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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Warning, Adult content! V-day knitting w/Pattern! on: March 01, 2007 12:22:35 PM
Warning! The link below will take you to pictures of an anatomically correct knitted Vagina. I made this as part of a display quilt that was part of a V-day celebration and a performance of Eve Eisners Vagina Monologues that happened at my Medical School.
 
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knitted vagina by rbk5banjo, on Flickr
 
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knitted vagina by rbk5banjo, on Flickr

The pattern is my own. I am certainly not the first person to knit this bit of anatomy, and one very nice pattern can be found on the really cool Anticraft website here:
http://www.theanticraft.com/archive/imbolc07/snatchel.htm

The Anticraft pattern is great, but I wanted something that would be a bit better for pure display purposes and did not have any crochet in it. Ive written up a rough pattern below, and please let me know about any mistakes I might have made/questions you might have. This is a really fast knit  (I made it while sitting in class the day of the performance) and can use up little scrap yarns you have lying around. Enjoy!

Medstudentknitters Knitted Vagina

Materials: Scrap furry yarn, scrap yarn that matches the fur,  Scrap worsted red yarn (I used a wool), scrap worsted pink yarn ( I used a pink cotton), 2 US #6 circular needles, a button or bead.

Mons Pubis:
Holding Fur yarn and matching yarn together (to get a roughly worsted weight thickness) Cast on 50 stitches. Divide on the 2 circular needles and join in the round.  Knit for 5 rounds. (NOTE: when you are done you will turn this inside out and the Purl side will be the Right side, and the Knit side will be the Wrong Side)

Decrease Row: *Knit 8, Knit 2 together * repeat 5 times until you get to the end of the round. You should now have 45 stitches.

Knit 1 more round with the fur yarn.

Labia Majora:
Cut Fur yarn and join Red yarn. Knit 3 rounds.

Decrease Row: *knit 7, knit 2 together* repeat 5 times until you get to the end of the round. You should now have 40 stitches

Purl for 1 Round

Labia Minora:
NOTE: unlike the rest of the vagina these are NOT worked in the round, the stitches are divided in half and each lip of the Labia minora is worked individually back and forth on 1 circular needle. This also means that they are in garter stitch, unlike the rest of the vagina, which is stockinet with the Purl side as the right side.

Using Pink Yarn, knit 20 stitches. Staying on 1 circular needle turn, knit 2 together, and knit to the last 2 stiches, knit 2 together. You now have 18 stitches.

Increase/Decrease row: Knit 2 together, Knit 5, *Knit 1 Increase  1* 3 times. Knit 6, knit 2 together.

Turn, Knit 2 together, knit across to last 2 stitches, knit 2 together

Bind off all stitches

Other Lip: Go to the stitches on your other circular needle and repeat all of the above steps

Finishing: Turn inside out (so that the Purl side is out). Weave in/tack down ends. Sew on a Button or Bead to be the Clitoris.

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Rockin' Sock Club threatened by evil bank on: January 11, 2007 07:58:32 PM
Those of you who read Yarn Harlot will already know about this.

Blue Moon Fiber Arts, the company that makes the amazing socks that rock sock yarn has recently been the victim of stupidity from a bank. The bank has caused huge headaches for this small business by returning all the money to all the people who signed up for the rockin sock club where lucky club members receive a different sock kit every month. They did this because they felt it must be a SCAM since obviously it was impossible that this many people would want to knit socks each month.

This might seem like just a clerical error worthy of a shrug, but there are several reasons why I am inclined to take this one personally and rant and rave. First off, Knitters are a potent tribe of individuals worthy of respect. I will not quietly tolerate people disrespecting the creativity, creative prowess, or even purchasing power of the amazing worldwide community of knitters. Making unique items by hand is not quaint or cute or old-fashioned. We are here right now preserving traditions, pushing envelopes, and expressing ourselves. To dismiss a vast community of sock knitters as obviously a scam shows an inherent lack of respect for handcrafts. Grrrrrr

Second, Blue Moon Fiber arts is a really amazing company. It is a small business in a world of enormous corporations and they represent everything I love about small-scale production. They are personally dedicated to their product and it shows. They make Friggn AMAZING sock yarn in breathtaking color-ways. And if ever there is a problem, you can call and speak to a REAL person who is incredibly nice and who wants you to be happy because they take personal pride in their product. In fact, I called yesterday before all this news broke. I realize in retrospect that they must have been swamped with craziness trying to sort through a major business disaster, but they still patiently took the time to resolve my (very small) question and were really friendly. So we have nice talented people making a product that improves my quality of life. I want this business (and others like it) to prosper, not be the target of banks who assume that nothing can be legitimate if it is not mainstream and done by some huge conglomerate.

I am a knitter, hear me roar, and dont you DARE threaten my sock yarn.

You can read a rant from the Yarn Harlot and a copy of the letter that Blue Moon sent out here:
http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/

Blue Moon Fiber Arts itself is Here:
http://www.bluemoonfiberarts.com/
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / lots 'o hats for a good cause! on: December 13, 2006 08:11:43 PM
Whew! I've just finished wrapping up a fundraiser I've done at my school. I called it "share the warmth" and I got 13 of my fellow medical students to knit along with me (I held workshops). Then we raffled off the hats (30 of them in the end!). Proceeds will go to help families in need afford heat in their homes this winter. It's been a blast to do and I've been churning out hats for 2 months now. Here are individual pictures of the hats that I made.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/97731974@N00/sets/72157594406352318/show/
happy holidays! Stay Warm!


4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Pop Up Paws on: October 31, 2006 09:00:02 PM
'tis the season. This is from a pattern book called "Pop Up Paws" published by Skacel Collections Inc. The idea of mitten/gloves is all around, but this is a particularly well written pattern. Fitted for several sizes, well written, even a little nice short row shaping. I borrowed it from a friend and then couldn't find one for myself for the LONGEST time. Finally thanks to the joy of the internet the Paws are mine! Knit in Berroco Furz using size 7 needles.



5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / touch of gold scarf on: October 23, 2006 09:28:00 PM
Here is my latest creation. I saw a scarf with ribbon woven into eyelets in a shop and thought "I can do that"


and here's an attempt to show a little of the stitch detail, sorry, not the greatest photo ever.


I used size 11 needles and a fingering weight alpaca. At least, I'm pretty sure it's fingering weight. The ribbon is Katia Electra, and it's the only knitting ribbon I've ever worked with that I haven't come to hate after 10 minutes.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I knitted a Thneed! Yay Dr. Seuess! on: October 10, 2006 08:53:07 PM
So, if you haven't read "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss you really, really should. In this book the Onceler destroys the environment by irresponsibly mass manufacturing knitted Thneeds, which are "a thing that everyone needs" and appear in the book as a sort of random garmet-like object with lots of appendages and no clear purpose.

I and a collaborator decided that the Thneed could be made in a more purposefull, eco-friendly, handcrafted way. Plus, the idea was our kind of silly. We sketched out this garmet together, and it has taken me years of plugging away at it, making the pattern up as I go along to finally finish it.



More detailed photos can be found http://www.flickr.com/photos/97731974@N00/sets/72157594322521623/detail/

No Truffula trees were harmed in the making of this Thneed, though after all this time wrestling with Lionsbrand microspun, I sort of began to regret that there were no Truffulas around that I could plunder in a responsible, renewable kind of way.... Tongue
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Many Muppets died to bring you this scarf on: April 21, 2006 09:26:51 PM
Not really! I love muppets. It's just that someone saw me knitting this and observed that it looked like it was made from skinned muppets, and the name stuck. This yarn (Apache by Adriafil) was brought back from Italy by my aunt. I still don't know what possessed her. It has sat in my stash forever waiting for me to think up some kind of use for it. In the end I decided simple is best, as no matter what I do with it the end effect will be pretty much the same. Now I have to hope my intended recipient will actually appreciate it.

http://static.flickr.com/47/132678258_bdf4ec8029.jpg
The monster is not home-crafted but is near and dear to my heart anyway. He feels a kinship with the scarf. His name is Eblis.

Action shot

the colors came out best on this one
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / thimbles for painful knitting calluses?--now with product review on: March 07, 2006 07:37:09 PM
I'm a long time-knitter but I've recently been working in smaller gauges than I normally do and I've developed these awful calluses on my thumb and index finger, presumably from pushing the needle down as I knit. Just calluses wouldn't bother me, but these are prone to cracking and bleeding and generally impairing my knitting. Other people I have compained about this too have shrugged and said "so just don't knit for awhile"--not gonna happen.

So, I thought I'd take my problem to people more likely to understand. Are there some kind of knitter's thimbles out there? Foam pads that people use? Or instructions on how to craft such an item? I'm thinking something in a supple but durable leather....but I don't really have a lot of insight into making things that don't involve yarn and needles. I'm hoping my skin will become more resilient when warmer, more humid weather sets in, but I need some kind of short-term fix in the meantime.

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Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I have decided to test out the thimble side of things because I knit in-between the things I do every day and don't really want to walk around all the time with stuff stuck to my fingers.  The first thimbles I tried were Clover leather thimbles,  seen here:

These thimbles fit OK for the thumb, but it couldn't be made tight enough to really stay on any of the other fingers well. This was a big problem since my index finger is frequently the one to give me the most trouble.  Also, the hard plastic lining the leather was exactly the sort of surface I had been hoping to avoid by going with leather products. You can't poke at your thumb, but you also can't get any sensory feedback. One of the reasons my fingers get beat up from my knitting is that I knit without looking down a lot of the time, and to do that I need to be able to feel what is going on. Overall I do not reccomend it.

The next one I tried was the deerskin Quilter's leather thimble made by EZ quilting (or Wrights? the package had logos for both on it).

I am very happy with this thimble. I only have one, so I wear it in my index finger. The inside is a very nice soft deerskin and the elastic band makes for a comfy fit. It is "one size fits most" so if your fingers are exceptionally thick or thin you might have fit problems, but my fingers are pretty fat and I had no problems. The best thing about it is that I can still feel what is going on when I press my finger to the needles. This is the one I would  reccomend. World of socks, here I come!

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Understated enought for a man, elegant enough for a woman on: March 05, 2006 10:57:19 AM
I got this pattern from the book "Men in Knits" which I had felt was a sort of misnomer as a title for the book. The organizing principle of it seemed to be that men would want to wear simple designs in quiet colors--but this is true of many women as well! Aside from the fact that the sweaters are sized for men, it has been a great source of ideas for knit items for my female friends whose tastes run twoards the simple and elegant. Like this scarf for example.

I also really like the double-sided cable, as it always seemed odd to me that scarfs that get twisted around, and so are inevitabley seen on both sides, have a right and wrong side. The 1x1 rib of the double cable also meant that it was extra thick and warm. I knit this on US#7's with Plymouth Yarn, Baby Alpaca D.K. weight.

I normally would never dream of knitting a scarf in such a small gauge but the cables kept it interesting, and the pattern was simple enough that I quickly memorized the chart. This made it a great "carry around" knit and it went everywhere with me to be worked on wherever there was a moment to spare. Now it's finally finnished! And with some cold weather still left to come!



and the detail...
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / wig/womb! on: February 25, 2006 02:22:31 PM
Hello all, I meant to have these finished by Valentine's day but obviously I am running behind. Dratted tests the week of Valentine's day...

These lovely projects from knitty.com seemed especially Valentine's day to me. Take it from someone who studied anatomy, "hearts" as we commonly depict them...well...it's not the organ in your chest that they're depicting. Which suggests to me that they are in fact symbols of something else. Lest I offend I shall leave my suggestion innuendo.

Still, female anatomy is well worth celebrating, and not all of it is X-rated. So, therefore, let us openly and without shame celebrate the womb! Happy belated Valentine's day!



And as for the wig, well, the one part of this Hallmark holiday that I don't object to is the excuse to slip a little pink into my wardrobe.



The patterns are from knitty.com and are here:
http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTwomb.html

and here:
http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall04/PATThallowig.html
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