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* spiderweb capelet

Posted on March 15th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Knitting.

Lace knitting takes too much concentration. Shockingly, I actually did it mostly right. Pattern from Stitch ‘N Bitch Nation. The main deviation from the pattern is the yarn, Patons Divine in chantilly rose. Using size 13 needles, the width gauge matched the pattern, but not the row gauge, so I had to do an extra 3 of the spiderweb repeats (the pattern should only need 4). I probably should’ve done another one, even. This yarn is also fuzzier than the called for yarn, which really obscures the lace pattern. It still looks pretty good, though. Where in the world am I going to wear it?

Practical things I figured out, which other newish knitters may find helpful:

  • First, fix the mistake. This helps a LOT.
  • YO just means loop the yarn over the right needle like when you are knitting a stitch, but you don’t actually knit it. Like, normally you would insert the right needle into the stitch on the left needle, make a loop, pull it through, then drop the stitch off the left needle. YO is just the make a loop part and nothing else. All the other complicated ways I read seem to lead to the same result. Unlike the totally misleading stitch instruction page in the book, YO does not include a knit stitch.
  • In the purl drop rows (3/7), you drop all the YOs. The knits have little loops around the base where they attach to the stitch below, and the YOs seem unattached.
  • After the purl drop rows (3/7), the all purl rows (5/9), and the complicated rows (4/8), you should have 92 stitches on the needle.
  • When you sl2 pwise, keep the yarn in the back. If you bring it forward (like you normally would when you purl), you get a little extra loop that makes it harder to do the slipping bit.
  • Pass slipped stitches over means use your left needle to take the two slipped stitches (stitches 2 and 3 from the point of the right needle) and pull them over the k2tog stitch and off the needle, as though you were binding them off. You can do them one at a time or both together.

Hope this helps someone out there strugging with this pattern. Would’ve saved me an evening of watching knitting movies on the web while repeatedly frogging fuzzy yarn. Once I got it, it went pretty well, though.



* Autumn scarf

Posted on October 17th, 2004 by maitreya. Filed under Knitting.

The scarf I started a few days ago is done. You can tell my edges still leave something to be desired, though they’re getting better. It’s about 3.5-4 feet long, which is shorter than I thought it would be. I’m seriously considering getting another hank of the Manos to make it longer, and maybe for some fringe. I’m resisting, though, since the scarf is scratchier than I predicted. Disappointing. But pretty!



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* Manos scarf start

Posted on October 9th, 2004 by maitreya. Filed under Knitting.

Now that it’s looking like fall, I’m in the mood to knit again. I started a scarf with a hank of Manos del Uruguay that I’ve been hoarding. It’s in really pretty fall colors (“prairie,” I think, the tag’s around somewhere), 22 stitches across in k1 p1 ribbing. Kind of narrow, but I plan to loop it around my neck a couple of times. I’m thinking of putting fringe on the ends, maybe. I got about a foot of it done tonight as an alternative to clutching my fists in anger at the debate.



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* uncool LYS

Posted on October 8th, 2004 by maitreya. Filed under Knitting.

I went to the LYS today to look at Amy Singer’s Knit Wit book. It’s gotten some lackluster reviews on Craftster (see this thread), and I wanted to look through it to see if there’s anything redeeming (besides Erica Mulherin‘s illustrations, of course). The yarn store ladies had no idea what I was talking about. They had never even heard of Knitty before. I had to spell it for them. How out of touch can you be? One of them said that she “doesn’t do that whole web thing.” You would think some other person coming in the store besides me would’ve mentioned Knitty. It just seems so bizarre, like I inhabit a parallel knitting universe.


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* kool aid dyeing

Posted on April 29th, 2004 by maitreya. Filed under Knitting.

I came across this page about dyeing yarn with kool aid. I’ve heard about this all over, including the Stitch ‘n’ Bitch book, but this page has pictures of all her experiments. I like the red one and the malachite one the best.



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* Sweater

Posted on April 10th, 2004 by maitreya. Filed under Knitting.

I started working on my first sweater last night. It’s made of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in cranberry, which is a cheap, but not totally ghetto, wool/acrylic blend. I figure I shouldn’t go all out with nice Manos del Uraguay or something on my first try in case it’s a total disaster. I’m using the Weekend Warrior pattern from the Yarn Girls book (see my review). We’ll see how it goes.


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* Striped Scarf

Posted on March 2nd, 2004 by maitreya. Filed under Knitting.

I finally finished my scarf. It’s done in knit one purl one ribbing with Katia Ingenua, a mohair/wool/nylon blend.



* Stitch ‘N Bitch to the rescue

Posted on January 7th, 2004 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Review, Knitting.

I got the ubiquitous Stitch ‘N Bitch by Debbie Stoller for Christmas. I have to say I’m a little disappointed in it after all the people raving about it so much. It doesn’t have enough color pictures, and the puns are maddening. That said, I do like a lot of the patterns, and it’s a good book to have as a reference. Take tonight for example. I am currently working on a rib stitch stripey scarf in mohair blend yarn in my latest favorite color combination of brown and light blue. I cast on 36 stitches, then knit one purl one for 18 rows in each color. My scarf is now about a foot and a half long, maybe. While I was working on it tonight, we were watching T3 on DVD (which is Terrible, by the way), and I guess an explosion or something distracted me, and suddenly I had 37 stitches. Uh oh. I slid the whole thing off my needles and unraveled the problem row. But then I couldn’t remember how to get the stitches back on. Is there a right direction? Stitch ‘N Bitch to the rescue! After much wailing and gnashing of teeth (and even a few splinters when I had the brilliant idea of using a kitchen skewer as a knitting needle), I finally got everybody back on the needle in the right place. I only had to unravel 4 rows and accidentally cut the yarn (mohair gets all tangled with itself, so it’s a pain to unravel, apparently, thus the scissors). Anyway, it’s my first real knitting disaster that I was able to solve. Yay!


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* failed scarf

Posted on October 26th, 2003 by maitreya. Filed under Knitting.

Yes, I know, how can you screw up a scarf? Well, I managed it. From the Yarn Girls book I posted about earlier, I tried a short scarf that has a hole in it, so you pull one end through the hole and it fits snugly around your neck. I wanted to make if for someone’s birthday, and it only needed 1 ball of yarn and sounded fast. I bought some katia reno plus yarn (color 614, cream with flecks of light blue, green, and pink, and a thin strand of thread running with the yarn) that was on sale at Pins and Needles, a yarn store in downtown Princeton. There was only 1 ball left of it, and when I got home and started knitting it (stockinette stitch, with the recommended 7 mm needles), I realized there was no way it would last for the whole scarf. That’s when I thought to look at how many yards were in the ball. Whoops. So I decided to simply knit it half as wide as the pattern. This worked, but the edges rolled up and made it a funny short snake thing that is only a scarf in the loosest sense of the term. You can pull the end through the hole, but it’s a small hole and I’m unconvinced it would be big enough in the full width version. Then I decided to felt it and do something with the felt. The yarn’s 81% wool, 7% mohair, 7% acrylic, and 5% nylon. Apparently this is not enough natural fiber to make it felt, as 2 cycles in the washing machine have not done a damn thing. I don’t know what to do with it now.



* kitty dim sum

Posted on June 7th, 2003 by maitreya. Filed under Knitting, Toys (cat and kid).

Using the leftovers from Foxy Woxy, I made my cat the wonton from Kitty Dim Sum in Knitty. I overestimated the amount of yarn I had the first time I tried it, so I had to unravel the whole damn thing and redo it tonight. It took a couple of hours and doesn’t look quite how I thought it would, but it’s still OK. My cat sniffed it once and promptly ignored it. My sister-in-law’s cats like it, though. Between the two of them, they will probably destroy it within a week. Pictures to come.



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