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May. 22nd, 2011

The Librarian


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Another warm, wool scarf for next winter (or any weather relapses that happen between now and then) ... bound it off last night and just finished weaving in the ends today. This is an Instant Gratification Scarf knitted on 5.5 mm. needles from three hanks of Colinette One Zero (100% wool, thick'n'thin barely spun single ply) in Venezia colourway. Because Colinette yarns are handpainted, no two hanks have identical proportions/patternings of colour ... my three looked similar when in hank form but as soon as I rolled it into balls there was an obvious very pink ball, a very blue ball, and a halfway in-between ball. So it only made sense to knit from pink to blue, so that the scarf has a gradual colour gradation from one end to the other.

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Apr. 25th, 2011

The Librarian


Another pair of socks off the needles!

The Pattern: Wendy Johnson's Fingering Weight Toe-up Socks With Gusset Heel (heel does not require short rows or picking up stitches)

The Yarn: Colinette Jitterbug in Bright Charcoal colourway

The Construction: Knitted both socks at once on two Addi Turbo 2mm circular needles at 9 stitches per inch.

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Apr. 12th, 2011

Scratch Things


Yarn recommendations

I would like to knit a small blanket, single bed sized and I'd like to know what a good quality acrylic yarn would be.

I am looking for something that isn't going to pill and fuzz up within a few weeks the way some of the yarn I have used does.

Any ideas?

Apr. 2nd, 2011

Sheppard - Srsly?


NOT an April Fool's Day Joke!

This 100% cotton worsted weight yarn is lightly scented - an exciting new twist for your knit & crochet projects!

lightly scented - no really

Just in time, I say! I mean, honestly, if I had to endure the foul smell of plain ol' cotton yarn for one more moment I don't know what I'd do!

Haha - hope y'all are as amused by this as I am.

Mar. 18th, 2011

Cast On


How to knit a giganto-blanket

This is awesome!

Feb. 10th, 2011

The Librarian



Happiness is getting to postpone laundry for another night because you've just finished clean socks to wear in the morning!

Pattern: Gusset-Heel Gansey Sock (free, .pdf), by Katherine Misegades. Misegades has also written a useful Sock Workshop which goes through the entire pattern, step-by-step, explaining and illustrating the how-to of every detail. Every element of the sock is based on traditional ganseys (the heel, for instance, is half of an underarm gusset) ... if you're considering knitting one of these sweaters, this sock is an ideal technique trial run. I also think it's a good beginner sock ... every stitch charted and explained, larger size yarn and needles for visible progress and getting to triumphantly finish and wear them soon, very easy heel construction and turn.

Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts Yellow Label DK in "Jewel" colourway. My top photo is the most colour-true (on my monitor, anyway). Lovely yarn to work with and to wear. Although the parameters of the yarn are virtually identical to the Regia 6-ply I've previously knitted this pattern in, the socks feel a little short ... they fit, but have to work at it. I may undo the toe graft and Russian join my leftover yarn to knit a couple extra rounds to extend the foot ... will see how they are after laundering and a touch of wetblocking first.

Needles and technique: Knitted two-at-a-time on two Addi Turbo 2.5 mm circular needles. Pattern uses knitting through back of stitch for fake seam, knitting in stitch below (both right- and left-leaning) for heel increases, slip-slip-knit, purl two together, and knit two together for heel turning and toe decreases. Pattern stitches are all simple knit/purl combinations

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Jan. 9th, 2011

The Librarian


Another one out of the WIP pile!

Pattern: Turkish Stitch worked with two strands of yarn. I call it Arctic Scarf Mark III, as I knitted two previous editions long ago in synthetic yarns (Mark I in the mid-80s, Mark II in the early 90s) ... this is my first all wool version.

Yarn: Brown Sheep's Lamb's Pride Superwash; 3 skeins each of black (SW05) and brown (SW180).

Needles and Construction: Cast on 40 stitches and worked doublestranded (one of each colour) in Turkish Stitch on 10mm needles. Regular Turkish Stitch is a great lacy stitch for shopping bags, etc. ... worked doublestranded it becomes a thick, squooshy, warmth-trapping fabric. I love these long, wide scarves because I'm not fond of wearing hats, but live in a place where it's occasionally frigid enough that head/face covering is a necessity ... the Arctic Scarf is long enough to loop over my head like a hood and around my face/neck (can also be double hooded if needed without sacrificing warmth elsewhere) and still have long enough ends to tuck into coat front or twist 'round each other to hold in place. Then just unloop and wear Doctor Who style if a chinook blows in during the day. :-)

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Note: Several friends and co-workers have also knitted this scarf, after seeing my earlier versions, in various lengths and widths, just because it's so easy and yet the finished doublestranded stitch looks so complex. Looks great with two strands of the same colour as well as in the contrast version I've just finished; one friend used a strand of variegated yarn and a strand of a coordinating solid, which was a fantastic fade-in/fade-out effect (this variant is on my own to-do list for one of these days)

Jan. 8th, 2011

The Librarian


Just in time for today's temperature plummet!

Fingerless mittens for a friend to wear at work (her desk catches all the "refreshing" breezes when the shipping doors are open) ... she can knit back and forth, but hasn't mastered in the round yet, so bought the yarn and bribed me with a very good restaurant lunch. Second pair finished last night; local temps started dropping about two hours ago (definite windchill difference between arriving at her place this morning to deliver and leaving after a couple of cups of coffee). Was happy to do the job as I haven't made mittens before and wanted some thumb technique practice before tackling the stranded pair I covet for myself.

Yarn: Diamond Tempo (75% acrylic, 25% wool, machine-washable) in light gray and in a darker, more conifer-like green (this pair was finished and delivered in September) than currently listed on their site. The gray colourway, interestingly, has a blueish tinge in incandescent light and is closer to lavender in daylight; the green has aqua threads among the dominent cedar shade.

Pattern: Noro Fingerless Mitts by Michelle Molis. Free pattern.

Needles and Construction: Both pairs knitted two at a time on circular needles; green on 4.5 mm and gray on 4 mm to be a bit snugger. Followed pattern directions exactly for green pair, other than knitting slight longer 2x2 cuff and finger ribbing. Used Elizabeth Zimmermann's thumb trick for gray pair which made the thumb construction a LOT easier and smoother/continuous looking (just did a few k2togthers on "inside" of second and third rows of the thumb to bring stitch count back down to correct number ... this ended up making a nice "gusset" fit to the inside of the thumb base); also made cuff, finger, and thumb 1x1 ribbing longer than on green pair.

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Nov. 11th, 2010

Cast On


Advent Calendar

I'm so very proud!

I've been knitting an advent calendar for my nieces, and it actually looks like I might get it finished in time to get to them before December! It's going to be 24 little stockings, which I intend to fill with sweets and chocolates and little toys. I've still got one to knit, and nine to sew up and embroider numbers on, but I'm nearly done and can't wait to share it with you all!

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It's made of acrylic, because it doesn't need to feel lovely as it won't be worn (not that acrylic necessarily feels un-lovely!) and I wanted it to be fairly hard-wearing so it can be re-used next year. It was going to be a stash-buster, but then I went out and got a few new balls of acrylic so I could have more colours. Oops!

If anyone wants a go, it's really simple and I've put the pattern on Ravelry.

Nov. 2nd, 2010

sewing mouse


Acrylic yarn at the Hirschhorn

Hey all!

I had some time after work yesterday, so I poked around the Hirschhorn museum in Washington, D.C. and found this piece by Fred Sandback.

Yup, it's strands of acrylic yarn (black and red) stretched between the floor and ceiling.

You get to wander through the thin yarn columns. The coolest bits were the shadows on the floor; they sort of looked like star bursts.

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