Dan’s Doctor Who Scarf!

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007
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Dr Who Scarf

My friend Dan learned how to knit so he could make a Doctor Who Scarf. Check out how awesome it is! I’m so excited, this is the first boy I know to knit and actually finish a project. Congrats, Dan! It looks fantastic.

Here’s what he said about the project:

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Swatchmina

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007
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Swatchmina

I’m swatching for my Stashmina shawl (heretofore referred to as the Shetland Rectangle) and I’ve decided to knit it with a slip-stitch double knit border like on my backyard leaves scarf. It’s a no-curl edging, and it’s straight and simple and looks much prettier than garter stitch. I love the simplicity of garter stitch, but I think something as pretty as lace deserves something a bit nicer. Besides, when I’m knitting a garter edge I always screw it up because I end up purling all the way to the end on one WS row or something else happens and it just doesn’t work out. I like the double-knit as an alternative, and it’s complicated enough that I’ll do it every time.

I wanted my cast-on and cast-off edges to mirror the sides, so I learned how to do an i-cord cast-on. It’s pretty! And ingenious. I used the instructions here but they were somewhat unclear at times. Here’s how I thought about it, in case you need some extra clarification:

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Finished EZ Baby Sweater

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007
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Baby Cardigan

Elizabeth “EZ” Zimmermann’s February Baby Sweater, started April 6th, 2007, finished May 21st, 2007, seamed and finished finished on July 9th, 2007
Pattern: February Baby Sweater from Knitter’s Almanac (got it at the library)

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Finished Baby Booties

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007
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Baby Booties

Baby Booties, started May 12th, 2007, finished May 16th, 2007
Pattern: Stay-On Baby Booties from Knitting for Baby
Yarn: Random cotton
Needles: 2.75mm dpns
Dimensions: I have no idea if this would fit a baby
Pattern Notes: CUUUUUUUUUUTE! I did not change a thing.
Would I knit it again? I love these! I love the little i-cord ties and I love the little feet and… well, that’s pretty much all there is to them. There’s some garter stitch in there, and there’s some stockinette. Oddly, the garter stitch is knit in the round, which is SO ANNOYING because I don’t like purling with cotton and metal needles. But that’s just me whining; the end result is the most adorable baby booties EVER. I will most certainly knit them again, and maybe even experiment with some seed stitch? I love seed stitch.

The next time I knit them, though, I’m going to rewrite the pattern for myself and get rid of all the endless explanations that clog up the pattern. Everything is described in great detail here, which is great if you’re a beginner knitter (definitely the target audience for this book, and something I would have loved if I had started knitting in the future with a bun in the oven) but incredibly distracting if you’ve knitted for any longer than a month. I would definitely recommend this pattern to anyone who wants to knit it, but if you can do without lengthy diatribes about what garter stitch looks like, I suggest scribbling out the pattern in short hand first. You can also use the pattern at Fuzzy Galore; it’s essentially the same, except the “bumper” is garter stitch instead of four rows of knit, four rows of purl, etc and the decreases are k2togs. This is a very common pattern, so I don’t think I’m breaching copyright law by making that observation. Apparently Rocket Bride at Knittin’ Smitten agrees, because she’s published a recipe she learned from the book as well.

Finished Garter Stitch Scarf

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007
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Garter Stitch Scarf

Garter Stitch Scarf, started May 4th, 2007, finished May 7th, 2007
Pattern: Garter stitch!
Yarn: 2 balls of Moda Dea Cache in colourway #2368, “Rendezvous.” The yarn is a bit splitty and slightly rough, but the colours are beautiful and it sparkles! Another bonus is that I got each ball for $2. I’m saving my favourite colourway (#2347, “Wink”) for a garter stitch scarf for myself, and I think I’ll go up a needle size to around 5 to 5.5 mm.
Needles: 4.5 mm circulars
Dimensions: 6in by 5ft
Pattern Notes: It’s garter stitch!
Would I knit it again? Indeed, I would. I didn’t realize that something like garter stitch could be so relaxing at a time when I just wanted to knit and ignore the complications of lace or cables or whatever. I felt like garter stitch was cheating! But it’s not. It’s productive and fun and relaxing! And I love it.

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I love the smell of Autumn!

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006
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Pumpkin CardiganI really like the look of the cables matched with the garter stitch in this cardigan from Knit Simple Magazine. The model is holding apples and it reminds me of all the wonderful things that happen during Thanksgiving (and for me, that mostly involves eating). It makes me want to go to Black Creek Pioneer Village. When I was a kid I won second place in an apple pie baking contest there. I cut out a picture of a unicorn in pie crust and put it on top. I even glazed it a little bit with milk so it would turn out a touch darker than the rest of the crust. I think I used a horse cookie-cutter and then added a horn. It was the cutest pie you’ve ever seen! Hmm, maybe I just want pie.

I’ve decided that if I indeed knit this sweater I’m going to refer to it as the Pumpkin Cardigan. I wouldn’t knit it in the orange — even though I’d love to because it’s such a cute colour — because orange is just not complexion-friendly for me. I’d do it in a bright green, or maybe in the purple Lang Fantomas Superwash I bought a little while ago.