Work in Progress
Comfy Worsted or similar thin worsted yarn
CO 42 stitches on size 5 needles.
Join for knitting in the round
Knit 12 rounds as follows:
*K2, P2, K2, P2, K4, P2, repeat from * to end
*K2, P2, K2, P2, C4F, p2, repeat from * to end
follow Cable round with 3 rounds of ribbing as above.
repeat this 4-round pattern 7 times.
Continue with ribbing in pattern for 14 rounds, or until 1/2 skein by weight has been reached.
Bind off in pattern, repeat with other half-skein.
(this fits my not-tiny wrist. For smaller wrists, a large DK yarn might be wanted, or a thicker worsted/light aran for larger wrists)
First, I cut out the back seam, and pulled off the back belt loop and label.( Read more...Collapse )
Skir rebuild, making a pre-dieting skirt fit post-diet. :-)
Yeah, I'm planning a little ahead.
This year, for Baby Cousin (just past a year old now) and to-be-born-MalfactorBaby(Malbebe), I want to designish (not hard, steal parts of other patterns) a raglan baby cardigan to look like a classic denim jacket, a la http://www.hdclothing.co.uk/hdconcept/male/jacketsmale/armani/denim%20jacket/Armani%20denim%20jacket%201.jpg
in the style of http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter05/PATTblu.html
these blue denim-yarn pants.
I found a few patterns for the elements - collar, mostly - will do some math, measure some baby/Toddler jackets, and use Rowan Denim yarn or the Elann.com equivalent. Button band, collar, cuffs, and bottom band will be in something like woven stitch or linen stitch - a flat, durable stitch.
Yay, making a pattern AND sizing it! Eep!
ETA: Sorta like this: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/daddys-little-helper-jean-jacket
but with raglan sleeves
Clever way to do the "pocket" bit: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/voyage
Another interpretation I don't like as much: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/solo
Calli Mrs. Thomas Thorne - Steampunk alchemist/urban shaman, lady explorer, botanist, and
specimen-collector: because you never know when you'll need an eye of newt.They say that when the world was created, a piece of the Word, the Ultimate Word, went into every plant, every animal, every mineral, and every being. If you can find the right combinations, you can do just about anything.
Current outfit plan:Edited to add New Plan:
Green skirt, as below, fullness in the back, slight train.
White shirt, lightest cotton I can buy off the rack, French cuffs.
Apron overlaying, made of a waist-cincher/underbust, shoulder straps, then 3/3 skirt apron to knees (see Leia link below in comments).
Accessories as before. Black granny boots I've owned for 3 years and rarely wear, thus something else black, perhaps trim. I'm gonna be one talllll steampunker.
Forest Green. Skirt, either Victorian Walking Skirt
-style or that idea I had two years ago - a fitted, near-hobble skirt with a slit in the back up to the knee, letting out a long poof of ruffles from the slit. I'm leaning more towards something like this
right now, though something less styled in the back could be more easily reused for other things.
Top: a vest, double-breasted, over a button-down shirt, probably purchased. Far less likely but possible is a corset instead. French cuffs on the shirt.
Utility belt, Lady Artisan Apron
(plus: can be used to keep chest tidy while baking. Minus: vest go bye-bye), or a carpenter's-belt/apron
-style half-apron to hold tools and artifacts.
Deer ribs sanded, boiled, and made into hair sticks.
Something clever around the neck and for cufflinks.
under-dress: Cotehardie a la http://www.damehelen.com/cotes/index.html
Dress will be in linen in a colour I can find between green and blue,preferably leaning towards blue or a very dark teal (closer to period colours than green, sadly). Lace front, button sleeves, slim-fitting.
Over that will be, a la http://www.maisonstclaire.org/resources/skin_out/womenswear/common/womenswear/surcotes/surcote12_dcnf.gif
, a calf-length dress with elbow-length sleeves. I have a lovely chamois-coloured wool that Sam found for me 1000 years ago, and, even if I have to cannibalize the skirt that never fit correctly, I can make a dress of it. Sleeves lined in linen to coordinate, and looser than the underdress sleeves.
This dress will be designed to be wearable mundanely - I'll make a black underdress/shirt of thin cotton jersey to provide the mundane under-layer. Hence, not the complicated long droopy sleeves.
To coordinate with this eventually will be a silk overdress of coordinating blue with more entertaining sleeves for less hot-weather wear, and a second underdress of probably red or russet. Then maybe a sideless surcote, but that's far away - but would give me a wide range of combination possibilities.
Under it all will be a white sleeveless kirtle/chemise much like this: http://www.revivalclothing.com/14thcenturychemise.aspx
* Finish Bare Bones Fiction mini-story bound books (i.e., bound the letterpress-printed thing together) (by 1st week January)
* Finish dad's mitts (tomorrow, so not gonna happen)
* Make mom's mittens (also tomorrow, so not gonna happen)
* Make BrianGang a kerchief thingy (January game)
(I exist! I've sort of fallen into ravelry
in a big way, as seems to happen when people discover it. They have forums!!)
I have this idea for something we're going to call a scarf, because it's a giant long piece of flat knitting, part Dr. Who Scarf
, part this neat scarf-thing here
, part Hitchhiker's Guide towel
It would be long, probably about 20 feet or so (Dr. Who scarves range, but they all touch the ground on both sides and then make a neck-to-almost-ground-length loop in the middle), and about 12" wide, maybe as wide as 18"
It would have a border an inch or two wide, with buttonholes up one side and buttons up the other, as in Versatility
I'd run a cable up both edge next to the border, probably a D4-random cable like here
, but maybe something otherwise mathematically cool, still working on that part this
, from here
(scroll down) is cool, too). The center 6 to 8 inches, however, would be straight stockinette (it's supposed to be all-purpose, after all, which requires _some_ flat surface) or a very simple textured stitch.
So the end piece would be ungodly long, just enough complexity to keep interest but not so much as to make it a slogfest of knitting. (Yes, I still have to finish db's scarf first.). It would serve as a shawl-scarf, possibly a very long vest-like-thing, a blanket (with some clever planning of buttons & also-clever folding, although it would be a slightly narrow blanket (6' long x 3 times the width of the scarf, minus overlap), it would be still good in an emergency.
- Must finish db's monstrosity first!
- Picking yarn. db's will take over 6 skeins of Blue Sky Dyed cotton, at 150 yds/skein - over 900 yards of yarn. And his scarf is going to be about 13' by 8-to-18" wide.
I need a yarn that will be:
- Not too expensive. Blue sky costs $9/skein
- non-wool (ick) and non-100% acrylic (ick. Also, non-absorbent ;-)
- not too heavy. Otherwise, I might just knit the thing in dishcloth cotton, but damn! the weight of that!
- available in colours I find appealling
- bulky enough to not kill me with the knitting - worsted or Aran weight
- picking a cable pattern, and a stitch pattern for the middle
Oh, and I'm contemplating doing stripes in two close colours in a Fibonacci sequence. ;-) (check out this one
I want to knit the Triumph scarf
as a headband.
I was working on the Bamboozled
headband from Half-Assed Patterns
, but the two skeins of black suss Love
I was trying with are so different from the red I just knit up that it's hard to believe they're actually the same yarn, and it just wasn't working. I'll try it again in another yarn. Maybe in Skinny
, if I can find it locally.
I mean, really not working. I tried the first three inches three times, and finally gave up, ripped it out, and cast on for a set of handwarmers. But I really want to find a thin, size-3-needle yarn and knit the center of the Triumph scarf as a headband. I wants nice headbands, damnit.
Also wants... this pretty little bamboo tools set
. She does custom orders. Alder leaves should be easy. Hrmm...
I have 4 1/2 yards of autumn-leaf-red cloth
at home... yet to take a picture (also to photograph: mitts. and little crochet ammnimals)... stretch panné velvet & corduroy, in colours that actually match well. This will be Lirrianna's autumn garb, also work clothes.
And someone at work wants to commission some costuming from me!
Denim mitered squares blankie
I may need to knit this variation on the mitered blankie someday. The denims make it less busy than a coloured version, all fading into blue-ness.
Te little baby jacket hit a minor snag yesterday ("pick up and knit" is harder along a stockinette edge than it is along a garter edge!) but is coming along pretty well - only the button bands & collar left to go!
(No progress pic today,sorry. I used my picture-downloading-time yesterday on the cemetery pics and on vacuuming the entire fricking house.)
Talking with the eseme about the neat no-seam raglan shaping on the baby cardi made me remember that I wanted to undertake a cardigan for myself, to replace the acrylic public-market-bought one I wore for almost the entire winter last year. Huge project, especially compared to the stuff I've been doing (mostly flat, or small, or both).. but I really want to do it at some point.
Of course, I also want to knit mittens for my mother for Xmas and maybe a hat for my father (also for xmas)...
One can never have too many projects in the wings, right?
Link soup on cardigans below cut( Read more...Collapse )
Crochet lace vases.
And, while I'm posting links from craftzine
, Making a paperback book
, from this tutorial
This really does come along very quickly. Sadly, my photography skills are not progressing quite as speedily.( Read more...Collapse )
Session III's class was boxmaking (as in, usually, for conversation - enclosures for old or damaged books).
This is a clamshell box I made (the two little grey-and-lavender boxes in the upper left of the picture are mine, too, though I'm still not sure what I'll do with them) for a used-book-store find of Sam's. Those three boxes took up most of the first three days of the 5-day class, and then we moved on to our own custom projects.
I decided to make a box for my double-pointed knitting needles & knitting notions.( Read more...Collapse )
We have a flickr photostream up now for the Summer Institute... and some of my stuff is now up there, horray!
See, proof I wasn't just avoiding everyone.
I'm not sure I really thought about this before I started it, that it could be any different than knitting, say my eight hundredth kerchief or another scarf... the difficulty is really in the techniques, right? Lacework or cables or miters or something. And this pretty little jacket, blessedly, had none of that. Nor did it have seams, thank the gods. While I can handle seams just fine in sewing, I've yet to manage a decent one in knitting. A perusal of the internet suggests I'm not alone in that, either.
But this little thing is not flat. And that's the neatest thing about it. (Bear with me, I'm still new to this whole knitting thing!)
'Cause you start knitting flat, with V-shaped increases, like making a mitered square (oh, yeah. I should press & photograph those, too), but then yuo pull out these two sets of stitches, peeench, put them on waste yarn, and voila, you have two sleeves, a back, and two front halves. Magic!
Okay, silly, but I find it really neat how increases & decreases can actually shape
a piece of flat knitting into a shape.
Taking pictures of knitting is harder than it looks!
I'm not totally thrilled with the first bunch, but I've got a few things - the Monstrosity, The Pink Headscarf,
and The Baby Jacket
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The red on the Monstrosity is far redder than the actual yarn - the scan on the icon is much truer. The green and pink, though, are close to true.
I can't tell if I like this
more for the name or the cables. Or the colour, silly me.
I'm discovering that I like knitting things for babies. I'm really discovering the fun of top-town all-one-piece jackets, that pull together from a flat piece of knitting like magic. Pictures soon!
Hrmm.. this is the same site that had the aerang
shawl I liked so much before (but am unsure about, still, for a kerchief).
And, while I'm perusing the entire site... Stegosaurus Hat and Scarf
and another baby kimono...
Our digital camera is now officially on its way. Well, ordered, at least. Anticipate a flood of pictures sometime in the beginning of August. Until then, I'm afriad you'll have to continue to use your imagination.
Kerchief #1 is well on its way to needing to be replaced for work-functions, although it's still fine for hiking, weekend wear. Denim fades, I love that. Denim yarn also pills a bit; I love that less.
Kerchief #2 is Lirrianna's headscarf, and I love it, and wish I had non-costume clothing that matched it. It's the basic pattern used on #1 and #2, with Flame Chevron lace
pattern worked allover. Shine Sport
yarn, in Sycamore, sort a sa dream but it gets a little frizzy if you have to rip-and-re-knit.
Kerchief #3 is on Eugene's head, and I am reminding him to get a picture for me. Lime green CotLin
(cotton-linen blend) same pattern as #1
Kerchief #4 is done and ready to deliver, same basic pattern with a little lace insert at the tail, Rowan denim yarn. That's for the Jillilove, who will be getting it this weekend. Maybe I can get a picture.
Kerchief #5... wow! That's a lot of kerchieves!... is blocking, drying on the table pinned onto some insulation board. This is Genius' second kerchief, done as a shortened version of this shawl
(she did 25 repeats in a very fine yarn. I did 5 (so a total of 6 rows of leaves). CotLin again, this time in hot pink. I'm really happy with the way this turned out, will probably use this pattern again, and may use other shawl patterns for kerchieves , too.
Kerchief # Rachel (6) is on the needles now, a copy of #2, Chevron lace over basic kerchief pattern, in Shin, again, Hollyberry this time. There's a sweater
pattern in the same lace pattern that I may have to knit at some point.
When this all is done, I'm doing to knit myself two or three kerchieves and/or headbands. :-)
knitted. wool. organs.
Don't ask my why I'm so fascinated with knitted objects & non-functional knitting... I wish I understood it myself.
I want to knit this!
I think I could manage the techniques needed to knit it. I don't think I'd ever wear it (i hate layers; and this requires a camisole underneath). But ye gods, is it lovely.
In other news, if I appear to have dropped off the face of the e-planet, it's because the Wells Book Arts Summer Institute
has eaten my soul. When we get a digital camera, which should be soonish, I will take pictures of all the Really Really Neat book forms I learned in my week of bookmaking class... and maybe some examples of the other stuff taught. I'm a convert!
Next week's project (Lirri doesn't need a green shirt, really, does she?) is to take all the scattered pages of writing in umpteen half-destroyed "blank books" and steno pads, and make a book of them. I think longstich. Whee!
Oh, and I finished kerchief #3 (J-love) and am working on #4 (Eu-genie), and got the yarn for #5 (co-worker).
The problem with getting e-newsletters from yarn companies is that they make me want yarn ;-)http://www.elann.com/sneakpeek.asp
And Elann.com has some lovely cotton-and-linen blend yarns. And Bamboo. Pandas <3 bamboo
I absolutely love the "henna" colour of Nilo (but it would make a kerchief that wouldn't match a thing I own! I'd have to learn to knit shirts enough to make a tank top to match! And I just love the sheen of the bamboo yarn...
Bad Lissa. I just bought yarn for the first baby project, and kerchief #.. um.. #Rachel. That should be enough, hai?
Edit: tank top? ?& more
Gods, I'm dangerous with google. and more
I've been going sort of kerchief-mad lately. I made my first, in rowan indigo denim, and then Eugene's first, in key lime CotLin, from this pattern
, and then I modified the pattern to add lace and made kerchief #3, in a nice dark green, for my Lirrianna costume.
Jilli loved the denim one, so I'm 9/10 done with a lighter-denim-yarn kerchief for her in the same pattern (with a little lacy add-on) (luckily, I had a skein of Rowan Denim Tennessee in my stash box), and our Fellow at work is leaving at the end of July, so I've just ordered a skein of yarn for a kerchief for her (though I'm contemplating doing it a little differently, to avoid the YO-edging the others have).
That's 5, if you were keeping count.
In the meantime, I still have the skein of hot pink CotLin for Eugene's second kerchief, which we agreed would be pink and lacy, and I'm trying to find a lace pattern that looks... well, appropriate. Graphing the lace into the Lirri kerchief was tricky, and it didn't come out quite right; not-quite-right isn't as much of an option for a gift.
[Lots of text. We should have a camera soon, and then I will have lots of piccies.]
I got the brilliant idea yesterday to (steal the idea from one of the lacy kerchief patterns out there that I didn't like enough for this) make a much-shortened version of a lacy triangle shawl. The search was on.
I learned a couple things. One is that there's an ungodly number of shawl patterns out there, which would be more useful if I ever thought I was going to make a shawl (well, maybe one, if I ever get around to playing (creating) the Grey Lady); the second is that half the triangle shawls out there are made in some funky strange way that I don't' quite understand yet that is not point-up and this is harder to modify for a kerchief.
That being said, here are way too many links.( Read more...Collapse )
I'd forgotten how quickly fine-gauge macramé can go, especially when you're not beading.
I dug two colours of green pearl cotton - barely-different forest green shades - bought a couple small (maybe 1/2" diameter) silver O-rings, and my lariat necklace for Lirrianna is more than half done after a single movie. Now all I need is two malachite beads for the end (the non-O-ring-end is going to split after the point where it goes around the neck, and hang down in two different-length strands which end in one bead each. If that makes sense... but I need to find the beads. AC Moore failed me; Michaels, here I come.
. I think I may make one for my mom. Maybe not in the yarn it calls for
, though $22 for a project isn't bad. Maybe in a discount yarn
Maybe I'll make one for me, too. ;-)
& knit-flat wristwarmers
The for-sale pattern links are also pretty.
Via craftzineKnitted scrubbie
I wonder if I still have any tulle around...
I have a knitted "tribble"
from a previous swap, but I've found it's not really suited to the sort of dishwashing we do, and it Never. Dries. Out. I wonder if the mass of tulle in it would help with that...
I found this
, a page of free ammmnimal links, from which I found (in addition to the penguin, a few I really liked:BluebirdAntBunnyKiwi!!TurtleStegasourus Nautilus shellsNautilus shellsLobster!!
All done except some finishing:keeblerx
's first of two kerchiefs, the easier one, using this pattern
and this yarn
, key lime. It shrunk a little bit more than the Rowan denim one I made myself, but since I made it a bit bigger, it all works out.
's first of two dishcloths, using a skein of Sugar N' Cream in almost white I had from the last swap & a simple checkboard pattern.
Left to do:
My kerchief for Lirrianna, green & sort of leafy
Kerchief #2 for Eugene, pink CotLin, either this pattern
, this pattern
, or something I make up on the fly.
Dishcloth #2 for Moriden.
Dishcloth(s) for Eseme
Denim kerchief for Jilliko
Mousie or other such for Digaaz - penguin!
Pink kerchief for Girl X
To-do on Lirrianna's Costume:
|Monday||Draft Pattern (from existing skirt)||Done|
|Tuesday||Cut out pieces of skirt||Done|
|Wednesday||Sew skirt together||Done|
|Next week||Finish Skirt, fix pocket.|
|Week after next||Disassemble shirts, Dye shirts green|
|Week after next||finish reassembling shirts|
|Before next game||Knit leaf headscarf|
Knit mousey pattern
with sock yarn scraps... need to buy sock yarn!
How have I never posted on how much I like this knit sushi?
, which goes with sushi for the bathroom
, which still doesn't help, because I'd like a neat tissue paper cozy that doesn't look like your maiden Aunt Helena knit it in 1972.
Also, I'm fascinated with these silly no-purpose knit animals & food.
Maybe I could do this... June 14th is Knit in Public Day
I'm already okay about knitting in front of people. I should see if there's anything happening in Eeethacka... neat...