Finished Dashing

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007
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Dashing, started April 21st, 2007, finished June 27th, 2007
Pattern: Dashing
Yarn: A red fingering weight shetland wool left over from my aunt’s DNA scarf, original ripped from a large men’s sweater
Needles: 2.25 mm DPNs
Modifications: Absolutely none.
Would I knit it again? I love these! Yes, yes I would. Such a quick knit, and comfy and elegant. They seal off the wrist so spiffily, too. I’m considering knitting another pair as mittens for winter; they’d be perfect.

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David Suzuki

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
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I’ve decided to name all the recycled yarn I have, because it’s annoying always having to say “some green cotton stuff” instead of “mystical mountain breeze” or something.

David SuzukiDavid Suzuki is the world’s coolest / hottest* environmentalist, so I’m naming this first yarn after him. It’s the colour of the earth, for one. It also looks a lot like Noro and he’s Japanese, so I think it fits. I’m not sure how happy he’d be that it’s 85% petroleum-based, but I think he’d forgive me, seeing as I am recycling the yarn. All those Owl magazines have had an effect on me after all.


Fibre content: 85% acrylic, 15% wool
Care instructions: machine wash cold.
Purchased at: Value Village
Price: $4
Weight: I should buy a scale so I can measure how heavy it is.
Plans for the yarn: I’d like to make a few striped scarves with it, along the same vein as the scarf by brooklyntweed. A few garter stitch scarves could also be really nice. The yarn is very similar to Noro, so any pattern meant for Noro could fit here.

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Pomatomus: Redux

Saturday, May 26th, 2007
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Take a goose and gander at this version of the pomatomus sock pattern! Isn’t that cute? I like how the instep mirrors the heel flap. I almost prefer this version!

Side note: this was knit from an abandoned knitting project at a thrift store. I’m always in favour of yarn recycling!

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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Tales from the Knit: Bolero of Blood

Friday, September 22nd, 2006
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So I was walking along, minding my own business today when I ran into a housemate of a friend of mine and inadvertently convinced her to give me a pink cotton/angora sweater for me to tear apart for yarn. She was headed off to the Value Village later this afternoon and I asked her if she had any sweaters, and voilà! Jackpot!

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And I thought I recycled everything.

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006
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50 percent rice straw fiber and 50 percent cottonI, for one, plan to be the first person to reveal this fantastic leap forward in fashion engineering (fashineering): biodegradable knitted fabrics made from materials like rice straw, wheat gluten, and chicken feathers.

Every year, farms worldwide produce millions of tons of agricultural waste, which includes wheat gluten, rice straw, and even chicken feathers. Now scientists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are turning this refuse into biodegradable fabrics as an alternative to the ubiquitous nylons and polyesters made from petroleum.

I think it would be neat if knitters could do the same with their ball remains that these folks at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are doing with agricultural waste. There are recycling programmes for batteries, electronic equipment, old fridges, and then of course less dangerous recyclable materials like paper and plastics and Kevin Bacon. Wouldn’t it be neat if there were programmes for recycling wool? They could be processed and respun into brand new balls and sold on the cheap to folks who need income. I’m sure hippies would pay for whatever garments they produced.

In knitting news, I’m a few inches down the leg of my second Jaywalker, and I’m starting a pair of Knucks for my cousin. They’ll be made from the red merino sweater I bought in this post with these fantastic embroidery tips. The yarn’s a bit tweedy; I love how warm and stretchy it is! This yarn may also become a pair of socks; I’m already eyeing Baudelaire.

Amelia Earhart Aviator Cap: Done! Again!

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006
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Amelia Earhart Aviator Cap: Done!

k, I redid the hat. And it fits! And it’s cute! I feel like a classy dame.

Amelia, finally finished Tuesday, August 8th, 2006
Pattern: Amelia Earhart Aviator Cap
Yarn: 100% cotton frogged from a green sweater
Needles: tiny circulars, ~2.75 mm
Dimensions: Le size de ma tête
Pattern Notes: This is a reknit of the original, far-too-large attempt. I really like it!
Would I knit it again? I just did. It was fun. I want to knit it for a bunch of other people; maybe one of my cousins for Christmas.

One of these things is not like the other…

Friday, August 4th, 2006

One of these things is not like the other...

1) 12% angora, 55% silk, 30% nylon, 3% lamb’s wool
2) 100% angora
3) 100% merino wool
4) 25% angora, 75% lamb’s wool

I went shopping yesterday. I bought A LOT. But seriously, when’s the last time you bought $100 worth of merino for $10 and a cream-coloured silk/nylon/angora blend for $4?

Cat vs. Hat

Monday, July 24th, 2006
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Cat vs. Hat

Amelia Earhart Aviator Cap, sorta finished Friday, July 21st, 2006
Pattern: Amelia Earhart Aviator Cap
Yarn: 100% cotton frogged from a green sweater
Needles: 3.75mm circulars
Dimensions: Giant x humongous x cyclopean
Watched: The Kingston Symphony performing the 1812 overture (with cannons!).
Pattern Notes: I don’t know if it’s just my loose knitting, but the gauge was way off. If I had knit it on 3.25mm needles, it would have worked out better. I liked the beginning of the pattern and the end, but the middle was filled with way-too-complicated row-by-row instructions. I so don’t have time for that. I don’t like paying attention to anything. However…
Would I knit it again? I would knit it again. And I shall have to knit it again, because it was way too big the first time.

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Yarn Washing Tips

Friday, May 5th, 2006
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Washed Yarn

Handy tips for washing yarn:

You know how they say “wash it in really hot water so the soap can grab onto the yarn?” This only applies to yarn that hasn’t been dyed. If you have bright red yarn, use cold water. I used hot (almost boiling) water for the first tubfull, and poured a whole lotta colour down the drain. :( I am an idiot.

If you plan to use a plastic potato masher or “squishy” to manipulate your yarn, make sure there aren’t any major bits that stick out, so you don’t end up tearing your yarn. I didn’t have too big a problem with bits sticking out, but I think I’ll file down the sides the next time I do a load of washing.

I used two basins, alternating between and prefilling basins while waiting for the other to soak, sometimes working on two batches at the same time. It’s a lot faster.

Winding your yarn into hanks (rather than balls) is very important. The more places you tie the hanks together, the easier it is to sort them out. I tied mine together in 3-4 places, which was a big help.