So I'm knitting this sweet scarf, and to keep it symmetrical, I'm knitting it in two pieces.
The thing is that, for some reason, my brain isn't working tonight and I'm forgetting how to deal with grafting live stitches (kitchener) when there is a mixture of knit and purl stitches.
I can't figure out how to deal with the half-stitch offset that you get when you graft.
I know there's a way. I've grafted plenty of projects, but I can't visualize this tonight. Mary Thomas and Montse Stanley aren't helping, me. And all the online explanations that I've looked at show plain stockinette, not a mixture.
Will someone take pity on me, and explain this to me in a way that my poor addled brain can comprehend?
So, there's a road near my home, called Fish Ranch Road. Every time I drive by it, I'm totally delighted by the name. I think of rough, tough cowboys out on the range, using some great western verb on their fish. Poking? Rasslin'? Lassoeing? I also picture the fish as big as cows, stampeding across the dusty plains.
So, I got it into my head to take the Wyoming licence plate image of a cowboy, and put him on a bucking fish.
But all I can say is, thank god for the internet! I somehow stumbled across a trout fishing operation in Wyoming called "Fish Hookers."
This stamp is my homage to Fish Hookers. Notice the hip-waders with garter belt. Oh man! This fills me with the greatest demented joy. I can hardly express you much this makes me grin!
This was inspired by a 19th Century advertsing poster for Absinthe. As you'll see in the following pictures, this is quite a small image. So you'll have to excuse some of the crudeness of the facial details.
This is my printer's proof. I'm still fooling around a little bit with getting the colors to line up better with the black. But I'm pretty happy with how this is working out.
If folks are interested, I can share a few more pictures, so you can get a better idea of my technique.
Here is a print of the green and orange block, the block itself, and a proof of the black block, which I printed on tracing paper, and used to help align the blocks.
A detail of the black block.
Inking the plate. I apply the ink to the rubberstamp, as opposed to to dabbing the stamp on the ink pad. I feel I get more control this way.
I usually keep my Craftster conversations to my non-job-related activities, but I got myself into a bind in my professional world, and need some advice.
I'm in charge of painted scenery for the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. I'm supposed to be silk screening miles of wallpaper, based on historic designs. The images all interlock to create a seamless expanse of pattern.
I'm wondering if anyone can offer any bright ideas about my silk screen registration problem.... I paid a silk screen company to rent some screens, and expose my image on said screens. A full week after they said they would have the screens exposed, they finally got them back to me. I'm already terribly behind schedule, the set designer just flew in from NYC, and he's in a really cranky mood, and I've got tonight and tomorrow to print a ton of wallpaper.
AND THE IMAGES ARE NOT SQUARE TO THE FRAMES OF THE SCREENS.
THEY AREN'T EVEN CONSISTENTLY UN-SQUARE. NOPE. EACH OF THE THREE SCREENS IS WONKY IN A DIFFERENT WAY.
Since I need to "register" off of the frame, and since I'm repeating this image down a long run of paper, the only thing I can think to do is build some kind of jig and attach one to each of the screens to make them hit my registration points in the same way.
Any other bright ideas out there, or are you all at home enjoying your hard earned weekend free time like normal people?
I'm in the midst of knitting a sweater/jacket for a friend to wear at her wedding. Other than the fact that I feel like I'm knitting dental floss with toothpicks, things are going well.
I had blocked the back of the sweater a few days back -- just sloshed it around in the sink, and set it to air dry on a clean towel. Anyway, it had been looking sort of off-white to me, but I just thought "it must be the light in this room." But today, I had this piece in the knitting bag with the two fronts of the sweater, and the formerly white back is in fact distinctly off white. It no longer matches the other parts of the sweater.
Since this is going to be worn at a wedding, this is a serious problem. I need my white back!
I know this isn't a dye lot issue, since I'm knitting off cones of yarn, and am still on my first cone.
My water does not have high iron content.
I don't want to bleach the crap out of this garment.
I'm knitting a sweater (#19, the cropped cardigan) from the Spring/Summer Vogue Knitting. Things are going fine.
But I wonder if anyone could take a look at these instructions and tell me if my interpretation of them seems correct? The directions are describing shaping the neck area on the back part of the sweater. If it matters, I'm binding off the shoulders at the same time as this.
"...bind off 49 center stitches decreasing 8 stitches evenly across these stitches while binding off, then bind off 4 stitches from each neck edge once."
As I understand this, I should bind off as usual, but also knit two stitches together eight times during my binding off. But am I doing this move over 49 stitches, or 49 plus eight?
I'm adapting this pattern a bit (even with #1 needles, my gauge is too large) so I can't simply count stitches and figure things out.
Anyone willing to help me puzzle this one out?
And, yes, the pattern calls for #3 needles. I must be a ver-r-r-r-ry relaxed knitter if #1 needles are creating a gauge that's too big.
I promised to knit my co-worker a little bolero/shrug/jacket for her wedding. I'm happy to do this project, it should be really pretty when finished. (Vogue Knitting's Summer 2005 Cropped Cardigan -- I'm going to adjust the pattern so it has long sleeves.)
BUT..... I'm not finding yarn in the correct gauge that isn't revolting synthetic baby yarn, or freaky self striping sock yarn. (THAT wouldn't go over so well with her dress!)
At this point, I think shopping online may be my best solution, so if anyone has any suggestions, I'm desperate to hear them!