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tictactoepony
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tictactoepony
My latest project that isn't an octopus. I had a request for a pink knitted beard.
Used a pattern from:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Knit-Your-Own-Moustache-Disguises/dp/1908449357
The results are fairy bizarre, but fun ;)
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tictactoepony
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tictactoepony
I got given a bag of yarn the other week, this Sirdar Firefly was calling out to be a spiral scarf:

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janestarz
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janestarz
I have a question for people used to weighing their yarn during a project, because I'm getting a little confused.

I've cast on "Copilot" (link to Ravelry pattern), a cowl knit-in-the-round made from sock yarn. Between sections of the pattern, you weigh your yarn so you're sure you can finish the project and make a well-balanced item.

At the start, I had 102 grams of yarn.
After casting on and 6 rows of garter stitch, I had 86 grams left -- 16 grams for this section
After 20 rows of lace, I had 61 grams left -- 25 grams for this section
After 6 rows of garter stitch, I had 54 grams left -- 7 grams for this section.

My question: does casting on really cost that much yarn? The first section with the garter stitches was more than double the amount that I needed for the second section of garter stitches! This seems absurd, even for casting on.
I used a loosely knitted-cast-on, because I couldn't estimate the needed long-tail for the long-tail method.

Mostly I just want my cowl to be symmetrical and I want to be able to estimate where to place which section. If I need another 16 grams for the final garter stitches & bind-off, I can calculate if I can add a third lace section in the middle.... I'm just a little worried my measurements are off.

Sock yarn does come in 100 gram skeins, and although I am unsure if I took the wrapper off before weighing, the wrapper itself weighs only 1 gram, although that could be rounded down.

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tictactoepony
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tictactoepony
I keep needing to knit another octopus (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEdf14/PATTopus.php) - I do have a plan for one more after this too ;)
I had a request to make one in a Transformers character colour-scheme so here's the result:
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e_musings
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e_musings
Original post's pictures were not visible.
Not sure what to do if these are not.

I'd like share my latest finish object---took four months to complete. I never made anything as complex and when I started it, I wondered why on earth I chose something so attention demanding, I the queen of mindless knitting. BUT it was worth it!

I would find an error several rows back and frog stitch by stitch to get to the messed up area. I found an error on the back after I started the front and decided I would live with it. And another error on the front (a p instead a k st, big deal)

Yarn used: Berroco Blackstone tweed
Pattern: Rafters by Stephanie Tallent
Needle: sizes 2 and 3 as I am a loose knitter


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janestarz
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janestarz
The pattern is called LaLa's simple shawl and I knitted this for a roleplay character of mine. I think I finished it this quickly (2 months on the needles) because my next big project was coming up. A nice pattern, not too difficult and with a lovely ajour (lace) effect. Can be even more awesome in slow or low-contrast gradients.

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Also my first time blocking. I used my steam iron and may have pressed all my stitches into oblivion, but I'm happy it's just cheap acryl in stead of expensive merino or something.

*ding* project done!

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jlsjlsjls
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jlsjlsjls
The pattern: Hitchhiker by Martina Behm.

The yarn: A one-of-a-kind skein handspun by Laura Chau which she named "Lollipop." 100% merino, marled two-ply, mainly various shades of pinks but also including orangish-gold, orange, lilac, and purplish-magenta; thickness varying from fingering to DK but no extreme thick/thin areas outside that range. I hope I can someday score another of Laura's rare handspuns ... this was a dream to knit with. :-)

The tools: Knitted on Dyakcraft Darn Pretty interchangeables using 4.5mm tips

The details: I knew as soon as I opened up the package and saw (and squooshed) the skein that I wanted to use it in a plain pattern that would show off the colours/texture rather than detract from it with fancy stitchery. "Hitchhiker" is ideal for this; not only is it a pattern that's all about the yarn but it's perfect workplace mindless coffee break knitting (which is why it took me so long to complete this ... would have whipped through it much faster if I'd done any work on it at home). Also an ideal pattern when one is determined to use every possible bit of a special skein (though it's possible to be a little too clever about that as you'll see if you read my Rav project notes)

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I have three more finished shawls and a cowl all patiently (well if they're complaining of neglect, they're doing it when I can't hear them) awaiting very necessary blocking ... hopefully I'll get myself in gear and get those done and posted soon.

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tictactoepony
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tictactoepony
I made another little Opus (again having modified the Opus pattern: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEdf14/PATTopus.php).
This time I sewed in copper wire and made him into a combined textile / electronics project!
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tictactoepony
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tictactoepony
I've made a few of these already:
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEdf14/PATTopus.php
I wanted to see if a smaller one is possible (prototype, as I am going to make another smaller one as a combined knitting/electronics sort of thing).
This is the result!
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tictactoepony
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tictactoepony
A while back, a colleague mentioned he might like some toe-socks (and the colour orange) - I had some merino/silk fibre, so I did this:

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celtic_flicka
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celtic_flicka
I used worsted weight instead of boucle as the pattern calls for, mainly because this is my daughter's favorite color and she desperately wanted a stuffed pig made from it, and I think it turned out well!
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celtic_flicka
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celtic_flicka
Some of you (ETA: found my old post and it was x_cybergoth_x, jlsjlsjls, and poohbear122!) helped me out a couple months ago when I couldn't understand part of the pattern, so I though you might like to see the final product!

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tictactoepony
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tictactoepony
I friend got me a Jacob sheep fleece last summer so I decided to make a mini blanket out of it, having separated the colours and spun up the yarn.
It's now in use on the sofa, for sitting and watching TV when it's chilly.
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fantomatiquevie
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fantomatiquevie
I'm knitting with my first chart, and while it has been intimidating and a little frustrating, it has also been a fun learning experience. However, I'm just a little confused by the wording of the pattern with the chart. The picture of the chart is under the cut, but the instructions run as followed (you repeat chart b as many times as you like until the shawl is the size of your liking):

"The grey shaded part of chart b indicates the repeat part. Every time you complete the chart and start it over again, you will be repeating that grey part one more time".

On the first go around, I had to knit that shaded part twice. So on the second time, do I do it three times? Or double it and do four? Or am I going about it wrong entirely? (I'm not starting it until I feel a little more confident lol). Thankies for any help!

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tictactoepony
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tictactoepony
I've used Knitty's "Opus" pattern a few times now - http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEdf14/PATTopus.php
The latest one us huge, orange and cuddly :)

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tictactoepony
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tictactoepony
Finally finished a ruffle scarf that was started years ago, abandoned, them worked on occasionally.
Made of bunny angora and once again being modelled by Cardboard Princess Leia ;)
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cb8531
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cb8531
Knitivity did an excellent write-up and photos to illustrate the “anatomical” parts of a mitten. This is very similar to what I've seen done for socks (source: http://knitting.wikia.com/wiki/Socks).

Photo of mitten

I've used a technique similar to Knitivity's to avoid those little holes or gaps in the space between the thumb and the palm. You may find Knitivity's written and visual instructions helpful in explaining how this is achieved. This instruction is a free PDF file.

Knitivity also has yarns available both for custom yarn dyeing on several different fibers combinations and weights, working either from his current dye recipes or he can often match or do a completely custom dye. There are often skeins already dyed on the site.

Knitivity can be found on Facebook, Ravelry, and at their website.

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mercy_rain
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mercy_rain
Baby sweater Demne (free pattern, if you want to look it over)...

The construction involves a lot of provisional casting on, with the idea being that the garment is basically knit in one piece from end to end, and the sides joined by recovering the provisional stitches and doing a three-needle bind off.

Okay, so then: the end of the Back section instructs you to move the back stitches to a piece of waste yarn/stitch holder, and *not* break the yarn. So you've got 49 stitches on a piece of waste yarn with the working yarn still live, and nothing on the needle.

It then instructs you to provisionally cast on 45 stitches for the right front, THEN join working yarn, use it to work the front, then break the yarn. This is the part that's confusing me. Am I supposed to use a separate ball of yarn just to provisionally cast on the 45 stitches, then abandon it in favor of the existing working yarn?
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celtic_flicka
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celtic_flicka
I'm making this Pikachu stuffed animal (a project intended for Christmas, but oh well) and I'm stumped by the wording of this part of the pattern:


With MC, cast on 24 sts. Work flat in stockinette stitch for 2½ inches, ending with knit row. Keep sts live on needle, picking up 36 sts along the edges of the square you just knit. PM and join for knitting in the round. K all sts for 4½ inches.



I can't figure out where exactly I'm supposed to pick up the stitches--on the vertical sides of the square (18 on each)? All around? And how do I join the edges then? I feel like this is something easy that's just not clicking in my brain.

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tictactoepony
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tictactoepony
I made Opus the Octopus a while back, have finished another (with a 3rd in progress).
Here is "Flufftopus", an albino version made of bunny angora:

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jlsjlsjls
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jlsjlsjls
The pattern: Travelling Kyma by Tammy Bailey. Pattern includes instructions for the fingering weight Kyma in both cabled and uncabled versions and the DK weight Travelling Kyma so it's a bargain three sock patterns in one. And it uses my absolute favourite style of sock heel (no flaps, no wraps, no picking up stitches, and fits my own flesh'n'blood heel like a perfect second skin). Has both charted and written instructions.
The yarn: Dragonfly Dyewerx BFL DK in "Basketcase" colourway (yarn purchased at an LYS rather than via the Etsy shop as this is, for me, a local dyer)
The notes: Knitted both socks at once on two 3.5 mm circular needles. Fully aware that the yarn is too busy/colourful and obscures the patterning but this was a case of wanting to try this pattern and wanting to knit heavy socks in this brighten-up-a-dark-winter yarn. The patterning shows up far better in RL than it does in the photos. Used the two Js: Judy's Magic Cast On and Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off.
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urbancomfort
Hey all - the recent poster asking about community activity prompted me to go back and see when the last time I posted here was... and... (omg)... it was in 2012. D: I am a little embarrassed, because I actually check LJ every day and like to see posts on here! So here is a massive FO post with my best FOs (skipping some of the ones I don't love) since Sep 2012! :D

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Wow, that was a lot of stuff. I promise to post here more often! I guess I just needed a little reminder...

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Adventures in Yarn Farming: Four Seasons on a New England Fiber Farm by Barbara Parry

Since this book has knitting patterns and so much information about how wool is made into usable fibers, I thought I'd share my review of the book here.

The title is dull and she should've probably picked something different. It's hard to tell your story, be informative, and not be dead boring. However, Parry is both entertaining and educational. She's got a ton of lovely pictures of her lambs and sheep along with all the fleeces and wools she collects. She dyes her own wool after it's been spun. It's a lovely book that tells how she quit teaching and with her retired husband bought 200 acres of land to start fiber farming with 2 sheep.

She starts at the beginning of finding out about sheep and which ones to buy to increase her flock and learning how to keep the farm and the sheep going. She gives a detailed account of the lambing process and how they grow and get weaned, wear their coats to protect the wool, and how they get sheared. She talks about her garden, cutting the hay and keeping the flock safe. There are even knitting patterns. They're too advanced for me, but they were pretty. There are recipes, too, for those that enjoy them.

The most amusing thing is when she talks about Crackerjack, her llama. He's the nanny of her flock, especially when her ewes go into labor and when the lambs are still very young. He's the leader, teacher, and protector of the younger lambs when they're in the barn and in the field. I've read a lot of books about shepherding, but they all used herding dogs. She uses Crackerjack and later on a few other llamas as her flocks increase in size. I had never really heard about this technique and it fascinates me how a llama would be such a great addition to a flock both as a teacher and guardian.

It's a really good book even if you skip the technical stuff about dying the yarn. The stories are written like real stories and not a text book. It's really one of the most enjoyable books I've read in a very long time. It certainly gives me a new appreciation of what it takes to make wool yarn available for the consumer.

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I've just finished a small needle book to hold sewing needles when I travel. I knitted the cover using a lovely cable pattern, then filled it with felted pages. It is not a superb work of art, as I'm a beginning handworker, but I feel quite accomplished anyway. No doubt, when my skills expand so will my needs for more tools, thus the needle book may only be a temporary solution.


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This may sound like a really, really dumb question but it seems like there has been little activity on my Knitting feed for several months. I know on FB there are times where friends post and I don't see it. Could that be happening here or are there just not been many posts? I just saw a new posting from STORYFAN and the previous one was 11 days earlier from TICIACTOEPONY. I hate to think I'm not getting all of the posts, or worse yet, are our numbers dwindling?
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