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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Serpentina - Can't sleep, scarf'll eat me... (w/ free pattern link) on: January 22, 2008 09:30:41 AM
I am afraid of this scarf.

See, a while back, I thought up this scarf idea. Swatched it, refined it, charted it, tweaked it, and then knit it up. And it turned out exactly as planned.

This does not happen, ever! It is well-documented that my knitting hates me. So I think this scarf may be plotting something, and trying to lure me into complacency by behaving so nicely and knitting up just the way I wanted it.

I used 4 balls of Elann Incense - which made a very very long scarf. I think it might eat me. (Hey, maybe that's what it's plotting!) But I love long scarves, so I will put up with the fear of being devoured.

There are more pics in this blog entry (and also more "I am suspicious of this scarf" paranoia). There's a bit of a review of the yarn there too. Summary: I liked the yarn. Good stuff for the price.

Here's the free pattern - hopefully it will be suspiciously trouble-free for you too!

Thanks for looking.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mmmalabrigo A-line Sweater on: November 15, 2007 09:36:23 AM
This is the Drops A-line jacket that everyone and their dog is making, but I messed around with the pattern and turned it into a top-down raglan. Partly because I love me some seamless sweaters, but mostly because I totally didn't have enough yarn to make it, and this way I could just stop knitting when I ran out and pretend it was intentional. Grin

I used 4 skeins of Malabrigo worsted in Cinnabar, and I mean every last little bit of 4 skeins. I also made it flare slightly less and completely ignored the directions for the sleeves and improvised them instead. I read the collar directions and said a few naughty words to them and then partly (but not completely) ignored those too.

I was worried that it wouldn't look right with raglan sleeves but I think it turned out fine. So if you're into top-down raglans I highly suggest this mod. Unfortunately I took really sketchy notes on my mods (and then ignored half of them) so I can't rewrite the pattern as a raglan for others to use, but I think I'm going to write up a general bottom-up-to-top-down-raglan tutorial sometime soon instead. I've seen a lot of people ask about how to modify sweaters that way, so... yeah.

This was actually my NaKniSweMo sweater but it only took 10 days to knit!

More pics and info in this blog entry, if you're interested in details and/or unnecessary ranting. Thanks for looking!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Bamboozled - Cabled Headband (With Pattern Link!) on: August 26, 2007 08:53:43 PM
I suffer from the Curse of the Single Skein. Oh, you know what this is. You see a yarn that you want to try out, and then you go and buy one skein of it, because surely that's enough yarn to do anything you want! Except it totally isn't.

I picked up a ball of Plymouth Royal Bamboo just to see what knitting with bamboo is like. Yeah, one ball. BECAUSE I NEVER LEARN. So I designed and knit up a headband with it, because what else can I do with 93 yds of yarn?

Answer to the "what's knitting with bamboo like?" question: hrmph. It's splitty and inelastic and I think it tried to eat some wool when I wasn't looking. But it also has a nice sheen and good stitch definition and is really soft. So I rather like the product, if not the process.

More pics in this blog entry. (Including one with a very creepy stuffed cat!)

I wrote up the pattern and here it is. It's a really really quick knit, and fairly easy. If anyone makes one, please let me know if you have any problems with the pattern. It was my first time trying to write a chart, and I didn't know how to write charts, and I still don't really know how to write charts, even after writing that one, so, um... beware the chart. Grin

Er, and let me know if there are any errors, and I'll get them corrected immediately. There shouldn't be, but... I had to edit the pattern right after I posted it because I forgot to include the number of stitches to cast on. Seriously. I can't brain today, I have the dumb.

*smacks brain*

Ow, my brain...
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Maddy - Lacy Silk Top (Now With Pattern Link!) on: August 15, 2007 03:41:25 PM
Edit: Pattern link! http://www.cyn.ca/knit/patterns/maddy/

This is my first garment design and I drove myself crazy while making it, worrying about whether it would turn out right, whether it would fit, whether I would make a big mess of it...

Well, thankfully, it turned out pretty much the way it looked in my head!

I named it Maddy after a doll I had as a kid, and also because, as mentioned, I quite possibly went mad while knitting it.

The yarn is Alchemy Silk Purse (YUM... though I dread how badly it will eventually stretch and sag) and I used size 4 needles. By the way, I've decided that using anything smaller than size 6 needles for a top is a sure sign that I hate myself. I think I am a size 6, size 7 kind of gal. But finer-gauge knits always look so purty... sigh... oh god, and I just realized that I bought a whole bunch of (light DK weight) Silky Wool for a sweater. A whole sweater! I'm going to dieee!

Er. Anyway.

It's a basic top-down raglan construction with a whole lotta lace. Completely seamless, hurrah! I loathe seaming.

There are lots more pics on my blog here. (I mean lots more. I went a bit overboard in my sheer relief that the thing actually fit. I at least restrained myself from posting all the pics to my blog...)

Thanks for looking!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Silk Coachella on: July 30, 2007 01:54:08 PM
So I got lured into making Coachella by all the gorgeous FOs floating around, but I didn't much like the recommended yarn. Wandering around the LYS, I found a ribbon-type yarn made of 100% tussah silk, really shiny and gorgeous, and I decided to give it a try, despite dubious experiences with silk yarn in the past.

The results!

I mostly stuck to the pattern, but purposely made it a size too small, just because every time I knit the proper size, it comes out too big. Yes, even though I get gauge. I don't understand it, maybe my knitting ignores the laws of mathematics. But going a size down seemed to work out.

I also added extra hip increases, because my hips are the size of Australia.

If you want more details, here's the blog entry. Thanks for looking!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Vicious Gnauga Backpack (Now With Pattern Link!) on: June 18, 2007 07:20:03 AM
Edit: The pattern is written up! You can find it here:

I play an online game called Kingdom of Loathing, and one of the monsters in it is the Vicious Gnauga. It looks like this:

So cute and fuzzy and scary with its big pointy teeth! (Also that damn thing has beaten me up in the game way too many times.) I decided I had to knit one. And it had to be... a bag! I like functional monsters.

So I give you the Vicious Gnauga Backpack:

Drawstring and straps:

Handy inside pocket for keys and stuff:

Roomy (and furry!) interior... and what's that inside? Monster brains?

Nah, it's just a ziploc of yarn. Rowan Calmer, to be exact. I wish all my bags contained ziplocs of Calmer...

So. A few things:

- Pattern is my own (haven't written it up yet), and it's made out of two balls of Bernat Softee Chunky and about 150 yards of cheap imitation Fun Fur that I found in a clearance bin (gee, I wonder why it was there), plus a bit of Patons Classic Wool for the teeth and drawstring.

- Fun Fur is evil.

- I have discovered that I can't sew for crap. Any part of this project that required sewing (attaching the face, straps, and pocket) generally had to be redone three times or so because I kept screwing it up. By the time I got to the last bit of sewing, which was attaching the pocket, I thought I had gotten the knack of it... and promptly stitched the straps down to the bag by accident. Graaaaah.

- The bag is not lined because I am deeply, deeply lazy. I double stranded the Softee Chunky and the Fun Fur, so the fabric is fairly dense, but it's still a pretty stretchy bag. I wouldn't carry around bricks in it, if for some reason I wanted to carry around bricks, which I wouldn't, because I am not a crazy person.

- Fun Fur is really, really evil. Especially when you try to sew things to it.

- You can see bigger versions of the pics at my Flickr. I'd say that there's more info on my blog, but there totally isn't. Unless you want to read about some of my sewing mishaps and laugh at me, in which case, go here and here.

That's all. Thanks for looking!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mohair Minisweater Monstrosity on: June 04, 2007 10:44:20 AM
This minisweater was my solution for dealing with 200 metres of Cursed Mohair From Hell. This mohair kicks puppies, people. I saw it kick a puppy. Okay, I didn't, but I'm sure it kicked one when my back was turned.

I loosely based it on the Buttony Sweater pattern. Other than the obvious change of making it a cropped, short-sleeved version, I also moved the button band closer to the centre and did the sleeves in 2x2 ribbing for a more fitted look.

I will be keeping the finished sweater away from puppies. Just in case.

More pics and a few more details are here.
The story of the Cursed Mohair is here.

Thanks for looking!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Soul-Eating Lelah on: May 29, 2007 03:25:00 PM
I normally wouldn't bother posting this, because everyone and their dog has made Lelah. But this project ATE MY SOUL, and so I'm proud that it's successfully finished and I want to show it off.

If you'd like to laugh at my misery Grin the whole sad saga is on my blog, along with lots more pics.
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

I didn't make many changes to the pattern... different yarn (and consequently different gauge), and a few extra lace repeats, that's about it. How does a simple tube of lace and stockinette manage to eat my soul? Hell if I know.

Pattern is here (but you all probably know that). Thanks for looking!

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Scrooged: EYElet Headwrap on: March 29, 2007 10:16:05 AM
(Sorry, all the images are links because I can't post pictures yet.)

This challenge seemed the perfect excuse to knit something small and silly. But what?

I was wandering around Zellers last week (which is like a Canadian version of Walmart, only slightly less evil) and saw a bag of stick-on googly eyes. Hmm, I thought. I like googly eyes. I am easily amused, what can I say.

So I bought the bag of eyes ($2.47), some snaps ($1.57), and a ball of Bernat Cool Crochet yarn ($3.99), for a total cost of $8.03 CAD = about $6.94 USD. (I didn't use all the eyes or all the yarn, so the project cost significantly less than that, but since it's well under $10 either way I didn't bother figuring all that out.)

And thus was born... the EYElet Headwrap.

In action (teeny pic because I look like ass):

Close-up of stitch pattern:


I knit it with size 5 needles and the stitch pattern is just stockinette with a garter border, and yo/k2tog for the eyelets. I stuck the eyes to the snaps, and fastened the snaps between stitches. This means that all the eyes are removable, so if I want a pretty headwrap instead of a vaguely creepy headwrap, I can take them off for awhile. Grin

Thanks for looking!
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