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1  Re: WIP Wensday 10-5 in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Tephra on: October 05, 2011 10:25:58 PM
I'm still resisting casting on for Annis in order to get my sweater done. I've been working on the sleeves almost to the exclusion of all other knitting:



I'm 18 rows from the cap shaping at this point. I'm still working on both sleeves at once, I've just stacked them for the photo. Smiley

Other than that I've been working on the doll panties. They don't look like much at the moment so I haven't photographed them.
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2  Re: WIP Wednesday - Sept 21 in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Tephra on: September 21, 2011 12:56:24 PM
Anyways...I knit a bit more on my green sweater.  I'm knitting this one so I can help my mom and sister knit theirs.  It's kind of funny since it has soo many cables that they are knitting this as their first sweaters and really haven't even knit much before...oh well...they picked the pattern.  Smiley  But I do really like how it's turning out.


That sweater is looking awesome and snuggly. Smiley

I finally jumped on the sock bandwagon! That was the whole reason I took up knitting Cheesy Got two pairs on the go, but only one will be done in time for the sockathon's end.

Socks are AWESOME!!!!

I never thought I'd knit socks, and yet I have, and even for dolls! Socks are just addicting once you knit a pair.

I've been knitting a fair amount, though I had three weeks away from home that limited what I could work on.

I sewed the shoulders and finished the neck on my purple sweater!


I swear that color change does not exist in real life. I think it's because I'm reusing this yarn from an earlier attempt and that first skein was washed once, resulting in a slight texture change that scatters the flash differently.

I also started the sleeves.


And I'm still plugging away on that sewing thread project...


I have about a quarter inch left to knit, maybe a half if I decide it needs to be a bit longer when I hold it up against the doll. It's a ridiculously simple pattern but o so boring to knit, especially at tiny size where you can't really let yourself zone out.

And I started this yesterday when I realized my doll has nothing to wear to model the latest shawl project with. I don't mind photographing her nude but for her shoes and the shawl but I don't think the pin-up shots would be suitable for places like Ravelry. XD



It's just sock yarn, #1 needles, and linen stitch. I'll have to work out how I'm going to do the decreases to the waist to get a nicely fitted skirt. I may take the easy way out and switch to another stitch pattern, say stockinette, and then do the waist band in linen stitch again.

And for the last, it counts as a WIP if it's blocking right? Smiley


Knitty's Aeolian shawl pattern modified for a doll. I used single ply from Caron Country yarn and 00 (1.75mm) needles and worked the shouldertte version with only 2 repeats of the yucca pattern. I also switched the edging for the alternate narrow version the designer put up on Ravelry. I removed most of the beads called for (using 10/0 seed beads in my case) and used 6/0 "e" beads instead of nupps.

I had also started a skirt for my doll using the edging from this pattern for the hem, but the yarn I have is variegated and the pattern got lost in the color so that was frogged. I do like that edging so I will find something to use it on eventually!
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3  Re: WIP Wednesday - Aug 17 in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Tephra on: August 17, 2011 09:54:54 AM
I finished the front and back of my purple sweater AND the shrug I was knitting! Smiley

I still have to knit the sleeves for the sweater and do the seaming and finishing of the neck but that will have to wait until I get back from visiting the family. I don't want to haul around a nearly complete 3X sweater when I travel. And since I modified the armscye of the body I need to mod the heck out of the sleeve cap as well.

Other things still in progress:



The fugly socks. I'm about half way through the gusset increases. I'll be taking these with me so they will probably be finished when I get back.



An approximately Barbie sized Al Fresco Cami (Interweave knits). At this stage it's just a moss stitch tube and very boring to knit. I need to double the length before the interesting bind off and finishing can happen. This one is 1mm (5/0) needles and two strands of sewing thread, the other one I am making is on 000 (1.5mm) needles with #30 crochet thread for my larger doll (Tonner Tyler Wentworth sized). I might being the sewing thread one with me on my trip.

Lastly:



A modified Aeolian shawl (Knitty) for my dolls. I split some Caron Country yarn into its individual 2-ply plies and am knitting it on 00 (1.75mm) needles. I left out most of the beads (no way am I putting over five hundred beads on a doll shawl) but I'm still beading some of it, and I replaced the nupps with larger beads. I think, if I did the math right, there are 88 6/0 "E" beads and 258 10/0 seed beads on my version.

I'm a bit farther along than the photo now. In fact I have 1/3rd of the most heavily beaded row left and then just three more rows before the bind off. If I get off my butt and pack now I might actually get this bound off before I leave in the morning, but blocking will have to wait until I get back.
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4  Re: WIP Wednesday - June 29 in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Tephra on: June 30, 2011 07:43:52 AM
I was off at a convention so there was no progress on either the sweater or the shrug because I deemed them too large to awkward to drag around Pittsburgh and the convention center.

So I crocheted a hat and started these socks:



I have decided this yarn just makes fugly socks.  Cheesy
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5  Re: Shaker rib gone wonderfully wrong..? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Tephra on: June 28, 2011 09:42:53 AM
I think you came up with a variant of sand stitch. Or at least the stitch I've seen called sand stitch in some places (the others don't bother to name it) which is to k1,p1 on the right side and just knit on the other. It looks like the area around the cable in this doll blanket I knit:



In your pattern the knits are staggered and twisted, so you get mostly reverse stockinette on one side with dotted twisted knits and mostly stockinette with dotted twisted purls on the other.
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6  2x(sewing thread)+1mm needles=Bolero in Knitting: Completed Projects by Tephra on: June 17, 2011 03:14:22 PM
Another project no longer a WIP.  Grin

Ysolda Teague's Cloud Bolero (Ravelry link) knit on 5/0 (1mm) needles with two strands of sewing thread. For reference, this doll is 27cm tall (about 10.5") and can wear some Barbie and Liv doll clothing (her skirt and top are Barbie as a matter of fact).





Oh, and I also knit her socks (though I didn't get them into these shots), on 4/0 needles with #20 thread. I think I'll have to consider making her some with sewing thread in the future.

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7  Re: WIP Wednesday - June 8 in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Tephra on: June 08, 2011 09:56:15 AM
Turning the heel is always my favorite part of knitting socks. As for increases on the leg, I'd say it depends the the shape of the wearer's legs. If I'm doing anything more than about six inches for myself I need to increase, higher than about eight and I need to increase lots, I have calves of doom.  Cheesy

Let's see, what did I do this week, well I knit another waterbottle cozy in a fit of ARGH over my other projects....

The shrug, well I bound off the ribbing, tried it on, and decided the short rows at the back of the neck were a bad idea so that's been ripped back and I'm reknitting the ribbing when I'm not melting from the heat.

The doll bolero looks like this now:


It had a bit of an adventure this week. I was in the living room talking with my roommate when one of our cats went trotting by with it in her mouth, looking very pleased with herself as she trailed sewing thread around the house after her. The knitting actually survived that, it did not, however, survive the dropped stitch in the middle of the lace and the attempt to fix it. This photo is after a complete restart of the project.

No progress on my own purple sweater this week.
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8  Re: WIP Wednesday - June 1 in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Tephra on: June 02, 2011 10:14:51 AM
how do you do a mattress stitch if the item is all in garter?? i'm just kind of whip stitching it together ;; and so many people/places said mattress stitch is better. Huh

Knitty has an article on seaming and they cover vertical seams in garter stitch at the end of it.

Now, for what I have been up to... well the doll top is finished, and I posted it over in the completed projects section.

Still no progress on my purple cabled sweater, partly because I swiped the #10 (6mm) tips to work on the ribbing on this:



I have been wanting this yarn for ages and I finally gave in and bought the three balls in the same dye lot (leaving one non-matching ball behind). Since you don't get that far with 430 yards of chunky when you're a size 2/3X I opted for a shrug based off a top down raglan. That's the end of the second ball in the photo so the last one will be split to knit some sleeves.

I finally took a photo of the water bottle cozies I mentioned, and the finished socks.

And I started this:



Yes, that is two strands of sewing thread. The needles are size 5/0 (1mm).  Grin

I'm about twice as far along on that since I took the photo, though I almost needed to restart it last night. I was talking with my roommate in the living room when one of our cats trotted by with the knitting in her mouth and the threads trailing behind her all the way to where I left the WIP on desk. She looked very pleased with herself. Fortunately the damage was limited to the tails from my cast on being soaked in cat spit and my having to untangle the mess I made collecting up the threads before she, or one of the other two cats, decided to play with them.
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9  Baby Top to Doll Top in Knitting: Completed Projects by Tephra on: May 30, 2011 08:11:18 PM
Previously seen in WIP Wednesday posts and not longer a WIP!



000 (1.5mm) needles
#30 thread

This is an adaption of the Dolphin Bay Baby top.

I cast on 128sts and knit the yoke in the round. Then I picked up 40 stitches and worked some short rows at the ends to make the curve from the yoke into a nice flat edge. After that I cast on for the underarm, picked up across the front, and then cast on for the other under arm.

After knitting even until the body reached the bust point I did enough short rows across the front to being it down even with the back and then it was just waist shaping and a hem pattern of my own design. Smiley

It looks nice with a skirt and shawl (Little Flower Doily) I knit before.

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10  Re: WIP Wednesday - May 25 in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Tephra on: May 25, 2011 08:27:07 AM
I wasn't as productive as I would have liked. We went up to the U.P. for the weekend and I thought I'd have two full days of nothing to do but read and knit... and then the water pump died after just a few hours. So I got one evening of knitting in before we headed back home to the distractions of the internet.

I did get a lot done on the socks though:


I have about 10 rounds of ribbing to do to finish them. Socks are something I basically only knit for myself, which means I'm always knitting a size 13... they take ages. Tongue

I knit another water bottle cozy so we're set for the convention next month. Metal water bottles are awesome when you have a free supply of ice water around a convention, but they sweat so the cotton cozies will hopefully cut down on the damp.

I just did a couple rows on the sweater, not enough to bother with a new photo. I really want to finish that up before it gets cool enough to wear it. Or more precisely, before it's way too hot to have that much knitting in my lap.

Since I was home more than I expected I did get to work on the doll top:



I'm actually further along than this now, about twenty rows further, as I just completed the increases for the hips. Since I have to take it off the needles to try it on the doll this will be the last photo before I bind off. I'll take one after I bind off the hem but before I cut the thread (in case I need to rip back) and another after I finish up the armhole opening.

I may have to start a new project before the weekend, we're thinking of trying to head north again.  Cheesy
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