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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Heather by White Lies Designs on: May 29, 2006 01:26:35 AM
My completed Heather!


I love White Lies Designs. I'm definitely going to make more of her patterns.

The story of Heather's creation and the tale of my endless blocking woes may be found on my blog.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Here we go again... (more competitive knitting!) on: May 19, 2006 08:37:04 PM
First, there was the Yarn Harlot's 'Knitting Olympics'. Now, there's this:

The Knitting World Cup

http://yarn-monkey.blogspot.com/

Cast on : 9th June 2006 18:00 (Central European Time)
Finish by: final whistle 21:30 (CET) on 9th July 2006

Competition Rules:

1. Choose any project you will find a challenge.
2. You must complete it within the time frame.
3. No casting on before kick off
4. Finish before final whistle of the final match
5. Training sessions of tension squares are allowed prior to kick off.

Football widows and knitting fiends get your team (i.e. project) selected now.


The Knitting Olympics left me twisted and crippled, forced to rest my hands for a week afterwards. Am I going to take part in this challenge? Hell, yes!

As you can see, I learn nothing from my past mistakes.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Distract me. on: March 06, 2006 03:04:10 AM
This week, I am giving my arms and hands a knitting break. They haven't been quite normal since the Knitting Olympics did strange things to them, so I'm giving them a five day hiatus from knitting until they fully recover.

And, of course, in accordance with the Laws Of Murphy, the yarn I ordered online arrived today. My new rainbow sock yarn was here. I could be knitting rainbow socks right now! My Rogue sweater has mere inches left to go, and I've passed the halfway mark on the second of my Jaywalker socks. And I got a pair of new Brittany birch needles with the sock yarn.

This is not fair.

So, in the interests of arm, hand, and mental health, I'm asking you to distract me. Give me knitting links, give me non-knitting links. Webcasts, podcasts, cartoons, blogs, webpages, forums... anything that will distract me and keep me from thinking about the rainbow sock yarn currently burning a hole in my stash.

HELP!  Embarrassed
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Recommend me a pattern. on: March 01, 2006 10:52:38 PM
I have 1800 metres of plum coloured, 100% wool worsted weight yarn. It's a lighter worsted weight (the ball band says 26sts and 40 rows to 4 inches on 3mm needles, but I'd much rather be knitting it up on 4mm needles or larger). I'd like to make a pullover with it, but haven't found a good pattern for it yet. A few points to note:

1. I have a 42 inch chest. A lot of patterns don't cater for a 42 inch chest. This ticks me off.

2. I like cables. I do not like the entire sweater to be completely smothered in cables. A little of a good thing goes a long way. Something like Rogue or Eris- http://www.girlfromauntie.com/patterns/shop/.

3. Lace is also nice. Again, a little goes a long way. And simple lace would be best, since I completely suck at lace.

4. I would prefer for it to have long sleeves.

Anyone got any ideas? Help me out, here.

5  KNITTING / Knitalongs / 'Knitting Olympics' knitalong on: January 17, 2006 02:42:37 AM
This knitalong is based on a challenge laid down by that most entertaining of knitters, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (http://www.yarnharlot.com), and this thread on the Crafter board- (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=74267.0).

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is as follows-

Quote
The 2006 Knitting Olympics

Eligibility: Any knitter who, embracing the "Citius, Alitius Fortius" ideal, would like to challenge themselves while embracing the Olympic spirit, and is just whacked enough to play along with me.

Concept: You must cast on a project during the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics (Feb 10)- and finish before the Olympic flame goes out (Feb 26). That's 16 days.

Rules:
1. The project must be a challenge for you to complete in 16 days.
2. There are no rules about what a challenge would be. Like the real Olympics, there are many areas to compete in. If you are a new knitter, then a garter stitch baby sweater might do...If you are experienced, well. I've already considered Torino. Use your own conscience.
3. While this is intended to be somewhat difficult (like the Olympics) it is not intended to ruin your life. Don't set yourself up for failure. (Olympic athletes may cry, but they do not whine pitifully, sob and threaten members of their family with pointed sticks because they haven't slept in five days. ) This is intended to (like the Olympics) require some measure of sacrifice, and be difficult, but it should be possible to attain.
4. No casting on before the flame is lit.
5. Finish before the flame goes out.
6. You may swatch before the games. (I consider this "training.")

Medals?
The Knitting Olympics has only a gold medal. (There is only do- or do not.) Finishers get a gold medal button for their blog, their name entered into a draw for a chance at a prize from me, and the joy of knowing that they are an Olympic level knitter, no matter how experienced they are. You are only competing against yourself. (Well. And the Olympic schedule.)

-Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

That's right, folks. Make anything you want. But make it challenging!

Before the games begin, this is your chance to sign on and tell everyone what you'll be making. I'll be making Rogue (http://girlfromauntie.com/patterns/shop/rogue/detail.php).

Let the (knitting) Games begin!

(Note: If you want to get the button for your blog, you'll have to go to the Yarn Harlot website and leave a comment there.)
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / The Knitting Olympics on: January 16, 2006 08:41:29 PM
The wonderful Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (aka The Yarn Harlot) has issued the following Olympic Knitting Challenge on her blog (http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/)-


Quote
The 2006 Knitting Olympics

Eligibility: Any knitter who, embracing the "Citius, Alitius Fortius" ideal, would like to challenge themselves while embracing the Olympic spirit, and is just whacked enough to play along with me.

Concept: You must cast on a project during the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics (Feb 10)- and finish before the Olympic flame goes out (Feb 26). That's 16 days.

Rules:
1. The project must be a challenge for you to complete in 16 days.
2. There are no rules about what a challenge would be. Like the real Olympics, there are many areas to compete in. If you are a new knitter, then a garter stitch baby sweater might do...If you are experienced, well. I've already considered Torino. Use your own conscience.
3. While this is intended to be somewhat difficult (like the Olympics) it is not intended to ruin your life. Don't set yourself up for failure. (Olympic athletes may cry, but they do not whine pitifully, sob and threaten members of their family with pointed sticks because they haven't slept in five days. ) This is intended to (like the Olympics) require some measure of sacrifice, and be difficult, but it should be possible to attain.
4. No casting on before the flame is lit.
5. Finish before the flame goes out.
6. You may swatch before the games. (I consider this "training.")

Medals?
The Knitting Olympics has only a gold medal. (There is only do- or do not.) Finishers get a gold medal button for their blog, their name entered into a draw for a chance at a prize from me, and the joy of knowing that they are an Olympic level knitter, no matter how experienced they are. You are only competing against yourself. (Well. And the Olympic schedule.)


This sounds like a lot of fun, and I'm considering taking part. Now, I have two questions-

1) Are any of you crazy enough to join me?

and

2) Be honest with me here. Is it possible to complete Rogue (http://girlfromauntie.com/patterns/shop/rogue/detail.php) in 16 days?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / My year of knitting on: December 29, 2005 05:03:31 PM
I started knitting in February of 2005. Since that time, knitting has become something of an obsession, taking up much of my time, space, and money (I'm sure you can all sympathise).
So this morning I dragged out all the knitted things I'd made during the past year (obviously, with the exception of things given away as presents/frogged/so ugly that their existence must be denied), laid them out on my bed, and took some photos.





So, who else feels like sharing their year in knitting? Gather all the knitting together, and photgraph it for all to enjoy! You'll probably be surprised by how much stuff there is. I know I was. And I'm a slow knitter!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / So I bought myself a lint shaver today... on: December 21, 2005 11:08:14 PM
... and it is my new favourite toy.
That  pilling under the armpits of my cardigan? Bzzzzz... gone! That fluff on the back of my socks from where the shoe was rubbing? Bzzzzz... gone! The fluffiness that had developed all over that vest? Bzzzzz... gone! Ah, the sound of it's little battery-powered motor purring away just warms my knitterly heart.

So, for those of you without one of these technological beauties, I say unto thee... BUY A LINT SHAVER!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Here comes the Strong Bad... now with added TROGDOR! (And Trogdor Tutorial) on: December 12, 2005 02:27:05 PM
...here comes the Strong Baaaaad!


By the way, if you have no idea who/what Strong Bad is, then I suggest you head on over to www.homestarrunner. com and watch a few Strong Bad Emails- (found here- http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail.html . Welcome to your new internet addiction).

Believe it or not, he's actually based (very loosely, mind you) on the 'Kate' pattern from the most recent Knitty. The general body shapes of both are pretty much the same, but I made up the pattern for the arms and legs as I went along. Frankly, I'm astounded that it all worked out. 

The face was added with a mixture of duplicate stitching and embroidery. I carefully drew up a chart of the face, then proceeded to completely ignore it when I found it didn't coincide with reality in any way.

A few more shots-

Front

Back

And with 'Stinkoman' blue hair.

I've also sent these pictures off to the Brothers Chaps (who run the homestarrunner.com website). Will let you know if I ever hear anything back.

EDIT- And now, introducing... TROGDOR!

Burninating the countryside...


Burninating the peasants...


Burninating all the peoples in their thatched roof COTTAGES!
THATCHED ROOF COTTAGES!


Strong Bad and Trogdor together. Aw...


I actually wrote down what I did when making Trogdor, so I'll be able to post a tutorial if anyone's interested. Is anyone interested? I'm sure you guys can improve on him a lot- the body should be a LOT longer, for example.

As for me- I'm all knitted out for a while. Now it is my intention to sit down and play video games for several hours.

Okay okay okay. Here is the Trogdor tutorial. Feel free to follow along with my step-by-step instructions. I make knitting fun! (Note: Because of the pipe cleaners and beads used in the making of Trogdor, this toy is NOT suitable for small children).



Yarn: I used a heavy (12 ply) acrylic for the body, but any aran weight to chunky yarn will work fine. Gauge isnt that important, but if youre really obsessed with that sort of thing, mine was 4sts /6 rows = 1 inch in stockinette stitch. For the beefy arm and spineities/wings, I used worsted weight acrylics in pink and light green, and gauge was 4 sts / 7 rows = 1 inch.

Needles: 5mm double pointed needles (set of 4), 5mm straight needles.

Other things: Toy stuffing, black pipe cleaners, black yarn/ thread, two black beads, yarn needle, stitch marker (I just used a safety pin).

BODY

With green yarn and DPNs, CO 3 sts. Divide across 3 needles, and place marker to mark start of round. Work 3 rounds even.

Knit into the front and back (Kfb) of each st (6 sts). Work 1 rnd even.

Kfb each st (12 sts). Work 3 rnds even.

*K1, Kfb. Repeat from * to end (18 sts). Work 8 rnds even.

*K2, Kfb. Repeat from * to end (24 sts, 8 sts on each needle). Work even until piece measures 9 inches.

Now youre going to make the first curve of the S. Thread a yarn needle with a length of the same yarn youre using for the body. Gather three folds of fabric about 4 to 5 inches from the bottom of the knitting, near the start of the rounds.

 Stitch these folds together tightly. This will create the curve. Stuff the lower body to just above the curve youve created.

Continue knitting even until there are 7 inches between the live stitches and where you created the curve. (NOTE: this is the distance I used, but you may wish to make Trogdors body longer). Repeat the instructions for making the curve above, but be sure to do this on the OPPOSITE SIDE of the tube. Work 1 inch more even, then stuff upper body/back neck.  Continue knitting for another 1 inches.

HEAD- Transfer 8 sts from the second needle onto stitch holder- these will form the lower jaw. Divide remaining 16 sts over 3 needles- (5, 6, 5).
Work 6 rnds even, but on the last st of the 6th round knit into the front, back and front (Kfbf) of the st (2 sts increased). Next round- Kfbf, K4, (K2tog) 3 times, K7.  Work 1 rnd even. Stuff the upper part of the head/jaw firmly.
Next round- K2tog to last st, K1. Break yarn, draw the thread through the remaining sts, and pull tight. Make a small knot with yarn near the gathered sts, then hide yarn length inside toy.

Transfer lower jaw sts back onto 3 needles (3, 2, 3). Work even until lower jaw is slightly shorter than upper jaw. Stuff lower jaw with a small amount of stuffing. Next round- K2tog to end. Break yarn, draw through remaining sts and pull tight. Make a small knot as above and hide yarn inside toy.
Sew up the hole left between upper and lower jaws.

BEEFY ARM

With pink yarn and DPNs, CO 20 sts and mark beginning of round. K 5 rnds even.
Next round- * M1, K5. Rpt from * to end (24 sts). Work 10 rnds even.
Next round- K2 tog to end (12 sts). Work 1 rnd even.
Next round- *M1, K4. Rpt from * to end (15 sts). Work 9 rnds even.
Next round- *K2tog, K1. Rpt from * to end (10 sts). Work 2 rnds even.
Next round- *M1, K1. Rpt from * to end (20sts). Work 3 rnds even.
Next round- *K2tog, K1. Rpt from * to last 2 sts, K2tog. (13 sts). Work 1 rnd even.
Next round- K2tog to last st, K1 (7 sts). Break yarn, draw through remaining sts and pull tight. Make a small knot as above and hide yarn inside toy.
(At this point, the beefy arm should resemble a small knitted penis. Feel free to giggle immaturely at it for a while. I know I did).
Create the curve in the arm the same way you created the curves in Trogdors body. Do this at the decrease row halfway down the arm. Stuff arm firmly, and sew onto the back of Trogdors neck (opposite the upper body curve), with the curve of the arm facing downward. To create fingers, thread yarn needle with a length of pink yarn and use long, tight overhand stitches to define fingers. Knot yarn, and hide yarn end in toy. Create an elbow by stitching a small circle loosely in running stitch on the opposite side of the curve of the arm, then pulling the stitching taut. Knot yarn firmly, and hide yarn ends in toy.

SPINEITIES (Make 3)

Using light green yarn and straight needles, CO 2 sts. Leave a long yarn tail at the beginning to use for sewing up.
1st row- K2
2nd row- Kfb, K1
3rd row- Kfb, K2
4th row- Kfb, K3
Repeat in this manner until there are 10 sts on needle. BO.
Fold triangle in half to make a smaller triangle. Using the long yarn tail at the top of each triangle to sew the triangle in half, and then sew it onto the lower part of Trogdors body. (Folding the triangles in half like this strengthens them, and makes them stand up better).

WINGALINGS (Make 2)

Using light green yarn and straight needles, CO 2 sts.

1st row- K2
2nd row- Kfb into each st.
3rd row- Kfb, K2, Kfb
Repeat in this manner, knitting into the front and back of the 1st and last st of each row, until there are 20sts on the needle.
Next row- Kfb, K to end. Repeat this row 3 more times (24 sts). BO.

FINISHING

Make Trogdors legs by inserting a black pipe cleaner through the point where you want the legs to be, threading it under the knitting for 4 or 5 rows, then pulling the pipe cleaner back out. Bend ends into feet.
Make angry eyebrows' by bending a pipe cleaner into a V, then stitching it onto the head at the base of the V using black thread/yarn. Cut the tops of the eyebrows to the size you want. Sew black beads on either side of the V to create eyes.
Wingalings- Fold one of the wing pieces in half to create a smaller triangle, and sew the triangle onto one end of a doubled over pipe cleaner, so the pipe cleaner is hidden inside the triangle. Insert the other end of the pipe cleaner into Trogdors body in the space between the eyes and the beefy arm, thread under knitting for 3 rows, then pull the pipe cleaner back out. Sew the other wing to the other side of the pipe cleaner. If there is some pipe cleaner showing at the base of the wings, wrap light green yarn around these exposed sections to disguise them.

There ya go! You made Trogdor! Feel the Burnination!

If I have made any glaring errors in this pattern (and it's fairly likely that I have), or you're just hopelessly confused and would like help, please send me a message and I'll try to fix any problems. And please post your finished Trogdors here- I'd love to see em!


10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 'Kate' from Winter Knitty! on: December 08, 2005 03:45:58 AM
http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2005-5/1017776/katetoy.jpg

This was great fun to make! The face is very, very different from the original (seen here- http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter05/PATTkate.html , in case you missed it), but I like it. I had rehearsals with lots of kids this afternoon (I'm a pianist, and I play piano accompaniments for a lot of music students) and every kid who walked past this said 'Hey, cute!'
She's going to be a birthday present for a friend next week. I'm thinking of making another for my sister for Christmas.

Edit: I've only just noticed how blurry the photo is. Sorry about that!
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