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* desperation-crafting knit scrubbie

Posted on January 24th, 2011 by maitreya. Filed under Knitting.

Last summer we spend the 4th of July at our friends’ wonderful beach house on the Oregon coast.  It was great.  There was a charming small-town parade that went right by the house, fireworks on the beach, boardgames, no cell phone service, a library with resident cats, and good food.  One thing there wasn’t was crafting.  I forgot to bring a project to work on!  Even on vacation, I get antsy if I’m not doing something, so I went wandering the shops to find something to use.  At the grocery store, I found jute kitchen twine and remembered 3191’s knit scrubbie.  But what to do for knitting needles?  In another aisle, they had thick stubby wood skewers.  Surprisingly, they worked quite well.  I wrapped a rubber band around each end a bunch of times to keep everything from sliding off.


I’m only just now posting it because I just found it unfinished, still on the “needles,” while looking for something else in the craft room. (The craft room looks like a tornado hit it.  I’ve been cleaning it up a bit at a time for days.)  I just had to bind off.  I stuffed it with wool roving, crocheted the edges closed, and added a chain stitch loop.  I used the wool since that’s what 3191 recommended, but just as I was finishing it up, it occurred to me that a scrubbie will be used under conditions of hot water and soap.  That is a recipe for felting.  Hmm.  Well, I can always unstitch the seam and restuff it later.



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* sari scarf

Posted on December 19th, 2008 by maitreya. Filed under Knitting.

My friend Amy got me some nifty yarn made from the scraps of silk leftover from sari production.  It’s got all these beautiful jewel colors in it.  I thought my mother in law might like it, so I used 2 of the skeins to knit a plain garter stitch scarf for her.

Got to use my pretty green vintage knitting needles I picked up a while back.  Nice tools always make crafting more fun.


* herringbone scarf

Posted on December 18th, 2008 by maitreya. Filed under Knitting.

I’ve got a few Christmas present posts queued up for after they get opened.  Every year I either spoil the surprise by posting it once it’s done, or I forget to take pictures and then December/January is a craftlog desert.  Not this year!

Here’s one from Christmas past, a scarf for Mark.  I used this herringbone scarf pattern and Mark picked out the yarn (Thick and Quick?) at the giant going-out-of business sale Treasure Island had when they went under.  The scarf is really thick and warm.

It’s a really easy pattern for such a cool stitch.  Kind of looks like sideways knits.


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* knit DNA

Posted on January 30th, 2008 by maitreya. Filed under Knitting.

Look what my friend Carole made me: knitted DNA potholders! They are awesome and now live on top of my lab microwave.



* knitting 1 maitreya 0

Posted on September 1st, 2007 by maitreya. Filed under Knitting.

I think I might give up on knitting. I am just not very good at it. Maybe if I knew how to fix mistakes more easily it would be less frustrating. I was trying to do the Chevron Scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts, which totes has “last minute” in its name and the pattern is simple, but there is something about the knit-in-front-and-back step that I mess up at least once a row. I’ve watched all the little videos and I think I’m doing it right, but I must be twisting a loop or something, because I every once in a while get extra stitches. Then I can’t figure out how to fix it and end up unraveling the whole thing. Anybody know a good equivalent crochet pattern?

It’s a shame too because I really wanted to use my pretty vintage knitting needles I got in Australia.


* Drop stitch scarf

Posted on January 22nd, 2006 by maitreya. Filed under Knitting.

I’ve had this variegated ribbony type yarn for a while now, but I haven’t been happy with any of the stitches I’ve tried. So, I finally just gave up and did a drop stitch. So fast, my kind of knitting.


Here’s the “pattern” if you can glorify it with that term: Using larger needles for your yarn than you would normally use, cast on 21 stitches (or more or less to make different widths, as long as it’s an odd number). Knit 6 rows. Knit one then yarn over twice (or once or 3 times depending on how long you want the drapy bits) over the entire row and ending with a knit. Knit next row, dropping the wraps off the needle as you go (forgot this step in my original post, lol). Knit 5 more rows. Etc. Add fringe as desired.


* floofy scarf

Posted on June 29th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Knitting.

My travel project this summer, knit on trains and planes all over the place. Slightly less than 1 skein Patons Divine, 10 mm needles, 15 stitches across, in garter stitch, of all things. I actually really like the way the garter stitch looks on it, not that you can tell from my fantastic photograph. Also, the needles are too big for it, so the stitches are nice and open and it’s going to stretch longer than it is now. I am keeping this scarf for myself in anticipation of the long Jersey winter, which doesn’t sound half bad about now.



* iCord flower

Posted on June 24th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Knitting.

4-nail knitting spool cord + vintage button


I’m thinking a bow for a gift or something. FYI, tiny crochet hook is way better than a little knitting needle for pulling up loops.


* Bernie the worm

Posted on June 21st, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Knitting.

Bernie, my dad, used to draw cartoons for me and my sisters when we were little. They mostly featured the adventures of Bernie the Worm, an orange, smiley worm. He had some friends like stick and rock and Carlos Castaneda. So, since I haven’t mailed his father’s day gift yet, I made this to throw in with it. Made on my new 6-nail knitting spool with more thrifted yarn from my sister and a little pipe cleaner inside for posable worm action. I didn’t notice until I’d already made it that it conveniently doubles as a Month of Softies bug.



* knitting spool

Posted on June 21st, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Knitting.

I had one of these when I was little, and I got my niece one a while back. They’re pretty fun, but I could never figure out what to do with the knitted snake they make. Lately I’ve been seeing all sorts of cute uses for i-cord, though, which I am terrible at knitting. The knitting spool seems like a way easier way to make it. I didn’t like the one for sale at the craft store, plus it was like $10, so I made one. It’s a 50 cent wood spool from the craft store (try to find one with a roomy hole) with 4 little nails hammered into it. I bought 2 spools, so I’m going to try a 6 nail one with the other one. It’s fun and goes really fast. I’ve been using a little metal knitting needle to pull the loops. I found this nifty site with instructions on different stitches! I’m making cord at a tremendous pace, so I’ll post whatever I decide to make later.




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