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Lace sweater [Jul. 7th, 2013|01:46 pm]
My sister is getting married next summer, and has asked for a lace sweater.

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No stitch boxes [Oct. 13th, 2011|07:50 am]
I want to put this here, so I can copy and paste it the next time someone goes "no stitch what help help" at me.

"No stitch" means to do nothing. Literally, nothing.

It's like this: you can say

"k3, yo, k5, yo, k4, k3, ssk, k4,"
"K3, yo, k5, yo, k4. Then k3, ssk, k4."

The "no stitch" box on the chart means the same thing as the "then"---it's just something the pattern writer inserted to make the pattern prettier or easier to read, not an instruction.
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Elephant [Mar. 27th, 2009|08:42 am]
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And while I'm here writing entries, don't let's forget the elephant in the room.Collapse )
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(no subject) [Mar. 27th, 2009|08:28 am]

I realize that this journal's been a bit TeX-heavy lately, so for those of you who are here for the pretty knitted things, Here is my sister's Christmas present.Collapse )
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Knit fonts/TeX code [Mar. 25th, 2009|02:51 pm]
This is only of interest if you already know about TeX/LaTeX, or if you care about charting things enough that you are willing to learn about it just for this.Collapse )
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January knitting post [Jan. 31st, 2009|11:44 am]
So, of my goals for 2009, which ones have I made progress on in January?

Well, this month I've made some progress on Miranda's Christmas present, and have completed two socks.Collapse )

After a few cold days in Chicago, I decided I needed a facewarmer more than I needed to finish my Christmas knitting by August. So rather than casting on for the second sock of either pair, or working on Nancy or Rob's present, I started on Goal 3, and did something with the qiviut.Collapse )

And in the meta-knitting front, I've made some progress on Goal 11, making a knitting fontCollapse )

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Knitting fonts [Jan. 15th, 2009|07:26 am]
So I think I want to start making myself some knitting symbol fonts. I don't want to use the existing freely available fonts (from Aire River Design and David Xenakis) because
  • They don't have enough symbols to gracefully handle things like "twist 1 left while simultaneously decreasing one stitch", which comes up more and more with the picture-knit designs I do.
  • There's not even a way to distinguish between "cable 2 left" and "twist 2 left" with Xenakis's font.
  • The Aire River Design font is *still* not fixed-width. Also, for simpler designs, I like the "it looks like what you end up with" mode of cable charts. The Xenakis font sort of has this, but ARD does not.
  • If you use (La)TeX, there's a way to get fonts to be in different colors. And using white for knit, grey for purl makes for (in my opinion) very clear, easy-to-read charts.
So the question becomes, what things do I need a symbol for? I've got a list, but suggestions of things I forgot would be appreciated.

(Also, if you've got a way to convey both "twisted make-1 increase" and "knit through the back loop" that does not involve using letters as chart symbols, let me know.)

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Turtles/Miranda socks [Jan. 11th, 2009|02:05 pm]
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Turtle picturesCollapse )

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Goals for 2009 [Jan. 4th, 2009|11:43 am]
  1. Start my Christmas knitting in January, so that it will be finished in time with no rush knitting involved.

    This year, the planned recipients are:

  2. People keep asking me how long it takes me to knit a pair of socks. So the next pair of plain socks I knit I am going to time. That is, I will knit them while watching Netflix, only while watching Netflix, and write down what I see in the course of one sock. Then I will be able to tell people that "one sock is about five movies", or whatever the true answer is.

    (Yes. The correct unit for the time it takes to knit a sock is a movie. This is something I'm reasonably likely to be able to do while knitting a sock, it gives people reasonable estimates on both knitting time and overall time (five movies is about ten hours, but it's also a couple of weeks), and also it's funny.)

  3. I only got three skeins of yarn for Christmas this year: two skeins of mellow variegated tan sock yarn (which will probably be used in the great sock timing event above), and one little ball of qiviut. That one little ball of qiviut is probably destined to be a lace scarf.
  4. I have 454 grams of Louet Gems 4-ply left over in French blue from (a) my dad's sweater, and (b) Stuart's hat. I think I bought 14 skeins overall. So this isn't far from making a sweater for me, if I don't add a hood or too much cabling. And another soft wool sweater that can be machine-washed is always good.

    (Yes, I'll have dye lot issues buying extras. But you know something? I think color-matching technology has improved. I suspect I'll probably be fine.)

  5. I've been dating tortoise and a half years now? And in all that time, I've never knitted him anything. (I crocheted him a Klein bottle hat once.) The thing is, he loses hats and scarves and gloves, so he doesn't really want them, and he seems pretty happy with his current footgear. But maybe this year I'll knit him a sweater. With tortoises. And nine-strand metabraids. And probably in two different colors, so he can have a sweater that is green and not green.
  6. I want to reknit the butterfly sweater to get rid of the wonkiness at the edges of the reverse-stockinette patches. (Which may mean just doing the entire thing in reverse stockinette, à la Leaves in Relief.) Once I've done that, I want to write up the pattern, properly, in sizes from "Newborn" (or possibly "preemie") up to about six years or so. (There's an age when this sort of thing becomes deeply uncool. I'm guessing it's about seven or eight, which is the age I was when my classmates all suddenly got mean.) Then I will sell it through Ravelry, or the Knitting Vault, or something.

    Of course, to do this, I'm going to have to find out what those sweater sizes are, not to mention when a child becomes developed enough that doing set-in sleeves instead of a modified drop shoulder is actually worthwhile. zathrus could probably tell me, but if any of the readers of this blog know, I'd love to hear your opinions.

  7. squirrelloid and ashke are getting married this summer, so I might want to make them something. ashke has expressed an opinion in favor of a pink blanket with Cthulhu on the front in some way. I think this is a bit unlikely (blankets are big) but I could maybe make them a lap blanket in chunky weight, or a pillow, or just some fuzzy dice or miniatures, since they're big roleplaying geeks.
  8. Write up an article for Knitty on...oh, right, if I tell you, they won't take it.
  9. Update this blog more often.
  10. Keep better track of when I start projects, when I finish them, and how much yarn they take. (I hear rumors that this Ravelry thing helps with that...)
  11. (edit) Finish making a knitting symbol metafont, write the requisite (La)TeX macros, and post the whole thing to CTAN. Possibly other places too---the knitting community probably needs to see this more than the TeX community does.
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Faramir II [Jan. 2nd, 2009|11:23 am]
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Cabled tree/tengwar sweaterCollapse )

Cross-posted to lotr_knits and (in shortened form) tengwar.

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Butterfly sweater [Apr. 27th, 2008|09:18 am]
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(no subject) [Feb. 19th, 2008|08:51 am]
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So, now that my Internet is working again, I'm going to post something I made a while ago, but somehow never got around to posting.

BaaCollapse )
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What I have been up to lately on the knitting front [Nov. 11th, 2007|02:58 pm]
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Butterfly WIPCollapse )
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Miranda scarf is finished! [Jul. 27th, 2007|10:04 pm]
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Miranda scarf [May. 6th, 2007|09:48 am]
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Pictures, plans, and requests for opinionsCollapse )
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Swatching for Miranda's scarf [Mar. 24th, 2007|08:58 am]
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SwatchesCollapse )
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Miranda's lace [Mar. 19th, 2007|07:43 pm]
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So a while ago, my sister sent me a request:
Here's what she wantsCollapse )
So I went looking online for black laceweight.

KnitPicks did not have any. That is, they have four kinds of laceweight, two of which come in solids, and none of which are black. I checked a few of the other usual suspects (elann, kpixie, etc.) and eventually settled on Zephyr Wool-Silk, which I elected to order from

The thing about is this: their prices are lovely, and they have a good selection (of lighter weights, at least), and they take Paypal. All three of these are good things. So I will probably continue to order from them.

The only thing I don't like about is that their shipping time is usually about two and a half weeks, most of which is just administrative stuff on their end. So when I order things from them, I shall have to remember to order it weeks before my previous project finishes.

The yarn finally arrived today. It's not quite black; it looks dark gray. I think it's mostly that it's half silk; consequently, it is shiny, and the shiny bits are dark gray, not black. I hope that this is okay with Miranda.

Clickee ye here for design details and plans that my sister should perhaps not read, if she would like to be surprised...Collapse )

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Getting back to my roots [Jan. 7th, 2007|02:33 pm]
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Green willowCollapse )

A while ago, I did one of those "comment to recieve art" memes in my personal LJ. I got about three responses, and here's what I came up with for the first of them:

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Goals for 2007 [Jan. 6th, 2007|09:37 am]

So, let's recall my goals for the end of 2006:
  • Christmas presents - all done.
  • A sweater, for me, in Malabrigo - not done.
  • Convert a nontrivial fraction of my sock yarn into a more useful form - Done, although most of the socks were plain stockinette that I did not feel merited a blog post.
  • Dragon shawl - not done.
  • Design work - I got some design work done, but not nearly as much as I had wanted.
Here is the WIP roundup:
  • The green Malabrigo sweater. This is probably the first thing in my project queue, as it is the only thing I both (1) have an immediate use for, and (2) will not take ages.
  • The cabled picture knitting afghan. I would like to do more of this. I think I will stop putting off revised versions of squares; if I can't think of anything I want to/can do that week, I'll just do an improved dragon/butterfly/castle/alphabet/willow square.

    If anyone has any suggestions for things that would be cool as cabled picture knitting, leave them in comments. No promises I'll ever make them, but suggestions are appreciated.

  • The dragon shawl. This is still a WIP, and probably will be for a long time, as I have gotten to the point where I have to work from two charts at once, and so it's not that portable-and I have the green Malabrigo sweater to work on for non-portable projects.
And here's the plans roundup:
  • More socks!
  • Handwarmers that fit properly, and mittens and a hood in (probably) an angora blend for really cold days.
  • Do something with the 200g of wool my mother brought me from Ireland. I'm thinking some sort of bag with aran patterns.
  • Art meme. A while ago, on my other journal, I did one of those ``comment to recieve free art'' memes, and got three responses. So far I've made art for one of them.
  • Christmas presents for next yearCollapse )
To make this a proper goals post, I suppose I should have due dates. But really, I don't see the point. There's the stuff that's due December 24, and the sweater that's due ASAP, and the rest of it-which is all due whenever. I suppose I could redo this post with proper due dates once the green sweater's finished.
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La la la... [Nov. 12th, 2006|09:25 pm]
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More on the cable design frontCollapse )
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(no subject) [Nov. 4th, 2006|11:45 am]
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Lately I've mostly been knitting utterly boring things: plain socks, some plain handwarmers, and a plain sleeve for a sweater in green Malabrigo, a yarn so variegated I cannot do any cabling. Maybe I'll put a lace leaf somewhere or something. While this is fun knitting I can do while reading, it's not something I feel excited enough about to actually do blog posts about.

I have done a little bit of design work recently:

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Castles! [Oct. 15th, 2006|09:24 am]
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Gingerbread castle from Walker IICollapse )

Original cabled castleCollapse )

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Nobody suspects...the BUTTERFLY! [Oct. 1st, 2006|07:15 pm]
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But first, some new socksCollapse )

ButterflyCollapse )

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Letters [Sep. 30th, 2006|09:41 am]
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Double-You, Ex, Why )

DragonsCollapse )

Z!Collapse )

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(no subject) [Sep. 24th, 2006|08:24 pm]
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Apparently yesterday was Leaves in Relief day over on knitting.

I am quite fond of the pillow. There's a reason why my current cable design project is an afghan instead of more sweaters.

And speaking of my patterns on Knitty:

A tale of two socksCollapse )
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Justifying the title of this blog II [Sep. 14th, 2006|04:58 pm]
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Dragon cablesCollapse )
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Knitting-related plans [Sep. 13th, 2006|10:13 pm]

So, I think I shall change this to a rest-of-the-year goals post, and just post monthly updates.

My goals for September-December:

  • Christmas presents. This time, I'm only making stuff for two people (my sister Miranda and my cousin Sierra), and none of it will be large.
  • A sweater, for me, in Malabrigo. I'm thinking Menja. Due date: Ideally, by the end of September, but since I only ordered the yarn tonight, this might or might not be practical. Edit: I am unimpressed with Halcyon Yarn. Not only are their shipping charges notably high, their back-ordering policy is: we won't tell you if an item will be back-ordered, we'll just charge you for it and ship it out whenever we can, without asking if perhaps you would like to change your mind or edit your order. It's sounding like I will be lucky to get the yarn by the end of September, let alone knit it up.
  • Convert a nontrivial fraction of my sock yarn into a more useful form. Due date: whenever.
  • The shawl of justifying the title of this blog-thanks, page68, for bringing this to my attention. I'm planning to do this in superfine merino which I shall order from here. This site takes Paypal. So I will wait to order the yarn until the middle of next month, or whenever it is that Amy gets around to paying contributors to the last issue of Knitty. Unless, of course, I lose patience entirely (which is possible.)
  • Design work. I think I will set up an ongoing goal of one 10'' x 10'' swatch (in DK weight yarn) per two weekends. I've completed one such swatch, last weekend. One of these days I will remember to photograph it during daylight, and then you will get to see it.
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(no subject) [Aug. 16th, 2006|09:10 pm]
This has been a surprisingly trip-intensive summer, and thus I have not had time to do much posting.

I did in fact accomplish my June goals (including the implied July goal of finishing my mother's sweater before I met her, and the hood before I left.) Aside from Ed's sweater, I don't have pictures of any of these. Why do I not have pictures of any of these? Anyway, Mom's sweater is just like Mandy's sweater-same pattern, same yarn, different size.

The hood is a fairly typical Ariel hood, sort of a mix of Rogue's hood and the hood in "Viking Patterns for Knitting". This time I used Eris's cables.

However, I miscalculated the length of cabling I would need, so the top of the hood has a less pretty cable pattern than I had hoped. I'm thinking of reassessing my hood algorithm so that either (1) I make a single long strip of cable, or at the very least (2) start at the top of the head instead of the chin, so this won't happen. This will probably eliminate the need for grafting in pattern, which is sad because I like doing it. Of course, it does make the pattern much more amenable to being published, since many silly people do not care for grafting in pattern.

Now? I'm sort of poking at design work, but mostly I've been playing with variegated sock yarn, and I never feel that that is worth posting about. It's just-plain socks, how exciting.

After running tests on appearance, feel, ply structure, and gauge, I have decided that I cannot reject the hypothesis that Koigu and Cherry Tree Hill Supersock use the same base yarn. I have also ordered a cone of Louet Gems Pearl, and will shortly investigate the hypothesis that it is the base yarn.

Socks that Rock looks and feels a lot like the Koigu/CTH, but it has three plies instead of two, and is thicker. I am pondering the hypothesis that it is the same stuff as Louet Gems Opal; no immediate plans for hypothesis testing exist.

Koigu/CTH, in my opinion, need to be worked on 0s to get an acceptable fabric for socks. Unfortunately, I only have one set of 0s and they are occupied by a secret project. Hence, I will not be making socks of them just yet. Perhaps I should start a sock in STR; that I can work on 1s.

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I am such a nerd. [Jun. 19th, 2006|06:25 pm]
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I've been meaning to do this for a while now, and I was in Georgia for a wedding with nothing better to knit, so I present:

TengwarCollapse )
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Finished sweater [Jun. 15th, 2006|03:19 pm]
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Well, I finally finished Ed's sweater: And here is some photographic evidence.Collapse )

Pattern: My own. It's a fairly basic raglan with 2/2 ribbing around the edges. The cables are taken from Eris. I made Eris as a wedding present for his fiancée, so they will sort of match.
Yarn: KnitPicks Andean Silk in Leaf; about 14 balls.
Needles: Denise #7s

Inelastic and multi-strand yarns, loose transitions, and combined knitting.Collapse )
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Faramir's final pictures [Jun. 13th, 2006|02:22 pm]
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So I finally found some pictures I took of my completed Tolkein sweater:

Finished picturesCollapse )

I am most disappointed with the photo quality, but I don't think that I can get better ones at the moment. This will teach me to photograph things in artificial light.

The tree on the front is taken from Faramir's jacket, with roots based on the tree on Arwen's coronation banner.

The runes on the back are from or based on the ones in Elsebeth Lavold's Viking Patterns for Knitting; they spell out "Im Ariel hain echant", which is Sindarin for "I, Ariel, made them." When I started designing, I thought that it meant "I Ariel made this". It's probably fine as it is, though.
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What came of pooling and Pomatomi [Jun. 4th, 2006|10:22 am]
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Well, I did make a Pomatomus in Spinel: Read more...Collapse )

I'm not sure what I think of this. I think it fits about right once I've got it *on*, but it's a struggle to get my heel through the leg. This is the problem with stitch patterns designed to be worn somewhat stretched: they don't have as much stretch beyond the size of a leg as stockinette or ribbing. Also, I think I may have made it a bit too long.

If I do decide I can live with the fight to get it on, I probably won't make a second one for months. See, I have a fair amount of stuff I actually want to finish soon, and I don't really need wool socks until September at the earliest.

Oh, and: if you were wondering what became of the pooling Lapis, it has become a plain sockCollapse )
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June goals [Jun. 4th, 2006|10:16 am]
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Recall my May goals:
  1. Finish Ed's sweater. Not done.Collapse )
  2. Do some sort of original design work. Not done. Not even started.
Ah well.

June goals:

  1. Finish Ed's sweater by June 17. I know this is the third time I've said this, but I think, even at this rate, I'll actually achieve it this time.
  2. Get enough of a start on a sweater & hood for my mother that I believe I can finish it by July 12.
  3. Secret projects that shall not be blogged, because they are Knitty submissions and/or presents for people who read this.
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Socks that Rock & pooling [May. 4th, 2006|07:05 pm]

I have four skeins of Socks that Rock: three in fairly heavily variegated colorways, and one of their nearly solids.

I have wanted to make Pomatomi for a while, and I think that the STR knits up to about the right gauge.

I tried knitting the Lapis into Pomatomi. However, I think that 72 stitches is just about precisely the wrong number of stitches to use with this yarn:

Behold the flashing!Collapse )

This colorway does not take well to flashing. There's a lot of very meh blue-gray in it. If the yarn wasn't flashing, this would probably be a good thing, to keep it from looking too busy, but as it is, it's just producing an ugly spot.

Also, I don't like the way the green and blue are forming rows of alternating stripes.

So I think I will frog this and use the Lapis for some other sock pattern, one with fewer stitches. (This will still fit my feet; Pomatomus has a zigzaggy pattern which means that I need more stitches to make socks of the same circumference.) Here's a sock in a different colorway of the same yarn:

Queen Rock socks on 60 stitchesCollapse )

I think 60 stitches is just a wee bit too tight for my feet, but I bet 64 stitches would look fine.
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(no subject) [May. 1st, 2006|06:07 pm]
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Recall my April goals:
  1. Sweater for Ed. Not doneCollapse )
  2. Very small teddy bear. Done.
  3. Socks! Not really done. I've got parts of at least two pairs worked up, but nothing I feel like showing off.
May goals:
  1. Finish Ed's sweater. This time for sure!
  2. Do some sort of original design work. I've got two distinct ideas of what this could be. One idea is: more dragons. The other idea is: knitted snarks.

    It was pointed out (in a community I read) that the Szekeres snark would look really cool as a cables-and-bobbles pattern. I'm probably going to start simpler, with the flower snark. (To my surprise, although the Petersen Graph is the simplest snark, and has a lot of different ways of being drawn, none of them lend themselves particularly well to being knitted. This is really too bad, as the Petersen graph is probably the most famous single graph in graph theory, and is further cool because it is the smallest counterexample to everything.)

    Of course, if I don't get around to knitting snarks, I can always make a quick snarkCollapse )

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Excessive smallness [Apr. 8th, 2006|08:47 am]
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A few weeks ago, Clopen (one of the characters in a D&D campaign) got killed. Since we have a druid instead of a cleric, she got reincarnated, and came out as a bear.

Before that, she was a human female just like Sand (my character). Another player had a bunch of miniatures. Sand's miniature had a tendency to tip over, so I decided that I wanted to use Clopen's miniature.

So I made Clopen a new miniature.

A bear, of course.Collapse )

(Cross-posted to gamers_knit.)
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March and April goals [Apr. 2nd, 2006|11:01 am]
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So how about that one-journal-entry-a-month thing?

Recall my March goals:

  1. Finish Mandy's sweater. This will be Eris. Done!Collapse )
  2. Swatching and photography for article. Maybe done?Collapse )
April goals:
  1. Sweater for Ed. I'm not sure quite what this will be. Something also green and also with cables. I may just go with a raglan sweater with a few cables thrown on it; it won't be the first time.
  2. Very small teddy bear. I do have 1.5mm needles, and laceweight alpaca, lying about. I also ordered some smaller needles from Lacis, so I might use those instead.
  3. Socks!
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February and March goals [Mar. 3rd, 2006|03:50 pm]
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February goals:
  1. Finish Peacock Feathers - Done.
  2. Dragon lace swatch - DoneCollapse )
  3. Make a hood for a friend who requested one - DoneCollapse )
  4. Do the swatching, photography, and final rewriting for an article I'm writing for (I hope) Knitty - not done
  5. Obtain all measurements and project ideas for longer-term projects - done with 3/4.
  6. Update this a bit more often - not done. Sooo not done.
So...4/6. Not bad. Not great, either. For March, I'm going to keep it to two goals:
  1. Finish Mandy's sweater. This will be Eris, pullover version, in Andean Silk in Leaf. I've just gotten a few rows past the end of the collar: It looks like this.Collapse )
  2. Swatching and photography for article. This time for sure!
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Peacock Feathers [Feb. 7th, 2006|09:59 pm]
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Final pictureCollapse )

Pattern: Peacock Feathers
Yarn: KnitPicks Shimmer in Maple Leaf, a tad bit over 2 skeins
Modifications: I messed with the decreases a lot, did one of the garter borders in purl instead of knit, and twisted some stitches; for more details, see this entry
or this entry.

Notes: I think that the Maple Leaf has too much value differences to be particularly well suited for any complicated lace. The shawl looks fine over things that are either a lot lighter than the yellow or a lot darker than the red and brown, but the lace pattern vanishes over anything else. I own a white dress and a black dress, so I think I'll manage, but this is not ideal.

I am not a great photographer. I can't seem to get really accurate colors.
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Knitting-related goals for February [Feb. 1st, 2006|05:53 pm]

I'm taking a cue from Jessimuhka here.

February goals:

  1. Finish Peacock Feathers-as I write this, it's sitting on my lap in the middle of row 240 (out of 250), so this should be plausible.
  2. Do at least a few swatches for my planned next lace project-a shawl with dragons on it. Since Walker 1 doesn't appear to have many lace dragons, this will be designed from the ground up.

    I'm TAing this quarter, so I have one class I have to attend, but only have to take notes on about half of-I don't think I need to record the proofs of the theorems, just what they are. So I tend to spend about 90 minutes a week sitting in the last row, doodling. Or rather, designing knit patterns. I've got some dragon wings and a snake head or two I'd like to try out.

  3. Make a hood (like this one) for a friend who requested one, and bought the yarn for it.
  4. Do the swatching, photography, and final rewriting for an article I'm writing for (I hope) Knitty.
  5. Obtain all measurements and project ideas for longer-term projects. Specifically:
    • A sweater for my mother-I'm thinking of Eris in Andean Silk.
    • A hat and gloves for my cousin. These are for her Christmas present for 2006.
    • Something or other for Ed and Mandy. I made Leaves in Relief for Mary and Josh when they got married, so Ed and Mandy should get something. They're getting married in June, and at this point, probably aren't getting anything big by the end of winter (it's been an absurdly warm winter this year), so I'm not in a rush with this either, but if I finish all the above goals, this is what I should start.
  6. Update this a bit more often.
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Knitty sizing changes [Jan. 26th, 2006|09:12 pm]
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Knitty has edited their submission guidelines. It used to be that you could use "XXL" to refer to whatever you wanted; now you have to use "XXL" to mean "designed to fit a woman with a 48-50'' bust. They're taking their definitions from This means that sizing will be standardized from pattern to pattern, and that nobody who thinks of themselves as "XXL" will be disappointed at discovering a pattern only goes up to XXL and the designer thinks XXL means a 40'' bust. A number of people in the online knitting community are quite pleased about this.

I'm not.

I don't know what size I "should" be. Any decent pattern will provide the actual finished measurements as well as the size labels, and I use that. I just take my bust measurement, add 1'' or 2'' or however much ease I want, and find the appropriate size. If that comes out to "S" or "M" or "XXXXL", fine, whatever, I use that letter for that pattern. I can live with using a different letter for a different pattern. So there's no way in which standardizing sizes makes things better for me.

And I can see how it makes it worse.

Their bust sizing chart goes up 4'' per size: S is 4'' bigger than XS, and 4'' smaller than M. On the other hand, their fit instructions say that a close-fitting pullover should have 1-2'' of ease.

So suppose I make a pullover following these guidelines. Then my S will have a 35'' bust, and therefore fit someone with a 33-34'' bust. My M will have a 39'' bust, fitting people with 37-38'' busts.

What on earth does someone with a 35'' bust make?

Knitty's new instructions force their pattern designers to do one of the following two things. Either: every single pattern will need at least a 4'' range in how much ease is acceptable (um, no) or will have to use sizes like "S½", which is silly and confusing.
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Peacock Feathers [Jan. 22nd, 2006|10:48 am]
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Here are a couple of closeups of my Peacock Feathers. I started this just before Winter Break, so around Dec. 10.

I didn't work on it that much over winter break, though. First, I had to finish up Faramir. Second, I had to make a scarf for my aunt, who I pulled in my family's Secret-Santa-like thing. The scarf was Liesel (warning: PDF file), made of one ball of Dale Baby Ull on 8s. I didn't take any pictures at all. I did take pictures of the completed Faramir...which came out horribly, blurry and discolored, so I won't post them. Sorry.

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I'm making it out of Knitpicks Shimmer in Maple leaf. I'm currently in the middle of Row 194, which means that I'm about 60% of the way done.

This thing is surprisingly hard to photograph. I took lots of pictures yesterday, and almost all of them were either (a) blurry or (b) discolored. So you get these pictures. I'm sorry they're all different sizes.

In this post, I talked about three minor changes I've made. I could not get a good picture of the garter-stitch edging. So you'll just have to trust me: in variegated yarn, the garter-stitch borders have a very definite good and bad side, and doing the right edge in purl-stitch garter makes all the good sides show up on the right side.

You should be able to see the other changes I talked about earlier in the top photo.

I've made two more changes since starting Chart 6. They're shown in the bottom pictures. First, I left out some YO holes: they didn't seem that important to me, and were placed in such a way that I knew the asymmetry was going to bother me.

Second, when working "YO, knit, YO", especially if the knit is directly above a previous YO, the knit stitch stretches out and looks bad. I've found that if I twist it, it looks better. (This is the change highlighted on the right.)
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River's vest from Firefly [Dec. 29th, 2005|09:04 am]
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This is the crocheted vest River Tam wore in "Jaynestown" and "Objects in Space".

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Klein bottles [Dec. 19th, 2005|10:02 am]
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These are my stuffed Klein bottles. They're what you get if you sew together two Möbius strips along their edges. In four dimensions, you can do this, but in three-dimensional space, you have to make the Möbius strips pass through themselves and each other.

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More ramblings: crochet & colorwork [Dec. 9th, 2005|09:00 am]
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Ramblings. Knitty, mostly. [Dec. 8th, 2005|07:34 pm]

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Miranda's Christmas present [Dec. 4th, 2005|09:20 am]
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Dad's Christmas present [Dec. 4th, 2005|09:15 am]
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For my reference, another two link collections. [Nov. 17th, 2005|06:46 pm]
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