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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Long-Stupid Stash Busting Hat on: February 15, 2006 10:43:25 PM
So, I had all this left over Paton's Classic Wool from my Dr. Who scarf, so I decided to knit a long funny hat inspired by this dobby hat:

What I did:  cast on 88 stitches then knit about 4" of 4x4 rib with US#7 circulars, then switched to US#8 circulars and stockinette stitch for about 6" before starting to decrease 2 stitches (ssk then k2tog both at the back) every 2 or 3 rows (decrease, knit three rounds, decrease, knit two rounds - kept track of this by putting multiple stitch markers of different colours ).  When down to 12 stitches, I did k2tog all around, knit a plain round, then another k2tog round taking me down to 3.  From there I did 3" of i-chord to which I attached a tassel.

The pattern is simple improvised intarsia -- it was super easy I think it provided a nice effect.  Basically, I repeated:
MC1 5 rounds,
CC 1 round,
1 round alternating MC1/CC1,
CC1 1 round,
MC1 6 rounds,
1 round alternating MC1/MC2,
1 round MC1
repeat from begining in reverse with MC2 and CC2. 
to switch to new MCs:
knit 1 round of new-MC1,
knit 1 round of old- MC2,
then start over at the beginning with the new colours. (probably you can figure this all out from the picture)

Special bonus: my 'The Life Aquatic' hat knit right before this one (1x1 rib all the way on ranch red woolease) and half an avocado:
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Three new knitted 8x8 afghan squares - giraffe, 'corset' and Dr. Pepper on: February 09, 2006 04:50:38 PM
The Dr Pepper square is most excellent.  And to risk going off topic...

But, if we're being nitpicky, Pepsi owns the company that owns Dr. Pepper, so it's still within one or two degrees of being a Pepsi product.

Actually... from http://www.dpsu.com/faqs.html

Q:  Isn't Dr Pepper/Seven Up owned by a major cola company?
A:  No. While Coke and Pepsi are bottling partners that produce and deliver a substantial amount of our soft drink volume to retailers, neither owns DPSU. DPSU is a wholly owned division of London-based Cadbury Schweppes plc.


And, the biggest single shareholder in Cadbury Schweppes owns only 5% of the company. So, definitely not owned (even indirectly) by Pepsi.

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: see the new harry potter yet? notice the scarves? on: January 31, 2006 06:41:20 PM
Sorry I took so long, guys!! I finally made it to the IMAX today and made sure to watch for this stuff! First of all, fyberduck, you're right! If you watch Neville closely during the second task, you can see that the correct pattern is

(colors close together- two or so rows of charcoal in between) Charcoal, Red, Charcoal, Yellow, Charcoal, Green, Charcoal, Blue
(colors farther apart) Charcoal, Red, Charcoal, Yellow, Charcoal, Green, Charcoal, Blue Charcoal, Blue, Charcoal, Green, Charcoal, Yellow, Charcoal, Red, Charcoal
(close together)Blue, Charcoal, Green, Charcoal, Yellow, Charcoal, Red, Charcoal

Looks like someone over on hp_knitting made one of these in k1p1 with Wool-Ease (though with Black, not Charcoal).
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Jayne Cobb Hat! on: January 27, 2006 09:57:07 AM
This was my go at this (my first ever hat too):


The orange is Bernat Softee-Chunky, the yellow and red are Patton's Shetland Chunky. I used US#10 needles with about 70 cast ons (using 24" circulars this was the fewest that would work).
I think it turned out a bit large, next time I might use #9 needles, and make the orange a little less tall.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is it just me????? on: January 25, 2006 11:12:05 AM
I got a Ph.D in math before I started knitting. (Really)
6  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Harry Potter Scarf Knit-Along? on: January 24, 2006 12:57:57 PM
Just completed a Slytherin scarf using the pattern at atypically knit.  It's 78 stitches round on US#7 using Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Green and Fisherman (should have used Heather instead - ahwell).  It's 70" long and 8" wide.  There are fewer tassels than perscribed due to a shortage of green yarn (two skeins is just a little short of enough).

The HP stitched in is for irony.  I still need to block it to try to flatten it a little.

If I did it again, I'd probably get three skeins of green, and knit the stripes with 27 rounds instead of 22 rounds.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: What has 12 colours, 54 stripes and 591 rows? on: January 23, 2006 11:27:53 AM
Very cool! (I am a sucker for long scarves) 
I am also curious about what yarn and gauge you used.  My recent 11 foot long Dr. Who scarf was like 900 rows in garter stitch on US#8 needles. Your scarf doesn't really look much shorter but doesn't look any bulkier either.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Doctor Who Scarf on: January 11, 2006 09:14:03 PM
A VERY IMPORTANT DR WHO QUESTION:

Does anyone know where I can get a Dalek chart? I want to knit my stepson a hooded jacket with a dalek on the back. Push comes to shove I'll design one myself but I'm a lazy trout at heart and would rather have one ready made. Love and astro kisses

Phyllis XXX

No chart, but here are a couple screenshots from an old 8-bt game with Daleks in it, they could be fairly easy to convert to charts (blow them up in MS Paint and cut away what you don't need) http://www.lemon64.com/?game_id=610 and a 16-bit game too for good measure: http://www.thelogbook.com/pf/dalek/
and for good measure: http://homepages.tesco.net/~parsonsp/html/dalek_attack.html or really low res: http://www.atariage.com/hack_page.html?SystemID=2600&SoftwareHackID=289
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Doctor Who Scarf on: January 11, 2006 02:59:20 PM
As for Wool-Ease, I am 3' into a scarf (in stockinette on circular needles -- I loves me some knit stitches) using it, and I think it feels soft and nice -- not scratchy at all.

I was debating whether or not to knit it up stockinette style / in the round, too. Decisions, decisions!

It's probably the same amount of knitting either way (assuming you do 60 stitches in the round to get a tube that's ~6" flattened and not like 120 stitches to get the same width as Tom Baker's scarf).  If you want it to look authentic, definitely go with garter stitch (see the original scarf at auction: http://www.doctorwhoscarf.com/scarf_sold.jpg).   Another option I have seen used is reverse stockinette; it gives a better approximation of the look of the original.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Doctor Who Scarf on: January 09, 2006 10:56:09 PM
...
 I might be inclined to use bright red (which I couldn't find locally) instead of paprika for the "red" in the pattern, and if I did that, I might be tempted to use the paprika instead of the russet for the "bronze" in the pattern.  I'd want to see them together first though.
..
...
I think I'm most inclined to try the Wool-Ease due to monetary restrictions, although it's sort of scratchy once it's knitted up. (My hands also get a little  I suppose I could just throw it in the wash, but I think I'd have to use a front-loading machine so that the scarf didn't get tangled around the agitator! Or put it in a pillowcase, I suppose, but that'd have to be one ginormous pillow ...
...

I was watching some old Doctor Who tonight, and decided that  both paprika and russet are wrong for the bronze colour in the scarf, and that the best match in the Classic Wool line would be taupe.  That said, I'm really just obsessing.

As for Wool-Ease, I am 3' into a scarf (in stockinette on circular needles -- I loves me some knit stitches) using it, and I think it feels soft and nice -- not scratchy at all. 

And for washing, the Dr. Who scarf it isn't that big when balled up -- it would definitely fit in a pillow case.   It rolls up into a cylinder that's only about 9"-10" in diameter.
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