Inspirational Colourwork

Saturday, August 18th, 2007
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FIRST! A question.

I’m taking a vacation in Florida (primarily Fort Lauderdale and Miami, the “foreskin” of Florida) and the Caribbean, and I need some tips. Tips in two forms. Form A: tips on where to stay, what to eat (I’ll try anything once but my favourite food is Thai/Vietnamese/Moroccan/German* and I’d like to try some seafood because I hear they’re good with seafood down there), what to see (museums/architecture/science-y things), and where to shop. Form B: tips on where there is YARN! I need Floridian/Caribbean crafty tips, and I need them ASAP! Also, I could do with an algorithm for converting from Fahrenheit to Celsius and vice versa, because I know it’s going to be hot and I’ll otherwise have no way to complain about it. I only know how to convert to Kelvin, and “mother-loving cripes, it must be 310 Kelvin in here!” does not translate very well.

In return, here are some pretty pictures:

By Liralen Li.

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Project Spectrum Greys

Sunday, February 11th, 2007
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I’ve only got one project on the go that’s primarily grey. I’m thinking of doing something in a charcoal colour, but no yarn yet purchased.

Brocade Mitten

I started this mitten a little while ago and I got about 4/5 of the way through the first mitten when I decided that it wasn’t going to work. The intent was to use a self-striping yarn for the dominant colour and a background of grey, but because the self-striping went from really dark to really light, it left some grey in the middle that just didn’t pop out enough and the result was more random than I liked. It also striped too quickly; I was hoping for colour changes every 3 or 4 rows, but I got changes every row. On top of that, the yarn was acrylic and it didn’t look like it was going to look nice without blocking, which is not too easy with acrylic. I still love the way it looks and I’m really proud of the pattern I managed to come up with, so this will definitely be a project for the future. Just not with these particular yarns. I may pick up something from Knitpicks to do this up.

The beginnings of a Rule 30 scarf

Monday, January 8th, 2007
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The beginnings of a Rule 30 scarf

This scarf is for my dad, who is a huge nerd so the pattern is cellular automata (y’know, computer stuff). I used the most popular and most intriguing rule set (Rule 30) which has the familiar triangles in it. Every stitch is based on the three stitches under, to the left, and to the right of it on the previous row. Rule 30 (where 0 is a white stitch and 1 is colour) is as follows:

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It has been decided!

Monday, August 7th, 2006
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After all that searching for pretty shawl patterns, I have realized that my mother is not at all a shawl wearer. She prefers squares to triangles and moss stitch to lace, so I will be knitting her a sweater. I did a lot of searching for tops this weekend and then I showed them all to her (there must have been at least thirty). She finally settled on the Somewhat Cowl, which coincidentally is an oily, lust-filled fantasy of mine. I will knit one for her and then one for me. We will be handknit twins! It will be extremely fantastic.

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Knitosphere batty for Internet Knitting Magazine

Sunday, April 16th, 2006
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So here’s the thing. This season’s Knitty? Flop :(

I don’t really like any of the designs. They all feel like they were designed for old people or by old people (FOPBOP). I do, however, really like some of the featured articles, namely:

  • Knit Like a Man by David Demchuk. I’d heard of the boyfriend sweater curse before, and it sure was a useful thing to know. I will keep all these suggestions in mind. I knitted something for Les (see here) a little while ago and I made sure to get his exact style and colour preferences and made him choose the fair isle pattern. If I hadn’t, I’m sure disaster would have struck. Amusingly, yes, it was a chullo. Men are too predictable.
  • Some cool business about dishwasher dyeing that’s shaking up the blogosphere. I’m horribly terrified that it would destroy my pots if I tried it. Then again, I am a student and my housemates scraped all the teflon from the pots years ago, so why would I care? Also, I don’t own a dishwasher.
  • I’m excited to try the magic cast-on for toe-up socks as soon as I actually buy some sock yarn to do so. Knitty is also graciously providing us all with some useful care instructions for our hand knits. I’m terrified of washing anything I’ve knit, even the acrylic things, so this is douple plus good. There’s also a cool thing about length alterations.

Okay, so some of the patterns aren’t bad. Mesilla is really nice, and Anatolia and Hedera. But I’m a pattern hoarder and will probably not do any of them.

Casting On

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006
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I’m starting a new pair of mittens for my aunt. If anyone saw me with a blue and white fair isle number a little while ago, I’ve ripped it out and I’m starting again to adjust for an unexpected, wildly different gauge. They say it only takes one messed up project to learn you to knit a test swatch every time afterwards, but those people have never met me. I’ve done it twice.

I just learned how to do a tubular cast on, and it’s totally cool. There’s a fantastic tutorial at My Fashionable Life, and another at Knitty. The latter also has a great tutorial for a provisional cast on, so you can knit from both ends of the cast (for things like dolls and such).

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Uh oh, guys

Friday, January 27th, 2006
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I’ve decided to take part in the Knitting Olympics. Concept: You must cast on a project during the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics (Feb 10) and finish before the Olympic flame goes out on Feb 26. That’s 16 days.

It’s sorta striking fear in my heart, but I think it will be okay. I just have to decide now what I want to knit. I’ve posted lots of really neat patterns I’d like to try (a boob holder, perhaps?), but most of them would involve buying new yarn, and I already have piles and piles and piles already. Then again, I don’t really want to start a huge new project using bulk weight, bulk purchase 100% acrylic yarn that I bought in first year (no matter how pretty the green is).

I’ll be going over some patterns today and deciding what to do. The most likely one I will pursue is a scarf + mitten + hat set in fair isle (except for the hat, which will be a solid colour but will involve a really neat pattern). I’ll try to make them match, but who knows?

Feel free to talk me out of this.

End of the Year Knitting Meme

Friday, January 6th, 2006
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From Knit Once, Purl Forever.
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