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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Chain Chomp Hat (pics and pattern link!) on: January 16, 2008 11:28:02 PM
Hey all!

I, like many a gamer, have an unhealthy fascination with the chain chomps that inhabit the Mario Bros. World.

So, I knit one!

It was easy and quick to make, and I definitely plan on making more for friends!

The pattern is available here, through my blog. Any comments/suggestions/errata are more than welcome!

EDIT: The pattern is also on Ravelry, for anyone on there! I'd love to know if you guys are knitting the hat, and to see pics!

(The link will not work if you aren't a Ravelry member, sorry!)
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Jack's Beanstalk Blanket on: January 09, 2008 05:31:46 PM
Hey all!

I wanted to share my newest FO, which is also a design of my own creation: Jack's Beanstalk Blanket.

The blanket was designed and knit for my new baby nephew, Jack, who was welcomed into the world in early December. I finished casting off the blanket only an hour before I got the phone call announcing his birth!

Here's a gross yellowish photo of the unblocked blanket. (Thumbnails lead to big image)

And here's the finished product:

Knit with Patons Classic Wool Merino in a deep foresty green.

The pattern is simple, consisting of three Vandyke lace columns and a seed stitch border.

It's one of the biggest projects I've done, and I'm very proud of it.

The pattern will be available soon, and I'll be sure to post it here!
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Blending colours, and bottom whorl drop spindles! on: July 16, 2007 02:53:36 PM
Hi everyone!

Now, I've just ventured into the land of spinning (I use a lightweight bottom whorl drop spindle) and I adore it.

I scored my spindle, along with three solid colours of Corriedale wool, from Knit Knackers for 12 bucks CND. Now that I've done a bit of practice spinning using just the solid colours, I'd like to try carding the colours together, blending them to make a sort of gradiated effect.

I have Ashford Student Handcarders that were my mom's, and I've messed around with blending the colours together a bit already. I was wondering if anyone had any tips regarding the easiest ways to blend two or more colours together really well, using hand carders?

Any and all tips would be appreciated, including any tips you guys may have on using a bottom whorl drop spindle.

Thanks so much! This forum is so fun to browse, all this glorious handspun. Cheesy
4  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Black Mage Backpack! on: May 25, 2007 09:17:25 PM
A quick backstory...

This was actually the first thing I ever knit. About three years ago.

I had a bunch of blue acrylic yarn, and Stitch and Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook. The punk rock backpack seemed super-easy and I was obsessed with wanting to make it, so I thought "Sure! How hard could intarsia be?"

I knit every part of the backpack, then got to the intarsia. It was going to be an 8-bit black mage (from the Final Fantasy series of video games) from minute one.

I could NOTgrok intarsia, and not for lack of trying. Let's leave it at that.

Time went on. The backpack bits got sent to the bottom of Stash Bin A, and were ignored while other projects were completed, time after time.

I had become quite an established knitter, good at every technique I had come across. Except that intarsia. I never tried intarsia again.

Until about a month ago. I decided to tackle the backpack again.

And you know what? It clicked.

So here it is, my very first knitting project, and one of my most recent completed projects. A project three years in the making!

Punk Rock black mage packpack. Cheesy I <3 it. I haven't sewed in a lining yet, so it's kind of baggy and shapeless.

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Shark Hat - PATTERN LINK ON PG 9! on: December 16, 2006 08:44:40 PM
Just in time for a Christmas gift, I knit my boyfriend a hat. His favorite animal is sharks, and he is by no means a shy guy, so I decided to go all out, and make him a full shark hat. D: (His idea!)

Side/top views

Boyfriend himself, happily modeling his new favorite hat

Side view

Top view. The shark is eating his brains. Cheesy~

I didn't use any pattern for this. I did reference World of Knitted Toys by Kath Delamy(sp?) for the shaping of the dorsal fin and the tail, but even they needed massive tweaking due to the size. The decreases were guesswork, but worked out. I made the gums by picking up stitches, and binding them off immediately using smaller needles, and the teeth are white felt.

I can write up a pattern later on, if there's interest. In the meantime, enjoy! Cheesy
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Turning and casting on on: December 12, 2005 03:27:57 PM
Hey everyone!

OK... I know how to turn and such, for short-row shaping. But I'm knitting the shark from World Of Knitted Toys, and their instructions have me baffled. As follows:

"Next row: k17, turn and cast on 12sts (back of fin), turn and k to end of row"

Now, I've tried turning, and casting on to the NEW right needle, then turning again,a nd knitting across... but I find it very difficult to knit into those new 12 stitches, so I can't help but feel I'm doing this wrong.

Can someone lend me a helping hand! Thanks in advance!  Smiley
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I do require... a SCARF on: October 09, 2005 12:52:20 PM
Hey everyone!

So, the deal is - I have some beautiful yarn sent to me by a friend, and I absolutely must knit a scarf with it. The problem is - I tried knitting Mom's Sophisticated Scarf from SnB Nation with it, but the gauge is just odd, the stitches are too wide and thus would not be a warm scarf. I tried altering gauges and such to make it work, but bah.

SO - I've come to you witty and awesome crafters with a challenge - can you guys help me scour the web for a good scarf pattern?

Rules - I'd like something along the same lines as the Mom's Sophisticated - that is, a relatively wide and long scarf, with SOME sort of a pattern to it - whether it be an interesting rib, some sort of basketweave pattern, whatever - nothing too difficult but will make it a little more interesting then, say, a 2x2 rib or garter stitch.

I mean, if there's something you think I might like, post it anyway - I'd love to see as many possible patterns as possible!

Here's the yarn specs:

Rowan felted tweed
50% merino wool / 25% alpaca / 25% viscose/rayon
gauge: 22 sts and 30 rows = 4 in in st st (size 5 US/3.5mm/9 UK needles)
Link to the Rowan site with the yarn itself.

Thank you all in advance! <3
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Geek knits - an interesting philosophy on: July 26, 2005 11:01:33 AM
OK, I was talking with some of my geeky crafty friends this morning while I was suppsoed to be working, and we sort of realized a simple, obvious, yet fascinating revelation:

Notice that most if not all, geek television shows/movies/books have some form of knitted objects in them? Knitted objects that become memorable in some way? Also, for smarter geeks, there seems to be a huge fascination with tying patterns and formulas to knitting. It's quite fascinating!

Off the top of my head, I can think of several geek-based knits, just by looking at these forums:

- Jayne Cobb's hat (from Firefly, in fact, I started that thread here on Craftster)
- Tom Baker's Doctor Who scarf
- Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy knit dolls from the movie(Ive seen some awesome attempts at Marvin!)
- Harry Potter scarves, sweaters, etc. (not to mention the several knitting references IN the books - there's a thread about that here somewere)

For science-minded knitters, we have:

- The ever-fascinated Fibonacci sequence, which people attach to knitting in a variety of different ways.
- The works-amazing-with-knitting Moebius scarf
- Hats fabricated on the ever-interesting science of Klein bottles.
- And my latest discovery, and possibly one of my favorites in the way of geek, the Probability Pullover.

That's just a small, small list of what geeky things can be knit. Add to the list! Discuss! What other geeky knits are there?
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cabled wristband, with pattern! on: May 07, 2005 09:16:39 PM
Hey everyone! Long time no see!

I've knit a neat little cabled wristband for myself out of some nice merino wool I had laying around. I knew I wanted a cable on it, and instead of finding a pattern, I decided to wing it. (Although, I have no doubt there is a similar or identical pattern out there somewhere, it's quite basic.)

Here it is:

And here's the pattern. It's very very easy, anyone can do it! I especially suggest it if you are new to cables, it's a fun, easy, small project to learn them on.

CO 18 sts.

Row 1 (WS): k1, p1, k1, k3, p6, k3, k1 p1, k1.

Row 2 (RS): k1, p1, k1, p3, k6, p3, k1, p1, k1.

Rep Row 1.
Rep Row 2.
Rep Row 1. (5 rows).

Row 6: k1, p1, k1, p3, c6f, p3, k1, p1, k1

Rep pattern until piece meas approx. 7.5" long. Or, if you're like me, wing it; while the stitiches are still on the needle, see if the band will stretch around your wrist. You can try and make your cable line up when you stitch it together. I didn't worry about it too much.


Sew up your side seams and weave in your ends.

That's it! Any questions or comments, please post! This is my first "original" *laugh* pattern, so I'm pretty proud.
10  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Bunny Hat! on: January 27, 2005 07:55:03 AM
I made a bunny hat for a friend's little girl who turned 1 on Saturday.  Cheesy

She was getting tired and fidgety when gift time came around, but I managed to snag a photo of the baby in her new hat.

Image is a little big, so click here for it!

The hat itself was pretty simple and fun. I used a mixture of acrylic and wool, and the short-row shaping, which I'd never done before, was pretty easy! I'd love to do more for friend's babies!  Grin
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