Soccer Season!

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008
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Knitted Soccer Ball

The Summer Olympics are 2 months away, so I thought I would reblog the soccer ball pattern I wrote up for the Word Cup in 2006. The soccer ball pattern is here and the PDF is here!

If you want a nice soft indoor ball, knit this with cotton or wool and stuff with a fabric ball or ball form. If you want an outdoor ball, you can cut strips of plastic bag or some other water-resistant yarn and knit it around a mini beach ball. You can also use a thinner yarn to make a mini ball, key ring or hacky sack. The PDF includes a bunch of ideas for patriotic colours, in case you’d like to support the home team.

Go Canada!

PS: This is cool! How coincidental. If you don’t want to knit a soccer ball (anyone watching Euro 2008? Yay!) you can Knit an Inukshuk for the 2010 Winter Games in British Columbia.

There are some things you want to emphasize, and some things you don’t

Monday, March 3rd, 2008
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Last year I came upon this post of a beautiful sweater and was struck by its tendency to accentuate a particular body part. My comment was: “I love how it screams: ‘LOOK AT MY BOOBS!’”

Well, now there are sweaters that specialize in the accentuation of other, less obvious areas of the female anatomy.

KnitPicks Mockneck Pullover

I am dubbing this “The Vagina Pullover.”

2007 Year in Review

Monday, January 7th, 2008
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Finished Cabled Baby Jacket (and mittens, and a little ornament) Finished Cream Cabled Hat Finished EZ Baby Sweater
Finished Dashing Finished Baby Booties Finished Santa Cruz
Finished Garter Stitch Scarf Backyard Leaves Scarf, suckas Finished Two-Day Pink Mittens

I finished 9 projects this year. Not the most amazing turnout, but I learned quite a lot. I think my New Year’s Resolution for this year will be to finish at least one project every month. I have three sweaters that are close to completion, so those will be the first to go.

Here’s a little meme I found via Reunasilmukka:

1. Your best FO of the year

Definitely my Cabled Baby Jacket. It took a long time to finish but I learned a lot about seaming and it turned out so beautifully.

2. Best FO of the year made by a blog you link to

Birgitte’s Bubble Pullover. I love all the sweaters she knits, but this was my favourite and I can’t wait to make my own this year.

3. Best yarn you tried

Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo
Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo

4. Best new book/mag/pattern of 2007

I was going to put in Knitting Nature here, but it turns out that was released in 2006. I haven’t seen too many new books, although Romantic Hand Knits looks really pretty and so does Fitted Knits. I’d like to get them both.

In terms of mags, my favourite has been Phildar, but the most lusty patterns have once again been 2006 patterns. My Touch of Grey sweater and Colchique are both Phildar patterns from about a year ago. I love them, and I can’t wait to finish them and wear them.

Best pattern overall is a toughie, and I’ll set it as a tie between two. The queen of cable patterns this year has been Tikru, who not only put out these beautiful Chevalier Mittens but also this Green Gable Sweater. They’re my favourites of this year.

5. Best new knitting technique or gadget you tried in 2007

This year I did a bunch of seaming, which is kinda basic but something I had to get used to. I want to buy The Knitter’s Book of Finishing Techniques so I can get better at it.

6. Top 5 inspirations – what five things inspired you the most over the past year?

Runways, blogs, science images, my work with AI and genetic algorithms, people on the subway.

7. Designer who most amazed & inspired you throughout the year


8. Knitting resolutions for 2008-what’s next for you and your blog?

One FO every month, and five of them have to be sweaters. Let’s hope I can do it.

Needle Exchange Pattern: Knit a Spiral in only one row

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007
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Here is the official Needle Exchange Pattern for knitting a spiral.

Yarn & Gauge

Any you like. I used a worsted cotton yarn for mine, producing a gauge of 24 stitches to 4 inches.

Stitch Dictionary

yo: yarn over. Move the yarn under the needle towards you and then back over the needle away from you. This produces an extra stitch.


Cast on 1 stitch.

Row 1: *yo*. Repeat from * – * 100 times.

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Pattern Blitzkrieg, Part 2

Saturday, February 24th, 2007
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  1. These mittens are nice and chunky and they have a gusset that begins in the palm, which I much prefer to having a gusset along the side. My hands fold, I’ve had it since birth.
  2. Another nice mitten pattern. From the description, it looks like it’s got a different construction for the thumb than I’ve ever seen. And it looks comfy!
  3. The Supple Rib stitch pattern is quite cute and would make a delightful sock or scarf ribbing.
  4. The Karaoke Cable Scarf is thin and pink.
  5. From Knitting at KNoon: Kathy’s Mittens
  6. From Knitting at KNoon: These Felted Christmas Stockings are hilarious, and if you don’t celebrate Christmas, they would also be perfect for a deer that had been hit by a giganto-ray. Giant deer shoes are going to be huge this season.
  7. From Knitting at KNoon: a Sunhat that is to die for. It’s so cute! If I gardened, I would knit this.

Pattern Blitzkrieg, Part 1

Friday, February 23rd, 2007
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I have been making note of patterns, recently, and now I really need to unleash them. I’ll put up seven patterns that I like every day until the patterns run out.

  1. Cablipstick is quite like Cathode by Stefanie Japel. I think it’s prettier, actually, although Cathode is cute too.
  2. Rose of Sharon is a cute hat that’s a bit floppy, but I hear the stitch pattern is the same as that of Orangina, and it looks so delightful from overhead. Which is important for a torso on stilts like me. I think it would look really nice with a bit of wire strung around the edge, too.
  3. This Latvian Hat Pattern is amazing. It reminds me of some of the patterns in Hats On!
  4. I love both Felicie Chokers from Chez Plum. They’re a pretty basic pattern, though; if you know how to put a picot edging around a swatch and a button hole inside it, you can derive the pattern yourself.
  5. Felted Mittens! I was looking for felted mittens so I’ve got a couple stored.
  6. Oh lookie here! More Felted Mittens!
  7. Mittens! Could they be Felted Mittens?

I am suddenly so obsessed with Nordic knitting

Saturday, January 20th, 2007
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SelbustrikkIt started with Tvåändsstickning. Then I found these Norwegian baby mittens, which a) made me look at Rauma patterns for 3 hours, and b) made my uterus grow by at least 3 sizes. It got worse when I rediscovered the largest repository of Norwegian patterns ever. But now I’m done for, girls; just a tiny glance at this post made me scream (in my head) Selbustrikk! Selbustrikk! Where do I get this Selbustrikk! And I’m looking at the booklet and there’s Herrstrumpa and Damstrumpa and the Herrstrumpa look like they should be Damstrumpa and I think I’m going to DIE OF HILARITY AND ALSO NORDIC KNITTING.

“She died happy,” they will say.

(PS: Here are some other mittens I just found. Yet another reason to buy into Zimmermania.)

1962. Ah yes! An excellent vintage!

Saturday, January 13th, 2007
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Norwegian CapThere’s a beautiful vintage pattern for a Norwegian Cap over at the Kitchener Bitch. I don’t know what use I’d find for it, but I’m so jealous of Liz’s new hat and I want to do some colour work. My cabled hat is almost done; I figured out how to work the cables so they didn’t tighten the hat too much, and after some more ripping and experimentation I’m on my way to the crown. Yay!

Shark MittensThere’s also a delightfully cute pattern for Shark Mittens and Puppy Paws over at Morehouse Yarns.


Friday, January 12th, 2007
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I’m a big fan of Shimale; lots of my shirts are from there and I even wore a Shimale to prom. I thought it would be neat to make a Shimale scarf, so I turned their logo into a chart and I’m going to knit it into one of the ends. Here’s the chart:

Shimale Knitting Chart

PS: I wouldn’t recommend doing an image search. Just FYI.

UPDATE, Jan 15th, 9:20am: My apologies if this shows up again in your feeds! I changed the name of the post because I think it was being screened by overexcited feed readers.

Soccer Ball Pattern Update

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006
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Someone emailed me a little while ago saying there was a mistake in one of the diagrams for my Soccer Ball knitting pattern. I finally fixed that about a week ago, so you can take a look at the updated version here, or grab the PDF here. The only difference is the construction diagram.

On Friday I’ll be emailing a pattern update to everyone who sent me an email or left me a comment about the pattern. If I told you I would email you and you haven’t gotten anything from me by Saturday, grab it here and poke me because I’ve probably forgotten.