Archive for November, 2009

November 20, 2009

Letting you down easy

I feel like I should say something about the rejection letter from Knitty.

I’ve sent out a story to a few magazines, and received a few rejection letters. I understand — I really do — that a lot of magazines out there don’t have huge editorial staffs, but a form rejection letter still really stings. It’s like the magazine is saying, not only do we not think your writing is up to our standards, but we don’t even think it’s worth inserting your name and the title of your work into a mail-merge document. The more personalized the rejection letter is, the easier it is to accept (especially when they put in something positive about your work), and the more likely I am to consider that magazine again if I have something else I think is worthy of publication.

Amy Singer gives good rejection. (Yeah, yeah, that sounds weird and bad but sometimes I can’t help myself.) If I come up with something else that I think will be appropriate for Knitty, I’ll happily send it their way (and try very hard to remember just how long it takes to hear back, because even though they tell you in the submission guidelines how long it will be, you don’t realize just how long that is until you’ve still got two months to wait).

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November 20, 2009

I Do Not Drink . . . Wine!

This is a pattern I submitted to Knitty for the Winter 2009 issue, but they decided not to include it. So instead, I’m going to put it in a .pdf file available for free on Ravelry, as well as listing it here.

I Do Not Drink . . . Wine!
(pattern and photos by sosoclever knits!)

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I think those charms that you put on the stem of a wineglass so you can tell yours from someone else’s are really neat. Of course, I don’t use them, because I don’t drink wine. I generally drink pop. The problem of being able to tell drinks apart still exists, though. Imagine, you have six women over for a night of knitting, and they all drink the same diet cola. Or, in the excitement at your Superbowl party, no one can tell whose beer is whose. Whatever shall you do?

Knit up a bunch of can cozies in different colors and patterns, that’s what!

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These cozies do extra duty, too. The fabric is flexible enough to use them to clean off the tops of cans before opening them, and absorbent enough that you don’t really need a coaster. Then, after they’ve cleaned off the tops of enough cans and absorbed enough condensation, you just toss them in the wash with your towels, and they’re ready to go again.

And if you really want to use the wineglass charms, just add the optional hanging loop, and you’ve got someplace to put one!

Note: the cozy will likely stretch a little with use. After washing, it will shrink back to its proper size. It may even be a little smaller, but it will stretch!

SIZE
One size fits 12-ounce cans and most 12 to 20-ounce bottles

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Circumference: approx 8.5 inches
Length: from beginning, approx 5.5 inches; from turning row, approx 4.5 inches

MATERIALS
Lily Sugar ‘N Cream [100% cotton; 120 yd/109 m per 71 g skein]; color: shown in #19173 Spring Meadows (discontinued), #00026 Light Blue, #00004 Ecru, #01742 Hot Blue, #00003 Cream; 1 skein

Alternate yarn: Coats and Clark Crème de la Crème [100% cotton; 126 yd/115 m per 71 g skein]; color: #0750 Fuschia; 1 skein

2 sets 16 to 24 inch US #7/4.5mm circular needles (or size necessary to obtain gauge) and
2 sets 16 to 24 inch US #5/3.75mm circular needles (or 2 sizes smaller than needles used to obtain gauge)

(I use the two circular needle method for knitting in the round, but you can also use one set of each size in long circulars to use the Magic Loop method, or one set of double-point needles in each size.)

Notions required:
Size F5 crochet hook (optional)
Tapestry needle (for weaving in ends)

GAUGE
20 sts/26 rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch with size 7 needles

PATTERN NOTES
This is a very forgiving pattern. Gauge does not have to be exact, but should be close.

One skein of Sugar ‘N Cream will make three to four cozies.

This pattern is a very simple introduction to knitting in the round, but it can easily be converted to flat knitting, also.

You can substitute just about any rib pattern, so long as you can fit it to 40 stitches, or close to it. If you have a pattern that needs one more or fewer stitches (e.g. a multiple of three stitches, or a multiple of twelve stitches plus five), increase or decrease as necessary in the “turning round.” Also, you’ll only have about 30 rounds after the turning round. Any patterns longer than will need to be modified to fit.

Keep in mind that the patterns in stitch dictionaries are often written as if you will be knitting flat. They’re also often framed by selvedge stitches, and you’ll probably want to drop any extra stitches (e.g. instead of “multiple of five stitches plus two,” you’d only work the “multiple of five stitches”).

Rib pattern suggestions:

1×1 Rib (over even number of stitches) (Spring Meadows cozy)
Every round: ** k1, p1** to end.
Repeat to desired length

Holey Rib (multiple of four stitches) (Light Blue cozy)
R1 – 2: ** k1, p1** to end
R3: **k1, yo, k2tog, p1** to end
R4: ** k1, p1** to end
Repeat rounds 1-4 to desired length

Zig Zag Rib (multiple of five stitches) (modified from Nikki Epstein’s Knitting on the Edge) (Ecru cozy)
R1, 3, 5: **k1, p2tog, p1, m1, k1** to end
R2 and all even rounds: k every stitch
R7, 9, 11: **k1, m1, p2tog, p1, k1** to end
Repeat rounds 1-12 to desired length

Puff Rib (multiple of three stitches) (adapted from Barbara G. Walker’s A Treasury of Knitting Patterns) (Hot Blue cozy)
On turning round, purl last two stitches together
R1: **p1, yo, k1, yo, p1** to end
R2-3: **p1, k3, p1** to end
R4: **p1, k3tog, p1** to end
Repeat rounds 1-4 to desired length

Lace Rib (multiple of five stitches) (adapted from Barbara G. Walker’s A Treasury of Knitting Patterns) (Cream cozy)
R1, 3: **k3, p2** to end
R2: **k1, yo, ssk, p2** to end
R4: **k2tog, yo, k1, p2** to end
Repeat rounds 1-4 to desired length

Twisted Rib (over even number of stitches) (Fuschia cozy)
Every round: **k1tbl, p1** to end

PATTERN
On size 5 needles, CO 10 sts (long tail CO is fine). Join, pm.

R1: **k1, p1** to end.
R2: **kfb** to end (20 sts)
R3: **k1, p1** to end.
R4: **kfb** to end (40 sts)
R5: **k1, p1** to end.

Continue in 1X1 rib until piece measures 1 inch.

Next round (turning round): P to end.

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Switch to larger needles, and work in desired rib pattern until piece measures 4.5 inches. BO.

FINISHING
Optional: before breaking yarn, with crochet hook, chain 12 stitches and join to body to make loop for hanging.

Weave in ends.

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I Do Not Drink . . . Wine! by sosoclever knits is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.