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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Short row mania! on: August 13, 2009 12:34:25 AM
fun with short rows!

This is basically Veronik Avery's short row hat rotated 90 degrees and joined to be knit in the round. I used good old w&t for my short rows - much easier to read. (I tried and failed to knit that one about 15 months ago --  too much toddler interference.)

not sure if the images will post. links to flickr below.





http://www.flickr.com/photos/17000722@N08/3813501798
http://www.flickr.com/photos/17000722@N08/3812688949
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Pointers for knitting with hand-dyed FrankenYarn? on: February 04, 2008 08:10:49 PM
So I have a sweater quantity (7 x 242 yards of yarn slightly thinner than Cascade 220) of yarn that started out as a truly awful color.  Got it cheap, planed to overdye it. 

Overdye I did, but the result  - most likely due to my inexperience and too-small pot - is what I would describe as variations on a theme.  Each hank, even though I dyed them in two batches using exactly the same ratio of dye to wool, is its own unique entity, all of them semi-solid with hues ranging from a sort of faded burgundy to a deep purplish/brown shade.

I've twisted 'em back up into "hanks" to see if I like the way they look in that form (since that's how I'd decide if I were buying 'em) - and I do - but I haven't tried knitting any of them up yet.  I'm mostly looking for ideas on what to knit, and techniques on using such a batch of yarn.  I'm sure it's not just "knit one skein, spit-splice the next when you run out" because the change would be VERY noticeable, I'm sure.

Lizard Ridge is one project that springs to mind (and I even have a wedding coming up that needs a gift still).  I could probably pick up a few more hanks of the yarn in a color that would compliment my FrankenYarn if the yardage I've got is low.

Suggestions appreciated! Smiley  THanks Craftsters!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Kaffe Fasset & word association on: November 13, 2007 11:40:45 AM
What do you think of when you see one of his designs?

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Snowflakes and Lilacs on: November 10, 2007 10:43:30 PM
I realize my last entry to a Craftster challenge was also a knit soaker for my daughter, and I swear that my intent this time around was to do something different.  In fact, I spent an absurdly long time in October working in Excel at reverse-engineering and recoloring the Autumn Rose chart working from some close-up photos of other knitters' works-in-progress.  However, reality set in around Halloween when my Mom called and said, "Do you have any warm clothes for Miss V for your visit?" 

At that point I realized that, despite the apparently wasted time on Autumn Rose, this was OPPORTUNITY!  I am a Hawaii knitter.  I love wool's springy, lofty feel, so forgiving of variation in tension, so happy to take up Kool-Aid in a wide variety of lovely colors.  But so, so warm.  Finally, I needed to knit something warm.  As they say in Bedrock, YABBA-DABBA-DOOOOOO!

I dove in, grabbing three skeins out of stash, and then a half ball of off-white Cascade 220 just since I am pathologically incapable of knitting with just one color of yarn (even when the one is a variegated).  I cast on.  I joined.  I knit a couple rounds in my purple-pink-green-lilac loveliness.  Then I paused and ripped it all out and said to myself, "Self, it's time to learn corrugated ribbing."

And thus the adventure began.  I learned corrugated ribbing.  I got the waistband done and thought, hmm, what next.  I still had a lot of the Cascade 220 to spare, and I remembered the Snowflake Socks pattern from IK Fall 2007.  I grabbed the magazine, looked up the chart, and counted up my stitches.  By sheer luck, I was within 2 stitches of the right multiple.  I did a couple increase rounds (which I needed anyway to accommodate Ms. Bulky Butt) and jumped into the chart. 

And only then did I realize that, once again, my challenge entry was going to be another diaper soaker.  Ahh well... I love it, it fits Miss V perfectly, and I learned some new techniques.  Autumn Rose can wait.  Until then, here are my Snowflakes and Lilacs.




And of course, the guts of it:

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I'm scared... (lining a bag and other nightmares) on: November 09, 2007 11:44:14 AM
I need you, Craftsters.  There is something wrong with me:  I have this bizarre, irrational resistance to finishing up a bag I knit by lining it.  I have the lining constructed.  It is ready to be sewn in.  The bag NEEDS the lining to function well.  But it sits, taunting me in its unfinished state.

Do I have to use a sewing machine or can I hand sew it?  (I would prefer to hand-sew it, actually.)

What, exactly, is the technique for sewing in the lining, assuming hand-sewing?  Do I use normal sewing thread?  Do I use embroidery floss?  Something else entirely?  Do I put the sewing needle through the strands of yarn (spliiting the yarn?), or something else?

I really need to get over this, because I'm going to have to sew in a zipper very soon, and that is a gift -- so this fear of needles + yarn must be banished pronto.

Any Craftster advice will be much appreciated!!

Thanks! Smiley
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / WTH is up with Vogue Knitting??? on: October 01, 2007 11:36:33 AM
What kind of company has technical difficulties that last for weeks on end and virtually eliminate their web presence while the difficulties persist??

Is this a caching problem on my end? Or is Vogue Knitting really still down?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Variegated Yarn and textured/cabled patterns... on: August 30, 2007 10:36:53 AM
Does anyone have a success story for such a combination? (hopefully with pictures, if so)

I love multi-color yarn, I love the changes, the occasionally fortuitous pooling.  I have fun dyeing yarn.

But using it?  So far everything I've knit with it looks fine in basic stockinette or garter stitch, or ribbing, but any more detailed stitch pattern is just invisible. 

I'm going to try a 2-color slip stitch pattern with one solid and one variegated, and see if THAT turns out nicely.  Ugh, otherwise, just so frustrating.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Slip Stitch Felted Portable DVD Case on: March 04, 2007 06:26:49 PM
My best friend saw my first (of several) attempts at making a felted beer cozy for my brother and thought the felted fabric would be perfect for a cushiony case for her portable DVD player.  I finished up my backlog from Christmas and decided I would see what mosaic knitting was all about in this project. 

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  To avoid static electricity problems, she is going to line it with the fabric of her choice, as she is a genius with a sewing machine.  (While sewing buttons is about the extent of my skill, sad to say.)

Yarn - 100g Cascade 220 in dark brown, about 50 - 75g in the off-white color, including the yarn used for a practice swatch.  Knitted on 5mm circular.

Pattern: none, but muchas gracias a Wendy Wonnacott for both her excellent tutorial on mosaic knitting, and the chart for
The Other Sueet
).

Front of bag:


Detail of button:


Dimensions after felting are about 18cm tall x 27 cm wide x ~4cm deep.  It shrank about 30% vis a vis the stitch gauge and almost 40% vis a vis row gauge.  There is a bit of math and hope and luck involved in getting the knitted item to come out the right size.  Basically ...

# to CO = finished width * stitch gauge felt-factor * (stitch gauge)
           =  9in * 1.3 * 5 st / in
then fudge it to get the the right # of stitches for whatever stitch pattern you are doing. 
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Wool-Candy Diaper Soaker on: February 21, 2007 12:16:12 PM
If Marple had a niece, I'm certain she would have loved to knit her a pair of these adorable little shorts.  The pattern I followed, nominally, was the pants part of this set (http://www.knitting-crochet.com/babyoutfit.html). I live in Hawaii - so even though the jumper is cute, it would be way too warm to use in this climate.  So the "ensemble" is instead more of a "solo".

I made a _lot_ of modifications, but I think the spirit of the design is retained - functional garment with cute little details to distinguish it from plain old shorts.  Without further adieu, here they are:




Pattern mods:

I used a different gauge yarn and smaller needles to get a denser fabric so it would work well as a diaper soaker.  It took just over 50g of sport weight Blue-faced Leicester wool that is wonderfully soft and a totally vibrant colorway that makes me think of cotton candy.
 
I have a much younger and smaller baby than the one the pattern was written for, so I sized it smaller by about 4".  The waist circumference is about 20" on my version, rather than 24" per the pattern.

I converted it to be knit in the round instead of flat - that was a little tricky, and it took me a couple repeats of the cable rib to realize I was reversing the pattern incorrectly.  easily fixed once I figured it out though Smiley

I added a crotch gusset, extra short rows just above the crotch and did the waistband short rows only on the backside.

I love the little mock cable pattern, though the yarn I used doesn't show the stitch detail all that well.  I apologize for the slightly blurry pics - wiggly baby and camera with dying batteries make for lousy photos.  The crotch gusset was fun, though I was definitely winging it for that section.  It came out very nicely though, and the fit is just perfect.  I love the way the ribbed panels on the sides of the legs will give the garment longevity as my DD grows.


10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / teva durham website? on: February 07, 2007 12:22:36 PM
I am getting lots of 404s at the loop-d-loop.com website I get from Google for Teva Durham.  Is there another site that is out there?  I've heard lots about her stuff and am curious to learn more about her designs and techniques.

Thanks in advance!
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