Archive for February, 2008


Posted by on Feb 24 2008 | Crafty things

Catching up with finished items…

Pattern: ZeeBee by Schmeebot
Needles: 5.5mm, Knit picks options
Yarn: Jaeger Matchmaker Merino DK, 2 50g balls held double – with pretty much none left over

Notes: I loved making this. It was quick and fun to knit, and I love that it’s a pattern generator, so you pick your yarn and needle size, knit a swatch, key in the measurements and you get a perfect pattern.

I needed a thick and warm hat, knit fairly densely to contain curly hair. So, that’s what I got! 2 strands of DK held together on 5.5mm needles is pretty dense, but was exactly what I wanted.

Oh, and yes, plain navy wool – between this and the current sweater do you see a pattern?

The pattern is knit flat using short rows and is very nifty. It’s then seamed up using garter stitch grafting so in theory should look seamless. My grafting is crap a little less than perfect, so it’s sort of visible, but that’s ok.

Also, this starts with a crochet cast on. I’m not sure what I do wrong with a crochet cast on, but when people talk about being able to just ‘unzip’ the stitches? Doesn’t work for me. I end up having to undo the crochet chain bit by bit, pulling the yarn out from my stitches. I can’t read crochet stitches like I can knit ones: need to work on that. Perhaps by making another ZeeBee.

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Jackyll & Hyde (or The terrifying balaclava)

Posted by on Feb 24 2008 | Crafty things

Jackyll & Hyde was the Knitty halloween surprise pattern, and at the time I sent it round to people as I thought it was really cool.

Linus liked it so much he asked if I could make him one, so of course I agreed. I hope to have it done for christmas, but then that didn’t happen. Then I thought I’d have it done early in the new year, but that didn’t really happen either.

You see, I work best under pressure. I’m all about leaving things to the very last minute. Then getting hugely stressed about them. This time I didn’t get to the hugely stressed part (that doesn’t seem to happen with knitting), but I did leave it to the last minute.

Linus left early this morning to go snowboarding. I finished this in the pub on Friday night. Actually, I finished the knitting a few weeks ago, sewing in the ends a week or so ago, and just needed to embroider on the nose and mouth. The nose and mouth really brought it all together and I’m delighted with it.

I’m not sure how much wear it’ll get – it is really, really warm, but I don’t mind – it was fun to make and nothing beats the satisfaction of a grateful recipient.

Pattern: Jackyll & Hyde from Knitty, made with thicker yarn and the pattern fudged a bit to allow for more stitches.
Needles: 5mm addi turbo
Yarn: Løve Garn Ragsokgarn bought from Scandinavian Knitting Design. 100% superwash wool. Really sproingy and wooly, lovely to knit with, and very nicely priced.

Ravelry makes it easy to see other people’s versions of a pattern. My absolute favourite and one idea that I may shamelessly copy at some point in the future is this wonderful Zoidberg version.

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Pub Embroidery

Posted by on Feb 22 2008 | General Ramblings

Nothing like cutting it fine with the finishing.
Full details over the weekend.

—- ?Sent using a Sony Ericsson mobile phone

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To Knit or Not to Knit?

Posted by on Feb 20 2008 | General Ramblings

Like my new t-shirt?
It arrived a few weeks ago, and I’ve been meaning to post it, but it keeps being worn and washed without me remembering to take a photo.

It’s from my friend Worsted Knitt’s shop, and is excellent quality – mine is a long sleeved brown t-shirt, and I love it.

If you’re interested in your own, or one of the other designs, the EU shop is here, and the US shop is here.

Also, if you’re in the US/Canada, there are a few days left to enter a competition on the Worsted Knitt blog for a $5 voucher for the US shop.

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The Boyfriend Sweater

Posted by on Feb 19 2008 | Crafty things

Remember this?

Mmmmmm…. I do.

That was killing time last Tuesday before starting lessons in sweater construction with Aileen. Sadly this week I’ll be rushing to the lesson so I won’t have time to stop off for a delicious malty vanilla shake. Oh well.

The classes are a 5 week course, and there are 4 of us in the class, working away on a sweater of our own construction. I’ve had EZ’s Seamless Hybrid in my queue for some time now, and this seemed the perfect opportunity to get going, with Aileen there to guide me along.

So, last week, I swatched, calculated the number of stitches, and when I got home after the class cast on while watching season three of Battlestar Galactica.*

This is going to be a very plain sweater, based on the favourite sweaters of the recipient. Very plain. The interest for me is in the construction.

I’m using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, and 4mm needles. It’s lovely yarn to work with, really, well, woolly. It’s hand wash only, but that’s fine by me – I don’t mind giving a special item special care.

Now, here’s the thing. The others in the class are sensibly working garments from the top-down, so that the tricky stuff is at the beginning, and then when the classes are finished they just need to keep on knitting down until they’re done. I stubbornly insisted on sticking with the bottom-up design, and until I get to the bit where I join the body and sleeves together, it’s pretty mindless.

So, really, I need to have the body and sleeves ready to join up for at least the last two lessons. Ideally the last three, but, well, we’ll see. I don’t mind this, as it gives me a reason to get through the navy stockingette in the round part as quickly as possible, and means that I should get the sweater finished relatively quickly.

I worked just over 2 inches of a 3×2 rib (compared against favourite sweater), and now it’s just round and round and round.

I have 8 inches done, 10 to go. I’m going to get started on a sleeve tonight, and then knit as much as my hands and schedule will allow over the next week. My chances of having both sleeves and the body finished by next Tuesday are very slim, but by the Tuesday after… I reckon I can make it. And in the meantime, I get to watch as a top-down cardie with set-in sleeves, and two top-down raglan’s progress.

The absolute hardest thing for me right now is that I have lovely yarn from the Avoca sale sitting right in front of me, and I have never felt so inspired to cast on a million bright, colourful, interesting designs.
Back to the navy stockingette then.
*One of the episodes near the end upset me very much. I am not happy at all with that turn of events.

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