I knit in public all the time. I knit while I’m in waiting rooms. I knit on the bus. I knit while walking to the post office. It is always awesome when someone notices and comments, even if they think I’m crocheting (well, sometimes I am crocheting, but you know what I mean). And when it’s a fellow crafter, and they ask what it is you’re making, and want to talk a little shop, that can be even better. I was at the garage, getting an oil change, and a woman came in to drop something off for the cashier, but she spotted me in the waiting area and came over to see what I was making first.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Finally, finally, finally. Some five years after I made the first prototype, the pattern for Borne on the Waves has been released.
Well, kinda. It’s a Mystery Knit-Along (MKAL), which means that it’s being released in sections (commonly called “clues”), and right now, the only thing you can get is the planning packet, with materials, gauge info, abbreviations, and general pattern notes. The first clue will be released next Sunday, November 29, 2015 sometime around 3pm CST. The other four clues will be released one each Sunday after that, through December 27, 2015.
If you’re a Ravelry member, you can follow the link in the pattern description to the MKAL thread, which has a contest to win a free copy of the pattern. The contest ends on November 29, 2015, so you’ll have to hurry if you want a chance at it! The pattern is available at half-price ($2.50US) through December 27, 2015. After that, it will be available at full-price ($5.00US).
If you aren’t a Ravelry member . . . you should be (assuming you knit, crochet, spin, or weave, at least). Go to http://www.ravelry.com, and sign up!
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)!
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).
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!
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)
The next pattern released will be another free one, for this:
I wanted to get it released before Valentine’s Day, but I really need to work on my timing!
And, luckily for me, I’ve just released the pattern, A Day at the Beach, through my Ravelry store!
The scarf and cuffs pattern that I thought I would have up for sale back in February, is finally up on both Knit Picks IDP and on Ravelry! Here is more information. (Pictures are forthcoming, promise!)
Or . . . something like that.
The jeans I patched in that tutorial a couple weeks ago? I’ve patched them again, and they need more. What Grace really needs to do is buy a new pair and let this one get relegated to being patch material.
I submitted the D4 Bag of Dice Holding to the KnitPicks Independent Designers Program. I don’t know if they’ll take it or not. It’s a pretty niche-y, although nifty, pattern, so if they say it doesn’t have a wide market appeal, I’ll agree with them. It took me all of two minutes to write up the e-mail. It took longer to actually send it, since the .pdf is 5 MB, and I have dial-up. Still, it would be nice to get a little more exposure.
I have another pattern that I’ve finished writing that I’m going to submit to the IDP, too. I had originally planned to send it to Sanguine Gryphon for their Spring 2011 line, but I didn’t get it done in time. Since then, it’s undergone some changes. Like, it started out as a really simple scarf, and now it’s a really simple scarf with matching ruffly cuffs. As I said, the pattern is pretty much written. I haven’t finished making the test cuff, and I’m not making a whole scarf until I (hopefully) get yarn support. I want to finish one cuff, though, so I can make sure it works well, and so I can get a better estimate of yardage. If I get the time to knit, I’ll probably be done with it today.
I’m working on another pattern, too. It’s a tank top. My original plan, like ten years ago, was that it would be boxy. Now, I want to make it close-fitting. I have an off-the-rack tank that fits great, and I want to make this one kind of the same. My problem is, do I learn how to do short-row bust shaping (I know how to use short rows in general, I just haven’t used them for that) and include that in the pattern? Do I not include it, but try to make sure that the pattern is adjustable using it? Do I bury my head in the sand and go back to the boxy idea?
I still haven’t finished that skirt.
The Baron Munchausen quote on that one post still gets me the most hits, I swear. (Except for the day that I wrote about The Ladies of Mischief. That was kind of crazy.) I should use more obscure but very popular movie quotes as post titles. Maybe the thing from The Princess Bride where Miracle Max is talking about nothing being better than true love, except maybe a mutton, lettuce, and tomato sandwich, “when the mutton is nice and lean.”