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I dyed the yarn for these when I was home on vacation in June. I brought home two skeins of KP Bare and Mom did one and I did one. It was great fun. I redid the skein so I could have nice long stretches of color, nothing measured, just longer than normal! I have dyed this yarn before, but I hadn't knit any of it up yet. It takes the dye beautifully.

It's a tad scratchier than the merino KP Bare, but it isn't merino so that's to be expected! They feel good on my feet though and I've definitely knitted with scratchier! They're my standard toe-up formula, I did 1x1 twisted rib on the cuff instead of my normal 2x2 though. The Monkey socks use the twisted rib and I like the way it looks so I figured I'd use that.

And now I don't have any socks OTN so I need to go cast something on!

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The Stats...
Needles: 0's (2mm)
Yarn: KP Bare Peruvian, dyed by me
Pattern: generic toe-up, Widdershins heel, 10 rows of 1x1 twisted rib at the cuff, double-crochet bind off
Sizing: 14/needle up to 30/needle, 5" until heel gusset start
SPI: 8
Started: 7-15-2007
Finished: 8-12-2007

Spiraling Cables Socks

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These have been finished for a good week, I've just been pokey about posting them! I felt the urge to do a little cabling, but I didn't want to purl. So I went with some little two stitch wide cables that are against stockinette. A little futzing in Excel and I had a chart, but once I did a couple repeats I really didn't need it.

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The chart got flipped for the second sock so the spirals go in different directions. I used a Widdershins heel, as it's my current default heel. I debated with adding more cables once I hit the leg, but I thought they were kind of fun as is, so the four cables that were on top of the foot are the only ones that travel around the leg. The little 1 stitch crosses on rows 13 & 15 aren't there on the leg, those are just for on top of the foot.

The leg is quite a bit longer than I usually do them 'cuz I wanted the cables to spiral around more. And there's a bit of 2x2 rib for the cuff. And in lieu of increasing stitches, I went up a needle size for the last few inches for a little calf shaping. Double-crochet bind off and voila! Socks!

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The Stats...
Needles: 0's (2mm), switched to 1's (2.5mm) near the top of the leg
Yarn: Artyarns Ultramerino 4 - colorway 114
Pattern: my own
Sizing: 14/needle up to 32/needle, 5" until heel gusset start
SPI: 7.5
Started: 8-13-2007
Finished: 9-10-2007

December 12, 2007

Peacock Feathers Shawl

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Wooo! Finished lace shawl!

This is by far the most complicated thing I've made. Not the largest, the insane Dr. Who scarf would be the largest, but that thing is just garter stitch so not complicated at all. I'm really happy with how it turned out. And it's nice to know that I can do lace. It requires a lot more out of me than most other knitting, but with a little extra concentration I can do it.

This was my mom's Christmas present. I told her she is not to expect anything like this every year! It took me more than three months of continuous effort and that's something that's hard for me. I do better if I can switch around a lot, so deadline knitting and I don't really get along very well.

The yarn is lovely. It's smooth and has a kind of shine to it (I think that's the silk?). I'm not sure how much of it I used since I forgot to weigh the finished shawl (which would at least give me an approximation) but the pattern says it's 1260 yards so I'm sure it was something around that. I still have a ton left on the cone.

The pattern is wonderful. I showed a picture of the finished shawl to someone at work and the first thing they said was "it looks like peacock feathers". Which it does!

And here's a bunch more pictures:






The Stats...
Needles: 4's (3.5mm)
Yarn: JaggerSpun Zephyr Wool/Silk - colorway: Iris
Pattern: Peacock Feathers Shawl
Sizing: 79" x 42"
SPI: not sure, I forgot to measure
Started: 8-30-2007
Finished:12-12-2007

October 5, 2007

Claudia Hand-Paint Socks

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These'd be socks. They're my standard generic. It's a new yarn for me, it's nice and sqooshy, and has that whole blue/purple thing going for it.

The Stats...
Needles: 0's (2mm)
Yarn: Claudia Hand-Painted Fingering - Ocean Depth
Pattern: my standard generic toe-up, 2x2 rib at the top
Sizing: 14/needle up to 30/needle, just shy of 5" to gusset start
SPI: 7.25
Started: 9-10-2007
Finished: 10-5-2007

October 1, 2007

Purse Stitch Scarf

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This doesn't have a home as of yet. I'm sure I'll give it to someone at some point, but I didn't start it with a specific goal in mind. Also didn't have a specific pattern. I used the "purse stitch" which is the November 8 page on the 365 Knitting Stitches Perpetual Calendar.

Cast on 28 and then just did that stitch until I ran out of yarn! Used 3 skeins of Patons SWS. This was my first time using this yarn. It's interesting, for the most part it's a pretty heavy yarn, but it does have moments of thick/thin. The end result is really soft and yummy feeling, but knitting it was slightly irritating, not scratchy, more like my skin was slightly sensitive to something in it.

Close up!

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I tried to stretch out the stitches in this one. When it's "at rest" it's a nice thick stitch, but it looks really cool when it's stretched out a bit. I think the stitch would probably work well as a string bag, it seems like it'd do that expanding thing quite well.

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The Stats...
Needles: 9's (5.5mm)
Yarn: SWS - colorway 70117
Pattern: Row 1: k1, *yo, k2tog*; Row 2: k
Sizing: 6" wide x 78" long
SPI: 4.5
Started: 9-11-07
Finished: 10-1-07

November 21, 2007

Sunset Socks Take 2

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This is my second attempt at making the sunset socks I see in my head. It's getting closer! The yellow is a bit on the thick side, but we're headed in the right direction.

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The Stats...
Needles: 0's (2mm)
Yarn:KP Bare Peruvian dyed by me
Pattern: standard generic, 8 rows of 1x1 twisted rib at the top
Sizing: 14/needle up to 30/needle, just shy of 5" to gusset start
SPI: 8
Started: 10-8-07
Finished: 11-21-07

December 12, 2007

Sunset Striping v 3.0

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Third attempt at the sunset socks. Continuing to get closer. This time the yellow part is nice and short, the orange and red are good. I think I'd like a bit more purple and blue and a little less white. The idea is that the white is clouds, but I think there's a few too many of them.

The yarn is the KP Bare superwash which I've used before and is incredibly soft and yummy.

I tried decreasing by 4 stitches once I got to the leg. Which seems to have worked well. The leg part seems to fit better if it's slightly smaller than the foot part. I have ridiculously wide feet so this does make sense, and I've also lost a pretty big chunk of weight over the past year so I'm sure that's affecting how the leg part fits as well.

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The Stats...
Needles: 0's
Yarn: KP Bare superwash dyed by me
Pattern: my standard generic, 4.75" to gusset start (this is a tad too short, I was experimenting), 1x1 twisted rib at the top
Sizing: 14/needle up to 32/needle, decreased to 30/needle for the leg
SPI: 8
Started: 11-22-07
Finished: 12-12-07

December 22, 2007

Black and Blue Puzzles

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The yarn for these is from the same bag as these socks just one of the other colors. They're my standard generic pattern. I'd like to run them through the washing machine once since that usually makes the slightly more string-like superwash bloom and soften up. I usually hand-wash all my socks so I don't have to keep track of which can go in the machine, but I think these should go through a machine at least once.

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The Stats...
Needles: 0's (2mm)
Yarn: Elann Sock it to Me Puzzle - color #720
Pattern: standard generic toe-up, 10 rows of 1x1 twisted rib, double crochet bind off
Sizing: 14/needle up to 30/needle, 5" to gussett start, decreased to 28/needle for leg
SPI: 8
Started: 12-13-07
Finished: 12-22-07

December 17, 2007

Basket Weave Dishcloth

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The picture isn't the best, the stitches just don't show up that well. When I took it I had to shoot inside and use my flash and that washed out the texture a bit.

I was home for Christmas and didn't know what to get my grandpa. My mom said she'd been helping him clean or organize his kitchen or something and they found a hand-knit washcloth in one of the drawers and he said how much he liked those. So I made him a couple! It's so much fun to be able to give someone something that they like and will appreciate. I love it when that happens. And ya know, he's my grandpa! It's wonderful to be able to make him happy.

The Stats...
Needles: 8's
Yarn: Lily - Buttercream ombre
Pattern: Woven Dishcloth, the pattern calls for 8 and a half repeats, but I did 9 and a half to make it more square
Sizing: 10.5" x 10"
SPI: 4
Started: 12-16-2007
Finished: 12-17-2007

December 18, 2007

Four Corners Dishcloth

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This was given to my grandpa along with the Basketweave Washcloth.

The end result is a fine washcloth, but I don't think I'll make this pattern again. The little hole things along the diagonals are a bit large for my taste; I did knit through back loops all over the place to tighten it up as much as possible.

The Stats...
Needles: 8's
Yarn: Sugar'n Cream, 00202 - midnight magic ombre
Pattern: 4 Corners Dishcloth
Sizing: 9.75" square
SPI: 4
Started: 12-17-2007
Finished: 12-18-2007

January 13, 2008

Anastasia of My Own

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I've made this pattern before for my mom, but these are for me. Like I said before I like this pattern, it's easy to memorize after just a couple rounds.

This is my first time using Koigu, I like it! Which probably isn't a big surprise, does anyone not like Koigu?

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The Stats...
Needles: 0 (2mm)
Yarn: Koigu KPPPM - P100 400
Pattern: Anastasia, swapped out the heel with a Widdershins, decreased a total of 4 stitches for the leg, 8 rows 1x1 twisted rib, double crochet bind off
Sizing: 14/needle up to 30/needle, decreased to 28/needle for the leg
SPI: 7.5
Started: 12-23-2007
Finished: 1-13-2008

July 7, 2008

KP Memories Socks

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Hey look! It's socks! I've used this yarn before so even though I haven't worn these yet I'm sure I'll love them. The pair I made before have done that wonderful slightly felting thing so they fit just perfectly and they're really comfy. It would appear that the yarn has been discontinued though, which makes me sad.

I did my standard generic toe-up pattern, which I really should write up as it's own entry at some point so I can link it.

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The Stats...
Needles: 0's
Yarn: KP Memories, Rocky Mountain Dusk
Pattern: standard generic toe-up, 10 rows of twisted 1x1 at the top
Sizing: 14/needle up to 30/needle, 5 inches to gussett start
SPI: 8
Started: 1-22-2008
Finished: 7-7-2008

February 17, 2008

Turkish String Bag

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After looking at a number of different string bag patterns I finally went with this one. Partway through the body I decided to try decreasing one stitch so I'd have an odd amount. I thought that'd make the pattern work just doing the same row instead of switching between the two rows. That didn't work. It doesn't affect the structure of the bag, it just has a slightly different pattern for a chunk in the middle. That part shows up in the second photo.

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The only problem I have with the bag is that when I'm shopping (I use these for grocery shopping) the opening is so large that it tends to just pool around the outside of the stuff that's in the bag. I made a couple more of these and modified the pattern just a bit on those.

The Stats...
Needles: size 15's (10mm)
Yarn: Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton - 208 Wedgewood
Pattern: Turkish String Bag
Sizing:
SPI:
Started: 2-9-08
Finished: 2-17-08

February 24, 2008

Modified Turkish String Bag

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My second string bag.

I modified the pattern a bit for this one... cast on 10 instead of 15 and then 20 rows of garter instead of 32. Picked up 10 stitches per side for a total of 40. Increased to 80 on the first row, the body I did as written. On the decrease row I k2tog all the way around, instead of on half of it. Then 8 rows of garter like the pattern, then k10, bind off 10, k10, bind off 10, and the strap as written.

It's basically just a little bit smaller than the written pattern, and the top is more of a round shape. This one works a lot better when I'm shopping, it stays around whatever I put in it instead of collapsing around the outside.

The Stats...
Needles: 15's (10mm)
Yarn: Peaches & Cream - 165 Daisy Ombre
Pattern: String Bag
Sizing:
SPI:
Started: 2-17-08
Finished: 2-24-08

July 17, 2008

Regia Stretch Socks

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Socks... normal generic pattern. I didn't increase to quite as many stitches as I normally do though because this yarn has some elastic to it. The last pair of socks I made with a stretchy yarn I did to my normal size and they feel loose on my feet. So these are slightly smaller than normal to compensate for the stretchy.

The colors are ridiculous, but I thoroughly enjoy having ridiculously colored socks.

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The Stats...
Needles: 0's (2mm)
Yarn: Regia Stretch - colorway 82
Pattern: standard generic toe-up
Sizing: 14/needle to start, up to 28/needle, 5" to heel increases, Widdershins heel, 10 rows of 1x1 twisted rib, double crochet bind-off
SPI: 8
Started: 6-20-2008
Finished: 7-17-2008

July 7, 2008

Modified String Bag the Second

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Third string bag!

This one is basically the same as my last modified string bag, just a different color. The body is slightly shorter as well, closer to 10" until the garter stitch rows instead of the 12" in the pattern.

The Stats...
Needles: 15's (10mm)
Yarn: Peaches & Cream - 130 Shaded Pastels
Pattern: String Bag
Sizing:
SPI:
Started: 07-06-2008
Finished: 7-07-2008

August 30, 2008

Blue Tofutsies Socks

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Generic socks...

This yarn totally rocks. The ball looks so tiny and the yarn itself looks so thin, but once I got going it was great. It's really soft and comfy stuff, and there's a huge amount of yarn in one ball. A lot more than I expected given it's size. I think I used just barely more than half of it and I made this pair quite a bit taller than I usually do. I'm pretty sure I'll be able to get a second pair out of it without too much difficulty.

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The Stats...
Needles: 0's (2mm)
Yarn: Tofutsies - Color 91506-82
Pattern: my standard generic
Sizing: 14/needle up to 30/needle
SPI: 7.5
Started: 7-21-2008
Finished: 8-30-2008

October 26, 2008

Orange Trekking Socks

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Not much to say about these, they're my standard generic. It is the first time I've used Trekking. I like it quite a bit! The finished product is nice and soft, and the fabric is on the thinner side. Didn't weigh the remaining ball, but I think I used just slightly more than half of it.

The Stats...
Needles: 0's (2mm)
Yarn: Trekking XXL - colorway 124
Pattern: generic
Sizing: 14/needle up to 30/needle
SPI:
Started: 9-16-2008
Finished: 10-26-2008

December 6, 2008

OnLine Socks

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Socks. Yes, I'm very exciting.

I really like the yarn, it has a constant black ply throughout and then colors changing on the other ply. I really like the way that particular combination works. It makes the color changing just a bit more subtle, not that I don't love stripes, just that sometimes a person wants something not quite so bold.

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The Stats...
Needles: 0's (2mm)
Yarn: OnLine color #842
Pattern: my generic
Sizing: 14/needle up to 30
SPI: 7
Started: 10-27-2008
Finished: 12-06-2008

November 21, 2008

Bamboozled Headband

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So I started walking recently and discovered a need for something to cover my ears. Hats don't work since I have a large amount of hair that's usually up in a ponytail. Therefore I needed a headband.

It works really well, the only issue I have is that tying the ties without getting my hair all caught in them is a bit difficult. Once I got the thing tied once I just left it tied, much easier to deal with it already tied than trying to tie it every single time. It's also slightly on the light side, I'm making another one of my own devising that'll be thicker for colder weather.

The Stats...
Needles: 6's (4mm)
Yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed - colorway 148 (slightly less than half the ball)
Pattern: Bamboozled
Sizing: followed pattern
SPI: 6
Started: 11-20-2008
Finished: 11-21-2008

November 22, 2008

Chinese Waves Washcloth

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This is the first of a series of washcloths I made for Christmas. They ended up as a big stack that relatives all picked from. And I got to try out a bunch of stitch patterns.

I like this one quite a bit, it does cool things to variegated colors. Really just followed the directions from the linked pattern.

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The Stats...
Needles: 7's (4.5mm)
Yarn: Sugar 'n Cream - colorway Beach Ball Blue (half a "super size" ball)
Pattern: Chinese Waves Dishcloth
Sizing: 8.75" by 8.5"
SPI: 5.2
Started: 11-22-2008
Finished: 11-22-2008

November 23, 2008

Bamboo Stitch Washcloth

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Another Christmas washcloth... Did one extra knit stitch on either side of the washcloth for a bit of selvage, and k1, purl to last stitch, k1 on the wrong side.

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The Stats...
Needles: 7's (4.5mm)
Yarn: Lily Sugar 'n Cream - Beach Ball Blue (half a "super size" ball)
Pattern: "tiny bamboo" stitch (#224 in Vogue Stitchionary v.1), co 44
Sizing: 9.25" by 8.75"
SPI: 4.75
Started: 11-22-2008
Finished: 11-23-2008

November 26, 2008

Garter Ridge Rib Washcloth

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I think I must have done an extra stitch or two on either side as selvage, but I honestly don't remember. At least that's what the picture looks like.

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The Stats...
Needles: 7's (4.5mm)
Yarn: Peaches & Creme - color #26, light blue (used 1.3 oz, slightly more than half the ball)
Pattern: Vogue Stitchionary v.1 #8, co 39
Sizing: 9" by 8.5"
SPI: 4.3
Started: 11-26-2008
Finished: 11-26-2008

November 28, 2008

Grecian Plait Washcloth

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This is another one that seems to work really well with the variegated stuff. It looks very cool, however it does bias quite a bit to the left. The interchangeable circs were also really helpful. One size on either end of the cable, worked great.

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The Stats...
Needles: 7's (4.5mm) & 10.5's (6.5mm)
Yarn: Lion Cotton - 214 Naturals and Denim (used 1.4 oz of 4 oz ball)
Pattern: Grecian Plait, Walker v.1 pg 131, co 42, 2 stitches of garter on either side
Sizing: 10" by 9.25"
SPI: 4.2
Started: 11-27-2008
Finished: 11-28-2008

November 29, 2008

Parallelogram Washcloth

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I just about always use size 7's with this kind of yarn, but the pattern just did not look right. Went down a needle size and the whole thing tightened up and looked a lot better.

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The Stats...
Needles: 6's (4mm)
Yarn: Sugar 'n Cream - sage green (used 1.4 oz of 2.6 oz ball)
Pattern: Parallelogram Check (Harmony Guides, 450 Knitting Stitches pg. 25), co 38, 4 rows of seed stitch at top and bottom, 4 stitches of seed on either side
Sizing: 9.75" by 9.25"
SPI: 4
Started: 11-28-2008
Finished: 11-29-2008

November 30, 2008

Slip Stitch Washcloth

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The Stats...
Needles: 7's (4.5mm)
Yarn: Lion Cotton - 214 Naturals and Denim (used 1.7 oz.)
Pattern: Three-and-One Pattern (Barbara Walker v. 1 pg. 94), co 43, doesn't need any selvage stitches
Sizing: 9.5" by 9"
SPI: 4.5
Started: 11-29-2008
Finished: 11-30-2008

Color Changing Slip Stitch Washcloth

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Slip stitch patterns just work so very well with alternating colors! It amazes me how different the stitch can look depending on how the colors change (or don't change.)

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The Stats...
Needles: 7's (4.5mm)
Yarn: Peaches & Creme - Light Blue (0.9 oz) and Sugar 'n Cream - Softly Taupe (0.8 oz)
Pattern: Three-and-One Pattern (Barbara Walker v. 1 pg. 94) - changed color every two rows, co 43
Sizing: 9.25" by 8.5"
SPI: 4.5
Started: 11-30-2008
Finished: 11-30-2008

December 5, 2008

Embossed Diamonds Washcloth

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Once again, I went down a needle size from my normal for this one. And I'd like to say that I planned out how the seed stitch along the edges would work with the pattern, but that was just a really happy accident. The seed stitch just matched exactly perfectly with the main pattern so the diamonds blend right into the edging. Yay for accidentally picking the right stitch count!

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The Stats...
Needles: 6's (4mm)
Yarn: Sugar 'n Cream - Softly Taupe (used 1.6 oz)
Pattern: Embossed Diamonds - pg 27 of Harmony Guide 450 Knitting Stitches, co 39, 4 rows of seed at top and bottom, 3 stitches of seed on either side
Sizing: 10" by 9.75"
SPI: 4
Started: 11-30-2008
Finished: 12-5-2008

December 7, 2008

Bamboo Stitch the Second

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The Stats...
Needles: 7's (4.5mm)
Yarn: Sugar 'n Cream - 02235 Country Side Ombre (1.6 oz)
Pattern: "tiny bamboo" stitch (#224 in Vogue Stitchionary v.1), co 44, 1 stitch of garter on either side
Sizing: 9.75" by 9.5"
SPI: 4.5
Started: 12-5-2008
Finished: 12-7-2008

December 23, 2008

Elysia Socks

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These were a Christmas present for my friend Elysia. They're just my regular old generic pattern, but a little bit longer than for me since everyone else has bigger feet than I do!

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The Stats...
Needles: 0's (2mm)
Yarn: Lorna's Laces - 34 Tahoe
Pattern: generic
Sizing: 14 up to 30, 6.5" to heel
SPI: 8
Started: 12-6-2008
Finished: 12-23-2008

December 9, 2008

Linen Stitch Washcloth

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This particular stitch makes a really different fabric than most of the other washcloths I've done. It's a much flatter and tighter thing, kind of stiffer. I might do another one with this stitch for myself, I'm curious as to how the different texture affects it's scrubbiness.

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The Stats...
Needles: 6's (4mm)
Yarn: Peaches & Creme - 165 Daisy Ombre (1.2 oz)
Pattern: Vogue Stitchionary v.1 #220 linen stitch, co 38, doesn't need selvage stitches
Sizing: 9" by 8.5"
SPI: 4.25
Started: 12-7-2008
Finished: 12-09-2008

December 11, 2008

More Changing Color Slip Stitching

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Instead of two solids I used a solid and a variegated on this one. It did take a while to find a combination that worked well. All the colors in the variegated one had to contrast a decent amount with the solid or else it just got all muddy and seemed pointless to use two colors. I did try two variegated at one point and that just really didn't work.

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The Stats...
Needles: 7's (4.5mm)
Yarn: Sugar 'n Cream - Softly Taupe (0.9 oz) and Peaches and Cream - Winterberry (0.7 oz)
Pattern: Three-and-One Pattern (Barbara Walker v. 1 pg. 94) - changed color every two rows, co 43
Sizing: 9.25" by 8.25"
SPI: 4.5
Started: 12-10-2008
Finished: 12-11-2008

December 24, 2008

Blurple Socks

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I know I've said it before, but I love this yarn. It takes up dye so wonderfully and they are super comfortable to wear. I know this particular colorway was an early dying experiment, but I don't remember when I did it exactly. It's been sitting in the sock yarn bin for quite a while and I finally got around to knitting it up. I am certainly a sucker for the blues and purples!

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The Stats...
Needles: 0's (2mm)
Yarn: Peruvian Wool, dyed by me
Pattern: generic
Sizing: 14 up to 30, 5" to heel
SPI: 8
Started: 12-11-2008
Finished: 12-24-2008

December 15, 2008

My Generic Sock Pattern

I figured I really should write this up somewhere so I can just link to it instead of writing down all the steps every single time. So here it is!

I like toe-up on circs so I do the magic cast-on except instead of a slip knot for the very first stitch I just kind of loop the yarn around the needle. The non-slip knot version can be found here. I've ended up thinking of my socks as "14 up to 30" or "16 up to 32" instead of thinking of the total number of stitches in a round. The number I cast-on and the number to which I increase does change depending on the yarn and the intended feet.

After I've increased as far as I want it's stockinette until it's time to start increasing for the heel. I use the heel from the Widdershins pattern (never actually knit those socks, just tried out the heel part and liked it). I have a much easier time preventing weird holes with that heel than I have with other heels I've tried. And I like the way a heel flap heel fits.

The increase rows start 3 inches before the length of the foot, so for me I start increasing once I've hit 5 inches (since my feet are 8 inches long). It's an increase of two stitches every other row for 20 rows. So once I can count 10 increases up one side it's time for the short rows.

I figured out the math of the short rows so I can work it over any number of stitches, like so:
1) k until 16 before end, m1k, k1, w&t
2) p until 16 before end, m1p, p1, w&t
3) k until 4 before the wrapped stitch, m1k, k1, w&t
4) p until 4 before the wrapped stitch, m1p, p1, w&t
5) k until 4 before the wrapped stitch, m1k, k1, w&t
6) p until 4 before the wrapped stitch, m1p, p1, w&t
7) k until 4 before the wrapped stitch, m1k, k1, w&t
8) p until 4 before the wrapped stitch, m1p, p1, w&t

After that it's the same as the pattern on Knitty. One round knitting all those wrapped stitches back in, then decreasing back to the starting number.

Then it's stockinette on the leg for as long as I feel like it. I like the way twisted rib looks so I do 10 rows of 1x1 twisted rib at the top to keep things from curling on me.

And I finish the whole thing off with a double crochet bind-off.

So that's my generic sock pattern!

January 19, 2009

Felici Socks

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New KnitPicks yarn... I like it. It's very soft and makes a nice thin fabric.

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The Stats...
Needles: 0's (2mm)
Yarn: KnitPicks Felici - Martinique
Pattern: generic
Sizing: 14 up to 30
SPI:
Started: 12-24-2008
Finished: 1-19-2009

December 2, 2009

Glimfeather

Glimfeather

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).

Glimfeather

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)

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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

December 20, 2010

aMazing

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

December 24, 2010

Dad's Christmas Socks

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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.

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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

July 15, 2011

Captain's Binary

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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