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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Squid Swap Gallery! on: December 08, 2005 04:45:35 PM
I received last Saturday, but stuff's been hectic around here and I just now got around to taking pictures.

Here's the great stuff authentic_celestial made!

There's a squid hand puppet, a bunch of octopus stationary and a DVD of "The Calamari Wrestler" which I've yet to watch.  The octopus knitting bag is by far my favorite, though.  If you can't tell from the picture, it's doing different crafty activities with all eight tentacles.  Makes me wish I had six more limbs.
12  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Digestive System Knitalong: Part Five, Stomach! on: December 05, 2005 01:31:58 PM
Oooh, don't start the liver yet!  The first one (the directions for which are on my webstie) was really misshapen and needed a lot of creative stuffing.  I'll PM you the revised (but not cleaned up) instructions, if you think you can figure them out.  It's knit in the round and then the lower right edge is woven together.
13  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Digestive System Knitalong: Part Five, Stomach! on: December 05, 2005 09:30:26 AM
Are you working from the pattern on my website?  If so, I apologize, because what's currently on there is very rudimentary and full of typos (check the disclaimer).  I will be posting the full, corrected pattern there as soon as it's ready.
14  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Digestive System Knitalong: Part Five, Stomach! on: November 28, 2005 07:35:37 PM

With Stomach pink and size 6 dpns, knit into the front and back of each stitch, place marker (12 sts).  Redistribute the stitches onto three needles and knit one row. 
KF&B, K2 across (18 sts)
Knit 5 rows plain.
K2tog, K3 across (12 sts)
K2 tog, K4 across (10 sts)
Knit 1 row
KF&B across (20 sts)
Knit 1 row
KF&B, K1 across (30 sts)
K 16 rows
K11, wrap and turn, P10, w&t, K across
Knit 2 rows
K11, w&t, P10, w&t, K across
Knit 1 row
K5, M1, K2, M1, K across (32 sts)
K13, w&t, P12, w&t, K across
Knit 1 row
K1, M1, K3, M1, K6, M1, K3, M1, K across (36 sts)
K17, w&t, P16, w&t, K across
Knit 1 row
K5, M1, K2, M1, K4, M1, K2, M1, K across (40 sts)
K21, w&t, P20, w&t, K across
Knit 4 rows
K9, SSK, K2tog, K across (38 sts)
Knit 1 row
K8, SSK, K2tog, K across (36 sts)
Knit 1 row
K 8, w&t, P13, w&t.  The next section is worked only on these 15 sts.  Place the next 6 sts on a stitch holder or waste yarn and leave the remaining 15 sts on a spare dpn.
K12, w&t, P11, w&t, K10, w&t, P9, w&t, K7, w&t, P5, w&t.
(We will now work this same section in reverse, picking up the wrapped stitches.  This is just like working the toe of a sock.)
K5, w&t, P5, w&t, K7 (picking up the two wraps when knitting the wrapped stitch), w&t, P9, w&t, K10, w&t, P11, w&t, K12, w&t, P13, w&t, K14.  Cut the yarn, leaving a tail a couple of feet long.  At this point you may wish to place a few lumps of stuffing in the stomach to represent partially digested food. Weave stitches together.

The "toe" of the stomach, about to be woven -

The finished stomach.

Thank you for your patience and, as usual, please alert me to any typos or mistakes.
15  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Digestive System Knitalong: Part Four, Duodenum of Doom. on: November 21, 2005 07:05:57 AM
First, let me say that I've tried "cheating" and using only 2 dpns on larger tubes like socks and, you're right, it doesn't work.  When working with only 3 dpns, the important factor isn't the hole in the middle of the tube because with the stitches on two parallel needles, there isn't one.  What allows you to get the third needle in between the two needles holding stitches is the ability to twist the needles relative to each other.  With more stitches the needles are held together more, so there is less ability to twist.  Fewer stitches (I wouldn't try many more than three per needle) allows a lot of freedom for the needles to twist and gives you a place to fit that third needle.  Also I can say that I HAVE done this, three times.  It is possible Cheesy

Thanks for voicing your concern.  I think I'll work on some explanatory pictures, if you think this is a worry other knitters might have.
16  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Light up shoes - for grown-ups! With link to tutorial. on: November 18, 2005 06:47:04 PM
your dad's excellent! Can i borrow him for a while please? I have a few projects up my sleeve...

Absolutely!  His email's on his website, http://id.mind.net/~truwe/tina/home.html

blue bunny:  I hate to be a forum nazi, but could you remove the picture quote from your previous post?  Just trying to help conserve bandwidth.
17  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Digestive System Knitalong: Part Four, Duodenum of Doom. on: November 17, 2005 12:00:00 PM
 Thanks for clarifying that for me, determinedimprovisation.

Here's part Four, no pictures this time because it's relatively straightforward.  Let me know if anything needs further explanation.

Small Intestine:

Remove the waste yarn from the last segment of the large intestine and place these six sts on two size 10.5 dpns (if there isn't enough slack put the stitches on a smaller pair of needles and knit the next row with the 10.5s).
Using the bulky yellow-pink yarn, knit across one needle, rotate the work 180 degrees and knit across the other needle.  Rotate 180 degees again (if you're smart you'll rotate it the opposite direction so that you untwist the twist you made with the last rotation.  If you can't manage this you'll just need to untwist your work every dozen or so rows.) and knit across the first needle.  This technique is a cross between I-cord and working on four dpns.  I find it very suitable as trying to make I-cord with six stitches (rather than the usual three or four)  leaves a ladder up one side of the tube, and trying to work with four dpns leaves you with two stitches per needle, an invitation for slipping needles and dropped stitches, at least if you're me.  The two parallel needles are also very easy to hold on to, so that knitting this way requires less coordination and concentration, making it simpler to work while paying attention to something else.

Knit until the small intestine measures 21 feet (yes, the human small intestine is 7 yards long.  You don't have to make yours quite this long, trust me no one's going to measure, but you need at least 15 feet of innards for them to look authentic and the more the better).  This takes me close enough to 1 skein of Red Heart Baby Clouds that I just knit to the end of the skein.

Some Tips:
21 feet may seem daunting, I find it helps to set myself a quota, say 5 feet a night or 2 feet per movie.  Depending on how much TV you watch this is very doable.
It only took me about 8 hours each time to knit this section.  It's very mindless work and after the first couple of feet your hands will know what to do and you won't need your eyes.  Just pick up the knitting whenever you're watching TV, or your kids playing, or your dinner burning and you should be done in just a few days.
(And if you start to feel yourself cursing me for writing this pattern, just remember that I've made three of these so far, that's 63 feet on six stitches and some very calloused fingers.)
18  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Digestive System Knitalong: Part Three, finally. on: November 11, 2005 08:09:05 PM
....shouldn't it end with K11 Placid Pink? I had 24 stitches and if it is just K1 with Placid Pink then I'm all confused.

You are correct!  I swear I've been over this pattern half a dozen times but I still keep finding typos.  Sad

greengirlak:  lookin' good!  You must be using the exact same yarns, as your colon looks just like mine.
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Doknit (with pattern) on: November 10, 2005 04:23:35 PM
mental_floss, ax174, dansk, can I put the pics of your doknits up on my site?  I'll give you credit, of course.

20  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Digestive System Knitalong: Part Three, finally. on: November 10, 2005 12:55:59 PM
Sorry, I've been using colon and large intestine interchangeably, I just ended up with two titles when I copied and pasted.  I've fixed it.
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