Archive for ‘pattern’

March 11, 2017

Slippin’ Out, Slippin’ In

There are a bunch of things I’ve been wanting to write about, but I’m going to take them one at a time.

A couple weeks ago, I found myself working on two projects that both use slipped stitches. It wasn’t intentional, and it wasn’t one of my big Proof They’re Watching kind of coincidences (seeing as how I was the one who picked the projects), but I thought it was worth noting, especially since the slipped stitches have completely different purposes.

I bought a Swiffer a year ago or two, with the intention of making a reusable cover for it. I started one that was crocheted, in some obnoxious hunter orange acrylic that I had, only to find out when I ran out of the first ball that it wasn’t the obnoxious hunter orange acrylic that I thought it was, and I didn’t actually have any more to finish it. I got busy with other stuff, and my Swiffer sat in the laundry room, unused. I finally made a different cover for it, the Ballband Dishcloth Reusable Swiffer Cover from Strange Yarns;;Skull Charms. It’s based on the Ballband Dishcloth from Mason-Dixon Knitting. I should have done a full three repeats of the pattern, I think. I haven’t tried using it yet, but I imagine it will still work, even if it’s a little small.

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It’s a simple pattern, and a nice way to use up some cotton leftovers. I should make at least one of the dishcloths, too. I’m pretty sure the point of the slipped stitches is to get the reverse stockinette to puff out and make it better for scrubbiness.

My other slip stitch project is a Mermaid Tail Blanket for my little Cindy Lou Who (who is much more than two). There are a bunch of patterns out there for making these. I’m not sure why I picked this one, but, I did.

Mermaid Tail Blanket Top

Mermaid Tail Blanket Top

For this one, the slipped stitches give the illusion of scales on the tail. Purely decorative, and since starting it, I’ve realized how handy they’ll be for my Cindy Lou Who to loop her toys through and pull the stitches out. I really like the way it looks, but I know how good she is at destroying knitted things, and I’m wondering what made me think this was a good idea. But, I bought the pattern, I’ve already started, and if I can keep her from mangling it up, I think she’ll really like it and it will get a lot of use.

The tail is worked in a pattern of welts, knit one row, purl two rows, knit one row.

Mermaid Tail, Not Just a Fluke

Mermaid Tail, Not Just a Fluke

Of course, I misread the instructions where it talked about ridges, and was making it about twice as wide as it needed to be. Luckily, I caught my mistake just before I got to the decreases.

I’m still working on the top part. I took theses pictures today. It uses large needles (US11, I think), and my carpal tunnel syndrome has been giving me fits lately, so I can only work on it for a few rounds at a time, and then I have to switch to something else on smaller needles, or, really, not knit for a few days.

But there you have it. Two different uses for slipped stitches. Well, I thought it was interesting!

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February 28, 2017

Spiraling Back towards Center

I have two patterns in the February 2017 issue of Knotions! There are lots of great patterns in this issue, or course, and Magical Spirals Hat and Magical Spirals Cowl are no exception.;-)

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I started working on them last summer, but with one thing and another, they didn’t get done soon enough to go in an earlier issue.

They’re knit up with Knit Picks Bare Wool of the Andes Superwash, in a 2×2 cable over 2×2 ribbing. This makes for a very stretchy fabric! Then, a slip stitch chain of Lion Brand Fun Fur is crocheted onto the bars between the cabled stitches. There’s a step-by-step tutorial for the crochet, complete with photos.

August 5, 2014

Summer Is Almost Over

Thank goodness. I’m not a summer person. Really, truly, and honestly, you will not find me wishing for summer in the middle of winter. I may pine for spring, or wax nostalgic over autumn, but even if it’s fifty below, I’m not wishing for summer.

It’s been a rough summer for us this year, for a variety of reasons, and I took most of July off from designing. I knit all through summer, except on the absolute hottest days (which, thankfully, this year have been few), but designing — however serious I am about it — is still at the hobby level for me. I put much more money into it than I get out, and this summer, I didn’t have the money to spend. But, that may be changing. At least enough that I’m back to working on the MKAL shawl I keep mentioning.

I spent about an hour last night working on the script for the video I’m going to do for the cast-on for the shawl. (Wow, that’s a lot of prepositional phrases.) Once I have that done, I’m going to start knitting the second prototype (the first one came out much larger, and used more yarn, than I wanted), and get a test-knit underway.

My original plan was to do this MKAL back in May, right after spring semester was over. Now it’s taking me so long to get it all together that I’m wondering if maybe it’s going to be next May!

March 14, 2014

Number Nine . . . Number Nine . . .

Why, yes! I am a Beatles fan! How could you tell?

I’ve just released my ninth pattern, Jump in the Line socks. They are available for sale through Ravelry, regularly for $4, but through the end of this month, you can get them for 25% off ($3)!

Jump in the Line socks

January 27, 2014

All Cats Are Live

Finally. Well, it’s actually been live for while. It only took me three months to finally say something about it here! It Back in October, I released All Cats Are Grey on Ravelry, and also on Craftsy (links are on the pattern page).

All Cats Are Grey

I’m really, really pleased with this one. The pattern includes a tutorial for double-knitting, so even if you’ve never done any double-knitting before, or haven’t done any colorwork with it, you can still make this hat. Some of my test-knitters were new to double-knitting, and they all made beautiful hats. Some of my testers were experienced dk-ers, and they enjoyed the pattern, too.

I hope you like this hat as much as I do!

February 16, 2013

Busy as the beat goes on

No, it doesn’t really make sense to me, either.

The last couple of days, I haven’t really done any knitting. I’ve been working on finishing up a few projects instead, and I’m really happy to have them done.

I still haven’t posted about my resolutions here, but one of them was to publish 12 patterns this year. So far, I’ve got two down, and a third one just got sent to my tech editor.

First up is A Sweater for Fritz, which is a free sweater pattern for 11 1/2″ male fashion dolls. (download now)

A Sweater for Fritz

And Kitsune Cowl was finally released on Valentine’s Day! It’s available for $5.00 from my Ravelry store.

Kitsune Cowl

The next pattern released will be another free one, for this:

Keep Me in Your Heart

I wanted to get it released before Valentine’s Day, but I really need to work on my timing!

December 13, 2012

I could use a day at the beach right now

And, luckily for me, I’ve just released the pattern, A Day at the Beach, through my Ravelry store!

A Day at the Beach

September 8, 2012

Clever like a kitsune

Back in June, I posted about a new design I was working on, the Kitsune cowl. I’m happy to say that I’ve finished the prototype, and have the pattern open for testing in the Free Pattern Testers group on Ravelry.

Kitsune Cowl prototype

If you’re interested in testing it, please pop on over there!

I’m going to be ordering the yarn to make it in foxy colors soon, but I’ve decided I like these, too.

And that is me in the picture, sporting my brand new old people glasses. I got bifocals just in time for my 43rd birthday. I’m glad nerdiness is kind of fashionable right now, because I really like these frames, and the nerdy part certainly suits me.

September 27, 2011

Glitter and Be Gay

If I’m not pure, at least my jewels are!

“Glitter and Be Gay” is an awesome song from Leonard Bernstein’s operetta of Candide. (I really, really like Dawn Upshaw’s recording of it, but I’ve never heard a bad one from anyone else, either.) And I feel like it’s appropriate for me right now.

You see, I just had some ice cream (Blue Bunny Premium Super Fudge Brownie, to be exact), and I’m also the proud owner of a copy of Laura Nelkin’s Adorn collection.

I didn’t cheat!

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September 16, 2011

How do I justify it . . .

Spending the money on Laura Nelkin’s Adorn e-book, that is.

It looks awesome* already, and there are four more patterns that will come with it. I’m particularly interested in Ribband. Then there’s Thrice. Those are both totally* my style. The other patterns released so far are really neat looking, too, but not quite as much my style. Of course, I can always make them for other people!

So, the whole book is only $18. Each pattern is $5. I’m definitely leaning towards getting the whole thing. I think it would be worth it, except for money being tight.

Maybe if I refrain from buying any ice cream for three weeks. That would be one hell of a sacrifice from me, considering that yesterday I bought a pint of Häagen-Dazs Chocolate Chocolate Chip and ate the whole thing in one sitting. I really like ice cream.

The good spouse does this every once in a while. He’ll find a knife or something else he wants, and he’ll not buy any snacks on his way home from work until he’s not spent as much money as whatever it is will cost. Did that make any sense?

Granted, there are lots and lots of patterns that I really want, but Ribband is really calling my name.

*I don’t know what it is, but lately I’ve noticed I’m reverting to the language of my teenage years. If you ever notice me using “gnarly” or “tubular,” please slap me.

ETA: oooh, this is my eleventy-first post on this ‘blog! Maybe I should buy it for myself to celebrate? Somehow I don’t think the good spouse would consider that justified.