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I mentioned to some friends that there is an interesting phenominon on ravelry: Torchwood fan fiction in which the characters knit. (One or two of the stories can't be seen unless you have a ravelry account, but here are a couple of examples: http://community.livejournal.com/dwfiction/913024.html http://meilin-miranda.livejournal.com/10327.html )

Then I was asked: "So which heroes character would be most likely to learn to knit?"

[Poll #1101079]
(LJ seems to have a limit on the number of answers you can have in a poll; sorry if I left out any of your favorite characters.)
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I went to [livejournal.com profile] allysenthejust's CD release party tonight, which was fun. Also there was a friend (or relative?) of Allysen and the friend's young daughter, and at one point in the evening I loaned her the knitted "dolphin" that I made the other day.

Later I was told that there was a lot of debate at the table she was sitting at as to what it was. The dominant schools of thought were shark and whale. So, close enough either way.

I also started working on the long-abandoned cabled hat project earlier today, and that's coming right along ...
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I started work on a small knitted project on Wednesday and finished it tonight while watching Babylon 5. The pattern is from Kath Dalmeny's World of Knitted Toys. I made it for my niece, who is due to be born in a week or so.

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I'm a little unhappy with the pattern, but maybe that's just because I'm tired. It just seems like it doesn't really look like what the pictures in the book look like. On the other hand, it's still pretty cute, and even if it's not entirely dolphin-like it's certainly aquatic.

Anyway, back to Babylon 5! Then back to bed. (Still recovering from the cold/cough that kept me out of work yesterday, unfortunately.)
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I've been working on a knitted hat for my nephew Ezra's fourth birthday (I know, I know: clothes for presents = worst uncle ever). He's really into the Pixar movie Cars, so I decided to put red cars on it, like Lightning McQueen in the movie.

I still have a bunch of merino (now carefully bagged away) in random colors, so I used the Luggy Bonnet pattern from Weekend Knitting again -- I've used it a couple of times before, so you may recognize it.

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His birthday is on October 13, so hopefully I will see him around then to give it to him. (Or I might give it to his parents before then since I will be out of town on the 13th itself, visiting a previous recipient of a Luggy Bonnet hat with a customized pattern. He will also get H.A. Rey's book about stars.)

The other day I was going through my yarn stash when I found what might perhaps be best described as a fossilized project. As I recall, after some missteps (involving ripping the entire thing out, then knitting one section too long, then ripping out too much, then having to calculate where I was in the pattern) I got sick of it, carefully packed the yarn, pattern, yarn lables, and receipt away, and then completely forgot about it until now. The receipt is dated October 2005, so I must have intended it as a Christmas present for Ezra -- but it'll be way too small for him now, so maybe his baby sister will get it if I don't lose it again. (Baby sister is due to be born sometime around October 10.)

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Anyway, tomorrow I think I will try to figure out where I stand with it and maybe I will start knitting it again.

Or maybe I will make this dolphin.
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As I was leaving my apartment I ran into my upstairs neighbor Kasey, so I managed to get this quick picture of her wearing the skirt:

I'm psyched that it fits so well!
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With help and materials from [livejournal.com profile] kerri9494 and my sister I have succeeded in attaching the zipper to the skirt I was making for my upstairs neighbor Kasey, and now it is DONE. I have a couple of pictures:

a couple of pictures )

Unfortunately I'm going out of town tomorrow and by the time I get she may have already moved to Ohio, so I might not get any pictures of the skirt being actually worn. (I've put the skirt in a box with a note and have left it on her stairs.) If I do get pictures I'll post them (with Kasey's consent of course).

Man, I hope it fits her.

This leaves open the question of what my next project should be. Right now I'm working on a pair of socks but it is not very inspiring. I'm about to spend a week in Cape Cod with family; maybe I'll bring a bunch of pattern books and see if there's anything I can make for my aunt Ann.
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I finished the first two rows of hexagons on the skirt for my upstairs neighbor today. Two more rows to go, which hopefully won't take too long ... then I get to try to figure out how to attach the zipper. (Or maybe I will wimp out and make it use buttons instead.)

pictures )

So it's coming right along. I was hoping to get more done when I went to the New Wave Cafe earlier, but I left my bag of stitch markers at home, so I couldn't do much, alas! But tomorrow (Wednesday) is SnB, so I hope to get a lot done there -- provided I don't forget any vital tools at home again.
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Me: "This is the skirt I'm knitting for my upstairs neighbor."
Craig: "Is this a sleeve?"
Me: "No, it's a hexagon."
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I ran the bag through the wash a bunch of times and here's what I've got now. (I'm including the pre-felting pictures on the right to make it easier to compare what it looks like pre- and post-felting.)

pictures )

You can see that the different yarns felted differently, particularly in the handles. Some of the areas still aren't fully felted, particularly the darker portions of the yellow stripe and the brown stripe at the very top, so over the next day or so I may devote some more time to running it through the wash.

You can click on the pictures to see larger versions.

Bag photos

Aug. 12th, 2007 12:06 pm
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Pictures behind cut )

As I mentioned earlier, I finished knitting this bag yesterday. It is currently really large, which is nice in a way (you can just throw whatever I want into it -- last night this included a large bottle of water, several balls of yarn, a sock I'm knitting, a music book, a Netflix DVD I wanted to put in the mail, two pie plates, and a pie server), but it is also pretty unwieldy, so I am hoping that it will shrink down a lot when I felt it, which I will probably start doing later today.

The pattern I used is Knitty's French Market Bag pattern, but I made some changes to it. Most obviously, I made the sides much longer (and I made the handles a little longer too). My last knitting bag was also based on this pattern, and the reason I decided to make a new one is that the handles on the old one started to fray a lot, so I decided that the handles on this new bag should be reinforced; I therefore used a combination of this pattern and this one for the handles. (Basically, the latter pattern incorporates a small icord on each side of the strap to make it more resistent to wear after it's felted.)

One of the points of this project was to get rid of a lot of wool yarn that I've had for a while, mostly odds and ends from old projects. From bottom to top I have:

a big long list of yarn )

That about covers it. Whew!


Jul. 26th, 2007 10:20 pm
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Tonight, at SnB, one of the ends of the circular knitting needles I was using broke off, resulting in me dropping about 40 stitches and not having much to do with the rest of the evening. The immediate result was that I said "fuck".

Me swearing in this way (at least around other people) is uncommon enough that it was the source of a certain amount of glee among the other SnBers, so I swore a few more times for good measure. Later, I dredged up an oath I hadn't used in a while and said 'Land o' Goshen' in reference to something (I don't remember what), which confused everyone. (One person thought I might have said 'Atlantic Ocean', which would be a pretty puzzling thing to say.) So to clear things up: I picked that one up from reading Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath in high school. I guess it's a Biblical phrase.

So, basically, I am a dork, which probably is not news.

In other SnB-related news, the owner of Perkatory (the coffee shop we met in) told us that if our group came back there he would give us 10% off. So, good.
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I finished most of this a while ago, then it took me a while to get around to sewing it together (and even longer to finish sewing the buttons on). But here, it is done! (Fortunately, the child this is for hasn't been born yet.)

I think the outfit came out pretty well.

[livejournal.com profile] katrinkles gave me some labels to put on my knitted goods for my birthday, so this was my first opportunity to use one!

The yarn is almost all Elsebeth Lavold's Cotton Paniné yarn. The exception is the edging which is black Rowan Denim yarn.

The pattern is based on Debbie Bliss's Cotton Knits for All Seasons (it's the 'Simple Jacket, Hat, and Bootees' pattern).


Mar. 29th, 2007 05:35 pm
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Here are some denim pants I knitted using a pattern from Joelle Hoverson's Last-Minute Knitted Gifts. They're for my sister's second child (who is due in September or October, I believe).

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The yarn is Rowan Denim; I got it on sale at A Stitch Above's going out of business sale. The colors are, um, 'Nashville', I guess, which seems to be the moral equivalent of navy blue, and black. I think I ended up using about 2 1/2 skeins.

socks #2

Mar. 20th, 2007 11:45 pm
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Here are some socks I made using some Sockotta yarn from the Plymouth Italian Collection (whatever that means). I bought it at the A Stitch Above going out of business sale (which is continuing through the end of the week). The heels and toes are made using yarn leftover from the last pair of socks I made.

I did a fancy thing at the top edge (there are little cables there), but because I picked the least suitable yarn possible for this you can't really tell.

picture )

I might make another 7"x9" square next, but I also want to make some denim baby pants sometime soon, I think. (More sale yarn.)

I think I'll wear these socks on Thursday.

hat take 2

Mar. 11th, 2007 11:10 pm
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I finished this hat at open mike tonight, incorporating suggestions from various people. I think it turned out pretty well.

pictures )


Mar. 9th, 2007 04:02 pm
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What do you think? Too goofy?

pictures )

The pattern is from Knitting Nature by Norah Gaughan, which my sister gave to me for HMas. The yarn is Green Mountain Spinner Mountain Mohair, which is 70% wool and 30% yaerling mohair. I used slightly more than a skein.

According to the book the pattern on the top is based on the spiral pattern found in a sunflower, but [livejournal.com profile] christychristy suggested that it looked more like an acorn cap, which I think is true.

You can see that there's basically four sections of the hat: the ribbed edge, the stockinette bit, the decrease part with the faux cables, and finally the icord. I'm thinking of making another one with the a longer stockinette section, as currently when the ribbed part is flipped up it barely reaches my ears. (I see from pictures in the book that you're not supposed to flip up the edge but I mean come on.) Also, I'd like to experiment with using two or three different colors in the hat.

So maybe I'll make one more of these hats, then get to work on blanket bits for another project.
[Poll #943416]


Mar. 2nd, 2007 12:48 pm
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They're done. Guess I'll wear them for the show on Sunday (not that anyone will be able to see them).


Feb. 24th, 2007 11:09 pm
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Inspired by [livejournal.com profile] cgoldfish, and using some of the same yarn she used for her socks, I made this, finished a few minutes ago:

pictures )

The other sock will not match, exactly, because I don't think I have enough green yarn, but you'll see how it works out ...

This is not quite the first sock I've made, since I made a pair of giant Doctor Who socks for [livejournal.com profile] plorkwort a couple of years ago, but it's kind of exciting anyway. It seems to fit, which is nice.

A couple of my friends have mentioned that they don't really understand the kitchener stitch. I use these instructions, which I think are pretty good (although I think the first time I used them I had to go back and forth a lot to figure them out, but that's par for the course for me). The 'This is what you should have ...' steps were unfortunately not that helpful to me, because I wasn't sure what I was looking at, but I figured it out anyway.
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I finished up sewing the corners together today while watching 'Lost'. I haven't decided whether I'm going to do a final round of blocking or not; I think I might put it through the wash once just to see if that makes it lie a little flatter on its own, and then take it from there.

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