knitting category

j.’s mom’s wavy scarf | 2:11 pm | 24 August 2010

wavy scarf from Knitty.comAll done, save some blocking.

tweet: bound off the … | 2:33 am | 23 June 2009

bound off the neckline of this sweater, again. We shall see if third time is truly the charm.

woot, yarn for autumn rose arrived | 1:46 pm | 29 May 2008

swatching for autumn rose
This could be fun! The place I ordered the Autumn Rose yarn from was out of one of the base colors, so the photo above shows “scotch broom” subbed in for “old gold,” since I’m just swatching at this point. It’s good, actually, that they were out—the extra time will force me to swatch properly and really nail the gauge/size. I haven’t done Fair Isle before, so this should be interesting. The charts are a new thing, in that you read each row right-to-left, and then back again. Paper’s expensive, I guess… What’s really swell about the pattern printing is that the dark boxes are the lighter color. Blowing up the pattern on the copier is a HUGE help; so are colored pencils. Other things I will be learning this week: the twisted German cast-on, and how to properly manage yarn dominance.

Deedee sees wool, and is planning all the naps she will take on it:
pile of yarn with cat

out of the pool | 8:47 am | 20 May 2008

Pretty much the only time I use a heavily-variegated yarn is for socks, and I don’t plan to break away from my boringstraightforward, plain sock pattern—since pretty much the only reason I ever knit socks is to have a mindless, purse-sized* project that I don’t even have to look at. The pattern is so basic as to not even be a pattern (and I do want my socks to look different from commercially made ones), that I really don’t mind it if the yarn pools. If you’re making something larger / more visible, though, pooling yarn colors can be quite a horror. One clever knitter’s working on a computer program that, with a few measurements and gauge information from you, calculates how a variegated yarn will behave, so you don’t have to get inches and inches into a project before finding out you need to frog it to avoid such things as The Leaky Boob Sweater.

In other knitting news, I ordered a yarn kit for Autumn Rose by my favorite Eunny Jang. I’m looking forward to it, and also a little terrified.
autumn rose
*or in-my-lap-under-a-conference-table-sized!

Lizard Ridge, how Fetching | 10:46 am | 17 December 2007

The knitting continues! (Just ask my sore left thumb and index finger.)

The Silk Garden Lizard Ridge is getting pretty close to done. I’ve got three-and-a-half skeins of Noro left to go, and then I have to figure out how to crochet so I can put the edging (Cascade 220, #9465 “vashon”) on. The hard part is getting the cats off of it so I can work; it’s a bit easier now that it’s so long — it’s nice to have an unfinished project that keeps me and the cats cozy while I’m still knitting.
Lizard Ridge afghan, 80%, with Bradley

Too, too sweet:
cat licking detail

These Fetching wristwarmers are a super-quick knit, and I thought I’d use up the one skein of Misti Alpaca I had hanging around from swatching. I didn’t follow the pattern super closely, and just wanted to make these as long as I wanted them — which means that I’ll need another skein. Oh, well! Mr. Dynagirl is already clamoring for a pair, and for future versions I’ll throw in another cable at the wrist to snug it up a little better. Nobody locally had any #4 Addis, so I settled for bamboo Clovers, figuring the smooth yarn would compensate for the slow wood: big mistake. I *hate* these needles! The join ramp isn’t smooth enough, the connecting cable won’t relax its curl, and MAN they are slow. Addi, I won’t stray again.
Fetching wristwarmer

more yarn than time | 10:03 am | 10 October 2007

Two cool knitting things, via ravelry:
Wonder Woman sweater
NFL team colors in Cascade 220

nice ads for jeans and yarn | 10:26 am | 20 March 2007

gorgeous TV spot for Levis
two nice print ads for Katia yarn
Ad for katia yarn, featuring a telephone that has been stabbed by knitting needles and is dripping blood. The 'blood' is actually knitted yarn.

knitting: I didn’t forget how | 8:02 pm | 2 March 2007

It’s been a while since I started a big project, because I finally had it drummed into my head that Swatching. Is. Vital. To. Success. While everything I’ve made turned out well technically, things never fit right. I had figured that since hats and small things seemed to come out ok, well, maybe I just somehow have gauge magic… Oh, hell no. So while there’s a number of things I’d like to make soon — Eris, Mariah, Cromarty, and maybe another Stornoway — I want to make sure to be using the right yarn, the right needles, and the right gauge. Last weekend I finally counted out all of the twenty-ish (there’s more not in the photo) swatches, washed them, blocked them, and am recounting. I’m glad I did the washing and re-counting: of the ten I’ve recounted, only two yarns kept their gauge! Eeks.
knitted swatches

Meanwhile, I finally finished a simple pair of socks for Mr Dynagirl:
sock in Elann Esprit

… and started another one for me. Both are Esprit from Elann.com. Phone Elf approves.
new sock started, Elann Esprit

You came here in that?! | 9:22 am | 12 September 2006

(Free !) pattern to, um, knit a Princess Leia Cinnabun hat/wig. The designer used alpaca; a good call, since that shit will keep your ears warm in the absolute zero of space. HEY! Make one in in green and gold and be the Belle of Lambeau.

Dale of Norway: Setesdal | 8:14 am | 1 August 2006

Setesdal, a childrens sweater in a Norwegian style from Dale of NorwayFrom Soft Treasures for Little Ones, I’m finally done with this. It’s for a friend’s baby, and I was worried that it may be too small as I ws working on it (I know nothing [yet] about how big or small babies are) but… well! This way she’ll have something to wear to kindergarten.

Here’s the inside, you can see the sleeve facing that needs finishing:
inside of Setesdal sweater

Mr MagpieDynagirl wonders why I made it so small:
Russ with Setesdal sweater

scream on down the road | 12:15 am | 29 July 2006

I’m sitting here at four minutes past midnight (on a FRiDAY; god, I am SUCH A FUCKING ROCKSTAR AND YOU KNOW IT), weaving in ends and doing miscellaneous finishing business on a baby sweater for a friend, and meanwhile, catching up with the TiVo — and I see now, why, as a child, despite being very much into musicals, I was fucking terrified of The Wiz.


omgwtfbbq?! This is one fucked. up. movie.
And I’m SO buying the soundtrack tomorrow.

*probably, then also on late night televison, under a misguided babysitter. This so explains both my fascination with Nipsy Russell and my fear of Big City Subway Turnstiles. AND WIERD SUBWAY MONSTERS AND THEIR CRACKHEAD MASTERS. (And crack. And tile.) No. You don’t ever want to be in the playground of my mind.

**although the fact that Toto is a miniature schnauzer makes me really happy… and also fits right into the 70s trippy milieu ( we had a schnauzer, too; albeit better groomed than this one ), as well as the linoleum yellow brick road that looks like the vinyl uplholstery on the kitchen chairs in my grandmother’s house.

forget purling – knit backwards | 9:14 am | 26 July 2006

I just learned something really cool. I’d heard of knitting backwards and had even gotten a explanation with an entrlelac pattern, but the instructions weren’t clear, and nobody I asked could show me. The Knitty: Summer 2006 Knitty has a really great article about it. As a Contintental knitter, I hate purling, and I wish I had known how to to this ages ago. Next trick I’m looking for: two colors, two hands — and with Great Speed. I’d love to do more Norwegian knitting, but I’m going to be sticking to Arans until I figure out how to do that faster/better/smarter.

they could knit some nice jail suits | 9:15 am | 25 May 2006

Two grandmothers accused of stealing nearly $13,000 of yarn. I don’t stash yarn, because really, who knits that fast, and besides, yarn doesn’t deliver interest and dividends!. What is so important to knit that they would steal that much yarn? And if you’re a knitter, you know they weren’t planning to resell it, they’re stashing. Best part: the husband of one of the accused invited the yarn store owner to come recover the stolen merch — “TWELVE great big, huge garbage bags full of yarn.”

Periwinkle socks | 9:29 am | 23 December 2005

toe-up socks, periwinkle
OK, so I take back, what I said about sock knitting totally sucking. What changed my mind?

  1. cotton & elastic yarn: soft! and cheap!
  2. using one big circular needle instead of five motherfucking pain-in-the-ass double-points is much easier on the hands
  3. going toe-up makes easier fitting and a nicer looking heel

As for the boredom issue? A sock is a great to stick in your bag for when you actually need some light distraction — like commutes, family visits, and staff meetings.

mindless scarf | 10:07 am | 15 December 2005

garter stitch, Noro Kureyon Russ has a warm hat, now he has a warm scarf. This yarn was for something else that got frogged, and then I needed to buy more to makea scarf. D’oh! It’s Noro Kuryon #52 on big, whompin’ #6s.

Sweater #4 – Little Rogue Riding Hood | 8:34 am | 7 November 2005

On the importance of gauge swatches:
red Rogue cardigan, way too big
Dammit! What a silly, silly knitter. DeeDee can’t believe it. I’d made this sweater once before, but with a different yarn. TAHKI DONGEAL TWEED IS NOT CASCADE 220 and doesn’t give the same stitches per inch on the same needles. I should totally know better than this.

red Rogue cardigan front, after felting
A trip through the washing machine sure helped! About a quarter of the way through the felting, I cut the steek. You can’t really see it well in the photo, but this is how I did it, where ^ is the crochet chain anchor, and I cut away the three knit stitches in the middle.

} p k^ p kkk p ^k p {

At Thanksgiving, my mom is going to help me put the zipper in. I think it needs a pewter, celtic-knot button at the neck.
red Rogue cardigan back, after felting

Sweater #3 – Stornoway completed! | 8:08 am | 31 October 2005

It’s finished! It’s finished! And it fits and Dad loves it!
This was his Christmas present in 2003 – he unwrapped Alice Starmore’s Fishermen’s Sweaters, and got to pick a pattern and a color. The wool is 5-ply gansey yarn, “Frangipani” from Meade Farm in Cornwall in navy (as opposed to dark navy), and was wonderful to work with – easy on the hands, strong, clean, and not a single knot. It’s weird, after almost two years on the needles, I’m going to miss this sweater. I’ll definitely be making another one similar (for myself this time!), and definitely be using this yarn again. In the meanwhile, that damned intarsia bag must be finished, and Too Big Rogue must be sewn up, possibly felted, and then zippered. Then it’s on to Eris and a baby Dale for a newly-babied friend in Canada.

Here’s the pictures, click ’em to enlarge.
Stornoway, click to enlarge
Stornoway detail, click to enlarge

dawn of the (knitted) dead | 2:42 pm | 17 October 2005

It’s a fine line between stupid and clever, but this Dawn of the Knitted Dead is pretty cool. If I made some knit zombies, I’d stuff them with catnip and watch GIANT CATS EATING ZOMBIES. That would be great.
Via CzelticGirl

Technical knitting | 6:49 am | 11 August 2005

In case you were wondering: The difference between “pick up and knit” and “knit up”, with very , very helpful photos.

Eris: new pattern from GFA | 11:19 am | 5 August 2005

I know what I’m going to make when I’m finished with Stornoway, Rogue II, and the felted floral bag! Eris is a new pattern from The Girl from Auntie (Rogue’s designer). It’s lovely, and I want it!

Stornoway: one-armed bandit! | 9:23 am |

Stornoway sweater, one sleeve left to go
Just one sleeve left to go! This is going much, much faster now. The extant sleeve would have been completed about four weeks ago, but I lost time when I had to frog it back to the shoulder (with about seventy [!] rows done) because I misread the decrease instructions. D’oh. TIP: Read the directions out loud. It’s easy to accidentally skim past things when you’re deciphering knitting code at the same time.

Since it’s the beginning of August, and there’s still some time before weather my Dad will want to wear this in arrives, I’m going to put it aside to finish up some projects that have been mouldering behind the couch.

What Not to Knit: The Blog | 1:33 pm | 13 July 2005

You Knit What??

Stornoway update: minor second surgery | 11:08 am | 6 July 2005

Stornoway, June 2005: starting the sleeves
At Father’s Day, I was able to check against the model — a good thing, since the armsyce was one pattern repeat too small. Given that the length of the sweater was already where it needed to be (since it’s not a dress), I’ve since cut down one repeat into the side panels and re-started the sleeve. It will be much better this way. Click the image or here for a larger image; all the better for you to see the mistake cable that isn’t normally noticeable when worn.

What not to Knit, Crochet, or otherwise ever consider making lest the dogs of hell eat your crafty little fingers forever and ever | 11:17 am | 3 June 2005

Special Clown Craft Hell from Threadbared.

Stornoway neck achieved! | 7:24 am | 1 June 2005

Stornoway, shoulder detail
Finally at the top! It was great fun getting to the last row of the back, and then knitting the shoulder straps. It’s been a long, long road — I started this in February 2004 and still have a ways to go with the sleeves. If I’m done by November, I’ll be happy. The sick thing? I’m thinking about making one for myself when I’m done.

The photo above is a detail of the shoulder join, and the linked photo is the whole body. The photos are really a bit crappy, because this navy is so dark.

What not to Knit, Part VII | 10:39 pm | 8 February 2005

knitted chicken helmet
If I knit this for Erik, who is allergic to poultry, perhaps it will cure him? I like the way the stick pattern looks like plucked chicken skin. Mmm, chicken skin!
Via Jen Funk at Very Big Blog


Rose cap & Booties | 12:31 pm | 31 January 2005

Dale of Norway baby pattern 'Rose.'


Friends are due for a little girl in March, so I knitted up these booties and cap from Dale of Norway’s Soft Treasures for Little Ones. It’s a crappy photograph because I was finishing the strings in the car on the way to their house.

Stornoway surgery | 9:31 am | 13 December 2004

I’ve been working on this sweater I’m making for my father since February. Now at the armscye (knitting word for arm hole), I put the back on a piece of junk yarn and started working on just the front. Before this, all the stitches were jammed tight on one needle, and I was unable to see just how freakishly large the sweater was. Oops. My dad has a little pot belly but he is no John Goodman. I took it home at Thanksgiving; we were BOTH able to fit into it – at the same time!

I was getting gauge just fine; I double-checked the pattern, however, and noticed that the crucial pit-to-pit measurement wasn’t given. NB: When Alice Starmore says “large,” she means it, and how.No! I am an idiot and was looking at the metric column, not the inches. Duh.

stornoway with steek
After finding the correct width by comparing Gigantor with a sweater that actually fits my father, I decided to lose three of the four panels that create chevrons near the sides of the sweater — you can sort of see them on the top photograph. The stitches were secured by crocheting a chain of yarn up each side of where the new seam was to go. I used Jamieson’s shetland wool for that, as it’s such a sticky yarn that Fair Isle knitters often cut their steeks without even securing the stitches.



It took almost a full day’s work to do the surgery — possibly a bit long since I’m a novice at this — but it sure beat unravelling almost a full year’s work. Hopefully it will go a little faster from here on out.

sudden sympathy for stashing | 10:48 am | 30 November 2004

I know this is unusual amongst knitters, but I don’t stash yarn. I don’t buy it unless it’s for something I’m making right now. Also, due to huge amounts of ADD, I keep my projects limited to no more than three things on the needles at any given time — I’d never get anything finished otherwise. Nonetheless, I’m in a pickle:

1. Stornoway – STUCK!
Needs major surgery; is about 12″ too large in the circumference. Measure twice, knit once. I can get help tomorrow.

2. Intarsia floral bag – STUCK!
Needs one ball of “moss,” but the local yarn store doesn’t carry that color and I’ll have to order online. I do have the yarn to start the handles, but the i-cord thingymaker I ordered still hasn’t arrived.

3. Rogue #2 – STUCK!
I started the body this weekend, since the other two were stalled. I didn’t have/couldn’t find a long #8, so I jammed all 216 stitches on a 24″ needle… and 24 rows into the body, found that I put a twist in at the join, and I had to frog it.

4. Garter-stitch Kuryon scarf – STUCK!
Stuck on ALL THREE projects, I dug into my closet and found a skein of Kureyon 52 that had been purchased for a project I scrapped, and figured, hey, fine, I’ll make a scarf for the house. Discovered last night that one skein will not cut it, as that makes only about 1/4 of a scarf.

I really, really don’t want to start a #5, and I can’t get to the yarn store until tomorrow.Will my hands will get the DTs?

What not to Knit, Part VI | 4:14 pm | 18 November 2004

hideous scarf made from sock yarn


S’ok… mommy just trank some tequillllllla ! And I fell in the kid’s sock drawer. Ooopsie daisy. Wee nap in tzhe laundry, an’ I got a GREAT ideea fer a scarf!

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