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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Greetings, programs! TRON inspired socks on: July 28, 2010 10:23:18 AM

I designed to be a gift for my big brother, whose TRON fandom and enthusiasm over the release of a second movie inspired the sock design. They were worked toe-up, two-at-a-time magic loop, with a Turkish cast-on and short row heel. I wrote out the chart for the number of stitches in half a sock, to get a mirrored pair with a wrap-around design, I had to read the cart both forwards and backwards. It was a little tricky at first, but not too bad.

I started with a smaller chart for myself to test out the design, and expanded it afterward to make the man-sized socks. I did mine in bad-guy colors. Wink The base of my sock is the Hat Heel sock from the 2009 Fall Knitty, and worked the chart around the ankle.

I think the chart could also make cool wristbands or fingerless gloves, I may do that as a project for fall.

There's a project listing on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/greetings-programs
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Simple Sari Silk Going-Out Bag on: August 16, 2009 11:01:16 PM
This simple purse shows of the fun colors in the recycled sari silk yarn, but could be replaced with any heavy worsted novelty yarn. Knits up quickly, in the round magic loop, with only one seam at the strap. Fits your going-out essentials; keys, money, ID, cell phone.

70 yards sari silk yarn
US 6 / 4mm circular needle, minimum 32" long
1 button
4 sts x 7 rows = 1"
Finished size: 7" wide x 6.5" high

Turkish cast-on 24 stitches over both ends of the needle. Slide one needle out, as you would for magic loop, to work the first set of stitches. Knit 6 rows of stockinette over the first 24 stitches, leaving the other half of the cast-on stitches on the cable.
Knit 24 stitches, pick up 4 stitches along the edge of the 6 rows.
Rotate work, shifting needles to work the reserved 24 stitches. Pick up 4 stitches along the other edge of the 6 rows.
Knit all stitches, in the round for 5".
Knit 10 sts, BO 4, knit to end.
Knit 10 sts, cast on 4, knit to end.
Knit 3 round.
BO to last 5 sts. Pick up 1st BO stitch.
Work stockinette over 6 sts for 20".
Kitchener 6 strap sts to the other side of bag opening.
Sew on button corresponding to the button hole.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Green Lantern Sweater *with chart and notes on: July 12, 2009 10:43:43 AM
After last year's fun with the knit Wonder Woman costume (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=257117.msg2872760#msg2872760), I struggled to come up with something equally awesome to create to wear to this year's San Diego Comic-Con in July. I didn't have as much lead time this year, with baby projects to create for the beginning of June, so I knew that I wouldn't be doing another full bodysuit arrangement. I decided to create a Green Lantern Corps outfit, knitting a sleeveless Green Lantern sweater and crocheting mask, but wearing bought pants, green Converse, and power ring to fill in the rest of the look.

Yarn: Knitpicks Shine Sport in Grass and White
Needle: Size US 5 circular for the body, size US 3 for the rib
Gauge: 6 stitches and 8 rows = 1 inch

The sweater is knit top-down in the round. I started with 1x1 rib on US 3 for 1.5", then switched to US 5 and increased with raglan shaping in knit. I bound off the shoulders then worked the front and back separately, increasing at the edges, to the armpit. The chart was made using a logo I found online and Knitpro, which then required a good bit of cleanup in Photoshop. The intarsia chart was worked in the front only while it was still worked flat before the armpit. I cast on 2" under each armpit to get to my high bust measurement. I put in stitch markers at the halfway points.

Knit solid for a few inches to where I would decrease for the waist. On the first row of decreases I inserted 4" of short row shaping for the difference between my upper bust and actual bust measurements. Continued decreasing 4 stitches (1 stitch on each side of the maker) every inch 4 times then increased every inch 5 times. Knit solid for a few more inches until the length from the armpit was 15". Switched to US 3 and knit 1.5" of 1x1 rib.

If you use the chart, please post your projects, I'd love to see them! It is really two colors, green and white, though it appears mottled because of how Knitpro interpreted the image.

URL: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_wass/3713687932/

The mask pattern is by Priscilla Hewitt.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby's First Lobster Bib *with Pattern* on: May 25, 2009 11:34:27 PM
I knit up Molly Lincoln's lobster pattern http://dirigo.wordpress.com/2007/12/17/free-pattern-toy-lobster/ as a baby gift for a friend who is expecting, and I thought, "What goes with a knit lobster? A knit lobster bib!" So I made up this pattern to go with.

Materials: Sport weight yarn in white and red, US 4 (3.5mm) needles, 1 small button
6 stitches x 10 rows per inch.  
Finished size 8 wide x 9.5 long

Cast on 42 sts. Knit 2 rows (garter stitch).
K1, make 1, knit to the 2nd to last stitch, make 1, K1.Knit the next row.
Repeat these two rows 2 more times. 48 stitches.
RS: Knit all stitches
WS: Knit first 5 stitches, purl to the last 5 stitches, knit last 5 stitches.
Repeat these two rows. The center will be stockinette with garter stitch edging.
Continue alternating these rows, following the lobster chart on each row centered in the work.
Once the chart has been completed, work 2 more alternating rows.
Knit 8 rows (garter stitch).
Knit first 5 stitches and put them on a holder. Bind off the next 38 stitches. Knit the last 5 stitches.
Knit these 5 stitches (garter stitch) until the strap is 4.5 long. Bind off the 5 stitches.
Re-join the yarn to work on the other side, pick up and knit the other 5 stitches for the other strap.
When strap measures 4, create button hole. Knitting the next row, bind off the center stitch. On the following row, K2, YO, K2.
Knit strap to 5, repeat button hole.
Knit 3 more rows.
Bind off.
Sew a button to the first strap, 3 rows in from the end.

The cart: Link if chart doesn't load: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3614/3566082532_4121a5cde7.jpg?v=0

For the chart, I started with a typical lobster bib image, uploaded to Knitpro, cleaned up in Photoshop.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Girly Nerd Checker Vest w/ Tutorial on: September 24, 2008 01:32:01 PM

Timmy helps me model!

Here's how I made it:
This vest is knit in the round from the bottom up. The only seaming is at the shoulder. I think that you could use any texture stitch that you wanted with this vest pattern, as long as the gauge was the same.

5 stitches X 7 rows = 1 on US 5 needles; knit swatch of 20 stitches, 10 knit, 10 purl. Sport weight yarn. (I used Knitpicks Shine sport in blush as the MC, and some Rowan Cotton Glace in a discontinued goldenrod color for CC.)
US 5 and US 4 circular needles
Each checker is 10 stitches X 14 rows.

I used the measurement above my bust (under the armpit) and cast on that number multiplied by 5, but rounded to the nearest multiple of 20. This is necessary so the checker pattern is even. I rounded down for my vest, because I like my knits to be clingy.

-Cast on US 4. Join to knit in the round and Knit 3 of 2x2 rib in Contrast Color, placing markers at the beginning of the round and half way if you are doing waist shaping.
-Switch to Main Color and US 5, (K10, P10) repeat to end.
-Continue in checker pattern for 12 more rows. If doing waist shaping, start it on the next row (row 14 of MC); reduce 4 stitches, one on both sides of each marker.
-Reverse pattern, i.e. purl the stitches you had been knitting, knit the stitches you had been purling.
-Continue decreasing for the waist every 7th row while working checker pattern. I decreased 5x. If you desire more decreases than this, you should do them more frequently.
-On the 7th row from the decreases, start your increases with the same frequency.
-On the next to last row of increases, add short row bust shaping in the front half, if desired. I highly recommend this for bustier gals like myself. I did 4 of short rows. Keep following the checker pattern as you short row, it seems like it may look funny, but it looks fine later. Pick up all stitches to knit in the round to finish row, including increases.
-Continue in pattern until work reaches 16. If you want the garment shorter, start the waist decreases sooner after the ribbing and compensate from there.
-I like to bind off for the arms in a straight shot, so work to the desired place before the half-way marker, bind off desired stitches, removing marker, work to other side and repeat. I bound off 20 stitches (4), but smaller people will want less than that. Measure under your arm and -2.
-Youll be working the front and back separately from here on out, but they will be the same.
-Front: WS; work in pattern. RS; work 1 stitch, work 2 tog (k or p as appropriate), work to 3 before end, work 2 tog, work 1. Repeat these 2 rows 5x. While working this, at the last row of the checker pattern, split for neck on RS.
-Neck: RS: BO center 2 stitches. Work to end with reductions for the arm. WS; work all stitches in pattern. Work each side of the neck separately.
-RS: at neck edge, work 1 stitch, work 2 tog, work to end (or do last arm decrease). WS: work all stitches. Repeat decreases at neck edge alternating with plain WS work until 20 stitches remain. Continue to work in pattern until 8.5 (or shorter as desired) from armpit.
-From outside edge, BO 7 stitches, work remaining in pattern. Turn and work all stitches. Turn and BO 6 stitches, work remaining. Turn and work all. Turn and BO last 7 stitches. Tie off and cut yarn, leaving enough tail to sew shoulder seam.
-Attach yarn at center, pick up and work all stitches on WS of other half of front. Work reverse shaping for decreases at neck edge.
-Back: Attach yarn at WS right edge and work all stitches in pattern. Work as for Front.

-Arm bands: With CC and US 4, on RS, pick up stitches along arm opening on 2 of every 3 rows and all bound off stitches under the arms. You should have an even number of stitches. Work back and forth, 3 rows of 2x2 rib. BO in pattern. Leave enough tail to seam that section at shoulder. Repeat for other arm. Sew should seams, starting at neck edge with MC. Seam rib with CC.
-Neck: With CC and US 4, on RS, start in the center and pick up stitches along one side of neck opening on 2 of every 3 rows, to center on other side. Work and forth, 3 rows of 2x2 rib. BO in pattern. Leave enough tail to sew seam. Repeat on other neck edge. Sew neck band edges to the opposite side of the V so that they overlap.
-Tuck in ends and youre all set!
6  Arizona / Arizona: Central / New Yarn Store in South Scottsdale! on: August 25, 2008 08:05:07 PM
A new yarn store just opened up in south Scottsdale, and I checked it out today. I was really happy to find a really nice space with a good selection, and everyone was very nice there. They have a very good selection of sock and worsted weight yarns, and a few nicer novelty yarns. The only thing lacking for me is a selection of sport weight yarns, as I like finer yarns for more versatile weather garment wearing here. They also have a nice selection of wood and bamboo knitting needles. I talked to CJ, and she said that shell be updating and changing up her inventory as people make requests.

They'll be publishing a class schedule soon. There is a big area for classes, including a washing machine for felting, and a lounge area with sofas and a TV. Right now, they are open M-Sat, she said that she does want to be open on Sundays as well, to be open 7 days. Shes working on getting staffing up by the time football season starts, to give people a FoodTV-watching knitting haven for knitting away from the footballers. They are open until 8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There was some snarky chatter on Ravelry about her sign reading "Knit Happen's". She was also horrified by the awful incorrect apostrophe in her temporary sign (and the awful font), but didnt think that it was worth making a huge deal over something temporary, but people ask her about it all the time. It has become kind of a joke.

If anyone wants to go there and have a little knit-in on a Tuesday night from 6-8, Id be up for it!

Knit Happens
7777 E Indian School Rd
Scottsdale AZ, 85251
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Invisible Jet Tote for Wonder Woman Costume on: July 20, 2008 11:02:58 PM
I created this Invisible Jet tote purse to go with the Wonder Woman costume that I knit to wear at Comic-Con this week. I don't know what other people do, but I needed a fun way to carry my stuff!

I made a template on paper, then cut out the peices. The strap is seat belt material that I had bought a while ago. 

Wonder Woman costume post here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=257117.0

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Wonder Woman Costume! *Now, with notes. on: July 14, 2008 11:04:06 AM
I started knitting this Wonder Woman costume to wear to the San Diego Comic-Con in July (2008), but escalated production when my friend decided to throw a costume birthday party for me at the end of June. I made up my own pattern for the bodysuit embellished with star and eagle motifs, wristbands and headband. It took me about 6 weeks, finished the night before the party! I'm happy with the results. Hope that you think that it's fun too!

Knit on US4 circular needles in Elann Esprit (red, white, and blue) and Cascade Fixation (yellow).

I sewed up an Invisible Jet tote to carry my stuff at the Con! Lookee here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=258397.0

Notes on how I did the bodysuit: I took a bunch of measurements so that it fit well. Don't want a saggy bodysuit! Started with a gauge swatch. I used the measurement above the bustline to cast on in red. Knit some K2P2 rib to start. I used the difference between the cast on and my actual bust measurement to do the short row shaping for the cups. I shaped each cup separately with decreasing rows on top and the same number of increasing rows on the bottom with 1.5" straight rows in between. After the bust, I decreased 1" every inch until I got to my waist measurement. I measured from my chest to my belly button, and knit to there. Then I started increasing 1" wider every 1/2 inch, switching to yellow for the belt area. Yellow for 2" while increasing. Switched to blue and knit to the chest-to-crotch length. I added some short row shaping in the back as well, so the back wouldn't ride up and expose any cheeky-ness! Split in the midde and cast on the difference between half my hip measurement and my thigh to create the leg, knit separately in the round. Knit 2" legs. Finished with K2P2 rib.

I think that this bodysuit would be fun adapted to other superheroes/villians. A friend of mine is planning on doing a Batgirl version in black and yellow.

Can't deflect bullets off knit, huh?

I am a glorious Amazon, LOL!

Who needs a golden lasso when I can whip the bad guys with my crazy hair?
9  Arizona / Arizona: Central / Glass Lampworking Class in Mesa! on: August 21, 2007 12:07:05 PM
I was excited to find out that Mesa Arts Center opened up some of it's studio classes as non-credit classes again. Last fall, they started a partership with MCC and made nearly all of their classes for-credit, which made them more expensive and 16 weeks long. It's hard to commit to 16 weeks, and I hate to not be able to make it when it's expensive. I have really been missing doing glasswork though. When I cleaned off my kitchen table last week, I found the arts center class catalog, and found, to my surprise, that the non-credit glass classes are back!

Due to an error on the web site (which has been corrected), I called to register for the class, and spoke to someone at the arts center. They must not have publicised the change at all, since I am the 4th of 12 slots for the class, which usually fills up quickly. She said that 9 need to sign up for the class to run. Is anyone else interested in taking a glass lampworking class with me?

or call 480-644-6520 if you've never taken classes from Mesa Arts or Park & Rec

Class number 711212-01
Beginning Borosilicate (glass)
Saturday 9:30am - 12:30pm from Sept 15th - Oct 20th
$100 resident / $118 NR
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fruity Flavored! Vertical Stripe Socks on: May 28, 2007 10:48:46 PM

I though that the vertical stripe was a fun and different way to use the self-striping yarn and was easy to adapt to the slightly finer yarn I had on-hand. Based on a Knitpicks pattern  "Toe to Top Striped Socks" http://www.knitpicks.com/Toe+to+Top+Striped+Socks_PD50493220.html, except that I didn't do the proscribed seed stitch for the toe and heel, and I picked up and added the ribbing at the top of the sock instead of the vertical pseudo-rib used in the pattern. Knit in Plymouth Sockotta yarn on size 1 needles.
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